Tuesday, August 24

Stairs leading to basement.


The stairs and the cubbies were finished today. Love the cubbies. Thinking of choosing a rope handrail.



Another view.

Cubbies under the stairs.

Love the rope handrail. I think the kids will love it.

Image from House Beautiful

Take Care,

Sunday, August 22

It's a new day!

Feeling relaxed and ready for this week. Lots going on after coming back from vacation. Dentists appointments, dr. appointments, and sneaking in more activities before the summer is over.

The basement is coming along. I wish I took some pics of the before. The laundry room was moved, the framework was put up for the cedar closets, cubbies for the toys were built under the stairs, and closets were framed for the utilities. Now we are deciding whether the walls should be beadboard or wide planks. As we have been renovating our home one room at a time we have been designing the rooms half beadboard and half sheet rock. Our sun room is the only room in the house that's all beadboard. Should they go horizontal or vertical? Most rooms I have seen in magazines have the vertical look. I'm not sure I like it that way. Another dilemma is that one part of the basement's ceiling is lower because we have a sunk in living room.
We were thinking that we would leave the pine beams exposed in that section of the basement and then do a regular ceiling in the others.

Here are some inspirational pictures. Which do you prefer for the walls horizontal or vertical?

Vertical planks here in the dining room. I love the window panes
in the entry way to the dining room.

Here in this picture the boards are vertical too but they are a lot thinner.
I have always loved the beadboard ceiling look.

Exposed beams. Maybe this look for the ceiling for one part of our basement. Paint the beams white and in between.

This is my favorite picture. I think I do like the wide planks going horizontal.
This is a pretty room. I can picture myself drinking a cappuccino and looking through my Country Living Magazines.

Here is another style with the wide planks going horizontal.

Images from House Beautiful and Country Living.

Take care.

Friday, August 20

Nantucket Roof Tops

This is our last night in Nantucket. We had a fabulous time! Such a peaceful and beautiful place. Thank you to my husband who works very hard so that we can enjoy this magical place for a little while. Our kids made sweet memories for us all. Here are some pictures........

Nantucket Whales Museum Roof Top!

Bye, Bye Nantucket for now....

Take care,

Buon Appetito!


I'm made this for the first time last night. We stopped in at the East Coast Seafood market after going to the beach. Picked up some fresh tuna. Then stopped at the local Bartlett Farm for fresh vegetables and goat cheese.
Came across this recipe in the new issue of Better Homes & Garden and was inspired to make this as part of our dinner tonight.

Slow- Baked Tomatoes with Garlic & Mint

1 1/2 lb. cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
7 cloves garlic, peeled, spilt lenghtwise, and green shoot removed
1 bunch fresh mint, trimmed
1 to 2tsp. coarse or flake slat
1 tp. freshly ground black pepper
Toasted slices of rustic bread
Goat cheese

1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Wash and drain tomatoes well. Pat dry with paper towels.
2. In a non reactive (such as earthenware) 2-quart baking dish place tomatoes in a single layer. Pour on olive oil so they are well coated and there is a thin layer (1/8inch) of oil on bottom of dish. Toss in garlic, mint, salt, and pepper.
3. Bake, uncovered, for 45 to 60 minutes or until skins split and soften but tomatoes still retain their shape.
4. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. Spoon or mash over slices of toasted bread and serve with goat cheese. Makes 8 servings.

It was so delicious. My husband loved it. Enjoy!

Bartlett Farm

A few things picked up at Bartlett Farm. Fresh tomatoes, french bread, dutch apple pie. It's a great kitchen for prep work. The kitchen island is about 12 ft. long. It's such a great house to cook in!

Slow baked tomatoes with garlic & mint.

Add a little goat cheese, roasted peppers, pesto, and the tomatoes. It's delicious! (I added the roasted peppers & pesto with goat cheese not in the recipe).

Buon Appetito!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 18

Day of Shopping and Raw Bar!

We went into town to do some shopping for the basic t-shirts and sweatshirts and then went to my favorite store on the Island. The Best of the Beach.

They carry tote bags to household items and best of all Dash & Albert rugs. Love those!! They had a whole bunch wrapped up and sitting in a small wooden boat.

Couldn't decide which one yet. I thought I would go back tomorrow after the beach and pick up the blue, yellow, and pink stripe one in the middle. I thought it would look good in the new basement somewhere near the laundry room. We'll see. I hope it's still there.

I did see a few things for the kids school supply list. I checked off three things. Didn't want to think about school yet but they had these cute placemats and cups.

We ended the day at the Raw Bar at the Nantucket Lobster Trap and had an Elbow Bender. It's a combination of rum, fruit juices, cherry herring and a secret ingredient. It's delicious! Heading out to the beach now.

Take care,

Tuesday, August 17

These are the days of endless summers........

We had the most beautiful first week in Nantucket! Our friends came for a visit over the weekend and we had a lovely time with them. We actually had our babysitter come out too! The kids had a sleep over with their friends and the grown ups went out to play. That was a treat! Everyone went back on the ferry today. The only thing I want to do now is enjoy our last week here and never get off the beach. Margarita in one hand and a kite in the other.

Morning coffee listening to Van. These are the days of endless summer.... End the nights under the stars with Bossa Nova!

Walking down main street one early morning. No one here yet!

The kids checking out the Compass Rose mural at Gardiners Corner. Painted on the side of the Ralph Lauren store.

Favorite spot the Cisco Brewery. After the beach we will go here. Three houses Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, and Nantucket Vinyards. Fun place with live music and lots of people!

Daily runs to EastCoast seafood market to pick up the daily catch. We had seared tuna steaks with wasabi and soy sauce. We also marinated and grilled lobsters. Great spot and only a few minutes from the Cisco Brewery.

Take care.

Monday, August 9

Sunset on Madaket Beach! Sunrise and Sunset in one day!

My oldest son Liam and I woke up early to see the sunrise in Madaket. Then we were off to Nantucket Bake Shop while everyone else was sleeping. We picked up some homemade donuts and Portuguese bread. It was so early that we were the first to arrive. It smelled so good. Our agenda for the day was to hit the beach and soak up the sun. We stayed till sunset at Madaket beach. People say it's the best sunset ever and I couldn't agree with them more. It was so beautiful. Check it out for yourself. Enjoy.

Take care. More to come.....


Sunday, August 8

Just arrived in Nantucket........

Hi Everyone,

Just getting settled in Nantucket for our family vacation. It's great to be back. We took the ferry late afternoon yesterday. So much to do beforehand but once you are sitting in the ferry you are good to go and enjoy the ride.

We are very grateful to be able to rent this house in Madaket. It's an Upside Down House! I'll share with you some pics in my next post about the house. We are all settled in and are about to go out and enjoy this wonderful Sunday afternoon. We are in relaxed mode and are excited to make beautiful memories. Thank you Nantucket for making this a special place for our family!! Will post soon again.
Just a few pics on our arrival day. Take care. Claudia