Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

You're only a day away!!!!!!!!!!!

The day has finally come! Tomorrow after work I am heading to Newark airport, and hopping on a plane to Scotland.

First stop, Edinburgh.

Next, we're heading to Inverness.

And ending our trip in London.

I know nothing about Scotland, except that it is the Home of Golf and the Loch Ness Monster.

And having been to London a handfull of times already, I am excited to explore the city with the family and not have to worry about hitting up the essential tourist spots (or riding on The Original Tour sightseeing bus for the 6th time). I will, however, be stopping in Buckingham Palace to dote over Kate Middleton's wedding gown. And my ginger radar will be kicked into full gear as I go on the hunt for Prince Harry.

So, here's to hoping I get a hole in one, meet Nessie, and come home a Royal (or never leave!).



Wednesday, July 20, 2011


This old lady YOLO's with the best of 'em...

I can only hope to live to 90 and still be as active as she is! More power to ya, Estelle.



I swear it's cute!

Next weekend I am headed to Maine for my friends CS and DF's wedding! I am super pumped. Obviously, it was time to buy a new party dress. Planning on wearing this awesome purple Shoshanna dress to the wedding. Personally, I don't think the model looks too hot in this pic (no offense), but I swear the dress is cute.



You can never have too many bags.

I'm jetting off to Michigan for the weekend on Saturday morning (quick trip!) and would love to be able to pack in this J.McLaughlin bag!

Monogrammed, obviously. So cute.



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The new planking?

Looks like we've taken planking to a more seasonal activity. The Leisure Dive.

I'd love to see C-Mac take this past time into action!



Monday, July 18, 2011

This was surprising.

J.Lo and Marc Anthony split - was not expecting that actually.




A few snapshots from our INCREDIBLE trip in Switzerland.



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fresh Start !

I will definitely post a few pics this week from my family's amazing trip to Switzerland, but for now I am focused on getting organized for the week. Grocery, laundry, preparing lunch for tomorrow and a good workout were all on the agenda today and I am happy to say I can check all of them off and it's not even 4 p.m. yet! I love productive Sundays. Hah.

I have been wanting to try Gwyneth's Detox for a while now, but was a little intimidated by it - even just the word "detox" kinda freaks me out. While eating breakfast at Whole Foods this morning, I decided I would make a few recipes from her detox, while not adhering to it religiously.


Lunch for the next two days will be the Salad with Ginger and Carrot Dressing. I made it earlier today and tasted the dressing - YUM - it's really really good with lots of flavor.


  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sweet white miso
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons water


head of baby gem lettuce (or any greens), roughly cut

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 avocado, diced

Pulse the carrot, shallot and ginger in a blender until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides, add the miso, vinegar and sesame seed oil and whiz together. While the blender is going, slowly drizzle in the grapeseed oil and the water.

Combine the lettuce, onion and avocado in a bowl, drizzle with plenty of dressing and serve.

Bringing this salad for lunch to work is going to help with the Monday-back-from-vacation blues I think (or at least I hope. . .). We'll see!



Thursday, July 14, 2011

The big 2-5 part deux.

Since R is not here to obnoxiously post the word "twAAAAAAAns" all over this page, I thought I would take the privelege of wishing HHS the happiest of 25th birthdays!

And since HHS took my request seriously last year about moving to NYC so she could celebrate her bday with me, I will be celebrating on Saturday with the questionable child in the above picture (she maybe have been going through an identity crisis at the time...not quite sure!).



The big 2-5!

Our little R crosses over into the second quarter of her life! Happy Happy Birthday R! (R will see this in a week since she has rudely left the country to go on a biking trip in Switzerland...and didn't invite me.)

Hope you have a fabulous day, and your butt doesn't hurt too much from the bike seat!



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

pocket change.

No big deal. Just a $520.00 Missoni four-wick candle for your coffee table.

And if that doesn't satisfy you, you could always get Missoni's Gomitolo set of three candles for only $55.00 more!

And the best part? They're scentless! It's like melting money!



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Long time no see.

Um HI.

I know I have been totally MIA this past month (or two). Moved, started a new job, travels, etc. etc. etc. SORRS !

I am back for a sec to bring you the delicious dinner I made with P last night! Hah. This recipe has been on my mind for quite some time (I meannnn look at that picture!) and I finally made it last night.

Mozzarella with Prociutto and Broccoli Rabe.


8 thin slices prosciutto (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup olive oil
12 ounces broccoli rabe (about 1 bunch) I used arugula.

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 sandwich-size slices Italian bread (or use pain au levain or sourdough)
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, drained and sliced if water-packed; otherwise coarsely grated


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and line a plate with paper towels.
  2. Add the prosciutto slices to the skillet (you made need to do this in batches) and cook until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to the paper towels to drain. The prosciutto will become crisper as it cools.
  3. Use the same pan to sautee the arugula - just a few minutes on the heat will do the trick.
  4. To assemble: Brush the remaining oil on one side of each slice of bread. Place 4 slices of bread, oil side down, on your work surface. Distribute the broccoli rabe and follow with the prosciutto. Pile the cheese on top, compressing it with your hand if necessary, and top with the remaining bread slices, oil side up.
  5. For stovetop method: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Put the sandwiches into the pan, cover, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the undersides are golden brown. Turn the sandwiches, pressing each one firmly with a spatula to flatten slightly. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the undersides are well browned.
  6. Remove the cover, turn the sandwiches once more, and press firmly with the spatula once again. Cook for 1 minute, or until the cheese has melted completely. Remove from the pan and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut in half and serve.

Obviously a grilled cheese needs a little soup on the side. HLR sent me Giada's Asparagus Soup recipe a while back, so I decided to pair that with our deeeelsih grilled cheese. Since it was just the two of us, I cut the recipe in half (the recipe below is the full serving).
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large leek (white and light green part only), thinly sliced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds medium asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Special equipment: a 1/2-ounce cookie or ice cream scoop


Soup: In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring constantly until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broth, asparagus and basil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep the soup warm over low heat.

To serve: Ladle the soup into shallow bowls and garnish with goat cheese.

Cook's Note: The soup can also be pureed by ladling, in batches, into a food processor or blender and blended until smooth. That's what I did.

I would say that I am back in action on COTPG, but I am off to Switzerland tomorrow with the fam!

Back in a week. . .



So dumb.

A little Antoine Dobson throwback thanks to Casey Anthony (and her 1990's comparison).