Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What I'm Wearing Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I'm on spring break and the weather has cooperated very nicely thank.you.very.much! ;)

We started warming up a few days ago and It's been really nice not to have bundle up.

On Sunday, I wore a t shirt dress and leggings from Forever 21. Although it was 65, I'm a wimp so I topped it with my Old Navy denim jacket that I got for $3.00 at a local thrift store and this cute little flamingo pin was $1.00 at Walmart. :)


I've even started to bust out the white jeans!!!


Monday was a glorious sunny 70 something day. I wore this new top I got off the Target clearance rack. I paid just over $10.00. I love the dusty rose color.


And, yesterday it was over 80 and sunny. It was time to break out the sandals and a sleeveless top. I bought this Anthropologie top over the winter and have been dying for it to get warm enough so I could finally wear it. It was on clearance for $20.00! Red is my favorite color and I love that the pattern has turquoise in it. I was able to wear my Kendra Scott turquoise necklace and earrings to match.


I'm really hoping this warm weather sticks around for a bit. I really don't want to go back to wearing boots. LOL! Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day!

Today I'm linking up with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel for What's Up Wednesday. I'm also linking up to The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. It's one of my favorite days of the month. I love seeing what all is going on in peoples' worlds and what they are wearing too. :) Here's a peek into mine...

We are eating lots of meatless meals. We are in the thick of Lent and that means no meat on Fridays for 40 days! My favorite meal so far was Ina Garten's Roasted Tomato Soup. It was so good. A little bit of work but worth it.

Ingredients:

3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 quart chicken stock or water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

Here's what mine looked like...YUM-O!


I'm reminiscing about...

Baseball. We are almost there. Baseball season begins in less than a week!!

Photos from last August at a Rays game. First time Dylan was in a dome. :)



Right now I am reading/loving...cozy mysteries especially the Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris. I love the books and the movies starring Candace Cameron Bure. I am currently reading this one...


I've been cleaning/purging/organizing and donating everything lately. Nothing is off limits. I am taking part in the 40 bags in 40 days challenge for Lent and so far so good. Here's a sampling of my handiwork...


What I'm dreading...nothing really. Phew!

What I'm working on...at school we are all about the rainbows and flowers. In class this week we made pom pom rainbows. So fun and super cute!


I'm excited for Easter break in a little over a week and this boy coming home!!


What I'm watching/listening to..

Murder She Baked on Hallmark Channel. LOVE this series. I dvr'ed them all this weekend and I'm hooked!


Listening to talk radio. So exciting. LOL!

What I'm wearing...lots of peplum/flowy tops and my first ever lularoe leggings!!


What I'm doing this weekend. Well, I was supposed to meet up with some friends for lunch and shopping in the city on Saturday but it's going to be a wash out so we had to reschedule. Spring in NY. :(

What I'm looking forward to next month...Easter break!!! 10 glorious days off from school! I love being a teacher. :D

And finally, what is my favorite spring thing to wear...dresses and scarves just like this...


And that's what's up in my world!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

What I Wore

With having a week off for winter break this month, I realized I didn't get "dressed" all that much. It was a lot of leggings and oversized tees. While they are comfy, they don't make for very pretty pictures. Even so, here's a little project life page about what I wore this month ...


Here is a closer look at a couple of new favorites items in my closet.

This Stay Golden top is perfect for me. I am a huge Golden Girls fan so when I found this in the Target clearance section, I knew I had to get it. I'm not sure you could tell from the photo but it has a cute hemline that flares out on the sides. Bonus it is super comfortable.


And, we are right in the thick of Lent now so what better way to show your faith than with a fun tee!? This FIAT tee is unbelievably soft. Like I don't want to take it off soft. I sized up so that I could wear it with leggings and cover my tush but I totally could have gotten my regular size. They are made by a sweet sweet girl. You can find here on instagram @brickhouseinthecity.

If you are wondering what the significance of FIAT is, the short version is that it means Let it Be Done. It refers to Mary's annunciation. :)



Linking up with the uber fabulous The Pleated Poppy. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snow Day Project Life

What do you do on a snow day? I do laundry and scrapbook.

On Thursday, we got hit with a blizzard here in New York. It was a bizarre two days of weather. On Wednesday it was sunny and in the 60's and on Thursday we got 12.5 inches of snow and white out conditions.

So, this is how the day went... Throw in a load of laundry. Sit on the couch. Create a scrapbook page using Becky Higgins Project Life app. Rinse. Repeat.

I like to use the app on my Ipad more than my phone because it is bigger and easier to type, etc.

I created several pages. Here ya go:

This is all about our day at the San Genarro Festival:


My son is a freshman at Binghamton University. I have him send me photos of events and activities that he attends. I scrapbook them for him so he will have the memories preserved and it helps me feel closer to him while he's away. :)

This page is about a school basketball game his girlfriend and he attended.


The next 3 pages are from when my husband took Dylan to see The Rolling Stones Exhibit in NYC.




My baby cousin turned 21 last month and the whole family got together to celebrate. These two pages are a compilation of just some of the many photos I took during the celebration. :)



For my birthday in December, we went out to eat just us four to Angelo's in Ridge Hill. We had never eaten there before. It was so good! If you are local, I highly recommend it.


And, lastly, I created a graduation page documenting my son's high school graduation.


Phew, I guess I really was productive during the blizzard. Now, to get them printed. That is another thing I love about the app. You can print right from your phone or Ipad right in the app! There is no need to upload it! I usually wait until I have about 10 pages to print to make the shipping worth my while. :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday

Hey there folks! Coming to you live from freezing cold and very snowy New York. We've had quite a few snow days recently. As a teacher, they are nice but that usually means I don't get out of yoga pants and that's no fun.

But, I'm sharing with you what I actually wore once I did have the occasion to get dressed. ;)

First up...my new shoes and top from Target. Oh, how I love me some Target. It's all so cute and affordable. :D And, I am loving the color olive lately.


And last week, I wore this bargain look. I paid $1.54 for this floral top from Kmart!! Go me! ;)



But, most days this month, this is what I, looked like ... yoga pants, sporty top and running shoes. :O


Last month was a better month for getting dressed. For those months, I like to create a Project Life scrapbook page featuring my favorite looks. Here is my page for January 2017:


I'm so over the snow and even snow days. Forget about spring. I'm ready for summer!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy today! :)

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Ground Turkey Meatballs

True Confession time ... I don't eat red meat. Ever since I was a child. Just wouldn't, simply couldn't do it. I have an early memory of me being made to sit at the dinner table until I ate that flank steak that was put in front of me. After a couple of hours, my mom realized it wasn't going to happen. So, from then on, my lovely mom made me an extra helping of vegetables and a big salad whenever she made meat. So, why am I telling you this? Because of my aversion to red meat, I've learned how to substitute either ground turkey or chicken to recipes that usually call for beef.

Growing up Italian, we ate Sunday gravy every week. Meatballs, sausage, pork and pasta in a glorious thick red gravy. Yum! But, there goes that red meat again. So, when I make meatballs, I just substitute with ground turkey instead and it comes out delicious.

Also, my Dad fries his meatballs. Oh, yes, they are incredible fried. However, I bake mine for a little healthier take on them and they taste great...promise. :)


Here's my recipe:

1 lb of ground turkey
1/2 cup of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of skim milk
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon of dried parsley
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped small
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cast iron skitter with Pam nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well but be careful not to over mix you do not want tough meatballs. Roll in the palm of your hands to form 12 meatballs. I use a large ice cream scoop to get an even amount for each ball so that they cook evenly. And, let me tell you, no matter how many times I make them, I never ever end up with 12 ... 11 yes, sometimes even 10, but never 12.

3. Place balls in skillet and bake in oven for 30 minutes turning after 15 minutes to brown on all sides.

4. Serve with your favorite jar or homemade sauce. If you are using jar sauce, I highly recommend either Victoria or Rao's.

Enjoy!