Okay, so I really stink at keeping up with a blog! I love reading blogs & love writing, but combining those things into writing my own blog is hard. These things take some serious effort to maintain! Let’s see if I can give this another go. LOTS has happened since my last post, but I’m just picking up where we are today. I think I’ll do a few wedding & honeymoon posts in a little bit, because there are many details about those few weeks that I don’t want to ever forget!!
So anyways, today is a lot of things… it’s the sad end to a great Thanksgiving break, Cyber Monday, and most importantly, my sister (and Britney Spears’) birthday! In the case that the sole reader of this blog is seeing this, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMILY!! Looking forward to celebrating tonight at The Penrose with some yummy drinks
For a Thanksgiving recap, it was a very relaxing few days!! Matt & I were hosting my parents and sister, as we were all waking up early to brave the crowds for the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving morning. After the parade, Matt & I were bopping over to NJ to spend Thanksgiving dinner with his family. THEN we were going down to Virginia Friday, for an early brithday celebration for Emily. Phew! Sounds like a lot of travel, but it really wasn’t too bad. We really lucked out with zero traffic on all of our travel legs.
Since we were having guests, I was very excited my office let us out early on Wednesday. I snuck out around 1pm to finish up some errands before our guests arrived. There’s a Whole Foods on 97th & Columbus, which also has a great wine store next door. TJ’s wine shop in Union Square definitely has this place beat, but it’s the perfect place to pick up a few bottles at a very non-NYC cost! It started to drizzle on my walk back to my apartment, which was not so fun, but at least it was unseasonably warm for late November. When I got back to the apartment, I quickly whipped up a pumpkin bread using a mix from TJ’s. It was really tasty & made the apartment smell extra holiday-ish! I also prepared an apple crumb pie to bring over to Matt’s family, since I have always wanted to bake a pie from (semi) scratch. I was pretty nervous since my first pie ever made was being served at one of the biggest holidays where good pie is expected! Thankfully, I found this delicious recipe from Lea, posted here. I made one tweak where I used 1/4 c. white sugar and 1/4 c. brown sugar for the topping, but otherwise followed her directions as is. The pie was a hit & I was a bit proud of myself when Matt told me he doesn’t like apple pie but really liked this apple crumb version! Try it out for yourself and let me know how it turns out
After my parents arrived, we had some wine & ordered takeout pizza. Since the weather turned frigid and we had to be up extra early, we enjoyed a very low-key night.
When the alarm went off Thanksgiving morning, I wanted to crawl under the covers and hope everyone forgot about me. I had the worst night of sleep and was completely zonked. Unfortunately (or fortunately), sleeping in was not on the agenda, so up I went and we quickly got ourselves dressed & out in the cold. We managed to get to a nice spot by 6:45am, and thanks to some hand warmers & a Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha, the time passed pretty smoothly before the parade began at 9am. We snagged a spot right at the beginning of the parade, so at 9am when the parade started, we saw some action! In previous years, we’ve watched the parade near my apartment at the time, which was down in midtown. We forgot that just because the parade started at 9am, everyone needed to work their way down to us, so we had to wait almost an hour before the fun began! Tip for anyone wanting to see the parade in future years, grab a spot by Columbus Circle, since there’s plenty of room & still somewhat uptown so you’re not waiting around all morning.
After the parade, we made our way back to the apartment to shower, and Matt & I left to catch our train to NJ. This was our first Thanksgiving together – so it REALLY set in that we are married! No more going our separate ways for holidays – he is stuck with me! Matt’s mom and sister, Meghan, made a delicious apple cider sangria. I don’t know the exact recipe they used, but it looks really similar to this version. Ooh goodness, was it dangerous!! You could not taste the alcohol, just yummy cider! As usual, the cut-up fruit was the best part
We had a delish dinner with all the classic Thanksgiving options. I loved everything!
Friday we went to visit Peddler’s Village in Pennsylvania. I’ve never been before, and it’s very cute! It’s the perfect place to go at Christmas time! We struck out on finding any gifts, but I did get a neat funnel cup to make pouring cupcake & muffin batters much easier!
Virginia was fun and very low-key, we basically just sat around and watched football before going to the birthday dinner at Sweetwater Tavern. I wish a Great American Restaurant would open up in NYC! I could eat their doughnut bread everyday and never get tired of that goodness.
Early Sunday we ventured back up to NJ, and then hopped on the NJ Transit to get to our apartment by 12:30pm. We had a very productive morning!
We decided to pass our afternoon by with seeing Disney’s Frozen. I have been wanting to see this movie for so long (no shame!), and was pleasantly surprised when Matt didn’t fight me on it. Wouldn’t you know, the movie is sold out all afternoon at our local theater! Downside of living in a neighb with lots of young families…. so off we went to Lincoln Center, where they had Catching Fire in IMAX! We decided to go for the splurge, and it was so worth it!! We were both nervous it was a 2.5+ hour movie since Matt was tired and I can’t sit in a long movie without needing to use the loo, but we both remarked how quickly the movie passed! Seeing in IMAX definitely added a nice touch. We capped off the day with what started off to be a great Redskins game. So annoyed they lost!
Woo, sorry for the lengthy recap, but that was pretty much our (long) weekend! Hopefully back on here again tomorrow!