Friday, July 20, 2018

Four On Friday

Happy Fri-yay!

Here's what I've been....

1)Celebrating...hubby's birthday with his perennial request for his favorite White Chocolate Chip Vanilla Fruit Tart. Recipe is here.
 2.) Recuperating infected bug bite. I was couch bound all weekend due to a pesky bug bite that got infected on the back of my knee. Gross!! Anyway, I'm on antibiotics and feeling much better.
 3. Obessing over...this is the other summer candle scent I've been loving...Limoncello.
 4) Editing...more graduation party pics.
Have a lovely weekend, what's in store for you?
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

{Recipe} Creamy Scallion Soup

What to do when you have an abundance of scallions in your fridge? Make scallion soup, of course!  This soup is creamy and flavorful without a pinch of dairy.
8-10 scallions/spring onions, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large or two small potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 TBS olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp dried thyme
 To make:
  • Boil potatoes in a small pot, adding just enough water to cover them.
  • In another pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. 
  • Add scallions and onion, stir continuously until they cooked. Be careful not to let them burn.  Add more water if they start to stick. This could take 10-15 minutes.
  • When potatoes are fork tender, add them and their cooking water to the other pot.  
  • Stir, add salt, pepper and spices.

  • Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup until a creamy consistency is achieved.
  • Taste soup and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve with a sprig of green onion, drizzle with olive oil (optional).

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

{Travel} Boston - Day 3 The Freedom Trail.

We had our third morning in Boston to ourselves and wanted to go into full on tourist mode that day.
It was a beautiful, sunny day and I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking.  I thought my new dress from Primark would be cool and comfortable.
Once we made it into town we found the Freedom Trail Map.
 The trail is marked by these tell tale bricks and is 2.5 miles long (one way).
 We did our own version of the trail and stopped here at the site of the Boston Massacre first.
 There are signs around but sometimes the bricks stop so you have to pay attention to see where they pick up. This is Paul Revere House, it's the oldest standing structure in downtown Boston (built in 1680).  It's where Paul Revere lived when he made his famous messenger ride in April 1775.

I loved getting to see some other sides of Boston and this stroll through the North End was lovely.
 The smells wafting out of the Italian restaurants were tempting but we kept on walking.

 Outside of Old North Church is this statue of Paul Revere.

We were stopped by these two young filmmakers and asked if we'd read a line from the Declaration of Independence for a project they were doing. Of course Mr. Click was up for it.  The second photo is of Old North Church.
 This was a memorial for service people, there are military dog tags hanging along the fencing.
 Copps Hill Burying ground is the final resting place of merchants, artisans and craft people who lived in the North End.
 We made it to the waterfront but didn't go to see the USS Constitution (maybe next time). We were headed to Bunker Hill.

 You can see the Bunker Hill Monument while riding around Boston but as we were getting closer I was wondering where it was.
 Finally!! The monument sits right in a neighborhood.  You can get (free) tickets to walk to the top but we didn't do that this time.
 There's a Bunker Hill Museum across the street from the monument which was a good place to cool off after our warm walk.
 Gotta get that selfie!

While we were cooling off in the museum we researched lunch places and found one within walking distance called Figs.  They had amazing brick oven pizza and even made my side without cheese!
This was a mural I had been looking for in Boston and was so glad I found it while we were waiting to pick up our daughter. It's called 999 Cranes. It was a great ending to our short visit. We can't wait to go back!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

{Travel} Boston - Day 2

Day 2 in Boston was all about orientation for our daughter and for us.
 We spent most of the day on campus in different sessions.
 The day couldn't have been more beautiful and I took lots of photos of flowers and gardens.  We had a bbq lunch out by this relaxing koi pond.
 It was such a contrast from the last time we visited and so beautiful!

 When the parent's part of the orientation was over we said our goodbyes and left her with her new friends to spend  the night in a dorm. They had a lot of activities planned for them.
 We took a walk to By Chloe--one of my favorite vegan food spots. This avocado toast was A+++!!
We had ended up near Fenway Park so of course we had to go see it.  I can't wait to go to a Red Sox game there!
We had walked through a beautiful park area on the way to Fenway called Back Bay Fens.
 That's where I captured this stunning shot!
 What a beautiful place to go for a run or just walk like we did.
Dinner that night was in Cambridge, I had a grain bowl with tofu. It was late and dark by the time we finished dinner so I didn't get any more photos.  We walked around Cambridge and then went back to our hotel.  The next day we were headed for the Freedom Trail. Stay tuned...Day 3!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

{Travel} Boston - Day 1

College Girl had orientation in Boston and we got to tag along for a few fun days.
After checking into our hotel, we took the T into downtown Boston (take the blue line, get off at the Aquarium stop).  We were starving and ready for a late lunch/early dinner when we got to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
 There was a show going on and we picked a table outside at Wagamama so we could watch it.  There were unicycles, kilts, swords, interesting boxer shorts and bagpipes..that's all I have to say.
First up were some fancy iced teas.
My daughter and I shared two of the vegan entrees. This one is peanut noodles..
...and this one is a coconut curry.
After lunch we were ready to explore!  I haven't been to Boston in years and College girl had never been there except for visiting colleges.
This performer was amazing. She played current songs on an electric violin and danced around while doing it!

It was a beautiful day and there was so much going on.
Quincy Market
 We started walking toward the waterfront and passed this pretty archway in Christopher Columbus Park (thanks Tamar!)
 A nice couple from Seattle offered to take our pic.
 Along the harbor.

 Long Wharf

 Family selfie on the water.
 We headed back to Faneuil Hall Marketplace after walking all over town.
It started to rain a little bit and we were ready to head back to the hotel so off we went!
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