Friday, July 25, 2014

Seaside causual

Shorts: American Eagle / Top: Target / Shoes: Target / Hat: Nordstrom / Clutch: TJMaxx / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Alex & Ani / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Kennebunkport is a beautiful place. Kev & I had visited once before in the winter after our wedding. Summer in Kennebunkport and winter in Kennebunkport are quite different to say the least. My appreciation for Maine has changed so much in the past few years, it is a place I wish I could visit much more, we actually were talking about how we both could live there, well, maybe when we are old.

I told you guys I was officially feeling the crop top and high waist shorts, I had been looking for some good high waist jean shorts for a while, I just couldn't seem to find them, either they were too short and my bum would hang out, or they were too long and short legs + long shorts = not a good look. I found these shorts at American Eagle, who would have thought, they are soo perfect, I bought 2 pairs, and I may go back for the maroon color.

p.s. I am totally into hats right now. Yup, I'm feeling it. It was super windy so I had to hold onto my hat for dear life, and hubby thought I looked silly, but it will grow on him whether he likes it or not.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kennebunkpot Wedding

Dress: BCBG / Earrings: BCBG / Clutch: TJMaxx / Heels: Michael Kors

We spent the weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine in mid July for a beautiful wedding for one of my closest friends from high school, and well one of my only friends from high school. We spent the weekend celebrating the lovely couple, Friday night we got to go to Tia's Topside, I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a good place with a good view in Kennebunkport. The wedding was at the breath taking Breakwater Inn. The day was perfect, the weather was impeccable, the couple was stunning and the party was so much fun. I am so happy we got to be a part of it. I highly recommend visiting Kennebukport, or Maine in general if you have never been. 

I was looking for a dress for a while, I manage to have exactly what I am looking for in my head, and then it takes me forever to find something like it. I really wanted to wear a maxi dress, I just think they are so chic at weddings, but I didn't just want to wear the typical maxi. I bought a few dresses and returned them, and then one day when I was just browsing BCBG in the Mall, I found this lovely, and had to have it. I bough the dress and earnings and couldn't wait to wear them. Below are some other snaps from instagram with my hubby, and the lovely couple. 
Cheers to the newlyweds! Love you both!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

red wine braised short ribs

OK. So are you guys ready for one of the easiest and most delicious red wine braised short rib recipes out there? It is literally two steps! Can you tell I really enjoy a hassle free recipe. I love to cook, but there are many things I enjoy much more than cooking, especially in the summer. My love for short ribs all started when I had these amazing short ribs with fresh pasta at a restaurant near my parents house called Carbone's Kitchen if you live in CT in that area its a great spot, you must try! {Side note: I am also not usually the kind to order heavy meat like that off a menu, man have I been missing out.}These short ribs were soo good, I had to try to recreate them. I finally found this recipe on Bon Appetit, and it was a slow cooker recipe none the less, your welcome. 

Keep reading to see how I made Red Wine Braised Short Ribs (in my slow cooker).
4 pounds boneless short ribs
coarse salt & cracked pepper
2 cups dry red wine
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 6 ounce package button mushrooms (or baby bellas)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, peeled
6 fresh Italian parsley sprigs
2 day leaves
1 lb homemade pappardelle pasta
fresh crusty bread

1. Sprinkle ribs with coarse salt and pepper. Please in an even layer in slow cooker. Add next 7 ingredients (red wine, tomatoes, mushrooms,onion, garlic, bay leaves, parley) cover, and cook on low heat until meat is tender, about 8 hours,

2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ribs to serving bowl, discard parsley and bay leaves. Spoon fat off the top of the sauce and pour sauce over ribs, Serve with fresh pasta & crusty bread

I mean, how good does that look. While I made fresh pappardelle pasta with ours but you could totally eat these with mash potatoes or even alone. My hubby liked these short ribs so much he was practically drinking the sauce out of the pot! I hope you enjoy these as much as he did. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

vanilla bean simple syrup

So I decided I needed a healthier alternative to my usual coffee creamer that seems to sit in the fridge for months and never go bad, how does that happen? It's milk isn't it, right? Nope no dairy? What? Anywho, the vanilla bean simple syrup I ended up making is not only good for coffee, but I used it to drizzle over angle food cake and strawberries, umm yumm. You can really make any flavor simple syrup you want, but I prefer this vanilla bean recipe for my coffee. Simple syrup is one of the easiest things to make, and is a serious kitchen staple. You can store it in a glass bottle like I did, or get one of those plastic squeeze bottles from a place like the container store. Scroll down for the easy instructions. 

1 cup sugar
1 cup water 
2 vanilla bean pods
(you can find them in most grocery stores, look in the spice section, or even better buy them fresh)
1 glass or plastic container

Step 1
pour 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water into a sauce pan over medium heat.

Step 2
stir until all the sugar dissolves

Step 3
take a knife and slice down the middle of the two vanilla pods, then using the back of your knife scrap the beans out of the pods and add them into the sauce pan. 

Step 4
stir the mixture until combine and turn off heat and let cool

Step 5 (optional)
take a cheese cloth and strain the pods and beans; you can skip this step if you want, I always add the pods back into the container instead of throwing them out and wasting them. 

Step 6
once the syrup is cool, pour into storage container, and keep until your next cup of coffee, use it with or without milk/cream.

I hope this was helpful and a super easy way to swap out something processed for something homemade. Its the small things that make the largest difference. Enjoy! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

boston farmers market

Dress & Bracelets : JCrew / Shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren / Shoes & Watch: Michael Kors / Tote: Forever 21 / Ring: Tiffanys / Phone Case: Kate Spade (on sale at Nordstrom right now) / Wallet: Cynthia Rowley

I am lucky enough to work downtown Boston, and enjoy farmers markets on a regular basis, there are a few just steps outside of my office. While I do have my garden at home, I clearly can't grow everything or enough of everything for how much my husband eats so when I get the chance to buy local from a farmers market, I do. One of my favorites at this market is Stillmans Farm. they have great produce and also a great meat selection. If you live in Boston, or the surrounding areas check them out!
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