Hellloooo! I'm back from the longest blogging hiatus I've taken in a while. As it turned out, it was much needed.
A few days ago I returned from an extended vacation in the US, spending time with my family and visiting friends. It was such a wonderfully relaxing vacation where I made sure to keep my computer time to a minimum, and I have to say, it felt really refreshing!
My husband surprised me with a smartphone shortly before going on vacation (I resisted for years, but him coming home one day with a new smartphone in hand made it easier for me to crack haha), so I made sure to take PLENTY of pictures while I was away and updated my Instagram quite frequently. For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram (it's never too late to join the party!), I thought I'd share those photos on here as well as some other photos I took while on vacation.
I'm going to break this "The Month in Review" post into three parts: The first two posts will be strictly about food & drink, since that is what I spent most of my vacation doing, and the third post will be a miscellaneous post.
Hope you enjoy!
|My first "meal" upon arriving in the US:|
Dunkin' Donuts @ Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
I arrived in the US just before the 4th of July, so I didn't waste any time in whipping up some festive treats...
The evolution of a beautiful batch of cookies:
We spent 4th of July weekend with family in New Hampshire and we made even more patriotic goodies!
|I was VERY proud of my "firework" cupcake.|
|My aunt made these awesome tricolor cupcakes!|
Also, in New Hampshire, I FINALLY accomplished my mission of eating a LOBSTER ROLL.
(I've been dreaming about trying a lobster roll for years, but for some reason the stars never aligned... UNTIL NOW.)
ANOTHER FIRST for me in New Hampshire was MAKING & EATING S'MORES!
Was I not living before I visited New Hampshire? Well, as they say in that state, "Live Free or Die"!
|My first s'more...|
and thinking about more!
After returning back to NJ, I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen.
There was a "salad phase" that lasted about a week, and consisted of...
|The Most Luscious Chicken Salad You Will Ever Eat|
|Macaroni Salad |
(with a special unexpected ingredient that makes the world of a difference!)
During my stay, I also indulged in my long-time, favorite food pastime: EATING CUPCAKES.
|THE BEST CUPCAKE IN ALL THE LAND @ The Bent Spoon|
|PEANUT BUTTER CUP CUPCAKE from Crumbs Bake Shop...|
Because I miss having the option of eating PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE TOGETHER.
I think that's enough to make you drool for now. ;-)
Installment #2 of "The Month in Review: JULY (Food & Drink) to come this weekend!
What have you been up to during the month of July??