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LDW 2017: Goodbye Summer!

6 Sep

Happy hump day! I hope the week is going by as fast for you as it is for me 🙂 Monday was excellent (aren’t all days off?) but yesterday was a bit of a pain as it was a very long day back at work and then I came outside to a dead car battery. It could have been worse so it’s all good. I figured a brief recap of my weekend would be a great way to kick off the week!

Friday: 

Friday Apps

lemon drop martini

I took the day off to turn my 3 day weekend into 4 days. I went to boot camp that morning and then ran errands. Alex came over later in the afternoon and ended up staying for apps and dinner before Dan and I headed out to the Diamond for drink. It was a really nice evening!

Saturday: 

El pollo guapo

Hooker Brewery Hartford

 

Bartaco night

With it being our first free Saturday in quite a while (and for the foreseeable future too) we decided to make it a spontaneous day. We had lunch at El Pollo Guapo with our friend Nick, who just started college. If you haven’t tried El Pollo Guapo and you are local, head there ASAP, it is incredible and the owners are the absolute best. The rest of the day/night was spent with Tyler & Shivani at Back East Brewery, Hooker Brewery, and then out and about in West Hartford. It was a perfectly unplanned Saturday.

Sunday: 

Sunday at lake

It was gloomy and rainy for most of the day. We headed up to the lake to see Dan’s parents. After a delicious lunch, we decided to take a trip to Walmart with Dan’s mom and then we also stopped at an awesome package store up near where they live and I picked up some bottles of wine (at a very low price) that I can’t wait to try. We headed home and spent the rest of the night parked on the couch and it was glorious.

Monday:

Hike with Dan and Charlie

Hike pic
Monday was a wonderful mix of fun and productivity. We started the day with a hike to the reservoir with Charlie. After that, we came home and got sh*t done! There was meal-prepping, closet-cleaning, yard work, and laundry. We also used all of our CSA tomatoes to make some jarred pasta sauce which I’m really excited about! It was such a productive afternoon and it felt amazing to plop down on the couch that evening.

It was a great weekend and I’m looking forward to all of the fall things to begin, starting with the Hebron Fair this weekend. Have a great rest of your week!

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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 🙂

 

 

 

Quick Little Catch Up

5 Aug

Happy Wednesday everyone! There has been quite a bit going on, as per usual so I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. It’s just a little bit of catching up on this past weekend and the start of the week as well. As busy as we are, we are lucky to have such great parties and events to attend so I’m not complaining at all!

But seriously, thank you guys!

But seriously, thank you guys!

Friday evening turned out to be a little bit stressful and a nice dinner with Dan and Melissa was just the cure for that. We went to a new-to-us Japanese restaurant in Wethersfield called Edoichi Sushi & Hibachi Steak House. We enjoyed a yummy scorpion bowl and some amazing sushi which was some of the best I had ever had! It was a nice, relaxing evening which was much needed.

This thing was very tasty and not too sweet!

This thing was very tasty and not too sweet!

The presentation was incredible and the flavor was even better!

The presentation was incredible and the flavor was even better!

Alex’s birthday party was Saturday evening and as always, her party was filled with great food, delicious drinks, and so much fun with some of our best friends. I didn’t really take any pictures because I was really immersing myself in the night and I will take that as a win!

Me and my beautiful friend Daniela, love our almost matching skirts!

Me and my beautiful friend Daniela, love our almost matching skirts!

I believe this photo was taken by Alexandra, love group pics!

I believe this photo was taken by Alexandra, love group pics!

Sunday was spent celebrating our good friend Dan’s birthday. We all carpooled and headed up to the Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts for a Thrill Show which included a variety of different races, demolition derbies, and even some monster trucks. Since we always enjoy the demolition derby at the Hebron Fair, this was a lot of fun and on a much bigger scale than we are used to. We came home exhausted that night but it was well worth it!

It was a gorgeous but very hot day

It was a gorgeous but very hot day

The fire dept guys that attended... Christian, Tyler, Dan C, Justin, and Dan

The fire dept guys that attended… Christian, Tyler, Dan C, Justin, and Dan

I think this is my first panoramic picture ever taken

I think this is my first panoramic picture ever taken

Huge monster truck!

Huge monster truck!

I ended up working from home yesterday since we had a meeting with our Reverend early in the evening to finalize some wedding details. I took the opportunity of working from home and made myself a delicious lunch that I normally would not have had time to make on a normal day. I used my new Nutribullet and blended up some spinach, peach slices, apple slices, cucumber, and raspberries for an amazing smoothie and paired it with the rest of the apple and peach slices for a healthy and surprisingly filling lunch. I also took the time to prepare dinner ahead of time, which was Skinnytaste’s Santa Fe Chicken. It was SO easy and I just basically dumped all of the ingredients into the crock pot and cooked on low for 10 hours. We used the results to make chicken tacos as a celebration of Taco Tuesday! It was so delicious and I will definitely be making it again.

I think that Taco Tuesday will be happening more often

I think that Taco Tuesday will be happening more often

Like I said, life has been crazy but for the most part, it has been amazing. I will try to post once more this week but no guarantees! Have a great day!!

Birthday Weekend Festivities

8 Jul

Happy hump day all! Today I’m doing a recap of my fabulous birthday weekend festivities. In all honesty, I could not have had a better weekend. We fit so much fun stuff in and I wish I could relive it a million times! Even though I had a four day weekend, it flew by so fast and by Sunday night, we were scrambling to do our food prep and cleaning for the week.

Thursday:

I spent a good chunk of the day shopping with my mom which was fun because I picked up a couple of new bathing suits from Target (this one and this one) and she made a final decision on her dress for the wedding 🙂 For dinner that evening, Dan and I went to Krust, which as you guys know is one of my favorite restaurants. We enjoyed a couple of cocktails along with Eggplant Caponata along with a Sunny Side Up pizza topped with brussels sprouts. It was a very relaxing start to a very busy weekend.

This drink was made with Onyx Cranberry moonshine!

This drink was made with Onyx Cranberry moonshine!

It has been forever since I had eggplant, I will definitely be ordering it more often

It has been forever since I had eggplant, I will definitely be ordering it more often

Those brussels were so crispy and delicious!

Those brussels were so crispy and delicious!

Friday:

I was fortunate enough that Dan also had my birthday off so we slept in a little bit and then continued to lounge while watching some TV. Once we got up, we met up with our friend Kevin and walked around town to do some errands and we got my favorite Double Dark Chocolate iced coffee from Daybreak. Dan and I ran some more errands and prepped some food for the evening and then we spent about an hour at the pool at our apartment complex. I had been dying to take a dip and I was lucky we had that free hour to do so. Once we came back from the pool and got ready, we headed off to my birthday celebration! I had a gathering with a bunch of our friends at Arrigoni Winery in Portland. It was honestly one of the best nights of my entire life. Everyone brought an appetizer to share and we all just hung out, ate, drank wine, and listened to live music. I truly recommend that everyone does something like this for their birthday at some point in time. It was so relaxing and there was so much laughter and silliness had! We ended the night at the Diamond where we enjoyed the most delicious chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake from Ben and Jerry’s.

My stomach is growling just looking at all of that food!

My stomach is growling just looking at all of that food!

Arrigoni had so many places for perfect photo opportunities

Arrigoni had so many places for perfect photo opportunities

The group shot! Love these people so much!

The group shot! Love these people so much!

Loving this pic of Natasha also taking a pic :)

Loving this pic of Natasha also taking a pic 🙂

Saturday: 

We spent most of Saturday down in Old Lyme at Jenna’s aunt and uncle’s beach house. It was a little gloomy to start the day but the sun eventually came out and it was another relaxing afternoon and evening. We walked over to Lenny’s on the Beach and enjoyed some cocktails. The night ended with an extraordinary fireworks display which was one of the best that I have ever seen. It was a great day and we love spending time with Jenna and Robbie!

Naturally the only picture I took that day was of the fish bowl we drank ;)

Naturally the only picture I took that day was of the fish bowl we drank 😉

Sunday: 

We woke up pretty early on Sunday and scrambled to go get our grocery shopping done. After that, we met up with Dan’s boss and his granddaughter and headed up to Boston for the Red Sox game. It was my first game of the year and we had perfect weather for it. The seats were also incredible and it was such a fun ending to the best birthday weekend ever!

Such a perfect day!

Such a perfect day!

Hot dogs always taste better at ballparks, I swear

Hot dogs always taste better at ballparks, I swear

I hope you guys have enjoyed my birthday weekend recap. I am planning to post again on Friday (fingers crossed) since I have the day off because my bridal shower is on Saturday and I figured, why not have a long weekend? Although I do plan on spending the majority of the day at the pool so we shall see if I can find the time to write.

Wordless Weekend Recap: Foodie Edition

10 Mar

I don’t know about you guys but Daylight Savings Time is killing me. I am SO not used to getting up in the morning for work and having it still be dark outside. Oh well, I’m sure it will get easier by the end of the week. This past weekend was filled with delicious food including a Pinterest tasting party which was hosted by my friend Caitlin and myself at her beautiful home. Basically it involved each attendee bringing a recipe from Pinterest (or elsewhere) that was new to them. It was a total success and I think we will definitely be having another one in the future. Anyways, the pictures of the food (and other parts of the weekend) will speak louder than my rambling 😉

Friday:

Started my day off of work with a sweaty session of Bikram Yoga

Started my day off of work with a sweaty session of Bikram Yoga

Followed by some delish Whole Foods salad bar

Followed by some delish Whole Foods salad bar

The evening was spent at Dan's parents house with wine and cheese.. aka. perfection

The evening was spent at Dan’s parents house with wine and cheese.. aka. perfection

Saturday:

Started off our day with these two cuties

Started off our day with these two cuties

My Mexican stuffed shells... sooooo good

My Mexican stuffed shells… sooooo good

Jenna's Funfetti dip (YES) and Alex's Nutella Chocolate Peanut butter Oreo dip ... two of my favorite desserts everrr

Jenna’s Funfetti dip (YES) and Alex’s Nutella Chocolate Peanut butter Oreo dip … two of my favorite desserts everrr

Miko's buffalo cauliflower.. I will be making these soon!

Miko’s buffalo cauliflower.. I will be making these soon!

Robbie's bell pepper nachos.. I ate like a million of these!

Robbie’s bell pepper nachos.. I ate like a million of these!

BLT stuffed tomatoes.. amazing

BLT stuffed tomatoes.. amazing

Mini bacon and potato frittatas... LOVED them

Mini bacon and potato frittatas… LOVED them

Healthy shamrock shake with only 7 ingredients.. very interesting and tasted healthy

Healthy shamrock shake with only 7 ingredients.. very interesting and tasted healthy

As you can tell, there was SO much food and a lot of wine

As you can tell, there was SO much food and a lot of wine

*I didn’t get a picture of Caitlin’s fabulous chicken and sweet potato chili but it was probably in my top three favorite dishes.

Sunday:

Brunch at Maggie Mcfly's.. My veggie and goat cheese omelet... Yummm

Brunch at Maggie Mcfly’s.. My veggie and goat cheese omelet… Yummm

And of course a bloody mary which had cucumber vodka and Guinness in it! Very spicy but very good!

And of course a bloody mary which had cucumber vodka and Guinness in it! Very spicy but very good!

As you can tell, it was a food-filled weekend and those are obviously the best kind. Although I’m pretty sure my body was very thankful for last night’s workout after all of that food!

** I want to give a special thank you to all of you who read my “Fashion Friday” post as it was my most popular post that I have written to date! I appreciate all of the support and I look forward to sharing my next one with you guys in the beginning of May 🙂

Have a happy Tuesday!

That Wild and Wonderful Weekend

3 Feb

This past weekend was completely crazy and awesome and I loved every second of it. Considering the fact that I woke up Friday morning with the beginnings of what is turning out to be the worst cold I have had in a while, I definitely rallied and had a great time.

Friday night started out with a quiet dinner for just myself and Dan at Barcelona in West Hartford. I anticipated the rest of the night was going to be crazy so it was nice to have a little piece of time to ourselves. Dinner was amazing as it always is at Barcelona and I’m pretty sure I ate almost an entire loaf of bread myself.

Whipped sheep's cheese (aka everything)

Whipped sheep’s cheese (aka everything)

Eggplant Pappardelle in manchego broth with spinach (Dan's favorite)

Eggplant Pappardelle in manchego broth with spinach (Dan’s favorite)

Fingerling potatoes topped with black garlic aioli

Fingerling potatoes topped with black garlic aioli

After dinner, we headed next door to Bartaco for a night out with my coworkers to celebrate myself and two other coworkers moving on to our new positions within the company. There were several margaritas consumed as well as some Jameson (ugh) and more tequila. It was SO wonderful to be able to celebrate with my coworkers and for Dan to meet them as well. We ended the night at the Diamond (obviously) and I didn’t wake up with too much of a headache on Saturday (although this was when the cold reared its ugly head) so it was definitely a win.

Bartaco's margarita.. way too good and way too strong ;)

Bartaco’s margarita.. way too good and way too strong 😉

My coworker Willca.. she's such a sweetheart!

My coworker Willca.. she’s such a sweetheart!

Saturday morning and afternoon was spent doing all kinds of errands in preparation for Super Bowl Sunday. We had to get them all done since we were spending Saturday night down in Mystic/Groton for Dan’s uncle Jimmy’s surprise 50th birthday party. It was held at the Mystic Marriott which was absolutely beautiful. Dan, his parents, his brother, and myself all stayed overnight so we would be able to enjoy ourselves and not have to drive almost an hour home. Dan and I arrived a couple of hours before the party and we were starving so we went down to the restaurant, Octagon, for some happy hour snacks. They were delicious and we are already planning a return trip for dinner.

The award winning Dragon chowder.. which had skate, lobster, and alligator in it.. AMAZING

The award winning Dragon chowder.. which had skate, lobster, and alligator in it.. AMAZING

Dan's grilled cheese sliders with tomato fondue.. I can't even begin to tell you how brilliant these were

Dan’s grilled cheese sliders with tomato fondue.. I can’t even begin to tell you how brilliant these were

The party itself was perfect and it was so great to be able to get to know Dan’s family even better. There were some delicious apps and desserts served, along with a chocolate fountain which was totally dangerous.

Fancy crudité display.. with brie.. I obviously destroyed that cheese platter

Fancy crudité display.. with brie.. I obviously destroyed that cheese platter

I want one of these in my home at all times

I want one of these in my home at all times

I also had the pleasure of finally meeting Colleen, who is Dan’s cousin’s girlfriend and she also grew up with Dan as well. I feel like we already knew each other so well since we had been “socially stalking” each other for a while. She was so sweet and fun and I’m looking forward to the next time we will get to hang out.

Classic pose :)

Classic pose 🙂

We woke up the next morning and had a delicious (albeit a little expensive) buffet breakfast at Octagon with Dan’s parents before heading to the Clinton Crossing Outlets where we picked up some Yankee Candles (4 for $44!) and my first watch ever from Fossil which wasn’t a planned purchase but I was obsessed with it and it was 50% off so I had no choice 😉

I'm completely in love with it

I’m completely in love with it

We headed home after that to clean and prepare for the Super Bowl. It was a nice, little gathering with a few people stopping by, exactly what we wanted. There was SO much food which meant lots of leftovers for me during yesterday’s snow day. Also, my Patriots won!!! It was a great end to a fantastic weekend and I wish I could do it all over again.

Buffalo chicken dip, stromboli, wings, garlic garlic dip, hummus, salsa, cheese and crackers... SO much yum

Buffalo chicken dip, stromboli, wings, garlic garlic dip, hummus, salsa, cheese and crackers… SO much yum

Friday’s Random Thoughts

7 Nov

Happy Friday all! This is a four day weekend for me so to say that I’m excited is an understatement. I have seen a few other bloggers using their Fridays to share their random thoughts and since rambling is something I am VERY good at, I figured I would try it out.

1. Our dinners this week have been very delicious but healthy at the same time. I have managed to have a salad with dinner every single night this week and my new obsession is a salsa/plain greek yogurt dressing.

Naturally I topped this salad with an egg, loving that protein!

Naturally I topped this salad with an egg, loving that protein!

My amazing man surprised me with a sunny side up pizza with Brussels from Krust :)

My amazing man surprised me with a sunny side up pizza with Brussels from Krust 🙂

2. My workouts have been successful although the times have been all over the place. There were two days this week when I woke up at 4:30 with Dan and went to the gym with him and the three other days, I worked out no earlier than 9:30 at night. But I’m happy that I was able to find time to exercise every single day.

This is absolutely the truth

This is absolutely the truth

3. I was SO pumped to hear about Target‘s free shipping for the holidays. Also, I am just as excited that the postal service will be doing Sunday delivery during the holidays as well because I LOVE getting mail (I’m aware its an odd obsession). I will definitely be doing more online shopping this year.

The whole free shipping thing makes me think that I really do need this jacket. Source

The whole free shipping thing makes me think that I really do need this jacket. Source

4. Fall TV is getting so crazy! Almost all of our shows are leading up to their winter hiatus so it seems like every episode has a cliffhanger or some dramatic turn of events.

This entire show feels like a cliffhanger

This entire show feels like a cliffhanger

5. I am thinking about trying out Stitch Fix for a month or two. I have read some positive and negative reviews from other bloggers and I’m intrigued enough to possibly give it a try.

6. The iPhone 6 has been such an awesome upgrade for me from the 4s. It really isn’t as big as most people think although it did take some getting used to but I love it!

There are no words for how perfect this is.

There are no words for how perfect this is.

7. Dan and I are taking an overnight trip to Newport, RI this weekend (hence the four day weekend for me). We are going Sunday to Monday and I could not be more excited. I have only been to Newport once which was this past summer and I’m excited to go back and get the full experience.

I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!