Sunday, January 29, 2012

Breakfast on the go

Let me begin by saying how much I love Pinterest.  It has made weekly meal planning so much easier and fun!

I found a great recipe for breakfast cookies.  They have no dairy, sugar or flour in them.  Once I heard this, I had to try them.  Marty is not the best at planning to get up with enough time to shower, dress and eat breakfast.  These cookies are great to grab on the go, and he can also take them to class as a snack.

All you do is combine 1 1/2 cups oats, 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2-3 ripened bananas, a handful of craisins or raisins and cinnamon.  Then you bake them at 350 for 35 minutes (spray the pan because they have a tendency to stick).  One batch makes 12 big cookies, and each cookie is 1 weight watchers point (I assume that is healthy).  I store them in the fridge because of the banana.

Here is the result:


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Friday, Friday....

We have big Friday night plans this week.  Being mature, grown-up, late twenty somethings you would expect that we would be doing normal things such as going to the movies, having dinner out or getting together with friends.  

Nope! 

We are hanging out all night long with middle schoolers :)  The evening of fun begins at this amazing establishment:
Bounce U
Then we are heading back to the Youth House for pizza, movies games and more fun.  What should a 27 year old, teacher (at the end of the week), that goes to bed regularly around 9/9:30 from exhaustion pack for an occasion like this?

I'm thinking it will take lots of diet coke to get me through this night :)  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tim Keller's "You Never Marry The Right Person"


Marty showed me this article a few days ago, and I thought I would share it with y'all.  It is an excerpt from the book The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller, who is a pastor in NYC.  My Mom gave Marty this book for his birthday and it has been a great read so far.  This article talks about how culture views compatibility and the purpose of marriage.  It is a quick read, yet thought provoking whether you are married or not.  Just click on the link below to read...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Boden SALE


Boden is one of my new favorite clothing companies.  They make beautiful and fun pieces that are great  focal points of any outfit.  I received a gift card for Christmas and ordered this skirt which arrived yesterday!  I love that you can wear this skirt with many basic tops and keep it in the closet from Fall to Spring.  Most of their clothing is out of my price range, yet they have great sales at the end of each season.  Click here to see the Winter Sale items

Happy Shopping :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Travels

After our trip to NYC, we relaxed and prepared for Christmas at my parents house in PA.  We visited with extended family, Marty read the entire Hunger Games Series, we saw high school friends, shopped and ate lots of great food.  We had a great Christmas morning with one set of Grandparents and my Grandma.
Christmas eve appetizers for dinner while watching a Christmas Story

Beth and Marty taking in some coffee 

Grandma and Ma

The beautiful tree before the room was covered in wrapping paper

Sisters and the Martster 

 After Christmas, we traveled down to Richmond to visit with Marty's parents.  We had a great time seeing extended family at a family reunion, saw War Horse, shopped, ate delicious meals and visited so college friends.  Oh, and also celebrated Marty's 29th birthday.  We will continue to celebrate his birthday with friends here in a few weeks once the craziness of Jan Term is over.

I wish I had more pictures to remember our travels.  I am notoriously bad at taking pictures, yet love to have them to remember special events!  I'll try better next year :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas in NYC

My sister, Bethany, lives in New York City.  The Tuesday before Christmas we went up to the city for a short visit and Beth came home with us to celebrate the holidays.  She was a great tour guide and we got to see most of the fun Christmas things the city has to offer.  Here is our trip in photos...

Our travels began with an hour drive to Trenton and an hour train ride to Penn Station


We walked to West Village and went to lunch at The Meatball Shop.  What a cute restaurant!  We chose what kind of meatball we wanted, the sauce, and if we wanted a sandwich or noodles.  We wrote our preferences with a dry erase marker on our menus and the waitress took our orders.  The interior was decorated with old pictures, rustic fixtures, and mason jars with flowers on the table.  Overall, great lunch spot to visit.    

 A HUGE Barnes and Noble for a bathroom break
 Walking, walking, walking...
 The largest department store in the world!  

 The window displays were interesting...a little bit too new age for me.  I liked traditional looking  window displays at Lord and Taylor much better.


We traveled to the 8th floor on old wooden escalators to see Santa.  The waiting line was set up like a train and then you entered a wintery wonderland.






When we got to the end of the displays, we went into a little gingerbread house with Santa to get our picture taken.  They even took a shot with my camera.  Christmas card photo next year?  Hilarious!  Marty promptly asked Santa for a motorcycle and he said he would try his best to make Marty's Christmas wishes come true.  


We walked and walked some more and stopped to see Bryant park and did some shopping at local Holiday markets.  Last stop was Rockefeller center to see the tree and ice skaters.    


We ended our visit by having dinner at a local brewery, and walked through Times Square on our way back to catch a train at Penn Station.  It was a long day, but a great visit and way to start our Christmas vacation :)