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Five Things Friday: Puppy, Superbowl, and Snow

10 Feb

Happy Friday! This week has sure been a weird one, with all of the weather and everything else going on in the world (and in our lives). I have lots to share with you today and I haven’t done a post like this in forever so here goes nothing.

  • Let’s start with the biggest news: we adopted a puppy! It was totally unexpected hence why I didn’t mention anything on here before. We had known we wanted to get one in the near future, likely spring so the weather would be a bit better. We saw on Facebook that a local rescue organization, Pack Leaders, would be at Petsmart with their dogs available for adoption this past Saturday. We decided to stop by and fell absolutely in love with an 8 month old Plott Hound/Whippet mix named Forrest. Long story short, we ended up adopting him that day and changed his name to Charlie. He is fitting in well with our family (as in the cats are tolerating him currently) and I’m sure I will be sharing plenty of pictures of him here.

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  • With all of the puppy craziness, we were still able to host our small Superbowl gathering that we have each year. A few of our close friends came over and we ate the night away and also celebrated the Pats awesome comeback and win (YAY). The best treats of the night were provided by our favorite local bakery, Hartford Baking Company, in West Hartford. They provided us with a fantastic bread bowl and some pretzel baguettes that we sliced up for dipping as well. I absolutely love supporting local businesses and I encourage visiting Hartford Baking Company ASAP as their sandwiches, pastries, and coffee are also amazing and that bread is just everything.
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One of everything please!

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  • Winter has finally arrived and I know I am one of the few that is SO happy about it. I love the snow and the cozy feeling of being wrapped up in blankets while the snow falls outside. We got around 18 inches last night which was definitely our biggest storm of the season.
  • With the snow comes my urge to cook all the things. I made chili for super bowl which we enjoyed leftovers of all week long. I took Monday off and decided to meal prep some chicken pesto pasta for lunch for the week. I used a combo of veggie and gluten free pasta along with almost a whole jar of pesto and a couple of sauteed chicken breasts. I plan on making this again for this coming week so I will try to snap some pics and share the recipe as I kind of made it up as I went along. I also made Chrissy Teigen’s chicken noodle soup last night which was just what the hubby needed as he was feeling a bit under the weather when he got home from plowing.

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  • We have some fun plans for this weekend and I’m excited to get out as I feel like I’ve been stuck in the house due to the snow. We are doing some early Valentine’s Day celebrating with our friends Robbie and Jenna and heading to some wineries out in the Litchfield area which has become an annual tradition for the four of us. Sunday is a much needed girls breakfast with some of my favorite ladies.
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I’m sure there will be a repeat of this photo from last year ūüôā

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend filled with all of the fun you can find!

Disclaimer: A portion of this post was sponsored by Hartford Baking Company. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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Three Things Thursday: Fun and Friends!

19 Dec

Hello there! I know its been quite a while since my last post but things have been so insane with starting to plan the wedding and the upcoming holidays. I wanted to do a three things Thursday post to tell you guys about some of the amazing things that have been going on in my life lately!

1. Christmas (and New Year’s) are just around the corner!

It seems like the holiday season this year has just flown by and Christmas is only 6 days away! Luckily, I have stayed ahead of the game this year and I am done with the shopping and the wrapping. Although we are having our (2nd) annual Christmas party tomorrow at our apartment and I am stressing quite a bit about that. Last year it was just kind of a last minute thing thrown together and we had a few appetizers and drinks with about ten of our closest friends. This year, a great deal of planning went into the party and we are having nineteen people at the party (in our one bedroom apartment!). I am very excited and I have been for weeks but I am just super nervous about all of the normal hostess things such as will there be enough room, enough food, will everyone bring a grab bag gift, etc. I’m sure it will go very smoothly and it will be great to have a lot of our friends over to celebrate the holiday.

Awesome sign… so true!

 2. I am absolutely loving the winter weather!

Although the cold can be a pain sometimes, I really do enjoy this time of year. I love being able to get all cozy at night in my warmest PJs and be able to go out in a sweater and leggings with a cute scarf. It also brings more reasons to try some new cocktails (to stay warm of course!) when we are out to dinner celebrating Christmas with friends. In fact, last night we went to Plan B with our friends Cheyne and Miko and I tried the “New Fashioned” which was Buffalo Trace Bourbon,¬†simple syrup,¬†Peach Tree,¬†fresh orange, lemon, and lime. It was so delicious and definitely a different flavor than I am used to!¬†I feel like I need to start ordered different¬†types¬†of cocktails when we are out so that I can experience as much as possible and find new¬†types of alcohol that I enjoy.

The "New Fashioned" at Plan B!

The “New Fashioned” at Plan B!

3. Meeting and making¬†“new” friends

I feel like lately I have had the pleasure of meeting and making a lot of new friends. I am SO lucky! One person who I met recently was Caitlin (author of the amazing blog Cait Plus Ate!) since I won an adorable Blue Nile necklace in one of her blog giveaways. We decided to meet up on Tuesday morning at Daybreak since we both love their coffee. We only talked for a few minutes but she was as sweet and charasmatic as I had expected and I can’t wait to get together for drinks sometime after New Year’s. Also, Dan and I have been spending a lot of time lately with Kevin and Katie, who are friends that are pretty new to me. Kevin was Dan’s very best friend growing up and they hadn’t hung out as much while they were both in college but Kevin is now working very close to home so we hang out with him and his girlfriend Katie on a weekly basis! They are so nice and¬†funny and I look forward to seeing them every week ūüôā

It has been quite a whirlwind lately and I can’t wait to recap on¬†all of the holiday fun coming¬†up in the next few days. They include the Christmas party, a trip to a local vineyard and a kids Christmas party at the fire house. I am SO excited, especially since this is my absolute favorite time of year! I just hope it doesn’t go by too quickly. I hope you guys have a safe and happy holiday! Merry Christmas!¬†