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Mother’s Day

My Mom came down Saturday morning to stay for Mother’s Day weekend. We talked, went shopping, walked around NYC, but basically, we ate. We ate a lot of good food! I had a Gilt City credit to Centro Vinoteca, so we went there for lunch on Saturday. It included 2 glasses of wine and 4 appetizers. We were presently surprised by the size of the “piccolino” menu choices. We went with meatballs, zucchini fritters, rice balls, and ricotta with toast points.

Afterwards, we bolted to the gelato place across the street! My Mom went with her usual Tiramisu and I got Nutella.

We were definitely filled enough after that. Enough to go shopping for a few hours! We both got some MAC makeup and I got a refill on my perfume.

Every time my Mom comes to the city she wants Magnolia cupcakes. They came out with mini ones, but they are special order only. We found that out last time and we were disappointed. I made sure that for Mother’s day, we got them! I placed a special order this week, so when we got to the line that is always wrapped around the corner, I told her to wait outside. I brought out a dozen mini’s for us to enjoy later in the day.

Loooove me some Magnolia! 🙂

We enjoyed them with some tea when we got home. After having pizza for dinner, of course!

Today, we got up and got ready to go to brunch at Joe’s restaurant. Since the new menu came out, my mom wanted to try it. We both went with a mimosa and green tea to start.

Followed by the muffins they always bring out pre-appetizer/entree…

Which we slathered this yummy stuff on…

My mom went with the tuna nicoise salad for her appetizer, and I chose the blueberry greek yogurt with granola.

For our brunch entrees, my mom got the smoked salmon with creme fraiche on a bagel (soooo good!) and I got the asparagus and lump crab quiche (much much better than I expected!)

Our waitress Lindsay then sent out a cake with strawberries, which we ate too fast so no picture was taken! Joe covered our brunch (he was working today) which was really nice. He always covers when my Mom and I come to eat there. We go because the food is always so good and I feel bad that he always pays. Especially when I am trying to take my Mom out for Mother’s Day here! 😉 Well, she enjoyed the cupcakes and makeup I bought her anyway!

We then spent some quality Mom and daughter shopping time at TJMaxx….and the grocery store! haha!

I left with some mason jars, an apron, and some new workout tanks. Which, by the way, I cannot wait to get back to the gym tomorrow ! One week was a long time with no exercise for me! It’s going to feel really good to go back after having this break. Overall, I think it was a good thing to make sure I am back to my healthy state! No more antibiotics after today.

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day. Now, I am off to cook some dinner for when Joe gets home. Grilled Pizza? Hmm..You’ll see tomorrow!

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Mother's Day

My Mom came down Saturday morning to stay for Mother’s Day weekend. We talked, went shopping, walked around NYC, but basically, we ate. We ate a lot of good food! I had a Gilt City credit to Centro Vinoteca, so we went there for lunch on Saturday. It included 2 glasses of wine and 4 appetizers. We were presently surprised by the size of the “piccolino” menu choices. We went with meatballs, zucchini fritters, rice balls, and ricotta with toast points.

Afterwards, we bolted to the gelato place across the street! My Mom went with her usual Tiramisu and I got Nutella.

We were definitely filled enough after that. Enough to go shopping for a few hours! We both got some MAC makeup and I got a refill on my perfume.

Every time my Mom comes to the city she wants Magnolia cupcakes. They came out with mini ones, but they are special order only. We found that out last time and we were disappointed. I made sure that for Mother’s day, we got them! I placed a special order this week, so when we got to the line that is always wrapped around the corner, I told her to wait outside. I brought out a dozen mini’s for us to enjoy later in the day.

Loooove me some Magnolia! 🙂

We enjoyed them with some tea when we got home. After having pizza for dinner, of course!

Today, we got up and got ready to go to brunch at Joe’s restaurant. Since the new menu came out, my mom wanted to try it. We both went with a mimosa and green tea to start.

Followed by the muffins they always bring out pre-appetizer/entree…

Which we slathered this yummy stuff on…

My mom went with the tuna nicoise salad for her appetizer, and I chose the blueberry greek yogurt with granola.

For our brunch entrees, my mom got the smoked salmon with creme fraiche on a bagel (soooo good!) and I got the asparagus and lump crab quiche (much much better than I expected!)

Our waitress Lindsay then sent out a cake with strawberries, which we ate too fast so no picture was taken! Joe covered our brunch (he was working today) which was really nice. He always covers when my Mom and I come to eat there. We go because the food is always so good and I feel bad that he always pays. Especially when I am trying to take my Mom out for Mother’s Day here! 😉 Well, she enjoyed the cupcakes and makeup I bought her anyway!

We then spent some quality Mom and daughter shopping time at TJMaxx….and the grocery store! haha!

I left with some mason jars, an apron, and some new workout tanks. Which, by the way, I cannot wait to get back to the gym tomorrow ! One week was a long time with no exercise for me! It’s going to feel really good to go back after having this break. Overall, I think it was a good thing to make sure I am back to my healthy state! No more antibiotics after today.

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day. Now, I am off to cook some dinner for when Joe gets home. Grilled Pizza? Hmm..You’ll see tomorrow!

Sick as a Bunny

It is inevitable. I was sick with the flu last year for Easter and missed 3 days of work. This year, I started getting a terrible sore throat Saturday night and I am still suffering today! Although I made it to work, I may be leaving early because my head feels like a balloon and I am on cup of tea number four!

I always get the post holiday blues the day after a holiday. I think it’s because I don’t live super close to my family, so it is so special when I do get to see them.

Yesterday, we went to my Uncle’s, as we have been every year since my Grandfather had to sell his house to move into assisted living. My mom and her two brothers and all of their kids (my cousins, obviously) and any significant others, usually spend the day together. My Uncle’s girlfriend made yummy homemade ravioli, meatballs, sausage and sauce. My mom brought the potato salad and we had it with ham, kielbasa, salad, bread, etc. It’s kind of a hodge podge of food but it somehow all goes very well together! Dessert was ice cream cake and two kinds of rolls (poppyseed and raspberry cream cheese which was the death of me yesterday). There was also Easter pie, which I try every year, and I don’t like it, every year. It has ricotta, egg, etc. in it. Not a fan!

We mingled for 2 hours or so after we ate, which gave me an opportunity to get a recent picture with my Mom. I miss her all the time! She is probably going to visit for Mother’s day and I can’t wait!

I also got to talk to my Grandfather who I always say is practically my father. He raised me with my Mom (my father is not in my life), and is the most giving man I know. He now has Parkinson’s disease, which is a neurological disease. He has trouble smiling, but I promise – we were happy to see each other! 🙂

I headed back to New Jersey around 4:00 and immediately headed to Joe’s parents to eat more! His two sisters and their kids and his Uncle were there. His mom made homemade ravioli as well. Of course, I had more and finished with cupcakes, chocolate covered peeps, and candy!

I’m sad that Easter is over but at least the weather is starting to clear up! It poured rain last night, but today it is in the 60’s and is supposed to rise throughout the week.

I did a light workout this morning despite my cold. It consisted of 25 minutes of abs and 45 minute intervals of running/incline walking on the treadmill. By running, I mean jogging at 6.5 because I had a coughing fit or two. Oh the joys of being sick. I’m convinced that I haven’t gotten sick in so long because I workout and my body is strong and not as susceptible to infections and viruses. I guess I can deal with a small cold for a few days. Boo.

I didn’t get to go to the grocery store this weekend because I was traveling, so lunch today was leftover ham from easter dinner on a sandwich thin with Nayonaise. I had no complaints about this. I enjoyed broccoli slaw on the side which is not pictured.

Yum! I am sure I will be downing some leftover chocolate covered peeps soon, too! When I’m sick, I usually find that I eat more, rather then less. I guess that’s a good thing?