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Seeing Green

March 18, 2012

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! The city was bursting with shades of green yesterday, and it wasn’t just the leprechaun outfits. Spring is finally in full swing and I tell you, it makes it hard to remember why I want to leave here in the first place. So what I been up to with the city’s new and improved weather?

I’ve been eating, of course.

And attending Vegetarian Food Festivals.

And playing with my family!

And my frens

And some rooftops.

Greens do the body good.

A little white wine never hurt anyone either.

The Best Day of My Life

March 12, 2012

According to Alex, today was hers, and I have to say I kind of agree.

We started the day with an 11:00 AM mass. Like most of my friends, I grew up as part of a small community where church isn’t political or divisive, it’s what you do on a Sunday before a big meal with family friends or cousins.  Since I left home, attending mass hasn’t been something that I’ve kept up with very well, but what I believe in hasn’t changed.

Today we went to support one of my best friends, who recently lost her father. There wasn’t a lot of talk about it, or much fuss, but as we stood there together, filed into half of the pew, I remembered the importance of why having a community, church or otherwise, is so vital.

Easily one of the hardest parts of leaving New York is leaving the incredible network of friends that I’ve built here. This weekend, in particular, it was never more clear to me how especially and undeniably lucky I am to have found the kind of people that no one has to ask twice (or even once) for the support we all need sometimes.

Alex may have been a few mimosas deep when she said it, but she nailed it.

Today was the best day of my life. With friends like these, it just keeps getting better.



Normal.

I’m the bashful friend.

Actually, we’re all pretty camera shy.

So now…

After a long day…

We’re going to go get some ice cream. It’s spring!!

Whew!

March 5, 2012

I know I owe you more than this, and believe me, I have the pictures and stories to back it up but after this weekend, I am wiped.

This weekend I got to see my parents, celebrate my sister taking the bar (and re-entering the living world), ski with Liz for her first time ever, eat at a food festival, and still make it home in time to whip up delightful recipe to share.

I know it’s not much, but in the meantime, I leave you with one of my other favorite parts of the weekend. Alex + mimosas + Brooklyn Bagels = a truly fantastic Saturday afternoon on our rooftop. I ask you, what more could you ask for than a good book, some good weather, and a bagel?

Happy weekend all!

Movie Night

February 27, 2012

If there’s anything I like more than cheese, it’s the movies.

I wrote my college essay about how Meet Me in St. Louis and Singin’ in the Rain shaped who I am. ( I was a weird high-schooler)

I listen to the My Fair Lady soundtrack at work…everyday.

I watched Titanic in the theaters 11 times. Do NOT get me started on Titanic, I will never stop talking. Or crying.

I. love. movies.

So if watching the Oscars from my couch with a glass of champagne is the closest I’ll ever get to the industry that I secretly wish I could be apart of, then so be it.

In order to be prepared for tonight’s event, I did my homework. Colleen and I, as well as the rest of New York, decided to go see The Artist today. Let’s put it this way, if it wins, I’ll be thrilled. Unless you’ve seen it you may be skeptical, I know I was, but I wouldn’t steer you wrong. It was smart, clever, funny, romantic and  charming. Check it out. Or don’t, and regret it.

Since I had one of my favorite nights of the year to look forward to all weekend, I kept it simple, but it did include:

Almond milk + date shakes

Shots? I mostly took it easy.

Dinner and drinks with my boyfriend, Alex.

and my other boyfriend, Liz.

(Repeat of the Superbowl’s lemonade+vodka+ champagne concoction plus a little TJ’s Fig butter, oven baked baguette, sharp cheese, and apples — didn’t last long)

Plus, a lovely stroll in Central Park.

It was a lovely, blue-skied awards day here in New York, hope yours was too.

P.S. This time next year, I’ll be enjoying the festivities in the same sunny time zone as the attendees.

!!!!

Saturday Night Snacks

February 21, 2012

Ok folks, it’s Saturday night and yes, I’m watching this week’s 30 Rock and drinking wine but I did do something productive today, I swear. Would you like to know what? Believe me, you do.

Via tastespotting, I happened across this little gem.

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes.

Oh.My.God.

Oreos?

Cheesecake?

You heard me.

These were so easy to make, I mixed up the batter while enjoying a movie in the living room, and they cook in under a half hour.

I think all I really have left to say is…you’re welcome. Oh, and the recipe.

MINI OREO CHEESECAKES
printable recipe
16 ounces cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup sour cream
1 package regular size Oreo cookies
1 package mini Oreo cookies (chop about 1 cup to use in batter, the rest are garnish on top)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Place one full size Oreo cookie in the bottom of every mini cheesecake cup. This will serve as the “crust” of the cookie.

Beat the cream cheese for several minutes until it is smooth and creamy.

Add the sugar and salt. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.

Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice. Fold in the sour cream and chopped Oreo cookies and mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cups and bake for 22-25 minutes (the tops should spring back slightly when touched).

WHIPPING CREAM TOPPING
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 tsp. unflavored gelatin
2 tsp. corn starch
2 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix

Combine all ingredients and beat for several minutes until the cream thickens and soft peaks form. Pipe onto tops of cheesecakes and garnish with a mini Oreo.

 

I didn’t make the whipped topping, but upon trying them, I think something moist and light to top it off would only add to it’s creamy deliciousness, so give it a try.

Big thanks to Sprinkle Charms for this exceptional long-weekend delight, we’ll be lucky if they last through Monday.

Week in Review

February 17, 2012

I ate all the Valentine’s Day candy that I bought for Alex.

I worked late every single day.

I finally got back into the habit of draggggging myself to the gym.

I even made it there this morning.

And then I made this, which I prefer.

Yuumm.

I know a may be a little behind the rest of the blog world to say nice things about smoothies, but I have to tell you, they really are an exceptional little treat. There’s room to get creative, and it’s a nice way to get your spinach without forking down a salad. What could be better than getting your vegetables without having to taste them?

This one is an old standby:

1 banana

1 handful of spinach

1 cup of blueberries

Shaken all up in the Magic Bullet and blended to perfection.

Sometimes I add yogurt. Sometimes I add peanut butter. Sometimes I don’t add spinach.

Any way you want it, it’s a perfect morning meal that keeps me full until lunch.

Speaking of, I better do some work before I join my team for a lunchtime pizza outing, right?

Happy Friday!

Outlook

February 15, 2012

Outlook is the name of the street that my parents live on in Maine.

Outlook is what essentially dictated tonight’s Valentine’s Day festivities from being a typical single sob-fest, to a private screening of Alex’s home videos. And the Beverly Hills Housewives Reunion. Part 3.

Outlook is what was delivered with my Udon noodles tonight, and I have to say, I think Lillie’s Chinese had just the right idea.

Who could ask for more?

Outlook reminds me that, as of this Valentine’s Day, I have things pretty goo