Category Archives: Around town

Mud, grass, sauce & sprinkles

How do you like that randomness for a title?

After leaving Ginger at home on Sunday for 9+ hours I felt like I owed her one. So after work I sucked it up and put her in my car for the 2 mile drive to the bike trail. I had done a quick 25 HIIT run on the treadmill earlier and wasn’t feeling much else besides a walk.


Doesn’t she look thrilled? For 2 miles I had one hand on the steering wheel and the other keeping her wet little nose from touching my dash everywhere.

The damage:

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And I thought I lost a lot of hair! You can bet I wiped that off within 2 minutes of being home. I kind of have OCD tendencies with keeping my car clean. It probably stems back to my childhood and a father that wouldn’t let us eat in the car or get in with dirty feet. I blame you, dad.

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Ginger enjoyed the hour walk minus the bikers. She’s a little skittish around them. Not sure what a bike has ever done to her but she apparently found them scary enough to hide between my legs anytime one would pass. Wuss.

We stopped by the creek that runs under the bike path at one point to let her have a drink since it was kind of hot out and she was panting like crazy.

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And this is the payback I got.

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A bike went by on the bridge above us while she was drinking and rang it’s stupid little bell horn which freaked Ginger out and she jumped out of the creek, flinging mud all over me. So then I had a wet, muddy dog and muddy sneakers going into the car! We both got hosed down when we got home.

Oh, but the fun did not end there! Fast forward about an hour and I’m outside grilling dinner when Ulysses comes home and Ginger runs onto the deck to see him. That’s when he points this out.


Can you see it? ASS GRASS!  And yes, I’m holding her tail up so I can get a better picture. Wouldn’t you? This has happened before so Ulysses knows full well I draw the line here. Ass grass removal is his job. I just take pictures and blog about it. That piece of grass ended up being a good 6 inches long (guess we don’t mow the grass often enough). Perfect dinner time entertainment.

Speaking of dinner, we had roasted vegetables and tofu on the grill with Mmmm Sauce. I’m starting to think I should rename the blog to “Running to Mama Pea’s Kitchen” considering how many recipes I make of hers. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it though, right? I actually saw Caitlin post about it yesterday and finally decided to take matters into my own hands and make it myself instead of drooling over everyone else’s.


There’s a reason it’s called “Mmmm Sauce”. It is tasty! So tasty that I was lamenting the fact I couldn’t get it all out of the blender without risking some digits.


Does it drive anyone else crazy that you can’t get the stuff under the blade out?


I pretty much slathered it on everything. This was the first time I grilled tofu and all I did was season it with olive oil, salt & pepper. I purposely kept it simple because I knew this sauce was going on top of everything anyway. It reminded me of a sauce you’d find in an Indian dish. Loved it. Glad there is at least a cup left in the fridge.

And since it was the first day of summer and all, this was necessary.

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And promptly devoured in about 3 minutes.

Happy Summer!


Sprinkles or Jimmies? Sprinkles!!!

Would you pull grass out of your dog’s butt? Heck no, that’s what husbands are for!



Filed under Around the house, Around town, Dinner

Bloggers + Greek festival

For as lame as Friday night was, Saturday more than made up for it.

We had a little blogger meet-up at Gouveia Vineyards in Connecticut. A bit of a hike for me but very much worth it for the friends, conversation and scenery. The wine was just ok. Winking smile

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Picture stolen from Kat because apparently I have no good group shots on my camera!

Left to right we have Loucindy, Kim, Kari, me, Molly and Emily. Kat of course was taking it since it’s hers. Smile

We started with a little tasting.


And then decided on a bottle to split.


We spent the next hour or so listening to Kat explain the difference between Russian and American animal sounds. Bet you didn’t know pigs don’t “oink” in Russian. I don’t even know how to spell out the sound they do apparently make according to the Russians, but let’s just say it’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard and it had us all in tears we were laughing so hard. Thank you, Kat Smile

We kind of forgot to bring any food and by about 4:30pm we were all ravenous and contemplating crashing birthday and bachelorette parties at the vineyard for food so we said goodbye until next time. Thank you ladies, it was a fun day!

{Enter 1.5 hour drive home + Large DD iced coffee + wheat bagel w/ cream cheese to keep me from eating my arm here}

As soon as I got home we pretty much headed back out the door for a local Greek festival nearby with some friends.


Nothing better than some Greek food,


with my Greek man,


his Greek friends,


and their Greek kids.


How adorable is she? I also love that she’s eating the one thing that was not Greek at the festival, a hot dog.

No Greek festival is complete without some dancing right?


And definitely not without some Loukoumades.


These are the sole reason I go to Greek festivals. Fried dough, rolled in powdered sugar, cinnamon, honey and walnuts. It’s like the Greek version of Zeppole for you Italians out there. I could’ve eaten all 12, but I made myself stop at 3. Baklava can’t even compete.

Hoping these don’t sit too heavy for my run this morning.

Happy Father’s Day!!


Filed under Around town, Dinner

Say yes to the dress

Yesterday started off with a trip to David’s Bridal for my friend Shanna’s upcoming wedding in October!

Dress #1:



Hi, Mom!

Dress #2:



Mom-usually you want to keep the person’s head IN the picture. Winking smile

Let’s play a game. Which one do YOU think I chose?

Since David’s is right next to the Christmas Tree Shops we had to take a peek. I think the best way to describe it is like a cracked out dollar store. Better stuff, better quality, still insanely cheap. Besides a citronella candle in a terra cotta dish that cracked to pieces the minute I opened it at home, I got some awesome dishes, bowls and placemats for prettier photography. Smile




And then, as if the day could GET any better, Trader Joe’s just happened to be on the way home! TJ’s is about 30 minutes from me so I don’t get there too often and when I do I go into complete hoarder mode.  3 bags of almond pieces? 2 almond butters? 3 jars of marinara sauce? Sure! The best part is, when I get home to put the stuff away, I almost always find more in the pantry. Note to self: you have PLENTY of almond butter, stop buying it. For like a year!<—This drives Ulysses nuts by the way. He’s of the mindset that we should eat ourselves down to nothing and then go grocery shopping. Whereas I might die of an anxiety attack if we run out of anything. Must have backups.

The loot:


Now multiple all that by at least 2 (I had put everything away before taking a pic, so then took it all back out again, except I was too lazy to take the duplicates out).

And, guess what else I got at TJ’s? Frozen roasted corn. The minute I saw this in the freezer section I think I said “oh my god, they have it!” out loud. Then I realized my mom was nowhere near me and I must’ve sounded slightly insane to the people nearby. Why was I so excited to see roasted corn? Two words: Tamale Pie. Mama Pea made this look so damn good a few weeks ago. It was destiny.

People, make this. It’s freakin’ delicious.





I almost ended up using ground turkey instead of the tempeh because I had eaten about 1/3 of my tempeh block and was scared it wasn’t going to be enough. But then I thought about how that would be blatantly de-veganizing the dish. I mean turkey just felt… wrong. If Mama Pea ended up reading this, I would’ve felt ashamed. I did add cheddar cheese instead of Daiya to the top though. That, I was ok with. Winking smile

And any day that ends with this is a good one in my book.


That would be some PB Pandemonium in a waffle cone. Smile


Anyone else in a wedding this year? Do you love or hate your dress?


Filed under Around town, Dinner

Farm to table

You know you live in the sticks when you can be here in 5 minutes.














Sometimes living in the sticks isn’t so bad.


Filed under Around town, Lunch, Meals