SHORTCUT THAI BASIL CHICKEN

This flavorful, spicy Thai dish requires only a few staple pantry ingredients and comes together in no time!

Shortcut Thai Basil Chicken.

Since I’m off during the Summertime, I like to use my extra free time to experiment in the kitchen and stray from my, oh, five dinner recipe regulars. 🙂 Barry’s absolute favorite dish from our beloved local Thai restaurant is Thai Basil Chicken (known as Pad Krapow Gai). One of my cooking goals this Summer was to try to recreate this dish at home, with a few tweaks to make it even simpler to prepare. I think I’ve done it with my Shortcut Thai Basil Chicken!… Read more

HAPPY FRIDAY

White bridal shoes and bouquet in the grass outside.

We apologize for being a little MIA for these past few weeks…Summer has been flying by, and we’ve been enjoying every moment! I gear up to go back to work in a couple of weeks, so we’ve been savoring these past few weeks together and have done lots of fun “first” family outings (a local marina, the aquarium, the zoo, etc.) with Chloe!

This weekend, we’re attending our friends’ wedding (congratulations, Tara and Brian!) and are looking forward to a fun celebration with my closest friends from college. On Sunday we’re celebrating my brother’s birthday with a family lunch.… Read more

PERTH AMBOY, NJ HARBORSIDE MARINA

Last weekend we were out running some errands, and we found ourselves at the Perth Amboy, NJ Harborside Marina. I am a lifelong resident of New Jersey, and until now, I never knew that this little gem existed! It’s complete with an ice cream shop, waterfront restaurant, and marina with beautiful views.

Perth Amboy Harborside Marina.

THE BAYSIDE CREAMERY

There is a free public parking lot, so we parked our car and first headed to what initially caught our eye – the Bayside Creamery.

Bayside Creamery in Perth Amboy, NJ.

We were super impressed with this ice cream shop – they had many delicious flavor options, and it was packed to the brim with people (always a good sign!) Barry got his usual ice cream shop standby (a cookies ‘n’ cream milkshake) and I got a cup of peanut butter ice cream topped with a sprinkle dipped cone – both were delicious!… Read more

HOMEMADE AVOCADO BABY FOOD

Avocado and avocado baby food puree.

After trying carrots and green beans as Chloe’s first solid foods (both were big hits!) we decided to give avocado baby food a shot. Funnily enough, Barry and I both HATE avocados (unlike the rest of the world, it seems 😉 ) but I just had a feeling Chloe would love them.

Avocado cut open.

The best place near us for avocados is Aldi – we can usually find them there for just $0.57 each! What a steal! You could just mash up an avocado and give it to your baby if he/she doesn’t mind the extra texture, but for our first time feeding it to Chloe, we wanted to puree it.… Read more

HAPPY WEEKEND

Glass of birthday champagne.

We are a day late posting this, but happy weekend regardless! It’s supposed to be a scorcher in New Jersey (with a real-feel temperature of 110 degrees!) so we are planning on staying indoors most of the weekend to stay cool. It’s also my birthday on Sunday (the big 3-0! How did that even happen?!) so we’ll be celebrating with a lunch out.

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FEATURE ON THE ZOE REPORT – WEDDING HAIRSTYLES

My high school friend Jessica Yarbrough and I recently reconnected over Instagram, discussing changes in the trends of wedding hairstyles. She asked me if I’d be interested in sharing a little bit about my wedding day hair, since I opted for the simple look of wearing my hair down instead of in a fancy updo.

Bride and groom dancing at their wedding.
My simple look on our wedding day in 2017.

She interviewed several other brides who also chose similar looks, and turned everything into The Classic Wedding Updo Might Be Dead – Here’s What’s Replacing It on The Zoe Report, which is one of my favorite fashion/lifestyle websites.… Read more

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