Crazy for Pizza!

As much as we love going out for drinks on Friday to celebrate the weekend and put the week behind us, we also love staying in and having our friends over for our version of happy hour. Being the pizza fanatics we are, we decided to try and make our own. We took a shortcut (love that) and used pre baked crusts (you can also use Naan or Pitas) but I must say I was proud of the result and judging by how quickly we all devoured our slices, I’d say our friends liked them too.

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My favorite! Margherita (with a little sauce)

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Mike’s yummy creation… A Philly Cheesesteak pie (Wiz included)

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I LOVED this combination! Goat Cheese and Figs (balsamic glaze)

What is your favorite way to spend Friday???

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Shortcut to Delicious

I’m usually one for going all out and cooking weeknight feasts…I said usually. Today I was just tired and not looking forward to spending an hour in the kitchen, so I decided to get a little creative and take some shortcuts. I’m sure you guys know by now I have a slight pasta addiction and that was definitely the first thing that came to mind. I tried this sauce a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at how delicious it is, so much so that I just had to have it again. I have never been a fan of jarred pasta sauce but this one can give some home made sauces a run for their money; it is perfectly seasoned (not too heavy on the sodium) and can stand alone or be a great companion to chicken or seafood. The ravioli have a butternut squash filling (light and savory) and the shrimp were pre-cooked to perfection (thanks Whole Foods!!!). I added a little chopped basil, arugula and spinach. Voila! Dinner in 15 minutes! I hope I can inspire you to be a little lazy too 😉

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Life Via Instagram

Instagram has definitely become my favorite app and my go to way of documenting fun moments and things that interest me. The quality of the photos is definitely not amazing but lugging my DSLR around is not the most convenient thing. What do you think of Instagram?

Here’s my week via the camera roll…

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A little wisdom from Magic Hat

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Mike’s favorite…Lobster Penne

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Pizza Night!

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What does one wear to a beach wedding in October???

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Stuck in Miami traffic

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Delicious outdoor lunch on Lincoln Road (South Beach)

Hello from…

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I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! After what felt like an epic (13 hour) drive we made it to our cabin in the early Sunday hours. Our day yesterday was spent relaxing, playing games and singing along to my day’s guitar playing. It’s amazing being reunited with all of our loved ones! The plan for today is an Elvis Museum in a nearby town…I’ll keep the photos coming but until then I wish you all a beautiful Monday!

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My outfit plans for the day…
Cowboy hat purchased at H&M, dress by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply

Tennessee awaits…

It’s been a while since our last vacation, too long actually. Our wedding getaway in Vegas definitely counts but even that was 7 months ago! So I’m beyond happy my sister in law (just sister in my book) decided to plan a family vacation for us. Mike’s family lives in PA which means we only get to see each other a few times a year so family trips like these are much needed. I also love the fact that she decided on a cabin in Gatlingburg, TN with an awesome view of the smokies and a kitchen begging for delicious family dinners. It’s needless to say I’ll be bringing my camera and every lens I own. Now packing….that’s another story. What to bring???

In just 4 days we’ll be here!

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Sangria!

You know what they say:

When life gives you leftover watermelon and Pinot Noir…you turn it into Sangria!

This is totally my version using whatever I could find in my fridge. But I think it turned out damn well.

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1 bottle Pinot Noir or your favorite red wine
1 cup club soda
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 lime, sliced
1/4 cup raspberries, muddled
1 cup diced watermelon
1 tbsp agave nectar
2 sprigs of mint

When Thursday is your Friday

Hi there!!! It’s been a while…too long actually. There have been many changes lately, my work schedule being one of them. Though I am not particularly happy about working 1 Saturday a month, I’ve decided to make the best of it. The upside is having the Friday beforehand off, which I’ve decided I’d treat just like Saturday only better; I’ll make sure to go all out with brunch (my favorite almond french toast), get things done around the house and maybe even go out for some shopping (minus the weekend crowds). So, I wanted to start my faux weekend with a fun dinner last night. Lobster pot pie was my pick. I’ve never made it before but have always wanted to try. I did a little recipe research online and took from several what I thought would work for my taste buds.

Here is the result and my simple recipe.

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You’ll need:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
½ cup frozen corn
½ cup frozen peas
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup clam juice
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Brandy
½ pound cooked lobster meat (can be bought at the seafood counter)
½ teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (keep refrigerated until ready to use)
1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set out two 2-cup individual ovenproof ramekins. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add diced onion and carrot. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add Brandy and let it cook off (about 2 mins). Add corn and peas. Stir in flour, and cook 1 more minute. Add milk and clam juice stirring constantly. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat, add lobster and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Remove the puff pastry from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, flatten out 1 sheet of the pastry, using a floured rolling pin, to about 1⁄8-inch thickness. Using one of the bowls as a guide, cut the pastry into two circles. Spoon the filling into the bowls, and place one circle of dough on top of each potpie, pressing the edges to seal the pastry to the bowl. Cut a vent in the center so air can escape. Using a pastry brush, cover the surface of each pie with beaten egg. Place the potpies on a baking sheet and bake until pastry is puffed and becomes a golden brown shade, about 35 minutes.

And…the previously mentioned Almond French Toast:

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Serves 2:

4 large eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half or milk
2 tablespoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon pure Almond extract
1 tablespoon Orange Blossom honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 slices bread (any kind works)
Unsalted butter

In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, cinnamon, orange zest, almond extract, honey, and salt. Soak bread slices in the egg mixture for a few minutes; turning once.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a sauté pan or griddle over medium heat. Add the soaked bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned. Finish with maple syrup, confectioner’s sugar and your favorite fruit.

Dreaming of The Monk

Some places really can be perfect. Be it because of their natural beauty or the amount of thought put into everything their four walls contain. The latter can be said of our favorite wine bar The Blind Monk . It’s 3 blocks away from home, has a fantastic wine list, is beyond cozy and intimate, and it has been the backdrop for some of my favorite memories…We had our first (and second) date there, celebrated our engagement, and birthdays there this year and come tomorrow we will be there on “date night”. I can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than to sit across from Michael with a delicious glass of red and share some laughs.

I wish you all a beautiful weekend ahead!

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Reflections

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Today could easily be described as the perfect day. Our best friends (and possibly the cutest couple I know) Steve and Jess; came over for a little poolside picnic and some fun in the sun. It turned out to be perfect cure for the blues that seemed to have gotten ahold of me just last week. We laughed, talked, ate, took silly photos, and when the sun was all gone; we headed indoors for a movie and burgers. It was in a nutshell the best way we could have spent a Sunday. I wish you all a good night and a fantastic week ahead!

P.S. can you believe it’s in the mid 70s in Florida; what ever happened to winter?

Love,

L

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Jess and Steve

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The handsome Mr. Dasch

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Yours truly.