It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

My friends, it’s the best time of the year! Opening Day has come and gone, but now baseball season is in full swing! For those of you who are new to me, this will serve as a warning. I’m one of the biggest Red Sox fans you’ll ever meet. Along with being a crazy fan, I also am an employee on the day of game staff at Fenway Park (along with the boyfriend, who happens to be a Yankees fan…).

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Face of Fenway in 2013

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Memorial Day- Veteran Staff recognition 2013

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Thom and I in Cooperstown, NY at the Baseball Hall of Fame 2014

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Thom and I at Yankee Stadium 2014

Anyway, I’m excited to get back to work on Monday for Fenway’s Opening Day. I’m also super excited because Thom and I got tickets for this weekend to see the Red Sox play in New York against the Yankees! It’ll be our first game together that we can actually watch and both care about the outcome, as well as cheer for our own team.

Also, feel free to check out my Red Sox blog which I have been slacking on lately, but promise to work on more this year!

Do any of you watch baseball? Who’s your team?

Liebster Award Nomination

The ever so lovely Kacie has nominated my blog for a Liebster Award! I’m excited to accept, but since I don’t follow many blogs religiously yet, so I don’t have anyone to nominate. This will be a running post that I’ll edit periodically whenever I see a blog that I love following.

Here are the questions I was asked, along with my answers:

1. Where would you love to have a vacation home?
Oh my gosh, probably anywhere in Europe- most likely in Germany or Sweden!

2. What’s your favorite color combination?
    I love colors and the more the better! I love greens and blues together, but I also love pink with anything! Oh, and sparkles!!

3. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
I don’t usually feel guilty about things I enjoy, but I would consider Pretty Little Liars high up there in something I should feel guilty about watching!

4. Whose style do you wish you could copy?
    I love Taylor Swift’s style so much and wish I could copy it! She has legs for days and I’m just too short and round, haha.

5. What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
I watch baseball and go to a lot of concerts. I love baking and reading, too! I work as a preschool teacher and at Fenway Park!

6. What’s your current favorite TV show?
This could go on forever. I love Hannibal, Revenge, Scandal, The Following, and Pretty Little Liars!

7. What was your favorite game as a child?
I don’t really remember, I don’t remember playing a lot of games other than like House and stuff.

8. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
     Cannolis!

9. Which season is your favorite?
I love all of them except Winter, but even that looks pretty. I guess Spring because that’s when baseball starts!

10. What book could you read over and over without getting tired of it?
     The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman!

Drunken Whoopie Pies

My boyfriend and his band just had their cd release show in Boston this weekend, and to celebrate, I wanted to make the guys something special. We were all going to be getting together the night after the show for food, drinks, and good times, so I decided to whip up some whoopie pies. However, I started getting into baking with booze last year when I made Bourbon Marshmallows, and since the dudes are all whiskey drinkers, I settled on making something involving Irish Car Bombs. (I apologize if the name is offensive to anyone- I mean no offense, I promise!). I had Drunken Cupcakes before, but decided to try them as whoopie pies, since I’m a Mainer. I googled recipes and found one from Poet in the Pantry. It ended up great and they were very well received! I’ll copy the recipe here with some of my own tips for you! Sorry, I’m not much of a picture taker when I’m baking, so I don’t have much for photos here.

Drunken Whoopie Pies

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the cookies/cakes:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream the sugar and the shortening. Add the egg and beat until well incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the following:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground

With the mixer on medium-low, alternate adding the dry ingredients with:

  • 1 cup Guinness Draught, room temperature

Mix until well blended. (NOTE: The mixture gave me a really hard time here. The batter was super dry before the Guinness was added and I had to scrape it off the sides with a fork to make sure everything got mixed well.)

Scoop batter onto a dark non stick cookie sheet. (NOTE: I used an ice cream scoop and made all kinds of different sizes, in pairs. You can use a cookie scoop or a spoon or whatever you prefer, just make sure to keep note of the amount and size [you want matching pairs!!!])

Bake for 8-10 minutes (you can use the toothpick method to check doneness), then remove to a wire rack immediately to cool.

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Jameson Irish whiskey
  • 1/3 cup Irish cream PLUS**
  • the remainder of 1/2 cup filled with heavy cream

**When you measure the Irish cream, pour 1/3 cup into your measuring cup, then top it off with the heavy cream until it reaches 1/2 cup.

Cream the butter, shortening, and powdered sugar for 4-5 minutes. Add the flour, whiskey, Irish cream, and heavy cream, beating on medium high until nice and fluffy–up to 8 minutes. You can add more powdered sugar or cream to adjust the consistency to your liking.

Once cakes are fully cooled, smear the filling onto the flat side of one and match with it’s pair. Voila! Drunken Whoopie Pie!

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You can wrap these in plastic wrap, or place into a ziploc bag. They can be kept in the refrigerator, freezer, or not, depending when you want to eat them.  Also, have fun with the booze in the recipe- I used the exact amounts, but you can use more or less if you prefer a more or less boozy taste!

Blizzard Binges

Hey everyone! So, as I’m sure you’re either experiencing or have heard about, but New England has been hit with crazy amounts of snow. While Boston is under something like 3 feet (and counting) of snow, my hometown of Eastport, Maine has beaten the state record and has gotten over 6 feet in the past 2 weeks (with more on the way!). It’s currently snowing as I type this. IT’S NEVER GOING TO STOP!

Instead of posting more photos of the bizzarro Winter Wonderland we have here (because I know that there are a million other blogs that have pretty much the same pictures that I would), I’m going to tell you what I’ve been binging on to pass the time with all these snow days I’ve been having.

TV Binging- Because it’s okay when you’ve got nothing to do and nowhere to go. Luckily for my friends and I, we don’t have cars to shovel out and we have landlords to deal with the walk ways and such. We’ve all been binging on a lot of Netflix, some together and some separately. Here are some of my personal favorite binges:

  • FRINGE: If you like CSI, Law and Order, Criminal Minds, and anything Sci-Fi, you will like Fringe. Also, it’s in Boston and it’s Joshua Jackson. The entire series is on Netflix. Personally, it took me a few episodes to get into it and become hooked, but we’re midway through season 2 now and HOLY COW SO GOOD!
  • BREAKING BAD: I shouldn’t have to get into this one. Everyone knows Breaking Bad and how phenomenal it was. If you didn’t see it, you heard about it and you need to see it.
  • SONS OF ANARCHY: Motorcycle clubs and violence galore! It was a great show, but a little meh for an ending. Still a great watch.
  • PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: I’ve been addicted to this for a few years now and it’s totally a guilty pleasure. Sorry.
  • SCANDAL: Just got into this and WOW! Check out the first few seasons on Netflix and catch up!
  • TRANSPARENT: Just got into this. It’s only through Amazon Prime and it’s incredible.

Food Binging- We’ve been cooking a lot and hoarding snack foods. Slow cookers are great for snow days (chili!!!) and nachos and hot cocoa have been getting me through all the tv binging.

Video Game Binging- Thom and I are addicted to Dr. Mario (mostly, he’s upset that it’s the one game that I’m a lot better than him at. He kills me in everything else). We’ve also been playing some other games like Injustice and all other Mario games. Oh, also the Lego Movie game.

Big Little Lies

I love reading. Except sometimes I go through phases where I forget that and don’t read anything for a long time. During my recovery, my mum had bought me the Kindle version of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I finally got around to picking it up and OH MY GOD I’M SO GLAD I DID!

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I don’t want to get into too many details about this book. It’s a bit complicated for awhile (especially since I didn’t know what it was about at all when I started reading it), and trying to explain it gives away too much of the plot (I think). Basically, it’s about a bunch of kindergarten moms in Australia and how crazy they can be. They’re also perfect looking and as the reader, you get to watch them unravel. Oh, and there’s a murder!

I totally reccommed this one! Check it out! I’ll be checking out her other books ASAP!

My Cholecystectomy (or, How I Spent My Winter Vacation)

Hello everyone and a Happy New Year to you all! I’m sorry for my absence, but this time I have a legitimate excuse! Before I get down to all the gross details, I’ll cover my holiday stuff and then get into it.

For Christmas, Thom and I went to see my family back in Maine. Thom had never been and he hadn’t met my brother or father yet, so it was an exciting trip for us. The weather was pretty gross driving up there, but Thom took it like a champ. We spent a lovely few days with my family. Thom is always a big hit with my 4 year old niece (and my lazy bull dog!)

For New Years, Thom and his roommates threw a small house party. There was a great group of people there who were all awesome to ring in the New Year with.

On New Years Day, Thom and I took a gear filled truck to Connecticut to spend a weekend with his family. His band was playing a show near his parents’ home (at his brother’s new restaurant!) that weekend, so we took the opportunity to go down earlier to spend time with his family and enjoy our last days of relaxation before going back to work on Monday.

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Saturday, Thom had tickets for the two of us to see this Huey Lewis and the News cover band that I love. I have this weird love for Huey Lewis and was heartbroken to see that the cover band already existed without me, but still love them anyway. He knew that I wanted to see them that night and since our one year anniversary would be on Monday, he surprised me (a month ago!) with the tickets. The Power of Love (ha!) would be playing with the Bang-Gos (Go-Gos and Bangles cover band) and Heart Attack Ack Ack Ack Ack Ack (Billy Joel cover band). We made it to the show and it was awesome!

Then the horror started. Sunday was a lazy day which was awesome. Until early evening when I started to feel unwell. Within an hour, I was full on writhing in pain and chaos was happening. After my many protests, Thom was able to drag me to the ER for us to discover that my gallbladder also wanted to spend the one year anniversary with us and made us a few little presents as well. I was booked for a Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal).

I spent a few days recovering at Thom’s parents’ other home near Boston which was amazing (they really are fantastic people) and now (a week later exactly), I’m feeling much better. I’m still a bit sore and am not allowed to lift anything over 10 pounds, but I’m healing nicely and will be 100% in a week or so.

So, that’s my long winded story. Thank you if you stuck around for the whole thing! Now that it’s the new year and I’m feeling better, I’ll be able to post more frequently. Thanks for your patience!

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

I freaking love Nutella. I know that this isn’t a rarity these days. But I have these personal deep feelings about Nutella. I don’t binge eat it like some people I know. I spread a little on a slice of bread and call it good. I first had Nutella when I was 16 in Belgium. I had never heard of it and thought it was only in Europe, so I was stoked to have it in the States. I never really buy it though, except for the summer I spent in Sweden when that’s what I had at breakfast almost daily. Every time I bite into Nutella, I think of my summer in Stockholm and it makes me super happy. So yea, I love Nutella.

I found a recipe for Nutella cookies and added extra Nutella and chocolate chips! They are delicious and are always a big hit when I bake them for others. I hope you enjoy!

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 TSP Vanilla
  • 1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Nutella

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Recipe:

Preheat overn to 375 degrees.

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Mix sugars and butters until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.

Combine both mixtures together.

Add Nutella and chocolate chips. I usually add extra Nutella, a little at a time.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

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Enjoy!!!

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