Cake, beer, doughnuts and ice cream

Hello friends!

It’s Friday, thank goodness!  The first week back after an awesome vacation is always the worst, and I am so glad it’s almost over.. just a few more hours.

Last night Anya and my sissy came over for dinner. I made an awesome Chipotle Chicken Salad:

I found the recipe here. I think that it could use a little bit of taco seasoning, and I think I put in too many onions. But other than that it was very good.

Let’s see where did we leave off yesterday… oh ya.. The day after the crazy clouds it was about 102 degrees.  We lasted about an hour on the beach before we could not handle the heat and decided to spend the day indoors.  Erik and his dad went to find a bar to watch the Germany/Italy soccer match, while his mom and I put together Aunt Sue’s new kitchen island

We laughed so hard I almost peed my pants through most of this adventure. I will spare you the details.

On Friday Aunt Sue came up to the lake with Quinn and Audrey.

and later in the day Katie came up to the lake with Paddy, Declan and Molly. I am not quite sure where all my pictures of the Foy kids went but I stole this one from Katie’s facebook page because they are just too cute not to share

Katie and I went Walmart to get some food for the night….

yup, beer, doughnuts, a Dora cake, ice cream, and bread :) haha.

We had a birthday party for Aunt Sue

That cake was amazing in case you were wondering.

Well I hope everyone has a great weekend :) We are supposed to go to Pups in the Park at Nationals Stadium… but it looks like its going to be around 104 degrees so we might have to skip it :-/

Lake Fun

Hello friends!

Happy belated 4th of July! We had a nice and relaxing day yesterday, so I wanted to stay away from the computer :).  We slept in (duh), then headed to the gym for the first time in what seems like a month and had an awesome work out.  Then we headed over to my momma’s house for some lunch

a quick nap

and a little swim :)

It was awesome.  Earlier in the week, we made plans to go see the fireworks with Lauren and David, but it was so unbearably hot yesterday that we decided to skip out on the fireworks.  Instead my mom, sister, Kody, Erik and I went to the movies and saw the new Spiderman movie.  It was actually really good. Andrew Garfield is a FAR better Peter Parker than Tobey Maguire.

Annnnyyyway, here are some more pictures from our vacation :) The day after the wedding we went to brunch with some friends from the wedding

most delish mushroom, egg omelet :)

Then we headed to the airport to pick up Erik’s parents so we could head to Elmhurst to see the rest of Erik’s family.  All the cousins came over to Aunt Sue’s house (we didn’t get a picture), and we ate pizza and played with the kiddos.  The following day Erik and I headed over to his cousin Matt’s house to and we got to hang out with this little man

Connor is the cuuutest :) We went to the park and played a little before we went back to Elmhurst the next afternoon to pick up Erik’s parents and head to Lake Geneva!!!

Get ready for photo bombardment!

I spent a lot of time here…. :)

Erik and his dad played a lot of “Redneck Golf”

Then on Thursday we went down to the lake to get the boat ready so Erik could go wakeboarding.. and we saw the most ominous clouds I have ever seen in my life!  These were the same storm clouds that caused all the crazy destruction here back home.

the lake was empty for about an hour

Then the clouds went away without a drop of rain and we got to go out on the boat.

He had fun and we had fun watching him.

I will save the rest of my pictures for tomorrow :)

What did you all do for the fourth of July? See any fireworks? We didn’t…oopps


Philippe and Oriana’s Wedding

Hello friends!

We finally have power back at our house! Woot. We spent all of Sunday and Sunday night at my mom’s house, but now we are back home, and it feels amazing to sleep in our own bed!

As I promised yesterday here are the pictures from the awesome vintage themed wedding of Philippe and Oriana!

We took a few pics in our room.


Luke took a million pics of me and Erik

My awesome shoesssssss

Philippe and his momma :)

The beautiful bride 😉

Let’s go drink!

I got the veggie option for dinner

I am sad I didn’t take pictures of the rest of the courses it was awesome.  We had such a great time and we were so glad we could go to Chicago and celebrate with them!

We love you guys!


Chicago Day 1 & 2

Hello friends!

Sorry I was MIA all last week. We were on VACATION!!! We went to Chicago for a few days last week before heading up to Lake Geneva, WI. I will recap our trip in a few posts because I have a ton of pictures.

We arrived in Chicago on Friday and checked into our hotel.  We waited around for a couple of hours until Warren and ALLIE got off work.  Allie and I met through our blogs and we started planning our meet up as soon as I found out I was going to be in Chicago. I had suggested we meet up for pizza since we both loooooove the stuff, so Allie suggested we go to Lou Malnati’s.  O.M.G this place was amazing! I am so happy she took me here.  We had to wait around for a while before our pizza arrived at our table, but I swear we chatted like two people who have known eat other their whole lives.  :) It was so easy to talk to her and I am so very happy to have made such an amazing a new friend :)

I am sad we only took one picture, but at least it was a good one :) Maybe I can convince her to come visit us in DC sometime soon!?

After dinner, Allie dropped me off at Warren’s apartment and we got to sit out on his sweet balcony and have a few drinks.  Afterwards he took us over to an awesome beer garden were him and Erik took shots.. I am not a fan of shots AT ALL, no thanks I will just take the pictures :)

After promising Warren for what 4-5 years that we were going to come and visit him we actually did :) Another thing knocked off of my 101 list!

The next morning Erik and I went to The Grand Lux Cafe for brunch before we started getting ready for Philippe and Oriana’s wedding!!!

There was quite a show outside of the restaurant,

Erik got the French Toast, how good does that look?

and I had scrambled eggs, hash browns and bacon, duhhhh so good!

it was so delish :) After brunch Erik and I walked around downtown Chicago

That night we geared up for Philippe and Oriana’s wedding.. more on that tomorrow :)

Have a great day!


Still melting

Hello friends!

It is still a million degrees around my neck of the woods, and I am doing by best to stay in the AC!  Sorry for talking about the weather all the time, but when it is this hot I am so uninspired to do anything cooking or working out related. I cannot function as a human being when it is 100+ degrees. More power to those of you who can.

I have also been wanting to keep my meals light, but that hasn’t happened because we don’t have any food in our house (we are trying to clean out the fridge).  All I have wanted to eat this week has been fruit, it is so light and cold.. mmm so good.

Am I the only one that craves fruit when the weather gets hot?

The one thing that I did see yesterday that blew my mind was this little baby car

ah it was so freaking cute. Don’t worry I took this picture at an excruciatingly long light.

I promise I will start cooking again :) give it some time :) We have a wedding to go to this weekend so today is my Friday, woot woot :) Cannot wait to celebrate with Philippe and Oriana! :)


What are your plans for the weekend?

Too Hot!

Hello friends!

Oh my it is going to be 98 degrees today with a 1000000% humidity.. ah the joys of living in northern Va. You know it’s going to be hot when you look at the temperature at 8am and see that it is already 72 degrees outside. WHA!?

bleh. I plan on staying inside, I am so glad I am not currently training for any races because there is NO WAY I would be running outside right now. Speaking of working out.. the last few weeks we have been SUPER lazy, our bed seems to be winning the morning battles, but yesterday we were determined to get up and go to the gym :) It felt awesome.  We have decided that as long as we make it to the gym three times a week, that would be good enough for now.  Seeing as how its the summer time and we tend to be more active than in the winter months, this seems like a good compromise.

We have also been taking Ella for walks almost everyday and I think that will make up for the difference in gym appearances. I will just keep telling myself that :)

Last night for dinner we grilled up the remaining burgers from our BBQ on Saturday

Luckily we had four extra so I get to have one for lunch today, and yes those are sauteed onions you see under my burger :). Drool, I can’t wait for lunch, haha. Another thing I am really really loving this summer


We went to Costco this past weekend and I got a combo pack of flavors.. Strawberry, Tangerine (MY FAV), Lemonade, and Grape.  They have actual fruit pieces in them! Oh man so good, and so much better for me than eating gallons of Pinkberry :) or other fro-yo/ice cream.  I highly recommend trying these if you haven’t yet!

Welp that is all for me today, nothing too exciting. I hope everyone has a great day :)


How hot is it where you are?!

More weekend snapshots

Hello friends

I’m glad you all thought our food looked amazing :) I feel like other than the BBQ, this weekend was all about pizza… homemade pizza to be exact. On Friday I stopped off at Trader Joe’s and bought enough stuff to make two pizzas.

One of them we made on Friday night, grilled chicken, moz. cheese, arugula, and cherry tomatoes

It was so good.

After the BBQ on Saturday, we went to the bowling alley as a family and played three games, it was a lot of fun, we love to bowl.

my sister is a dork :) 

Then Sunday before our softball game I made the second of the weekend pizzas. Grilled chicken, moz cheese, cherry tomatoes, on a garlic and herb crust.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend, so I will leave you with the cutest puppy in the whole world :)

Have a great day!


Father’s Day BBQ

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! This was probably the best weekend we have had in a few months :) Our families are the best and I love spending time with them.

I am going to bombard you with tons of photos, I hope you are ready for it :)

Ella and her husband :) played a LOT

Cheese :)

:) Lauren :)

My beautiful mommy :)

Lauren and her dad

Diana :) sassy :)

Lauren and Anya.. beauuuutiful :)

And the amazing food

These twice baked potatoes took a LOOOONG time to make. but they were so worth it!

CAKKEEEEE from the Swiss Bakery

I love and miss you very much daddy, I wish that you could have been there to celebrate with us, but I know that you were watching us from above.

I hope everyone had a great fathers day!


What did you and your dad do yesterday/this weekend?

BBQ season

Hello friends!

ITS FRIDAY!!!!! ahh the longest week of my life is finally almost over! I cannot wait for this weekend to start :) We are having a BBQ at our house tomorrow in honor of Father’s Day.  This time of year is always hard for me and my family, but we try and make the best of it.

On the menu tomorrow… Burgers

Twice Baked potatoes that Lauren is making.. yummmmmmmmmmmm

Corn on the cob :) annndddddd

this little guys I found on Pinterest.. Baked Mozz balls!


It is going to be Epic.. Hurry up Saturday!  Tonight on my way home from work I will be stopping off at Trader Joe’s to get some stuff for homemade pizza… mmmmmmmmmm.. but I can’t decide what to get to put on the pizza.. sooo I need suggestions.. ready Go!

Have a great day!


But seriously.. what should I put on our pizza tonight?

Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Hello friends :)

So last night I made another Pinterest recipe, and it was pretty good.  It wasn’t as cheesy and flavorful as I had hoped it would be, but I think with a few modifications it will be better. Here is the recipe I found on this site.

Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Serving Size: Can serve 6-8
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 med. leek white and pale green parts halved and sliced (1 cup)-OR chives are fine too
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato, or red/green pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained (OR you can just use pre-cooked and cut back on the water and cooking time)
  • good pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of seasoning salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of water (or stock)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup soy milk, non-fat milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling- NOTE: (You may find you need more cheese, BUT I use this amount to still keep the dish ‘lighter’ yet very flavorful.)
  • Optional- Crushed Red Pepper, Panko Bread crumbs for topping
  • Toppings (optional)- salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, scallions (you get the picture)
  1. Heat oil in med. saucepan over med. heat. Add leek and tomatoes (or bell peppers-or any veggies you want really); cover and cook 5 mins or until tender. Stir in quinoa and garlic, and cook, uncovered, 3-4 mins, or until grains start to turn opaque.  (They will not fully be cooked yet.)
  2. Add 3 cups water (or stock) and season with salt and the Seasoning Salt (I like Lawry’s or Everyday Seasoning)Cover and reduce heat to med-low and simmer 15-20 mins or more, (depends and also what kind of quinoa you use) or until most liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 mins.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13×9 inch dish with cooking spray. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese (if you feel you need more cheese, add here.) Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt. (Will seem a little “soupy”, do not worry, it will all mold together.)
  4. Transfer to prepared baking dish and if using Panko Crumbs or Bread crumbs, add now.You can also sprinkle a bit more cheese on now if you prefer for topping. Bake 25-35 mins, (or until browned around edges.) 
  5. Now you can toss with many toppings, some ideas: salsa, scallions, sour cream,  and hot sauce!  I serve with a side of steamed broccoli or a salad and a nice slice of good hearty bread.
 Divided into 6 servings:  339 Calories per serving.
So modifications, I really think it needs more cheese, I know it won’t be as healthy, but it needs something.  We put a ton of hot sauce on top after it was done cooking, so good. Actually I think the suggesting toppings would have completed the dish, ie, sour cream, scallions, or salsa.  I think its a clever way to trick kids into eating veggies, you can add some shredded carrots in there (I used broccoli as my veggie of choice). Next time I think I will nix the broccoli and add some carrots, diced tomatoes and sauteed onions.
Going backwards in my day yesterday, I had a “preschool” lunch, chicken nuggets, and french fries from home. It was awesome.
Also yesterday I completed another one of my prints for Patti :). She is going to give it to her dad for Father’s day.
I am so happy with the new “H” I found at UVa. Ah its sooooo good! It is now framed and ready to go!
Sorry this post was sort of all over the place, I am kinda scatter brained today :)
I hope everyone has a great day!
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