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WIAW: Definition of Summer

12 Jul

Happy Wednesday! I feel like I say that at the beginning of every post but a day when I have some time to blog is a happy day πŸ™‚ Today I’m sharing a smorgasbord of different meals and drinks that I have enjoyed so far this summer. Between our fantastic CSA (which I plan to cover in a future post) and farmers market trips, we have definitely been embracing summer foods.

Maggie mcflys tuna salad

Quite possibly one of my favorite salads ever, the Ahi Tuna salad from Maggie McFly’sΒ 

Cheese plate bday

I had to show off my favorite lobster cutting board. This cheese plate is from my birthday celebration πŸ™‚

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Alex made me this wonderful birthday cake too!

engagement party chipotle

Dan’s cousins engagement party was catered by Chipotle which is the best idea ever

Stony creek beer

We visited Stony Creek Brewery on my birthday and it was the perfect day!

birthday lobster

My birthday dinner request was a lobster roll so Dan bought a few lobsters and made them for us!

Apps brian and natasha

This past Friday we had Brian and Natasha over for dinner. We enjoyed fresh salsa from Fairweather Acres along with homemade guac and some cheese and crackers. I love me some apps!

Caprese salad

I also made a caprese salad with tomatoes from our CSA, fresh mozz, and basil from our garden

brian and natasha dinner

Our dinner included a little bit of everything: grilled chicken, steak, kielbasa, potatoes, squash, broccoli, and the caprese salad

buffalo chicken wrap

Dan had a prior commitment on Monday night so I was on my own for dinner. I made Brittany’s buffalo chicken wrap along with a salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozz, and basil. Β 

burrito bowl

Dan had another meeting last night so I made myself a burrito bowl with quinoa, chicken, black beans, corn, avocado, green onion, salsa, and plain greek yogurt. It was delish!

That’s all for today folks! I’m ready to tackle the rest of this week and relax as much as possible this weekend πŸ™‚ Have a great rest of the week!

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!

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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 sureΒ 

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

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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 RosΓ© and some grilling on the agenda and that’s the way I like my summer weekends!

Wordless Wednesday: The Good Life

29 Mar

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well, or at least not as gloomy as ours here in CT πŸ˜‰ They said on the radio this morning that it’s been cloudy/rainy for five days straight but the sun is finally shining today and it is wonderful. I haven’t done a wordless post in a while so I figured I would share some snaps from the past week or so. There has been lots of good food, drinks and even more laughter and fun with friends.

Mission Workout

This workout was intense but very effective!

drinks with alex

I miss this lady during her busy season!

ahi tuna salad

The ahi tuna salad at Maggie McFly’s is one of my favorite salads ever! We had dinner with Brian, Natasha, and Alex this past Friday and it was wonderful!

Jonathan edwards group pic

Saturday wine tasting at Jonathan Edwards Winery

Tisumi sushi saturday

Sushi at Tisumi with Robbie and Jenna is a must after a winery πŸ™‚

egg salad

This homemade egg salad hit the spot

white chicken lasagna

We made this creamy white chicken and artichoke lasagna on Sunday and it was so indulgent but amazing!

turkey taco salad

Turkey taco salads for lunch this week!

leftover chicken lasagna

Leftover lasagna on top of avocado and broccoli for my Monday night dinner, so random but so good!Β 

homemade pizza

Dan made homemade pizza last night, topped with brussels, broccoli, fresh basil, and mushrooms

Well that has been life lately for us and it will just continue to get busier! We have the fire department awards banquet this weekend and I ended up renting a dress from Rent The Runway because I have zero time (or desire) to go shopping but I wanted to wear something new (or new to me!). I hope the rest of your week flies by and is as fulfilling as you wish it to be!

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.

chili

  • 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 πŸ™‚

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.Β 

Quick Christmas (and New Years) Recap

5 Jan

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday! I really took the time to immerse myself in the spirit of the season which felt fantastic because it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of it all. As I had mentioned, I had last week off and unfortunately I spent a couple of days sick on the couch with an awful cold. It was nice to have a reason to relax and we still fit in so much great food and fun with friends and family. I figured it would just be best to let the pictures do the talking.

We kicked things off on the 22nd with “lasagna night” at our house where the lovely (and talented) Natasha taught me how to make her amazing lasagna. Lots of laughs (and wine) were had that evening πŸ˜‰

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Christmas Eve morning began with a new tradition of preparing eggs benedict for brunch followed by the not so new tradition of making deviled eggs to enjoy later that evening at Grandma’s house.

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Please excuse that all of my photos are from Snapchat. My phone storage is full and it’s the only way I can save a picture πŸ™‚

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As many of you may know, Christmas Eve is probably my favorite day of the year as it is filled with so many traditions and weΒ get to see lots of family and friends!

Christmas Day we opened presents at allll the places and enjoyed a delicious roast at Grandma’s. Dan received reindeer footie pjs from me for Christmas and he wore them for most of the day. We had Chinese food at my sister in law’s house with Dan’s family (another tradition) and ended the night with many drinks with Dan’s half sister and half brother. It was a packed agenda but I enjoy it so much every year.

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Our niece Aubrey

The rest of the week consisted of Dan, my Dad and some of our friends installing a new back door and screen door for us which I absolutely love. We also spent Thursday and Friday in Newport which I will recap in another post. Friday evening was spent at Dan’s aunt and uncle’s home for Hanukkah which was a lot of fun.

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New Years Eve was spent at Dave and Melissa’s house and there was lots of silliness and drinks (goes without saying).

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We ended our vacation on Monday evening with this veggie and chicken detox soup. I have been basically inhaling the veggies the past couple of days as my body is craving them after eating a lot of heavy foods and lots of wine during my vacation.

detox-soup

I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your week and I will be back very soon with some more good stuff, including a recap of our little getaway in Newport.

 

Labor Day Weekend 2016

6 Sep

Happy Tuesday! I felt like certain parts of this weekend flew by and others went by nice and slow. I loved everything about this past weekend, but especially the time we were able to spend with our close friends and family. I feel like we spent quality time with SO many different people and that was really nice.

As I had mentioned, I took Friday off and that meant I was able to sleep in a bit and write this Stitch Fix post and prepare our dinner. I was planning on going to boot camp but once my alarm went off, I was just not feeling it so I used it as a rest day. I spent the afternoon doing some shopping and I enjoyed a delicious Cobb salad from Panera outside on their patio. I came home and unloaded my goodies and spent a good couple of hours lounging in our sun room. It was a perfect, leisurely start to the holiday weekend. That evening, we enjoyed some crock-pot turkey chili along with a fabulous red wine before heading to the Diamond.

Panera cobb salad

Gimme all that avocado πŸ™‚

Turkey chili

Saturday morning was spent at the farmer’s market where I was able to spend some time with my aunt and cousins while Dan and my Dad replaced the brakes on our Explorer (thanks guys!). The majority of Saturday afternoon was spent at a celebration of life for our best friend Tyler’s mom who had recently passed away. It was a beautiful celebration and it was wonderful to see so many people there supporting him and his family. Saturday evening we were a bit hungry so we decided to head to Birch Hill Tavern for some apps and we devoured their Sea Scallop and Arugula dip which was INSANE and I want more of that right now. We ended the evening by falling asleep at 9:00 on the couch watching the Harry Potter marathon. We are super cool.

Birch Hill dip

Sunday was the absolute definition of a Sunday Funday. We went to Gouveia Vineyards with Alex and Natasha and then enjoyed a dinner back at our house of chicken, steak, and shrimp kabobs with sides of macaroni and potato salad. I took zero pictures of our dinner but it was delicious. I wish every single Sunday could be filled with that much laughter and love.

gouveia wine bottles

Gouveia ladies

gouveia selfie

Monday was literally spent on the couch, I think for something like 12 hours. Robbie and Jenna came over, and later so did Morgan and Kody, and we watched four Lifetime movies and ordered Chinese food for dinner. It was the absolute laziest day we have had since we bought our house and it was perfection.

It was a great weekend and I’m happy that we have a short week so I can get back to more fun like that. Somehow, I’m still totally exhausted but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead!

 

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 πŸ™‚ I took a ton of pictures and figured it would be best to just share them, wordless style. Enjoy!

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Mikos American Pie

Lovely pie made by Miko for my birthday celebration

Dan Kody Morgan and I

the men 2016 bday

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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!

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

MCC Fireworks 2016

Birthday breakfast 2016

Birthday breakfast at Dondero Orchards

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lobster landing

lobster landing lobster roll

red robin bday burger

My Red Robin birthday burger on July 4th is a tradition for us πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ Have a happy Wednesday!