March 31, 2014

Peace Out Skinny Jeans!

I loathe skinny jeans. 

Honestly, unless you are built like Giselle or a pre-teen from 90210, you probably shouldn't be wearing them.

So, much to my delight, wide-leggers are back.
Finally, the pendulum has swung!

Terms like 'Pixie,' 'Super-Skinny,' 'Toothpick' and 'Minnie' will hopefully be words of the deep, dark, distant past.

Here are some cuties I found at Anthropologie:

Tiled Wide-Legs

Brighton Linen Wide-Legs

Tiburon Patchwork Wide-Legs

Gamma Wide Legs

Brixen Wide-Legs

I love these so much that they may even convince me to fold up my yoga pants and save them for, dare I say, yoga!?

Happy Monday!

What a rainy, crappy weekend!

Well, save the weather we had a very nice weekend here in Northeast PA.

My mom came to visit, and we made our ever welcome pilgrimage to Wegman's and Homegoods,
Todd and I got a much needed date night, 
I got in two solid training runs,
We planted our seeds for our garden,
I cleaned out four disastrous cabinets, 
and I tried two (sort of) new recipes.

The rain couldn't slow us down!

Maroon carrots from Wegman's!
How funky are these babies!?

First attempt at cooking beet greens = possible new obsession.
Step aside escarole....

Roots ready for roasting

Roasted roots with lemon vinaigrette

Spiced baked chicken, roasted root vegetables with lemon vinaigrette, and sauteed beet greens with garlic and hot pepper

Elias' contribution to dinner;
Applesauce Oatmeal Bread Batter

Applesauce Oatmeal Bread
King Arthur strikes it out of the ballpark again:

If I learned anything this weekend it is that I really love sauteed beet greens (why was I so afraid?!), I love date nights and clean cabinets, 
Wegman's is still my favorite store, second to Homegoods,
and I wish my mother lived closer...but I've known that forever...

I hope you guys all had a great weekend and that the rain didn't stop your fun!

March 28, 2014

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone!

A special shout out to all of my runner friends out there, especially those training for the RFR marathon in a few weeks; 

This is a beautifully appropriate and delicious Pinot Noir from New Zealand that would make a great reward to any long training run!

Have a great weekend everyone!

March 26, 2014

Senor Don Gato

I don't know why shit like this kills me...

A quick trip to Target always ends up fruitful.

Whit, do you think Chesterwood would like a brother!?

Celebrate This Voice!

Happy Birthday Gloria!

Thank you for everything you have done for women and men in this generation and beyond!

gloria steinem

"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of men and women" 
- Gloria Steinem

Also, thank you for sharing the day with us, and speaking at our graduation so many years ago.
These were moments of enlightenment and inspiration; 

This post is a shout out to all of us raising sons and daughters, living and working with men and women, and striving every day to make the world a more compassionate place.

Rock On Gloria!

March 25, 2014

Spring Clean Up

Now that we are back to earth, it is time to clean things up around here.

First stop, myself.

Here is a new rendition of a green juice I posted a few months ago. 
I've been adjusting the flavors, and I think this one is pretty solid;
perfect for Spring cleaning.

Think of it more as a lemonade than a juice or a smoothie.

Straining is a must. 
(You can eat the pulp later if you feel you need the nutrients...blargh)

In fact, the fancy pants in me would double strain it, and pour it over ice with an extra wedge of lemon.


"You Only Live Once!"

Makes a large batch of approximately 4 cups

One ripe pear, cut into cubes (don't worry about peeling because you will be straining it anyhow)Two lemons, skins removed, cut into quarters
One hunk of fresh ginger, diced
2 large leaves of kale, ribs removed and chopped
1 handful of baby spinach
3 cups of cold water

Blend all of the ingredients together (you may need to work in batches).
Strain using fine mesh into a large container. 
Mix well. 
Optional: Strain a second time
Serve immediately.

Enjoy and ignore those snowflakes.
Spring will come...right!?!

March 24, 2014

Kissed By Lady Luck

Happy Monday Friends!

I am finally back after a much needed, unplugged vacation. 

I feel very lucky to have been able to escape the snow and cold, feel the sun on my face and the sand underneath my feet.
After this long, snowy, freeeeezing winter, 
this was a much appreciated holiday.

Here are some photos to help piss off my northern friends.

Love you guys!

Good Morning Captiva!

No Snow = Happy Morning Runs!

Found Shell Art
Spread the word!
Poolside Heaven

Adventure Time!
Our own personal island.
I hope the boys come back for us....

Dude, find your own tree...

The shell tree we found!
We each added our own shell for good luck!

I couldn't resist....

The life of Elias, continued...

Look who got up on the first try!
This is not as easy as it looks!

Beach Nanny

Cabbage Key!
The most expensive Dixie cup of wine ever...

Fire Hazzard!

Thousands, upon thousands of dollars....


Happiness is a toddler...

One with the earth and sky

"Whatcha lookin' at Elias?!"

Lost in thought.
He sat by himself in the surf and watched the sun slip below the horizon...
I wonder what he was thinking!?
Goodnight Captiva Sun!

Now that you all officially hate me, 
I hope you have a great Monday!

Don't worry. 
I'm freezing again too. 
And I think there is a forecast of snow tomorrow....

March 5, 2014

Fun Creatures

 I look around my son's room and I wonder if the adorable Melissa Sweet illustrations are too infantile. 

A, B, C and 1, 2, 3?! That is so yesterday!

Dr. Seuss?! What are we, three!?

Trucks and farm animals!?!?

Well, on a recent trip to Pier One, I came across these fun animals and it got the juices flowing.
We may have to do a Spring overhaul.

I wonder if these will scare the shit out of him?!

Maybe I will run it by him first...

March 3, 2014

Look Up!

In the rare event that our precipitation isn't frozen these days, you might be able to catch something like this on your sunroof....

Or, rather, your lack-of-sun roof...

Cool beans!?!

This image was taken with my trusty iPhone, and filtered in Instagram.

Squeeze Me

So, if I can't actually be in Florida, I figure I can bring a little bit of Florida to Pennsylvania.

Or, my in-laws can send us oranges and we can try to make every tropical drink under the sun.

It started out innocently enough; 
my husband squeezing the oranges with my son on an early Saturday morning... putting the rinds into a container to create a little orange-vodka infusion...

...then getting the idea to add a little prosecco to that beautiful juice...

..then that night brilliantly getting the idea to make citrus martinis...

There really isn't a juice on the market that tastes as good as freshly squeezed orange juice.

We definitely got our vitamin C this weekend!

Thank you Glenn and Mildred for the wonderful oranges.

We could definitely taste the sunshine.


Happy Monday Everyone!

ps. I'm sorry we drank all of your juice Elias...