April Book Club

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A mystery revolving around an author’s most famed book, brings biographer Margaret Lea to her doorstep for the writers final story. As the story unfolds, so do family secrets.

This book looks like a page turner! Now, no one cheat & go off to watch the movie only – let’s watch it at the end of the month!

Click here to buy The Thirteenth Tale.

“I walk through…

“I walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions.” – Ann Leary, The Good House

Hildy, the main character of this story is a composed real estate agent, or so it seems from the outside.

Her children forced her into a 28-day alcohol rehab a bit over a year ago & Hildy is still bitter from this stint. Not believing she is an alcoholic, she resumes drinking with her new friend, Rebecca. Hildy helped find Rebecca her family’s dream home – however Rebecca’s life is not so much a dream. Her failing marriage only led her to the arms of Peter, a local therapist who is married as well.

Drama ensues after Rebecca’s fling fails & Hildy’s drinking turns into a downward spiral. Forgotten phone calls, hidden drinking around her children & even an accident that could change the town forever.

This book captures a small town vibe like no other. A good read for anyone – I give it a thumbs up!

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Baked Salmon with Simple Roasted Potatoes

IMG_9345Hellllooo baby potatoes – you are my new found love interest (sorry hubby)! The star of this dish was supposed to be the salmon, but scootch on over fish – these carb filled lovelies have won me over!

I have made these potatoes several times & let me tell you, yum in the tum. The perfect warm side to a dish for anytime of the year. I can picture my summer grill outs now with this tasty side!

On to the recipe…

  1. Preheat oven to 425degrees
  2. Slice your baby potatoes lengthwise, place in a colander & toss with 2T EVOO and a generous amount of pepper
  3. Place them on parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer & roast for 25minutes
  4. While they are roasting zest one large lemon, then juice the lemon – combine the zest/juice with 1.5T flakey salt – set aside
  5. Remove potatoes from oven, toss with lemon/salt mixture & roast for another 5-10minutes

Voila, the easiest & most scrumptious potatoes around! Give them a try!

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Tommy’s Turkey Meatballs

IMG_9294Ahhh, I have said it before & I will say it again – who doesn’t love a meatball! I prefer a turkey ball to be exact. So when my cousins fiancé, Tommy, passed along this recipe to us we were all over it – pine nuts & raisins are in it, how could I resist such goodness! His original recipe was a “whatever feels right put it in” type of recipe so I measured it all out the best I could for you.

Lets get to it…

  1. Set aside 1/4C raisins in 1/2C water. Soak raisins for ~10min
  2. In a large bowl mix together 1pound ground turkey, 1/4C pine nuts, 1/4C bread crumbs, 1 egg, 1t oregano/ thyme/rosemary/worcestershire sauce, 1/2t crushed red pepper flakes/minced garlic & 1/4t salt/pepper
  3. Get your hands in that bowl & blend it all together – add in the drained raisins, continue mixing & form 12 meatballs
  4. Heat 2T EVOO in a deep pan & place meatballs into warmed pan – brown all sides
  5. Preheat oven to 350degrees, cook pasta & warm marinara sauce
  6. Once meatballs are browned place on a pre-lined cookie sheet & bake for 20minutes

Once meatballs are done begin the layering your plate – place spinach, pasta, then marinara & finally Tommy’s meatballs!! Hope you enjoy & thanks again Tommy boy!!

Nutritional Info Per Meatball (Makes 12): 95 calories – 5 grams of fat – 4 carbs – 8 grams of protein

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Toasty Scottsdale, AZ

IMG_9129With only a few days to escape the cold weather on the east coast, the hub & I decided take a trip over the long President’s Day weekend. We only had a few prerequisites – warm weather & a direct flight. With that in mind, Scottsdale sounded like absolute heaven.

Unlike most of our adventures, we decided to take this one easy – however, the hub did say “maybe we can hike up CamelBack mountain one day?”. I think he forgot I was pregnant, cause honestly I am cramping up & out of breath just walking down the street in Boston. Needless to say, I did not partake in his little hike.

The trip was pure bliss. The hotel we stayed at was absolutely out of this world perfecto. The Sanctuary Resort & Spa was not only a quick trip from the airport but out of this world in service, food & accommodations.  From the minute we arrived we were loving it. They whisked us away in a golf cart to our room with a view to die for, the pool was not only the perfect temp but the servers were on point & the food literally made my every day. Their homemade almond butter & peach smoothie was ordered every morning (recipe to come, still trying to get it just right) and for lunch the charred shishito peppers were in my belly 2minutes flat from when they came out.

We did have one night out on the town – well not really town, but outside of our hotel. We made a quick trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens for a sunset show of the Chihuly exhibit (glass sculptures that light up when dark) – it was beautiful! Then we were off to dinner at Tarbell’s – where an Iron Chef winner creates the swanky dishes.

The following night the hub & I decided to keep it low key & get massages at our hotel spa. The spa was zenned out like no other – it was wonderful. After our much needed pampering we went to dinner at the hotel restaurant, Elements. Each dish held its own, from the octopus appetizer to the homemade raspberry sorbet. Not to mention the pepper – I swear the pepper that was placed in the olive oil to dip bread in was AMAZE too!

Anywho…the last day the fearless hub did decide to hire a 3x iron man athlete to run up Camelback mountain with him. Who knows, I guess that was his idea of a great morning. I on the other hand was sipping on my morning smoothie poolside 🙂

Scottsdale you were wonderful, until next time! xx

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta

IMG_9284In this household, anything this delicious goes fast and anything that only uses one pot is a definite winner!

This specific dinner really brought out the yum factor with only using one pot (yes you read that right)! In under 6 steps I was able to create a powerful dish with flavors for days with the fresh lemon juice & fresh basil being tamed slightly by the gooey cheese.

On to the goodness…

  1. Grab a large pot – add in 1pound of diced up chicken breasts, 1T EVOO & 1t S/P
  2. Once chicken is browned lower heat a tad & add 2t minced garlic – cook for one minute while stirring
  3. Then add 2C low sodium chicken broth, 1C water, 1/2pound of uncooked penne pasta – bring to boil then reduce heat to low, cover & let cook for 15minutes
  4. After 15minutes remove cover & let simmer for 5minutes (or until broth is reduced by half)
  5. During this 15minutes, wash 6 stalks of asparagus, place on a plate & cover with a wet paper towel – zap in microwave for ~2minutes
  6. Remove from heat – stir in 6 stalks of chopped asparagus, 1/2C fresh basil, 1/3C Veggie-parm, 1/4C fresh lemon juice & zest from 1 large lemon

Garnish with extra lemon zest & red pepper flakes, enjoy!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 4): 400 calories – 8 grams of fat – 46 carbs – 36 grams of protein

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March Book Club

the good house

Hildy is a lifelong resident of Boston’s North Shore, mother, grandmother, real estate agent & former alcoholic.

Being the ‘it’ real estate agent in town, Hildy helps Rebecca, a new wealthy resident in town, find a house for her family. While befriending the new townie, Hildy shares stories with her over wine.

With Hildy back in the saddle all lets loose – lying, affairs, accidents & more.

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My Go-To Veggie Turkey Pasta

IMG_9267This has been one of my fave dishes while pregnant. During the first few months I was not up to cooking & nothing really sounded good to me. However, one night I was rummaging through our pantry/fridge & gathered a few goodies. I whipped together this – it is so simple & honestly SO tasty – and I am not going to lie – the hub & I now have it weekly!

This meal is seriously effortless! With barely any dishes dirty & leftovers for the following day – I couldn’t ask for a better recipe! And, when baby comes along – this will continue being a weekly staple in our household.

Lets get to it…

  1. Cook 6ounces of favorite pasta according to the package (I love using caserecce pasta)
  2. Add 1pound ground turkey to a large pot – add 2t minced garlic, 1t of oregano, basil & parsley – break up meat and it let brown
  3. Once browned add in 1 chopped onion, 8oz chopped baby bella mushrooms, 2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce & 1/2t of salt/pepper – stir
  4. Let all the goodness simmer in the pot for ~10-15minutes
  5. Remove pasta from stovetop once done, drain & add it to meat mixture
  6. Finally, top the combined meat/pasta dish with 2-3C fresh baby spinach – stir in

Top this off with some extra pasta sauce &  parmesan cheese. Hope you enjoy this meal as much as I do!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 4): 390 calories – 12 grams of fat – 42 carbs – 32 grams of protein 

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Meatless Monday: Lettuce Love

26 weeks

Three weeks have passed & the baby has upgraded in size to a head of lettuce! Let me tell you, I can definitely tell that baby ‘L’  has grown since being a grapefruit. While the hub & I were in Scottsdale over Valentines Day (post to come) my bump was on full display in my teeny two piece bikini! Baby was sure loving the warm weather & floating in the pool.

Anywho…let’s get our salad love on! Here are a few of my fave salads that I have posted over the past year or so.

Greek Salad with ‘Feta Cheese’ – this ‘feta’ is to die for

Dharma Kale Salad – I have been craving this salad & having it multiple times per week lately

Brussel Sprout Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette – brussel sprout heaven

Cabbage & Carrot Salad – clean & simple

Hope you enjoy your Meatless Monday!

xox SS

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