Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekend Recap (2017 Newport Wine and Food Festival Edition)

Hi Friends!  This past weekend, Rob and I enjoyed our third annual Newport Wine and Food Festival in Newport, RI.  We had an amazing time but we were happy to get home to our babies yesterday too!  Here is a look at our weekend.


I headed down to Newport with some girlfriends.  It was raining and windy all day but it did not put a damper on our time.  Our first stop was 22 Bowen for an amazing lunch!  Check them out HERE 

After lunch, a few of our friends went to one of the wine seminars and then a few of us walked around and browsed in some shops then made a pit stop for a pumpkin martini at Busker's.  Check them out HERE

We then headed back to our hotel and it was time to check in.  We stayed in the best place!  It was the Pelham Court Hotel on Pelham Street- right near all of the action and a block from the famous Thames St.  Check them out HERE

It is all suites which used to be condos.  We had two units which were complete with kitchens and living areas- incredible!  Cass did all of the hotel research and although it was stressful, she did a great job!  

We enjoyed staying in and cooking together and had so much was like being in college with roomates again!  There may have been a dance party or two...and oh yeah...a burpee competition!  Ha ha!!!  Here are some random shots!  

and of course I made Laurel do her "Bridesmaids" impression...always cracks me up....


It was time for the main event- the Newport Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting at The Marble House- one of the beautiful Newport Mansions set right on the ocean.  It is an incredible venue with breathtaking views and the event is always so much fun.  The hubbies all met us at the event and we had a great time per usual.  We tried wines from all over the world and got to sample such gourmet treats.  There were oysters and sushi and smoked meats, cheeses and jams...the list goes on and on.  This year, we even made a point of sitting near the ocean and taking in the breathtaking views- just incredible- I don't know how else to describe it.

So happy to find Pamela from my favorite J. Lohr again!  She is always so great about taking a picture with us too!  A few years ago, she even sent me an adorable apron because I am such a fan :)

Saturday Night

We headed back to the hotel to freshen up and headed out to town.  By this time, I was exhausted but I rallied!  We had a late dinner at The Midtown Oyster Bar and it was just ok...I was ready for bed!
Right after dinner, Robby B and I headed right back to the hotel.  A few of the girls headed out to dance for a bit but I was toast!  


It was time to head home and get our life in order again :)

We picked up the girls at Mimi and Papa's and spent some time with Mimi- the girls were proud to show us the Halloween cookies they made :)

On our way home, we picked up the rest of our pumpkins and outdoor decorations at Lowe's- it was 85 degrees so it felt kind of strange getting into our fall groove BUT I am not complaining :)

and we wrapped up the weekend with a football game- Diana cheered her little heart out- I got to snap a pic of her and her biggest fan :)

Hope you all had an amazing weekend!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites (September 21, 2017)

I have a whole lotta randomness coming at ya today...isn't that the best part of Friday Favorites?  Am I right?

As always, linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci HERE

Here are some faves from this week....

All the Plaid

 Plaid all around...forgot how much I love plaid...especially in the fall...we are all bringing our plaid out this season ;)

Decorating for Fall

We just started...after this weekend, we are going full force with our pumpkins and ghosts in the yard and all of the Fall and Halloween fun inside :)
I showed you what we do with our planters each year but check out the mum plant- a surprise gift from Janie after I made a placement this week...she is too good for words

More Lilly?

YES thanks to Jilly Bean.  This gem will be making its debut this weekend in Newport :)
But friends, are you with me when I say there is nothing better than the cards you may receive in your life?  The words so deep and true?  I keep my cards forever and Jilly's was an absolute FAVE

Fave Recent Recipes

So these have been faves of my girls and when I say fave I mean they actually ate their meals and said they were good- that is a win in our house!  I'm sure you get it!  Some of their recent faves have included: Chicken A La King, Mama's Lasagna and Slow Cooker Chicken, Spinach and Tortellini Soup

Diana's Head Shots from TTC

We finally received Diana's headshots from TTC this summer.  We loved them.  The only thing we don't like is how old she looks- makes us sad but love the drama of it all and how she has found her happy place in theater for sure!

Newport Wine and Food Festival Weekend!

It is here!  One of my favorite weekends of the year.  I leave today with the ladies and Rob and the guys are meeting us tomorrow for the main event.  I am dressed, packed and ready for Beth Ann to pick me up (in 3 hours) :)...I always feel guilty leaving my babies but I need a little break right now with all of the work and life craziness!

Have a great weekend friends!  If you are looking for me, you know where to find me! :)
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