Pet Parents

Oh yes, you all know my fur babies are on the top of my priority list 🙂 If you have a pup you must try Seresto this season. It is very pricey but worth it. The fluffers have been running around in the grass and they have been tick free for a months! This never happens. Get to the store and pick up a collar soon! See how happy Charlie looks. You can also see a box in the background. Sadly, we are leaving Southie 😩  Our condo sold in 22 hours and we are off to another adventure! Can’t wait! I am sure there will be posts from all over. Keep checking in! Who knows where we will end up!

 

 

charlie soresto

Citrus Semifreddo

Giada semifreddo

 

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Prep time: 20 min

Inactive: 8 hours

Cook 5 min

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
4 ounces purchased amaretti cookies, crushed (about 20 small cookies) plus more for sprinkling (or I have used biscotti or almond cookies)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
8 large egg yolks
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons limoncello
Pinch salt
1 lemon, zested
1 lime, zested
1 cup whipping cream
Directions
Spray a 9 by 5 by 3-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line the pan with plastic wrap, allowing the excess to hang over the ends and sides.

Combine the crushed amaretti cookies and the melted butter. Put in the lined pan and press down to firm and form a crust.

Whisk 1/2 cup of the sugar, the egg yolks, lemon juice, lime juice, limoncello, and salt in a large metal bowl to blend. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water). Whisk the egg mixture until it is thick and creamy, and a thermometer inserted into the mixture registers 160 degrees F, about 5 minutes. Set the bowl of custard into another bowl of ice water to cool completely. Stir in the zest.

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in another large bowl until firm peaks form. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the custard. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared crust. Fold the overhanging plastic wrap over the custard and freeze until frozen, at least 8 hours or up to 3 days.

Unfold the plastic wrap. Invert the semifreddo onto a platter and peel off the plastic wrap. Cut the semifreddo into 1-inch slices and sprinkle with crushed amaretti cookies and serve.

 

Italy in Boston!

What a weekend we had. Today, I really need to get to the gym ASAP. We decided to have a couple dinners out in the city. I did find one of the best and authentic Roman Trattoria restaurants in Boston, Cinquecento. This place has outdoor seating and amazing BUCATINI ALLA CARBONARA!!! OMG, it was one of the best that I have had since we were in Italy. Cinquecento is a must try and its not in the North End but the South End! We ended up trying quite a few things like the Fried veal with Gorgonzola cream sauce and the Lemon Semifreddo, which means half frozen. Its a cross between a cheese cake, frozen custard and gelato. Once again, I haven’t had this since Italy! Summer is on its way and if you are looking for some really good Italian dishes and Vino stop by Cinquecento! You will probably see me there 🙂 Happy Monday!

 

cinquecento

 

carbonara cinquencion

 

gelato cinquento

 

 

cinquecento lemon semifreddo

Nantucket Nautical

It’s almost here, Memorial Day weekend! The weather better be good this year! Here are some of my pics for some outfits for the whole family for Memorial Day weekend.  ( click on pics to get yours) I just wore the white crochet shirt last night to a new place on the waterfront in Boston, Gather. I really love this shirt.  It goes with anything from jeans, shorts to a skirt, its a nice versatile piece. I also am waiting to become an auntie anyday now! I am loving all the baby clothes!  Enjoy the day!



The Nina, the Pinta and now found the Santa Maria!

Underwater Explorers: We Found the Santa María, Christopher Columbus’s Ship (Congrats to my Uncle, Barry Clifford)

By Bruce Wright: Boston.com

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A group of underwater explorers say they believe they have located the missing remains of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa María, more than five centuries after it wrecked in the Caribbean Sea.

The Independent reported that the team of explorers said they found the wreck’s remains on the sea’s floor off the north coast of Haiti.

“All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” said the leader of a recent reconnaissance expedition to the site, one of America’s top underwater archaeological investigators, Barry Clifford.
“The Haitian government has been extremely helpful — and we now need to continue working with them to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck,” he said.

Clifford said the shipwreck’s remains were found in the same area where Columbus claimed the Santa María ran aground in December of 1492, four months after it departed from a Spanish port in search for a new route to the East, according to CNN.

Clifford was led to the site by using information from Christopher Columbus’ diary, according to The Independent. He went back over some photos taken of the site in 2003 before he and his team returned to the location this month to verify the discovery.

“I am confident that a full excavation of the wreck will yield the first ever detailed marine archaeological evidence of Columbus’ discovery of America.”
This is not Clifford’s first major underwater discovery, according to The Washington Post, which reported that Clifford was responsible for finding what may be the only verified pirate shipwreck in 1984.

 

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!!

The innovative brains at The Food Network have done it again, turning something ordinary into extraordinary with a melon, a cocktail recipe and our very own faucet and shank kit.

Watermelon Keg – The Food Network Magazine

Here’s the recipe our friends at The Food Network suggest for the perfect cocktail keg, adapted from The Bubbly Bar, a new cocktail book by Clarkson Potter.

 

watermelon keg

 

 

Watermelon Sours in a Melon Keg
(makes 10-12 drinks)

4 cups watermelon chunks, pureed
4 oz Alizé Red Passion, or any other fruit-flavored liqueur
8 oz gin
2 cups sour mix
Sparkling rosé
Lime slices, for garnish
Watermelon, to turn into a keg

Prepare your watermelon by cutting a lid from the top and scooping out the fruit (use 4 cups of the fruit later for your watermelon puree). Drill a small hole near the bottom of the melon, then use a knife to widen the hole until it’s just slightly smaller than the keg shank. Attach the shank and faucet and you’re ready to add your cocktail.

After pureeing 4 cups of watermelon chunks, strain. Stir in your fruit-flavored liqueur, gin and sour mix. Chill. Add sparkling rosé before serving. Garnish with lime slice and enjoy!

Thanks to the fantastic minds at The Food Network for inventing such a fun and different way to tap into your melon.

Cheers!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers! I am sure everyone had a wonderful day! I had to share one of my favorite pictures from my wedding with my wonderful mom! Happy Mother’s Day Mom! xoxo

Mothers Day!

Nick and I had a fantastic weekend with some great friends and family! I had a nice lunch downtown with a college friend who spoils my fur babies! I had to share some pics with the furs new plush toys from Chicago, very chic! Take a look at their website, you are sure to find some fur baby gifts! http://www.barkerandmeowsky.com
pawsky chicago

 

 

 

max booze

I also did a great walk with some great friends for Caring for a Cure 5k/ Positive Project in Marshfield. Caring for a Cure was founded in 2011 by the nurses of the Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our goal is to improve the journey of patients and families with cancer through research, resources and awareness. Through direct donations and fundraising events, together we have raised over twenty thousand dollars. Help us continue to make a difference for our patients and their families as we continue Caring for a Cure. If you would like to make a donation check out the website:http://www.bpositiveproject.com/events/caring-for-a-cure-5k-runwalk/

 

 

We had a wonderful time at Brahmin in the Back Bay Saturday to celebrate a friends 30th. Lots of fun!  We were barely able to get ourselves out of the house on Sunday to head to the beach in Duxbury. We even stopped at Steel and Rye in Milton to enjoy a cheeseburger omelet for Mother’s Day. Yes, you read that correctly. A cheeseburger omelet. Don’t worry I opted for something more manageable 🙂 They have great outdoor seating and a great brunch on Sundays. If you are in Milton stop on by!

 

stell and rye cheese burger

 

On our way home we even spotted this! LOL Furbaby on motorcycle…..OMG! You have to love Southie, you never know what you will see!

furbaby motorcycle

 

 

And thank you Charlie and Max and Mom and Dad for the Mother’s Day Flowers!! xoxo

 

 

furbaby flowers

 

 

 

flowers from mom and dad

 

Spring in the City

Yesterday, was finally a gorgeous day in Boston. I think the cold weather has left! It was the perfect day to find a nice spot in town to sip some cocktails and people watch. And I did just that! I have always loved Abe & Louis and if you haven’t been, now is the perfect time. They have great outdoor seating, a great menu with my favorite lump crab appetizer and Veuve Clicquot. A perfect late afternoon snack! We then wrapped up a wonderful day with ice creams for the fur babies at Castle Island in Southie. It doesn’t get better than this. Bring on summer!

abe and louis veuve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abe and Louis crab

 

 

 

 

charlie ice cream

New England Home

I just picked up the May-June issue of New England Home. It’s one of my favorite magazines to get some great decorating ideas for both the interior and exterior of your condo or house. I especially love this room! The gold tree trunk table is an amazing piece that can be used in any type of sitting room or champagne room, like the one you are seeing here. The window treatments work perfectly in this room as well. The sunlight radiants throughout the room to give it a warm and spacious feel. I have always loved neutral colors, such as those used on the couch.  And the fur is my favorite! This room is unbelievable!

 

 

moms magaizne