Buon Viaggio

May 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

A lot has happened in my life in the past 6 months.  Most importantly, I graduated about a week and a half ago with my Master’s degree in Nutrition Science, got matched to a dietetic internship program (!), and made the decision to take a trip to Italy!

In 5 days, I will be on a plane to Italy where I will spend 10 days exploring Italian food and culture.  During my last semester, I registered for a Mediterranean diet class where we studied Mediterranean food and culture, the history of these regions, Italian culture, eating practices, and more.  As a class, we travel to Italy to live on an agriturismo in Tuscany for half of our time and in the city of Florence for the remainder of the trip.

I will be spending my time learning how to make cheese and honey, attend several wine tastings, visit a pasta factory, learn to cook a variety of Italian dishes, take day trips to different regions, listen to lectures on the importance of organic and sustainable growing practices, and of course, eat lots of delicious food!

I will be taking many photos and notes during my trip and hope to share my journey with you through when I return!

Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore

Photo source: Troy Hoover, 2011.  Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy.

Buon Viaggio!


Merry Christmas from Saratoga Springs

December 25, 2011 § Leave a comment





Checking In

September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hey everyone!  Long time no blog, I know.  My second year of grad school began at the end of August and I’ve been on the go non-stop ever since!  One thing I have been keeping up with is my daily exercise classes (and healthy eating habits of course Winking smile).

A new schedule at my gym in Syracuse came out a few weeks ago and I was very happy to see a 6am Yogalates class.  When I looked back at my exercise log, I saw that I haven’t taken a Yogalates class in over a year!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Yogalates, it’s a mix of yoga and pilates (hence the name!).  We usually start off with light stretching, then move into sun salutations and other yoga poses, then finish off with deep pilates abdominal work along with other pilates exercises.

Yoga Source

I look forward to this class every single week!  I love starting off my day feeling both strong and stretched out.  Sometimes I think a lot of us get caught up in how much cardio we are doing or how much weight we are lifting, and completely neglect the benefits that stretching and balance have on our bodies.  Stretching is an important component of any fitness regimen and this class has reminded me of that!



If you haven’t tried a Yogalates class before, I highly recommend it.  Off to enjoy my Friday night!

Have you ever taken a Yogalates class?  Do you like to mix yoga and pilates or prefer to practice them separately? 

Almost Time

August 6, 2011 § 3 Comments

Happy Saturday everybody!  Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend so far.

Let’s rewind to last nights dinner.  We decided to make dinner quick and easy so we went for a simple salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, onions, sliced hardboiled egg, deviled eggs, and tuna.





My plate.


Dinner may look a bit light to you, but I assure you I ate my fair share of frozen yogurt at Plum Dandy shortly after dinner.  I got their signature Euro tart flavor and a little bit of watermelon fro yo and topped it all with a few Sour Patch Kids – I was feeling the fruity flavors and gummy candy last night!



This morning I woke up bright and early (for a Saturday morning) at 6am.  I was taking the 8am Body Pump class at my gym and needed to get some energy before I went!



I also had a huge glass water (needed hydration!) and a mug of coffee to drink on the way to the gym.

After BP, I went grocery shopping, did a few things around the house, and spent the afternoon with Troy watching a movie.  We watched The Darjeeling Limited from Troy’s large collection of movies, we liked it!  Once dinner time rolled around, I headed back home to a delicious meal of petite filet mignons, corn on the cob, and roasted red potatoes.


I don’t eat red meat very often, but I do love a great piece of perfectly cooked filet mignon every now and then!  The corn on the cob also tasted very fresh and delicious.  The summer produce season comes and goes so quickly!  Which brings me to my next thought…

How is it August 6th already?!?!?!?!

Seriously though, where did the summer go??  I was filling out my calendar for the upcoming weeks and realized that I only have a little over 2 weeks left of summer and being at home.  It is hard to believe but school starts again August 29th.  I will be heading out there a week early since I have meetings and training sessions to attend.  I feel like I just got home!  The way I look at it, the sooner I start the semester, the closer I will be to graduating – I graduate in May!  Does anybody else feel like this summer flew by?

Well, I am off to enjoy my Saturday night.  Tomorrow, Troy and I are attending a 30th birthday party for his friends that are twins – how fun!  See ya Smile


August 4, 2011 § 4 Comments

Happy Thursday!

This week has surely flown by and I’ve got some good eats to share with you.  A few nights ago, we enjoyed rotini with homemade pesto, tomato sauce, and zucchini.



We also had homemade pizza crust topped with onions, pepperoni, and basil (always a crowd pleaser!)


I also had the pleasure of dining with several wonderful local blogging ladies last night including Jen, Courtney, Alicia, and Lauren.


Photo courtesy of Courtney

We dined at Creo restaurant located in Albany, NY and the food was delicious!  I ordered the small plate of pesto risotto topped with big chunks of tender crab meat, asparagus, and shaved parmesan.  Alicia, Courtney, and I all ordered the same dish since it sounded so delicious!  I’m still thinking about how great it was. Smile


We also got dessert, but since I was way too excited to eat my chocolate cake, I didn’t snap any photos of it.  If you want to see our dessert selections, head on over to Courtney’s blog since she got some great photos of that part of the meal.  It’s always a fun time meeting up with these girls!

My Vacation in the Hamptons

July 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

For the past few days, I’ve been vacationing with my family in the Hamptons.  We had a really great time relaxing, going to the beach, eating at nice restaurants, and doing some shopping!  Even though shopping in the Hamptons is extremely pricey, I still bought one item I’ve been wanting for awhile.  Here are a few pictures from our trip Smile

Driving onto the ferry in Bridgeport, CT.


Ferry ride pictures.





My mom and I on the ferry!







Getting off the ferry in Long Island.


Kitchen in the house we were staying at in the Hamptons.



Cool art gallery fudgesicles – they looked good enough to eat!



I found Saratoga umbrellas in the Hamptons!


This is a picture of mine and Troy’s new house – just kidding!  This was a huge house located right on the beach in South Hampton.



Beach shots.





Amazing dinner in Montauk, NY.





Yachts in Sag Harbor.




Heading back home to Saratoga.


Stuck in traffic.




What a fun mini-vacation!  Hope everybody is enjoying the rest of their weekend! Smile

Have you been on any vacations or long weekend trips this summer?  Where did you go?

Homemade Pesto & Seven Links

July 27, 2011 § 9 Comments

Hey everyone!

It was pasta night at our house a few nights ago.  Instead of making the same red tomato sauce we usually do, my mom and I decided that homemade pesto would be perfect for summer.  Plus, we have tons of basil to use from our garden!  This recipe came from the Better Homes and Garden, New Cook Book.  The pesto may look a bit chunky and thick to you, but we just prefer ours this way.  If you like a runnier texture, then just add more olive oil!

Homemade Pesto Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pine nuts
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • A pinch of pepper

In a food processor, combine oil, nuts, basil, cheese, garlic, and salt.  Cover and process until nearly smooth.  Add pepper to taste.  Makes about 3/4 cup of pesto total.  The pesto can be kept frozen up to 3 months.


We enjoyed sliced Italian bread and salad on the side.


I don’t think I’ll ever go back to buying pesto sauce in a jar – this stuff is amazing and tastes incredibly fresh!


My Seven Links

Recently, I was tagged by Alicia in the “Seven Links” Post that’s been making it’s way around the blog world.  So, here are my Seven Links!

Most Beautiful Post

4th of July Fun


Last year for my birthday, I got to spend July 3rd with my family and my actual birthday, July 4th, with a few of my closest friends.  This particular post recaps the 4th when I spent the day poolside with Troy, our friends, and their families.  We had a huge bbq that day and before we went to go watch the fireworks from the roof in downtown Saratoga, I was surprised with a birthday cake and pink candles!  Troy wasn’t able to celebrate my birthday with me this year, so it was nice to look back on last year’s fun celebration. Smile

Most Popular Post

Blueberry-Lemon Tea Cakes


This post has been one of my most popular posts so far.  Although it is a pretty recent post, I can see why it is so popular!  This is a great summer dessert and you should probably go make it now. Winking smile

Most Controversial Post

Amy Baxter

I tend to stay away from controversial posts on the blog and keep things upbeat around here!  No, that is not my puppy…but it should be!

Most Helpful Post

Easy Bean Enchiladas


I have had these enchiladas numerous times before and have loved them every single time.  I nominated this post as the most helpful because this meal is so quick and easy to prepare.  It is also an extremely versatile dish – you could substitute beef, chicken, or black beans into it and it tastes like you’ve spent hours making this delicious dish!

Surprise Success

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad & A Leaf Bug


Time and time again, this post gets searched quite a bit on the blog.  I’m not sure if it’s the delicious tomato basil pasta salad, the scrumptious desserts, or the leaf bug that visited me for breakfast that captures everyone’s attention!

Not Enough Attention

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes


I loved the Valentine’s Day cupcakes I made for Troy this past February.  I feel they deserve a second look because I’m really proud of the way I photographed them.  I think they came out beautifully!

Most Proud

First Day of Graduate School


One of the proudest moments in my life so far was starting graduate school to become a dietitian at Syracuse University.  My first year went so well and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the upcoming second year!

Now, I get to tag the following bloggers to participate in their own Seven Links!

Have a fabulous day! Open-mouthed smile