Monday, July 16, 2018

Won't You Be My Neighbor? ♥

I'm just back from seeing this movie tonight.  Have you seen it?  If you have, you will understand why I couldn't wait to tell you about it. 
If you haven't seen it, please do so if you can.  This movie will make you believe in kindness again.  It will make you believe in the goodness in people.  And just in case there was ever any doubt in your mind, it will make you believe in LOVE.  Which, as Mr. Rogers explains, is the root of everything.
Personally, Mr. Rogers was a big part of my childhood.  I vividly remember loving him instantly and watching him every day after school.  There was something so calming and warm about him that I recognized at a very early age. ( I certainly was not alone there : )  As an adult I followed his career and happily watched him receive countless awards, so happy to see him again. He never changed. I looked to him in times of tragedy, as did many others, to seek comfort.  After 9/11 Mr. Rogers was the one that told us to "look for the helpers" and we did.
Mr. Rogers passed away in 2003 and I cried when I heard the news.  Heaven gained an angel that day, and we lost one. Thankfully his legacy lives on.  When John was very little I bought him a set of Mr. Rogers DVD's.  He watched them over and over (and over...) again.  I'm extremely happy and proud that Mr. Rogers has been a part of John's life too. To this day, John has a Mr. Rogers t-shirt that he wears quite often and I'm always surprised when I hear a classmate or friend say to him "who's that?".  What?  Are you kidding me? 
Won't You Be My Neighbor tells the story of Fred Rogers and his journey from ministry to television and his life long mission to be an advocate for children. To recognize that all children are special.  That their feelings matter and that every child should feel safe and loved.  He truly was an amazing man. 
Please go see this movie.  As my sister in law so perfectly put it, on our way home from the theater, "he makes me want to be a better person".  I couldn't agree more. 
Thank you Mr. Rogers.  I love you....just the way you are ♥

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Day trip to Mystic ♥

Hello Everyone!
Today I wanted to share with you a few pictures from the day trip John and I took today to Mystic Aquarium.  Located in Mystic, Connecticut it took us about 2 hours from door to door. We went with my friend Julie and her two boys Sean & Michael. I drove and Julie provided snacks for the car.  I think that's a fair deal : )
 Luckily, it was beautiful day and traffic was light.  We were all excited!

This was my first time at the aquarium.  I'm happy to say it was absolutely wonderful and John loved it too! We learned so much today about ocean life and all the wondrous creatures that live in our seas.  Here are just a few things we saw today... ♥

We have penguins at our aquarium in Boston but I've never been this close to them before.  They were having a ball jumping in the water and swimming around.  
So cute!  (see my instastories for videos! : )

Mystic Aquarium has two HUGE beluga whales!
They are incredible to watch!

We also saw seals and sea lions!
John fed birds in the bird sanctuary ♥

He touched baby sharks as they floated by.


He got up close and personal with frogs : )

He made some new friends....eeek!
Saw jelly fish!
And fed a sting ray his lunch!
(I'm all set with this, btw...)

But the best part of all.....
 ...he found Nemo ♥
We came home tonight with lots of information and stories for Rob, who would have loved this place.  Especially the 4D shark movie we saw (which sprayed water on us and literally scared the life out of me! : ). 
We had a lot of fun today exploring! It was a perfect outing for a summer day ♥

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Blueberry pie ♥

I think I may have mentioned before that I am a pie person.  Actually, we are a pie family.  It's completely normal to see pies on our table all year round.  Hands down our favorite is apple, but once in a while we cheat on apple and have blueberry (our second favorite) ♥

Blueberry pie is an essential part of summer.  It's like going out for ice cream or going to beach, both of which I am overindulging in so far this summer : )

For one thing, blueberry pie is my mom's favorite and we always have it on or around her birthday, which as last week.  July wouldn't be July without blueberry pie.

Not only to I love to eat pie, I also love the process of making pie. I love making my own dough, kneading it in my hands, and rolling it out.  There is satisfaction in that for me.  
It's very therapeutic : )  

My Nana would make pies all the time when I was little.  I leaned to love this process from her. And I love using her touch of crimping the edges with a fork. That was her signature.  And now it's mine ♥

Anyway, without further adu, here is my recipe for blueberry pie.  It's very simple. Nothing fancy.  Some things don't need anything extra.  The blueberries are the star! 

3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups fresh blueberries
double pie crust, either packaged or homemade

(I wrote a post on blueberry pie & pie crust in 2011 when John was 3!!! Another reason why I love blogging so much.  All my memories are right here.  Give it read ♥)

Grease and flour a 9 inch pie plate. Roll out and fit the bottom crust into the plate. 

Dump the blueberries, sugar, tapioca, and salt into the pie plate.  Give it all a light mix with a fork, just so the blueberries are coated. 

Cover with the rolled out top crust. Fold the top edge under the bottom edge and crimp closed : )

Poke a few steam holes with a fork. 

Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. 

Your pie will be golden brown and delicious!

Serve with ice cream....obviously! ♥

So I just wanted to tell you that I made a pie today.  And it was good! 

I wish I could share a slice with each and every one of you ♥

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Weekly wrap up ♥

Hello Friends!
I hope this weekend finds you well (and cool!). Our temperatures have been outrageous this week.  High 90's and high humidity! Today we dropped down into the 80's and what a relief it was.  Yup, that's July in New England for you!  I'm so grateful for my a/c! ♥
It was a confusing week wasn't it?  It's always that way when we have a holiday in the middle of the week.  From Wednesday on every day felt like Saturday! 
Between being away over the weekend and then the holiday, not much got done at home this week.  I have so much laundry and housework to catch up on.  Sometimes it's OK to let things slide a bit, don't you think? Especially in the good old summertime!
Here are a few random pics from the past week.... :)
I'm currently loving Greek yogurt, granola, and fruit for breakfast. 
I've been reading this.  I love it so far.  Have you read it?
I'm forever adding to my sea glass collection. (I found two little white pieces last Sunday) 
It started as my grandmothers and got passed on to me.  I happily add to it whenever I can.  I love the colors! ♥
I loved seeing all the patriotic decorations this week!
Look how the yellow lines of this street are painted red, white, & blue.
So cute, right?!
Flags everywhere!

We met up with some friends and saw fireworks Tuesday night.  It was thundering and lightening like crazy while we were waiting.  I was certain we would be soaked in a downpour (it was SO humid!).  But the storm passed right over us and it never rained. 
Thank goodness ♥

Waiting for it to get dark....

I went back to work on Thursday after being off for an entire week. 
I think my face says it all! #gimmieallthecoffee  LOL
And that's it for me, folks.  A very uneventful, yet eventful week!
Happy weekend, my friends! I hope you enjoy your Sunday!
Stay cool! xo

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July! ♥

Hello Friends and Happy 4th of July!
We celebrated last night with some good friends and had a wonderful time.  A small cook "in" at our house and then fireworks on the beach.  It's turned into a tradition for us, and even though it was HOT and crowded, I still loved every minute of it. 

And so did this guy! Who loves his new Cape Cod sweatshirt SO much he refuses to take it off.... even in 90 degree heat!

Today we'll just be staying cool and enjoying some time at home ♥

Happy Independence Day to all who are celebrating! Have a safe and happy holiday!
Love you all! xoxo

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Weekend away....old Cape Cod ♥

Hello Everyone!
 We just got back from a wonderful weekend away and I can't wait to tell you about it. 
On Friday morning we packed out bags, loaded up the car with snacks and coffee - and off we went! 
We spent the weekend here at the Sea Crest Hotel in Falmouth, MA.
Down in old Cape Cod ♥
We were there to celebrate my in law's 50th wedding anniversary! 
It was a gift to them from all of us  "kids" (my husband, his older brother, younger sister and all our families).
We surprised them with it at Christmas so we've been waiting a long time for this weekend.
I had never been to the hotel before.  It was so pretty! All decked out for July 4th. 
The hotel was right on the Old Silver Beach ♥
We spent two glorious days here!
Booking so far in advance, you never know what the weather will be like. 

Well, we lucked out!
We couldn't have asked for better days!

Under the umbrella is where you'll find me.
John on the other hand, was in the water with his cousins for HOURS!!

Sunsets were glorious!
And so was this watermelon margarita ♥

I had to get seafood our first night.  This grilled salmon was delicious!

And then there's this ♥
Rob and I spilt it, but honestly....I could have easily taken care of this myself : )

The view from my in laws balcony, where we had drinks & apps before dinner ♥

My favorite time to be at the beach ♥

The sound of the waves and smell of the salty air is so dreamy...
We saw three wedding receptions happening this weekend.  Can you imagine the photos?

Occasionally we would see sail boats going by.

We saved a little time for shopping! 
Cousins that match. Love it!

My coffee!  And it was good!
And so was this fresh fruit with real whipped cream.
Everything tastes better on vacation, doesn't it?
This gorgeous restaurant overlooking the water will forever be remembered as the place where John discovered Shirley Temples.....and had 4 of them! Yup.
Rob and I shared spumoni.  It was divine!
Another shared dessert.  I really need to break this habit, lol : )
Cousins ♥
Such a silly bunch!
A family selfie to end our time together! 
What a group! Love them all!

Goodbye, Sea Crest.  I will miss you ♥

Before I go I want to share with you a quick story. 
At dinner last night my in laws presented each of us with this beautiful piece of Capodimonte Porcelain.  These flowers were made in Italy and were the wedding favors at my in laws wedding 50 years ago!  My father in law had saved the extras (without my mother in law knowing!) and kept them hidden in the basement all these years.  She recently found them and since there were enough all of us, we each got one. 
What an incredible memento of that special day so long ago, and also of this past weekend which we all enjoyed so much.