Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nantucket or bust!

The ferry always adds a little additional pressure to our summer vacation plans, but it's always well worth it! While it was a bit cloudy for our arrival, it was a picture perfect day today!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's Cooking Wednesday

What happens when you pick almost 6 pounds of strawberries?

Strawberry Muffins!

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup almond milk or skim milk
1 cup almond butter or oil of choice

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray muffin tin with non-stick spray or use muffin liners.

2.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder in a large bowl.  Add strawberries and coat them in the flour mixture.

3.  In a small bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, almond milk and almond butter.

4.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Mixture will be lumpy.

5.  Fill muffin cups until they're almost full and bake 20-22 minutes.

Makes 18 muffins.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

19 years!

While it doesn't seem like yesterday, I can't believe that it's been 19 years and that we're only a year away from our 20th anniversary!  For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health...I will always love this guy!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

I can't believe it's the end of June!  As usual, time is flying.  We're off to Nantucket on Wednesday and I'm just starting to pack us up.  We've had lots going on so our Nantucket departure has really snuck up on us.

And when I say, "lots going on", I'm really not joking!   Mr. PS's birthday was on Thursday.  We had tickets to the Red Sox v. White Sox 1:35pm game so we picked him up from work early and took him to Fenway!  My parents were kind enough to entertain Rowan all day since we only had four tickets and she's outgrown the lap baby policy.
It was a gorgeous day and a great game!
The girls and I had made him his favorite strawberry shortcake cake that morning so when we arrived home we had a little pizza party and cake to continue the celebration!
Mr. PS headed off the next morning to a work outing and we gave my parents a tour of the local area including Powisset Farm.
After we said goodbye to my parents on Saturday, I was ecstatic to go to my hairdresser and have my hair cut chopped!  I was growing my hair out and it just got too messy for me so I'm back to my angled bob!  We headed to Newport later that afternoon...
 It was another gorgeous day!
After strolling downtown Newport, we went to The Mooring on Sayers Wharf for dinner.  The Mooring is part of the Newport Restaurant Group which operates nine fantastic restaurants all over Rhode Island.
We started with their Bag of Doughnuts which is lobster, crab & shrimp fritters!
 I enjoyed the Chopped Salad with Salmon...
Reagan had a huge portion of their Guinness Battered Fish & Chips...
 Riley and Mr. PS enjoyed the plentiful Seafood Pasta!
 The desserts were hard to resist so why try??  I had a special Fresh Strawberry Tart...
 Reagan had the Key Lime Tart with fresh mango on the side.
Riley always chooses the most decadent desserts!  This was no exception, Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding with Gelato over a graham cracker crumble.
Mr. PS and Rowan "split" a trio of desserts that included (L-R) a Tiramisu, Key Lime Tart and The Mooring Chocolate Cake.
I took advantage of having Mr. PS home on Sunday and did a much needed brick workout for the rapidly approaching Nantucket Triathlon. I won't be setting any records, but a respectable finish would be nice.
So packing up for Nantucket also means that it's time for "project cleanup", in other words, meals get interesting!

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

Monday- leftover pizza and salad
Tuesday- Steak, Pepper & Onion Tacos and Mexi Rice
Wednesday- arrive on Island and ???
Thursday- Lobster Mac n' Cheese
Friday- Crock Pot Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Saturday- out
Sunday- Bison Burgers, Slaw, Beans and Fries

Thursday, June 23, 2016

House Update...kids' rooms

The house is slowly coming together.  We've been in a little over a month and we're fairly settled.  We of course have a long "to do" list, but Rome wasn't built in a day!

The kids' rooms are probably the most finished spaces as far as decorating.  Riley's room has a Nantucket theme.  Not pictured on the opposite wall is a huge framed NOAA Nantucket map.
Lucky kid has his own bathroom with his own framed artwork.
Next is Reagan's Lilly Pulitzer room...
 Reagan and Rowan have a "Jack n' Jill" bathroom between their bedrooms.
 Finally, Rowan's room...
So still a work in progress, but we're getting there!  Kitchen and great room up next!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's the Scoop Wednesday

Abbott's Frozen Custard
Needham, Massachusetts

Have you ever had frozen custard before?  We hadn't until last week when we stumbled upon Abbott's Frozen Custard in Needham Center.  Created by Arthur Abbott in 1902, custard is similar to ice cream, but with more eggs in the recipe.  He opened his first shop in 1926 and began to franchise Abbott's in 1981. There are currently 36 retail outlets, mostly located in New York.
Vanilla, chocolate and chocolate almond are their standard flavors and then they have additional offerings that change.  Coffee, fresh strawberry, caramel, fudge Oreo cheesecake and peanut butter crunch yogurt were among the additions the evening we visited.

Reagan ordered a single cup of fresh strawberry custard.  It was a generous portion, they also offer a kiddie scoop and a double scoop.
I tried the coffee custard, so smooth and creamy!  The coffee flavor was intense and I was wide awake afterwards!
 Rowan had a kiddie cup of vanilla custard with rainbow sprinkles...
 apparently it was okay!
Abbott's also offers sundaes, milkshakes, floats, flurries, novelties, cakes, pies and pints to take home.  You really can't go wrong here.  The girls and I are debating whether or not to share this find with the guys or keep it to ourselves!