This past weekend I had the best time with a couple of my friends up at Lake Ossipee in New Hampshire. We had planned a weekend of swimming and hiking up near the White Mountains. One thing we all agreed on was that we wanted to eat decently healthy. It almost seems like a waste to enjoy the outdoors and pig out only on chips, preservatives, and food mostly made of fat. So I wanted to go over some tips that I have learned and still learning during my great outdoor adventures.
So I feel like I’ve been MIA for a good month now. With weddings and my application to college for the fall… it’s been busy. Well enough of that! Back to the food! I’ve missed writing here and sharing more experiences with you. Since I last talked to you all I’ve:
- Been to 2 weddings
- Took a wine making course (post to follow soon)
- Bought my first wine making kit.. it’s going to be a Malbec!
- Got accepted into the Honors Program at the college I applied to! Woot!
- Learned some new recipes
- Found out that ignoring your garden can still get you something
- Was shown a raised garden and given advice for my future gardening endeavors.
- Went to an amazing tea shop in Portland Maine called Dobra Tea.
On Saturday, I volunteered from 8am-10:30am at Earthfest. This free concert is hosted every year in Boston around this time of the month, and there are always volunteer opportunities. This was my first year finally being able to go because I’ve always become sick around my birthday. Not this year! This year I volunteered and was placed with the Casella Recycling. My job was to set up the recycling bins and make sure that no recyclable items were shoved in the trash. I met a couple of new people who exchanged information with me; Charli and Jess. It was their first year volunteering there as well. I ended up spending more time with Jess than with Charli.
For Earth Day, Chrissy and I celebrated in a way Dionysus would’ve approved of. What better way to celebrate the earth and all its wonders then over wine that has been grown, harvested, fermented, and bottled on the same 52 acres we were standing on. Welcome to Nashoba Winery in Bolton, MA! This is one of my favorite day trips to take because you can do so much there at a pretty cheap price. Wine tasting is only$5.00 and the tours are $10. The wines and spirits range from 11 dollars and up too. Even as I wrote this, I was enjoying a glass of their classic and most favored Plum Wine. That is what brought us on this pilgrimage in the first place. One taste and you become hooked. Chrissy had never gone before while I had the neglected pleasure of having it less than ten minute from my house when I lived in Clinton, MA. I had only been there once before with my parents, and I never got to explore the area. Yes, I wine tasted, but I didn’t engorge on the possibilities and knowledge that this winery offers.
What is your dream kitchen?
Everyone has a particular flavor and style when it comes to interior decorating. I almost went to college for interior design, but I didn’t like the idea of having to deal with the stress of working with people who also might not know what they want. It isn’t until we are presented with rooms filled with goodies that we realize what our particular tastes are. My friend Erin prefers dark woods and blacks. I, on the other hand, prefer lighter woods, blacks and whites, and pops of colors. I got so excited going here like it was an amusement park… and we had the realization that this must be the true sign of getting old… when you get excited about furniture and kitchen goods. This was literally “Home and Garden” porn for my eyes. I ran around like a kid in Toys R Us.
So I took a trip down to Connecticut on Tuesday and stayed overnight. Megan convinced me to take a lovely mini vacation and the temptation of girl time/ Starbucks was dangled in front of my face. I came out of this trip with a treasure chest of goodies. I got:
- Green overalls (my 90s love is making me tingle when I wear these. All I need is a necklace with a baby pacifier)
- Blonde ground coffee for my French Press
- Blonde willow coffee beans as well
- A new Venti cold tumbler. You save 10 cents at Starbucks when you bring your own cup. It adds up.
- A new tall blue/white mug. She has a matching one.
- A bag filled with mixed teas from her collection
- A great dinner
- Entertainment from the movie “Lars and the Real Girl”
I made this a couple nights ago for my family after I got out of the gym. My brain flows with ideas when I’m in the middle of a great workout, and I thought about avocado chocolate mousse (adventure for later this week). Instead of coming out of Trader Joes with avocados… I came out with cottage cheese, jumbo frozen scallops, Multigrain-o’s, and kale. Not what I was expecting at all, but *shrug* worked with it. Apparently my mind had already set into the “cooking show” mode in my head. I was also supposed to get seafood earlier that day and didn’t; so that may of had some influence.