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Burm Family Year in Review

December 31, 2015
Happy New Year's Eve! We are wishing you all a bright and joyful year ahead.


2015 was one of the most difficult years that my family and I have had to endure – we combatted cancer, faced the loss of my grandfather and a move – but we have gained strength from it and are determined to make the most of every day in 2016!

Today, I am sharing an update about us for our family and friends who we haven't had the opportunity to visit in 2015.

This year:
  1. I continued my work as a Web Content Writer and Editor and also began writing my Lifestyle and Travel blog here at Burm Voyage.
  2. My husband accepted a new Sustainability opportunity – working for the public sector of his field.
  3. We traveled to more than 15 states in 2015, including Hawaii!
  4. We lived in the Northwest, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
  5. We made a new home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  6. We wrote about "10 Things We've Learned from Moving Across the Country."
  7. We visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. and crossed them off our "Life List."
  8. We had our second wedding anniversary and are looking forward to celebrating 10 years together this year!
  9. We also celebrated Olive's second birthday – you can view her birthday photos on Instagram.
  10. Finally, we met this year's travel resolution to visit more locations on our "Life List" and are working on a new list for 2016.


This will be our New Year's Eve view tonight!

What are you looking forward to the most this year? Have you set any resolutions for 2016? Share with me in the comments below or on my Facebook or Instagram!

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from The Burms

December 24, 2015

Although we have been celebrating Christmas together for the past decade, we have only been sending out holiday cards the last two years, and I'm challenging myself to become better at it each year!

Here is our Burm Family Christmas Card from 2014 that I designed, featuring Olive:
This is our Burm Family Christmas Card this year, through Vistaprint, which had an incredible holiday card collection and labels to choose from:



(This is not a sponsored post, I genuinely enjoyed the ease of creating our Christmas cards through Vistaprint.)

Happy Holidays from our family to yours this year!

We hope that you all have a Merry Christmas with your family and friends.

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

December 20, 2015
There is nothing like the holiday season, and for me, baking traditional family recipes are the best way to celebrate!

As the youngest granddaughter living out-of-state in a family with 15+ grandchildren, I didn't get a lot of time alone with my grandma growing up. But when I did, I spent most of my time helping her bake. 

I grew up cherishing her recipes, and a favorite of mine was always her sugar cookies. Coincidentally, it is also one of my husband's favorites, so this classic recipe is one that we make each year around this time.

We hope you enjoy our recipe for these easy-to-make Christmas Sugar Cookies over the holiday!


Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

Serves about 8

Ingredients:
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar, for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Set aside a small bowl. Stir flour, baking soda and baking powder together in the small bowl.
  3. Set aside a large bowl. Stir butter and sugar together until smooth, then add in egg and vanilla. Stir.
  4. Gradually combine the dry ingredients from the small bowl into the large one. Add in buttermilk and stir until the dough is soft.
  5. Roll teaspoons of dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Add sprinkles or colored sugar.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes until edges of cookies are golden. Let stand for 5 minutes to cool.
  8. Enjoy!




It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Also, how sweet is this ornament that my in-laws sent us for our tree?

Merry Christmas Week to all!

Home for the Holidays

December 16, 2015

Since we are usually in the air or on the road going to visit out-of-state family and friends for the holidays, we have historically not decorated much for Christmas, since we aren't there long enough to enjoy the winter atmosphere.

However, this year we are going to be having family over at our home for the holidays, so it has been great to have time to add some Christmas pieces to our decor and make our home merry and bright!



Christmas Ornaments: Martha Stewart Living



It has also been incredible to experience the winter festivities here in the Mid-Atlantic.

We had the opportunity to go downtown to explore Pittsburgh – and it's holiday markets, outdoor ice skating rink and Wintergarden – over the warm winter weekend and found it to be a wonderful place to make Christmas memories!






The entire city is so beautifully decorated for the holidays and everyone here is so full of Christmas spirit that it really has felt like the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Holidays, friends!

Mid-Atlantic Living

December 5, 2015

It was great to take time off from Burm Voyage to focus on spending quality time with family during our first Thanksgiving in the Mid-Atlantic – but it's also nice to be blogging again!

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we traveled to Maryland and Virginia, where we visited with family. Then, once we were back home in Pennsylvania, we embarked on a move across the city to our very own condo in Pittsburgh – just in time to beat the cold and the beginning of winter.

Although it has been a busy month for us thus far, we have enjoyed being able to spend so much time together in the comfort of our new home!





Since December 1, we've been listening to Christmas music and adding holiday pieces to our decor – but we are still waiting for our first snow.

This weekend, we plan to head downtown to experience some winter festivities in the Mid-Atlantic, which include a "Christkindlmarkt" inspired by German holiday markets (that I was able to experience in Germany 10 years ago) and an outdoor ice-skating rink.

I'm looking forward to blogging about both events soon, so stay tuned to my Facebook or Instagram!