Monday, February 29, 2016

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

Wow, has it really been a week since I last checked in?  Lots of exciting stuff going on here at Chez PS which I'll fill you in on soon!

It was an action packed weekend with four, yes FOUR basketball games and Cycle for Survival in between! This was our third year participating in Cycle for Survival in Boston.  I posted about last year's event here and shared some info about this wonderful organization.

We checked in bright and early at 7:30am to the Equinox in the financial district...
While we're a part of Mr. PS's corporate team, our family commandeered two of their ten bikes this year.  I cycled for four hours, Mr. PS cycled for the first two hours with me and Riley and Reagan each cycled for one hour.  Rowan supported the team!
They're usually not awake this early on the weekend!
We are a lucky bunch and genuinely want to help others have a happy ending too!
We're thrilled to report that our family raised almost $11,000 this year and $33,000 over the past three years for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.  100% of all donations go straight to research, this research will benefit cancer patients worldwide!

As far as basketball, these girls are in their regional Catholic Athletic League playoffs and two tournaments...and they keeping winning!
My girl with the ball!

Here's what's cooking this week...

Monday-  Spinach, Tomato, Mozzarella Stromboli
Tuesday- Dirty Rice with Turkey
Wednesday- Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese
Thursday- Sloppy Joes
Friday- Homemade Spinach & Tomato Mac N' Cheese
Saturday- TBD
Sunday- out after basketball

Have a great week!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

Happy Monday!  The whole PS crew went back to school today after February break week...Alleluia!  

Reagan had her last regular season basketball game on Saturday which they won and finished the season undefeated!  This means playoff games and a possible trip to the New England CYO championship tournament in Connecticut this spring!  In the meantime, they'll play in two local tournaments which will keep us running around at least for the next two weeks.
We hit up our favorite local Mexican restaurant for dinner on Saturday night because what says race fuel better than a burrito??  Yup, I ran my first road race of 2016 yesterday morning...a 10 miler.  I'm not sure if it's purely psychological or not, but KT Tape is like duct tape for the just cures all!
I was thrilled to cross the finish line fairly pain free since I have a fairly busy race calendar this year.  The United NYC Half is less than a month away now and I would like to do well there.  If the mild temps hold, I may run down to the Cape this weekend to run the half at the Hyannis Marathon.  Mr. PS just rolls his eyes now when I mention these crazy ideas!

Alright, here's what we've got cooking this week in between basketball playoffs and tournament games...

Monday- Baked Chicken Parm
Tuesday- Chicken Parm Subs
Wednesday- Pea & Pancetta Risotto
Thursday- Ellie Krieger's Shepherd's Pie
Friday- Grilled Cheese en route to tournament game??
Saturday- take out post tournament game??
Sunday- out for Mom's birthday

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Share Your Ears

Perhaps I'm late to the party, but this is certainly worth sharing especially if you haven't heard about it yet! Disney Parks will donate $5 (up to $1,000,000) to Make-A-Wish for every photo shared with your Mouse Ears through March 14, 2016 via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #shareyourears.

You can find all the details at!  We're digging up a few here...
Disney World 2008
 Disneyland 2010
Disney World 2015

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Basketball Hall of Fame

We took a day trip out west to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA on Monday.  Despite the ominous forecast we decided to brave the elements for some family fun!
 We fueled up first at nearby Plan B Burger...
The Hall has been in existence since 1959 and includes three floors full of basketball artifacts, memorabilia and activities!

Shooting hoops at the end was a lot of fun, everyone agreed that our little adventure was a slam-dunk!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

Happy President's Day!  Hope you had a good weekend, it was a cold one here!  

Reagan braved the chilly temps Friday night to go to a middle school social.  She wore a French Connection fit & flare dress with a pair of Michael Kors patent ballet flats.  She seemed to have a great time and many thanks to Mr. PS for chaperoning when her group of girlfriends decided they wanted to go out for a bite to eat at 10:30pm!
I hit the gym early on Saturday, got a few things done around the house and then grabbed the girls for haircuts.  We arrived home, prepped dinner for the kids and Mr. PS and I took off for a Valentine's Bistro Night at the TPC Boston.
 We enjoyed a cocktail by the fireplace before heading into the dining room...
 where our festive table awaited!
 The menu was a prix fixe...
 Since there was a choice of two desserts it only made sense to try both!
We're thinking about moving bit closer to Boston to ease Mr. PS's commute so we hit a few open houses on Sunday before enjoying a quiet Valentine's evening at home with the kids!
Here's what we've got cooking this week...

Monday- Pizza & Salad
Tuesday- Chicken Fajita Rice Bowls
Wednesday- Philly Cheesesteaks
Thursday- Pepperoni Pizza Waffles & Salad
Friday- Skinnytaste Pasta Fagipoli
Saturday- out
Sunday- family get-together for my FIL's b-day

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's a cold one here!  We're off to spin class in a bit and then hunkering down with a pot roast simmering in the slow cooker.  I'll be back tomorrow with Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

Are you celebrating Mardi Gras today?  We are...sort of.  We've got a shrimp and chicken sausage jambalaya on the menu tonight followed by a real king cake, not just my sad attempt at one!

It's not too late to plan your own Mardi Gras themed dinner, check out Southern Living's Classic Mardi Gras Recipes for some ideas!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

It's a snowy Monday here, we're looking at somewhere between 8-12" today.  No school for my trio again, they had Friday off due to the snow as well.  While the occasional snow day is fine, I'm hoping we don't have a repeat of 2015's record six snow days!

On the up side, the snow didn't impact our weekend plans!  We had basketball on Saturday and then tried a local Italian restaurant that we had never been to, Amelia's.

We started with the Antipasti Platter for the table which was plenty!  I would have enjoyed more cheese and a few less olives.
We tried a variety of their pasta dishes, some homemade, for dinner.  Everything was very tasty.  For dessert, I had their homemade carrot cake...
Riley had their vanilla souffle which came with a whole dish of vanilla ice cream!  Mr. PS enjoyed a similar dessert, but chocolate and Reagan went for the cheesecake.  It was nice to try a new place!
Sunday afternoon we gathered with some of our college friends for our annual Super Bowl party!
Most of us were rooting for the Panthers and were a bit disappointed in their performance, but the Allie's Donut Cake made up for it!
It's a big week here...Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day all fall in the next seven days.  I've planned my menu accordingly!

Monday- Chinese New Year dinner
Tuesday- Shrimp & Chicken Sausage Jambalaya
Wednesday- Tortellini Soup
Thursday- Hawaiian Chicken, Veggies & Rice Pilaf
Friday- Homemade Spinach Stuffed Shells & Salad
Saturday- out
Sunday- Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots & Onions

Have a great week!