Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Homemade Ziti

A little while ago I made this yummy ziti using whole grain pasta, low-fat ricotta cheese, italian turkey sausage, low-fat mozarella, and homemade marinara sauce.  By doing this, I was able to cut the calories and fat by more than half!  The best part - it tasted better than the old way I used to make it!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

For the car lover in all of us

Even if you are not a lover of all things cars, you have to truly appreciate seeing this first hand....

And if you don't appreciate the car, you will appreciate that Mr. & Mrs. Dressed to the Nines got out and enjoyed steak and all-you-can-eat buffet at the less than elegant Ponderosa Steak House!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today is the Day!!

After 5 very long weeks, the girls are coming home today!
We are glad they have had a fun time in Florida visiting their dad and Elena, but we are really excited for them to come home!  I know they have taken tons of pictures of their Florida adventures that they want to share with you (every time I talked to them they had something new to blog about), but you will have to wait your turn.  For now I think we will be a little bit selfish and keep them all to ourselves.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thinking of YOU!

Many of us who live in very different parts of the country have had one common complaint this summer:
Today those of us here in New York finally caught a break from the humid misery that has been our norm.  Though we topped out at a breezy 76* today, I'm sure many of you are still sweltering.  So to assure all of our beloved family and friends (especially those in Arizona who think temperatures should always include 3 digits) that we have not forgotten you:
Tomorrow's forecast : A rainy 74*

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cute, cute, cute!

At the risk of exposing myself to a multitude of comments (about my baby being almost 10 and no other babies on the way)  from sisters who shall remain nameless, these pictures are too cute not to share. Earlier this week we had the chance to watch our neighbors' 7-month old for the day. We had such a fun time talking baby talk and playing peek-a-boo.  This little one is so darn cute ~ we think she should be the next Gerber baby. 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mmm, mmm good!

Since the girls are in Florida visiting their dad for a few weeks, Rick and I had the chance to head out of town for a couple of days beginning last Thursday.  We didn't go very far since we had some place to be on Saturday (that's another post for another day),  but Travelocity found us a great deal in the small town of Goshen, NY.  We chose Goshen because it is centrally located between a huge premium outlet mall and a huge four story mall so we thought we'd do a little shopping.  Those of you who know me best are already questioning our plan as you know I am not a shopper and the mall is not one of the top ten places you would find me hanging out.  But it has been hot in NY this summer and any sort of outside activity was not appealing to us.  As I logged into the specific website for our hotel, we discovered that we would be staying within 5 miles of the Hacienda Mexican Restaurant.  Upon further investigation, we discovered that the room we booked had an in-suite jacuzzi tub.  It was fate!   Who needs shopping when you have chips and salsa and a jacuzzi tub? 
Anyway, the restaurant was fabulous!  The decor was authentic, the staff very kind, and the food to die for.  We started with appetizers of guacamole and shredded beef chilaquilas.  Rick ordered a chicken chimichanga and I ordered the cheese enchilada plate.  I always judge a Mexican food restaurant by their cheese enchiladas and these did not disappoint.  For dessert we shared the cheesecake chimi - cinnamon and sugar flour tortillas filled with cheesecake and deep fried; served with ice cream and chocolate sauce with strawberries.  Most definitely the best Mexican food we've had since moving here!

The greeter at Hacienda - kind of cool but kind of creepy when it's dark out....
My favorite part of the decor were the hundreds of strands of curling ribbon hanging from the ceiling.  They were all different colors but hung in circular patterns and were curled to different degrees.  Sounds weird but I think it would be a cheap but cute way to decorate for a party.
After dinner we went back to the hotel and watched TV while soaking in the jacuzzi tub. 
We spent Friday at the various shops and malls as previously planned; and for once (ever) I came home with more finds than Rick or the girls.  
Total shopping bag count:
Rick -1
Girls -1 (and they weren't even there)
Steph -5
When do we get to go again?