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
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.
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!
Have you been on any vacations or long weekend trips this summer? Where did you go?
July 22, 2011 § 2 Comments
Hey everyone and Happy Friday!
Today is a special day in Saratoga – it’s the opening day of the Saratoga Race Course! I know quite a few people that attended the races today, but I opted out due to the high temps and humidity – 92 degrees F with a heat index of 100 degrees? No thanks, I’ll stay in the air conditioning! I started off my day by attending the Friday morning spin class at my gym then headed to the hospital for a few hours of interning.
Since it’s nice and cool in our house, we decided it would be ok to use the oven to make some delicious bean enchiladas for dinner! These are seriously so good and super simple to make. My mom picked up the enchilada kit from Old El Paso at the grocery store and a can of refried beans. The kit comes with tortillas, enchilada sauce, and a packet of seasoning.
All you have to do is mix the refried beans with the seasoning, place a little bit of the bean mixture on each of the tortillas. Roll up each tortilla and place them side by side in a baking dish. Then, pour the enchilada sauce over all the tortillas. Sprinkle all the enchiladas with cheese – we used a Mexican blend of shredded cheeses. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes. Simple as that. 😀
On the side, we had steamed zucchini and shredded lettuce and salsa. I didn’t add my salsa until after I snapped my photos – oops! I also sprinkled fresh chives on my enchilada and parsley on the zucchini slices. Both the chives and the parsley were straight from our garden.
Tonight officially kicks off the Saratoga racing season with the Hats Off festival in downtown Saratoga. There is a ton of live music and lots of people! Troy and I have gone the past couple of years and it’s been a lot of fun. As of right now I’m not sure if we are going to go (since it’s still boiling outside and Troy spent the whole day at the races!), but we’ll see. It’s nice to be low key on a Friday night – I’m all about relaxing at home (in the air conditioning of course ;-))
Enjoy your Friday evening and stay cool!
What kind of annual festivals or celebrations does your town or city have?
July 18, 2011 § 4 Comments
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was jam packed with fun events including a blogger brunch and a bridal shower. I didn’t take almost any pictures because I was enjoying the company of my friends!
Today was spent doing a few things around the house, hanging out with Troy, and eating a delicious dinner! Tonight’s dinner recipe is courtesy of this Barefoot Contessa recipe. The trick to making this meatloaf is to caramelize the onions before adding them to the meat mixture – it makes all the difference!
We enjoyed baked potatoes with fresh chives from our garden and steamed broccoli on the side. Simple and delicious!
Off to watch the season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen and then Masterchef – Troy and I love Gordon Ramsay and are obsessed with most of his shows including Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef, and Hell’s Kitchen!
What TV shows do you have to watch every week?!
July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
The past few days have been super busy with work, interning, family, friends, a birthday, and more!
- 1/4 cup hot cereal
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1 blob of melting Jif
I also enjoyed a cup of chocolate glazed donut coffee from my Keurig coffee brewer and a slice of this heavenly loaf of bread I showed you a couple nights ago. It’s my grandmother’s recipe for Irish Soda bread and it is one of the best quick breads around! I’ll have to check with my mom first to see if I can share the recipe – I’m thinking it’s going to be kept a secret though!
After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a cardio warm-up on the elliptical followed by the WORST body sculpt class I’ve ever taken. This instructor was seriously awful. We had about 50 pieces of equipment to set up and she didn’t explain any of the exercises. By the time I finally caught on to what we were doing, she was on to the next exercise! Awful…Thankfully, I had lots to do today and forgot about the horrible class before I even arrived home from the gym. I spent the remainder of the day interning at the hospital and running a yummy food-related errand for the upcoming CDNY Eat, Drink, Blog Brunch hosted by the lovely Heather this Saturday.
For dinner, I ate the rest of my radiatori pesto pasta from Wheatfields in downtown Saratoga. We went there last night for my brother’s birthday dinner and the pesto pasta is my favorite dish there! Not to mention their delicious homemade bread and garlic butter.
My dad made me a special side salad!
I also had 1/2 crab cake that went undocumented!
Tonight I had plans to finally see Troy after him being away for 2 weeks in Italy, but unfortunately, they missed their connecting flight back home and will now have to wait another 3 hours for the next plane . Good thing I have tomorrow off!!
Have a great night!
What’s your favorite pasta shape – I love radiatori because all the sauce gets stuck in it’s tiny nooks!
What is the worst group fitness class experience you’ve had?
July 12, 2011 § 1 Comment
It’s pizza night!
My mom is having company over tonight so we decided to keep dinner simple and easy. We topped a Boboli thin crust pizza crust with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, red onion, and fresh basil, then popped it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Time to eat!
Tomorrow is going to be a great day starting off with my typical Wednesday morning 6am spin class, followed by interning with a dietitian at one of my favorite sites. Also, tomorrow is my brothers 25th birthday! A group of us are headed downtown Saratoga for his birthday dinner and celebration tomorrow night! Should be a great time!
Off to relax and eat some of this for dessert!
How do you like your pizza? Simple or loaded with lots of toppings?
July 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s 90 degrees and sticky outside! That only means one thing for dinner – no cooking allowed! Currently, we are not using our central air since we haven’t really needed so far this summer. Our house stays pretty cool during the day since we leave the window fans on all night that bring in the cool breeze at night. We decided to make salads for dinner with lots of delicious ingredients!
My salad included:
- Lettuce from our garden
- Hard boiled eggs
- Leftover grilled chicken
- Newman’s Own Light Italian dressing
Perfect for a summer night!
Now, onto that peanut butter bar recipe I promised you! I started making these last summer when I saw them on Tina’s blog. I made a few changes to the ingredients but followed the same cooking instructions. The final recipe ended up looking like this:
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Jif)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 egg
I’ve added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in the past and they are even better than the regular peanut butter bars (obviously!). I know what I’m having for dessert!
What is your favorite dessert bar?
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