Blizzard of 2015

Well, we survived the “Blizzard of 2015″, as some people are calling it.
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We were lucky. We had nowhere to be. We had power, heat, food, and the internet. But I was bored and lazy. Besides buying a deal on a mani/pedi for the spring, I didn’t get much accomplished today. I did log 3 hours of contracting time today since work was closed and I get paid hourly. I just got notified that we’re closed again tomorrow so I may try to work 4 hours to make up some lost time and day.

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Below is a picture of my car around 11am before we went outside. We estimate that we got almost 24 inches of snow. It was hard to tell because of drifts and things blocking snow in one place but piling up in another.
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I may try to get more blogging done tomorrow. I also have a ticket to tomorrow’s Louisville at Boston College Men’s basketball game if it is not postponed although I have no clue how I am getting there or back for a 9pm game.

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Happy New Year

Ok, WordPress you got me. I spent the last hour trying to “wrap up” this post that I started on Jan 1st (yes, it’s now Jan 25th) but never got around to finishing. I edited it, hit Save, and bam, back to what I saved on Jan 1st. I give up!  Maybe I’ll make another post later.

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is a great year full of good health and happiness!

Here’s my obligatory 2014 New in Review.

January:
Tony’s winemaking debut! I was skeptical, but it turned out good. The second 2014 batch is currently aging.
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Cupcakes and Cocktails Class at BCAE with Blog and Tweet. I met a lot of bloggers and got to catch up with a lot of friends at this event.
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February:
Max Brenners with Tony before we headed into the city to meet up with a group of friends celebrating an old friend visiting town.
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My first spin class
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Tony’s first time skiing.
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Finally did some DIY Gardening
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Lunch at Del Frisco’s

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March:
CP Ski Competition at Mt Sunapee. Meghan took me out. We had a fun time all weekend.

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April:
I couldn’t find many pictures from April, except this one. Dinner one night after a rough week at work.
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May:
Blogger outing to Del Frisco’s Grill in Chestnut Hill
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Another spin class at SoulCycle with the Boston Brunchers in Chestnut Hill and brunch afterword.
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Celebrated our 2nd Anniversary with a restaurant hop around the city.
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We started at Gather Here, walked around the waterfront, visited the Boston Tea Party Museum, Pastoral, and had dessert at the Blue Dragon.
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We also went across the harbor to take pictures of the city! I have always wanted to do that!
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June:
Shopping with Danie
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Lunch with Blog and Tweet at Hard Rock Cafe Boston.
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July:
Vacation to Maine! With many, many stops along the way! And lots of diversions from a fun time, but that didn’t stop us: cracked windshield while leaving town, rain while we camped, rain while wanted to hike, 2 hour drive to get the windshield fixed, more rain, a fender-bender (think goodness for the trailer hitch- no damage for us), and my credit card being fraudulently used the last night at a Mexican restaurant.

Nubble Light near York, Maine. We took a boat tour from Ogunuit! One of the best decisions we made on the trip was to do this boat tour.
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We stayed at a gorgeous B&B in Topsham, Maine.
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We went hiking in Camden, Maine.
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We camped and roasted marshmallows. And then it rained!
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Our first day in Bar Harbor was beautiful!
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We visited Acadia National Park.
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We went hiking and it was so much fun!
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And then it started to rain and rained non-stop for 2 days.
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We drove to Bangor to get the windshield replaced and we found the best dinner.
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We drove to Acadia, waited for the rain to stop to rent a kayak.. and waited… and then went to Atlantic Brewing Company for a tour and tasting. And BBQ too!
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Lobster for dinner!
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Our last morning in Acadia, we drove back through Acadia and got some gorgeous views from Cadillac Mountain!
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This place is unbelievable.
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Then we headed back South and stopped at Old Orchard Beach, ME. We stayed at another camp ground.
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I walked to the beach while Tony went fishing in a pond that he later found out had been “fished out” the previous day.
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Wow, what I fun adventure that was!

August:
We had lots of visitors, including Tony’s parents and my mom.

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We got kayaks earlier in the summer and this was at Walden Pond.
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Tony and his dad went fishing
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Us girls did paint night!
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And a movie tour in the city.
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Mom and I went to Sam Adams Brewery.
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And Fenway Park for a Sox game!
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We to the the Cape for a weekend and stopped at the Cape Cod Chip factory and the Cape Cod brewery.

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We went to Nantucket in the morning.
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And Martha’s Vineyard in the afternoon.
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We also went on a Boston Harbor Brunch cruise.

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September:
We went to King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA.
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My aunt Pam traveled through Boston and I got to see her before we boarded her cruise ship!
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Cambridgeside Galleria Cruise, Lunch, and Shopping Event

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October:
Harpoon’s Octoberfest with coworkers
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Oktoberfest 5K
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Tony performed at the local library
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My last day at CP

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I visited KY

I got back into sewing when I had a few days off before starting my new job.
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November:
Kirkland Tap and Trotter brunch

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Boston Christmas Show

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Louisville Football game at BC.
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My dress I made at my desk at my new job.
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I did some crafts at Michaels.
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My girl Jules came to visit from DC and we hit the town! (the North End, Drink, and ordered room service)
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Paint night with Tonya
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Thanksgiving Baking
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Thanksgiving trip to NY.
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We got our christmas tree from Foster’s Farm.
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December:
Cambrideside Galleria Blogger Gift swap

Louisville alumni in Boston holiday party

Volunteering for Yulefest Cambridge5k

Dinner with Janelle and Danielle

Nutcracker with Tonya

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Brunch at Kirkland Tap and Trotter in Somerville

I’ve been wanting to try Kirkland Tap and Trotter (KT & T) for a while, when I found out that the Boston Brunchers were invading invited, I got super excited. Chef Tony Maws is also the chef and owner of Craigie on Main, which is in Cambridge and I’ve heard great things about it.

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We sat at a long table with benches on both sides.
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We started with sharing some sticky buns.
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I was really glad that we ordered them. I was starving. They were a good combination of flakiness, sweetness, and crunchiness!  Look at the inside.

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Photo of the brunch section of the menu:

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Since we’re the Boston Brunchers, I wanted to order brunch-y food. However, KT & T is known for their burgers! Sooooo.. I did what any other person would do, I volunteered to split items with someone who also wanted to try a few things. Why not?!?!

Orders up!

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Someone at the table ordered the frittata ($16). She described that it was more an omelet, with salmon, with a salad on top.

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Here was the brunch-y item: brioche french toast with warm apple compote ($16).
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It was okay. The thing that stood out was that it was warm and kept it’s temperature while I ate the other shared plate.  It didn’t come with any sides, so I thought it was over priced.

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The grass-fed burger with emmantaler cheese, a fried egg, and bacon!
($16 + $2 w/fried egg)

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The kimchee Russian dressing was on the side. And the fries were the star of the brunch for me. Yes, the fries. They were crispy- my favorite.

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After our meal, I walked around to get a better view. I really liked the decor.

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It’s located next to Dali, on Washington Street, just a few minutes from Harvard Square and Inman Square.

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Here’s a view of the front looking out at the windows on Washington Street. There is a TV at the bar.
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I liked that they had an entry way, so that there were 2 doors to get inside the restaurant. There’s nothing worse than sitting near the door and being cold EVERY time someone enters or exits. The large coat rack is a plus as well. Oh, we also noticed that they had little coat/purse hooks near the tables too.

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I had another great meal with great bruncher blogger friends.

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Kirkland Tap & Trotter
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
http://www.kirklandtapandtrotter.com/

This meal was provided free of charge, but these are my opinions!

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Recap of Boston Christmas Festival 2014

The Boston Christmas Festival took place over 3 days (November 7th-9th 2014) and I went on Saturday November 8th.

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It was in the World Trade Center area and was a quick walk from the WTC T-stop (Silverline). It was on my old route to work and I had to really pay attention not to miss the WTC stop.

It was a beautiful November day! The sun was shining and everything!
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In my mind, there were 3 areas: arts and craft vendors, specialty food vendors, and the gingerbread competition. It opened at 10am and I arrived at 10:05. There was a line to get tickets, but lucky I had gotten my tickets earlier and walked right in.  Once in the exhibition area, I started with the arts and craft section.

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There were a few pottery booths, including one with a potter making things in front of you. That was pretty cool and I had to wait to get to see it.
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There were booths with photography, paintings, wood painted items, and leather products.
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They also had booths selling sewn products, soaps, lotion, and hand-made jewelry.
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There was 1 (or 2, I can’t remember because it got so packed) aisles with booths selling baked goods, dip mixes, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, nuts, and olive oil.

Here were largest whoopie pies I’ve seen.
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Baked goods
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Hot Chocolate Balls. I was bummed they didn’t have samples, but you drop the ball of chocolate into a milk, heat, and then stir!
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The gingerbread competition was neat. Different restaurants/bakeries made them and other businesses “bought them” as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization called Housing Families. They were also judged and had different categories.

I liked the Paris scene with the Eiffel Tower.
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The Frozen gingerbread house, which all the kids loved!
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A scene from Never Never Land.
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I liked this house and barn.
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This was probably my favorite. I’m a traditionalist!
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Side detail
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Another Frozen Castle
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A cute house.
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It was fun!  It got packed, on Saturday morning, so I’d suggest to go at a different time next year!

 

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Boston Christmas Festival 2014

Have you been to the Boston Christmas Festival before?? I haven’t, but I am planning on going this weekend (November 7th-9th 2014).

If you are going/want to go, message me and I’ll see if we can coordinate a time. I may also have an extra (FREE) ticket  :)

(I pulled up some of my favorite Christmas photos to get me into the holiday spirit)
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The hours THIS WEEKEND:
Friday: Noon-7pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Location: World Trade Center Boston and Seaport Hotel

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I am excited to see what decorating and gift ideas I see- and I also heard about a gingerbread house competition. (Note to Kay: I’ll take pictures of anything interesting for you!!!)

Here’s a link for a coupon: $3 off

Information from their website:

The Boston Christmas Festival is presented by Boston-based Artisan Promotions, Inc., organizers of top-quality arts & crafts shows since 1982.

The premier holiday crafts festival in New England, The Boston Christmas Festival is rated among the top shows in the country by Sunshine Artist, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft show exhibitors, promoters and patrons. Each year, this blockbuster event featuring a charity Gingerbread House Competition draws over 30,000 visitors to Boston’s World Trade Center.

Contact us: Tel: 617-742-3973 or email: info@BostonChristmasFestival.com.
200 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

HAHA! I found this too! It’s from Christmas 2012 at my cousin Wendy’s house.
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And here’s a picture of snow, driving back to MA 2 year ago.
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This was fun to pull out old photos!!  :)

 

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