Weekend Recap – Feb. 1

Holy craziness, that was a busy weekend! We haven’t had a weekend like that in a while and it was jam-packed with some super fun things. So let’s do a little recap. 

So Trevor was gone all weekend at the Adirondack Ice Bowl. His team finished second and they played like five hockey games on Saturday (including the championship game that night). They did great, but it was just us girls for the majority of the weekend.

Saturday morning, the girls went with their babysitter and some friends to a tubing park. They had an awesome time and it gave me a chance to meet up with friends for a fun Saratoga event. We went to a chili competition at Saratoga Clay Arts Center. Basically, you paid your admission, picked out a bowl and tried a bunch of different chili samples. Whatever chili you liked the best, then you got a full bowl of that.

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The five local places were 9 Miles East, Brook Tavern, Boca Bistro, Just Meats and Four Seasons. Overall, it was really fun to try a bunch of different kinds of chili, but the Brook Tavern really brought it home for me. They had some amazing chili toppers (crunchy barbecue strips and avocado cream!). It was a super delicious morning and I was stuffed when we left. BUT, not too stuffed because my friend Daniella and I stopped at Plum Dandy Cookies and Milk for a giant cookie snack. This is one of the things I love most about Saratoga – there are just so many great places to eat even a cookie. 

I headed back home and waited for the kids to get back. We laid around most of the afternoon (me in a chili haze), and played hair salon for a bit. Check out Hadley’s curls! 

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Then, we met up with family at the Skidmore hockey game. They were playing Norwich and I didn’t see too much hockey. Just about 20 minutes of telling Bryn to sit still. So it was Trevor’s cousin Parker, his wife Lisa and their two sons, Liam and Cameron. We went back to their hotel and took the kids to the pool. 

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We basically invaded their room at the hotel, swam in their pool and then ordered some food to their room. So we’re basically the coolest parents ever with swimming, pajamas and then a little picnic at the Hampton Inn. It was a super fun night and so great to see some family. 

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On Sunday, we were on the move again. This time, we hit up Price Chopper super early in the morning and took some bagel’s over to my sister-in-law’s house for a playdate with them and some other friends. They have built a skating rink in their backyard so Hadley skated for a bit with her cousin Gretchen while the other girls played inside. 

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Then it was finally home for the rest of the day. We laid on the couch. Trevor was exhausted from a ton of hockey and late-night shenanigans.

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And now, I need a weekend after that weekend! But no rest for the weary. It’s a full week of work, and I have a ton of projects in the air. I was thinking this weekend about how much exciting stuff is in the works – especially with travel. I’m going to Philly on Saturday for a few days for work. Then its off to Chicago in March, Nantucket in April, a trip to North Carolina once school gets out (I hope!) then Denver in August. Anywho, tomorrow I’ll be back with more, but in the meantime, share what you did this weekend! Eat anything good? Do anything fun?

Halloween Weekend Recap and Monday Meal Plan

Meal Plan | November 2, 2015 | By

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IMG_5484Good morning, everyone! That was one super busy weekend. For how busy we were though, we spent quite a bit of time at home this weekend (which is my kind of time because I’m such a home body). 

After a quick trip to the dog park and the grocery store, I spent Saturday getting a jump start on cleaning and laundry while Trevor raked a ton of leaves up. We spent Halloween with Trevor’s family in Clifton Park. We hung out at his brother’s house and trick-or-treated around their neighborhood. Their neighbors were super generous with the candy and we literally ended up with a ton. Its going to take us a while to get through it (hopefully!). Everyone’s costumes were really fun and it was hysterical to see everyone dressed up. Trevor and I pulled together Mary Poppins and Bert pretty quickly and it worked well, especially for not really being Halloween people. Hadley was Elsa and Bryn was Sofia the First – Ballerina edition. Adorable. 

For our costumes (in case you’re curious):

Trevor’s Bert costume: He used a work suit he had lying around with a red neck tie I got at Michaels, the hat is from Target and he made his chimney sweep brush (he’s so handy!) 

My Mary Poppins costume: I made all the red accents with just some ribbon from A.C. Moore. The hat is a thrift store find from the shop in Saratoga, the white top I’ve had forever (it’s actually a super long bathing suit cover up) and the black skirt I found on Amazon. I didn’t do the bag or the umbrella because I basically ran out of time and knew I’d needed some free hands to carry things for the kids anyways. 

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On Sunday, I got a serious cleaning kick and just rolled with it. Never left the house.

Just cleaned.

Everything.

So good. Is it weird that I find cleaning so cathartic, but it really makes me happy. I’m a total nerd. 

So on to our meal plan for this week! 

  • Sunday: Braised Short Ribs with Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots (the ribs recipe is coming later this week!) 
  • Monday: Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice
  • Tuesday: Out to dinner for Hadley’s birthday with dessert back at home
  • Wednesday: Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash 
  • Thursday: Jazzed up Annie’s Mac (seriously, roll with it!) with roasted chicken, veggies and panko crumb topping 

 

Monday Round-Up

Weekend Recaps | October 12, 2015 | By

Hey there! Last week sure got away from me. I typically do our meal plan on Monday’s, but this week is a little different since I’m traveling for work starting Wednesday then Trevor and I are going to the New York City Wine and Food Festival this coming weekend. I thought I’d give you a little weekend recap mixed with some of the delicious things we ate!

It was a crazy end to the week last week and I worked most of the weekend since it was Homecoming and Family Weekend at Union. It’s definitely one of the more fun weekends to work – lots of fun sporting events and I got to see the first part of the men’s hockey game Friday night which is always fun (Union is the 2014 men’s national hockey champions so the games are always packed and exciting!). I manage the College’s social media channels and part of that allows me to get some good access to grab photos for Instagram (like this one I took in the hallway before the team came out on the ice). 

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Saturday I was back at work while Trevor took the girls and Beau to the dog park in Saratoga and hung out for a bit. We went to a friend’s house Saturday night for their two year-old’s birthday party. Major bonus points for renting a bounce house because it kept the kids (and the dads!) occupied for most of the party. 

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On Sunday we ran some errands and checked out Primal (which used to be The Meat House). We got some awesome steak tips (pictured below with some mashed sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts) and some absurdly huge bacon. It was all delicious, but definitely a splurge kind of a place! We also picked up some awesome local produce and fresh eggs at Healthy Living Market.

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We had a great dog walk yesterday afternoon, but I’m totally bummed because I woke up this morning with a tick in my leg (I’ll spare you photos of that!). So stinking gross, but just waiting to see if I get a bulls eye. Oh, fall in New York is so glamourous. 

Anyways, I’ll be back tomorrow with a delicious recipe! 

 

The Weekend in Pictures

Weekend Recaps | April 13, 2015 | By

Wow! That was a fast weekend. It was kind of a crazy Saturday. The girls and I spent the morning buying outdoor toys, hitting up the Saratoga Springs Public Library play room and then hung out outside with Trevor while he finished up his last batch of syrup. I also attacked the largest pile of laundry in my life. It’s laundry days like those that make me never want to buy another piece of clothing (ha!). Saturday night we watched the college hockey national championships, and I wore my Union College national champions hat to celebrate the final day as reigning champs.

On Sunday, I went with my friend Margaret to a bootcamp workout in Clifton Park hosted by RAW Fitness. It was a really challenging one-hour workout, but actually ended up being pretty fun. It was actually at Shmaltz Brewery, and the workout came with a pint glass and a beer afterwards. Not a bad top off to a hard workout! 

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The Weekend in Pictures

We had a great beginning of spring type weekend here. The weather has been pretty hit-and-miss (warm one day and cold the next), but we were able to get out a bit this weekend. We walked around Congress Park in Saratoga and watched the ducks for a little bit on Easter morning. 

Trevor spent quite a bit of time on Saturday bottling all of the syrup he cooked on Thursday and Friday. We’re at close to four gallons, but right now he’s debating on whether to keep going or call it for the season. 

We spent a lot of Easter Sunday just hanging out at home and then had dinner at Trevor’s parents house. It was great to end the weekend with family and just chill out. I made a yummy cake recipe that I’ll share later this weekend. It had strawberries and cream and reminded me of summer. I have quite a bit going on at work this week, but I’m excited to get cooking with some new fitness classes at my job. You apparently can’t eat treats everyday and not work out (who knew?!?!). So here’s our weekend in photos. 

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