cookie time

On Sunday I thought I was going to go nuts if I didn’t eat a cookie!  I was too tired (ok, lazy) to bundle up and go buy cookies at the store…then I realized, I had everything I needed to make cookies at home.  They were so easy, ready in about 20 minutes, and delicious!!  You can find the easy recipe here.  I skipped the nuts and added some cinnamon. Mmm…

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I then ate at least 11 of these and had a tummy ache…oh well, it was worth it!

xo-j

 

the 60th!

This weekend was Dad’s 60th birthday dinner!  We had a great time seeing friends that are more like family, and celebrating with him.  Jay and I traveled home early Saturday morning and within 5 hours ate two huge meals out with my family…nothing like home!  I wish we could have stayed longer, but the short time we had there was a blast (rondo was loving life too with his bff kitty caesar).  Here are some fun party pics of the family, and then of course, food!

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(part of the party crew & then the late night party crew!)

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(only in nj can you get porkroll like this…mmm)

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(even rondo was tired when we got home)

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We need to sleep ours off, but no rest…tonight we go see D’angelo at Brooklyn Bowl!!

xo-j

that escalated quickly…

Last night we went to dinner with friends to Patrizia‘s and man oh man, did we eat, and drink…so much…got a little wild fast.  We did family style and they just kept on bringing food…we had at least 8 appetizers, chicken parm, steak, pasta, salad, and then a huge dessert plate.  Oh yea, and the wine was included…

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(btw, those are magnum bottles)

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(dinner cuties)

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(the white is mozzarella stuffed with ricotta imported from italy…oh. my. god)

This morning we are licking our wounds, but it was worth it.  If you are ever in the area, go to Patrizia’s, it’s amazing.

(jaybub, thanks for loving me even when i yell and tell gross stories in public. love you)

xo-j

Hot Chocolate Day

I never know when hot chocolate day is going to come…but when it does, I lose my cool.  I’m basically Stanley Hudson! Once or twice a year 30 Rock does a hot chocolate tasting where all the best places (godiva, potbelly, bouchon) give away free hc…and oh man, is it magnificent.  I know, I know, it’s only hot chocolate, but anything to help make work feel a little happier right?IMG_6267
(my first two cups)

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On top of free hc day, look at these two besties hanging out…

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Tonight and tomorrow we have dinner with friends, and then home for the weekend to celebrate my Dad’s birthday!

xo-j

oh bang!

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I cut my bangs this weekend! I feel like my old self again, but oh man…now I have bangs?!  This is pretty much the only news from the weekend (ha).  We watched  movies (Flight, Argo, Side by Side, Celeste & Jesse Forever), I then cried about C&J Forever for hours, hung around with the puppy, and I cooked a huge meal last night for the Oscars (meatballs, pasta fagioli).  It was so nice to have a lazy weekend in the apartment together.  Here are a few pictures from the weekend…

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(i still can’t believe i cut them…in two days i am going to be whining…but today i love them)

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(rondo’s casual sunday: reading rs with his bacon bone)

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(my love and i friday night, my 1st shamrock shake of the year, jim james concert)

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(jay and i eating friday night…clearly we have different styles)

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(my soup that cooked all day)

Now time to research dry shampoo since I have these silly bangs again, and do a good deal of work.

xo-j

 

Vacation #3 (pictures again)

Alright this is going to be the final vacation post I promise! Actually, that is a lie because I brought along a camera with film and if those pictures are great I am going to want to post them…whoops! But here are a few more pictures since it’s 30 degrees out and I miss the sunshine…

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(obligatory outfit shots)

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(more from the buggie day)

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(forcing him to be in pictures)

And because I can’t stop watching it I’m posting the video again…

Hope everyone is enjoying their day off it you have it!

xo-j

Vacation #2 (pictures)

So, I didn’t get to this yesterday like I said I would, but finally here are some of the pictures from our vacation (there are so many!).  We really couldn’t have had a better time.  Between all of the restaurants, the perfect hotel grounds, our amazing suite, private pool area, spa, white sand, and unbelievably aqua water, we were in heaven…despite the cancellation of our flight, hours on the phone, the frustration that goes with cancelled plans, and a bit of a travelers bug it all worked out in the end and is a vacation we will both look back on with love…

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(spent the day on a sort of pirate boat {ECU!})
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(my favorite goofball in the world)

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(on the buggy tour: cave swimming, private beach, cigar making, hunter s thompson, banana trees)

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(our beach)

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(main lobby / anyone who knows me knows, where i go, this clutch goes)
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I think that is enough for now!  I will most likely not be able to stop myself and post 80 more at some point.

Tonight I go pick up Rondo and spend the weekend with my family for my brother’s birthday (my brother who is totally kicking butt right now with his phd program acceptance rate). Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

xo-j

Valentine

Since we just had an extended vacation we are going to forgo a big valentine’s…we’re planning on a nice night of take out and relaxing.  I wish Rondo was home though for his first valentine’s day with us, but I will see that little man tomorrow night!

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(valentines card for jay)

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(my valentines breakfast at work…i had too many)

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(i put jays gifts on the pillow while he was in the shower / vday braids)

Wishing everyone a happy valentine’s day!

(MDN – love you 3 more than you could imagine…well, maybe you can imagine, but you know what i mean!)

Pictures of vacation to come later today!

xo-j