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Five Things Friday: Summer Lovin’

23 Jun

Happy happy Friday! I feel like this week dragged on a bit but that might be because we have very few plans this weekend and I’m so pumped to just relax with the hubby! It was definitely a busy week and I have a huge piled of unfolded laundry calling my name this evening (ugh). I figured I would share five random thoughts from the past week (or two).

  • We signed up for our first CSA with Fair Weather Acres farm and our first pickup was this past Sunday. We received so many fresh and delicious veggies which allowed us to be a bit more creative with our cooking this week. Our box included: 2 lbs of spinach, 1 head of lettuce, 1 quart of strawberries, 1 bunch of swiss chard, 1 bunch of radishes, 1 head of broccoli, garlic scapes, and bok choy. I loved everything included but I think my favorite were the strawberries and the garlic scapes. We made two new recipes with some of the veggies we received, a garlic scape and spinach frittata as well as swiss chard and garlic scape pasta. Both were yummy!

frittata

swiss chard and garlic scape pasta

  • My cousin Daniel graduated from high school on Tuesday and we were fortunate enough to be able to attend. He gave a speech during the ceremony which obviously had everyone in our family in tears. We went out for a wonderful dinner at Bertucci’s after too. It was a great evening!

Daniel graduation

  • Last Saturday went down as one of the top five days of this year for me so far. Natasha, Jenna, and I attended our friend Miko’s bridal shower which was SO much fun. We were nonstop laughing the entire time due to the very creative and hilarious games that her bridal party had planned. After the shower, Jenna and I met up with the boys in Granby at Lost Acres Vineyard where we enjoyed some wine and a fantastic cheese plate. After that we ventured over to Brignole Vineyards, also in Granby, and had a really fun wine tasting (the guy giving our tasting was hilarious) and some fabulous sangria. All of that wine meant for an early evening catnap but we managed to rally and make it out for our friend Kevin’s birthday. It was truly an amazing day!

Miko's bridal shower

Lost Acres cheese and wine

  • Salads have been my jam lately. Ever since returning from our cruise, I have been craving salads and fresh veggies ALL the time. I have particularly been enjoying my current lunch salad which includes strawberries and goat cheese which is such a fantastic combo. If you haven’t tried it, you should!
Firehouse Subs salad

First salad from Firehouse Subs, sooo good!

chicken fajita salad

The chicken was way too spicy, even for me! Less chili powder next time for sure 

Strawberry goat cheese salad

  • Father’s Day was filled with so much delicious food and lots of sunshine. We treated my Dad to lobster rolls at Jessica’s Garden in Marlborough (highly recommend!) and then we visited Dan’s parents for dinner at their new lake house in Ashford. It was a wonderful end to a great weekend!

jessicas garden lobster roll

Father's day 2017 1

Life has been pretty great lately but I am excited to have very few plans on the radar this weekend. There is a bottle of Rosé and some grilling on the agenda and that’s the way I like my summer weekends!

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Wordless Wednesday: Birthday & 4th of July Weekend

6 Jul

Happy hump day! I am loving this short work week and am excited that the weekend seems like it is coming up quickly once again. This past weekend we celebrated my birthday as well as America’s birthday 🙂 I took a ton of pictures and figured it would be best to just share them, wordless style. Enjoy!

post softball pizza

Mikos American Pie

Lovely pie made by Miko for my birthday celebration

Dan Kody Morgan and I

the men 2016 bday

dan and i 2016 bday

silverstein fam 2016 bday

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

Hanningtons bday 2016

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

ladies bday 2016

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

jenna alex natasha bday 2016

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

birthday margarita D

Diamond margarita… Love the festive straw!

whole harmony tea

Whole Harmony Goji Berry Raspberry Iced Tea at Boticello’s Farmer’s Market.. so good!

Mercado 2

Mercado‘s Queso Frito… one of my absolute favorite food trucks ever!

MCC Fireworks 2016

Birthday breakfast 2016

Birthday breakfast at Dondero Orchards

winery selfie bday 16

winery bday 16

winery bday 16 2

lobster landing

lobster landing lobster roll

red robin bday burger

My Red Robin birthday burger on July 4th is a tradition for us 🙂

beer lobs pool

Man that was a lot of pictures! Believe it or not, even with all of the fun we had, we were still able to get a LOT done on the house. I will be sharing those pictures hopefully later this week if not next week. I can’t wait for today to be over as we are having some friends over for dinner and I’m excited to relax with them 🙂 Have a happy Wednesday!

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

2 Jun

Happy happy Thursday! A three day week for me  (Monday AND Tuesday off) means that this week is flying by! I figured I would do a quick recap of all of the fun that was had this past weekend. It was truly filled with the best food, wine, and even better friends and family!

Friday evening was spent at Cassidy Hill Vineyard and then the Diamond with no pictures taken (oops!). I guess I was just really excited for the long weekend.

Saturday we attended a cookout at our friend Jim’s house where we had some delicious food and I enjoyed a couple cans of Lila Rosé which was really good, and I love that it comes in a can. We also attended a neighborhood pig roast with Dan’s parents and our friend Christian which was cool because we got to meet some of our new neighbors.

Lila Rose

Jim's cookout

Sunday afternoon was spent at Still Hill Brewery with Robbie and Shivani with no pictures taken again. Sunday evening we were at Dan’s parents house for a little cookout and Alex joined us as well. We had a fun ride on their neighbor’s golf cart too!

golf cart ride

I also took very few pictures on Monday as the parade was cancelled due to the weather but we still attended a cookout hosted by the fire department which was fun and we got to spend some time with our flower girl and ring bearer who we definitely don’t see enough!

Fire dept picnic

I took Tuesday (in addition to Friday) off to give myself a mini-vacation. I spent the afternoon with Natasha at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford which is absolutely breathtaking and a perfect way to spend a day off. We ended the day with dinner at our house with Brian and Natasha and we enjoyed salmon, grilled chicken, potato salad, and cole slaw. SO yummy!

natasha and i gouveia

gouveia view

gouveia tasting

dinner on patio

It was quite a fun weekend and I was pretty tired by the time bedtime rolled around on Tuesday but it was well worth it. The busyness continues through this week and this weekend as we are heading to NJ for my cousin Maggie’s college graduation party which will be fun!

I have some fun posts in my head which I’m hoping to have the time to sit down and write so stay tuned 🙂

 

 

 

Marvelous Monday: Turkey Day Weekend!

1 Dec

Happy Monday everyone! I am SO excited to share this past loooong Thanksgiving weekend with you guys. There was SO much marvelous and I feel so lucky to have experienced it all. Although I was only able to fit in one productive workout this weekend, I can definitely look past that since I had a ridiculous amount of fun and I will definitely make up for it this week 🙂

Link it up!

Link it up!

Marvelous is… a night before Thanksgiving filled with SO many fabulous friends. Since it had snowed pretty much all day long and Dan was out plowing, Alex and I started our night by heading over to Rooftop 120 to meet up with Caitlin for a drink. I was very happy to finally meet up with this lovely lady and talk about all of thing wonderful things that we have in common. It is so wonderful to have a “Gbury blend” to connect with! We honestly could have chatted all night long but Alex and I also had to meet up with a group of our friends at the Diamond. We spent the rest of the evening there having way too much fun and making wonderful memories.

Loving the Glastonbury background of this gorgeous pic!

Loving the Glastonbury background of this gorgeous pic!

Sooooo many of my favorite people

Sooooo many of my favorite people

Marvelous is… having so much food and great times with family on Thanksgiving! We had three dinners to attend (my Grandma’s, Dan’s parents, and my parent’s) so we made a plan to pace ourselves and only sample everything at each place and it was a total success. The cool thing about this particular Thanksgiving was that we were able to try three different ways of cooking a turkey: oven-roasted, deep-fried, and smoked. My personal favorite was the smoked version which was so moist and different from anything that I have ever tried. Our contribution to Thanksgiving dinner included the wonderful roasted Brussels and butternut squash with a Dijon vinaigrette from Blogging Over Thyme for my Grandma’s house and my famous crock pot mashed potatoes at Dan’s parents. We had so many laughs with family and of course the usual Davis family photo was taken as well. We ended the night with a few hours of Black Friday shopping with Alex, her sister Abi, and my cousin Maggie.

This dish was so good and so easy to make!

This dish was so good and so easy to make!

A lot of Brussels and a little bit of everything else ;)

A lot of Brussels and a little bit of everything else 😉

This was obviously not the Christmas card choice

This was obviously not the Christmas card choice

Dan's Mom printed the most adorable little menus!

Dan’s Mom printed the most adorable little menus!

So festive :)

So festive 🙂

Marvelous is… a fiesta and Small Business Saturday. We were so lucky to be able to attend our friends Glen and Isabel’s son’s first birthday fiesta. It was held at a local church and the decorations were amazing and the food was delicious. All of the fixings for tacos were provided so I made myself a fabulous taco salad. After the party we headed over to a package store near our apartment which was having a wine tasting for Small Business Saturday and we ended up purchasing a wonderful red blend that they were tasting as well as a bottle of 90+ Cellars Sauvignon Blanc which we haven’t opened just yet but I know it will be amazing. We ended the evening by splitting a burger at Birch Hill Tavern, which is close to where Dan’s parents live. We chose the Rex burger which had bacon, avocado, and an egg on it, and it was perfect.

A fiesta on a plate

A fiesta on a plate

He certainly partied hard and enjoyed that cake

He certainly partied hard and enjoyed that cake

Quite an impressive 90+ Cellars display

Quite an impressive 90+ Cellars display

Feeling festive

Feeling festive

I LOVED that they put water on the table

I LOVED that they put water on the table

Those sweet potato fries were everything

Those sweet potato fries were everything

Marvelous is… a Sunday Funday trip to Haight Brown vineyard and Krust Pizza Bar. We had made plans with Robbie and Jenna to visit Haight Brown to pick up some wine for Christmas gifts. We did a tasting and we were starving once we made our way back towards home so we decided to have dinner at Krust in Middletown which is one of my favorites as you guys know. Dan and I had our usual Sunnyside Up pizza with added Brussels and it was amazing. It was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend!

ALL the wine

ALL the wine

My favorite pizza ever

My favorite pizza ever

I hope you have a great start to your week!

Labor Day Weekend Recap

3 Sep

I am SO happy it’s already Wednesday! Today is one of my three days of work this week, due to having a four day weekend and then I have this coming Saturday off for Natasha and Brian’s wedding (YAY!!). This Labor Day weekend was truly one of the best and I spent so much fabulous time with Dan and our friends.

Friday night:

I left work early as planned and met up with Dan and my family to tailgate for the UConn vs. BYU game. We ordered pizza (and a salad for me) from Giovanni’s and it was so much fun to just hang out and relax. I definitely enjoyed some wine before and during the game (it was a terrible game) and we bounced around between our seats and visiting with my family and with Dan’s dad who was also in attendance. We left the game a little early and headed to the Diamond where more fun times were had 🙂

It was a perfect night!

It was a perfect night!

Saturday:

I made plans earlier in the week to go to a vineyard with Dan and Carlee (one of my bridesmaids and oldest friends). We decided on Bishop’s Orchard Winery in Guilford, CT which Dan and I had previously sampled wine from at the CT Wine Fest. It was about an hour long drive but it was our first mini road-trip in our new (used) Ford Explorer so we were excited to go. The wine was terrific and it was interesting to learn that none of their wines are made with grapes but rather other fruits like apples, pears, peaches, raspberries, etc. My favorite was the Apple Raspberry Blush, of which I obviously took a bottle of home for our collection.

They have won so many awards!

They have won so many awards!

Saturday evening:

Saturday night was Brian’s stag and all of the guys were attending so we decided to have a girls night. Natasha, Alex, Melissa, Jenna, Isabel, her son Levi, and I all went to Bricco Trattoria for dinner. It was so delicious and also great to have a night out with the ladies. After dinner, we hung out at my apartment and watched some TV and enjoyed quite a bit of wine (thanks Denise!).

Levi was definitely the best part of the night :)

Levi was definitely the best part of the night 🙂

My truffle pizza with an egg added (duh)

My truffle pizza with an egg added (duh)

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

Anddd chocolate cake, because why not?

Anddd chocolate cake, because why not?

Sunday:

We didn’t really do too much on Sunday but I did finally get a dress for Brian and Natasha’s wedding. I’m going to keep it a surprise for now but I will definitely share pics from the wedding after this weekend. We also had a delicious lobster dinner complete with baked potatoes, stuffed clams, and corn on the cob at Dan’s parents house (boy are we spoiled!).

It isn't Labor day without lobster

It isn’t Labor day without lobster

Monday:

I woke up on Monday ready for a good workout since I had two rest days in a row. I did a quick kickboxing workout on the Xbox and then convinced Dan to finally go for that hike I’ve been thinking about forever. We completed a little over two miles and then we decided to hit up Dondero Orchards in South Glastonbury to do some blueberry picking. They were serving blueberry fritters which neither of us had tried before so we obviously got those also. They were AMAZING. We came home to shower and prepared dinner as we had two of our favorite people, Erica and Jon, coming over for dinner. We made homemade burrito bowls (similar to Chipotle/Moes style) filled to the brim with so many toppings. They were a big hit and Dan keeps asking why we haven’t made them sooner. Dan used the blueberries that we had picked earlier in the day and made a delicious blueberry crisp. It was a perfect dinner 🙂

We actually hiked out to the place where we got engaged!

We actually hiked out to the place where we got engaged!

I recommend that you try blueberry fritters immediately. They will complete your life.

I recommend that you try blueberry fritters immediately. They will complete your life.

My burrito bowl, topped with a heaping spoonful (or two) of plain chobani.

My burrito bowl, topped with a heaping spoonful (or two) of plain chobani.

It doesn't photograph very well but SO much yum!

It doesn’t photograph very well but SO much yum!

I had yesterday off too and I did absolutely nothing but run a few errands and relax so nothing too interesting there. I hope everyone has a great week!