Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Where did February go?



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i cannot believe that it is march 1st, the entire month of february has been a complete blur. my schedule last month was jam packed, the positive is i have been able to cross a lot off my project list. so let me catch you up on what I have been up to this month...

i enjoyed a snow day at the beginning of the month the results of said snow day were beautiful!
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serenity



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willow tree in our backyard


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mr beans trees- our neighbor who has lived in our hood for 56 years!

it only took us until february to fit in our first snowshoe trip of the season (shameful i know). we hiked up locke hill in gilford- it just wasn't the same without our pup anna, she is still recovering from a torn acl from this past fall, but the views were as beautiful as ever.
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lake winnipesaukee



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in the summer you can actually see all the rock seats
we celebrated valentines day with a trip to lowes & sears. our intent was to purchase a microwave but we ended up with a new fridge- so romantic i know, but this is right up my alley- I love shopping at lowes and for new appliances and remodeling supplies. speaking of new appliances we also sprung for a new stove to match the fridge and got killer deals on both of them. for my valentines day gift justin got surprised me with a new potting/garden bench:
Kobalt Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Workbench

he couldn't decide between the potting bench and diamond earrings- my boy knows me so well, he picked right! it is tradition for us to stay home on valentines day, a tradition which started 7 years ago. staying home allows us to enjoy each others company without the hassle, headache and wait valentines day brings to the local restaurant scene- plus i think my cooking is better. we enjoyed a field greens salad, lasagna - vegan for me and cheesy for justin( i am addicted to the tofu ricotta & almanese from veganomicon), artisan bread with garlic herb butter and a raw blueberry cheesecake (my first ever!)- to toast we busted open a bottle of moet- yum!

this month i have been on an oatmeal kick- i am unsure where it started. see growing up we were not an oatmeal family (most likely the reason being because my mom did not like oatmeal)- we were more of a cold cereal (like a gazillion boxes- my cousin was always jealous of our selection), scrambled eggs, toast type of kids. justin on the other hand loves oatmeal and grew up on the stuff- it wasn't until i met justin i even sat down to a bowl of the ooey goodness and now i am hooked. i prefer made from scratch oatmeal whereas justin prefers the prepackage sugary carp. oatmeal is sooooo easy and the possibilities are endless- below i went with blueberries (picked last july atop mount major), walnuts, cinnamon and mclures maple syrup- mmmmm so good.

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good morning blueberry-walnut oatmeal
one generous serving

1/2 cup oats
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
handful of blueberries (i used frozen)
walnuts or any nut you fancy
drizzle of pure maple syrup

-over medium - high heat bring almond milk to a boil, add cinnamon
-stir in oats and cook over medium for 2 1/2 to 5 minutes until your desired consistency is achieved
- pour oats into a pretty bowl, top with blueberries, walnuts & syrup

enjoy!



Yum

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