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Great Buys | Husband Edition

July 29, 2015

I spend a lot of time talking about the things I've purchased that are amazing buys, but I have to give some credit to my husband because when it comes to functional products he's always buying the most unique things for us! I've rounded up my five favorite things he's bought that in one way or another makes life easier for me! 
Duck Handy Can Opener | Gary knows what a hard time I have opening jars of pretty much anything - well not anymore with this little duck! It's super cute and easy to use and the head can be used to open smaller things or even for twist of wine bottles if they are too hard! 

Toilet Seat Light | When Gary proclaimed that he had bought a toilet seat light my initial thought was I'm not a child I can use the toilet without a night light. But then he explained his reasoning - going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and having to turn any light on is a disruption - this nifty gadget is censored to know when you walk in and even lets you know when the toilet seat was left up! I've grown to love it too! 

Remote Control | Before we had this remote we would argue over who had to go turn off the TV in our room - we like to turn the power off completely to save on our electricity. One day Gary came home with this little thing - one part of it plugs into the outlet and then you can program up to 3 different things to turn on and off with one button! Let me tell you - this guy is the best thing to happen to my nightly routine in forever!! I LOVE IT and turning the TV off completely without having to leave my bed makes me a happy lady! 

Hamburger Timer | I think by now you know I love to cook, but I didn't have a proper timer in my kitchen and was always using my phone. Well Gary decided to be cute and order this little hamburger timer for me - I use it every single time I cook, but now I have my eye on the little ice cream cone

Automatic Tea Lights | I like to have candles lit and the house illuminated pretty much year round and we were going through tea lights like it was nothing. Gary outsourced our lighting to these automatic tea lights - we set the times we want them to come on and turn off and never have to worry about lighting anything! 

As you can tell some of these were meant to be gag gifts for me, but in all seriousness they have been some of the best purchases Gary has made for our house. They are small little things that make my life easier and as the saying goes - happy wife, happy life - so he's made sure of that :) 

Does your husband or boyfriend make any questionable purchases you end up loving too?

Tasty Eats | Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

July 28, 2015

Before I share this recipe I want to take a moment to wish my sister a very happy birthday! 
It's hard to put into words the bond between sisters, but I'll try! She's my best friend, the person I call when I need advice and the one I can count on for giving me her honest opinion. She's the best mommy in the world (only second to our own mother) and she is the definition of a strong woman! I am incredibly proud to have a sister that rocks it in all facets of life - especially professionally - she was just on CNBC - pretty amazing! Love you more than I can ever put into words Yana, can't wait to celebrate with you tonight! 
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Onto the recipe! I have had this Parmesan crusted tilapia recipe for months now and this weekend we were able to finally make it. I modified the original recipe just a bit to add some of the ingredients we had on hand, but we stayed very true to the original and it was delicious. I know there are a few people who aren't "fish" people, and this would be just as amazing with chicken! 
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce

What You'll Need

  1. 4 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
  2. 1 shallot - finely chopped
  3. 1 package of cherry tomatoes
  4. ¾ cup of cream
  5. handful of basil leaves
  6. one small onion - finely chopped
  7. 4 tilapia fillets 
  8. ½ cup of flour
  9. 2 eggs beaten
  10. 1 cup parmesean cheese
  11. 1 cup breadcrumbs
  12. garlic powder
  13. olive oil

Directions

  1. Rinse and pat dry the tilapia fillets, season with garlic salt and pepper - put off to the side on a separate plate. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a small skillet and add in garlic, onions and shallot - stir and cook for 2 min. Add the cherry tomatoes in and cook for another 2 minutes. Then add the cream and set a timer for 15 minutes so that your sauce can thicken. Make sure your heat is on medium low and if it boils that's OK. 
  3. In another larger skillet, pour oil to cover the bottom of the skillet.
  4. Get ready to have an assembly line created! 
    Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce
  5. In a bowl or a plate, have your flour ready and also have a separate bowl or plate for the whipped eggs. 
  6. In a bowl or plate, combine Parmesan, breadcrumbs and a little garlic powder
  7. Dip the tilapia in the flour first, then coat in the egg and press it into the breadcrumb/Parmesan mixture.
  8. Place on the heated skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. I tend to over cook and let each side cook for about 5 mins. 
  9. While the fish is cooking chop up your fresh basil (finely) and add it into the sauce and stir. 
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce

One thing to note is if your Tilapia fillets are on the larger side - you just repeat the steps until you've cooked them all. We had really large fillets and enough for leftovers! 

I served this with oven roasted asparagus and carrots - just a little dab of olive oil, garlic and pepper to taste and popped in the oven for 10-12 minutes! 

As I mentioned if you're not a fan of fish this can be easily made with chicken as a substitute

All that's left is to enjoy! 

Weekending & A Giveaway

July 27, 2015

Happy Monday friends! I was pretty excited for this past weekend for a few reasons - getting to meet a blog friend for the first time, going to the brand new City Target that opened and spending the day with my oldest niece celebrating her birthday - happy to report everything was checked off the list! Before the weekend started I was able to check out the rooftop pool and bar at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. 
I along with a few other bloggers were treated to a taste of the brand new food and cocktail menus. Sadly I didn't get any pictures of the views, but that's because I was busy stuffing my face with the incredible food - including the most delicious lobster rolls I've had this summer!! Chef Nick Calias is a genius and the presentation of the food was as good as it tasted! 
Mini hot dogs and mini lobster rolls - you can imagine which ones I hit up first! The swordfish tacos were amazing and the presentation of the BBQ Shrimp was so fun! I can't wait to go back! 
I've tweeted my excitement that City Target is finally open in Fenway and Gary totally went along for the ride on Friday night! It's still got that new Target smell and the best part is that it's a grocery store and they sell alcohol, which is nearly impossible to find in any Massachusetts store!

Of course I bought a ton of things I didn't need like these mini champagne bottles and finally being able to find the mini Sofia cans for my bar cart! Yes everything was pink and that wasn't planned! 
My oldest niece turned 10 last week and all she really wanted for her birthday was to spend one on one time together - of course I obliged and took her for a little pampering! 
We had the best time getting her nails done, chatting away during lunch and taking her to Target to pick out something she had her eye on - I'd also like to point out the fishtail braid done by yours truly! 
That night we met up with Kate and her husband for dinner and some drinks!! I suggested Rosa Mexicano since I know how much they love Mexican food! It felt like meeting up with an old friend, we picked up as if we had just seen each other last weekend and that is the part of blogging that I love - so many new friends! 
I was so excited to show them  The Envoy Hotel roof top bar because it really does have some of the best views of Boston's skyline! 

If you have a visit planned to Boston this is a must visit stop! 
Sunday can be described in two words - clean & eat...and then shop to get office supplies that you don't need! I also made an incredible recipe that I can't wait to share with you tomorrow! But enough about the weekend and let's get to a giveaway this Monday! I've teamed up with some great ladies and one lucky winner will get a pair of these gorgeous Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings! This giveaway is open to international residents as well! 

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Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week and link up below to share your weekends with us! 
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