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Live from Logan Airport – Bringing you Alpacca’s and Key Lime Pie

3 Jan

Morning everyone!

Thanks to the free WiFi here at Logan Airport I am writing to all of you before I hop on my plane back to DC. It is 13 freezing degrees outside, but I’m so toasty in here I have my uggs off my feet and on the floor.

We left off on New Years Day right before I ate dinner with Adrienne, her parents and brother. Lasagna was on the menu and it did not disappoint. I was also ecstatic that they have salad with every meal and a vegetable. WOO! That night’s was broccoliMy favorite 🙂ImageImageI went back for seconds on the salad and the broccoli 🙂 Love my veggies. 

After dinner, I had the chance to try another new food! Key Lime Pie. It’s actually Kevin’s favorite pie, but we’ve never bought it together, in fact I don’t think he’s had it in a long time, so I was excited to try it – even though I’m not a big lemon or lime person.ImageImageI actually enjoyed it! Not one of my favorites and I don’t know that I would go out of my way to buy it, but I did enjoy its taste and flavor more than I originally thought. Branching out twice in one day on the first day of the year? I’m doin pretty well 😉

After dinner Adrienne and I watched The Hunger Games, which is a series we both love. After that, we crashed out. In the morning I helped myself to some Cascadian Farms Hearty Morning Fiber Cereal which is one of my favorites!! I was so happy to see that cereal in their pantry. I topped it with half a banana, then enjoyed the other half with PB.ImageImageQuick, easy, and filling. Up next on our agenda was walking around State St downtown so I could see all the local shops and stores in Newburyport, where Adrienne spent most of her time in high school. 

Around 230ish we returned back to Adrienne’s for some lunch. I was ravenous at this point so I went for a little bit of everything.ImageImageImageImageI had half an egg bagel with 2 slices turkey and 1 slice provolone cheese. Secondly, I cut up an apple and had about half the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB you see here. I then also enjoyed a yogurt that was mango and peach! It was filling and exactly what I needed.

 

Pikka, their dog, really wanted to have some though.ImagePost feast, Adrienne’s mom took their alpacca out of the fence area and I got to meet it! I’ve never been up close and personal with one before so it was quite the experience.ImageImageImageImageAfter my little meet and greet, Adrienne and I snuggled up to watch Casino Royale. I had never seen any of the James Bond movies, I know but I haven’t seen sooo many movies, so I was excited to see what all the hype is about and had a snack on the side.ImageImageA little while after the movie, it was time for dinner! Tonight was Shepard’s Pie. Yet another food I had not tried yet! They made theirs with ground beef, potato, peas, carrots and corn. It was really filling and I definitely want to make some for myself in the future!ImageI enjoyed some salad on the side, then had a very small sliver of leftover Chocolate Pecan Pie with some homemade whipped cream.ImageAfter dinner, I checked into my flight, finished packing and was off to sleep! I’m about to board my plane so I gotta jet. Talk to you all from DC!

Until next time,

Natasha

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A New Year, A New Fruit, A Polar Plunge and An Anniversary!

1 Jan

Happy new year readers! Welcome to 2013! (I’m no fan of this odd number business, but looks like we’re stuck with it).

I hope all of you had a wonderful, and safe, evening last night and enjoyed ringing in the new year. Being up here in northern Massachusetts is pretty bone chilling, but Adrienne and I have been having a great time so far. Before I began my trip here yesterday, I packed up and took a couple photos with my parents.ImageImageImageImageAfter these quick moments, we were off to Hartford Train Station to pick up my ticket,Image then we had some time to kill so we went into the Whole Foods.ImageOnce I got traveling, I took a nap, switched buses to take me to Newburyport from Boston and snacked on some sweet potato wedges.ImageWhen Adrienne picked me up I scarfed down an apple (it was around 330) and when I walked into her house I had a PB&J with crunchy peanut butter and fig jam. YUM! We did some catching up, sipping on hot chocolate, then got ready to go to a neighborhood friend’s house for a New Years Eve partayyyy!ImageImageImageI only took a couple photos of my food at the party, but I snacked on some wheat crackers with cheese, some mini meatballs in a delicious yet simple sauce (1 jar of jelly, 1 jar of chili sauce and onions) then had salad after this plate of brisket and rice with vegetables.ImageI also enjoyed some tastes of chocolate pecan piered velvet cheesecake, and pound cake with strawberries, cool whip and melted fudge fondue. All were delicious! We then played a less appropriate game of Apples to Apples called Cards Against Humanity. What’s cool is you print it off the internet onto hard paper, cut up the cards, and play! It’s free too which is another great perk. We played with Adrienne’s parents and other adult neighbors which made it hilariously awkward at times.

Adrienne and I left the party early to come back to her house and watch the ball drop! After that, we were straight off to bed because we could barely stay awake.

The ball dropping was also the signal that today, January 1st, marks the year and a half anniversary of Kevin and my’s relationship! Unfortunately, we are spending it apart, but we are looking forward to celebrating it when we are back together in DC. Happy anniversary Kevin! 🙂IMG_0838Today, we woke up and got bagels from a local bagelry. I went with wheat and topped it with some Cinnamon Swirl PB, a banana and I tried kiwi for the first time! I really liked it 🙂ImageImageImageThen we jumped into the Atlantic ocean in nothing but our bathing suits. Absolutely freezing but really exhilarating. It’s a tradition for Adrienne and her neighborhood and although we missed the dive with everyone, Adrienne and I still got to do one together. The only rules are you have to go in with only a bathing suit and you must put your head underwater. Here’s the en route, before and after the plunge photos for your enjoyment:ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageIMG_1933I was so happy that I got to do this tradition with such a close friend. It was an incredible rush and a cool way to start my new year. Braving cold weather, 34 degrees, freezing cold water temperatures, and diving in head first no matter what. Seems like a great mentality to take into this year 🙂

After we got back and dried off, I buttoned up and went out for a 4 mile run.ImageNow it’s time for a lasagna dinner! 🙂

Happy New Years to everyone, enjoy the rest of the 1st day of the year!

Natasha

Peanut Butter Co. & An Annual Holiday Party!

22 Dec

Happy Saturday readers!

Yesterday was my big travel day from Washington DC to NYC to back home in CT. I started off my morning before the sun even came out at 530AM so I could brush my teeth, get ready, and be outside by 6AM waiting for a bus to the metro.IMG_1594 IMG_1596It was cute, since I had to carry my bear a man on the metro bus struck up a conversation with me about it. We ended up talking and he was so sweet. After the holidays he’s traveling to Japan for 8 days. He worked there back in his 20s and always wanted to go back, so he is now! It was a little inspirational to see someone following through on a dream like that and a great start to my “holiday break.”

I took the metro to my bus and met up with my brother. We departed at 7AM so I naturally slept the first hour and snacked on an apple about halfway through the trip.IMG_1597Once we got there, our parents were running late, no big surprise, so Nick and I went to a Starbucks and just chatted for about an hour catching up. While he chose a coffee, I chose a Mighty Mango Naked Smoothie. Always a good go to for me when I’m thirsty and hungry 🙂IMG_1598 IMG_1599However, I only drank half because I knew my family and I were going somewhere extra special for lunch today…IMG_1600Does this look familiar to any of you readers?

To give you a hint, after we ordered our sandwiches I also made sure to get a couple special purchases:IMG_1601Yes! That’s right! I went to the place where Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB comes from!!! 🙂 I was so excited for this little venture and it did not disappoint. There were so many interesting choices to choose from, and the dessert menu was TO DIE for, but I eventually chose The Elvis: maple syrup peanut butter, banana slices, and bacon on whole wheat bread with a big glass of skim milk to “wash it down” as they say on the menu :).IMG_1602 IMG_1603 IMG_1604Although I wasn’t sure at first if I would get the bacon, I decided to try it. I rarely have it and figured if I was ordering a sandwich called the Elvis, it wouldn’t be right sans bacon. It was delicious. I enjoyed every last bite.

The restaurant had a really classic feel to it. It was small, yet cozy with all these paintings and pictures up from the last couple generations of what peanut butter used to be advertised like. It gave you this really home-y feel and felt very classic.IMG_1605 IMG_1606 IMG_1607What was really cute is on the Potato Chip packaging the owner of the company explains when he was a kid his PB&J was served to him with carrot sticks and chips. He wasn’t allowed to eat the chips without having the carrots. He encouraged us to make sure we ate our carrots or his mom might come after us. I thought it was a great message to send out about balanced eating but in a very approachable and personal way. Peanut Butter Co. you are awesome.

Once home back in CT, I walked into my room and was so happy to see it again 🙂IMG_1609 I laid in bed until it was time to get ready for my friend’s annual holiday party. They’ve had it every year for the last 5 or 6 years and it became especially great once we all went off to college. I can always count on seeing this group of people once a year and it never fails to be a good time. I had some Shrimp and Cashewchinese food leftovers my parents had in the fridge with a simple salad on the side. I knew I would be snacking at the holiday party, so I wanted to get some good nutrients in me beforehand.IMG_1610 IMG_1611 IMG_1612I ate at our dining room table that my mom spends hours decorating each year. Our whole house becomes “Chrismafized” and there’s lots of small details throughout – like my nutcracker name holder. Once I headed out, I swung over to target to grab a gift for the present swap game. Tradition.IMG_1613While shopping, I had a couple gifts in my hand, but ultimately decided to pick a gift for a specific audience. When people get ambiguous gifts they’re either funny or traded back and forth a lot because people want something else, so I wanted to pick a gift that someone would definitely enjoy. I decided to get some Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms and bought myself a book to read over break. Perks of Being a Wallflower 🙂IMG_1614 IMG_1615I got to the party pretty much right on time, somewhat fashionably late by 15 minutes, and was drawn to Jack’s buffalo chicken dip he made. Holy wow. It was so delicious! And Haley’s boyfriend made bacon wrapped salmon which was also, amazing. It was dangerous to sit inbetween the two, but I enjoyed each bite and spaced them out. It’s always hard for me to avoid such temptation at parties, especially when everyone around me isn’t really concerned about it and enjoys what they’re having. At times during the party I found myself beating myself up for what I was eating and at those points I walked around the party and would go talk to someone different to keep me entertained and out of my own head.IMG_1616We played the present swap game, caught up on how everyone’s life is going, shared personal stories, and I was laughing hysterically for a good portion of the night. I didn’t take a picture, but in the gift swap I won The Dark Knight Rises on DVD! WOOO! Such a good gift year for me 🙂IMG_1617 IMG_1619 IMG_1622 IMG_1624 IMG_1626 IMG_1629Then it was time for dessert! I tried one of each, but my ultiamte favorite was the Red Velvet munchkins Haley and Lauren made. They were incredibleIMG_1620 IMG_1621I eventually decided I couldn’t be a prisoner to my own mind games, and just decided I would enjoy the evening, and hop back on the balance wheel tomorrow. Especially since I’m planning on moving to the other coast next year, I’m not quite sure how next years holiday will go. I’m not going crazy, but I want to be able to enjoy things and not penalize myself for it, not carry the guilt. Self control is still something I am working towards, but it will only be that much harder to achieve if I am constantly analyzing and beating myself up for certain things. I’ve gotta balance it all out.

The evening ended around 1am and it was great to stay that late, despite how tired I was. I am really looking forward to the party next year, and hopefully I can make it back for our 5 Year High School Reunion. Woah.

Until next time,

Natasha