Russell Orchard's lilac wine

Flowers + Wine = ?

Allen and I made it to Crane Beach at the very end of the summer. Every trip to this beautiful beach calls for a trip to Russell Orchards, since it’s en route to the beach. Russell’s has a farm store with produce, baked goods, gifts, ice cream, and a large section of its own fruit […]

black rice

Forbidden Rice

Who wouldn’t want to try a food with the word “forbidden” in the name? I was perusing Thrive Market‘s rice options when I came upon forbidden rice. …Which is a fancy name for black rice. It was called “forbidden rice” in ancient China because only emperors could afford to eat it. It has some different […]

paint pouring

Paint Pouring Craze

I don’t remember where Allen I first heard about paint pouring. But we have some seen some displays for acrylic paints and pouring mediums and special canvases at Michael’s the past few times we’ve been…and the displays were almost bare. “Must be popular,” we mumbled to ourselves every time. Well, we finally bought pouring medium […]

Nahanton Park

Suburban Wilds

Allen and I have been discovering so many new parks and natural areas this summer. Our neighboring suburb of Newton is a treasure trove of such places. We’ve been to a few parks that are so untouched, so verdant, that they look and feel like jungles. We didn’t last too long at Nahanton Park because […]

Gardens at Elm Bank

Gardens at Elm Bank

Allen and I have been exploring a lot of parks and gardens the past few months. I feel grateful to live near so many interesting and historic public green spaces. We visited the Gardens at Elm Bank the other day. It is run by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, so there are a number of different […]