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playing catch up

things we’ve been up to this spring/summer:

celebrated ANNA’S BIRTHDAY … one year closer to thirty, & she’s feeling good about it.  while she may be twenty-nine now, bartenders still give double-takes when she passes them her license to order a drink (we think she’ll be carded until she’s forty).  :)

moved to a NEW LOFT APARTMENT (which we love).

anna is currently testing out her green thumb on the new patio.

although, there were a few tears as we packed up & left our first apartment we’ve lived in together… au revoir, holly street.

traveled to PARIS with anna’s family!  we ate buttery pastries every day, sipped lots of wine, people-watched in bistros, dined in fancy restaurants, walked the streets until our feet were blistery, traveled to the countryside for a few days, fell in love with rue montorgueil, spoke french with locals, & vowed to visit again.  (we’ll always have paris.)

anna attended her cousin caroline’s BABY SHOWER in virginia.   (update: baby belle is currently an adorable, healthy & happy three-&-a-half-week old!)

anna soaked up every second of time with her east coast cousins on this short trip.

celebrated the FOURTH OF JULY with our parents (it’s becoming a tradition ’round here).  we rode bikes to dinner, sat outside & ate lobster (which felt very festive), watched deuling country clubs’ fireworks shows from the patio, & had a delicious late-night cobbler at robby’s parents’.

took a DAYTRIP TO SANTA BARBARA (the place we were wed) to reminisce.  & reminisce we did.  we ate at the little cafe where we had breakfast every morning of our wedding week.  we visited the hotel where we stayed with our wedding party & friends.  we had a cocktail at the site of our reception & the place we spent our first married night.  we walked on the beach, getting sand between our toes.  ah, the memories.

& we’re currently getting ready for a trip with the smith clan to IDAHO (the place of bob’s birth, home to many lakes, long summer days, outdoor sports, & beautiful scenery).  it will be a blast, we’re sure of it.

(oh, we’re also getting POLITICAL & helping robby’s dad with his run for city council of our hometown.  go bicycle bob!!)

i guess we’ve been busy.  so sorry for the lack of smithlove updates.  we’ll be better, we promise!

xo, anna + robby

p.s. here’s a little reminder to be thankful (from the chalkboard in our kitchen). we thought you might like to see…


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my first bundt cake





we had a little dinner party with friends at our new table, & we ate this chocolate-coffee cake for dessert. i ♥ baking. it soothes my soul.

xo, anna

{recipe from joy the baker}


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at long last, our finished table!


ta da!
we’re over the moon excited to eat our first meal tonight at our new table. we might even christen it with a couple glasses of red wine.

{you can see the process here, here, & here.}

i can already picture many memorable dinner parties at our farmhouse-inspired table in the years to come…


xo, anna

*we would like to thank don, debbie, & shai for all of their wisdom & help with this project. we couldn’t have done it without you all! ♥

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celebrating robby

a few moments from robby’s thirtieth celebration…








robby & the dads went on a bike ride to an al fresco lunch. it was a beautiful, warm eighty-degree day.

we had a relaxing afternoon, munching on snacks like garlicky popcorn & guacamole. for dinner, we had homemade chicken tortilla soup (recipe from the pioneer woman), salad, corn bread & roasted asparagus. i made a birthday apple pie for dessert. robby got lots of thoughtful gifts. ♥



{i found many of the decorations from shop sweet lulu.}

we love you, robby!
xo, anna


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nothing better than apples & cinnamon

i baked a pie a few days ago on a chilly & rainy night when we were craving something warm & fruity to eat by the fireplace. apple pie did the trick!



…not the prettiest pie i’ve ever made, but we didn’t care. ♥
& we’re still enjoying the leftovers.

xo, anna

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rockin’ around the christmas tree


we love our sweet-smelling tree. after the crazy wind storm we had here last week, i’m so glad we could find one! i keep finding myself saying, “look at the treeeee!” christmastime is officially official over here.

i’ve been busy crafting other decorations too… an activity advent calendar & a recycled magazine tree.

i ♥ the holidays.

which december traditions make your heart happy?

xo, the smiths

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new season: new mantle



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c’est bon!

the holidays mean sugary sweets & rich meals. i love baking pies & cookies. sneaking seconds & thirds of stuffing. stealing red hots (my favorite candy since childhood) from the bowl while making gingerbread houses. i always find a way to consume a year’s worth of mashed potatoes just in thanksgiving week. but sometimes i just want some fresh raw veggies to counterbalance it all. I can’t be the only one feeling this. ;)

hungry for something healthy?


do this: grab some good sourdough bread. (i prefer cracked wheat sourdough, but any fresh bread will do.)

toast the bread.

slather a layer of garlic hummus on top of warm slices. cover with a layer of crushed avocado.

sprinkle on top the following: chickpeas, sliced green onion, sliced radish, freshly grated parmesan, salt & pepper.

squeeze a bit of lemon over it all.

voilà. a perfectly easy, healthy, yummy, & surprisingly filling sandwich. great when served with an arugula salad & olives.

you can thank me later.

xo, anna

{idea à la the avocado tartine at le pain quotidienne.}

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carving pumpkins

for halloween, we went for a “monogrammed” look. :) what do you think?

i had good intentions to roast the pumpkin seeds after scooping out the insides, but i completely forgot & threw it all away!

we placed our little “S” punkin out on the balcony so we can enjoy her more while we’re in the apartment.



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mantle update

we have a few new additions to the mantle, so i thought i’d share a picture with you…

added: a pendant love sign from this etsy seller (used for stasie’s garden party), a beautifully-covered classic book (the secret garden), a preserved boxwood plant, a trio of mason jars (from stasie’s garden party) filled with flowers from the hubs, & the recent anthology magazine (love it!).

xo, anna

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