I've been FEELIN' the winter blues lately and desperately craving some personal nourishment. A day at the spa can be a fantastic way to pamper yourself but if you're anything like me, you may be seeking a less costly way to satisfy your day-spa dreams. I planned a 'Treat Yo Self Day' at my house with … Continue reading Treat Yo Self Day!
This time last year, Tim and I started brain storming for our DIY patio build project. In the midst of a cold New England winter we could not help but dream of sunnier days to come. Thoughts of enjoying the outdoors with our family triggered visions of the perfect patio to gather on. We had our … Continue reading Thinking ahead: a DIY patio story
On cold winter nights a home cooked meal is perfect for warming the soul. Nothing nourishes quite as well as fresh homemade pasta. A few years ago we spend a weekend with my in-laws learning how to make homemade ravioli from scratch including the ping (ravioli filling). There is something to be said about recipes … Continue reading Delizioso! Homemade pasta.
In my case it was hands down the egg that came first! While visiting a friend's family farm in Santa Barbara I had an experience that changed my life forever. It was the taste of farm fresh eggs collected from their coop for our breakfast that won over my taste buds and ignited my desire to raise … Continue reading Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
When Tim and I purchased our first home together a little over a year ago, we knew we needed to prepare ourselves to take on a hefty amount of DIY projects around the property. The first thing on my mind was establishing our gardens. For us this started with the construction of a number of … Continue reading From the ground up.
This blog is dedicated to my grandfather, Alvin Van Cleave, and the memory of my grandmother, Joan Van Cleave. They have been the most influential people in my life and I am so proud to share all that I have gained from them here with you. We are Arianna and Tim Iappini. Named for the … Continue reading Welcome to The Birch Arbor!