November 24, 2015

A Thanksgiving Cocktail

Looking for something to bring to your family's Thanksgiving dinner? Have a friendsgiving this weekend and need a cocktail? I'm sharing my new favorite with you today. Apples and Pumpkins are the tastes of the fall. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but I love all things Apple.


Fill glass with ice
2 oz of Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1 oz of Rumchata
Top off with Apple Cider
Get some stir sticks because the Rumchata needs to be stirred every once in a while.

Let me know what you think. We've been experimenting with Bourbon recently and I'll take any recipe suggestions you have.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

November 20, 2015

Thank You Notes Vol. 10

It's the month of being thankful, so I thought I would do another round of Thank You notes.

Thank you Christmas Jammies for being amazing and wonderful. I have bought this year's pair already and will show them to you eventually. I do still love last year's superman jams. Also, I'm super awesome at selfies.

Thank you Seth Meyers for having tickets available in December so I can finally hang out with you live and in person. There are definitely perks to living so close to Manhattan.

Thank you James Denton for being so damn cool. A few weeks ago, you were next to us in the security line at MSP with your flannel on. I let you go in front of me because we had laptops and other things to deal with and you cracked jokes and said thank you. You just seem cool.

Thank you rainy night. You are perfect for watching TV and browsing the inter webs. Plus, it's snowing in Minnesota right now, so I'm happy to have warm winds and snow. It's not Thanksgiving yet, so snow would be too soon.

Thank you Vikings for making me dance around my living room the last few weeks. Every season, I proudly wear my Purple & Gold, but this year has been exceptionally fun to watch. This weekend is our biggest game yet and I'm nervous, but excited. Also, the Vikings ship they are adding to the new stadium? Brilliant!

On that same note, thank you Olivia Munn for whatever the Packers fans say you are doing to Aaron Rodgers. Can you at least give me one more week?

Thank you Zombies, Run! I haven't run in a while. I get bored too easily. This app tells you a story about how you are collecting supplies and helping save the world while running. Special shout out to Samantha for relighting the fitness fire.

Thank you Omeleto for sharing this animation describing the war in Syria. I don't pretend to be an expert in many current events. I like the way this explains the current, complicated situation so I can understand it.

Thank you random Manhattan store front for this little gem we found on a city walk recently. LOL

Thank you in advance for this upcoming weekend. I'm excited for pancakes, mimosas, football, Justin catching some giant fish in the ocean, Christmas card finalizing and possibly another zombie run. Crazy things happening over here.

Happy Friday to all of you. Hope you've got your Christmas jammies picked out already.

Previous Thank You Notes:
Vol. 9
Vol. 8
Vol. 7
Vol. 6
Vol. 5
Vol. 4
Vol. 3
Vol. 2
The Original

November 17, 2015

A Different Kind of Anniversary


We left St. Paul and headed towards Jersey two years ago. The original plan was to have us back in Minnesota already getting resettled into our house near Como Park. We weren't sure what would happen and if we would find our own comfort here.

The first weekend after our move, we took the ferry into the city. We started in Midtown getting overpriced food at a diner near Times Square. We walked to the Flatiron and continued to Washington Square Park and through Greenwich Village. We finished our day by wandering through Chelsea Market.

Last year, our friend, Brian, was in town when we hit our one year anniversary of east coast living and by accident, we did a lot of those same things. We started at Chelsea Market with donuts from the Doughnuttery. We walked to Washington Square Park and continued an epic adventure. You can read about that adventure here

This past weekend, we made a similar journey. We took the ferry in and made our way to the Flatiron Building. We enjoyed the art installations in the park and then decided to get some snacks at Eataly. A glass of wine and a cheese plate, we were ready for some more walking.

We did some window shopping on 5th Ave and then headed west towards Chelsea Market for our annual walk through. We visited Corkbuzz and then snacked on a Huevos Rancheros crepe from Crepe Suzette. We grabbed some donuts to eat while shopping in the Artists & Fleas section. We grabbed a cab to head back to the ferry and we were home before 8 PM.

On our ferry ride back, we were laughing at how much we've learned about our own tastes and the city since moving. The things we enjoy now are different from the things we thought we would love when we arrived two years ago. We have a groove, we have favorites, we have a routine. We also love throwing all that out the window and trying new things and exploring different areas.

On the ferry ride back across the Hudson, we laughed and smiled about the last two years. It's been better than we ever could have imagined. We have met some of the greatest people, had the most epic adventures, shared this city with some of our best friends and family and definitely found home.

We are so grateful.

November 12, 2015

Bad Days Suck

I'm an optimist who is usually upbeat. I'm extremely grateful for so many things in my life. But some days are just super shitty. Yesterday was a day like that.

There are some behind the scenes things that I haven't shared here and don't know if I will, but they suck. I had a work project go live yesterday and everything went wrong.  I shut my computer off and I tried to fight the crabby with all the healthy options I could find.

I took out my yoga mat and about 5 minutes in, my dog threw up on the mat.  I took the dogs for a walk since it was beautiful out and the last poop bag had a hole in it, so I had to get creative. I made myself a super awesome dinner of yogurt and granola with strawberries. After eating it, found out the yogurt was expired and my stomach made my pay for that.

I gave up. I put on my pajamas, poured a glass of wine and pouted on the couch for the next few hours watching trashy television and eating cheese sticks.

Shit days happen to everyone. Sometimes the best medicine for a shitty day is nothing. Tomorrow is a new day and you can pick yourself up then.


November 11, 2015

Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Our Quick Iceland Detour

After finishing up our brief stay in Akureyri, we were heading back to Reykjavik for one final night. Thanks to the sun rising at 4 AM in May, we were up and on the road early and decided to take a detour to drive the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. We didn't spend much time here, but we enjoyed a lunch and few road side photo stops. 

Since we didn't stay long, I don't have too much tips, but I will share our photos from this detour.

There were not many towns on this trek, but the few that we drove through had the beautiful colored homes and buildings. Against the spring backdrop, they just pop.

To check out some pictures of this area with green on the ground, go check out this post on Unlocking Kiki when she visited Kirkjufell and the peninsula. This is a great day trip if you are staying in Reykjavik.

Now that the Summer craziness has died down, we are starting to plan out our 2016 travel and looking at these pictures make my brain start dreaming.

Where are you heading in 2016?