Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

Hope your Halloween Monday is off to a good start!  Let's begin with what's cooking this week...

Monday- Spooky Spinach, Tomato and Mozzarella Stromboli
Tuesday- Dia de los Muertos Steak Fajitas & Mexi Rice
Wednesday- Shrimp Stir-fry
Thursday- Hidden Valley Chicken
Friday- Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork, Baked Beans & Cole Slaw
Saturday- school gala
Sunday- out after Mass

As usual the weekend flew by!  We kicked it off on Friday afternoon at Mr. PS's office.  They host Halloween trick-or-treating and a party for the kids each year.  We may hold the record for attending the most amount of years!

 2005...
2016...
I hit my usual Saturday morning spin class and then we were off to a family birthday party for the day.  We then got ready to head out to dinner Saturday evening with friends.
I picked up these shoes earlier this fall on sale from jcrew.com...so fun!
We dined at Alta Strada in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  Mr PS started with (and shared) the San Daniele Prosciutto...
 I started with (and did not share) the Tricolore Salad with apples, gorgonzola and hazelnuts!
 The entrees were all fabulous as was this tiramisu!
Riley and I were off to work open house at his school early on Sunday morning.  Then it was time to carve our pumpkin!  Rowan is clearly the third child, armed with pumpkin carving tools!
She loved helping her dad! (I'll reveal the finished product tomorrow)
We were then off to 5:00 Mass and confirmation class!  Never a dull moment here!

How was your weekend?  Any good Halloween plans?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Prep

While making sure the kids are appropriately outfitted for Halloween and that you have enough candy to dispense, don't forget your Halloween Wine & Candy pairings...
Perfect for when you come home from trick-or-treating and dig into your child's candy stash!  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Things I'm Loving Thursday

Realeased October 1st for the 2016 holiday season, these colors are available at ulta.com.  Of course, the color of Tiffany's signature blue box is available, it's called I Believe in Manicures!

I loved my Bass penny loafers and these bring me right back to high school and college!  They're available in 13 colors, even a Tiffany blue!  $20 off with code TREAT right now or enter code TWENTY for 20% off through 12/25.

I lust after her custom monogrammed sunhats all summer and her monogrammed capes all fall!  It's best not to discuss the price :)

Handstamped on vintage spoons, these may be making an appearance in my family's Christmas stockings!

Love this coat in sorbet ivory, the only color it comes in!  Currently 30% off with code SALETREAT through 10/31

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Cooking Wednesday


Spiced Pear Loaf

I picked up a bag of pears at the grocery store last week and I knew I wanted to create some baked goodness with them so I searched Pinterest high and low and found this recipe.  Of course I tweaked it to make it slightly healthier!

Ingredients:
2-3 pears diced (I left skin on, but you can peel)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup almond butter (or oil of choice)
1/2 cup egg whites (or 2 eggs)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a loaf pan or muffin tin with nonstick spray.

2.  Dice pears and set aside.

3.  In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, applesauce, almond butter and honey.  Add in vanilla and egg whites (or eggs).

4.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, ground flax, baking soda and spices.

5.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and then fold in pears.

6.  Spread batter evenly into loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.  Allow to cool and remove from loaf pan.

This works well for dessert with a dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream or for breakfast with some fresh fruit and plain Greek yogurt!  I would also recommend adding a 1/2 cup of chopped almonds for added texture.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I Voted...reluctantly!

34 states now allow early voting and Massachusetts just became one of them, so off I went today to cast my vote!

It's sad, I remember being so excited to vote in my first Presidential election in 1992.  I was in college and all the Connecticut girls piled into my roommate's Chevette after our last class of the day to make the trek from Worcester, Massachusetts.  We hit each hometown to vote and ended off with a late dinner at my roommate's parents' house.

I just can't get excited about any of the candidates.  For the past year I've thought someone would come along who I would believe in, but here we are two weeks out and I feel like we're screwed either way!

Am I the only one who feels this way?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Menu Monday & Weekend Scenes

Nothing like waking up to no power on a Monday morning!  I knew things were amiss when my phone lit up at 3:59am because it had stopped charging.  We were back on the grid at little after 7:30am, but sadly I believe it was due to a car accident near our home.

As usual, the weekend flew by!  We braved the drizzle Friday night to watch Riley's school take on one of their biggest rivals.  The game was called off in the third quarter when the drizzle turned into a downpour with lightning in the distance.
I was off to my favorite spin class on Saturday morning and proceeded to spend the rest of the day cleaning and unpacking a few of the reaming boxes from our move!  Saturday evening, team navy was off to the annual Assumption College President's Council Dinner...
It's held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.  It's always a lovely evening in support of the college.  The highlight is always the musical entertainment provided by the student body.
I hit barre class early Sunday morning and then Reagan and I worked open house at her school.  We were there from 10-3, it was busy!  Thankfully, Mr. PS was in charge of dinner!  We enjoyed stuffed clams to start, grilled steaks (tuna for me), baked potatoes (sweet for me) and fresh green beans.
Hope you had a great weekend too!  Here's what we're cooking this week...

Monday- Pumpkin Ricotta Casserole (add spinach)
Tuesday- Chicken Enchiladas & Mexi Rice
Wednesday- Crock Pot Pot Roast and Veggies
Thursday- leftovers
Friday- Take-out Pizza & Salad
Saturday- TBD
Sunday- Mass and confirmation class, out

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Struggling

I follow Runner's World on Facebook and this quote by Joan Benoit Samuelson was posted today.  It really hit home.  I was never an athletic kid, in fact I was the complete opposite...totally non-athletic, chubby and undisciplined.  I wasn't until my mid-twenties that I started running, road racing and focusing on my health.

Running and exercise in general was a chore at first, but as life went on and became more complicated running became an outlet for me.  It became especially important to me when Mr. PS was battling cancer and then recovering.  As his primary caregiver, it was a familiar and normal activity for me during a time of uncertainty.

When people ask or comment about my chosen past-time, I often joke that I'm "running" away from my family.  What I mean is that I'm claiming time for myself.  I find that if I take that hour for myself, I can better serve others.  As a stay at home mom, my life really revolves around my family and their needs.  They know as well as I do that I need that hour long sweat session everyday!

I ran my tenth and final half marathon on Labor Day weekend.  Sadly, my feet and knees can't stand the distance anymore.  I've run three 5Ks and one 10K since.  I have two more short races scheduled this fall, another 5K and a four miler, but my sore knees are telling me that I need to stop.

This is a tough one and possibly difficult to understand if you're not a runner.  For me, there's nothing like hitting the (preferably smooth) pavement with a good playlist and getting into the rhythm of a run. Somedays you feel like you can go for miles, other days it's a grind, but you never regret a run.  It has become a part of me that I love and I'm afraid that I will be lost without it.

So I'm struggling a bit with this, not a major life problem of course, but one that is on my mind daily that I thought I would share...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tory Burch Private Sale

The Tory Burch Private Sale started yesterday and runs through Friday, 10/21, with free shipping on all orders.

Here are a few of my sale picks...

Double-Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet (also available in silver)
Relaxed Sweatshirt (also available in gray)

Shop now, items are going fast!




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ocean House, Watch Hill

Mr. PS enjoyed a couple of days last week at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island as a guest of a New York financial institution.  My mom, Reagan and I have visited as well, but just for afternoon tea.  While I was dying to go with him, someone has to hold down Chez PS so off he went!
The Relais & Chateaux property sits right on the water and has a very famous neighbor...Taylor Swift owns the home to the right of the Ocean House!  The original hotel opened in 1868 and closed in 2003, a replica of the original hotel was built and the new and improved Ocean House opened a few years later.
Ocean House has many porches and outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy!
 It even has a putting green...
Mr. PS had a Grand Deluxe guest room with a fireplace and soaking tub!
The original stone fireplace in the "Living Room" lobby...
Mr. PS enjoyed dinner with several colleagues in a heated tent on property...
 The menu complete with wine parings looked good to me!
Each guest left with a signed copy of Ocean House: Living and Cooking Through the Seasons which I'm thrilled to have!
A stay a the Ocean House is definitely on my wishlist!