Hi, everyone! Happy Monday 😊
There will be two recaps up on the blog this week since I didn’t get around to posting one last week. Today, I’ll share photos from our trip to visit family in Hoboken, New Jersey. It was so much fun, and I was so happy to see the snow finally! We only get a light dusting that never sticks to the ground in South Carolina, so it was such a magical scene. It made me miss the big snowstorms back in Iowa. It’s funny; I took a poll on Instagram to see how many people loved the snow. I found that most people who loved the snow didn’t live in a place that had much snow, and the ones that didn’t like it lived in super cold wintery places. It’s one of those “you want what you don’t have” type of things. Kyle and I had roasted brussels sprouts, kale caesar salad, and bruschetta turkey burgers on Thursday night. We get them at our local grocery store and cook them up on the stovetop. I haven’t mastered cooking them without the fire alarm going off just yet. Aside from that, they taste so good! I can’t remember the brand name, but I’ll share it next time I pick them up. After dinner, I finished up watching season five of Married at First Sight and made a batch of homemade granola for Kyle’s sister and my brother (I love shipping it to him!) I packaged the granola in a tin I bought from Valentine’s day aisle at Walmart. I’m currently watching the newest season while also working my way back to season one. I love that show! On Friday morning, I ate the last low carb poppyseed muffin I made. I need to make another batch soon because they are soo good, and I love having them after my morning walks. I had Whole Food’s Sanoma chicken salad with seasoned kale, parmesan crisps, and a few protein Quest chips for lunch. Since making my closet more minimal, packing for trips is so much easier. Even when I get home from my trip and toss everything in the laundry, it’s so much. Easier to put things away. I used to leave my suitcase half unpacked for weeks. We took off around 4 pm and landed in New Jersey around 5:45 pm! It was such a smooth and quick flight. It went by so fast because I was reading my book club pick. I just finished that book this morning, and it was so cute! Kyle’s sister set up the sweetest decorations for my 30th birthday! She had beautiful balloons hanging as soon as we walked in, and the next surprise was sitting on the couch when we walked upstairs, his mom! She flew up to hang out with us for the weekend, too. We immediately got into our pajamas and ordered food from Sweet Green. We love that place, and I hope Charlotte gets one soon! I get their kale caesar salad with blackened chicken. Kyle likes their hot honey and pesto potatoes. And out the window, my low-carb diet went. We had the most delicious carrot cake baked from Derry Delights. If you live anywhere near Hoboken or NYC, you have to try her creations. The cakes are so beautiful, and she even hand-delivered them herself. I went back for seconds with no guilt whatsoever. I’m not bringing guilt into my 30’s with me. We hung around on Saturday with our sweet little niece, watching movies, drinking coffee, and catching up. Oh, and we had Sweet Green again because we love it. Did I already say that?
I was officially 30 years old on Sunday morning. Of course, I wanted my last year in my 20’s to look a lot different, but it’s hard to plan life around a pandemic. Traveling overseas, the wedding and other living things were put on hold, but there is only going up from here. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.
We decided to bundle up and take a walk to get coffee and breakfast in Hoboken. It was only 16-degrees outside, and at one point, I thought my feet were going to freeze off. We grabbed cappuccinos at Bwe Kafe, a cute little coffee shop in Hoboken. I can’t wait to visit again when the shops are fully open, and everything is back to normal. I know there’s a lot of exploring to do. Plus, I can’t enjoy exploration when it’s this cold. 😆
We decided to grab a birthday brunch at Anthony Davids. We heard the food was good, and they had seating under the heaters outside. Even though we sat under the heaters, it was still freezing. We used our scarves to wrap around our legs for warmth. It always gets so cold before a snowstorm. I ordered a decaf coffee, and it warmed me right up. For my meal, I ordered the poached eggs, avocado toast with bacon, and fresh fruit. It also came with an arugula balsamic salad that tasted so good!
We couldn’t stand to walk a mile back in the cold, so we ordered an uber. The numb toes could barely walk a block, and we are used to the high forties as our “cold.” Side note, I didn’t dress for the weather either. I’m sure I’d complain a lot less if I actually had pants on that kept my legs warm. Instead, I wore thin yoga pants that didn’t even reach my ankles. Kyle and I had a dinner reservation at Lokal Eatery for my birthday. It had waterfront views overlooking the NYC skyline. I was so excited! The blizzard started as soon as we left for dinner. We started with a glass of Rutherford Hill Chardonnay and the Elliott Stubb cocktail. It was so good! It had yuzu juice, aguafaba, blueberry honey syrup verjus, blanc vermouth, bee pollen, and tequila.
For our food, we ordered the flash-fried shishito peppers, shaved brussels sprouts with parmesan, gremolata, and a whisky maple drip, rock shrimp with gochujang cream, and chicken yakitori with scallions, garlic, and ginger.
I could not pick a favorite because everything was equally delicious! The storm was getting really bad, so we took an uber back to the house after dinner. We didn’t want to stay out too late and end up getting stuck. We celebrated the night with a chocolate Guinness cake! I’m telling you, Derry Delights is a cake artist! Kyle’s family made my 30th birthday so special. Waking up to a snow day was so much fun! Our flights were canceled for the next two days, so I decided to use that time to drink coffee, read my book, and hang out with my adorable new niece. We did manage to stop at the grocery store! Kyle was craving chicken and cheesy rice or dinner, so we decided we’d cook that for everyone! It’s the easiest dish you prepare in advance and just pop into the oven an hour before you’re ready to eat. soooooo goooood!
2 lbs of cut-up chicken breast
5 cups of water
2 boxes of chicken RiceaRoni + another box but only the seasoning packet in it!
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
In a baking dish, add the rice boxes, 3 packs of seasoning, water, chicken breast, and top with the cheese!
Bake for about one hour at 400-degrees. Give it about 25-minutes to cool and for the rice to absorb all the water. For our last night, we had the Chart House. We are going to dine there next time we visit, but the food was so good. I had the blackened salmon. We finally got a flight back home at 5 am on Wednesday! ♥️
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite cake on your birthday?
- Do you love a snow day?
- Do you live somewhere cold or warm?