Sunday, March 24, 2013


Today is my Birthday!

My Husband planned for me to enjoy this weekend with my family and friends, so while I am out enjoying all of the wonderful people in my life, I am thinking back to our wedding day...
Is 9 months too soon to be nostalgic, and wishing I could do this all again already?
Definitely the Best day of my life thusfar.

I made and ordered a Photo Book the other day, and I already can't wait for it to come.

(I am totally loving Shutterfly's Online promo codes, I got a $55 photobook for $32.50 plus Free Shipping)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

a Few of My Favorite Things

Anyone who is reading this blog knows that among other things, I love my friends, I love babies, and I love to cook!
The only thing I love more than these things is getting to put them all together!!!
This past week, I got to do just that.  In thanks for a friend breaking her Med-School-Board-Exam-Social-Hiatus so that I could come over and hang out with her and Milana, I promised to bring dinner to her.
I searched the good old internet for a good idea as to what would be a good meal to "bring to someone" and came up with this site:
I chose the Chicken & Dumplings, since it was new to me, and sounded yummy and filling.

I had never made anything like this, and the Dumpling part felt a little too close to baking for my liking, but boiling them in chicken broth, and then roasting a chicken from scratch and putting the meat into the chicken and dumplings, the final result was quite delicious.

Now tell me that this is not the face of a girl who's thrilled that I brought her mama & dada a warm hearty meal...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Irish

Today, just like everyone else on the planet, Me, the Hubs, and the FIL enjoyed Corned Beef & Cabbage for dinner.
You know me though, I couldn't just boil meet and cabbage and call it an Irish holiday.  So, I put carrots, potatoes, and corned beef in the slow cooker. But...the head of cabbage that I bought for $0.17 per pound at the grocery store was too large to fit in the crock-pot. So the remainder of it got boiled in a separate pot,
in Guinness!

For Dessert, I didn't feel like pushing the "baking" envelope any more than necessary, so instead of making Irish Soda Bread, or Guinness Cake, I bought cheesecake at the store and made my own Bailey's Whipped Cream to put on top!

We were so excited about eating it all that we didn't get a picture of course. But it was consumed in it's entirety, and already put on the menu for March 17th, 2014.

For my first "Married to an Irish Guy" St. Patty's Day I call this a success!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Family Days

It's really great living so close to my parents and cousins.
Much of my family is a couple states away in New York, but the family members in MA definitely spend lots of time together.  This past Saturday was one of those times.

My parents and I met half way between our two houses, which happens to be the town where my cousins live.

Unfortunately My Man had to work :( but little Tyler kept him with us in spirit by wearing one of My Man's old tee shirts.

Monday, March 4, 2013


Winter scenery while riding along with the hubs on his oil delivery route...
iPhone pics don't do it justice, but sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the droplets!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chicken, a Yummy Way!

My Bon Appetite cookbook has been getting SO much use these past few days.  I have to say though, this latest choice has taken first place so far.

I've actually been highlighting the recipes as I've made them so that I know I've done that one, and when I'm looking for a no-thought choice of what to make, I'll know which ones I've already deemed as "yummy"!

This was a simple Chicken Braising recipe.  I'm a definite sucker for anything that says Braising in the title.
The recipe went something like this:
Sear chicken thighs in pan with salt & pepper in both sides, then put aside and cook onion, parsley, & garlic, then add chicken, green peppers, diced tomatoes, and white wine to simmer for a half hour.... that's it!!
The chicken was so incredibly tender, we didn't even need knives.

 It got a thumbs up from my main audience :)
I served it all on top of a bed of wilted Kale, and we walked away from the table totally stuffed!