Monday, April 21, 2014

On The Road Again

having been in Boston for a week, we are finally headed back home and we are doing the 11 hour drive straight through. Or so we say now. Depending upon traffic, we may stop over for a few hours to try and rest. This week has completely flown by and I am almost incredulous that it is over. 

We came up for the week to help with my father in law as he underwent double knee replacement on Wednesday. The hospital has been calling him a rockstar because he went up steps and walked the hallways twice on the second day. I don't really likes teps myself and my knees are fine. But whatever;)

It has been great to see everyone and it was also our first Easter up here in almost 5 years and I don't want to eat for days. I will probably feel this way till at least the morning where I will promptly eat. and not even care.

I got to see Kerry on Thursday and we had a fantastic time as we always do and my sis in law came along this time and learned way too much about blogging. 

I also got the hang of driving around the neighborhoods and not getting lost. Tony has a virtual map in his head and without him and my phone barley having any service, making my way without getting lost inflated my ego a bit. and then on Sat I was able to swing by Wards Berry Farm in Sharon and their apple cinnamon bread is ridiculous. Yummmmm.

 Friday, while I ran some errands for my mother in law and they were still at the hospital, I was able to take the extra time to myself and fit some shopping at Patriots Place in. I also decided to catch a movie and saw Draft Day. I actually really enjoyed it, but I love Keven Costner and I will watch any sports movie. And kind of funny to walk out of the theater and be in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Is it football season yet?

We had Easter yesterday and I love seeing the family and being as my husband is Italian, there was 5 courses. First up was homemade raviolis with broth. Then Anti pasto, followed up by ravioli in homemade sauce. Then the dinner. Mashed and roasted potatoes. Lamb and ham. Too many veggies to count. and gobs of vino. 

Easter is my favorite holiday as my faith is the most important part of my life and Easter is the cornerstone to my beliefs. being able to be surrounded by family is and food is just the icing on the cake. Missing my family and my other niece's first Easter was hard, but I will see her sweet cheeks soon!

As much as I will miss everyone, I will not miss the colder temps. There was snow this week. In April. No thanks to that. Ever again. And I will be glad to jump in my bed. I just wish Boston was closer. By lots of miles.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Redesign

More and more I am getting a feel for what I want to happen and represent me in this little space of mine. Thanks  so much to Lauren from teach pray love design for whipping this up in no time. She was a pleasure to work with and her prices are phenomenal.  She took my vision and made it even better. As I am inept at anything design related and need all the help I can get. As in...All the help.

My phone has been acting all a fool lately and not letting me comment on a lot of blogs. As soon as we get back to Carolina,  my stalking of you all will commence.

And on a side note...I woke up to snow this morning.  What in the ever loving hell, Boston? !?! It is April.  Just no!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Food Trip Continues

On Sunday we woke up early and headed down for breakfast. And for $17, the buffet was well worth it for what they packed in. Plus, all the tazo tea my heart desired. Mid way through the meal I noticed our server looking at me somewhat strangely and after he left and Tony came back from the restroom...I learned that my hair was full of whip cream. What can I was some good stuff. 

We left Easton and headed to a small harbor town of St. Michaels. Another sweet location and so full of vibrant colors and shops. We stopped by the maritime museum for a few quick minutes before heading over to the shops and I hit the jackpot. Our first stop was American Holiday and I was instantly enamored with all the great finds and then I found a book about a murder mystery that takes place in St. Michaels and what do you know, the author was in the shop. Day (and probably week made) After buying the book and chatting for a few minutes we headed to the sister store, Knotty Living. They also had the cutest "dog bar" at lots of shops, where they had treats and water for your pups. I can't wait to write about the book and author!

I have an entire post for this enchanting place, but that is for another day. After a quick cafe stop, we were back en route for Boston. and after taking the bay bridge coming off 301 and running into Sunday traffic, we sat. and sat. and sat some more before deciding that we had to get the h out of dodge and took the next exit and meandered our way through Jersey on all backroads. But before we took the exit, I snapped this picture of an old barn off the turnpike. From the window of our car and on my phone. Funny how it was one of my favorite shots all weekend. and no editing. none, except a small cropping of the lock on his car door;) I just love the rusty colors against the blue sky.

Our backroad experience let us stop off in Princeton, which I haven't been to in years and I took so many photos as it is one of the most picturesque towns/campuses there is. And of course, we grabbed a quick bite at the Italian market next to campus. One of the best chicken parms I have ever had. and they had a jar of nutella the size of a big baby. I wanted to grab it and run. I didn't. And I am still remiss.

Finally, at ten, we arrived in Sharon. Also known as the number 1 small town in America. When money magazine released their rankings last year...I wanted to scream, My husband's pride for his town needed no help;) haha

Monday, April 14, 2014

Eating Our Way Up the East Coast

literally;) well, ok...but almost. We left Raleigh on Friday and headed up for Richmond. We had originally planned to have a weekend with my family for my nephew's baseball tournament, but it was cancelled. Since we had planned to leave for Boston on Sunday, we decided to go ahead with our trip anyways.

The fun part was that we decided to forgo our second night in Richmond and play all of Saturday by ear. What a great decision and you have no idea how much we fit into that one afternoon! I plan on putting a few of the stops into posts of their own, but for is a drive by idea of our weekend!

On the first night, we just grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Savory Grain in Richmond. Their perogies filled with Vermont cheddar were to die for. and their cocktails were insanely delicious. maybe two of the best I have had in a really long time and they used so many Virginia ingredients and ciders, beers, wines and even spirits. Loved it. Go Virginia, Go;)

Saturday we woke up and left our sweet hotel, The Linden Row Inn. Edgar Allan Poe played in the gardens here when he was a boy. History nerd! Then ,before we headed on our way, and after several tries for brunch and the restaurants either being closed or packed, we headed over to Shockoe bottom and the Urban Farmhouse. I love the structure of this place and the ambiance. Usually I am a big fan of their food, but my french toast was nothing to write home about(but apparently enough to write down here, huh) but their mimosas are yum and for whatever reason, the ice makes it better. Normally I would frown upon ice in my mimosa, not here!

Then we got on the road and made the decision that no matter where we ended up, we would find it off the beaten path and not take 95 on the way to Boston. First up was  a Vineyard we spotted in the Northern Neck area of Virgina, Oak Crest. We loved one of their red blends and after grabbing a glass and a bottle for later, back on the road we were. making a quick pit stop in Colonial Beach and this house (the blue and yellow one) which was where Alexander Graham Bell once lived! It is now a bed and breakfast. 

At this point, we made Annapolis our destination and continued on 301/50 and after I screamed that I saw a Carvel, we made a pit stop for a cone and in less than half an hour, we were in Annapolis. Which is one of the most beautiful capital cites you can imagine. And as much as we wanted to stay the night, there was a famous croquet match that takes place between the Naval Academy and nearby St. Johns...and after two hours of dealing with the rudest and drunkest people I have ever dealt with outside of a frat party, we left and headed elsewhere. 

Here is where I can happily say how this turned into an amazing adventure and I may have found my new favorite town! We ended up in Easton, MD and to be as small as it is, the shops and restaurants and the arts in general are incredible. We had fantastic dinner and drinks again. this time at Docs, thanks to the recommendations of Miss Kristin! We stayed at the sweetest hotel, The Tidewater Inn. The porch was enough to lure me in and I was completely done in by the fan in the room. More hotels should do this!

And wow, that was just Saturday and this has become entirely too long to also post about Sunday, so I will finish it off tomorrow. How was your weekend? Any special plans?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pollen...Get To Going

Being as how Raleigh is coined the "City of Oaks" and all, pollen is a familiar foe to most of us that live here.  For me, it is usually in the form of a lovely greenish yellow covering on my car and the ground for a good few months. For others, it is the sign that breathing is very much a privilege and not always a right. And that just ain't... right.

I haven't had allergies(other than food) for over 25 years. This past week my body determined that I had been breathing easy for far too long and set out to remedy this. The symptoms came out of nowhere and, at first, I thought I was getting sick. I was coughing a weird cough but no other symptoms and then when I woke up on Tuesday, my throat felt like I had swallowed battery acid. The last time I remembered that excruciating of  pain was when I had my tonsils removed.  I headed straight for the doctor and a few minutes in they mention how swollen my tonsils were...

This is where I remind you about how I said I already had my tonsils out... I looked at the doctor and told her that we had a bigger problem than my throat as I didn't realize regeneration was a possibility. She did a double take and looked again. At this point I wanted my other doctor. You know, the one who has some semblance of what tonsils look like. But I digress...

It was determined my allergies are back and with a vengeance. Eff that. I have spent all winter wishing it away for the glorious blue skies and flowers blooming everywhere. Luckily, other than my throat and an intermittent hacking cough, mine was a mild case. Let me take this moment to grieve with all of you that are severe allergy sufferers. How do you guys even deal with it? I honestly pity you. 

So this week my confessions are to hating pollen and allergies. But, not Spring. I love everything about spring and I can't imagine having to fear it. So rather than complaining about my short lived plight...I am going to  offer virtual hugs to those of you that are completely done in by the layer of green, dust death. I would invite you to visit me, but you won't be safe until June. No wonder so many of you crave the rain showers. I get it now. I really get it! and I am so sorry! I have a new appreciation for those of you who suffer for months.