Thursday, May 13, 2021

CT Hidden Gem: Wicked Tulips

For several years, I've seen friends post on social media about this tulip farm in Rhode Island and always was jealous. It looked glorious and picture-perfect. Almost too good to be true. And I'd always try to get tickets and when I could go, it was always sold out. Womp Womp. 

Well, they now have a property in Connecticut and I was able to finally get tickets this year. 

When I say it was glorious, I am NOT exaggerating. 

Ness and I were soooooo excited to check out alllll the tulips. 

He could not believe they were almost as big as he is! 

Can you tell he loved it there?

Rows upon rows of different varieties of tulips. 

As far as the eye can see.

He was quite proud of his bucket of tulips. 

He didn't want to leave. He just wanted to keep picking! 

Gorgeous, right?! No filter needed folks. 

So glad they have buckets you can borrow as our bucket was filled with water in the car ready for the long drive home! 

He wanted to smell them all. He said they smelled like flowers. LOL. 

Tulips upon tulips upon tulips! 

When you're done picking, they trim them for you and bundle them up in brown paper. 

I had a lot of fun arranging them when I got home. 

I'm so glad he loves a good morning adventure! This was totally and completely worth the 90 minute drive each way. I cannot recommend going enough. 

A few tips:

Bring your own bucket with water in the car to bring your flowers home in. They'll be thirsty!

Tulips prefer to be cut straight across, not at an angle, and ICE COLD water. 

It's $17 to get in and includes 10 flowers. However many you go over is $1 per flower. Fantastic if you have an over-picker like I did! 

Bring a hat, there's no shade and it's directly in the sun. We got hot very fast and it wasn't a hot day. 

When you pick them from the ground, pull up at the base where they meet the ground and you'll get a longer stem. Sometimes, the bulb comes out with it and that's ok. 

Order your tickets ahead of time and don't wait til the last minute to stalk the weather. Just get the tickets and go. It'll be worth it, I promise. Every year prior I waited because I was worried about the weather and always missed out. 

Have you ever been to Wicked Tulips before?

Monday, April 26, 2021

Mother's Day Wish List

Mother's Day is right around the corner and oftentimes I am asked for suggestions for gifts for moms in peoples' lives.

First and foremost, a day off. A day to herself. A day where she doesn't have to think or plan or prep or answer questions or respond or even function at 1/10th regular mental or physical capacity. A day to sleep in (and not til 7:30, like legit SLEEP IN) without being bothered or hearing a car chase downstairs, a nice up of hot coffee where she can relish it and savor each sip, a long shower or bath alone (without interruptions), some time to lounge around and watch television of her choosing with no commentary, a delicious brunch that she doesn't have to cook or make her own reservations for or clean up or even decide to do, an afternoon nap or lazy day in the sunshine, and being told she's appreciated while treating her with appreciation. THAT is what you should gift her. 

If you want a tangible gift for her to unwrap and be overjoyed upon receiving, here's some fabulous suggestions of items I would personally love to receive.

I have been lusting over Lake Pajamas for years as their reviews shout from the rooftops of how amazing they are. Size up one because if they're tossed in the dryer they can shrink. Stick with a classic stripe, everyone loves a classic stripe. 

Possible corny but well worth it and I'm sure needed. She likely has the same bathrobe hanging up that she wore in the hospital when she had your child{ren} 
A gorgeous gingham cotton robe is lightweight enough to wear year round and a perfect fabulous treat she wouldn't gift herself.  

Every woman loves a good pair of shoes and Rothys are a win win across the board. They have an exceptional return and exchange policy so if you're off on size, they'll hook you up easily. 

4. Beautiful slippers (wear inside or outside)

Birdies are a luxurious treat most women wouldn't treat themselves too. They're normal shoes but the inside are soft like slippers. Trust, they're phenomenal.  

Jo Malone is a go to for a classic, fresh scent that flatters almost any woman's natural aroma. Many options and you can even do a set that includes a candle (definitely get the set with the candle for bonus points)  

6. A bathtime gift set (think new fabulous towel, a tray for the tub, a new book she'd love to read, a fabulous scented candle, and a bottle of wine all for her) 

7. A gorgeous new leather bag, you can even momogram it!

Taking something gorgeous and extra and then making it personalized is so thoughtful. 
8. Sentimental plants. She have a green thumb of love flowers? Head to the local garden center and get her a peony plant, a rose bush, or even a young cherry blossom tree. Watching it grow and bloom year over year, this is a great gift from the kids for mom!  

9. New beverage set. She like to entertain or treat herself now and again to a beverage. Have her enjoy that beverage in a beautiful glass with coordinating pitcher. Make it a set so she can enjoy it with friends too. This pottery barn set screams MOM and SUMMER all together at once.   

10. A custom sentimental piece of jewelry. I'm not talking little charms of the kids or a mother's ring or necklace. I'm talking something classic and simple she'll wear every day and never take off. I love YearlyCo bangles and would love to slowly collect them with each symbolizing my story. I also adore my local jeweler who finds the best gifts that do this too.

Moms deserve so much. Every day, not just on the Hallmark day. Remember that.        

Thursday, March 11, 2021

What's Cooking Wednesday: Picatta

I made this last night and immediately knew I had to share it. It. Was. SO. Easy. 

Chicken Picatta 

First off, I made basic chicken cutlets. Thin sliced chicken coated in flour (seasoned with salt and pepper) then in eggs and the dipped in panko breadcrumbs mixed with Trader Joe's onion seasoning. I then pan fry (in my must-have always pan!) I set the cutlets aside on a paper towel on a plate (helps be less greasy) 

After the cutlets are done, I put some garlic (maybe a tablespoon) and minced shallots (one large shallot) into the pan I cooked the cutlets in along with a little butter (1-2 tablespoons). Cook for about a minute. I then added in a cup of white wine and the juice of one lemon squeezed. I let it bubble, maybe 2 minutes, add in a pat of butter (about a tablespoon), let that melt and simmer the flavors together. I toss in some capers and a few slices of lemon then add the cutlets back in for one minute to absorb some sauce. Serve over any pasta. 

I seriously cannot get over how easy and delicious it was! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

What's Cooking Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie

 This is not your regular pot pie. This is my EASY take on pot pie. 

What you'll need: 
an onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
tablespoon of minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
2 cups of stock
1/4 cup cream
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into chunks
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 package Grands biscuits
an egg beaten with some water (egg wash) 
salt, pepper, fresh herbs (I had rosemary and tarragon)

Preheat oven to 400. 

In a large oven-safe skillet heat some oil and butter. Add in garlic, onions, carrots, salt and pepper and herbs. Saute for about 5 minutes. 

Toss in some flour, mix around then add in the broth and cream. 

Add chicken and mix, 4-5 minutes. 

Add in peas and corn and mix, roughly a minute. 

Top with 8 biscuits and brush each with egg wash. 

Bake on middle rack, uncovered, about 25 minutes (my oven is moody and needed 27 to be perfect). 

So easy and delicious. Enjoy!!