Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 NHIAA State Championship Game- Windham vs. St. Thomas

Though the Jaguars came up short, they put up a great fight
10-6 was the final score and St. Thomas took home the title this year

We joined some of our Alumn "Friends of Jaguar Football" to tailgate before the game
We also got to see Zach in action as he works in the booth during many of the games (for his sports communications program at UNH)

It was so fun to reconnect with some old friends and join in on another wonderful community event- have I mentioned that I LOVE our town?

Captured a few pix

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Our Thanksgiving Menu 2015

Our 2015 Thanksgiving

Appetizers and Cocktails
Stuffed Mushrooms
Celery with Pimento Cheese
Cranberry White Cheddar Dip with French Bread
Pumpkin Hard Cider Dip with Crackers
Marshmallow Sour Cream Dip with Sweet Potato Chips
Caramel Apple Cider Martinis
Wine, Beer

Main Course
Roasted Turkey
Mashed Potato Bread Stuffing
Cranberry Sausage Stuffing
French Pork Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon
Butternut Squash Souffle
Mashed Butternut Squash
Fried Corn
Onions and Cream Sauce
Ruth Chris’ Sweet Potato, Bourbon and Pecan Bake

Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Applesauce Jumble Cookies
Marinated Fruit Salad

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Favorites (November 13, 2015)

Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals Today!

Friday Friday....where have you been?  You have always been and will always be my FAVE!

Here are some of my favorites right now....

Favorite recent happenings include....

Having wine and watching cheer videos with my pal Jess...oh yeah and her hubby Joe whipped up this awesome quiche for us!!!  The bomb right?  It was!

My monkey's school picture...she looks like such a big did we get here?  Geesh?  Love

Dinner and quality time with one of my besties, Ann Marie...Tuscan never disappoints us...we sit at the downstairs bar...drink wine and split a salad and a flatbread...heaven

The Helping Hands Walkathon was last Saturday...we had a great time...exercising and for a great cause...3.5 miles...Diana had fun walking AND socializing of course...Mama had fun with both too!  It was another wonderful community event
Diana got to see some of her favorite teachers- Mrs. Pappalardo from Kindergarten and Mrs. Martin who is her current teacher...we are so blessed

This magazine cover?  No words

Saturday night was an awesome family night.  We tried the new Ralphie's in Salem and it was great!  (Thanks Papa and Gram for the gift card!) Classic Italian is very small but since we went early with the littles, we only had to wait 30 minutes.  Everyone enjoyed their dinner...especially Pidge...check out the before and after pics I snagged....hysterical!

and who says I can't insert videos into my Friday Favorites post right?
How about Eva doing Twinkle Twinkle?  Can you stand it?

and how about my cheer team getting pumped up before their last competition?  LOVE

These little muffins placed third again...I was very proud!
and love the family support Diana received
with Papa Bob!

and Ally

and the obligatory victory shots with the trophy!

Favorite recipes include.....
ALL of the recipes on Pinterest...kidding...getting inspired for my Thanksgiving Dinner....LOVING the fall recipes...going to make dinner for my mom tonight and then adding in some gourmet treats for Turkey Day....

How about this appetizer? Surprising my mom and making it as I did a few years of her faves! 
Figs, Goat Cheese and Honey in Phyllo

and this?  Going to add it to the Thanksgiving menu?
Butternut Squash and Bacon Souffle...what do you think? 

and these look delish and oh so cute...My mom makes a great pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving but I am trying to come up with an excuse to make these beforehand...I am not the best baker...I am a better cook but these seem like something I may be able to pull off...we shall see

Mini pumpkin pies with ginger snap crusts

Favorite "wears" right now
My skinny distressed rock star jeans from Old Navy.  You can find them HERE

and my camel tall boots....four years old...still going can find a similar pair HERE

 and my health faves 
Pilates Reformer with Alice?  Have you tried it?
You get the benefits of pilates and a great workout without the stress on your joints

That's a wrap...hope you all have an amazing weekend! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mashed Potato Bread Stuffing

What You Will Need:

1 box of instant mashed potatoes
1 loaf of stuffing bread
1 stick of butter
1 yellow onion (chopped)
Bell Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to Taste

(I always double this recipe for a large crowd- especially at Thanksgiving)

So if you are from New England, then you know Bell Seasoning
I just learned recently that Bell Seasoning may not be as popular or commonly known as it is up here.  Regardless, it is the staple of so many of our fall dishes.  

This stuffing recipe has been a tradition in my family since as long as I can remember

It is a nice twist and alternative to traditional bread stuffing.

On Thanksgiving, we always have three different stuffings: one traditional bread stuffing (sometimes with fruit and/or nuts in it, the French pork stuffing (courtesy of my in laws) and this Mashed Potato Bread Stuffing.  I can thank my mom for introducing this delectable dish to our family so many years ago.  It smells and tastes like Thanksgiving to me.  My mouth waters when I think about taking that first bite.  It is creamy and hardy and oh so buttery with that subtle sweetness of onion- delish!

Give it a shot this year!  You just might need to make it every year too!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large pot, follow the directions on the box to make your instant mashed potatoes.  Once done, set aside

In a frying pan, melt your stick of butter

Add the chopped onion and saute until translucent  

Add a sprinkle of bell seasoning, salt and pepper to taste

Add the butter mixture to your mashed potatoes

Take your loaf of stuffing bread and with your fingers, poke holes in it
Then run the loaf under the faucet until it is soaked

Squeeze it out

Break up the wet loaf into bite size pieces and add to your potato mixture 

Put entire mixture into a buttered casserole dish
Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown and crusty on the top

To Die For....

Weekly Gratitude

This week, I am thankful for 


Being able to watch my Diana tumble and shine and do things  I could never do inspiring

Belly laughs...hugs...and kisses from Sweet Eva


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Weekly Gratitude

I am thankful for

This warm and mild Fall that we have been blessed with in New England

My crockpot

Cheer practices...cheer comps with the little muffins

The tradition of Halloween....and being able to experience once of the best traditions with  my girls

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015!

Scenes from Halloween!

Right after our cheer comp, we got home, got into our costumes and headed to Mimi and Papa's
We had so much fun....and enjoyed some snacks and cocktails (never too early) ;)

Our Little Maleficent

and our Baby Aurora/Sleeping Beauty :)

 Fun with Uncle Matt
 Eva's First Chocolate- a Pop- thanks Mimi and Papa

and then back at home, fun with Grammy and Papa

and we carved our Jack-O-Lantern!

Time for a Pre-Party at the Scharff's and then some Trick-Or-Treating!
It was the first year we put a bowl of candy out...and it worked!  The kids were honest and great!
We did have the most trick-or-treaters I have seen since we moved to the neighborhood 4 years ago!

 My Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball (thank you Pinterest) made an appearance at the Scharff's

We got to see Brittany and Brooke

Eva just LOVED the wagon and LOVED playing with the candy that Diana got!

and we wrapped up the night with some post Trick-Or-Treating fun at the McLain's- we had a ball (especially Diana)

Thanks to Pinterest again, I brought some "Witches Hats & Brooms"

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