Finding Fro Yo

Yesterday was a slow day for us.  We were all kind of tired from getting up so early and we just lounged around the house for most of the day.  I did a mish-mash of exercises because nothing seemed appealing to me for long.  I did 15 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes of a Self workout DVD and 10 minutes of Pilates. 

Since my aunt and uncle were coming over in the afternoon, we decided to have a little BBQ for dinner.  My dad grilled up some chicken and sausage and I made Greek Salad Orzo. This is basically the same recipe as the Greek Pasta Salad I made, but instead of rotini, I used orzo.  I have to say that I think I prefer the orzo version of the salad because the pasta doesn’t overpower the other flavors.



After dinner, we decided it was time for haircuts.  We have been looking for a good barber that does both kid’s and adult haircuts with no luck.  Tommy did some research and found a place with great reviews in Brooklyn.  Unfortunately, when we got there we were informed that the guy is on vacation. But we were told he is great with kid’s haircuts because he has his own little boy whose hair he cuts.

But out of all disappointments come good things.  Across the street from the barber, we found Verde Yogurt Shoppe.

It is the first self serve frozen yogurt place I’ve come across near us and they had really unique flavors like red velvet and carrot cake.

We all shared a huge cup of fro yo consisting of red velvet, carrot cake and cookies and cream topped with rainbow sprinkles, strawberries and graham cracker crumbs.  It was soo good.  We will definitely be hitting this place up again post haircut next week.

We got home and hit the sack pretty early. Munchkin even went to sleep without much protest, which is a rarity as of late, so I had time to waste time on Pinterest.  I found some inspiration for new recipes to try out next week and I can’t wait.

Have a great Friday everyone!

Sushi Roadtrip

Yesterday we took the fasted road trip in recorded history because we’re already back home!

Munchkin and I lazied around the house until about noon when I realized that we were both still in our PJs and we had to be out the door and on the road in two hours.  I quickly packed our overnight bag, hopped in the shower and got us both dressed and ready to roll.

We picked up Tommy around three and we hit the road.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we opened up the sunroof and took in the warmth and sun.

After about two hours and a frantic search for a bathroom because I am a five year old when it comes to car rides, we made it to Minado’s where we were meeting Tommy’s aunt, uncle and cousin for dinner. This little guy said Mom, you should wear a diaper, you don’t see me complaining!

Minado’s is a Japanese buffet which means all you can eat sushi!

The food was all incredibly fresh and there were sushi chefs whipping up new rolls as soon as one was finished.  All the sushi is made in small portions to ensure its fresh.  They also have a ton of seafood like crab legs, oysters, ceviche and hot foods like chicken and beef teriyaki, fried rice, noodles, the works.

I really enjoyed the sushi.  There were so many different kinds of rolls and sushi that I had never tried.  I only tried a few things from the hot section of the buffet, but everything was great.  With good food and good company we ended up filling our bellies then chatting it up for a really long time.  But since we still had a pit stop to make in the Philly area, we had to part ways and get back on the road.

We got to Philly, took car of business and made it home to hop into bed pretty early because we had to be back on the road at 4:30. Yes, 4:30 AM.  The only good thing I can think of about being up at the time was no traffic and watching the sunrise.

We made it back into New York at 6:30 and we dropped Tommy off and work and came home to hop back into bed.  I have to admit, I learned to appreciate my boyfriend a lot more through this road trip.  While he was in school about 3 hours outside New York, he would make these 4 AM trips into the city weekly, to go to work and still have the energy to come spend time with me after.  He’s a crazy, but I love him!

Do you like road trips? 
Do you like to eat at buffets?

Juice Detox?

We had a bright and early start yesterday because Munchkin had his 18 month check up.  He was very brave and took his vaccination well.  He is also in the 100th percentile for height and weight aka he is a baby giant.  He loves playing in the waiting room.  They have kid sized furniture and a huuge tank of fishies.
After we were done at the doctor, we headed over to the Food Emporium supermarket that is just downstairs, because I discovered that they carry PB & Co products.  
This made me a very happy girl.  They weren’t kidding when they called it White Chocolate Wonderful. I had a few peanut butter fingers in the car on the way home. Om Nom Nom. Soo good!
I made it home just in time to do a quick wardrobe change and go to kickboxing.  I absolutely love it and wish I would go more often than once a week, but at this point its not really possible.  It makes me feel so strong and powerful, especially when I make the bag move practically across the room. After an hour of intense cardio and some meditation, I was back on my way home to make din din for my men.
Last night’s menu consisted of Fettucine Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli.  It was my first time trying my hand at making Alfredo sauce from scratch, but it got two thumbs up from the boyfriend.  But, he may be a bit biased in his reviews.  
Alfredo is super easy to make and really only has three ingredients, butter, cream and parmesan cheese. The key to making it is to stir, stir, stir and stir some more.  I also used Garden Delight Fettucine for an extra kick of veggies in this otherwise indulgent dish.  
After dinner, we turned on Netflix and by chance decided to watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  The movie was really interesting and it was pretty amazing that people were able to turn their whole lives around by drastically changing their diets.  
Inspired by the movie, we took a trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up some fruits and veggies. We got home and made ourselves this bad boy.
We made a gallon of juice and are attempting to do a semi-juice/fruit/veggie detox aka we made up our own plan and are sticking to it, at least for now.  We are also eating regular dinners because we both think we won’t be able to not eat food at all.
This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn to drive Tommy to work because we are taking a road trip when he gets out of work.  We are going to dinner with his Aunt and Uncle in Jersey and then driving down to Philly for the night.  I love road trips so I am mucho excitedo! 
Have a great Wednesday everyone! 
  
What do you think about detox diets? Have you ever tried one?

Oatmeal Flax Chip Cookies and Cheap Books

After an intense heat wave, even rainy, otherwise unwelcome weather, is exactly what you need.

It rained for most of the day yesterday and me and Munchkin napped away the afternoon, without a care in the world.  I woke up in the early afternoon and the first thing that came to mind on a cool, dreary afternoon was cookies.  Since oatmeal craisin cookies are a big hit around these parts, I decided to try oatmeal cookies with a twist.  I followed a recipe I found here, but swapped out to include the ingredients I had on hand.


Oatmeal Flax Chip Cookies

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, flax, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
With an electric mixer, beat together butter, oil and sugar for one minute, until the mixture is smooth. Add the egg and vanilla; scrape down sides, and continue to blend until incorporated. Add flour mixture a little at a time until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray and mound rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on each sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, swapping sheets half way through, until golden. Let cool slightly and slide cookies onto a cooling rack. Makes about 24 cookies.
When I finished making the batter, I thought to myself that either these cookies are going to be amazing or they’re going to be inedible because it looked a little strange.  They are definitely amazing, we couldn’t get enough of them.
While I was baking, Munchkin went out to help his grandpa clean out the garage.  When I looked out this is what I found. 
Who doesn’t like swimming in their clothes in the rain? 
Like every good adult, we enjoyed our dessert before we went out for dinner.  Every time I eat sweets before dinner, it makes me think of the movie Remember Me.  If you haven’t seen it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!
Dinner was, as usual when we eat out, sushi.  It’s just one of those things we cannot get enough of. 
After dinner, we headed over to Borders to check out if we could get some good deals on books since Borders is closing its doors very soon.  Tommy got a book while he has been dreading getting, but since it was 20% off he forced himself to get it. 
My book was a little more enjoyable.
The recipes are really quick and fun.  I can’t wait to try out her breakfasts because they look amazing!
Munchkin went the DVD route and got Big Rigs.  I’m surprised it wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award because it looks riveting.  This may be one that the boys watch without Mommy. 
I’m looking forward to going back to Borders in another week or two to snatch up some other gems for even cheaper.  There were a lot of good looking cookbooks that sparked my attention, but I couldn’t justify forking over the money for em.  
We got home in time to catch the end of the Bachelorette, good thing I DVR it! I choose JP, Ashley should too. End of story, cue the happily ever after.
Now its time for me to get started on dinner! Since Munchkin had his well visit at the doctor this morning, this post is very delayed!
What’s your favorite cookie recipe?
Who do you think Ashley should choose?

Bad Blogger!

I have to say, I am one happy girl today.  Not only did I have an amazing weekend with my two wonderful men, it is no longer a bajillion degrees outside.

Since the insane heat broke, I got my butt up this morning and went for a run.  The sun was hiding behind the clouds, there was a chilly breeze and the temperature was a wonderful 75 degrees.  I didn’t run at all last week, so it was a little more challenging than usual, but it felt great.

When I got home I made myself a wonderful breakfast of Van’s Blueberry Waffles with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, banana and chia seeds along side a big tumbler of iced coffee.  While enjoying my yummy breakfast, I looked through my pictures of this weekend, only to realize I took pretty much none.  Bad blogger, I know.

So this is where the mini Wordless Weekend Recap Begins!

Happy Monday everyone!

Think Cool Thoughts

By 10AM this morning, we received three phone calls from the power company informing us that we may lose power at any time.  With the temperature outdoors going over 100 degrees today, I’ve been thinking cold thoughts all morning.  Hopefully I’ll be able to mentally cool myself off if we do lose power. ;)
Dare I say it, I miss winter.
We didn’t do much of anything yesterday, except make dinner.  The rest of the day was spent inside playing and watching cartoons.  Munchkin is usually the last person who wants to go inside, but yesterday we went out for a few minutes and he was the first one climbing the stairs to get back into the cool house.
I used my Netflix Instant to do the Self Bikini Ready, Fast DVD and I really enjoyed it.  It was a challenging whole body workout and I highly recommend it. 
I may have been slightly out of my mind yesterday when I thought turning on the oven to make dinner would be a good idea, but dinner turned out great and made up for the spike in our kitchen temperature.  
I love french fries, but I don’t love how unhealthy and greasy they can be.  Since I had a ton of zucchini laying around in the fridge I decided to make zucchini fries.  Since we also had some frozen fish, I turned it into a meal of healthified fish and chips.  
Baked Zucchini Fries
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute
  • 1 lb zucchini, cut into 4-5-inch sticks

Preheat oven to 425 and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place flour in a large ziplock bag. Whisk eggs with 2 tablespoons water and place in a shallow dish. Place Panko, salt, pepper, seasoning in a shallow dish and mix to combine.
Place zucchini in the bag with the flour and shake until well coated. Dip the zucchini into the egg and then into the panko, turning to coat well.  Place breaded zucchini on the baking sheet.  Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. 
Crispy Baked Fish
  • 2 lbs boneless cod fillets, cut into strips
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Whisk eggs with 2 tablespoons water and place in a shallow dish. Place Panko, salt, pepper, seasoning in a shallow dish and mix to combine.
Dip the fish into the egg and then into the panko, turning to coat well.  Place breaded fish on the baking sheet.  Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. 
Both were really easy to make and cooked up in the same amount of time, which was a huge plus.  I used ranch for dipping the zucchini fries.  The fries where a huge hit with everyone, even my father who is  meat and potatoes kind of guy.  
I will now return to crossing my fingers and hoping that the power stays on.  Keep cool everyone!
Is the weather in your area as wonderful as ours?

Let’s PLAY

Since it is still ridiculously hot in New York…

…Munchkin and I used yet another one of our Groupons and spent the day at PLAY.

PLAY is an indoor play space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that is designed for kids under the age of 5.  Along with the open play are, they also have really cool classes like music and baby yoga.  Unfortunately, they began about two weeks ago so it was too late for us to join any.

Munchkin had a blast.

The shopping cart is Munchkin’s favorite toy.  I really need to buy him one for home, since we now have a lot more room thanks to the play room.

After we were all played out, we headed over to The Garden to pick up a few things for dinner.  While I was there, I also picked up Flaxseed and Chia seeds which I am very excited to try.  I’ve seen them both pop up in so many recipes on different blogs and I’m curious to see if they measure up to the hype.

For dinner, I used my new wok for the first time and made some Chicken Pad See Ew.  It actually turned out differently than the last time I made it because instead of regular rice noodles, I accidentally bought Rice Udon, which are made of both rice and wheat flours.

It was still very yummy.  I think my next attempt at Thai food will be fried rice.  The wok makes cooking so much easier because the cooking space is a lot larger than in a regular pan and it makes mixing all the ingredients together very quick and easy. The wok was only five bucks at Ikea. Awesome purchase!

We spent our evening watching Netflix on our new TV and took a trip to Home Depot with a pit stop at Coldstone Creamery.

Now I’m debating whether or not to go back to kickboxing today because I’m super sore.  When you’re sore do you rest or keep working out through it?

Do You Fondue?

Yesterday was a day of firsts.

First I went to my first kickboxing class.  I was really nervous about it because I’ve never done real kickboxing in a martial arts setting, but it rocked.  Since the class was early in the day there was only one other person there, a girl who has been training for two years.  It felt so good being able to keep up with her.  The workout is intense too, its been a long time since I’ve been this sore.  I can’t wait to go back!

After kickboxing and a quick trip to the Social Security office for my grandma, I got home to get ready for my hot date.  Yesterday was our eight month anniversary.  We don’t usually celebrate each month, but we had a Groupon for a place called Simply Fondue that we’ve been wanting to use for a while. When I read the reviews it said the place is very romantic and private, so it seemed like the perfect place to go for some alone time.

Since it was our first time trying fondue, our waiter recommended the Fondue Feast for us because it let you sample a bit of everything the restaurant had to offer.  It was a four course meal that started with salad.  I got the Spinach and Strawberry Salad and it was perfect to start off a meal on a ridiculously hot day because it was very refreshing.

Next was the cheese fondue.  Out server mixed the cheese right on our table because every table has their very own heat source.

We chose Spicy Pepper Jack cheese which was served with fresh veggies and bread for dipping.

After we finished our cheese course, we got our main course.  We were able to choose six different kinds of meats and seafood to fry up on the table.  It was able served with zucchini, potatoes and ravioli. The cooking part was fun, but I kept losing things in the pot of oil and it was scary to have to fish em out with a fork.

And last but not least, we had dessert.  We chose Campfire Chocolate for dipping and got to roast marshmellows over the burning pot of chocolate.

I am such a sucker for s’mores.  The chocolate also came with fruits, pretzels and other little treats to dip.

The place was a but pricy, but its a very cute place to go for a special occasion.  I would also go back just for dessert because the chocolate is only $10 a pot.

After dinner, we went to Target because I’ve been trying to buy a TV since we finished painting Munchkin’s play room in December.  I got a 32′ Vizio that has an internet connection and WiFi built in.

This means I can Facebook, Twitter and watch Netflix without needing a laptop or computer.    I honestly didn’t know technology like this existed until yesterday, but I’m happy that I do now.

Today Munchkin and I are planning on trying out a new play group place in our area.  Hopefully it goes well! Happy Wednesday everyone!

Heat Wave Day 1

The weather in New York has been brutal, to say the least.  Neighborhoods have even been loosing power, but thankfully, we weren’t effected.

We stayed inside most of the day in the nice cool AC and didn’t venture out until the sun was setting, and even then it was hot.

We started off the day with some yummy dippy eggs.  I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was a really cute way to serve eggs, so I tried it out.  Munchkin was a big fan.

We also enjoyed a giant smoothie bowl for lunch.  I used fresh fruit so it wasn’t as cold and ice creamy like the last bowl I made, but it was delicious nonetheless.

Once the sun set, we headed over to the piers to enjoy the outdoors, without the oppressive heat.  The piers are seriously one of my favorite places in the world.  I love to sit around, enjoy the view and enjoy the company I’m with.  And let me tell you, I had good company last night.

We also stopped by Food Cellar, a supermarket in Long Island City.  My love for supermarkets in a little bit ridiculous.  I could seriously walk around supermarkets all day, looking for interesting, new foods to try.  They had an amazing cake and cupcake section, but I controlled myself and all we left with was some yummy Blueberry and Cherry beer.

We also enjoyed some soft serve ice cream from the Ice Cream Truck.  Vanilla with Rainbow Sprinkles is always the way to go when ordering from the ice cream truck.

We were still running around enjoying our evening when it started to rain.

We made a run for it and got to the car fairly dry, but when we got home, I got absolutely soaked getting Munchkin out of his car seat.  Even though I don’t like getting caught in the rain, it felt really good to get cooled off on such a hot night.

I have an exciting day ahead of me.  I’m going to my first kickboxing class at noon and Tommy and I are going to a Fondue restaurant for dinner.  I’ve never tried fondue so I can’t wait!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Week[end] in Review

This weekend flew by super quick, as usual.

We spent Friday lounging around in our pool. I wish I knew how to stop Munchkin from drinking the dirty pool water.  It seems to taste a lot better than water from his cup. Maybe I’m missing something.

Between running afternoon errands, we had sushi for dinner.

We headed up to the Poconos on Friday night, so that we could get up bright and early on Saturday morning to build.

First I single-handedly built Alex’s big wheel.  I’m super proud of myself and it wasn’t as easy as it looks. There were about 500 different steps and screws to screw in.

We also got most of Munchkin’s new swing set set up.  The swings are in working order, but the playhouse section of the swing set is still under construction.

Saturday night, Tommy and I got to have some time to ourselves, so what better way to spend it then by going for ice cream.  We headed to the Hill Top Drive In, a place I’ve passed by hundreds of times, but never had the chance to try.

As seen by the steady line out front, the ice cream is good, real good.

We dug in right away and didn’t realize I didn’t take a picture until we were almost done.

Tommy got the strawberry cheesecake and I got cake batter.  I was really looking forward to trying cheesecake soft serve, but they were all out.  Hopefully next time!

We also watched the Lincoln Lawyer.  It was a really good movie.  I highly recommend it!

On Sunday I didn’t do much but read the Help.  It is so good, I really have a hard time putting it down, especially now since I’m almost done.  I can’t wait for the movie to come out in August.

I did take a break to make a yummy, super easy and healthy dessert.  We made some baked peaches with almond meringue topped with strawberries.

Baked Peaches

Ingredients

  • 5 peaches
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • crushed almonds

Directions

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Wash the peaches, cut in half and remove the pit.  In a separate bowl, mix the egg white and sugar until it creates stiff peaks.  Fold in crushed almonds.  Place the eggs white and almond mixture in the holes left from removing the pits.  Bake for 15 minutes or until peaches are tender.  Serve with strawberry sauce.

I ate like four of them. They are seriously good.

Now Munchkin and I need to find ways to entertain ourselves indoors because it is a billion degrees outside and will stay like this all week, topping out at almost 100 degrees on Friday.  Stay cool everyone and enjoy your Monday!