Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Home Sweet ACK

We made it over to the Island yesterday afternoon and I'm happy to say that we're fairly settled in after unpacking and spending an hour and a half at the grocery store this morning!

I'm off for a run in bit and then we're onto Bartlett's Farm to do some strawberry picking!  I'll be back tomorrow with a "What's the Scoop Wednesday".   Enjoy your day!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

I cannot believe that we're leaving today for Nantucket, it snuck up so quickly!  The Nantucket pile has grown over the past week and the moment of truth is almost here, will it all fit in the car??  

I'm looking forward to sharing a bit of Island life over the coming weeks, here's what we've got planned this week...

Monday- arrival, unpack, pizza & salad 
Tuesday- food shopping, berry picking, grilled chicken caesar salad
Wednesday- theater workshop for Reagan, beach, dinner out at Ship's Inn
Thursday- theater audition for Reagan, pick up our CSA, pick up our first visitors at airport, Low Country Boil
Friday- beach, dinner out at The Jetties
Saturday- Firecracker 5K, Main Street 4th of July fun, pool, burgers on the grill
Sunday- beach, dinner out at The Pearl

Yesterday was our 18th anniversary and we celebrated with an overnight getaway to the Four Seasons Boston...
 Four Seasons Scoops pop-up...
We checked in and headed up the the 5th floor...
We had a king garden view room.
After settling in, we decided to take a stroll through Beacon Hill.
 We admired the beautiful homes in Louisburg Square!
 Including John Kerry's home...
We spotted these Starbucks Boston "You Are Here" mugs on Charles Street, so cute!
 We made our way back to the hotel via the Public Garden...
 We got ready for dinner at Del Frisco's...
We started with some cocktails...I love The VIP!
 We arrived at our table and found a Champagne toast waiting for us!
 After a delicious dinner, somehow we both found room for the Strawberry Romanoff!
We ended off our stay with brunch at The Bristol with a view of the Public Garden...plotting our 20th anniversary getaway!
Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend too!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mario Batali's Babbo

Babbo, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's latest restaurant is located in the Seaport area of Boston.  They certainly picked the right spot to open up this past April, the place is hopping!  There were lots of couples, families with kids and a few large groups.  Babbo clearly has a wide appeal.
 Babbo has three marble bars for dining, antipasti (seen here)...
A cocktail bar and a bar surrounding their brick pizza oven.
We had previewed the menu which covers both lunch and dinner and knew pizza would be our focus, but there are so many dishes to try! All very reasonably priced, the menu seems to encourage trying and sharing a few plates.  The flip side of the menu contains an extensive wine list.
We put together an antipasti with Prosciutto di Parma, Salumi Salami, Babbo Ricotta, Provolone and Marzolino to start.  We also ordered the Tomato & Arugula salad.
The service was excellent, we weren't rushed at all and we were delighted to have a nice break before the pizzas arrived.  We tried the Margherita, Quattro Formaggi, Meatball and Bagna Cauda (like Italian Wedding Soup in pizza form).  They were delicious, we took about four pieces home.
Of course we had to have dessert!  The big kids both ordered the Black & White for dessert...milk chocolate chip gelato, creme fraiche gelato,  hazelnut croccante, chocolate sauce and caramel crema.
I ordered the Baba al Limoncello, a torta Napoletana with Limoncello, fior di latte gelato and crema al limone...a whole lot of lemony goodness!
 Mr. PS had the Strawberry Tartufo...strawberry gelato, chocolate ganache, Prosecco, with crumbled orange semolina cake.
Babbo is a great casual spot for lunch or dinner whether it be date night or a family meal.  We would love to return to try a few more dishes!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

I cannot believe that we're nearing the end of June, wasn't I just complaining about the snow?  The snow is long gone and time is flying!  Our countdown to Nantucket is on, our ship sails in a week and I've got a lot of work to do to get this crew ready!

Whenever we're leaving for a vacation or trip, I'm sure like most people, we try to use up what's in the refrigerator and freezer.  The family has dubbed this, "project clean-out".  It has become a family joke and they know to expect the unexpected when it comes to meals the week before we go away!

So before planning this week's menu, I took a good look to see what I wanted to use up.  I have frozen okra, frozen broccoli, frozen peas, risotto and stuffed clams.  Here's what I came up with...

Monday- Chowder, Stuffies & Salad
Tuesday- Baked Chicken Parmesan
Wednesday- out (Reagan performing at PawSox)
Thursday- Pea and Pancetta Risotto
Friday- Smoked Sausage and Chicken Gumbo
Saturday- Anniversary dinner out
Sunday- Broccoli Mac n' Cheese

As far as the weekend, I let the pictures do the talking!

Pre-recital with mom...
 Post-recital lasagna dinner with the grandparents...
 Brother hovering for a piece of cake...
 Father's Day gift ready and waiting...
Father's Day dinner out at Mario Batali's new Boston restaurant Babbo...
I'll be back with a full review of Babbo tomorrow!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Three out of three kids agree...

So lucky to be partnered in parenting with this guy!  
Happy Father's Day to all of the dads, grandfathers, uncles and Godfathers out there!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hayden Reis Discount

If you're in the market for a new beach tote, Hayden Reis is celebrating 10,000 Facebook followers with a 20% discount this weekend...enter HOORAY for 20% off orders of $50 or more!

For the Love of Lilly...on Etsy

I love to search "Lilly Pulitzer" on Etsy.  There are so many cute, creative Lilly-inspired items out there!  I thought I would share a few of my recent finds...

Lilly Pulitzer inspired Monogram Earrings from LMG Jewelry.  Lots of print options available as well as round stud earrings.

Another Lilly earring option from Honey Hollow Designs.  Again, lots of fun prints available.

Lilly Pulitzer inspired monogram decals from The Blue Raspberry Shop.  Add them to your car, laptop, water bottle, ice bucket, anywhere!

Lilly Pulitzer decorative pillows from Jlmyakima.  Lots of prints and custom designs available (monograms & appliqu├ęs). These are well made, I own one!

Lilly Pulitzer Monogrammed Tank Top from Sunny and Southern.  There are a variety of tank colors, print and thread color options available to design your own!

Lilly Pulitzer Monogram 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt from Darlin Monograms.  Sweatshirts are available in navy, gray and white with your choice of fabric and thread color.

If you're a Lilly lover, you really need to take a peek at all of the unique items Etsy has to offer!

Have a great weekend, I'm off to start my slow cooker and clean house!