Thursday, February 4, 2016

Friday Favorites (February 5, 2016)


Linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea HERE


Hey Hey it's Friday!!  Wahoo!  My favorite day all week!!


Here are some of my recent faves....

Flowers!  I have been a blessed girl.  Well always blessed but extra blessed because I have appreciative people in my life!

From Janie....My Guardian Angel

From Jilly Bean 

From My Husband- My Soul Mate- My Rock

I went to the NH Winter Wine Festival with two of my besties last week.
We were having a great time trying different wines and sampling some delicious bites from area restaurants...BUT I was completely blown over when I saw the J Lohr table...not only because they were there BUT I got to meet the CEO Steve (J's son) and he was just wonderful!  I felt like a little kid who just met Santa ;)

His Regional Manager in NH was wonderful too AND it is such a small world; her brother is one of my neighbors!

and had to share a new favorite wine that I tried and bought- FreakShow Cab by Michael David....oh so good!  

A saying on a bow at ECE...waiting while Diana does her tumbling lesson...LOVE THIS!

As you know I love all things Lilly Pulitzer....don't ya love this print?
The name is even better....."The Tail End"

Sisters going to Disney On Ice...precious...check out Diana's glasses...they are from Shaw's...we are worried they are going to hurt her eyes but she just LOVES them!  Actually she is kinda obsessed with them- she feels grown up.  They are really hysterical...they make it look like her eyes are so close together

My favorite color is PINK!  How appropriate right?  Well, my parents just made their guest room into a room for the girls....it is really like a princess's dream...pink and sparkly and oh so girly...the girls were thrilled...I snapped a few pics (yes she still has the glasses on) ;)


We had a great dinner after the girls saw the room and then we headed to the common for some more skating!  Skating has been a recent fave and I have a feeling it will be a big part of our lives!

 After skating, it was time for dessert...Mimi's homemade chocolate cream pie...another FAVE for Pidge ;)

and I just LOVE the February picture on our family calendar
This is Diana with the famous Coach Lisa...she really changed her life...she scooped her up when she was a mere 3 years old and taught her how to cheer and exercise and be part of a team while having fun
Diana used to "coach" her stuffed animals and dolls and she would try and sound just like Coach Lisa
She has been such a positive part of our lives :)

and Coffee is always a daily Fave BUT check this out!  My BFF introduced me to a new flavor- PB&J  Sandwich!  Can you stand it?  Just got the k cups and even Robby B (who usually avoids flavored coffee) is enjoying them!

always helps to have a pretty mug too right?

and I have heard alot about Shakeology; Diana's teacher is a health and fitness buff and she continues to work these shakes into her daily nutrition; I inquired and she gave me some samples to try with some suggestions.  One of my friends also uses them and she always looks great so I thought what the heck!  My favorite flavor is Strawberry and I found a couple of combos that I like
The first one is the one scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of coconut water, 1/2 cup of ice and 1/2 cup of frozen berries.  The second one is like a PB&J in a glass and it is one scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of coconut water, 1/2 cup of ice, 1 tbls of PB2 and 1/2 banana- DELISH!  I have been having these for breakfast and may just add one for lunch too when my 30 day supply arrives!


and my posts always include some Lilly right?
Well I bought this sweater 4 years ago...and never wore it...just didn't like the way it looked on me
I am finally pleased with it...what do you think?  I mean the Starfish right?



I'm getting better at bringing Eva to playgroups
We had a successful playgroup with the MOMS club- for the win!


and a WW training meeting...yes...over wine...quality time with new friends and wine...what could be better?  Definitely another FAVE for the week!


and wrapping up this post with a sweet #TBT
2001 Vegas- NBSS Manager's Trip with my boss Earl
Happy to say he is still a friend and one of my biggest mentors today :)
P.S Sometimes I wish I was still 27....sigh.....

Have a WONDERFUL weekend everyone!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Skating!

It has been a joke around our house, well a joke based on heritage, tradition and truth.  
Rob said that Eva will be a hockey player.  As he put it, "she is my last hope."  
In Rob's family, kids are put on skates at 18  months old.  They are French Canadian and that is just what they do.


He told me I got my cheerleader so now it is his turn.  


I obliged.  I think it would be great if Eva takes to skating and if hockey is what she ends up loving and wanting, I'm game.


Last weekend, we hopped on down to a little rink that is in the center of our town.
We got the skates on the girls, Daddy laced up and I snapped the pics.


Diana did pretty well for her first time (well about the third time on the ice but she doesn't remember the first couple of times because she was so little)

Eva LOVED it.  It is no exaggeration.  Every time Rob handed her to me (so he could take a turn with Diana), she would cry and yell.  HYSTERICAL.  Diana liked it a her age but not like this.  She was CRAZY about it.

Here are a few pics from last Sunday











My parents got so excited that Eva loved it so they invited us down for Sunday dinner AND to skate on the large rink that they have in their common.

We got the same reaction from Eva- OBSESSED

Diana did even better this time and was able to get around on her own
(Thank God because Eva did not want to take one break)

Papa Pete even walked around the ice to help give Daddy's back a break ;)
I snapped a few good ones









 

 As you can see, everyone is dressed lightly.  Do you hear me complaining?  HECK NO!  It has been unseasonably warm- the perfect Winter for Moi!!  It was 60 degrees here yesterday so the ice was not in ideal condition- it was melting and slushy in spots but the girls still got some fun time in!









Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Sauce







Ingredients:

For the Beef:
Beef Tenderloin- Size of Your Choice
Butter, Salt & Pepper to Taste

For the Sauce:
4 ounces of blue cheese
1/3 cup of mayo
2/3 cup of sour cream
1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce



Instructions:

For the Beef:
Melt butter in frying pan
Salt and Pepper the beef
Sear beef until golden brown- about 5 minutes on each side
Once beef is browned put pan in oven- 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes (depending on the size of the tenderloin)
Once you take it out of the oven, it will continue cooking
Let it rest for 10-15 minutes

For the Sauce:
In a saucepan, add all ingredients
Warm and stir frequently (Do Not  Boil)

Once beef has rested, slice and top with this delicious sauce
Yummmmm

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday! (January 2016)






Linking Up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer HERE


So...here it is......

What We're Eating This Week

It's Crock Pot Season!  Once a week, I pull out the crock pot and make us a nice warm dinner
Here are some of the things I have been making lately...great recipes...I usually find them on Pinterest and sometimes Mel's blog!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
(that is one of Mel's Specialties.  You can find it HERE


Creamy Tortellini Soup
You can find that one HERE


Crock Pot Chicken Lemon Soup with Spinach and Orzo
I blogged about this one so you can find that HERE

and Shay's Chicken Margarita Soup became a new fave- Delish!
You can find it HERE


What I'm Reminiscing About?

The Christmas Season....Still...I am never like this but this year was so wonderful, down to every little detail....the traditions....The Hallmark movies...the decorations...the recipes....the music....and watching it all through through the eyes of my little girls...pure magic...I still have a pain in my heart

This was our first "Jammie Christmas"...one of my favorite nights this past season :)

What I'm Loving
Having My Hubby Home!  
He doesn't travel often but when he does, it is very hard
I miss him so much!
So glad he had safe travels and he is back in action :)


What We've Been Up To

It has been a pretty active January for us.
We usually hibernate all month because of the cold and the snow but the weather hasn't been too bad and we have been keeping busy and doing some fun things.

The month started with our Wolverines Cheer Banquet which was a blast

and that night, we enjoyed celebrating Aaron's graduation from the Art Institute of Boston


This past weekend started with a fundraiser for the Basketball League in town
We had a great night with friends; dualing pianos, dinner and drinks!
Here is a shot of the girls at the end of the night...think we had a blast?



On Saturday, I had a Surprise Sprinkle for my Mama Friend Jill who is Expecting Baby #5!
She makes it look easy!!  It was such a lovely day :)


Saturday Night, Rob was playing with a band from town.
I was so wiped from a long week of having him away and then our other weekend festivities, that I totally bailed.  He actually gave me the out and said, you are wiped, just crash.  So I did- kind of.
Diana had a birthday party at a friend's house so when I went to pick her up, I ended up getting talked into staying for a bit and "socializing."  Did I mention I LOVE our town; have met so many wonderful people and have made great friends!

Yesterday, we got Eva on the ice for the first time.
She is Daddy's only hope for a hockey player and guess what?  She LOVED it....she cried when we were leaving!  It was SO CUTE
Check her out! #futurehockeyplayer

What I'm Dreading?

Snow...Ice....I know it sounds old...we have been lucky so far this Winter
Most of the East Coast got walloped this weekend but the storm stopped south of Boston and we got NOTHING in NH....I am still dreading the big storms...I know we will get at least a few in February


What I'm Working On....

My health...found an AWESOME new App that is helping me with my running
It is called "Running"...too funny right?  It designs a running program based on your level and goals
It helps me get running into my daily exercise routine
It is a Redrock App and it is Running for Weight Loss
This is what the Icon Looks Like




What I'm Excited About?

SPRING...I can't help it...I come alive like all of the buds on the trees....can't wait for fresh air...planting flowers and veggies and spending time outside again!




What I'm Watching/Reading?

Well I couldn't wait for this post this month
I couldn't wait to share with you all of the shows I have been binge watching!
I have found some great ones lately!  Gotta love Netflix!


Have you seen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?
It's hysterical (Netflix Series-Check It Out!)
Kimmy was kidnapped and kept in a bunker for 15 years with some other girls
She is rescued and decides to move to NYC and the show is about her little adventures and discoveries...sometimes it feels like no time has past!



and on TV Land, two new great shows I binge watched and caught up so now enjoying

Younger
Liza finds out that her husband has gambled most of their savings away and was cheating so she finds herself divorced and on her own.  Her daughter is in college and is spending a semester abroad in India. Liza must now find a job for the first time in over 15 years.  She has no luck at first so then decides to pretend she is 26 and lands a job in a flash.  She also finds herself thrown into a relationship with a very hot 20 something too....oh the tales she is weaving....so much fun!


Teachers
One word?  HYSTERICAL
Oh the words these teachers use...sound just like the teachers I know
The shenanigans
The crushes on some Dads.....
pure belly laughs



My guilty pleasure 
Dance Moms on Lifetime

and my regular shows....of which I am waiting on their return starting this week!

Jane The Virgin


Life...In Pieces


Scandal


and then The Affair...what an amazing Season Finale...will have to wait until the Fall for this gem to return....sigh....


What I'm Reading 
Emily Griffin's The One & Only

What I'm Listening To
Pretty Much Pop and Then the Sirius XM 90's


What I'm Wearing

My new snow boots!  Love them!  Makes me okay with a little bit of snow anyway


and Old Navy's High Rise Skinny Jeans are PERFECT for me!
I wear them ALL the time!

and of course,  a little Lilly
The Harp Cashmere Wrap is just Gorgeous

What I'm Doing This Weekend
Well...looks like it is going to be a more quiet weekend again...and that is ok!
I have a fun lunch planned with some Wolverine friends on Friday at BWG....Diana has a birthday party on Saturday night, so we may take the opportunity to do a nice date night
Sunday is always mass and groceries and then I am meeting a friend to help him with some job coaching...later on, we are going to my parents for dinner and some more skating on a rink in their town common....nothing too crazy but looking forward to it!




What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

The School Deliberative Session
Doesn't sound fun to you right?  Well I never knew how fun it could be or how much say we have in voting in our town in NH.  We actually get to participate in the warrant articles that end up on the ballot each month.  We have a say in the school budget, special projects, school board members, and more.  It is such a privilege and I really enjoy the process
The session is on a Friday night so it is fun to have a couple glasses of wine with friends and then head over there

Also looking forward to,  The Soccer Ball...well this year, it is going to be a Casino Night so it sounds like even more fun!

What Else Is New?
Diana is working really hard with her ECE Junior Frost Team- I cannot wait to see her compete in the Spring!
We just got Eva on skates for the first time- I am also looking forward to seeing how she takes to the ice







Bonus Question For The Month:
What is your favorite Valentine Recipe?
Anything Chocolate!
Our wine group in town was at Laurel's this month and her son Caden has a passion for cooking.
He is SO GOOD too.  He made us these delicious seared scallops and for dessert, he made us molten lava cakes that were to die for!
So...I guess if I  had to narrow it down, I would say those :)

Have a great month!  We are 1 month closer to Spring- YEAH!
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