A Trip to Gillette Castle in Connecticut

by Jennifer on July 27, 2014

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This summer our son has discovered a passion for geography and travel. We now have two large wall maps, a World Map and Map of the U.S,. in our home and our son is staring at it and learning more about our Country and World each day.

Interestingly, unless we are taking a plane to reach a destination, he doesn’t consider it to be ‘real travel’ so until we do some more of this ‘real travel’, we decided to show him some ‘interesting and cool’ things in Rhode Island and Connecticut .

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Saturday, some friends took us on a boat ride to some local but isolated parts of Stonington and Watch Hill. We all had a blast playing on an isolated beach followed by a great dinner.

Today we headed out to Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut. We admired the construction and stone work while touring the castle and had a history lesson to boot. Afterwards, we hiked along some trails, sat to watch some boaters and then hiked back to the castle.

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Once we got home, we were quizzed on state capitals, researched the top 20 largest countries in the world, and discussed our son’s fascination with visiting the Mall of America (because where else can you ride a roller coaster inside a mall?).

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Mercat a la Planxa: A Chicago Tapas Restaurant

by Jennifer on July 15, 2014

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Hello from the Windy City! I am here for a business trip and arrived hungry. I headed next door, with some colleagues, to Mercat a la Planxa’ at the Blackstone Hotel.

Because we arrived at an ‘off time’ aka between lunch and dinner, we could only order off a small tasting menu but we were happy to order a number of plates to nibble on and hold us over until dinner.

We had: DATILES CON ALMENDRAS (BACON-WRAPPED DATES, MARCONA ALMONDS, LA PERAL)

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GAMBAS AL AJILLO (GARLIC SHRIMP, GUINDILLA CHILIES, TOAST)
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MIXTO CROQUETAS (SERRANO HAM & CHORIZO CROQEUTTES, ROMESCO) & QUESO MIXTO (CHEF’S SELECTION OF CHEESES)
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CHARCUTERIA MIXTO (CHEF’S SELECTION OF CURED MEATS) & VERDOSA (MIXED BABY GREENS WITH GREEN ASPARAGUS, AVOCADO, CONFIT CHERRY TOMATOES & SHAVED MAHON CHEESE)

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The Fruits and Vegetables of our Labor: The Raised-Bed Garden

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We just ate an abundance of green beans from our garden tonight and will be attacking the sugar snap peas with our dinner tomorrow night.  It has been so rewarding watching the kids pick and enjoy the food from the garden. The problem will now be how to get the kids to enjoy frozen veggies […]

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Invisalign at the Work Place & Busting Myths

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Until mid-May, all of my time wearing Invisalign has been while being a work at home Mom (I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. I will be receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign). While at home, I would remove the invisalign aligners, set a kitchen timer, have my snack, lunch, coffee etc., and then pop into […]

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Conquering Your Kitchen

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On Friday, I shared a fantastic post about the Farmer’s Market, and in the post, I told you that I would be back to tell you more about Annemarie’s new book, ‘Conquering Your Kitchen.’ All of the recipes in the book are able to be prepared in 30 minutes or less. But Conquering Your Kitchen […]

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Obsessed with the New KIND Bar: Caramel Almond & Sea Salt

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As you may recall, I am now working full-time outside of the home and have a lengthy commute. Not only am I trying to bring my lunch a few times a week, but I need some snacks to keep my belly happy. The other day, I spied this bar and grabbed an entire box once […]

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