5 on Friday – Favorites – 5/22/15

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A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite in wedding – 

We got our engagement photos done! I have to admit, the sneak peek I saw kind of freaked me out. There were 6 photos shared with us and two I HATE. Not because of the photographers but because I am not happy with my arms/looking fat. Ugh. BUT on the bright side 4 were so sweet! And there are TONS of photos I have not seen yet- I cannot wait to see the entire album! Here are the ones I liked – I will spare you the two I am self conscious about ha.

And on a side note – thank you to the talented Sara Hua Forum who did my hair and make up !

2. Favorite getaway – 

Speaking of weddings, my next favorite is from the wedding we went to a couple of weeks ago in Ohio, of Sal’s cousin, but somehow have not shared yet?? How ridiculously cute is the happy couple!

Me and my future husband – at the wedding!

3. Favorite in food – 

Speaking of Ohio, I wanted to share some fun photos from our meals and adventures out in Dayton!

The rehearsal was so fun and SUCH good food, at Brio! 

And so was venturing out and about with Sal and his bro and SIL!

We found another amazing oil store, like this one called Oilerie.

Lunch included a visit to Cork for a white wine flight, bacon popcorn, and a really amazing burger.

Another lunch out was at Ladder 11, where I got the veggie sandwich and a salad.

4. Favorite in fashionMay Stitch Fix! Learn more about what Stitch Fix is, and see past fixes here.

Stitch Fix

I kept the necklace and this dress!

5. Favorite in fun – 

It was my future SIL’s b-day party recently! I cannot even handle this cake she had!

And all the yummy food, drinks, and gold decorations for her “golden” birthday meaning she turned 31 on the 31st!

What about you – what are this weeks (or in my case months) favorites! TGIF and happy memorial day, 3-day weekend!

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What I Ate Wednesday – Today’s Food Pics #WIAW

I am linking up with today’s food photos, for

What I Ate Wednesday!

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Breakfast was SO filling and delicious! Asparagus, three egg whites, a dollop of salsa, and crispy bacon!

And to drink, I used the Keurig to make a blueberry iced coffee!

Lunch was my favorite combo….turkey rolled up, salad, and pickles, with light ranch on the side.

turkey roll ups and salad with ranch and pickles

Snack I dug into some cottage cheese with pineapple – nothing fancy!

The fiance made his own teriyaki marinade and grilled chicken breasts, zucchini, and we steamed/boiled up some kale. Such a good dinner to eat after my workout! It really hit the spot!

According to the Weight Watchers app I still have 4 points plus left! So if hunger strungs in a little while, I can have an apple with peanut butter or even a Weight Watchers ice cream treat!

What about you – eat anything tasty today??

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ABP’s Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe & Giveaway!

Au Bon Pain has been offering tons of new menu items this spring (read more about it here). They have shared a delicious soup recipe below AND have sponsored a giveaway for you guys to try out some of the tasty goodies they are offering for breakfast and lunch at restaurants throughout the country! One lucky reader will receive two, ten dollar gift cards (giveaway below the recipe)! Nosh on an egg sandwich with a coffee for breakfast or dig into one of their fresh salads! Good luck!

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Serves 6

 

Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped 2 cups
Celery – medium dice ½ cup
Carrots – medium dice ½ cup
Onion – medium dice 1 cup
Canola Oil 4 tbsp
Orzo, cooked 1 cup
Garlic, finely chopped 1 clove
Basil, finely chopped 1 tsp
Thyme- fresh 1 tbp
Lemon Juice, fresh 1 lemon
Lemon Zest ½ lemon
Heavy Cream 1/2 cups
Chicken Stock 6 cups
Salt & Pepper To Taste

In a heavy bottom soup pot, heat oil over medium heat and sauté onion, celery, and carrots, until the vegetables begin to sweat and soften, approximately 5-7 minutes.  Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Season mixture with thyme, basil, salt, black pepper; continue cooking another 30 seconds before pouring chicken broth into the pot.  Bring the broth to a boil. Partially cover the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes. Stir orzo, lemon juice, and lemon zest into the broth; add chicken. Cook until the chicken and orzo are heated through, about 5 minutes. Add heavy cream and cook for an addition 2 to 3 minutes.

A few hints:

  • Use Rotisserie style chicken from the grocery store.  It adds a nice spike of flavor and saves time in preparation.
  • Garnish with fresh grated parmesan and more fresh basil for a beautiful presentation.
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5 on Friday – Favorites – 5/1/15

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A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite food – at home: 

Now that spring has sprung we have been on a major grilling spree and what is better on the grill then kabobs!

Steak and veggie….

Steak kebabs

Chicken and veggie…

Lemon pepper shrimp….

2. Favorite in wedding planning – 

Sal and I went to New Hampshire to try wedding cakes. OMG. There was a truffle chocolate filling that was so amazing. Carrot cake that was spot on. And a few other flavors that were excellent and made the decision of what to get on each tier of our cake easy!

3. Favorite outing -

The fiance and I took a drive down to Patriot’s Place for some fishing necessities for him and a yummy lunch.

My favorite part of Bass Pro Shops…the tank!

For lunch, we hit up Red Robin. I tried the root beer – beer. Sal definitely liked it better than me. I love trying new things though – who knew you could get an alcoholic version of root beer? I think my issue with it was I was hoping for a foamy top like a normal root beer, but as you can see, not so much here!

A couple of wings and chips to kick off the meal – with their Asian Banzai sauce.

This was the description that won me over, for the burger I ordered: “A true knife-and-fork burger. Sautéed, blackened portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, house-made Bleu cheese sauce and Bleu cheese crumbles on a toasted ciabatta bun with Dijon sauce.”

4. Favorite grocery store find – 

On a healthier note, I finally found a yogurt without so many mystery and artificial ingredients – Siggi’s! I stocked up at Wholefoods and had it in the morning all week!

5. Favorite for my small biz -

May is all about Mother’s Day! If you are a mama-to-be or have a friend that is one, I have the perfect gifts for all budgets. My favorite new product in the shop are these belly stickers to take photos at each stage of your bump growing. Too cute right?

Little Heartbreaker Belly Stickers

PS – there is still time to enter the latest giveaway and get a free shipment of food from Just Add Cooking, for my Massachusetts readers! Good luck!

Let’s hear it – what are this weeks favorites for YOU? TGIF!

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 4/24/15

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A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite in food:

One of my bestie’s is in town (she is usually working on cruise ships with her fiance and traveling) and we hit up a restaurant in Assembly Row, Earl’s Kitchen and Bar.

We dug into wings and ribs to start. I got the watermelon pina colada, which I had never heard of or tried anywhere – and it came in a fun, fancy cup. For the entree, I just split the chicken tacos with my friend and it came with half a portion of fries. I will say it was jam packed with flavor!

2. Favorite freebie:

Speaking of my friends being in town, we went out another night to Ferry Street Food and Drink. We did trivia…and won! We received a $20 gift card towards our feast of a meal. We tried the green bean “fries,” brussels sprouts, and BBQ meatballs with grits, as our starters. And then I went with the burger. I put aside the bun because hello- wedding countdown has begun! I need to get rid of any calories I can.

Really good food! Everyone loved their entrees – Sal got the grilled pork, and then my friends got a burger and a veggie sandwich. For dessert, who can resist sharing the pb&j cookie a la mode! A warm peanut butter cookie with a scoop of ice cream and fruit jelly on top. Needless to say the rest of the week was smoothies and salads to make up for those meals.

3. Favorite for the wedding:

We have been trying to check things off the wedding to-do list and we met with the florist and also the priest. I walked down the aisle, and it got us super excited for the big day! We will go back a few more times, but it was mostly to figure out timing of everything and fill out paperwork and all that stuff.

4. Favorite in shopping:

I have been shopping online like crazy lately. From decor for the wedding to fun spring dresses like this one from Zulily! I hope it fits and looks as cute as it does on the model!

5. Favorite giveaway:

Soooo now onto the best favorite – something  for YOU guys! This is a giveaway just for the Boston locals, from Just Add Cooking, who I blogged about here, here, and here,

What about you – what are this weeks favorites? 

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Just Add Cooking: Massachusetts Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Giveaway alert! This one is just for the Boston locals, from Just Add Cooking who I blogged about  here, here, and here,

They have offered to do something special for Mother’s Day – They are offering a one week trial of Just Add Cooking (three meals for two people) valued at $79, delivered to your (or moms) doorstep, for one lucky Eat and Sip reader! Please note, Just Add Cooking only delivers in Mass. though, so good luck to my locals.

There are a few ways to enter!

Subscribe to Eat and Sip in the City by email (top right of the home page) if you haven’t already!

Follow the Facebook page and interact with posts (like/comment) at: https://www.facebook.com/eatandsipinthecity?ref=hl and comment below that you did so.

Check out Just Add Cooking, and look around – let me know what recipes sound yummy to you here and comment below.

And head over to one of their social media pages and interact..like, follow, comment etc and let me know you did so in the comments!

https://twitter.com/addcooking

http://instagram.com/addcooking

http://www.facebook.com/JustAddCooking

http://pinterest.com/justaddcooking

The winner will be chosen on Friday May 8th, just in time for Mother’s Day weekend! Good luck!

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5 of my Favorite Shakeology Recipes

I told you I am doing the T25 videos and drinking Shakeology recently to get fit for the wedding, and I wanted to share a few combo’s I am loving lately. I think any one of these would make a great smoothie not just using the Shakeology powder but with any brand of protein shake mix or your own fresh ingredients like yogurt, cocoa powder, fruit, nuts, milk, etc!

 

Chocolate Mint Shake

1. Chocolate Minty

1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup water
1/8 tsp. mint extract

Use a blender and add ice and enjoy!

watermelon and strawberry Shakeology smoothie

2. Strawberry Watermelon Surprise

½ cup water
½ cup diced watermelon
1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
1 cup ice

Place water, watermelon, Shakeology, mint, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Vanilla with Berry Shakeology

3. Vanilla Berry Delight

1 serving of Vanilla Shakeology
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup unsweetened rice milk

Blend with ice and serve. Feel free to use any kind of milk or milk substitute (almond, rice or coconut milk)—the more milk, the creamier it gets!

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Shakeology Smoothie

4. Chocolate Banana Nutter

1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup water
1 medium banana
1 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter

For the best taste experience, use a blender and add ice. The more ice, the thicker it gets.

Greek Strawberry Banana

5. Greek Strawberry-Banana

1 serving Strawberry Shakeology
1 cup water
½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
½ medium banana, cut into chunks

Use a blender and add ice. The more ice, the thicker it gets. Use any kind of milk or milk substitute (almond, rice, or coconut milk)—the more milk, the creamier it gets!

Have you tried Shakeology? Or do you have another protein mix you are loving? Or do you just go for simple homemade smoothies? I also do my own creations like a recent one was spinach with frozen berries and banana and water – no shake mix required! 

Also check out:

Green Smoothie: Thanks to Pinterest!

Super simple strawberry & blueberry Greek yogurt smoothie recipe

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 4/17/15

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A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

Favorite food – at home – 

The weather has finally warmed up! Nothing reminds me of spring/summer in Boston like lobster dinner! Sal made us a lobster to share and we had salmon, rice, and brussels sprouts!

Favorite food – on-the-go -

With the wedding quickly approaching,  I have been on a salad kick. I actually found two new favorites. One from au bon pain and one from Panera! Chicken avocado cobb and power chicken and hummus.

Favorite in shopping -

My phone started not even charging and crashing so it was time to upgrade.  I got the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and it is amazing – fast to charge, a great camera, lightweight, sleek….and I got a fancy phone cover too.

Favorite in freebies – 

Have you guys tried Pasta Chips? I wrote all about them in this Examiner article. I had the opportunity to try ALL the flavors.

My favorite so far is alfredo but the marinara is tasty too. I still need to dig into the garlic ones – I am sure me and Sal will love those!

Favorite pic – 

The fiance and I did a nice walk around the lake in Wakefield, MA the other day and it was so nice to get fresh air and exercise together! It is a little over three mile loop around the water. I want to go there again soon when the leaves are green again and flowers are in bloom.

What about you – what are this weeks favorites?

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 4/10/15

 I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday -

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A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite in Fashion

I of course found more goodies on Zulily! This Mint Scoop Neck Fit & Flare Dress….

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And this – Lime & Gray Tribal Scarf! I love them both!

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 2. Favorite in Beauty

I took part in the #WipeforWater challenge via the Neutrogena® Naturals VoxBox and received the wipes below complimentary to test from Influenster. 

In order to conserve water, you can just simply wipe offf makeup and dirt with these wipes and avoid wasting water, while cleaning your face each day! I love easy products like this that not only are good and gentle on your skin but also have a cause.

3. Favorite subscription

I got my 5th Stitch Fix! I received a striped skirt, a blue/purple shirt, a cuff bracelet, a chevron dress, and a beige top. The skirt fit weirdly, the blue shirt was one of the loose, blouson type shapes I already got in a recent box from them, the dress is cute but I wasn’t sure how often I would wear it and the cost was $70 which is a bit much, and then the cuff wasn’t really my style. So that leaves the beige shirt which has a patterned back, unlike any other shirt I have! It’s $48 and simple enough to wear to work or even on a weekend. As long as I like one item I am happy with it, since you pay $20 styling fee per month, and if you buy something, you get the money towards the purchase.

4. Favorite sweet treat

Sal recently went to Ohio and brought back these goodies from Le Chocoholique for us to share. Each little chocolate is like art!  How perfect is the Limoncello chicks and Blueberry Bliss!

5. Favorite lunch

I took a short trip down to CT with Sal to see my best friend, her husband, and her growing family (they have two girls and now a 3 month old baby girl!) for lunch last weekend! We went to World of Beer and I got a steak salad with chickpeas and blue cheese and to drink, the Ace Berry Cider “a mixture of raspberry, blackberry and strawberry juice added into fermented apple Cider.”

steak salad

What about you – what are this weeks favorites?

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Food Photos from Easter 2015

You know I love sharing food photos especially of all the delicious dishes from holidays:like Scenes from my Easter 2014 and Food Photo Friday: Scenes from my Easter 2013. SO I wanted to pop in to share this years Easter Dinner. As usual, I headed over to the fiances house for a feast! I have been doing pretty good at work-outs (T-25 DVD’s) and even did a cleanse (3 day refresh recently – more on this soon) so I think I was a little bit too excited to let loose and eat whatever I want, but what can you do. As usual, the table was set and ready to go thanks to Sal’s mom.

We had some cheese and crackers, olives, and pepperoni to snack on and the first course was ravioli with homemade sauce. My favorite!

Onto the main course….we had grilled lamb lollipops with mint pesto!

Here is a peek of all the other goodies that made it onto my plate and happily into my belly: cherry glazed ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and the lamb. Everything was cooked great and there was plenty of food to go around (and LOTS of leftovers – my fave).

And for dessert, pastries from Modern Pastry of course!

Another great holiday family dinner with food, drinks, and family time! Now I need to get my focus back and cut out sweets….a lil over three months until the wedding- eek! How was your weekend – any passover or Easter dishes you loved?

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