Weekend in Review

Monday again!? Why do the weekends always seems to zoom by so quickly? We had a great weekend over here, and it was made even greater by the fact that it was a three day weekend! The heating system at my job was being repaired on Friday, so they told us to stay home because there would be no heat.

We started off our Friday at Bounce!

bounce uBounce is an indoor trampoline park and it is so much fun! The place is separated into different sections and you can go for free bounce which is just a bunch of trampolines to jump on or you can try the different swings into the foam pits or even play dodgeball. We went with a few kids from Alex’s preschool and they all had a blast. I joined them in the trampoline area and it was so much fun. They do fitness classes there and have adult jump times, which I would love to try out!

When we got home, we arrived to the best package in the world…coffee!

20150220_145638I was all out of my regular coffee k-cups and was stuck drinking flavored coffee for the last two days. While I do enjoy flavored coffee every so often, I need a cup of good strong coffee in the mornings.

Friday night was sushi night. Alex and I picked up Tommy at the subway and headed to our favorite sushi spot. I was really excited when I saw that they redid their menu since the last time we has been there and had a ton of new rolls to choose from. This one was called the Crystal Roll and was spicy tuna with jalapeno and sriracha on top. Yummmmy!

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Saturday was our lazy morning of the weekend. We lounged around in our pjs until noon, drank coffee and played board games.

ispyAlex got this iSpy game for his birthday and it is so much fun to play.

In the afternoon, the little man had a birthday party to attend.

20150221_162326The party was a lot of fun for the kids, with clowns, face painting, balloon animals and even a visit from “the real” Spiderman.

After the party, we planned on going to Pennsylvania for the rest of the weekend. Our usual two hour trip took almost 4 hours because of the snow and the fact that none of the highway was plowed or salted.

20150221_203906We had to go super slow to prevent the car from sliding all over the place and half of the time we couldn’t even see where the lanes were. It was a pretty scary trip.

Luckily, the roads were all cleared on Sunday and we were able to hit up the outlets for a little shopping. I got a ton of stuff on clearance for Alex at Osh Kosh. They always have amazing end of season deals and I stock up on basics for next year. I also picked up a few things for myself at the Gap and Banana Republic.

20150222_183327I am in love with the dress and cannot wait for it to be warm enough to wear it. I also scored a really pretty white blazer at the Gap for only $30. I have almost zero white clothing and with our wedding this fall, I am going to need some white bride-ish things to wear to the bridal shower and other events.

The rest of Sunday was spent on the couch and watching the Oscars while folding laundry. Not a super exciting way to end the weekend but I can’t complain!

What did you do this weekend?

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Italian Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Sausage and peppers is a staple meal at our house. It is super quick to throw together and it always tastes soooo good! Last week, I was feeling a little adventurous and had a little extra time on my hands, so I decided to change it up a bit. Instead of our usual sausage and peppers in the skillet, I opted to throw some quinoa into the mix and came up with Italian Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Peppers.

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Italian Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Peppers
 
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Serves: 6 peppers
Ingredients
  • 3 bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 12 ounces tomato sauce
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In cast iron skillet, heat one tablespoon olive oil and sear peppers until slightly browned.
  3. In a separate skillet, heat remaining olive oil and cook onion and garlic until translucent.
  4. Remove sausage from casing and add to onion and garlic.
  5. Once sausage is fully cooked, stir in quinoa and all but a few teaspoons of tomato sauce. Combine well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Stuff the peppers with the sausage and quinoa mixture.
  7. Top each pepper with teaspoon of tomato sauce and sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese turns brown and bubbly.
  9. (The filling may also be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days.)
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Serving size: 1 pepper

quinoa and sausage stuffed pepper

This is probably the best stuffed pepper recipe that I have ever made, and I can see this becoming a staple meal at our house. If you make the filling ahead of time, this whole meal can come together within a half hour, which is perfect for busy weeknights.

Hope you enjoy!

What’s your favorite quick weeknight meal?

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Valentine’s Weekend In Review

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This weekend was a COLD one, but we found lots of stuff to keep us cozy and warm indoors. The weekend started off on Friday with a Bake Sale at Alex’s preschool. Check out all that pink and heart covered deliciousness! We made cupcakes and chocolate covered pretzels for the sale and they were both […]

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Discovering Dinosaurs!

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After hearing the commercial on the radio 3,000 times, I was sold and I purchased tickets for us to Discover the Dinosaurs at the Javits Center. Yesterday, we braved the weather and headed to the city for some dino fun. We got there soon after they opened, so the crowds were not bad. The exhibit […]

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Recent Eats #WIAW

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Since it is Wednesday, I thought it would be fun to share some of my recent eats (or do a major photo dump from my cell phone). Tommy is away on business this week, so I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to dinner. Most of the time, Alex doesn’t want to eat what […]

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Beef Barley Soup

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If you live in the Northeast, chances are high that when you look out your window you see something like this. While I do love a good snow day, week after week of never melting snow has gotten old, really quickly. When I have to go out into this terrible weather, I always find myself […]

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Wedding Planning Weekly: Engagement Photos

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Even though we had pictures taken at our actual engagement, I still really wanted to have an engagement photo shoot. To be honest, Tommy and I suck at taking pictures together. We have a ton of pictures with one or both of us and Alex, or with other family members, but we never remember to […]

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Special K Brownies

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I love chocolate. I could eat chocolate everyday, with every meal and never get sick of it, but being a responsible adult, I know I can’t do that, especially if I want to continue fitting into my pants. When my package from Special K arrived a few weeks ago, the brownies immediately caught my eye.  […]

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The Art of Snacking with #SpecialKSnackBars

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I am the mother of a snacker. My little man can go through the day grazing, never sitting down for a meal and be the happiest kid on the planet. Some meals in our house are mandatory (we all sit down together for dinner, no ifs, ands or buts) but for the rest of the […]

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Wedding Planning Weekly: Our Reception Venue

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So you’re engaged?! Congrats. Let the stress begin! Just kidding (sort of). This whole wedding planning thing has been a bit of a roller coaster, and I thought it would be fun to share my experiences. When Tommy and I started wedding planning, the first thing we looked for was a reception venue. After all, […]

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