Things I love (today)

1. Tina Fey

2. These table numbers I am going to attempt to create, though a bit different…

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3. Daydreaming about being warm again…Florida in just a few weeks!

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4. This face

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5. This video everyone has seen

 

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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

Umm that wind was wild

Soooo the wind this weekend was absolutely insane.  I thought our house was going to blow over at least 3 times!  This is the part of dog ownership that totally sucks.  Going out in 20 degree wild wind is not my idea of fun at 8am…yuck.

The cold weather does lend itself to crazy heavy and delicious meals though, which I love.  I made tortilla soup on Sunday without a recipe and it came out really really great (going to share in a minute).  Every single recipe (even the ones that said “easy”) online had 55 ingredients.  I am a good cook, I can handle making something difficult, what I don’t want is to have to spend $30 on spices I will only use once, and waste vegetables that I won’t cook with again soon enough.  Plus, the grocery stores were so busy this weekend, I nearly had a fist fight in Trader Joe’s (ok I didn’t, but I wanted to!).  Anyway, here is what I did, and like I always say (and mean it) it came out really great!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 1/4 lbs of chicken breast cubed((ish)
15 oz can diced tomato & green chilies fire roasted (Traders! or buy separately)
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (this decides the heat)
1 chopped medium onion
2 boxes Swanson Mexican Tortilla Broth (greatest product ever)
1/2 tbs garlic (to taste)
Some garlic salt, onion powder, s&p
Lime, Avocado, Tortilla Strips, Cheese, Sour Cream (all optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Put chicken, tomato/chile, chipotle peppers, onion, garlic, & broth in the crock pot on high.  Let this cook for about 2 hours.

2. Use a ladle to take out the chunks of chicken, onion, tomato & pepper.  This doesn’t have to be exact, but make sure to get the big pieces of chicken.  Put this in the blender and blend it up quickly. Don’t purée this, just give it a light, quick mix.

3. Put it all back in the crock pot (do the blending in batches) and add the seasonings you are going to want.  I added about 1 tsp of onion powder, garlic salt, and just a pinch of salt. Now let this cook for another couple hours (or 10 minutes if you need dinner).

4. You’re basically done.  Scoop it out and enjoy with whatever toppings you like.  I did some lime juice, pinch of cheddar, tortillas and sour cream, but honestly, it would have tasted great without these additions too!

Mmm.

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On a totally different note, thanks to Jay for being my cheerleader.  Saturday I really missed my friends.  Everyone was together in NYC &  NC and I was struggling a bit with how much I missed them.  I love our new life here, but there will always be days I miss the ease of having my best friends right around the corner (whether it’s college or Brooklyn).  Thankfully, I have Jay, who not only completely understood, but got me ground beef disturbing Taco Bell for dinner, played a flower game with me, and reminded me of how lucky I am.

xo-j

Fall Wreath

Fall is my absolute favorite.  And since it is already Christmas according to stores, I wanted to make a fall craft that wasn’t completely pumpkin centered and would work through Thanksgiving time.  This is a really easy diy that doesn’t break the bank or take up your whole week.  I love how this turned out!  If you feel like making your own for the house or as a sweet gift, the directions are below…

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WHAT YOU NEED:

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Yarn – I got a sort of mustard and white really thick knitting yarn
Decorations – I bought a cheap fall bouquet and some berries from Michael’s
Wire wreath base
Scissors

DIRECTIONS:

1. I bought two colors of yarn because I wanted to have a guide for where I would place my decorations.  I did about an 8 inch section of white yarn.  A bit of advice here is to wrap the yarn around your hand and only do small sections at a time.  If you try to use the whole 40 yards you are going to go insane wrapping it, so cut it into smaller sections.  First, as easy as it sounds, make a knot around the wire rim and begin to wrap.  Wrap this section a bit loose but also very thickly so that you will be able to stick your decorations through later.

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(do you see my special helper in the background?!)

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2. Take your second color and begin to wrap around the rest of the wreath.  Like I said above, do this in smaller sections, hiding your knots as you go along. Wrap this really tight. I found the best way was to wrap 3-4 ahead and then push them down tightly.

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3. Here is what you should now have:

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4. I decided to take the remaining yellow yarn and go over the section again but loose and chunky.  This gives the wreath a lot more character.  (I know, I just said character describing a wreath).  Also, don’t forget to make sure your dog is badgering you the ENTIRE time and stealing your yarn.

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5. Now decide how you would like your decorations to look.  I did mine first on the table so I could see how they looked best, then began to stick them through the white portion of the wreath.  I cut up the bouquet making sure to give myself enough wire on the back of each flower to wrap it through…

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6.You are done!  Now hang it up or give as a gift!

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xo-j

Waking Up

For anyone who follows me on Instagram this is a repeat, but I thought I would share what it is really like to wake up with Rondo, since pictures and stories do not to his weirdness justice.  This is a typical morning, Ron is under the covers, and then when he decides he is ready he will emerge and being his lick attack.  Such a maniac…

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Yea, ok, I’m obsessed with Rondo…If I’m in a room Rondo is there, if I leave the house he is upset, he sits outside the shower and waits for me to finish, he sleeps curled up in my legs at night, and we spend everyday all day snuggling together.  Anyways, I just want to share a few of my favorites from lately…he cracks me up…

The beckoning sexy man:

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The iwanttosleepyouarereallyannoyingme:

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Jay was away a couple weeks ago and I wanted to send him a picture of me kissing Rondo’s head…this is the result…

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He was cold the other day in the car so I moved a towel up front for him.  I looked over and this is what he had done…and yea, he is asleep.

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This one is the norm: ears flipped back, paying attention to your food…

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The den/my office downstairs gets so cold.  We decided to share my sweater.  Again, most pictures he ends up licking…

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And for good measure, I was at my parents house last week while working out of NYC and I got to see Cali the weirdo.  She is eating my hair tie here…

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That’s all for now!

xo – j

Panda

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When I told you we have had visitors every single weekend, I wasn’t kidding.  It has been awesome having all our friends come to visit our new place.  It also makes us (I’m guessing Jay too) feel really special that everyone is willing to travel here to see us.  We love you guys!

Last weekend Amanda came to visit from DC!  We’ve been friends since 1st grade which is basically forever! We went on a hike to the top of Blue Hills on Saturday morning.  Rondo was in heaven!

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(i made almond croissants (ok i heated them), she bought us the amazing stamp you see in the corner there!)

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Love you Panda!  Thank you for coming!

xo- j

Visitsonvisitsonvisits

We have had so many visitors lately!  Every weekend we have had someone up to our new house!  It has been a lot of fun (though we are tired) getting to see everyone.

My best friend (and moh) came to visit a couple weekends ago, which was just the best.  We did a pub crawl for MS and had so much fun gabbing and giggling together.  Jay and Lauren also have a series of amazing “couple” pictures from the pub crawl…

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Both of those are just ridiculous.  Of course by 10pm here is what they looked like…

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Rondo too, completely passed out, Jay beer in hand…ay!

I should have taken a million more pictures of her and I together but I was having such a great time I forgot to take pics.  Thank you for coming up Buggy, love you forever.

xo – j

Surprise (& cornhole)

Last Thursday I went out with an old friend for lunch and had so much fun catching up.  We talked about weddings, life in Mass, how our friends are doing, and had maybe a few too many brews for lunchtime.  Anyway, we came back and were hanging at my house waiting for Jay to get home.  Jay came in like everything was normal, taking off his shoes, talking about work, and then suddenly the doorbell rang.   I went to answer and it was TOMMMM!  I have been whining for him to visit since we moved and he told me he couldn’t come for months because of busy weekends, but there he was.  I was so excited I cried (seriously cried).   We ended up having such a great weekend together staying in our new town, enjoying the house, and even going to a cornhole tournament.  Tom, I love you bud, thanks for making me so happy and being such an amazing friend to both of us.

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(cornhole!)

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(ron’s favorite is jumping on backs, and homemade picklebacks with tom!)

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(our house ready for fall)

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(our little turtle i finally let go, and nash helping me walk rondo)

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(attempting to use the force to get my banana…he’s obsessed with them)

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(our beautiful backyard!)

This weekend I have my best friend coming to visit!  I couldn’t be more excited to see her!!

xo-J

 

 

Well, we moved…sort of!  There are a million things to do, and I am in the city still, but all of our belongings are in our amazing new house!  I can’t wait to organize and decorate and make it our home!  Both Mom’s and Dad’s… we couldn’t have done it without you.  And to all of our friends, we love you guys so much, especially for waking up on Saturday and helping instead of sleeping in.  Here are some pictures from our last date in Williamsburg at Motorino, and Rondo being Rondo.

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xo-j