The first few days of 2018… it’s going to be a good year, guys!

Hey friends!

How are your first few days of 2018 going?

I’m sure you can guess it is STILL pretty darn cold here in the northeast. My inner nostrils are so dry… sorry for the TMI but does anyone have any remedies for dry nostrils? They hurt! To all my northeast pals: I heard a rumor that it should warm up some next week, so let’s all cross our frozen little fingers and toes for that! After all the bone-chilling sub-zero temps, being in the 30’s would feel pretty balmy, wouldn’t it?

Are you a movie person or a show person? I appreciate a good movie but I must say, I am definitely in the show camp.Β Speaking of movies, Joel has been dying to see the Last Jedi, and he finally got to see it. He said it was awesome! I guess I will have to catch it when it’s out on Netflix. :)


I baked a cake on New Years Eve — it’s a vanilla cocoa cake with cream cheese icing! The actual cake was awesome, but I slightly regretted the icing… it tipped the whole scale a little too far on the sweet side. But I’m sure you know that didn’t stop me from still enjoying a piece! What’s your favorite part of a cake… corner, side, or middle? I am all about CORNER pieces if it’s a brownie, but with cakes I prefer the MIDDLE!


One of Joel’s favorite holiday beverages is Martinelli Sparkling Apple Cider! We always get several bottles at a time (like 6 lol), and crack into them on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and sometimes Easter too! –> we’ve been loyal Martinelli fans for years! They should probably put our faces on the label or something :) It’s become something of a tradition around here! We have tried all the other flavors but the APPLE CIDER is our fave!


Something not at all surprising: I’m still squarely on that cantaloupe bandwagon — I kid you not, I wake up thinking about it. I eat large quantities for breakfast, and often go back in-between meals to snack on more. One melon only lasts about one day around here… :) It’s just so refreshing and delicious, I can’t resist!


Joel braved the cold once again to play ice hockey. Pretty sure he is the only person in Connecticut who DOESN’T want it to warm up –> he doesn’t want the ice to melt!


While he was on the ice, I stayed home and dug into my book Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. I’m about 100 pages into it and enjoying it so far. The story follows “Pino,” an Italian teenager who helps Jews escape the Nazis by guiding them through the mountains from Italy to Switzerland. I haven’t gotten very far into the book (it’s a long one) so I’m sure there is a lot more “story” to come. According to the preface, the book is based on real historic events as recalled by various people who were interviewed by the author. So far so good.


Neither of us felt like cooking for dinner, so we picked up wings from Falcon Pizza. I’ve never really been a buffalo wing person, but I can be persuaded to appreciate the spicy, vinegary bites every now and then. I like that these wings are slightly crispy on the outside. We ate them with celery!


Joel did a quick store-run to pick up some random things we needed (broccoli, spinach dip, CANTALOUPE!). The broccoli section was looking a little sad :/ so he ended up grabbing a couple heads of cauliflower instead. Cauliflower is one of those veggies that I have always loved deeply, but I don’t buy often because it isn’t Joel’s favorite. What’s your favorite way to cook cauliflower? I love it HOWEVER it comes, but I especially love it roasted with olive oil and salt!


We munched on some carrots and spinach dip that Joel got at the store! We normally get this AMAZING dip, but the store weirdly didn’t have it, so we settled on a different dip (not as amazing but still pretty tasty) — carrots dunked in spinach dip is SUCH a good snack — we finished off the whole bag just the 2 of us :)


Joel made progress on painting! He got the first coat of grey down. It looks so very nice! I would LOVE for all the walls in the house to be this color! I’m sure he’s thrilled to hear that (hah!) — anyone want to come paint my house? :)


The other corner of the room… this is how it looks with one coat of paint. There are a couple spots where the pink still comes through, but a second coat of grey should take care of that! I really like how it looks so far :)


I really appreciate clementines! Fun fact: I used to think clementines, tangerines, and mandarins were all the same thing… they are not. :)


Joel put up the window treatment in the dining room! :) He had to take it down to install the blinds, but now all is back in place again. Eventually (probably YEARS from now) I would like to repaint this room a lighter color, and switch out the window treatments for something else (tbd)… but we’re totally fine with it as it is for now! :)


I am happy to report that my fiddle leaf fig is still going strong! I moved it to the corner of the staircase temporarily since we had a mini Christmas tree in the foyer where it normally sits. I might actually leave it there as it seems to be happy in that spot. It usually grows one or two leaves every spring, and I’m looking forward to seeing some new growth!


So far, our 2018 is off to a great start! It’s crazy to think we have been living in the house exactly a year now :) Time sure does fly! I hope your year is off to an incredible start! It’s going to be a GOOD ONE my friends!!!

Regarding cakes/brownies, are you a corner, middle, or side person? What’s your favorite remedy for dry, painful nostrils?

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17 thoughts on “The first few days of 2018… it’s going to be a good year, guys!

    1. Oh thank you! My dry, brittle nose thanks you too!! And a very happy new year to you as well! 😁

  1. Joel is crazy for placing ice hockey is this weather. My fingers are crossed it warms up for us next week Dawn! I need some warmth in my life lol.
    For brownies and cake, I like side pieces!

    1. Seriously Maureen, I don’t know how he does it! He says it’s not too bad once he’s skating around but I guess i will just have to take his word for it lol! I hope it warms up soon too so that we can all thaw out! πŸ˜€

    1. Yes! 2018 is going well so far around here (although very chilly)! I hope your year is off to a great start too!! πŸ˜€

  2. Dawn,
    I love to make baked cauliflower with shrimp, it is simple and delicious. I just add cauliflower, shrimp, and a bechamel sauce, topped it with lot of cheese.

    1. I’m glad to hear your year has started off well Stephanie! It’s crazy to think how quickly time flies, and that 2017 is behind us! I hope you have an amazing day! 😊

  3. That cakes sounds delicious, I like a corner piece. I always thought clementines and mandarins were the same thing too, guess not. Love your blog, just to let you know I’ve nominated you for an award. Details are on my blog if you are interested. Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    1. The cake is still going strong over here, gotta love leftover cake! Thanks so much, I really appreciate your taking the time to read, and also the nomination! Happy New Year you you too!! πŸ˜€

  4. I am a bit late on this post, but vaseline helps for a dry nose! It sounds weird to put vaseline up your nose but it seriously does the trick! My doctor recommended it to me when I was on a medicine that extremely dried my skin and nose out.

    1. Ooh good thinking — I think Joel has used Vaseline for his nose and he said it helped a lot! I’ll have to give it a shot – I’m sure we’ve got Vaseline somewhere at home! Thanks so much for the recommendation! :)

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