Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras!  You know I love good theme, I firmly believe in celebrating everything.  I want my kids to grow up knowing that it's okay to fuss a bit and enjoy life.  I also want them to be able to look back and remember all of the fun we had.

We kicked off our Mardi Gras dinner with this Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo.  I served it over brown rice.
I ordered our King Cake a couple of weeks ago from Haydel's Bakery.  I was able to select my shipping date, the overnight shipping cost was built into the price of the cake.
It was sealed in a plastic bag and the moisture from the cake caused the sugar colors to run together a bit.
Not sure it looked as good as it actually tasted!  I ordered the traditional cinnamon filling.  Reagan found the baby right away, I think that means she's in charge of our Mardi Gras festivities next year!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Menu Monday and Vacation Week Scenes

Happy Monday!  After a week long break, the kids are back to school today and I'm looking forward to a good run once I drop off the littlest.

While we didn't go away last week I think the kids had a good week off.  They finally learned how to ski! When your mom grows up in south Florida, learning how to ski is not a given.  I attempted to get them into a program a few years ago, but they declined.  I was excited that they finally agreed!

While the big kids were enrolled in a three-day program, Rowan had a private lesson since she was too young for the group lessons.
 After 70 minutes with her instructor, she was fairly comfortable on her skis!
 Reagan had a tough first day, but stuck it out for all three days!
Thursday we had a runner installed on the stairs and had a garage organization system installed, I'll spare you the garage photos.  After being on the road Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday it was good to catch up at home!
Thursday evening we took my father-in-law out to dinner for his birthday to Pane E Vino on Federal Hill in Providence.  I had salmon with black lentils and steamed asparagus, I could eat this everyday!
We had an impromptu trip to the pediatrician on Friday morning as Ro was a little under the weather, but she bounced back quickly.  We outfitted the big kids for golf at Dick's Sporting Goods and then grabbed some lunch and ice cream at Bliss Bros. Dairy since it was 70 degrees!
I hit my usual Saturday morning spin class and got some housework done before heading out for a birthday dinner for my mom.  I broke out a spring Lilly Elsa top since it's been feeling like spring here!
 MiMi's birthday crew at Fleming's in Providence.
 I started with the wedge salad...
 and then had the king crab legs which were delicious!
 I opted for the fresh berries with chantilly cream for dessert!
Sunday I took the big kids back to Nashoba for one more day of skiing.  I couldn't believe that there was still snow after four days of 60+ degree weather.
After skiing, Riley had a rugby skills clinic nearby and then it was onto Confirmation class for the evening!
I think the kids were looking forward to taking a break and getting back into their school routine today!

I'm excited for our King Cake to arrive today from Haydel's Bakery!  Last year I ordered from Sucre, but thought it would be fun to try a different bakery this year.  We'll be celebrating Lundi Gras since Reagan has a school activity tomorrow evening.  So here's this week's menu...

Monday- Crock Pot Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Tuesday- Shrove Tuesday Pancakes and Sausage
Wednesday- Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Thursday- Soft Beef Tacos, Salad and Mexi Rice
Friday- Garden Vegetable Lasagna
Saturday- Take-out Pizza & Salad
Sunday- out after Mass

How was your weekend?  Are you celebrating Mardi Gras?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Things I'm Loving Thursday...St. Pat's edition

I just bought this for March, appears to have a generous cut.
Check out the entire four leaf clover collection!
I ordered both of these to burn through March.  Use code SUNNY17 to save 10% off $10, 30% off $30 or 50% off $50.
25% off all Talbots purchases through 3/5, no code needed.
Also available in sterling silver and 14k white gold with diamonds.
Lots of customizable options here and great quality, I own a 1/4 zip Lilly Pulitzer monogrammed sweatshirt from this shop.
What are you loving lately?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's the Scoop Wednesday

Waltham, Massachusetts

Lizzy's has been around since 1995.  There are two locations, the one in Waltham and a second in Harvard Square.  The Waltham location with its long narrow space appears to have once been a lunch counter or soda fountain.
 Their flavor board...
 They have lots of pints and quarts ready to go home with you!  They also offer custom cakes...
 The dipped waffle cones looked so good!
Riley opted for a Double Thick Coffee Frappe, he got hooked on frappes after working at the Nantucket Pharmacy last summer which is home to an old-fashioned soda fountain!
 Rowan's favorite flavor lately is chocolate, she had a kiddie cup.
Reagan tried their February special flavor, Red Velvet, which was a sweet cream base with red velvet cake mixed into it.
I tried the Raspberry Chocolate Chip frozen yogurt which had a distinct tart raspberry yogurt taste.  Reagan and I both ordered small cups, a generous serving!
Lizzy's is located at 387 Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Weekend Scenes

After a busy day of spin, cleaning and food shopping, Mr. PS and I went out for a Valentine's dinner to Davio's in Chestnut Hill on Saturday night.
Davio's is a local chain with superb food and service.  They also have a couple of locations outside of Massachusetts, one in Manhattan, Philadelphia, King of Prussia and Atlanta.  We held Rowan's Baptism luncheon at their Foxboro location.
Sunday morning I was off to Foxboro (home of the Patriots) for my first road race of the year.
It was a balmy 55 degrees at the start!
At mile 4 of 10!
I've been hibernating at the gym all winter so I was happy to see that finish line!
We met up with Mr. PS's family for some bowling on Sunday afternoon!  Always a good time, but I was wiped out by Sunday night!
Yesterday I hit the Peabody Essex Museum with some friends to check out the "Shoes" exhibit...it was fabulous!
 Ferragamo perfection!
 Prada rocket heels...
I loved the pearl studded heel on the Chanel sling backs!
 The sequined Union Jack sling backs look like something the Spice Girls would have worn!
 Jimmy Choo "Lovebirds"
 These would be perfect with a long sleeve black dress!
Everyone should have a shoe closet!
 Loved everything about this...
 Animal print overload?
We then hit the wearable art exhibit which was really cool!
Made from paper...
 Notre Dame!
This pink beauty was made from fiberglass!  Light, but difficult to move and sit in I suspect.
How was your weekend?