Thursday, March 5, 2015

Newport, Rhode Island.

Aaron so sweetly surprised me with a Valentine's Day getaway to Newport, RI this year - the funny thing is, I'm so bad at letting the guy surprise me that somehow I got it out of him way before he had planned to tell me. Oops :)

He booked the trip right before we decided to move and once the weekend finally came around it felt like terrible timing to leave the city - so much so that we even tried to cancel since we knew we'd want to spend money on new things for our home and not a vacation. As luck would have it, the hotel booking was non-refundable so we made the trip and are so glad for it! After a stressful few weeks thinking about our upcoming move it was just what we needed to get out of the city and just be together. I highly recommend the gorgeous Castle Hill Inn where we stayed. We had a cozy oceanfront cottage, they served afternoon tea everyday, and all of the meals we ate there were amazing. It's a quick 3 hour drive from the city and I'm already looking forward to going back sometime!
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Blizzard" of 2015!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of snow. Growing up, I lived for snow days and playing outside. We had a huge sledding hill behind our house, and I was convinced my parents chose our house because of the prime sledding ;) I've continued to love it into my adulthood, and last year during the first snow of the year Aaron and I had one of the most memorable nights in the city. We were practically alone in Central Park and we definitely put the "frolic" into Eat Sleep Frolic. Winter in New York can be pretty rough, so when all is momentarily calm and covered in white, it can give the city a new life during some of the bleaker months. I was quite excited at the prospect of winter storm Juno, and although it wasn't as monumental as expected, the snowy beauty did not disappoint. It may be because I don't have to shovel a thing, but I say keep the snowing coming!
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Tuscany.

Aaron reminded me the other day that I hadn't yet posted about our final stop on our European adventure last spring… Tuscany! It was the most relaxing part of the trip and a wonderful way to round out all the adventures we'd had the days before. We stayed 3 nights in a picture-perfect bed and breakfast located near the hill-top town of Montepulciano. The place looked like it had been taken straight out of an Anthropologie catalog, and it provided the ideal setting for drinking local wine while reading and watching the baby chicks! Not only was the setting beautiful, but the hosts were so kind. Thanks to their great recommendations, we ate some of the best meals of our life and I discovered my new favorite pasta dish - cacio e pepe! Its basically a grown up version of macaroni and cheese. SO GOOD. We brought back some pasta and I've created it a few times since being home. Obviously not nearly as good, but it does the job!
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Snow day!

The best thing about Fridays (other than it being Friday) is that I work from home. I absolutely love work-from-home Fridays for an abundance of reasons, but the main one is having time for a walk in Central Park before work begins. Today I woke up with the surprise of snow and couldn't get ready fast enough to get outside. I know I'll probably complain about the snow later on this winter, but there's nothing like the first real snow of the season. It doesn't hurt that Central Park is gorgeous regardless, but the addition of snow made this morning one of my favorites.
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