Friday, September 04, 2015

Friday Faves & Weekend Recap All In One

I know. I know. I am horrible at keeping up with my posts. I decided to give myself some grace and combine two posts in one. It just so happens that my weekend recap photos are some of my favorites right now. ;)

But first up is the first day of school. Both of my kiddos are in high school. Dylan is a senior and Natalie is a sophomore. Trying to get them to take a decent photo was quite comical. They were giving me all kinds of grumpy faces. I begged them to at least pretend they were happy about going back to school and this is what I got. Serves me right I guess. LOL! It just might be my favorite 1st day of school photo to date.

Next is my sweet girl, Tilly. I must confess that I was not on board with adding a dog into the family. I knew I would be the one handling all the responsibility. We go away a lot. And, I am a sentimental fool that gets attached to lint on the bottom of my shoe. LOL! That being said. I am totally in love. The kids joke that she is my favorite child. :)

I am addicted to cookbooks, cooking magazines, recipe websites, blogs about food. I have thousands of recipes pinned. If it's about food, I'm all over it. Right now, this magazine is my favorite. It is gorgeous and the recipes looks scrumptious. I cannot wait to make something from it.

In keeping with the food theme, this is my new favorite meatless meal. I am () close to being a vegetarian. I probably would be if I wasn't married to a huge meat eater who loves to grill all the things. So, when I saw @snoopnattynat post this recipe on Instagram, I immediately ran out to get the ingredients. It was quick, easy and delicious. You can find the recipe on her blog. I did a few things differently. I used frozen broccoli, a little bit more garlic, regular breadcrumbs instead of panko and I drizzled olive oil on top of mine before baking. They were a hit with everyone even Natalie who avoids mushrooms like the plague.

Now, here's where the Weekend Recap clashes with the Friday Favorites. LOL.

My son loves old fighter planes. He has been wanting to go to the Intrepid all summer but trying to coordinate it with his friend's schedule has been tricky. So, on the spur of the moment we took a trip to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Lockes, CT. This was definitely a favorite for him and for me. Getting to spend time with him and watching him enjoy himself is definitely a favorite. His favorite thing was sitting in his favorite plane ... the Thunderbird. Here are a few pictures from that day. I cannot wait to make a scrapbook for him with all the photos I took.

And now back to food. ;)

There is this place is Monroe, CT. called Mac Daddy's. They make gourmet mac n' cheese. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS! Yes, I am screaming! The first time we went, I had french onion. It was incredible. This time, Natalie and I ordered two different kinds of snack sizes and shared them. That way we could try more than one kind. We had buffalo mac n' cheese and mac a la vodka. The boys ordered the Cuban. It had ham and pickles. YUM! This place is a favorite for sure!

If you're still with me, you're in luck. This is the last favorite thing/recap this week. Even though we live in New York, we spend a ton of time in CT as you can probably tell from this post alone. Before my husband had Lyme Disease, we used to go to wine tastings all the time. But alcohol was strictly off limits while he was fighting it. He has been given a clean bill of health and has eased himself back into eating a regular diet and adding alcohol as well. So, we celebrated by going to Jones in, you guessed it, CT. It's not too far from the mac n' cheese place. It was a gorgeous day. I had a chardonnay and Stew had a Merlot. The kids had iced tea. They give you grapes from the farm. We sat ouside. It was crowded and oh so cute. A favorite little afternoon weekend activity.

And there you have my favorite/recap post. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Peach Galette

I love to bake even though I am not a big sweets eater. I would much rather eat real food than a piece of cake. I often bake to give it away to friends and neighbors. I mean my family can eat just so much. LOL!

So, when my Dad gave me a dozen giant peaches, I needed to figure out what to do with them. I searched the web and decided I would make a galette ... nice and easy and not too sweet.


-1 sheet of thawed frozen puff pastry
-2 peaches, sliced thin
-1-1/2 tablespoons of cold butter, cut up into small cubes
-3 TBSP of granulated sugar
-1 tsp of ground cinnamon


-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Make sure the oven rack is in the lowest row.
-Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
-Place thawed puff pastry sheet on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
-Line up the peach slices in (3) three rows, making sure to leave about a 1-1/2 to 2 inch border around all four sides.

-Sprinkle 2 TBSP of the cinnamon sugar over the peaches.
-Top with chopped up butter.
-Fold over the sides of the puff pastry making a border around the peaches.
-brush with water and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on the edges.

-Bake about 30-35 minutes until the crust is golden and the juices are bubbling.

Voila! You have an easy and delicious dessert.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Faves - Family, Food & Fashion Edition

Happy Friday!

Welcome to the Family, Food & Fashion Edition of Friday Faves. :)

I'm linking up with the uber fabulous Andrea at

First up is my favorite dress from my favorite online shop ... Shop Cissie.

I discovered Shop Cissie on Instagram last year and I am so glad that I did. They have fabulous dresses for really affordable prices. Plus, the girls that own it are super sweet!

My second favorite dress from their shop is the Spanglish dress. I missed out on it last year so I was super excited to see them bring it back again this year. I scooped it up as soon as it went live on their site.

If you don't follow them on Instagram, you're missing out. Be sure to check out @shopcissie. You wont be disappointed. Promise. :)

Next up is this slow cooker meal I made this week. I tell ya I think I use my slow cooker more in the summer than I do in the cooler months. With my son's baseball practices and games usually starting right in the middle of dinner time, I have no choice but to make something in the crockpot if we want to eat. LOL

This Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken is INCREDIBLE!!!

Recipe is courtesy of Mix and Match Mama

Shopping List
3-4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 pound chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
1 onion, sliced
4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28 oz) can Fire Roasted Tomatoes (not Rotel! The can actually says Fire Roasted Tomatoes.)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
lots of salt and pepper
2 heaping tablespoons sugar

In your slow cooker, layer all ingredients in order above except the sugar (you'll add that at the end). If the chicken is frozen, cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. If your chicken is thawed, cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours.

About 30 minutes before you're ready to eat, remove lid and shred the chicken with two forks right inside the slow cooker. Stir in sugar and cover again to finish cooking another 20-30 minutes.

*I also added a can of drained green olives in the last 30 minutes. I think next time, I'll add a can of mushrooms as well.

Here are some step-by-step photos for y'all:

One of my most favorite things to do is celebrate family. My niece turned 5 this week and my mom hosted a Frozen themed birthday party for her. Here are some shots from the festivities ...

Singing Happy Birthday:

Ripping into the presents we got her:

Thanking Natalie for the presents:

After cake and presents, we hit up the park across the street to slide and climb with a crown on of course. ;)

And lastly, I leave you with my favorite little book that puts me in the right frame of mind as I start my day. I read one or two blessings every morning when I wake up. I try and start each day on a positive note and this little book does the trick. I got it at Target a few months ago. *Sigh* I love Target. ;)

This is my favorite blessing. I read it everyday along with another one that pertains to a specific thing on my mind.

And there you have my favorites this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

What I Wore Project Life Catch Up

I have a "thing" for clothes. I love easy sun dresses and maxi dresses too. I love breezy tops. I love flip flops and wedges and riding boots. I love boho tops. I love statement necklaces a little too much. ;) I love leaving the house put together. And I love documenting them on Instagram. Earlier this year I thought it might be fun to create scrapbook pages of some of my favorite outfits I wore each month. I think it'll be kinda neat to look back in a few years and see what was in fashion, at least according to me. ;) See, I am a scrapbooker, a memory keeper, the family photographer and historian, etc. so my mind always goes right to how can I record this for posterity. LOL

Here is exactly what I am talking about ...

June 2015:

May 2015:

April 2015:

March 2015:

February 2015:

At the end of the year, I plan on printing these babies out in 8x8 size and putting them into an album. I use the Project Life App on my iphone. It takes literally 2 minutes to create these pages. And, I can print them out in the app right from my phone. So easy and convenient. I wish my mom and grandmom had done this. I would love to see what they wore on a day-to-day basis.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

My Beauty Routine

If that's what you want to call it, consists of washing my face and applying moisturizer. Seriously, I am a girly girl in just about every way except when it comes to my beauty. I am definitely low maintenance. I hardly wear make up especially in the summer months but I never leave the house without lipstick.

To cleanse, I use the 3 step routine from Proactiv. It has kept me blemish free for years and I don't plan on changing a thing. LOL

My favorite moisturizer is Oil of Olay. I have been using it since I was a teenager. My grandma told me to use it and boy I am glad I listened. It has done wonders for keeping my skin looking young.

Sometimes in the winter, I will need a little bit of something under my eyes. I use this by Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. It also has spf 20.

Now for the fun part, my lipstick. I am obsessed with lipstick and I never leave home without it on. My favorite color is red and my favorite red lipstick is relentlessly red by MAC Cosmetics. It's more of a pinky red than a traditional red.

Hands down, my favorite lipstick has to be from Forever 21. It's vibrant, goes on smoothly and stays on all day. And it's inexpensive. Gotta love that. Here I am wearing my favorite lipstick from Forever 21. It's called Hot Pink.

In the fall and winter months, I tend to wear a lot of plum colored lipstick. This one is also from Forever 21. :)

And lately I've been on a paler lips look. This is by Loreal and I love it!!!! It is my current favorite.

And there you have my simplified beauty routine. I can't wait to read some of yours and learn a thing or two. ;)

Monday, July 06, 2015

Weekend Round Up - Baseball & BBQ Edition

I absolutely love the 4th of July. It's no coincidence that it occurs during my favorite time of the year ...summer! We usually have a low key 4th around here but we never let it go without a little celebration.

On Friday, we took my son and his friend to an Independent League baseball game in Bridgeport, CT. We have been wanting to go there for quite some time. The team, the Bluefish, is made up of former major league players and some players that never made it out of the minors. Baseball fans would recognize the name, Sean Burroughs. He's on this team although he didn't play the night we went. Here are some scenes from the game...

The field...

The lineup...

The mascot was a total ham. He sang the national anthem with us, took photos with the boys and later enjoyed watching the game with us in the empty seat next to us.

We got a team set of baseball cards when we walked in and packs of flavored sunflower seeds when we left. We got Dill Pickle and Bacon flavored seeds. They lost the game 9-5 but we all had a fun night at the ballpark.

Before the game, we ate at a BBQ place call Walrus & Carpenter. We love us some bbq food. We had wings, pork bites & pork rind nachos (I didn't even go near those! LOL) for starters.

Then we all shared my hush puppies because my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. LOL. Oh my word. They were divine.

And for my entree, I had the pulled pork soft tacos. They were so light and fresh. You bet your bottom I ate both of them. ;)

Saturday was nearly a total wash out. The sun didn't come out until late afternoon but we made the best of it. We took Tilly to our local dog park where she played with her new friend Foxy. ;)

After 30 minutes of running around trying to catch a tennis ball, she was pooped.

We ended the night with a bbq dinner, it's not like we just had it yesterday or anything?! ahhaaaa!

This was the first time I microwaved sweet potatoes They came out great. Pierce with a fork 4-5 times. Cook for 8 minutes flipping over halfway through and they were perfect!

On Sunday, we went to the Stormville Flea Market. It was hot. I got a cute red floppy sunhat. I'll have to get a picture of it. And the boys got records and video games. We had sushi for lunch and got home just in time to watch the women's soccer and then Sunday night baseball. Perfect way to end the long weekend. Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend!