Couple Things…

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Uch, this week… It wasn’t a bad week, just one of those weeks where we were just over-scheduled and too busy. We had some last minute house guests, nights out, and now my hubby is gone for the entire weekend, wish me luck! I’ve been up since 4:30 today between feeding baby M, my husband getting up at 5 to catch his flight, and Z getting up at 6 for the day. Did they all plan this as a cruel joke?

Anyway, I went through my phone last night to pull my Friday post together and there weren’t too many pics to choose from. But I did find a series of about 30 Z selfies which is always a fun surprise so I thought I’d share one with you today.

Have a great weekend – cross your fingers for me that I get more sleep than last night!!

KidNosh

If you read this blog, you must know how much we enjoy food in this house. We cook a lot – trying new recipes weekly, if not even more frequent than that. What I don’t share all that often is how much we enjoy dining out, too! We are always on the hunt for a great, new restaurant – in fact my husband follows the blog Boston Restaurant Talk to always be in the know of what’s new, what’s closed, and what’s coming soon. We have an active list of new places we want to try and of course a never ending list of local faves we love to visit often.

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A recent trip to Parish Cafe (Z’s meal and milk not pictured)

And yes, before you ask – we love to take our babies out with us! I remember the first place we took our Z was when she was a month old and we were dying to go out. We strapped her in her bucket car-seat, went at night when we knew she’d be asleep, and had a lovely dinner at (the now closed) Chez Henri in Cambridge. We’ve been taking her out with us ever since and of course Baby M has been dining out since he was 2 weeks old, ha!

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Tavern on the Square in Burlington, we love to dine outside!

I will say though, especially now that we have a wild toddler, it’s tricky to always figure out a good place to go out as a family and have everyone be happy. Enter KidNosh. An awesome website that reviews restaurants so you know the best places to dine out with your kids – they do the tough part for you! You can search for restaurants by neighborhood, price range, or cuisine. It’s SUCH a great idea.

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Ruyi in Lexington for hibachi! Z covered her eyes for the onion volcano…

I am so excited to share with you today that I have joined the team at KidNosh and will be reviewing restaurants for the site. You can imagine how exciting this is, I of course already have a short list of places to review. I’ll be sharing links to my reviews as they come up but in the meantime, check out the site and do some research as to where to bring your kiddos out to dinner next!

 

Time for Mom

Homemade Pickles

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Do you know how crazy easy it is to make your own pickles?

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We received a large bag of pickling cucumbers (Kirby Cucumbers are their official name) from our CSA a couple weeks ago and there’s not much else to do with them other than make pickles, so we did! We bought a 2 liter jar with a hinge lid (like this one) and went to work finding a recipe. If you read this blog you know we prefer relatively simple recipes with few ingredients but the recipe we found for pickles on Smitten Kitchen took that preference to a new level.

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To make pickles you need: pickling cucumbers, dill, salt, and white vinegar. Oh, and time. That’s it!

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Start by using a mandolin to slice your cucumbers to 1/8″ thick and add them to your jar. You could always make them thicker if you want, your call.

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Toss your 3 ingredients on top, close the lid, shake up all the ingredients, and refrigerate. We got a great pickle by 6 hours later, they were really great the next day and lasted in the fridge almost a week.

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Try it yourself! These are perfect on sandwiches, as a side, or as a little snack all on their own, we brought them to the beach last week – enjoy!

Couple Things…

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We took a ride on the swan boats in Boston #summerofus

After the boats we went to an old fave for dinner – Parish Cafe! I happened to score this great selfie, too.

We made this delicious Kale and Butternut Squash Tart this week only we substituted carrots and yellow squash for the butternut squash and I may have liked that even more!

Nothing cuter than baby feet….right?

 

Have a great weekend!