Thursday, January 27, 2011

Exciting News!!!!!

 
The hubby and I booked our next vacation!!!   
We are going back to NY for a week over Easter.
 

We had the most amazing trip last year, and we are both so excited to head back to THE city.

Have you been to New York?  If so, what is your favourite restaurant or foodie destination there?

The kind and generous people over at CSN Stores have given me the opportunity to do a product review for them this month.  As most of you know, CSN Stores have over 200 online stores that sell furniture, tools, cooking gadgets, luggage, and so much more.  I rotate doing either a giveaway or a product review each month, and this month is the review.  I usually choose something kitcheny, and I still might, but I could use a new laptop messenger bag for this trip. Last year I lugged mine through the airport and got major shoulder burn.  I need something with padding!

Yesterday I made Averie's Banana Oat Cake.  It was super easy to make, and tasted great (it included: 1/2 mashed banana, 3 T oats, 1 T brown sugar, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp cocoa).  You can find the recipe here. I smeared some PB on top. I also had some yogurt with blackberries to round out my breakfast.

 

I had the another banana oat cake for breakfast this morning.  This time I tried it without the cocoa
It was just as good.  


It tastes like a cookie, but really it is a healthy breakfast!

I had leftover peanut stew for lunch yesterday, and remembered to add the cilantro.  
I went to town with it.


Dinner last night was a tuna sandwich melt with tuna, olive oil, red onion, mozzarella cheese, pickles, Dijon mustard and mayo.  I had 1 1/2 with an orange later in the evening for dessert.

 

I was out running errands tonight, and came across some smokey paprika that I have been looking for ...

And it just happened to match a pretty bag that I saw, so I just had to get that too.  You know, because your accessories just have to match your spices ...


That's what I told the hubby anyway.

Excuse me, I am off to find some nutmeg coloured shoes, and a cumin dress.
What items do you have trouble resisting when shopping?

I am a sucker for bags, shoes (especially in the summer) and dishes.

Okay ... no more shopping until NY and I meet again.

19 comments:

Beaglebea said...

Never been to the big apple, but would love to go visit someday. I'm actually planning at trip to Europe in October. Seems so far away but need to start looking for flights...my grandpa will be turning 100, so lets hope his health plays along before then.

One Healthy Apple said...

Gorgeous bag! I LOVE the color and it's so cheerful for the winter too!

I'm so excited for your NYC trip. Get a magnolia cupcake in my honor, OK?

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

SO exciting you guys are going back to NYC!!

I love your new bag - so cute!

Laura said...

Ahhhhh! Best news ever! Good for you and the hubbie... I love having holidays to look forward to!

mymarblerye said...

I got your fb message!! Gonna write you back soon!! But levain bakery for the win!!! So sad you couldn't go near my wedding!! I'll be there 4 days after you leave!!! :) I can't stop buying nut butters!!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Very exciting!! We visited Candle 79 when we were in New York last spring, and it was amazing!

Alanna @ Blood, Sweat & Cupcakes said...

That's so exciting! I've never been to NY (only on a stop over at the airport!) You're gonna have a blast!

Only us foodies need out spices to match out accessories, I love it :)

Kacy said...

Yay that's so excited. I'm dying to visit NYC!

Love the bag! I have a weakness for EVERYTHING when shopping, which is bad since I'm cut off until after I move, haha.

melonshots said...

that banana oat cake looks awesome!!

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Wonderful! Love that purse.Happy Friday!I'm blog hopping today. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Wishing you happiness and a fabulous weekend of Happy, Katherine

the actor's diet said...

yay! nyc in the spring is the best. i have a whole bunch of restaurants in the "tasty travels" section of my blog if you want any suggestions.

Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen said...

FUN! I am so jealous, I even live in New England, but have never been to NYC. Someday....

Gabriela. said...

YAY for NYC!
I've been there last year, and it's absolutely amazing!
I'm actually planning on coming back next winter... I'm definitely excited to see what you'll do there on easter and get some tips :)

Adelle said...

Love Love Love New York!

It has been so long since I have been there that it's hard to remember where I ate. I do remember having a memorable and delicious meal at The Michael Jordon Restaurant, which is in Grand Central Station...overlooking the entire place. Picturesque and quintessential New York.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I was in NY a couple of years ago and had an absolutely blast! What a fun vacation for you & your husband! One restaurant I wanted to check out but didn't get to was Balthazar! I did go to Pastis and absolutely loved it. Of course my recommendations are French restaurants. :)

Love the bag! I am a sucker for shoes, bags, and books, and then the #1 thing I am a sucker for is outerwear. If I see a cute jacket, I have the hardest time resisting...

Mom on the Run said...

I love NYC!!!!!

I was there for Blogher and had so much fun.

Right now I have problems resisting cute baby clothes and kitchen gadgets. Thank goodness for ebay!

Shabby Chic Mom- Susie said...

I've only been to the airport in NY for a layover to Ireland. I so want to go to NY, such a dream of mine to experience it.
love the purse, that's my weekness too along with wallets

Madeline - Greens and Jeans said...

I am THE shoe gal. And I seriously hope I can make my way up to New York while you are there!

Eden said...

I'm jealous, take me with you to NYC. Chris would hate it but I'll hide in the suitcase. I'm mini, as you know! I cant resist buying food. Is that bad? I see a grocery store and I just want to buy and eat everything! clearly, I have issues....