Sunday, June 21, 2015

MAINE-IACS

This weekend I headed up to Maine to celebrate the birthday of the lovely Jennifer Nemi. 
Scott went to CT to celebrate Father's Day and help his dad with yard work so I was headed North solo. 


Saturday - we golfed 9 holes. Jen guided me on which club to use, and if I could only keep my head down and follow through - I would have played much better. I'm considering lessons to learn more! 



Sweet chunk of grass Drew hit.

When we got back, we took a ride on the Nemi's pontoon boat and had pizza for lunch, courtesy of Ann (Jen's mom).




Greg (Jen's dad) Grilled up some chicken with a secret family recipe I hope to get my hands on someday! We also had grilled romaine, which I had never heard of. You can either cut the romaine lengthwise and grill, or if it is leafier - break it apart and grill up the leaves. Add your favorite dressing and serve. It was so good. 

Next: Dessert! Jen's grandma made a whoopee pie cake for her bday.



We ended the night with a fire in the pit out back. I forget what they were calling this, but basically there are logs that are hollowed out that act as a chimney on the fire. 


Sunday : It was pretty rainy so we hung around the house and just chilled. Jen's mom came across her Barbies, so we had some fun organizing the box of dolls and fixing them up. 





Also - a snapping turtle showed up on the lawn and laid some eggs. We monitored it all morning, as it approached the house and hid under bushes. 


Before we left, Greg made us Steak Sandwiches. The recipe originated in our fave town - Beverly, MA! You grill up some thin cut rib eye steak, add provolone cheese, a slice of salami and grilled peppers. SO SO SO Delicious. Fun Maine weekend with the Nemi clan! 


Sunday, June 14, 2015

CT Weekend: Gabby Turns 1 and Early Father's Day


CT Weekend! 
Friday: Traffic was a beast. It took so long to even get the 1.5 miles from Target to the apartment Friday afternoon, that there was no way we were going to attempt the Pike at 4p, knowing that wouldn't get us home until 8p. We had dinner in town, loaded up the car and left around 6:30, and spent the typical 2hrs in the car on the way down. 

Saturday: 
I headed to Milford to say hi to Grandma and Grandpa! Grandpa was sporting a pretty familiar looking hairstyle - carried on in the newest generation: Ethan Graham! Bed head twins! 

Later, we went to David and Lindsay's to meet their new baby girl Danni. She is such a sweet girl, don't be fooled by her crying in the pic below. 


After that - we headed to the family celebration for Gabby's First Birthday!! I can't believe a year has gone by since she and Ethan were born. Time really flies. 


Cutting the birthday cake! 

Cousins Sophia and Eric (patiently) waiting for cake



Birthday Girl! 

Me & Amy

Fun in the bouncy house! The kids had a great time jumping on Uncle Scott 





Sunday: 
Hanging out in the yard with our bud Rudy. 

We met up with my parents for an early Father's Day celebration. Since they will be in CA next weekend - we went Go-Karting and had Lunch at one of our favorite spots, Archies! 





Thursday, June 11, 2015

Delicious Dish | Homemade Sauce and Meatballs

Scott outdid himself again. One of his specialties is homemade sauce, and meatballs. Everytime he makes meatballs, they get better! This round was no different. Thanks Scotty! 



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Delicious Dish | Kung Pao Chicken


I'm the first to admit that I am a spoiled, lucky girl. Scott gets home from work before me, and likes to cook – so, when I get home, dinner is nearly done, or being made. Of course I help when I can, but my schedule doesn’t always allow for that, sadly. Anyway – he is willing to try almost any recipe I find on pinterest, skinny taste, or one of the various cooking magazines we stumble upon. The only caveat – I do the grocery shopping. Not a bad deal.  So, I’ll feature the dishes he creates – in “Delicious Dish”. Inspired by the SNL Skit. Who doesn’t love the Schweddy Balls episode!?  





This week’s dish: Kung Pao Chicken. 

The original recipe I found was for a slow cooker version. But – the chicken I got was thinner sliced and would not have held up. Luckily (?) I wasn’t able to find the sauce in a bottle that was needed, got a packet of Kung Pao seasoning instead and followed the recipe on the back. 

This dinner was a quick one! The longest part was cooking the chicken, and I prepped the celery and peppers as sous chef so it was less work for Chef Scott. 


We added the peanuts right before we ate. It was definitely less salty and heavy than ordering take out Chinese food - such a Delicious Dish!