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Good Morning!

Yesterday my sister and I headed to the beach for a little while in the morning…it was such a nice day! the water was beautifulll

still working on my biking/running tanlines!!!! it’s getting better–however, a couple days ago it was a pretty gastly sight hahah

after the beach my sister, Mary, and I went over to my Mommom and Poppop’s house for dinner. They recently moved from their house on the bay to out the “woods” as my Mommom likes to say.  It is definitely a big change but their new house is very nice and I think over time they will get used to it.  P.S. Mommom=grandmom…whenever I say  “Mommom” here on my blog everyone always thinks I am referring to my Mother and not my grandmother haha.

Mary and I made homemade Fig Almond Biscotti for dessert.  I have posted this recipe up before but I decided to post it again since it is so good!!! Really now people, make this recipe!  This time we made two changes– added more figs and made the biscotti “mini” instead of large. both changes I liked better.

  • 2 cups  flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • sliced almonds (3/4 C)
  • figs (chopped- do this yourself) (2/3 C)- this time we used a full cup
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the figs and almonds

    Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on baking sheet that is either lined with parchment paper, or sprayed/dusted with flour. Bake until light golden (40 minutes) and then let cool for 30 minutes. this time we wanted mini biscotti instead of long/large ones so we cut the batter and half and made two smaller logs- came out better this way!

    Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife (like one you would use for a french baguette), cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool.

For Dinner my Mommom made her staple… Crabs and Spaghetti! She cleans the crabs herself and sautes them in White Wine, Olive Oil, garlic, onion, parsley (I think that is it, right Mommom?) and makes her usual spaghetti sauce and puts the crabs inside the sauce. gives the sauce such a great flavor with the added Crabs.  I love eating crabs…it makes such a mess but it is so much fun eating them!  No one makes them as good as my Mommom does…maybe one day I will be able to master her recipe!  None of the the photos came out too great of the crabs and I didnt even snap one of the pasta…I was too anxious to start eating! sorry…

and for Father’s Day one sunday… my sister and I made my Mommom’s other staple…Rice Pudding!!! alot of people have never even heard of rice pudding before…they say “Rice for breakfast?!” but believe me– do not knock it until you try it…it is SO GOOD.  This picture is just a small portion of the rice pudding…we doubled the recipe and made a huge bowl of it…the whole thing was gone within 10 minutes…yes, we are pigs in our family.

My uncle has this HUGE truck-Ford F650.  It almost looks fake in these photos, doesnt it? I do not know how he drives this thing around…I’d be crashing into things left and right haha…


not much going on today…visiting my friend (that I havent seen since high school I think!?)- we are gonna go to the beach for awhile- then I am teaching Spinning at night.  Tomorrow I start working in a Doctor’s office…woohoo fun stuff haha….Have a good day!


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happy birthday mom!!

As you can see read above…it is my Mom’s birthday!  This morning my mom and I worked out together- (she is trying to get back into working out so I gave her some advice and  taught her some new lifting moves,too!).  I lifted with her and did an awesome treadmill interval (which I will share with you in a separate post).  Then I made my mom and I egg sandwich bagels.  She had an everything bagel with 1 egg/1 egg white, spinach, and cheese. and I had a whole grain flax bagel with 1 egg/1 egg white, spinach, cheese.  bagels from wegmans are mucho delish…whole foods has FANTASTIC bagels as well.  I really liked my whole grain flax.

Then my mom and I went shopping for my cousin’s wedding and stopped at other places along the way.  For lunch we went to Seasons 52 (love love love it there).  My Mom ordered a pork taco flat bread and market veggie soup and I ordered market veggie soup and the organic mixed green salad…plus some of my momma’s flat bread 😉

We went out to dinner for my Mom’s birthday on Sunday night but tonight I decided to cook up a dinner for my mom.  My two sisters, Mary and Danielle, (and my sister’s boyfriend, Todd) came home from Philly for dinner, too!

I decided to make my sister’s creation (something I have been meaning to try for some time now!)

whole wheat pasta shells with spinach, roasted tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken in a white wine reduction


  • Whole Wheat Medium Pasta Shells
  • Can of Artichoke Hearts (in water)
  • Grape/Cherry Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Chicken
  • Garlic
  • White Wine
  • Dried Basil & Parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash & cut tomatoes in half.  Place on baking sheet and toss with a little olive oil and kosher salt.  Place in oven until tomatoes are juicing–10/15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a deep saucepan, saute olive oil & garlic.  Saute sliced pieces of chicken in pan (seasoned with salt & pepper).  Once the chicken is cooked through, add some wine (1/2  cup?).  The heat should be on pretty high at this point.
  • Add the roasted tomatoes, chopped artichokes, parmesan cheese (about a handful) & dried parsley & basil to the pan.  Allow to cook for a little bit…10 minutes or so.  Add handfuls of spinach and place lid on pan to allow the spinach to wilt down.
  • In a seperate pot, boil water.  Add salt & the pasta shells.  Cook as directed by the package.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain the pasta and place the pasta back in pot.  Add the mixture from the pan and mix all around.
  • Serve and top with grated parmesan cheese if desired!

For dessert…my mom asked for my Mommom’s Famous Rice Pudding (p.s. Mommom=grandmom….many of you guys think I am talking about my Mom when I type Mommom! haha).

I have found that MANY people have NO IDEA what rice pudding is!  The horror!  Rice pudding is a dessert made with rice and milk (plus other ingredients )…it kind of hard to explain (it is sort of like an oatmeal consistency with milk in it) but just know that it is heaven on earth and my mommom makes THE BEST.  I’m not just saying this, either…I have had many many variants of rice pudding…and NOTHING COMPARES to Mommom’s!! butttt I cant give out the recipe…family secret!

yummmm…ate way way too much of this!  oh well haha…have a good night!

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