The last two weeks

Over the last 10 days I was in NYC and NJ visiting friends, family, and work.  It was such a great trip being able to not only see my friends before Christmas, but getting to my Mom’s concert, and enjoying the city at Christmas time (complete with snow!).  I miss New York so much, but there is nothing like coming back home to Jay and Rondo.

To everyone I got to see last week, I love you all so much and miss you constantly.  How lucky am I to have you all in my life?!

xo-j

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta

We had such a fun weekend in NYC with all our family, which I am sure to be sharing pictures etc. from soon, but first I wanted to share a recipe from last week!  I wanted to try something new since I’m pretty bored of our same 10 meals, and this was a weird twist on ziti both Jay and I ended up loving.  Below is the recipe, make please, and enjoy!

WHAT YOU NEED

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1 lb chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)
1 lb ziti
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup buffalo sauce (I used franks buffalo)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
1/4 cup parm cheese
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1.  Boil your chicken in water, drain, let cool, and shred.  I did this way earlier in the day and then stored it in the fridge until I was ready to cook dinner

2. Boil your pasta according to box and let drain.

3. While the pasta is boiling mix the chicken, mozz, buffalo, ricotta, and dressing in a big bowl.  When the pasta is done and drained add this to the mix.

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4.  Once everything is all mixed up, spread in a glass baking pan and top with the breadcrumbs and parm (I pre-mixed the crumbs and cheese).

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5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

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6. Once it is done baking broil for 1-2 minutes depending on your oven.  Mine is really hot and the top was browned in about 1 minute.

7. Your all done…mmmm

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xo-j

Come Sunday…

Come Sunday…

Jay and I will be getting married in 6 months!  I can’t believe it!  We’ve also been together 4 years, which is crazy.  In the past 4 years we went from living a block away, to moving into our own (tiny) apartment (again, so tiny), we got a puppy, we got engaged (!), we bought a house, and now we are just half a year from being married.  So many things have changed, and with each step, everything has gotten better.  I can’t wait to see where we are in 5 years, and 10, and 20…


(just a few weeks after we started dating – our first new years eve together ringing in 2010)

Next week I will be in NYC working, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the season in the busiest/scariest/wildest place on earth to be at Christmas time.  I’m really looking forward to being there, though I will miss my boys :(.  Poor Ron is so used to having me home all day!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xo-j

Decorating our tree

After we were finished cleaning up from Thanksgiving (about a 3 day process!) we got our tree!  Last year in Brooklyn we had a fake one since we were living in 650 square feet…but this year we have our HOUSE!  We got the tree all set up, settled, and decorated this weekend.  Our whole downstairs smells like pine which I’m loving, and every time I look over and see it I get so excited.

When we first brought the tree home Rondo wasn’t so sure about it, which was hilarious.  I filled a bowl with ice water for the basin and set it down quickly to help Jay to set it up.  We both looked over and Rondo was bobbing for ice cubes in the bowl and by the time we were done he had pulled them all out…ay!  He cracks us up though that’s for sure.  Anyways, a quick video of decorating, I’m so happy it is finally Christmas time <3!

Thanksgiving (video)

This weekend was a blast, it was tiring, but man was it fun! Both Jay and my family came and celebrated Thanksgiving here at our house.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful family (on both sides).  Everyone pitched in and it turned out to be a really enjoyable day.  We got some shopping in on Friday, saw Hunger Games, had a fun dinner out with the family, and by Saturday were totally and completely wiped.  Thank you family for traveling here, helping me as I panicked the past 3 weeks about the turkey (Mom!), and making so much food I won’t have to cook again until Monday!

Below is a quick video of Thanksgiving – the prep, family, and then getting our Christmas tree!  It’s crazy how quickly Christmas will be here.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

xo- j