TGIF

It’s Friday!  WOHOO!  The above photo (surprisingly from Yelp) is of the Jackie Onassis Reservoir in New York’s Central Park.  The reservoir is a bit of a hidden gem, because it is high up in the park (starting around 86th street) past the great lawn and other popular areas, so many people have never seen it.  It is so beautiful and serene when you run through the trees and come to this large open body of water.  Because the water is like glass, you can always see a reflection of the surrounding trees and buildings which makes for a very picturesque vista.  I ran around the reservoir this morning and the sunrise over the buildings and lighting over the pond literally took my breath away!  It was one of those moments where I thought about how much I love living here.

Ok, now on to the real purpose of this post…

My bf always manages to find the most ridiculous things on the internet.  So with a little help from him I put together a few pick-me-ups for your Friday…

Don’t be “that girl”

A face only a mother could love

High class problems

New T-Swift song – can’t get enough of this one

This is wild

Sweaty Saturday

A cheap laugh

A cheap laugh if you live in NYC

This kid!

For anyone who is single and ready to mingle

Gets me every time…

Would you dress your dog up for Halloween?

Humans of New York

I hate to admit how true this is

I’m headed to BEANTOWN this weekend with my galpals!  Can’t wait for long dinners, red wine and loony good conversation.  What are you all up to for this gorgeous fall weekend?!

XOXO

PS – I have a new weekly feature that I am starting and I can’t wait to share it with you all on Monday!

Have a leisurely weekend…

Happy Friday everyone!

I woke up with a smile on this morning simply for the fact that it is Friday.  All week I have been dreaming about what I wanted to do this weekend and here’s the list I came up with (can you tell I love lists?):

1. Go for a run in Central Park

This is one of my favorite fall activities.  In the summer the park get’s so hot and crowded, but in the fall it is a much better scene, with crisp clean air and foliage that you unfortunately don’t get in many other places in the city.  Although I don’t live close to the park, my bf does and therefore I make a point to hit it up any weekend I’m up there.

2. Drink iced coffee and read the paper…outside.

via

Most likely the style and travel section, but it’s still the PAPER.  And there’s nothing like having your morning coffee al fresco.

3. Rent a bike and ride up to the Cloisters (remember the fall bucket list??)

National Geographic

Yes, I am finally doing it (and yes, I will look this cool riding my bike)!  We’re thinking Saturday afternoon so cross your fingers for nice weather!

4. Go to Eataly and make an Italian dinner

Eataly

I studied abroad in Florence when I was in college and my bestie from home and I still make one of the meals we would also prepare for dinner when we lived there.  The meal consists of:  butternut squash ravioli with walnut sauce (Eataly is the only place you can find the sauce),  fresh tomatoes and mozzarella with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a french baguette… and obviously some red vino.  AMAZING!

5. Watch Homeland (lots of it)

The bf and I just started getting into Homeland and we are beyond obsessed!  Anyone else?  We’re only on season one though so we have a lot to catch up on…

6. Make my mom’s chicken pot pie for Sunday football…the best chicken pot pie ever (recipe below).

Martha Stewart

I have such a weakness for chicken pot pie (CPP for us regulars)

Recipe:

– 1 package of frozen pie crusts (ok so it’s not totally homemade, but trust me it’s delish)

– 1 can cream of chicken soup

– 1 cup frozen peas

– 1 cup slices carrots (cooked)

– 1 cup diced potatoes (boiled)

– 1/2 can chicken broth

– 2 chicken breasts with bones

Line a pie sheet with one of the thawed pie crusts.  Cut chicken in half and saute in a frying pan with olive oil and cover.  Add chicken broth and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove the chicken off the bone and cut into small pieces.  Place the chicken meat, liquid from the frying pan, veggies and cream of chicken soup in a pot and heat thoroughly adding spices and a dash of milk for thickness (can also add chicken bouillon cubes for added flavor).  Pour mixture into pie sheet and cover with second pie crust, pressing the outer edges to mend both crusts.  Bake at 325 – 350 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes (depending on your oven), until golden brown.

7. Watch the Sunday Morning Show in my PJs

For anyone unfamiliar with this show, take note – it’s the best.  The style is very old school and it takes a little bit of getting used to…but you will learn to LOVE it.  Great, simple, feel-good story lines for an easy Sunday morning.

And that is all!  Soooo basically all I want to do is cook, eat and watch TV.  GOOD!  But sometimes you must have weekends devoted to r&r!  What are you all up to?

XOXO