Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Roundup!

We had a fun family weekend! Jim and I finally watched Django Unchained on Friday night, got about 6 inches of snow on Saturday so I cooked a bit, and Sunday we walked around Eastern Market and enjoyed a mimosa and bloody mary while the boys had their lunch. Overall, successful weekend.

We went grocery shopping on Friday and put the boys in shopping carts for the first time (at a grocery store). We typically use peapod pickup service for our groceries, so I don't have to go in and push/pull two carts throughout the store. I do, however, often walk over to the store to grab a few items...but never a full order. I am not ready to tackle that alone.

Woke up Saturday feelin fantastic! The boys had colds a couple days ago and are now getting over them and feeling themselves. Happy boys = happy mama.

They are outgrowing so many of their clothes...most recently their 9 month clothes which makes me so these Cape Cod sweatshirts, but that's ok. Summer is around the corner and we can hit up Cuffy's for some new stuff! Can't wait for summer on the Cape with these two. It's going to be nuts.

I mean...just look at Caden. He is climbing in and on everything. We have one of those toy walkers and instead of walking with it, he tries climbing it. He is braver than I ever was!

On Saturday I made some shrimp po boys! Don't know what that is?? I didn't either - so I looked it up. A po' boy (also po-boy, po boy, or poor boy) is a traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. It almost always consists of meat, usually roast beef, or fried seafood, or sometimes chicken or ham. The meat is served on baguette-like New Orleans French bread, known for its crisp crust and fluffy center.

The recipe and ingredients were from Blue Apron, and they always provide some sort of informational tip. So here's what they included this weekend about mustard / mustard seed type mustard:

"Made from the seeds of the mustard plant, this ubiquitous condiment is also, historically, one of the oldest. Recipes for sauces resembling the mustard we recognize today date as far back as the 4th Century, when they were used to glaze wild boar. And though we don't have any plans to put boar on the menu, mustard goes well with just about anything. The word itself is derived from two Latin words. "Must" comes from the Latin "mustum," the first juice pressed from wine grapes. The "-ard" comes from "ardens," meaning fiery or hot. The first mustards were a simple combination of "must" and ground mustard seeds, infusing the juice with the signature, slightly spicy flavor. The whole grain mustard we use is a combination of whole yellow and brown mustard seeds, blended with white wine and vinegar."

My mom and I have been doing a fun daily activity where each day we choose three words and I look up the Spanish translation and she looks up the French translation. So I am all about word origins -- I loved that this recipe included the Latin words. Very cool!


  • 8 Ounces Shrimp
  • 2 Sandwich Rolls
  • ⅓ Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Head Butter Lettuce
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Large Bunch Parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons Whole Grain Dijon Mustard 
  • 2 Tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 1 Tablespoon Po' Boy Spice Blend (Sweet Paprika, Celery Seeds, Dried Parsley, Ground Mustard, Cornstarch, Blue Apron Cajun Spice Blend)

I basically mixed the relish, mustard and mayo together for a spread on the bread. I also toasted the buns and marinated the shrimp in the "po boy spice blend". I also cleaned off the lettuce and placed some of that on the bun with apple slices. 

Once the bread was toasted and the shrimp was done cooking (maybe 5-7 minutes total), we were able to dig in! It was real simple - a delicious homemade lunch...something different!I of course had a couple of sous chefs which was fun.  Keep stirrin boys!!

We had strawberries, blueberries and yogurt for lunch. YUM!

We hope everyone has a great week!! Stay warm up in MA. The spring will be here before you know it!

Shaz, Caden and Conor

PS Flashback photo!! The Cape sure is going to be different than last summer! ;) 
Look at their socks. haha I love it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Where it all began....

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I wanted to dedicate this blog post to my husband and partner in crime.  Here's to you JIMBO!

I feel in order to appreciate the incredible relationship we have, it is important to remember where we have come -- whether we have gone through monumental life events, trips to Cape Cod or the occasional fun nights out.  We have been through so much since June 2002 and I must say we have also grown so much. The best part about everything is that we have grown so much together

I did my best to put things in order. Here goes...

2002 Junior Prom pic

Our high school senior pictures together in 2003

We made the newspaper for our HS graduation in 2003

Fun nights out in college...this was maybe 2005/2006

Upside down margaritas since 2007...annual Fourth of July celebrations (although this was 2011)

Playa del Rey livin in summer 2009

Killin it at the SHACK doing karaoke in 2009

Napa trip /  wine tasting in the fall of 2009

Bought our first condo in LA in Dec 2009...with massive potted plants!

Dominating the beer pong table days before our wedding in the cape, 2010

Got married, July 2010

Honeymoonin in Maui, August 2010

Home for Christmas in 2010

The couple that shares scorpion bowls together, stays together....

Rescued our doggie Zeta...Here we are Christmas Day, 2010 in Malibu

Bought our Cape house in June 2011

Celebrated our first wedding anniversary in Martha's Vineyard, July 2011

Countless Thanksgivings we are in 2011

Vacation to the DR in 2012

Rockin the ice luge in LA in 2012

Visited Ireland (Cliffs of Moher) in 2012

Valentine's Day 2013 - the "love mud run" 5k in Temecula, CA

Shaz graduating from grad school at Pepperdine, April 2013

SURPRISE!!!!! It's twins!! September 2013

I can't believe we have celebrated 12 NYEs together. Here we are NYE 2013, 4.5 months prego!

Celebrating Jim graduating from law school..Marina del Rey, January 2014

The most life-changing event thus far, welcoming Conor James and Caden Francis, May 2014

How we now spend the annual Fourth of July festivities.... :)

We are just living the dream with each other and these two baby boys. We are so blessed and I honestly could not have asked for a better father for my children or partner in life. Happy Valentine's Day, Jim!

Shaz, Caden and Conor

Monday, February 9, 2015

9 months in..9 months out!

Conor and Caden turned 9 months old on Friday!! Here they are 9 months in this world....

And 9 months in my belly (38 weeks)...

To celebrate their 9 months, Daddy brought them to see Mommy at work! They were a huge hit. They definitely know how to put a smile on everyone's face...especially on a Friday afternoon. What better way to pass the time than snuggle with two cutie baby boys.

We then spent Saturday afternoon at the Chocolate Festival in Fairfax, VA. We ironically found no chocolate because the lines were too long. Instead, we found a fun place for lunch and hung out in the warmth inside.

Conor loving lunch:

Where's Caden???

I love Conor's reflection here. :)

Happiest baby B!!

They love playing together....I don't know what I would do if I only had one baby. They are the best playmates, friends and brothers. So lucky!

After the chocolate festival on Saturday, we drove over pick up some wine from Total Wine & More...our first family trip to the liquor store. Haha. It was surprisingly very eventful. Everyone loved the boys and we even had a free wine tasting...a tour of Tuscany! We had a blast. After that, we drove over to see Auntie Joyce and Uncle Dennis for a couple hours.

It was 61 degrees on Sunday in Washington, was also something like 13 degrees on Thursday, so we have our fair share of cold too (no snow though, yay!). So we decided to drive into the city. We visited the Natural History museum and found this huge elephant...and then went for a run with the boys. Gorgeous day.

Our 9 month appointment is on Thursday...can't wait to see how much we weigh! In the meantime, here are our latest YouTube videos!!

Til next time...