Meeting the Little Lady!

by agirlandhermutt on November 12, 2012

Good morning! As I headed to bed last night I had a huge smile on my face. Typically Sunday nights are rough, but after a fantastic weekend I couldn’t help but smile.

The biggest thing that happened…I met this little lady!

My friend Priscilla is the proud Mom to the cutest baby ever and on Saturday I finally got to meet her. Plus, I got to visit with her Mom and Dad. 😉 She is 7 weeks old and I had big plans to go meet her when she was first born, but I was sick sick sick. Then I was on vacation and then just junk was in the way. Fortunately Saturday was the day to make a day trip to Connecticut and meet the baby!


I was in love from the minute I met her. She has the cutest cheeks and just the loveliest little smile. Perfect!

I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned this on the blog, but I’m not leaning towards the Mom track in life. I absolutely adore little kids, but I’ve never been one to babysit, have never changed a diaper, and just overall haven’t been that Mom-like. Unless you count being bossy. 😉

However, over the past few years my friends have started to have children and I have learned to embrace a new role…AUNT ERIN! I come in to hold them, play with them, and then hand them back to Mom when a mess starts to happen.

Don’t we look like quite the team?! I’m so thankful that Priscilla is letting me be a part of her family’s life and I can’t wait to watch not only this little one, but the whole family grow over the coming years.

Oh, baby bear. You are just too cute!

While I was in Connecticut we did a little bit of walking around, including a visit to East Rock Park around sunset. I didn’t want to leave Korky at home the whole day so he actually came with us. We all got a chance to stretch our legs and see some nice views.

We followed up the outdoor walk with a visit to Miya’s for some sushi and sake!

I wasn’t as pleased this time around with the service, but as always, the food was wonderful! We were seated in a weird spot for my camera this time around so be sure to check out posts here and here for some super sushi photos.

Just a few hours after dinner we were back in Boston. Easy peasy!


Since Saturday was dedicated to a visit to the Little Lady, Sunday was dedicated to relaxing and getting my stuff together for the week. After an extended period of time on the couch catching up on TV I finally got my butt up to get lunch together for the week.

The starring player in my meals is the ToneItUp black bean burgerfrom their Meal Plan. The biggest difference I made was to use hemp hearts instead of flax seed. I loved the change in not only texture but also the slightly nutty taste that the hemp hearts provided!


Topping the burger is one of my favorite finds in Boston, Samira’s Muhammara.

It has a similar texture to hummus but is really a mixture of fire roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts, lemon juice, spice and pomegranate molasses. It has the tiny touch of heat with a pinch of sweetness.

While I was whipping up a batch of black bean burgers for the week I also roasted some brussels sprouts. A little combo of olive oil, salt and sunflower seeds.

All together with a plum for good measure and lunch is served for the next few days!

I was in bed by a normal time and ready to start the week on the right foot.


I hope you guys all had a great weekend. See ya tomorrow!


Attention all local Boston folks! The big day is almost here. The Boston Local Food Festival and Boston Local Craft Beerfest are this weekend!

This is the 3rd annual local food festival and not only will this be my 3rd time attending, but I’m also a Featured Festival Blogger this year. Woot!

Check out my experiences in the last 2 years:
2010 BLFF– Go Local!
2011 BLFF– Local Lovin’!

The festival has grown so much over the past few years and it even is moving to a bigger space. The festival is a great place to check out local restaurants, local farmers, and local products. The festival also has some great demos, DIY spots, and tons of music. AND IT IS FREE!

For a great look at all the events and how to get the most out of the festival check out this Plan of Attack from Boston Magazine.

BUT! Before the fun starts at the BLFF on Sunday the Local Craft Brewfest is happening TOMORROW! On Friday, October 5 from 6-9:30 some of the best local brewers will be on hand to show off their goodies.

While the food part of the festival is free, the brewfest does require a ticket ($45) but as a previous attendee…it is totally worth it!

Some of the brewers I’m really looking forward to seeing are High & Mighty, Notch, Clown Shoes, and Spindrift Sodas (not a beer, but still delicious!). There are a few breweries I’ve never tried either so I’m excited to give them a try.

Long story short…

Check out the websites, come drink some beer, be sure to stop by and eat local food. Be a part of a wonderful LOCAL weekend!


What I Ate Wednesday: Lunch Bag Style

by agirlandhermutt on October 3, 2012

Hi folks!

Every week I am involved with an email chain between a few of my friends that I creatively call the Girls Goals Group. On Monday morning we email out several goals that we have for the week and update on the goals we set for the previous week. They are typically small, obtainable goals (more like a To Do list) that can easily be done in the week. It is nice to get those goals written down in public and helps us all keep accountable for achieving those small tasks. One of mine almost every week is to “Bring my lunch to work every day”. I’m proud to say that I have been able to write “DONE!” next to that goal for the past two weeks. It is a record!

I’ve been obsessed with this little divided tupperware container I picked up at Target. I typically divide it up into veggies, protein, and fruit. It helps me keep a nice balance…most of the time. Last week I had leftovers in the divided container that consisted of pulled chicken and two little sections of mac & cheese. Oops!

Here is a look at a few of the combos I have had over the past few weeks.




V: Greens, grape tomatoes, 1/4 c. cottage cheese with TONS of pepper
F: Bananas, Strawberries, and a little hemp hearts
P: Rotisserie baked chicken tenders

V: Greens, red peppers, cucumbers
F: 2 clementines! (I never liked them until this year and now I can’t get enough!)
P: Tone It Up Black Bean Protein Patties

V: Greens, grape tomatoes, orange peppers, 1/4 avocado
F: 2 plums
P: Turkey Roll-Ups w/ roasted garlic hummus

V: Pioneer Woman’s Most Favorite Salad Ever (minus the noodles)
F: Eh. No fruit. Just a little leftover spicy sauerkraut
P: Stuffed Swiss Chard Roll

V: Greens, Cucumbers, Yellow Peppers
F: Cutie clementines
P: 1 hard boiled egg and 1/2 c. black bean & Salsa mixture

Tricked ya! Not a divided plate at all, but a Chipotle bowl with lettuce, black beans, chicken, mild salsa and corn salsa. I had plans for lunch with a friend that day and she ended up buying. SCORE! 😉 That still counts as bringing my lunch every day, right?!

Oh, and my dressing for every single one of those salads is my olive oil/vinegar mixture. It never gets old. I promise!


Hope you guys are having a great week! I spent last night with the Girls Goals Group having some dinner, wine and catching up. Tonight I’m out again with a few old co-workers. Good thing I keep bringing lunch to work. I’d be broke by Thursday!

Do you pack your lunch for work/school?