Wedding outfit #6 + Fall Festival

As promised, my outfit to the wedding! (and my handsome guy)
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The dress is by Gypsy 05  sweater material, long sleeved, above the knee paired with dark nude closed toe pumps. It was perfect – I wasn’t cold or hot – I was just the right temp all night.

Gorgeous wedding and a gorgeous young couple at the Seaport in Boston 🙂 Love Love.

We used the Uber car service to pick us up and bring us back home after the wedding – so smart as it was open bar ALL night. We defiantly enjoyed ourselves.

On Sunday, Nico went to play Kickball and I took Freddy to brunch with my girlfriends.. He met little Bella – my friends rescue dog – so precious. She took some time to warm up to Freddy, but eventually came around. Freddy was so cute, slowly nudging a toy over to her so she would play with him.

We went to Newburyport for the annual Fall Festival. Ok, I know in some way, I “signed up for this”, (as my friends pointed out) but I’m sorry if I get a little annoyed that the majority of my time out, I need to stop and answer questions about Freddy: yes, hes a goldendoodle, his name is Freddy, he is a he, he is X weeks old.. he is a mini-size…. I mean, don’t I get to enjoy my day out too? I know I’m being selfish?- maybe  little, but is it bad I just want to hand out biography cards to  people so I can enjoy making memories with my friends?


 I DID NOT sign up for that!  .. I know I’ll warm up eventually and get used to it….right?

Well, now that I’m done with my little rant -(Sorry!) the time I got to enjoy the festival was great –warm bread bowls, fried chicken and ribbon fries, fried dough, candy apples, hot cider.. the works!!

I hope everyone got to enjoy some gorgeous fall activity out there!  I can’t get enough 🙂 There is a Halloween Pumpkin Stroll this weekend! I hope we end up going





Pumpkin everywhere! Trader Joe’s Edition.

Trader Joe’s has gone wild with pumpkin! I walked in there the other day to get some more cookie butter (I’m addicted) and walked out with about 9 different pumpkin type items – I actually forgot to get the cookie butter! shocker! Does that ever  happen to anyone else? You go to a store with one thing in mind and come out with everything else EXCEPT that 1 thing – something tells me I’m not alone with that 😉

I sampled some Honey Roasted Pumpkin raviolis – so naturally I had to get a pack to take home. I also tried the pumpkin coffee, which is the only coffee I drink in the Fall. I got pumpkin butter, pumpkin seed and cranberry pita chips, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin dog treats, pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin rolls (can’t wait to make these!!) and pumpkin macaroons!

I’m really not pumpkin-ed-out… yet…although, I didn’t buy the pumpkin pie because Nico makes one every year from a pumpkin we get at the farm and its SO good, I cant get myself to ever buy one at the store.

So, everyone head to your nearest Trader Joe’s because these items are limited and actually run out quickly – especially the pumpkin butter and raviolis!

Oh I made the pumpkin bar (in cupcake tins) last night and improvised to make it healthier (also Vegan)

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Instead of 2 eggs – I used 1 tbsp of homemade apple sauce and 1 tbsp flax/chia seed with 3 tbsp water.

Instead of 2 sticks butter – I used 8 tbsp of Earth Balance organic “butter”

unnamed (5)This Pumpkin Bar is different than the Pumpkin Bread they also carry. It has chocolate chips in it 🙂 wooo

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and to make your day that much better:

Chicky ‘Tuna Fish’ Salad Sandwich

Chick-peas-from-can-POSTI realllllly don’t like the smell of tuna fish, nor do I have a desire to ever try it! My mother never really bought food in a can when we were growing up so I guess I am just not accustomed to canned tuna… Recently, I got a Spice Tuna sushi roll and liked it but I’m sure that tastes a lot different than canned tuna fish? I guess if I’m ever stuck on a deserted island and the only thing available is canned tuna fish – I would eat it- but until that happens – don’t pack this girl a tuna fish sandwich! The perfect alternative, however, is Isa Does it, Chicky “Tuna” Salad sandwich. It is vegan and made from chickpeas which some people suggest they have a tuna fish taste? I wouldn’t know…

Chicky "tuna fish" salad sandwich
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  1. 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (1 ½ cups)
  2. 1 large carrot, peeled
  3. 1 rib of celery, remove leaves
  4. 1/4 medium white onion
  5. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (you can use pumpkin or sesame seeds if you have those)
  6. 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise ( I use Vegenaise )
  7. 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 T crushed dried seaweed (nori, kelp) ( I sometimes opt out of this even this is what makes it fishy!)
  9. Freshly ground black pepper and salt, per desired taste
  10. Bread of choice (suggestion: toasted whole-wheat!)
  11. Lettuce, sliced tomato, avocado and/or sprouts for topping
  1. Use a mini potato masher or a strong fork to mash the chickpeas in a large bowl. They should retain some of their texture and not appear pureed. On a cutting board, finely chop the carrot, celery and onion into just about pea-size pieces. Add the veggies to the mashed chickpeas and mix until combined.
  2. Spread the sunflower seeds in a single layer on the cutting board and chop roughly. Add them to the bowl.
  3. Add the mayo, vinegar, seaweed flakes (if desired), salt and pepper, and mix well. Taste for seasoning. Use to make sandwiches with the bread, including optional toppings as desired.
Adapted from Photo: Maureen Abood
Adapted from Photo: Maureen Abood
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Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits

I’m excited to have gone Apple picking with my friends and family. We have made it a tradition for 6 years now! Not only is it great to get together with everyone and to be outdoors, but the reward of baking something delicious after is the BEST!

Now that I have a pooch in the family, I need to make sure he is included! so I was stoked when I discovered this recipe from Martha Stewart!


Apple Cheddar Dog Treats
Serves 16
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  1. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (plus more for dusting)
  2. 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  3. 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
  4. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  5. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 3 tablespoons water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap dusted with brown rice flour to 1/4-inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with your favorite cookie cutter, I used a 2 1/2″ scalloped edge round cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
  3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. With your pinky finger and thumb, create indentations to resemble paw prints.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
  5. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack.
  1. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
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Flannel Fridays

imagesWho doesn’t love Friday!? I don’t really know one person. What makes it even better is its usually a casual day for Fashion. I’m talking Flannel shirts, denim and boots. Fall Fashion at its finest…. and simplest.

I make it a point to where something flannel as we wrap up the work week and hopefully get excited for some type of Fall activity to start the weekend. I hope everyone out there, especially those who live in New England – get their butts outside and enjoy the crisp Fall air and beautiful Foliage.


Flannel/ plaid – whatever you want to call it- is a great part of Fall/Winter fashion and I dont think it will EVER go out of style.

How cute are these outfits with just a touch of flannel? 6a015433e2ad49970c019b01146997970c-800wi6a015433e2ad49970c019b0114ac02970b-800wi

Vests are GREAT too – add some extra warmth for those chilly mornings.


Happy Friday everyone!! Enjoy the weekend – I”m heading to yet another wedding – 6th one of this year!! gah…We’re at that age that everyone around us is getting married – well all of Nico’s friends since he’s older… but I’m sure they’ll be another wave coming for my friends!

I’ll post my wedding outfit after the weekend 🙂



Hen of the Woods – say what?

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unnamed (1)So all my Eastern European readers will understand this activity: Mushroom picking . When my sister and I were younger, instead of going to an amusement park on the weekends, we would grab some plastic bags, a knife and head out to a forest to go mushroom picking. Might sound kinda lame, but in Eastern Europe – specifically the Ukraine and Poland – this is something the kids get excited to do! It was kind of fun to “hunt” around for different mushrooms with my Dad and Dziadzia (grandfather) and learn about what features to look for to make sure it was safe.

Bringing them home and prepping them to eat was the BEST. We would clean them, saute them with some butter and onion and eat with some Polish Rye bread. The taste is so unique – you cannot get that from your local supermarkets!!

My neighbor went mushroom hunting (his grandfather was Polish) in the woods in our neighborhood and brought back some enormous Hen-of-the-Woods (Grifola frondosa) these can usually be found at the base of oak trees – which is exactly where he found them!He sold one to the chef at the hotel he works for for $100 , grilled one for his dinner and gave one to me to take home to my dad! We had some last night with some pierogi and it was amazing!! Check it out ( weighed 1.6 lbs)

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There is the Hen of the Wood restaurant in Vermont – wonder if they serve this!!? I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in that area.