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5 Things About the Weekend

Good morning!  This weekend was one of those rare weekends that everything just comes together.  My family took a trip up to the Great White North to visit us and although I failed at taking many quality pictures, I did capture a few things that made me happy about this weekend (besides sharing quality time with loved ones of course).

  1. House warming gifts in my favorite color.  I love green/blue/teal. And I love baking.  And I love Valentine’s day.  So these towels and dishes from my parents were a wonderful surprise housewarming gift.
  2. Furry family members coming along for the road trip
  3. Brunch! We tried a new-to-us restaurant on Sunday morning to celebrate my sister’s birthday and the food was incredible.  The restaurant was called Trattoria Aroma, and if you’re ever in the north towns of Buffalo it’s definitely worth the stop.


  4. Valentine’s Day cookies.  I made these sugar cookies and they are the BEST cookie recipe I think I have ever tasted.  I would argue that they give Eat n’ Park a run for their money.  And they’re easy to decorate with this royal icing recipe.img_4978
  5. Engagement picture canvases.  I found a Groupon and got an awesome deal on these canvases from canvasonsale.com.  They came in the mail on Saturday and I was so pumped to get them up.  (The canvases turned out awesome and the picture quality was great… but does anyone actually pay the full prices listed on that site??).img_4982

And on that note, I suppose it’s back to the grind.  Do we really have the Monday already?

Anything good happening over the weekend in your neck of the woods?

Is anyone else super into Valentine’s Day decorations?



Hot Yoga, Pumpkin Cookies, & the Eternal Flame

Happy Monday!  Where did the weekend go??  I can’t believe how fast they fly by.  We spent a relaxing weekend at home, which seems to be a rare occasion these days.

On Friday we checked out the house and went to dinner.  We have walls! Sort of.

house construction

Saturday was rainy and cold.  It definitely felt like fall though, which made us want to stay inside and be cozy!  I went to a morning hot yoga class, then ran to the grocery store to prepare for some serious baking.


I decided to get on the pumpkin EVERYTHING train and drink a Pumking while I made some pumpkin cookies.  These bad boys used 3 ingredients (1 box yellow cake mix, pumpkin pie spice to taste, 1 can pumpkin – bake 10 mins @ 350F).

pumpkin cookies

And I topped them with a cream cheese frosting:

pumpkin cookies

They taste like a delicious, addicting, pumpkin cinnamon roll.  And now I can’t stop thinking about eating another one…

While I was feeling drunk ambitious in the kitchen, I also made some chili for our Sunday tailgate.

tailgate chili

Sunday morning we were up and at ’em bright and early.  I took B to the puppy park to get some serious frisbee time in before we left for the game.


Followed by a breakfast of 2 eggs and a slice of toast. mmmmm.

eggs and toast

After a successful tailgate, we made our way into the game.

buffalo bills game

It’s pretty hard to believe, but I get in my 10,000 Fitbit steps on game days just from walking from the car to the stadium and back.

After we had witnessed enough of the beat down, we headed over to Chestnut Ridge park to check out some potential engagement photo shoot spots and ended up taking a beautiful hike to see the Eternal Flame.



pine forest


The Eternal Flame is a natural gas spring behind a waterfall that someone, somehow, realized could be lit to create a flame.  You can hike right up to the flame and check it out, it was a pretty incredible sight.

eternal flame

eternal flame

And that about sums up our weekend.  Now it’s time to get our Monday on!  Here’s to coffee, a quiet office, healthy choices, and starting the week off right.

Have a great day!