Five Things Friday: Looking Forward

For today’s Five THings Friday, I am posting about what I am looking forward to once I have our little boy. And oh my goodness I cannot believe I am already in the third trimester!

1. A glass of champagne. While I don’t miss alcohol all that much, I am surprised too, I do miss having a glass of champagne or a nice little mimosa. I love my bubbles.

2. Sushi. This has been absolutely the hardest thing to give up. I know I can have cooked or vegetarian sushi, but it’s just not the same.

3. Sleeping on my belly. Or just lying on my stomach really. Fortunately, I was able to be comfortable on my belly for a while, but the next 3 months it’s going to be rough.

4. Not waking up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I know I will wake up to feed the baby, but that’s totally worth the loss of sleep.

5. Most importantly, hugging and kissing and holding my little baby boy.

Today’s Question: What do you think you will miss while pregnant, or if you have been pregnant what did you miss the most?

Babymoon Part 2

In case you missed it, here is Part 1 of our babymoon.

To continue where I left off. Saturday we slept-in, and went to a late breakfast at Becky’s Diner. We both had hash and eggs with toast. It was typical diner fare, and the atmosphere was great.

After breakfast we just walked around Portland, it was a bit cooler than we anticipated so we Nick did not last very long. We headed back to the hotel to relax some more, then went to a late lunch at The Porthole. We saw this place on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. On the show they featured the classic lobster roll, so that’s what Nick indulged in, with onion rings. I had a cup of clam chowder and a BLT with fries. Nick raved about his sandwich, and the soup and BLT were great, the bacon was thick and chewy, not crispy, just the way I like it. My favorite part, however was the beer and water served in mason jars.

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We obviously relaxed some more and then on the recommendation of the front desk we headed to The Grill Room. We were able to snag the last table for two and settled in for our last dinner in Maine. We both started with the chopped salad, which was your typical garden salad. For dinner Nick had a bowl of clam chowder and the lobster pizza. He said the chowder was amazing and better than my lunch version, He was so full he only ate about one slice of pizza. I had the Petite Sirloin with mashed potatoes, garlic spinach, and a horseradish cream sauce. This meal definitely ranks in the top 10 of meals, everything was amazing. It didn’t look like we ate any of our meal, luckily we had a fridge in our hotel room so we were able to save our food and take it back home with us the next day. Of course we had to have dessert. I had the warm chocolate cake with vanilla bean gelato, it tasted like warm melting cake. AMAZING. It was so good I can’t even remember what Nick had, it was either gelato or the seasonal sorbet. We both agreed, hands down, one of our best meals ever and definitely the best of the trip.

After our gluttonous meal we headed back to the hotel to watch the Bruins lose, then headed for bed.

Sunday morning we got up and got ready to leave. I quickly ran next door to Standard Baking Co because everyone raved about it. I picked up 2 croissants and a lemon tart. We then headed over to Bibos Madd Apple Cafe for our brunch reservation. This place came as a recommendation from some friends of ours that had gone the previous weekend. I ordered the breakfast sandwich which was egg, cheese, avocado, onion on an english muffin. Nick had the breakfast quesadilla, both meals were massive, but our friend also recommended the apple fritters, so we split an order of them. So delicious, but I definitely ate way more than my fill. We took a breather then got in the car and headed home.

At home we tried our treats from Standard Baking Co as a snack, the croissants were okay, and the lemon tart was eh, the food definitely did not live up to the hype. For dinner we were able to indulge in our leftovers from The Grill Room.

All in all, the weekend was relaxing and filled with delicious food, exactly what we needed before our extremely full calendar this summer!

Today’s Question: What was your most relaxing weekend or vacation?

Babymoon Part 1

Nick and I went away a few weekends ago to have our last getaway just the two of us before the craziness of summer and before baby b joins our world. I didn’t take pictures, mostly because I just wanted to relax and spend some time with my hubby. I do, however, want to recap what we did while we were away.

We left Friday afternoon and took a leisurely drive to Kittery, Maine. We went to the outlets, we mostly browsed, but I convinced Nick to buy these ADORABLE sneakers because they match one of our baby outfits and they were $4.50.

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Quite the steal, if I do say so.

We hit up a few more stores, then we drove a few miles to a restaurant we found on yelp, Hebert Brothers Seafood. It was an order at the counter type of joint, but it was outstanding. I had the shrimp and fries platter and Nick originally ordered the crab roll with onion rings. The owner came to our table after we ordered and told us that he thought he had crab but had ran out, so Nick had shrimp instead. The platters came with coleslaw as well. Everything was made to order and was absolutely delicious. Nick had almost finished his platter when the owner came back, he found the crab and gave Nick a crab roll. If you are in the area, I definitely recommend this place, and definitely get the onion rings, they were some of the best I have ever had.

After lunch we headed straight to Portland and checked into our hotel, we relaxed for a little while and then we got ready for dinner at Street & Company. THe restaurant was nice and featured a daily menu, but the tables were on top of each other and I literally had to yell in order for Nick to hear me. For our meals we both started with the mustard greens that had a vinaigrette, croutons and bacon. Nick’s meal was Linguini with clams in a white sauce, they serve the meal to you in the pan they cook in, Nick said it was too salty. I had a hard time finding a seafood that I could eat, so I ended up with the broiled sole that came with green beans and roasted potatoes. While it was good, I could get this meal anywhere. The standouts of this meal were our desserts. Nick had the blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream and I had the chocolate flour-less cake with raspberry sauce. I didn’t have a bite of Nick’s since I am not a fan of blueberries, but we both agreed our desserts were the best part of the entire meal.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel and just relaxed watching sports.

Part 2 coming soon!

Today’s Question: What is your favorite kind of seafood?

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 3

I know this is a day late, I hope you enjoy the video!

 

I have seen this song challenge on many other blogs or facebook and twitter. The idea is to share a tiny bit of yourself by choosing a song. The idea is to choose a song every day, but for the purpose of the blog I am going to choose once a week.

The third day is a song that makes you happy. I picked Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. When I was young, I memorized this song and would sing it all the time. I still know all the lyrics. My sister and I play it at least 5 times on any road trip, it drives Nick crazy. I really wish Billy Joel would make an updated version. Enjoy!

 

 

Today’s Questions: What song always makes you happy?

Five Things Friday: Thankful

It’s that time of the week again! Five things I am thankful for.

1. I am thankful for a weekend filled with amazing family and home-cooked meals by my mother-in-law.

2. I am thankful that during my husband’s phone conversation with her today, that neither of them laughed (too much) when I requested broccoli and horseradish (for my baked potato).

3. I am thankful for the full week I had this week that included: watching a great friend run a GREAT Boston Marathon, catching up with good friends, and catching up with some of my family.

4. I am thankful that it seems that the weather is getting warmer…I hope.

5. I am thankful that I got my favorite tea for free today, all because I used a reusable cup.

 

Today’s Question: What is one thing you are thankful for?

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 2

I have seen this song challenge on many other blogs or facebook and twitter. The idea is to share a tiny bit of yourself by choosing a song. The idea is to choose a song every day, but for the purpose of the blog I am going to choose once a week.

The second day you are to pick your least favorite song. My least favorite all time song is: The Chicken Dance. I absolutely HATE this song. It was one of very few songs that were on our do not play list for our wedding.

Today’s Questions: What song do you hate the most?

Five Things Friday: Baking

Today’s Five Things Friday is going back to why I started this blog, baking. The five items I am great at baking.

1. Rainbow Cake. It is essentially a white cake, and I use food coloring to dye the batter into six colors and then I layer them on top of each other in the pan. It’s my go to cake recipe for anyones birthday. It seems like everyone loves it.

2. Peach Pie. To this day Nick raves about my peach pie, homemade crust and everything. I will make a fresh peach pie for anyone who wants to deliver fresh peaches to me.

3. Apple Crisp. I will make a hundred batches of this in the fall. I love apple picking then making tons of apple crisp, yum.

4. Cheesecake. While I have had many fails at cheesecake. The past two Thanksgivings my sister and I have made a cheesecake for dessert. Two years ago it was Red Velvet, and that was a huge hit, last year we made Pumpkin, and it was also delicious but not nearly as decadent as the Red Velvet.

5. Apple Pie. Again, this is something I only make in the fall with homemade crust and fresh apples, delicious. Fall in this house is a wonderful time to visit!

Today’s Question: What is one baked item you love to bake and/or eat?