Posts Tagged ‘family’
January 3, 2014
Wait a second… we’re already into the week of 1/3/14? I am well aware that there was a New Year’s celebration and all, but holy geez. Typing that just made it real!
Are any of you back to work yet? If so, then I have some good news for you: it’s Friday! And to get you ready to dive right into the weekend, lets have some fun with week’s installment of Friday Favorites.
Here are a handful of things I have been loving this week. For those of you who are new around here, there is a link up for bloggers at the bottom and an open welcome for all to play along and share some of your favorites in the comment section. Woo hoo!
Friday Favorites #18: Week of 1/3
• coffee mug warmer
After seeing me take coffee down to the computer and watching how long it takes me to finish a cup while typing away, my mom suggested I invest in a coffee warmer.
While I attended practice, I dropped her off to wander around the mall and I picked her up a few hours later with shopping bags. One of them had this Mr. Coffee coffee warmer from Bed, Bath & Beyond in it just for me.
I have really been enjoying the extra time to drink hot beverages downstairs without the inconvenience of having to microwave them when they cool. The plate gets pretty toasty and does a great job of keeping everything warm!
• quality time with Mom
Since I brought her up, I might as well highlight how much I have been loving catching up with my mom this week. She came to visit us and I am grateful to be able to spend some much needed mother-daughter time with her during the holidays.
She even made a trip to the gym with me yesterday!
I am so glad she brought her go-with-the-flow mindset while she’s up here. She’s been great at hanging with our crazy schedules and making the most out of our time together!
• This husky video that might just be the most adorable thing ever.
This one‘s pretty cute too. I have always had a thing for huskies! They remind me of snow dogs that always seem warm and cuddly and the majority of them have the most captivating blue eyes. SO stinking cute.
(Earmuffs Roadie… and, speaking of…)
• Roadie helping us unwrap presents
He’s been getting into everything lately! It’s like he’s a teething puppy or something. Gotta love ‘em (and that face)… but what gives?
Free internet video calling that makes opening presents from loved ones across the miles so much better!
• Avicii’s new song that inspired me to start a new workout playlist. Stay tuned for that share next week!
• winter coat steal
I found this navy and pink plaid coat at Target this week for $17.98. Seriously. A lot of their outerwear is on mega clearance right now.
Oh, Target. How I love thee!
• William-Sonoma hand soap and lotion sets
Gah! I’m obsessed. I first purchased a set of hand soap and lotion to keep in the downstairs bathroom at the William-Sonoma Outlet back around Thanksgiving. Since then, I have bought two more sets as gifts, and two more sets for our other bathrooms in the house.
I included them in this year’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide and I stand firmly on that decision. They come in a variety of scents and packages, and I am currently displaying the Basil and Lemongrass fragrances.
• rain boots
Speaking of presents, I am absolutely loving these Style & Co. ‘Drizzle’ rain boots, courtesy of Scott’s Mom and Step-Dad. Wrapped up with them were rain boot liners, which seem super practical for this snowy, slushy weather we have been having this week.
I actually saw the same exact pair in Stein Mart over two years ago and wanted to get them for myself then. I didn’t. But now I have them. Such a good call!
• winter ready
I am proud of a big step that happened this week for me: not being terribly afraid to drive in the snow or bear the freezing temperatures in order to go through every day life.
Don’t get me wrong… there are still times I question why we live in these snowy conditions, and they may or may not happen on a daily basis. But, every now and then I get an answer to my own question and take a step back to capture it.
Getting to experience different seasons and winter wonderlands softens the blow just a little. It’s beautiful!
And I guess that’s it for this week. Today I am really looking forward to showing my mom around town. We have plans for brunch with a possible day trip to Canada, then back with just enough time to catch the Harlem Globetrotter’s perform tonight. Should be a fun day!
Now, the floor is yours…
Have a great start to your weekend!
November 28, 2013
Good Morning and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you!
And to those who it applies, Happy Hanukkah, and Thanksgivukkah too!
There is a lot to celebrate here in the U.S. today and I intend to enjoy every moment of it.
Scott’s parents ended up arriving in town Tuesday morning and we have had a great time catching up with them this week.
Yesterday we took them to The Breakfast Club, our favorite Mom and Pop type of restaurant in the area. It’s a quaint little set up, isn’t it?
For as causal as it is, the menu is anything but ordinary. They always have daily gourmet specials and a specialty dish for every kind of breakfast lover.
I stuck to my usual, some form of egg white omelet. That might sound boring, but I loved Penny’s Favorite!
Ingredients included egg whites, spinach, tomatoes, black olives, light cheddar, avocado and pico de gallo with a side of tomato slices and fruit.
A plate of cold chocolate covered strawberries appeared with our guest checks, which I think is an adorable (and extremely yummy!) special touch.
Since yesterday was also a game day, we didn’t have much time to show them around our new hometown, but we did stop by Yates Cider Mill to pick up some deliciousness am really looking forward to diving into later tonight.
Caramel Apple Pie made with cider mill apples… ummm… drooling. With the cooling temperatures out, our trip was short lived, but we showed them the property and what usually takes place on weekends here in the fall.
We even caught the tail end of an apple pressing! That was the first time Scott had ever seen it, so he was pretty excited.
Love cider mills!
After taking a few scenic routes, we dropped Scott off at the arena for work before the game and spent the rest of the afternoon gathering all of the ingredients we needed for today’s eats. I arrived a couple of hours later.
The game was a fun one, missing a win. When it was over, a friend from Chicago sent me this picture and it put a huge smile on my face!
It’s always fun to have family come to see us in that environment. We all had a great night!
Before I get carried away, I need to sign off and get ready for a full day of cooking. I mentioned earlier this week that I might do a Turkey Trot 10K today, and for those of you who are wondering about it, I was unsuccessful in signing up for it two different times. I saw it as a sign to just let it go and hope to at least fit in an afternoon run (out in the snow!) if time permits.
I was really bummed about it, but can’t complain about being all warm and cozy inside this morning. Hopefully I will be able to participate next year!
I really can’t wait to share the menu (and a handful of standout recipes) with you in the near future. Off to the kitchen!
And a very Happy Thanksiving to you and your loved ones!