Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weekend Recap - Food & Rain Edition

This weekend was my first taste of freedom. My last day of teaching mini camp for my preschool ended at 12:30 on Friday afternoon. I am freeeeeeeeeeee until Labor Day! It hasn't quite hit me yet. I'm not in vacation mode just yet. So, this weekend felt like an ordinary weekend in the neighborhood. ;)

It was cold and rainy in New York on Saturday. I actually had to wear a jacket! :O

We got off to a late start. The weather really does make you lazy. Stew is an avid record collector and every now and then we travel down to Princeton, NJ to one of his favorite record stores. There is usually something in it for me. This time it was dinner in Newark's Ironbound section for some outrageous Spanish food. The boy tagged along while the girl opted to go to an early Fourth of July celebration with her friends.

On the way there, we stopped for a quick bite to eat at Epsteins Kosher Deli for knishes, hot dogs and cream sodas. YUM!

While the boys went record hunting, I sat and read my new book. I love Mary Kay Andrews. Her books are always so fun. My favorite of hers is The Fixer Upper but so far I am loving this one a lot.

The boys came back with their fair share of goodies and off we went to dinner at Forno's of Spain. We had olives, salad, paella and changurro and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Oh my Heavens!

We got home so late that we all just crashed.

Sunday my boy was supposed to have a baseball game in West Haven, CT but the weather was dismal so it was cancelled. Here is a shot from Friday's game. He went 2 for 3 but the team lost a nail biter 9-8.

We have this little tradition going in our family. We love to take hikes or walks on Sundays. Now that we have Tilly, she joins in the fun. :) This particular Sunday, we strolled the Dutchess County Rail Trail. I had my iphone on me so I know we walked over 10,000 steps. ahahaaaa!

Here are some scenes from the path...

And this is how Tilly feels after the long walk. ;)

It was a dreary weekend but we made the best of it. I cannot wait to finally tackle all of those projects that I don't have time for during the school year. Happy Summer Vacation!

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Favorite Summer Shoes

I am your typical girl. I love shoes ... wedges, ballet flats, sandals ... you name it, I love it. And, I probably own more than one pair of each type. However, when it comes to my favorite summer shoe, the flip flop reigns supreme. I own a pair in practically every color. I have dollar ones from Old Navy and I have pricier Havaianas. I even have wedge flip flops.

Below you will find a sampling of just what I'm talking about.

Since we spend most of our summer at the pool or beach, flip flops really are the way to go. They are easy, cute and comfortable.

If I had to choose a second favorite, it would be the gladiator sandal. I love my gold Sam and Libby gladiators that I got at Target. I get so many compliments when I wear them.

And there you have it ... my favorite summer shoe. :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Spaghetti Pie - Oh My!

Growing up my mom's friend Nancy used to make spaghetti pie. It was so delicious. I mean ... what's not to love, right? Pasta in pie form! I am shocked to say that I never attempted to make it myself. I kinda just forgot about it. That is until one day my friend Linda posted her grandma's version on Instagram. I immediately e mailed her for the recipe and made it the very next day. I made a few adjustments to her recipe to make it mine. Here is my version...

Spaghetti Pie


Spaghetti - 1 lb
Eggs, beaten - 3
Heavy cream - 3/4 cup
Parmesan, grated - 1 cup
Four Cheese blend - shredded - 1-1/2 - 2 cups
Fresh herbs to taste
Freshly grated nutmeg - a pinch
Peas - 1 cup
Prosciutto - sliced into a chiffonade
Freshly ground Pepper - plenty

Cook spaghetti until al dente. You can totally use gluten free spaghetti here.

Put as much as you can fit comfortably into deep dish pie plate. I was able to fit the entire pound of pasta into my Le Creuset deep dish pie plate.

In a very large bowl, combine everything else and cream, except add-ins.

I used the pot I boiled my pasta in to save on clean up. :)

Toss spaghetti into mixture, and mix until evenly coated.
Fold in add-ins of your choice. (Certain foods would need to be cooked first.)
If mixture is dry, add cream. Pour back into pie plate and top with additional cheese.

This can be made vegetarian too. Just omit the prosciutto.

Bake in 350 oven until hot and bubbly and top has color.
Let cool before cutting.
and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Weekend Recap - Dylan's Birthday Edition

So, 17 years ago at 4:01 am I gave birth to this amazing boy. He's sweet and funny and kind and smart. He's pretty much perfect except that he is a Mets fan. Ha!!

This weekend it was all about Dylan and baseball.

Here he is in front of the Homerun Apple outside the stadium.

First up was Marlins vs Mets at Citifield. It was the perfect day for a ball game. The sun was shining and the temps were I the low 80's with no humidity at all.

Even though he is a Mets fan, his favorite player just happens to be a Marlin...Giancarlo Stanton. It was something like fate that they would be playing in NY on his birthday. SInce Giancarlo plays right field, we had to sit in right field. ;)

The last time we saw him play was in Marlins Park last August and he went 0-4 But not today. He hit two homeruns!!!

We enjoyed some ballpark food. I always eat a soft pretzel. The boy loves to try the fancy hot dog creations at the game. This time he had a BLT dog. YUM!

After the game, we hit up the team store for his birthday present. He chose a Strawberry jersey.

On the way back to the car, we stumbled upon this cool sign. It was the actual spot of first base in the old Shea Stadium. I made them take this pic. You should have heard the moaning and groaning. LOL!

After every Mets home game, we stop by The Lemon Ice King of Corona. It always reminds me of the opening of the King Of Queens when Doug drops his ice and turns right back around to get a new one. Ha! But I digress. I had lime, Stew had peanut butter and the boy had orange vanilla. He said it tasted like a creamscicle. If you ever find yourself in Queens in the summer, make sure you stop by. It's so good.

For the birthday dinner, we had all you can eat sushi at Mizumi. Oh My Word! It was amazing!!! Here is a sampling of just a small portion of what we ate. ;)

We got home too late for cake. So, we decided to save it for Sunday.

Sunday means baseball for us. Dylan had a game at 10 and he had to be at the field 9:30 sharp. It took a lot to get motivated after an exhausting day but he's glad he did. He went 2 for 3 with 5 RBI's and a stolen base. WooHoo!

We pretty much just relaxed the rest of the day. Played catch up with chores. And then we sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed the Dr. Pepper cake that I made. I cheated and used an easy version I found on Food.com instead of the one from scratch. I plan on making the original one for the family BBQ in two weeks. But this was totally servicable.

And that, my friends, wraps up Dylan's birthday weekend! :)