Food & Drink

WATER CHALLENGE

I am really really trying to kick my diet soda habit. I was going strong for a few weeks there but unfortunately I recently fell off the wagon! I am hoping my new very stylish bkr waterbottle helps me get back on track again!  The bottle is 500 mls and my goal is to drink 6 bottles a day which equals to 3 liters. Yup that’s a whole lot of water! The plan is to drink 1 bottle in the morning during my commute to work, then 1 more before lunchtime, 2 before 3:00 pm and the last two in the evening. Wow this should be interesting, I hope I can keep up!

Food & Drink

TAKE A BITE

Okay so I am not sure what happened to the month of September and here we are half way into October already! We have been having some pretty amazing weather this Fall here in the New England area and a few weeks  ago I was able to spend some time with my friend Melissa along with her two sweet boys to carry on our apple picking tradition at Silverman’s Farm.

Here’s a look back on the day and of course with apple picking comes apple pie making. I am sharing my Mom’s delicious pie recipe. I do cheat on the crust (sorry) by purchasing store made pie crust…this makes the recipe super easy to make!

 Ingredients
6 or 7 tart apples (I prefer McIntosh apples)

3/4 to 1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

dash nutmeg

pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie

2 tablespoons butter

Pare apples and slice thin. Combine sugar, flour, spices; mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry, fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Adjust top crust; sprinkle with sugar for sparkle. Bake in hot oven (400 degrees) 50 minutes.

ENJOY!

Life

A NEW TYPE OF WEATHER IS COMING

Over the weekend my cousin got married. The location was set on a beautiful lake and vows were exchanged with the sun setting in the background, it was truly a lovely sight. And as my new cousin said his vows which were so beautifully written he spoke about their special day happening at the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It was such a sweet comparison to what they are going through, change of the season and weather as well as a change in their relationship. Living in New England you never know what the weather is going to be like, it hailed in April on my brother’s wedding, it was warm and sunny in October on my sister’s wedding and it was super hot in August on my wedding day but then poured like crazy in the evening, thank goodness my husband and I decided to go with a tent at the very last-minute!

 

Thank you summer for being so sweet and special to me. And here’s to a new type of weather headed for New England. Bring on the jackets, boots, fall tv, apple pie making, pumpkin picking and cozy hoodiesl…I am ready for it all!

 

Travel & Places

A QUICK TRIP TO THE CITY

My parent’s were kind of enough to watch my son for the day so off my husband and I went alone to the city. We had a nice lunch at Rare, which is a great bar and grill spot with a rooftop garden. It was my first time eating at Rare and I recommend the reuben frickle…definitely a different but fun starter and of course my burger was delicious. Afterwards we took advantage of the beautiful weather and walked the city for a bit. As much as I love the Summer, the 70 degree weather with zero humidity was so nice and reminded me that it’s time to think about back to “work” shopping for the Fall season!

We ended the afternoon with few more adult beverages and walked through the Grand Central Market before hopping back on the train to Connecticut.

It was an easy day and a nice way to clear the mind for a few hours especially by ending the night with a red velvet cupcake and a piece of chocolate mousse cake from Zaro’s Bakery right out of the plastic container. Classy!

 

 

Art & Inspiration

FAMILY PHOTOS

It’s wild to think that a year has gone by since the birth of my son Landon. It has been such a special year for my husband and I filled with a lot of firsts. I will not go on and on about the crazy love that happens when you have a baby but let it be known it’s real and so amazing.

When I found out that I was pregnant I wanted to document my pregnancy through photography. This was a challenge considering I have zero photography skills (my photography class from high school and college certainly do not count) or a decent camera to shoot with. In addition to the monthly profile picture in the same place in my bedroom that I had my husband take to show my growing bump I decided to turn to a professional and what I found was an amazing woman with a huge amount of talent.

©2013 Alex Christine Photography | www.alex-christine.com©2013 Alex Christine Photography | www.alex-christine.com©2013 Alex Christine Photography | www.alex-christine.com©2014 Alex Christine Photography | www.alex-christine.com

all photos by alex-christine photographyNot only did Alex capture a wonderful moment in time during my pregnancy but I am grateful to also have beautiful images from when Landon was one week, six months and one year.

Side note…my husband and I have since purchased a camera but until I take a class on how to use the camera without using the auto button, my amateur pictures are here to stay or there is always Alex Christine Photography!

Life

CHANGE

Change can be a scary thing. For someone like me who loves a good to do list, spread sheet and an itinerary of what’s next, change can be a big task to tackle. And as cliché as it sounds change can only happen if one wants it and if one goes after it. So here’s to all who deserves a little shake up in their lives. It’s time for some new goals and change as we head into the unofficial end of Summer weekend!