Friday, June 28, 2013

Corbett's Glen Nature Park

A hidden gem, Corbett's Glen Nature Park sits on 52 acres in Brighton and offers two miles of well marked, scenic trails to wander.

On our visit, we parked in a small parking lot located on the north end of the park off Penfield Road near North Landing Road. There is a southern entrance off Glen Road, near Route 441.

From the north we meandered through trails and climbed ravines to the beautiful postcard falls on the southern end.

There are plenty of benches along the way to sit and enjoy the beauty...or you could just plop yourself down in the middle of a trail like Logan : )

We used my Nature Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers (that you can find HERE) to keep the kiddos entertained until we reached the falls.

Aren't they picture perfect? There is a small deck and seating area overlooking the falls. Just beyond the falls, there is an area to access the shallow water. The kiddos had a blast...

For more information on Corbett's Glen, it's history, and preservation efforts, please visit the Allen's Creek Corbett's Glen Preservation Group HERE.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Lake House

Welcome to our family lake house! Located on a lake in Canada near Gananoque, it was purchased in 1954 by my husband's grandfather and was nothing but a small fishing shack (with no running water) at the time.

Throughout the years it has had a number of additions and projects..first...a well and running water (YES!), thus a bathroom and even a laundry room : ) , a master bedroom, a large family/game room and an even larger deck to take in the splendid lake views. Oh, and a hot tub. And did I mention it's on an island? Yes, an actual island. Our very own island.

We have a boat house on "the mainland" where we park and keep our boat docked and then schlep everything from the car, to the boat, over to the island, and then up a heap of stairs to the cottage.

But really, we love it there. A little schlepping isn't so bad when it's to your island : )

Interior decorating wise, VERY LITTLE has been touched since the 1960's. Needless to say, it's in desperate need of a make-over. Starting this fall we're going to take it on one room at a time starting with the family/game room. I'll post before and afters as we make progress...but don't hold your's going to be a slow go.

Until then, enjoy some gorgeous lake views...

Welcome to Rabbit Island!

Take a seat and enjoy a view of the back bay.

Swing in the hammock for a while.

Relax and have a cocktail on the deck.

Happy Summer!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nature Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers

It's time to get outside and enjoy summer! What better way to entertain your little ones than with a scavenger hunt at your local park or nature walk. 

Use my free Nature Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers printable below and let the fun begin!

Happy Hunting!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Yummy Summertime Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Last week the weather finally dried out a bit, the clouds parted, and we had a gorgeous summer day. Logan and I joined some friends at Chase Farms Market for a little strawberry picking. Logan ate about as many as he picked, but it fortunately still left us enough fresh strawberries to make my Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Oh, how I love me some Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!


1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh rhubarb, chopped
3 cups fresh strawberries 
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg yolk
 2 tablespoons white sugar


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
2. In a large bowl, mix flour and sugar. Add strawberries and chopped rhubarb. Toss with sugar and flour and let stand for 30 minutes. 
3. Pour filling into pie crust. Dot top with butter, and cover with top crust. I chose to do a very simple basket weave pattern with my top crust. Simply cut your top crust into strips and weave together on top of the filling like a basket. Pinch edges to seal.
4. Apply yolk to top of pie, using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut small holes in top to let steam escape. 
5. Bake at 400 degrees, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. 
6. Turn off oven and let pie site in oven an extra 15 minutes to allow the filling to thicken.
7. Cool on rack.

If you go...Chase Farms Market is family owned and operated located at 459 Pannell Road in Fairport. U-Pick hours vary depending on conditions, so always visit their web site or call them at 315-986-3691 before heading out.


 Happy Summer!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Miss Bella's BowTique

I'm so proud of my good friend Jacqueline! She started a small business a few months ago that has taken off like a rocket ship. Miss Bella's BowTique creates elegant custom hair bows and hair accessories at really, and I mean really, affordable prices.

You can order custom pieces directly from Jacqueline or find her hair accessories in boutiques around town such as Haircuts for Peanuts in Fairport, Honalee Children's Boutique in Pittsford, Toy-Go-Round in Webster and Small Wonders in Henrietta.

Here are some pics of her work...

Simply gorgeous! For more, check out her on-line gallery HERE.

Call Jacqueline directly to order your own custom hair accessories and she'll give you $1 off your order! Just mention my blog when calling.

Miss Bella's BowTique
410/340-2196 (Jacqueline recently moved here from Maryland)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Our Wedding Day- Link Up

Tis' the season for weddings and I'm super excited to share my wedding day with Melanie & Holly at their Wedding Day Linky Party!


Andy and I were married on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at the Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester. It was a hot, gorgeous, hot, sunny, did I say hot, August summer day.

The University of Rochester and our rather large groomsmen party...count 'em...9, yes, 9.

My proud daddy.

Could I be possibly be any happier?! I think not. I did marry Prince Charming after all.

Back shot of my dress. I LOOOVED my dress!


Our adorable flower girl... who got stage fright and wouldn't walk down the isle.

Our reception was held at the Lodge at Woodcliff. The Lodge at Woodcliff sits on one of the highest points in our county with outstanding views.

See...outstanding views : )

Our cake topper...Barbie & Ken. They are actually Christmas ornaments that have a special place on our Christmas tree each year.

Gotta have the classic sunset pic!

Want to share your wedding day? Past or present... or maybe your dream wedding day (that's OK too). Link up.... : )


Friday, June 14, 2013

DIY Flag Garland

In celebration of Flag Day, I'd thought I'd share a very simple flag DIY project with you : )

You'll need approximately 11 small 4x6 fabric American flags (I picked up packages of three for $1 at Target), twine, hot glue gun, and scissors.

To begin, cut about 6 ft. of twine. Find the middle of your twine, and position your first flag.

Next, put a line of hot glue along the side of the twine, and fold the end of the flag over the twine.

Repeat spacing the flags approximately one inch apart.

And there you have it! A super easy flag garland to add to your summer holiday decor!

Until you read again,


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Speaking of House & Garden Tours...

Last week, Gina over at The Shabby Creek Cottage hosted a Summer Tour of Homes featuring twenty-five bloggers. Each day, June 3rd-7th, a handful of selected bloggers shared photos of their homes. On Friday, Gina hosted a linky party HERE where any blogger could link up their own home tour.

There are some very creative and gorgeous interiors, sure to get your home decor juices flowing. Here are links to each day of the home tour...

And don't forget to check out my own home tour HERE.

Enjoy : )


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