Category: Fun Stuff
Friday, July 25
Happy Friday! I survived our first full week of summer at home. Yay! My strategy is to work a bit each day and then plan one fun thing to go out and do with the kids each day (even if it’s just a stop at the library or sprinklers in the yard). One of our fun activities this week was watching Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. I can’t even tell you how excited I was when it came onto Netflix service recently. The kids totally loved it! I especially love how nervous Cate would get during the suspenseful scenes, it was crazy cute. Also, I can’t believe how much of that movie I still have memorized. Kinda scary.
Here are links to all my other stuff on the web this week!
- What To Do With Your Summer Tomato Harvest
- 3 Kids, a Mom, & a Kitchen: Jake’s Buried Treasure Banana Pudding
- 14 Delicious Desserts You Can Make on the Stove
- 20 Recipes That Will Make Zucchini Your Favorite Summer Food
- 16 Slushy Drinks That’ll Keep You Cool All Summer
Your turn to share whatever you want! Blog posts, fantastic finds, summer activity ideas, it’s all fair game!
Tuesday, July 22
My parents recently moved to northern New Jersey, very close to the New York border. It is absolutely beautiful where they live, complete with rolling green hills as far as the eye can see. This is the third summer that we’ve visited them at their new home but the first summer that we made two really great discoveries – Dairy Swirl in Vernon, New Jersey and the little town of Warwick, New York.
First, let’s talk ice cream. Dairy Swirl is literally five minutes from my parents’ home but, for some reason, we never went until this year. And that is a crime because it is awesome. They serve homemade ice cream in all kinds of wonderful flavors that are creative but make total sense. You know, nothing crazy, just all completely wonderful combinations of ingredients. And just outside the shop there are these giant rocks embedded in the side of the hill that are perfect for sliding. The kids could have stayed there all day. If you’re ever in northern New Jersey near Vernon, be sure to stop in!
After you hit the Dairy Swirl, keep driving north about 30 minutes to the town of Warwick, NY. Again, I don’t know why we never ventured to Warwick before but I’m so glad that we did! The town is adorable, with lots of little shops and restaurants, a cute town green where they play live music on the weekends, farmstands and more. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the fall when the leaves are aflame!
My dad and I spent a few hours in Warwick with all three kids, so we kept the visit simple: lunch, dessert and a visit to the local bookstore. After lunch at Eddie’s Roadhouse (the filet sliders were awesome, the ribeye steak was just okay according to my dad), we hopped over to Corbett’s Cookie Bar Kitchen, where we had a really fun chat with the owners. They’ve been open about a year and only serve cookie bars. I love talking to small business owners who are so passionate about what they do – I really admire them because I am too chicken to do anything like that! The carmelita was our favorite flavor – it was like taking a big bite out of the best cookie dough. And the Mexican brownie was my other favorite. One bar is enough for 2-3 people, by the way, so pace yourself!
After stuffing ourselves silly, we took the kids to Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe. This bookstore is tiny and like a maze of book shelves, which I love. The kids’ section is tucked in a back corner and the kids and I spent a lot of time back there. Basically, we loved it.
Quick side note: another 10 minutes north there is an even smaller town called Sugar Loaf that also has some really cute shops, where you can buy things like handmade candles and soaps.
So, this fall when you east coasters are wondering where you should take a drive to enjoy the leaves, head over to the Warwick Valley. You can’t go wrong! (For that matter it was perfectly fun in the summer, too!)
Friday, July 18
Hello, everyone! So, I really took a break from the blog this week…I don’t know the last time I did that! It’s just that we were too busy doing things like this…
But the party ends today…we’re flying home this afternoon! We’ve been gone almost a month and, as absolutely wonderful as our trip has been, it will be nice to sleep in our own beds tonight. That is if we survive the flight…wish me luck flying alone with 3 kids!
Here are my food posts elsewhere on the web this week!
- On Babble: Healthy Morning Milkshakes!
- On Cosmo: 17 Shrimp Dishes You Should Make All Summer
- On Cosmo: 11 Fun Things You Can Make with an Ice Tray
- On Cosmo: 8 Fabulous Fondue Recipes
Your turn for show and tell – share whatever you want!
Friday, July 11
Happy Friday! Just a few fun links today and then I’ll be out of your hair! As always, please share your own stuff in the comments, too! I love seeing what you’re up to/what caught your eye during the week/all of it!
Okay, so I really loved writing my Babble post about making fondue with kids this week. We put it all together with our extended family here in New Jersey and had a blast! The cooking was fun, the eating was fun and everything tasted wonderful. Plus, there are lots of cute photos and two great recipes in the post. So, you know, be sure to check it all out!
And here are some fun posts on Cosmo this week!
Friday, July 4
Right now I’m visiting my parents in New Jersey. My brother and his wife had TONS of fresh basil from their garden, so they decided to try drying it in my mom’s old food dehydrator.
Drying the basil was easy and very hands off, BUT here are a few things we learned:
- A LOT of fresh basil makes just a LITTLE dried basil. The basil you see in the photos is all the dried basil we got from 8 large trays of fresh basil.
- It takes a looooooong time for the basil to get completely dry. We followed the instructions and cooked the basil at 105ºF. The dehydrator was running for about TWO days. It’s an old deyhdrator, so maybe a new one would be different, but holy smokes it took forever!
- If you already have a food dehydrator or know someone who has one, it’s definitely worth drying basil if you have a whole bunch because it’s so easy. However, if you’re only planning to make dried basil with your dehydrator, it’s definitely not worth buying one. At least that’s what we think!
Here are my posts on Cosmo this week!
Show and tell! Feel free to share whatever you like!
Thursday, July 3
As you know from my non-existent weekly menus, we are on a multi-week trip visiting our family in the Northeast! We started our trip in New Hampshire and I wanted to share a little of the fun we had in that beautiful place.
To start, well, you know, when in Rome…
Pat, my mother-in-law, got a good deal on a ONE GALLON JUG of maple syrup so she had to buy it. I just wish I could take some on the plane with me! Owen was hilarious when we took pictures of him with the bottle (don’t worry, he had a diaper on!), but when we actually let him stick a straw in the bottle to drink, he refused. Shocking, I tell you.
For dinner one night we visited Kimball Farm in Jaffrey, NH and thoroughly gorged ourselves. For you New Englanders out there you’ve probably been to Kimball’s already and know just how yummy it is. We ordered quite the assortment of food, including to-die-for fish and chips, lobster roll, clam chowder, and onion nuggets. And, of course, NO salad.
We ended the night with Kimball’s homemade ice cream. See that there cone? That is the smallest size you can order. For a little perspective, that is a giant waffle cone being held by Nate. Ice cream insanity!
Another day we returned to Hillsborough Center to show Nate how beautifully magical this little village is. And to give Cate a chance to properly leap over puddles.
On a side note, we are loving the Highlander Hybrid that Toyota lent to us for the trip. It’s sooooo nice having a big car that gets almost 30 miles to the gallon, especially since we’ve already driven almost 1,000 miles! Plus, it’s just a really nice car. Nate’s great aunt couldn’t get over it, in fact. And it drives so quietly and smoothly. Basically, we’re taking it on the plane home with us.
Sunday, June 29
Hi, everyone! Still on vacation, still not planning a menu! We are having a great time here on the East Coast and, as usual, it’s almost shocking how green it is out here. We definitely miss all these trees. I’m going to share some of our food finds with you this week, but for today just a quick snap of sunset over Mount Monadnock.
You know the drill…please share your menu for the week! I need you to inspire one another since I’m a useless vacationer!
Friday, June 27
Happy Friday! We are having loads of fun here in New Hampshire. Well, besides the mosquitos. I could do without the mosquitos. But the views make up for it. And the fun with family, including Nate’s Ninja turtle-themed birthday party complete with GI Joes. Also, on a related note, we flew out via jetBlue and basically I love them more than ever. That’s all. They’re the best.
Here is my post for Babble this week:
And food fun on Cosmo!
- 20 Totally Crazy Rice Crispy Treat Recipes
- 10 Surprising Things to Do With Pudding
- 10 Cool Frozen Yogurt Recipes You Need This Summer
Lastly, I’m going to be sharing some yummy milk recipes on Babble in the next few weeks in support a new Disney web series called Citizen Kid, which features ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. Below is the first episode and it’s super cute. Click here to see more great stories! I’ll be sure link to my milk recipes when they go live, too!
Alright, you know the drill – share your own stuff!!!
Friday, June 20
Happy Friday! I hope everyone is having a great summer. Our summer break is off to a great start, well, if you don’t count Owen putting a bead up his nose and having to run to the doctor to get it out. At least I got to experience that parenting rite of passage, right?
Okay, so, my posts on Babble this week are really cool and you have to go check them out! I shared some of the food and drink we had at our lip sync party last week, which was delicious!
How to Create an Italian Soda Bar: For real, I LOVED this. The sodas were delicious, there were so many ways to personalize your drink and it was pretty! Also, the Italian soda bar is appealing to kids and adults alike. Such a great thing to do for parties! Be sure to click through to see how to do it.
And here are my fun food posts on Cosmo this week!
- 18 Tasty Ways to Eat Breakfast on the Go
- 10 Awesome Desserts You Can Make in the Microwave
- The 15 Best Chocolate Chip Cookies You Will Ever Eat
It’s show and tell, which means the whole class gets to participate – share your stuff!
Friday, June 13
Tonight I am hosting a Lip Sync Battle/Deaf Man’s Karaoke party at my house. Why? Because I’m crazy and I am good at convincing other people to do crazy things. It should be FUN. I can’t tell you what song I’ll be performing, but I can say it will be a lip sync. I will also be setting up a bruschetta bar and a make-your-own Italian soda bar, both of which I will write about next week. Yummy stuff. In honor of tonight, here is my favorite lip sync battle from Jimmy Fallon (although, Emma Stone’s was pretty amazing, too. Oh, and John Krasinski was hilarious. Okay, I don’t have a favorite.)
Here are my posts on Cosmo this week:
- 15 Peanut Butter Cookies You’ll Want To Eat Every Day (yesterday was National Peanut Butter Cookie Day – yep, that’s a thing, and now you have 15 recipes to celebrate with!)
- 18 Crazy Cute Funfetti Recipes
- 16 Ways to Have a Piña Colada at Every Meal
And on Babble:
Okay, everybody, sharing time! Your turn for show and tell!