Sunday, March 24, 2019

What Have We Been Up to The Last Month?

This is going to be a different post!  Instead of writing about one particular dinner, I compiled a few fun dinners I have made with family and friends over the last month. Ironically, the last post I published was exactly one month ago...so it's sort of fitting to summarize everything I've been making these last few weeks! Also - sorry for the hiatus!


Since my last post, we've celebrated St Patrick's Day,  the first day of Spring, lots of friends' birthdays, and we are now gearing up for Easter. Yesterday I put out a few Easter decorations and I officially got rid of all holiday/winter decorations. Let me tell you, that felt GOOD.

We have also been busy setting Cal up in his new daycare. He started preschool last week, so this is the first time the three boys have been at the same school. The adjustment has been a little rough, but we are working through it. Caden and Conor had the same difficulty with drop-offs as Cal is having. Although Cal has been fabulous during the day, he is really sad when I leave in the morning. He has great days and the teachers told me he knows all his letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. I am not bragging - it's just how all my kids have been. Everyone has their strengths....and along with strengths come the challenges...amiright?  My boys have all struggled with speech, transitions, and have had some social/emotional challenges too.  If I am going to talk about how great and smart they are - we have to also be honest and share some challenges. That is where I have a personally distaste for social media. Everyone is SO quick to share pics of the happy moments and perfect pics (I definitely am guilty of this as well) - but in reality, we all go through some hard times. I for one have definitely struggled with parenting and work and life in general.

*PSA* - please - for those who are having a hard time - don't be fooled by social media. No one is perfect, no one has the easiest life, and no one is cruising through life without any issues. You are not alone and you are certainly not failing! Keep up the great work and keep doing a fantastic job. Your kids are so lucky to have you, so keep pushing through. You are killin it!!

1. NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY!!

Now for the fun stuff!  My friends and I got together for National Margarita Day last month and boy was it fun. Here is a quick recap.  We made an amazing non-healthy dinner and it was delicious! Don't forget about the margaritas! We used our favorite tequila, GHOST TEQUILA, which is a little spicy and awesome.



We roasted broccoli and asparagus and diced up the the chicken breast and soaked in egg wash to dip in flour to bread it.



We added the roasted veggies to the chicken/pasta/sauce concoction. We made a pesto cream sauce and it was delicious!

 

The boys were having as much fun as we were!


 We were checking out the portrait mode of Katie's phone haha here I am!




2. COUSIN OYSTER NIGHT!

My cousin John just completed training for his job and came back to Boston so naturally we celebrated him being home -- and his birthday!  My cousins Jessie and Jenny (his sisters), Jenny's husband Nick, their kids, and John and Taylor and my parents stopped by for a little Welcome Home party! With that, Jenny and Nick brought their oysters and we had some fun Lord Hobo IPAs.

The kiddos made their own pizzas and played Wii. I think they liked it!











3. SNOW DAY!!

We had a snow day a few weeks ago and spent the day at my friend Julie's house with her two boys Brayden and Tyler. Brayden was born in between the twins and Cal - and then Tyler is four months younger then Cal. Needless to say, the boys are all so close!






Working on my next post of a wine tasting I had at my house last night. It was so impromptu and FUN!  All for now!

xo,
Shaz


Saturday, February 23, 2019

NY Strip Steaks and 3 Country Bistro - Woburn Center

A few days after Valentine's Day, I decided to make a nice steak dinner for Jim and I.  Jim had a late work call that Thursday night (Valentine's Day) so we postponed our dinner a few days.


I chose two of the NY strip steaks from the ButcherBox delivery and made a side of broccoli with onions and roasted them in the oven.


I seared the steaks on the stove top and then put them in the oven with the veggies.


I then made a creamy Israeli couscous with a "gravy" made for the steaks. I basically used the au jus and added a bit of flour to thicken. It was a little thicker than I wanted it to be, but it was good and added flavor.


We of course paired it with a nice bottle of cab and watched Madmen. It was the best night.




In other news, we just wrapped up "school vacation" week.  Conor and Caden's morning preschool was closed, so they went to their afternoon school all day so Jim and I could go to work. Cal's school was closed, but Jim's Dad came up from the Cape and watched him a few days and my mom watched him a day too. It worked out great.




Since Tom was here, we asked if we could go out to dinner while he stay home with the sleeping beauties. We decided to grab a bottle of Stags Leap Petite Sirah and went to 3 Country Bistro in Woburn Center. They have a BYOB -  no corkage fee! It is such a hole in the wall, they don't even have a website. We usually just do takeout but it was nice to get out for a night. I got the Bibimbap and Jim got a few sushi rolls. It was honestly the BEST dinner out we have had in a long time...



Caught! ;)

And when we got home, here they were!
 

This is how I am going to enjoy the rest of my weekend! :)


All for now!
xo,
Shaz

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

President's Day Weekend in Cape Cod!


How was everyone’s President’s Day weekend?! We went to Cape Cod on Friday – and headed straight to our “Little House”. The boys love it there, and they love visiting Jim’s parents. We arrived about noon time and they immediately started playing with their toys and on their bunk beds in their room. We brought their amazon fires aka “ipads” and just relaxed. We also played outside and made a few stops at Craigville Beach. Such a great weekend!



We waited for Jim to arrive about 6PM. He took the Plymouth Brockton bus from Boston. I packed the boys scooters and they went up and down the walkway near the ferries and boats while we waited for Jimbo.


I will say, this was by far one of our best weekends in Cape Cod. The boys were SO well behaved. They slept great and got along great. No one was sick and it really went smoothly. Maybe it’s because they are all sleeping in the same room at our house, so when they get down the Cape they aren’t going to be as silly and fun at bedtime? I don’t know. I’m not going to psychoanalyze it, but I am thrilled.


Here are a couple fun shots of us playing around our house and at Jim’s parents house.




Gi Gi and Cal having some pretend ice cream.




Here are a few pics outside. These were really cute! It was kind of mild down the Cape prior to the snow, so it was nice to get outside and play. They have their own bikes down there too, so they were having a blast.







 We took the boys swimming at the YMCA in Barnstable. It was PACKED.



And here’s a few from when we stopped at the beach. They loved it. They pretty much wanted to go swimming in the ocean – which is why we brought them to the Y to go swimming.





2016 post: Check out this Presidents Day Weekend post from 2016. Chrissy and I took the boys to Jump on In in Woburn - but I was too pregnant to do anything. And it's crazy to see the boys bedroom like that since it's changed so much!  Then and NOW. 




All for now! Enjoy the short week!

xo,
Shaz