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Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Favorites - Happy Halloween!!!

Just wanted to show you the pictures from the outside of our house - we didn't go as big as we wanted to this year - but - we are still happy with what we did. Also: how I went dressed to work today. Very Low-Key Pirate look.

Enjoy your day! Happy Halloween!



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stay-cation Honeymoon: Part #5

We spent an entire week just completely relaxing, and doing so many wonderful things. The weekend came, and we wanted to keep the good times rolling. (Did I type that, yup, I totally did - *sighs* such a dork)

Saturday started off basically normal - it was SOCCER DAY! Also - it needs to be mentioned that Saturday (the 11th) was my birthday as well. Hehehehhe.

Emry's team did a fantastic job on the field, and Emry is becoming a pretty good goalie. I think he much rather be running up and down the field - but, when you are good at something - you are GOOD at it.

After that, there were a few things that needed to get done around the house - and after that, we lazy bummed our way through the rest of the day. Sounds completely boring, right? SO NICE TO NOT HAVE ANYTHING MAJOR TO DO. I think the only thing I did was hang this sign above our kitchen door. It reads: "Any home can be a castle when the King and Queen are in Love." It has our names on it and the date of our wedding. It makes me smile every time I see it.

We had plans to meet up with Klay's family and go out to dinner. Not exactly for my birthday, but just to spend more time with his brother, sister in law, and that beautiful baby niece!!!


We ate at this cute place called Aroma Thyme Bistro - which had a 3 page Beer menu. Needless to say, we were all pretty happy. Like Klay, his brother also is a homebrewer - and also, is going to school to be able to work (and possibly grow) his own brewing business. I know, the things you can get an education in. But, for real, there is a lot of weird (read: boring) science that goes into beer making.

Aroma Thyme supports local farms, and organic foods. There were many vegan friendly dishes, and quite amazing options. We started out with a cheese plate, mussels in a garlic butter sauce, roast eggplant and hummus dip - and fresh baked bread. For dinner I had a wonderful open face portabello burger with roasted red peppers and goat cheese. SO DELICIOUS!!! For dessert I had a flourless brownie served with Chocolate Peanut butter ice cream (all made in house).

We were there for a long time - and even though the restaurant was packed - we really enjoyed ourselves.

On Sunday - we were determined to take Emry to the Aquarium in CT.... and go to World of Beer. (YES Nadine, this is the post where I talk about WOB)

The best way to explain the aquarium - is via picture - so without further ado:

stand back ladies - he's ALL mine *giggles*


We spent a good amount of time in their gift shop - of course - and then we headed over to the adult portion of our day.



I started out with a Two Roads - Jam, which is a wheat beer with red raspberries! It was red - that kind of freaked me out - but OH MAN OH MAN was it yum!


We began the ordering process of eating ALL OF THE FOODS. A huge pretzel with beer cheese sauce - loaded tater tots - I ordered a wedge salad - Klay ordered a Chipotle Chicken Sandwich - Emry got a chicken flat bread - And we all shared... Because, well, Yeah - it was ALL delicious.


The only silly thing - was the kitchen was really backed up - so our food came out in a hap-hazard order. Which we really didn't mind - because we were all sharing anyway. To go with my salad, and to keep me busy while waiting for food to come out - I ordered a mix draught. It was called a Chocolate Raspberry - which was made with Young's Double Chocolate Stout (one of my FAVVS) and a Raspberry Lambic. Klay said is was DANGEROUS - because it tasted like candy. It went down really smooth, and paired well with the balsamic dressing on my salad. YUM YUM YUM.

We decided to forgo any sort of dessert - and began the drive home - which was sort of slow going. It was the end of Columbus Day Weekend, and the highways were packed... Good thing this chick knows some back roads. Once we made it back into NY - I was able to short cut it all the way home. 

We cuddled up on the couch - with our new friends from the Aquarium Gift shop - And watched some Food Network.


We all had off on Monday - but wanted to keep the day super laid back - since we ALL went back to work in school on Tuesday. So, simply put - Groceries and All you can Eat Indian Food Lunch.

So there you have it.. the Stay-Cation Honeymoon Extravaganza.

Scary Movies, Hiking, Food, Aquarium, WOB, more Hiking, Horseback riding and a whole lot of relaxing!!!!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Humpday Confessions (10-29)

Liz @ Fitness BlondieToday, is Wednesday and you all know what that means! It means that it's Hump Day, and the "Hump Day Blog Hop". This is hosted by Fitness Blondie, an amazing and positive blog I stalk follow. I found a bunch of great new blogs to read, and a lot of new positive bloggers! I have been doing this for a while now and each week, the new bloggers I follow become like new friends... We are a support system of awesome sauce... Are we not?
Go check it out.. and Join in!
Vodka and Soda
I also, ususally link up with Vodka and Soda... I found her through the Hump Day Blog Hop over at the Fitness Blondie! However, Kathy has decided that the confession link up should quit on a HIGH NOTE - so I'm just going to keep confessing - as I am a creature of habit. And because I like looking at Ian.  Kathy is hysterical - I also recommend you not taking a sip of ANYTHING while reading her blog!
So without further ado..
My Confessions went to Tae Kwon Do last night, which was my first workout in a very VERY long time. The cold seems to be on the mend, and if I was bringing Emry to class, I felt guilty not taking one myself. Guilt is the ultimate equalizer. I made it through - even though I felt like I was going to throw up and die the entire time. friend Lissa got engaged, and her wedding was supposed to be this June. Now, it's in May - one month earlier - So, I need to get back to ROCK STAR SHAPE by March - so I can find a fantabulous dress, and get it fit to make me look like Audrey Hepburn. Seriously, they are Regency purple colored dresses, and have to be knee length. So I am totally finding something that makes me look like Audrey. Duh. When else will I have this chance?

I slept until 7am AGAIN this morning. This is 1) because I am still fighting a cold and 2) because it is VERY VERY DARK out at 5am. AND 3) bed is WARM!!!! I totally need to get over the darkness, the warm comforter and get my butt back into a gym.
I am about to take a big step with work - and get my bachelors degree. A big confession from this blogger is: I only have a HS diploma. I am NYS licensed in Massage Therapy - and I am a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician. All of these trade jobs - but no real degree. It's time to change that. This will secure my position within my company and it will allow me to grow with the times.
I am considering leaving early on Halloween - so I can pick up Emry and completely immerse myself in doing his zombie makeup. That's seems like a completely sensible and wise decision- right? RIGHT? OCD is screaming from a lack of indulgence - and it has finally bitch slapped me, and said - GET IT TOGETHER AND GET BACK ON A SCHEDULE. Living these past couple of weeks on a "It will happen when it happens" schedule - has finally lost its charm and appeal. Mostly because, if I don't do it - NO ONE does it. So, rather than gripe about no one picking up the slack on the one time I have decided to be a lazy bum not as insane as usual, I am just going to over compensate and organize the entire house by COLOR AND SIZE. Joking - I'm completely joking.
But that is it for me - that's all I have to confess... What about you? Any confessions? Are you still going to be doing confession blog posts?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stay-cation Honeymoon - Part #4

So - I think I only have a couple more of these posts before I recap our entire week off together - Which is good, being as which I've been married for almost a month now. Hahaha - I'm slacking. I know it.

HEAD COLD UPDATE: Still here - considering dying any day now. Just kidding, sort of.


Friday was a big day was us on our "Honeymoon"  - it was the day that we finally got to go Horseback Riding!


It was only a trail ride, but, we were excited just to get on a horse. We both rode a lot as children/teens - so there was a lot of nostalgia with this particular excursion.
Our trail ride was at 11am - and we got there a little early so that we could walk around the farm, and look at the horses, and other animals.


Once we had gotten settled, we were informed that helmets were mandatory - and well, I don't know about you - I look great in hats, but helmets - NO ONE LOOKS GOOD IN A HELMET. So silly pictures were a must!

The trail ride was about an hour in length - and we never really went above a fast walk - but, going through the leaf covered trails around this farm was very relaxing - except for Klay. Klay had the horse that just didn't want to walk - He wanted to eat the grass, the leaves, just look at the sky. It was HYSTERICAL.

We ended our trail ride, helped to feed the horses - and then we moseyed along. (Because that's what you do after a horseback ride - mosey)

Now - all that hard farm work (pfffft) meant we were STARVING... so we headed over to Wildfire Grill - and had an amazing lunch. I have no pictures of what I ate, but I do have the pictures of what I drank! Hahahaha (priorities, am I right?)

I started with a Spicy Squash soup, with a Black Bean Cream Swirl - very orange and black - VERY FALL, which I paired with a Pumpkin Bellini.


For my main meal - I enjoyed a Mixed Green Salad topped with seasoned pumpkin and goat cheese with candied walnuts - dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette! I paired this with a Mango Chili Martini. 


We weren't feeling dessert - and knew that Klay's brother would be coming over with the baby later on that evening - so we headed out, picked up Emry from school. And did some mild cleaning before his brother came over.


This is my niece - she is adorable in every way, shape and form.

The rest of the evening was just playing with the baby - eating and chatting - and making plans for Saturday, which was my birthday. I know, it was the best week to take a honeymoon EVER!

Happy Tuesday everyone!
(I'm going to go drink some pumpkin coffee - and pray to the headcold Gods)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wait - It's Monday - GROANS - Weekend Recap (10/27)


Well this weekend flew by - I felt like I didn't sleep at all - and that I got absolutely nothing done. But, I did - I really did.

I am still working with this head cold - and it won't go away - it has me way off track with my workouts - and I'm feeling very defeated. I know I need to let this cold run it's course - and that if I try to push through a workout, I will only make it worse.

Let's recap the weekend. night, we were supposed to go to a Halloween party at Lissa's. But, we had no one to watch Emry - and honestly, Klay wasn't in to going to an "Adult" Themed Party - not that he doesn't like hanging out with other grown ups - the overall feel was "How inappropriate can we get our costumes". And he really isn't in to that. SO - we opted not to go. And, instead - we went to a Haunted Dinner! A local restaurant was just featured on a Ghost Hunt - so we got reservations - invited Ro and her husband (and cutie patootie daughter - Emry's BFF) - and we headed over.

The restaurant is called Silvio's Italian Villa - and it's about 30 minutes away from us. The story goes "Misfortune came to the Vail family when Roy’s sister was found murdered in 1972.  Her death seemed to be without motive and no one was ever formerly charged.  Rumors surfaced occasionally about Roy’s involvement and a decade later Roy Vail walked into the room next to table 24 and took his life. " So of course, I got the table as close to table 24 (a two seater table) as I could. What's really cool is they have the restaurant all decorated for Halloween - with Jack-o-Lanterns, and Haunted House Models - Very cool! were discussing the history of the building - and I told Ro's husband where it happened - pointed toward table 24 (what I believed to be table 24) - and as I mentioned it - THE BACK OF MY CHAIR WAS KICKED. I looked furiously at Klay, because I thought he was telling me to stop talking about it. But, as I looked at him, I realized there was no way he could have kicked the Back leg of my chair - since his legs were in front of me. So, I looked over my shoulder to see if the woman behind me (at the next table) could have done it... and that seemed highly unlikely - also - it was a hard hit - she would have been looking at me - or trying to apologize at the very least. SO - in my head. My chair was kicked. Lo-and Behold - Table 24 was BEHIND ME... so it was as if I was being told "Wrong table honey, I'm back here." Super creepy. Super fun!

Food was delicious - sorry no pictures of that - Ate it too fast.

We drove home. And basically went to sleep. - Soccer Game, I am so thankful this season only has 1 more game remaining - I really didn't want to get up - My head cold had drained me... We went, and Emry's team won 7 - 0. It was an epic victory over a very skilled team. Our defense was just WAY better than theirs. While Emry was playing - the sun came out - and was just beating on me. ..... I started feeling very faint. My head cold sucking all of my extra energy - my hypoglycemia poking through - Lord knows! I was able to make it to the car and to food before I was blacking out or TOO weak. It sucked though. Felt awful.

After I felt a little better - I cleaned the upstairs, did some laundry, we went grocery shopping. And it's official - I hate doing these things on the weekend - they take the ENTIRE day. And with me not feeling well to boot - I just wanted to be in bed.  So, my OCD has finally decided we need to get back on a NORMAL schedule. Food Shopping during the week - Cleaning on Thursdays/Fridays.... NORMAL.

The one plus of Saturday - was picking up the ingredients for the Apple Cheddar Brie Beer Soup. 
And then making and consuming said soup.  I can now expand on how yummy this was. The flavors were deep and the aroma was warming - it had so many different flavor notes - it was complex, and oddly enough wasn't a HEAVY soup - I really thought it was. I did make some changes to the recipe. I didn't use butter or Olive Oil - I opted for Coconut oil. And I added some garlic to it. It was a LONG PROCESS to make - but, definitely worth it. - I made the Halloween treats for Emry's Class - even though the witches fingers took 2 tries to get right. Did you know, that if you are going to DYE WHITE CHOCOLATE - that you need to warm up the food coloring before adding it? Otherwise you SHOCK the chocolate into a lump of useless nonsense? I didn't. But, now I do. ALSO - did you know that the food coloring should be oil based? Me either. **SIGHS** One extra trip to Michael's when they opened - and I got it done. I also made BOO Pops to go with the Witches Fingers. Placed them in a super cute Halloween Baggie - and they are now living in the downstairs fridge until Friday.

We decorated outside - which took a great amount of effort - The wind was HOWLING. Also, no pictures of this. **SIGHS**

We carved our pumpkins - and since I just couldn't focus - mine just came out BORING. But, We did it as a family, and Emry was so excited that he got to carve the BIG pumpkin, and that I took the small pumpkin. The things a mom will do. 

I'm hoping to be able to get a picture of everything tonight.

After we cleaned up - I tried my hand at Baked Jalapeno Poppers - and they were nothing to write home about - The recipe was easy enough - but I'm thinking that before I baked them - I should have put them in the fridge for a while - so the cheese wouldn't have GOO-ed as much. Just need to try it again - I suppose. They were totally edible and tasty - just not very appealing.

I spent the rest of the night in bed. The head cold decided 5p was my bed time - and I watched awful horror movies on cable until about 8p... Then, I decided that I wanted to RENT one - Because, I wasn't sleeping - and feeling super awful about myself. got me Chinese - and I just - well I let the Fat Girl out - and I just ate. 

The movie we rented was called: The Possession of Michael King. highly recommend this if you are into the whole Hand-held- home security footage - style movies. This was very VERY well done. However, the story dragged out about 20 minutes too long. Give it a rent. It's a good Halloween movie!

That was it - the weekend in short.

At work currently - feeling, not better - but not any worse. 

I hope your weekend was better than mine - Send healing healthy thoughts my way!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites (10-24)

It's totally that time of the week - I am so glad that I've made it to Friday - What about you?

Favorite Throwback Song

Don't ask why - but this morning - the radio did this "Guess what song our intern is trying to sing" and it was a Beyonce song - but, in my head - I started thinking about TLC songs - man, I totally used to dance party out in my bedroom when I was in High School. Loved TLC.

Favorite Picture

I actually got a lot of lovely pictures of Emry while we were visiting the pumpkin patch. He's getting slightly too old for me to pose him - but, while it lasts - I am taking advantage of these moments. 

Favorite Halloween Find
Found it here 

Found it Here

I have a masquerade dress that I've been trying to wear for a while now - I am hoping to be able to answer the door this year in it - while wearing a cool mask - We'll see... 

Favorite Clothing Items Ogled 



Both Old Navy - I like the skirt because it can be work to work - OR dressed down to wear out. Same thing with the dress - also, the dress looks super comfortable.

Favorite Funnies

Every day at work ... 

 When certain people talk while I'm at work..

Couldn't help it - this was funny 

How I feel the past few weeks

What do you have planned this weekend? Anything fun?

See y'all Monday!