Love is in the air!

by agirlandhermutt on October 17, 2011

What do you get when you combine an absolutely gorgeous weekend in Massachusetts and October?! A wedding, of course! For the past 3 years I have gone to a wedding in Boston in October. They have all be beautiful and this one didn’t disappoint.

But first I have a confession. I’m used to not really be into weddings. I had all kinds of issues. What is appropriate to wear? Do I shake hands with the part of the couple I don’t know or do I give them a one arm awkward hug? Is it open bar or do I need to have more cash on hand? How do I tell the couple’s grandpa that I’m not interested in “scrubbing the ground” or “getting low” on the dance floor all night long? <—Seriously happened at a wedding about 4 years ago. I still sweat when I think about it.

Fortunately this wedding was beautiful and comfy. I love the couple. My friends were there AND I had a good lookin’ date!

The other fantastic part about this wedding…THE FOOD!

Mashed potato bar, surf & turf, portabella stack, desserts galore and an ice cream bar. Check out how they used the yellow squash as a ring for the other veggies!

Congrats to Jen and Rob!!!

The wedding wasn’t the only this that went down this weekend. The Scientist and I also braved some serious rain Friday to have an official night out. Dinner & a Movie!

Dinner: Henrietta’s Table – Food is great but their service on Friday left a lot to be desired. Fortunately they serve some great local food that is cooked perfectly.

Crystal Valley Farms Farms Herb-Crusted Rotisserie Roasted Chicken

Movie: Drive w/ Ryan Gosling- Totally not what I was expecting. I think I thought it was going to be more like the Fast & Furious. It.was.not. The Scientist deemed this “one of the best movies he has seen this year”.

The rest of my weekend was dedicated to some crock potting, freezing and getting ready for the week. Just the way all weekends should end!

Have a great week kids!

What is your fave movie this year?

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News Report…

by agirlandhermutt on October 6, 2011

Ok, so I have some good news and some not so good news. Lets start with the good news. Everyone always wants to hear positive things first, right?

Good news: I saw The League LIVE last night at The Wilbur Theatre.

 Not familiar with The League? It’s a tv show about a group of friends who are in a fantasy football league together. Its on FX and has the whole Its Always Sunny in Philly vibe. I love this show and it literally makes my sides hurt from laughing on each episode.

One of my favorites, Nick Kroll, is part of the show and he was part of the live show last night too. Nick=Hilarious and oh so cute.

The show last night started with four of the stars coming out to chat and just get the show going. Clips from the new season were next (premiers tonight!) and then each of the guys came out to do his own comedy set. They were all great, but Nick was a standout for me.

Before the show The Scientist and I met up to grab some dinnah and drinks. We met up at Rock Bottom Brewery, a place we tried when we first met.

I did a little investigation of the nutritional value of the menu before I went and eek…there were few things I was craving after that. Wowzas. I decided the best bet was to drink most of my meal. Rock Bottom makes their own beers and I was happy to judge them.


Chicken & Artichoke Soup w/ a nice side salad and a crap load of beer tasters.


The beers I tried included a Kolsch, Belgian White Ale, Red Ale, IPA, Special Dark, Rocktoberfest, and a Saison.

The winners for the night were the IPA and Saison. Both were refreshing with a  slight floral taste. Two thumbs up.

 The whole night was a blast and a great evening out in the middle of the week. Definitely give the show a try tonight and be prepared to laugh!

In other good news: I am down 5.2 lbs more this week. I know, right?! The past few weeks I have been really diligent about tracking what I’m eating and drinking TONS of water. The exercise hasn’t been as frequent as I would like, but it will come.  I’ve also managed to really balance my diligent tracking with some fun. I’ve enjoyed a few beer tastings (tastings instead of gulpings?!) and indulged in some great food. No guilty conscience here. 🙂

Ok, now for the not so good news…

There is no bad news! I’m down 5.2 lbs, I saw The League last night and its Thursday! How could I complain about any of that?! I just always wanted to say I have Good News and Bad News.

Have a great day kids!

What is your favorite tv show of all time?


Fire Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup

by agirlandhermutt on October 5, 2011

As a kid I hated tomatoes. I didn’t like those raw messy slices and I didn’t like them chunky in things. I could handle things like pasta sauce and pizza sauce, but that was about it.

Then when I was in my early 20s I was at a weight watchers meeting (a different story for a different day!) I noticed that women were chowing down on little grape tomatoes like they were tic-tacs. I thought what the heck and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoy that little suckers.

Now in my 30s I enjoy most tomatoes and have even grown a few of my own. I’m still not a fan of plain ol’ slices of tomato on my sandwich (makes the bread/wrap to mushy) and big chunks of hot tomato are icky. Fortunately, I’ve discovered things like gazpacho and fancy tomato soups to keep my tomato tooth satisfied through all of the seasons.

This super simple soup is just what I needed to welcome the  cooler weather in Boston and get that fun tomato kick in that I have come to love so much. Plus, I got to use that jar of roasted red peppers from Trader Joe’s that I have been dying to use!

Fire Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (Serves 4)

In the mix:
-1 medium carrot, chopped
-3 garlic cloves, minced
-1 tsp olive oil
-1 tbsp mix of rosemary & thyme (or whatever herbs you have on hand!)
-1 jar Trader Joes Fire Roasted Red Peppers, chopped
-1 can Del Monte Diced Tomatoes w/ Zesty Mild Green Chilies
-1 cup veggie broth
-3 oz. Chobani 0% Plain (about half of the small container)
-1 tsp sugar
-S&P to taste

*In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add in garlic and carrots. Let cook for about 5 minutes until carrots soften.

*Add in herbs and cook for another minute.

*Add in tomatoes, red peppers, and veggie broth. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then cover to let simmer for about 30 minutes.

*Once done cooking, stir in yogurt and sugar.

*Blend tomato and pepper mix in blender or food processor until smooth. Makes 4 one cup servings.

I like my soup with a little texture so I didn’t make it totally smooth. The greek yogurt gives this soup that creamy texture and a touch of zing in the taste.

 I dished out 1 cup servings into freezable containers to freeze and then use for lunch the whole week. Easy peasy!

Oh, and a touch of gorgonzola, feta or blue cheese on the top is DIVINE.


Are you a soup person? What is your favorite kind of soup?