Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School: Sage

As the kids are getting ready to go back to school, we thought we'd have a fun shoot to showcase what we will be wearing this year back to school!

Today we have Sage showing the latest in Middle School Fashion.


Sage is wearing:
Donut Shirt: Pac Sun
Green Shorts: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Hair Tie 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Easy One Pot Bacon, Salami Pasta with Tomato and Basil

This pasta is a heaven send and so easy for these back to school meals we are all about to or are embarking on now. Made this last night and it was perfect. 

What You Need:

  • 12 ounces penne
  • 6-8 Slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 6-8 Thick cut salami, chopped
  • 1 (28- oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 medium-size yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Garlic diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • TO DO:
  • 1. Place first 12 ingredients and, if desired, dried crushed red pepper in a Dutch oven or deep skillet in order of ingredient list. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (about 12 to 15 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered, 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is slightly al dente, stirring at 5-minute intervals.
  • 2. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Stir just before serving. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Four Casseroles You Have To Pin Today

While I was at the river this past weekend soaking up the sun, I pulled a Southern Living from my in-law's back bedroom to read while I was looking over the river views. Although I am NOT ready for winter, this January Issue was loaded with yummy casseroles I believe are more than ready to be devoured too.  Hope you enjoy looking at them as much I did. Mmmmm....

Loaded Chicken Bacon Pot Pie

The City and The Country Mac and Cheese

Sausage, Pepper and Grits Casserole
Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Monday, August 4, 2014

Best Beach: Williamsburg



When we first moved here, we always drove the twenty minutes to Yorktown Beach but after awhile the hassle and the jellyfish stings made us want to find somewhere new to enjoy the water and sun. Much closer to home and located on the James River next to the Jamestown Ferry you will find just the right beach! Jamestown Beach Park is the best beach to sun in Williamsburg don't let anyone tell you otherwise. As a local who knows, do not beach at College Creek. Too many bad things have happened at that beach when swimmers enter the water to talk about. 

For safe, family fun SEE Jamestown Beach Park.

Turn right before you pop on the ferry and find a parking spot. Newly renovated with a wider beach and tall trees, you must walk through in order to make it to the water's edge. If you are not into sun hide out in the shade if you like. If you want to tan, continue on and walk to the edge. 

Bring a grill to cook out or enjoy one provided for you! Watch the ferry go back and forth between Jamestown and Surry. (I have the perfect spot to stay to share with you in Surry)Listen for the cannon to sound from Jamestown Settlement


Friday, August 1, 2014

Eat Fat Tuna: Williamsburg







We recently ate at the newest restaurant in Williamsburg, Fat Tuna. Co-Owned by two remarkable men, Victor Minichiello the brains behind Sal's by Victor, and Chef Ken Brown the talent in the kitchen, Fat Tuna offers a welcoming atmosphere with food to melt into your mouths. 

We started with the Fat Tuna Sesame Fresh Ahi Tuna. It was raw the way we like it and the sauce served for dipping was delicious. Joe dined from the Raw Bar and enjoyed Oysters on the Half Shell. We also crunched on the calamari with it's spicy sauce. 

For our main course, I chose the Shrimp Po-Boy in which I love to see on a menu. For some reason when we moved to Virginia I never saw a Shrimp Po-Boy on the menu. I could find an Oyster Po-Boy but never a Shrimp Po-Boy but today that has changed. The Shrimp Po-Boy from Fat Tuna is served buttery, grilled roll with lettuce, tomato with a special sauce not to mayonnaisey.

Douglas enjoyed the Fried Seafood Platter with Shrimp, Scallops, Flounder and a Crab Cake. You will not walk away from this selection hungry. The batter is light and doesn't cake up on the seafood. Enjoy the mac n' cheese and don't think about the calories. 

The Williamsburg Style Shrimp N' Grits is a perfect selection with jumbo shrimp in buttery grits. Mmmmm.... From the specials menu, one of the most interesting meals was delivered to our table. In a large pot with a top filled to the brim with crab legs, shrimp, scallops and more was than so tasty I would suggest it for your meal. You might be able to share it too. 

We enjoyed Fat Tuna and will be back. Nice to have a seafood restaurant in The Burg that isn't too expensive and owned by locals!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pieces of Me






I have been working hard all week at work and getting back from the lake with a broken boat. :( SO awful to have a broken down boat in the middle of summer. We are getting it fixed and heading to OBX this weekend to celebrate my sister-in-law's thirty birthday. I know I've been slacking on the posts this week so I wanted to drop a couple of photos into the blog for eye candy. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Photo Shoot for Douglas' 16th Birthday





 







Okay, I guess I'm old now. Douglas turned 16 yesterday and a lot of women my age are having photo shoots and showing off outfits (Hell, I do it.) but these girls do it pretty darn well. So, Douglas is now 16 and I'll be 35 in a couple of months. Time flies peeps. Soon we will be handing over the keys, watching her get a job and checking out colleges. She wants to be an FBI Agent at this point. We will see if it keeps.

Sage and friend Chloe model outfits picked out by Douglas. Chloe says she looks like she is looking for a boyfriend in this choice. She is a funny girl. 

We at dinner at Fat Tuna a new restaurant in Williamsburg. I will review it soon! I made Douglas a photo album I made from Walgreens (for $20) that made her cry. She can be emotional, she is a Cancer though. Have a happy weekend guys!