Thursday, March 25, 2010

Amelia Bedelia

Alex and I have been talking about trying Amelia's Trattoria since we moved into our apartment.

It's close to where live and always looks so romantic and cozy inside. We finally made it there this week thanks to Boston's Restaurant Week. It was great. The food was good and the atmosphere was nice. The service was good also, although we had to ask for bread, when all of the other tables were served it at seating with some sort of spread, which we some how did not get (maybe there is some sort of secret password that we weren't privy too). The restaurant is tiny, but not too crowded because of it's quiet location.

I would definitely recommend it if you want a quiet, romantic, Italian dinner!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I scream, you scream!

Alex and I love to eat ice cream. Even in the winter, we usually get a few pints of our favorites (chocolate for him, whatever lowfat frozen yogurt they have for me) at the grocery store. The only downside to its deliciousness is how cold my hands get (yep, we eat right out of the carton!)

While shopping at Felt the Love, I noticed some cute coffee sleeves and wondered, would something similar keep my hands warm while enjoying my dessert? So I set out with the pattern from the flowerpot wrap I made back in June and this tutorial for a flower broach to see what I could come up with.

TaDa! It worked. My hands will now stay cozy and warm while I enjoy my lowfat frozen yogurt all year round.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A San Francisco Treat

A couple of summers ago, Alex and I took a trip to San Francisco. I completely fell in love with the city. The weather is perfect, the people fantastic, the sites, the food, everything was great.

One of my favorite things that we did there was what I like to call urban hiking. It all started at City Lights bookstore where Alex and I found Stairway Walks in San Francisco, by Adah Bakalinsky. Nine walks later, Alex and I saw almost every neighborhood in San Francisco and loved every second of it.

Since then, we have lent our copy to anyone taking a trip to San Francisco. Catie and Matt, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mmm Mmm Good

Nothing is easier or more tasty than home made chicken noodle soup. Since it's back to being cold out here in New England. I thought I'd warm up the house with a winter favorite.

Chicken Noodle Soup (adapted from Rachel Ray's Quick Chick and Noodle Soup)
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 2 dashes garlic salt
  • 2 dashes pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
  • 2 dashes of salt
  • 2 pinches fresh thyme
  • 2 pinches fresh sage
  • 2 pinches fresh marjoram
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 pound wide egg noodles
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Wash chicken breast and place in a baking dish
  3. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and pepper
  4. Bake for 30 minutes
  5. In a stock pot, add olive oil and heat on medium-low
  6. As you chop, add carrots, celery, and garlic
  7. Add bay leaves and season with salt, thyme, sage, and marjoram
  8. Add chicken stock and bring soup to a boil
  9. Dice chicken and add to soup
  10. Bring soup back to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer
  11. Cook for 2 minutes
  12. Add egg noodles and cook for 8 minutes
  13. Remove from heat, serve, and enjoy

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Better than your grandma's basement

Hello out there! Sorry that I have recently been taking a bit of a hiatus from blogging. Things have been super busy lately between work, wedding planning, and unfortunately, dealing with some health issues. However, I'm back in action now and promise to try and stay that way, so expect a lot more of me to come.

One of the things that I have been doing a lot of since my last post is shopping on Etsy. Being less than 6 months away from the wedding, I feel like all I do lately is shop. I guess if I have to shop, it's good that most of it is going to independent, small business owners who make and sell beautiful handmade crafts.

Here are a few of my favorite shops: