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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: Valentine’s Day Weekend

16 Feb

Happy Monday! Wow, that weekend felt like it went by in quite a blur! It was wonderful and marvelous and ALL of the good things so I’m very excited to share it with you.

Link it up!

Link it up!

Marvelous is… waking up on Friday morning to snuggles from our new kitty Bella. We rescued her from a friend of a friend of a friend (super confusing) and her owner had passed away so Jenna asked if we wanted to take her and of course we couldn’t say no! She is such a sweetheart and is already starting to fit right in.

Marvelous is… a delicious dinner on Friday night at Bonefish Grill. I’ve had a coupon for free Bang Bang Shrimp for quite a while as well as a gift card so I figured we would take advantage of that and have a fancy but frugal Friday night dinner. We both had their Valentine’s weekend fixed price meal and enjoyed salads, filet mignon & lobster tail as well as a chocolate crème brulee for dessert. It was all SO yummy and we have honestly never had a bad meal there.

There is literally nothing like this in the world. I swear.

There is literally nothing like this in the world. I swear.

A dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives AND a cherry pepper!

A dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives AND a cherry pepper!

I was craving steak like no other so this was an obvious choice. Oh and there was truffle butter on the side so... insane.

I was craving steak like no other so this was an obvious choice. Oh and there was truffle butter on the side so… insane.

My first crème brulee and certainly not my last.

My first crème brulee and certainly not my last.

Marvelous is… a Valentine’s Day filled with wine, cheese, and more wine. In discussing what we wanted to do for our Valentine’s day, Dan really had no preference and left it up to me so I decided that we would head out to the Litchfield area to our favorite vineyards and spend the day there not worrying about anything. We went to Haight Brown, Sunset Meadows, and Connecticut Valley Winery. It was so relaxing and absolutely perfect to spend an uninterrupted day together.

Can every Saturday involve my favorite Honey Nut Apple wine?

Can every Saturday involve my favorite Honey Nut Apple wine?

I am not ashamed to admit that I ate probably 75% of this. No shame whatsoever.

I am not ashamed to admit that I ate probably 75% of this. No shame whatsoever.

There is no prettier place in the snow than a vineyard.

There is no prettier place in the snow than a vineyard.

They gave me a pretty flower at Sunset Meadows. I love them :)

They gave me a pretty flower at Sunset Meadows. I love them 🙂

A little bit of Sangria with a side of snow. Perfect combo.

A little bit of Sangria with a side of snow. Perfect combo.

I really love this guy.

I really love this guy.

This is what we came home with. What can I say, I like souvenirs ;)

This is what we came home with. What can I say, I like souvenirs 😉

Marvelous is… basically beating the worst of the snow on our way home. We headed home just as the snow was really picking up so the drive wasn’t too bad at all. We picked up Five Guys burgers and fries on the way home (my dinner of choice) and spent the evening in front of the TV catching up on our shows. It was the perfect end to my dream Saturday 🙂

This burger hit the spot after ALL the wine.

This burger hit the spot after ALL the wine.

This made me laugh so hard!

This made me laugh so hard!

I hope you all had an equally amazing Valentine’s day weekend! Here is to hoping this week goes by fast so another wonderful weekend can happen 🙂

Five Things Friday: Party Time

18 Jul

Happy Friday! This week kind of flew by but I am so happy it’s Friday because it’s my weekend off! Here are some random thoughts from this past week and about this coming weekend as well.

1. I am SO looking forward to tomorrow night because it is Alex’s infamous birthday celebration! Her parties are always so much fun and its so great to get all of our friends together. There will be delicious food, drinks, and a bonfire and I’m sure plenty of laughs and shenanigans too 🙂

We have homemade Kahlua and I really want to try this!

We have homemade Kahlua and I really want to try this!

2. I have been enjoying some delicious dinners this week. My favorite meal would have to be a tie between the pasta dinner we enjoyed on Tuesday and the Chipotle burrito bowl I picked up on the way home from work last night. The pasta dinner consisted of veggie pasta, tomato & onion sauce, garlic chicken sauce, goat cheese, and a poached egg on top for added protein. The egg really put that meal over the edge and made it completely amazing.

I basically put an egg on everything now.

I basically put an egg on everything now.

I definitely destroyed that thing.

I definitely destroyed that thing.

3. In addition to the great meals, I have also had some awesome workouts. I am in love with my Polar FT4 Fitness Heart Rate Monitor that Alex and Dan got me for my birthday. It is SO cool to be able to see exactly how many calories I am burning and my average/peak heart rate. It really has motivated me to work out more frequently and really push myself harder. This weeks workouts have consisted of mostly elliptical sessions but I have also thrown in some stairmaster and dance sessions as well to give myself some variety. This morning’s workout was the best because I combined a 1 mile run on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the stairmaster, and 15 minutes on the elliptical. It was killer but I felt great afterwards.

Starting out Friday with a great workout is the best feeling ever.

Starting out Friday with a great workout is the best feeling ever.

4. Even though I am looking forward to a lot of time with our friends this weekend, I have also planned out some one-on-one time for Dan and I. I’m hoping that we wake up early enough on Saturday to go grocery shopping, cook for Alex’s party, get a workout in, and still have some time to spare. I really want to make a trip out to Arrigoni Winery in Portland so we can re-taste their wines (we went once a long time ago) and hopefully pick up a bottle to bring to Alex’s party.

5. I am really hoping to make it to the Farmer’s Market in Coventry on Sunday. I am running low on my favorite Pure Love granola that I have been putting in my yogurt every morning and I want to see if there is a bigger variety of veggies in season than the last time we went. It’s supposed to be beautiful out this weekend so I’m excited to soak up the sun!

Have a fabulous weekend!