Back to Reality!

So it has been well over a month that I have been on my blog maternity leave and it’s about damn time that it’s over!

I gave birth to the newest diva in our family, Olivia Rose on the August 13th. She is a Leo through in through and right from the start, she made her grand entrance earlier than expected.

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the proud big sis

I have missed writing and missed reading all your fabulous blogs! I am slowly getting back on my feet and it’s taking me longer than I expected. I didn’t want to believe everyone who told me having 2 kids is 10x’s worse than having just one. Because it truly is one of the hardest things I’ve had to face as of yet. And even though I have only been a mom of two for a month, I feel like one of those stereotypical moms who only wear yoga or sweat pants, no make up, hair in a ponytail and totally disheveled. Basically the complete opposite of what I want to be. Might as well throw me in a pair of acid washed mom jeans and stick me in a freaking mini-van. (Please don’t….although the new Honda Odyssey’s have a vacuum in them now…freaking genius!)

While out on my ‘maternity leave’, I actually have learned a lot about myself and a few other things. Allow me to share my new found wisdom with you all:

  1. I absolutely love blogging and have freaking missed it.
  2. The only good thing about breastfeeding is the rapid loss of baby weight. You can shove all the other statistics.
  3. The taste of that sweet, sweet alcohol after 10 long months is by far the greatest taste in the entire universe.
  4. Infants freakishly resemble the likes of little grumpy, old, bald men.
  5. The terrible two’s aren’t that terrible, that is until you are running on 3 hours of sleep a night. Then it’s your worst fucking nightmare.
  6. The Price is Right now has spokes models who are men. Hello Rob Wilson, come on down!
  7. Never underestimate the power of a fresh, delicious Dunkin Donut’s donut. Heaven.
  8. A cleaning lady is one of the smartest investments a tired, ragged, sleep-deprived mom & dad will ever make. But in my case, if you have a mom in the area that is willing to help you in the cleaning department and do it for free, take her up on it. Thanks, Mom! :-)
  9. Beer isn’t that bad.
  10. Let’s Make a Deal is the worst game show on TV right now but for some reason I have an overwhelming need find the best costume and some how get on it.

Hope everyone has had a great month…Can’t wait to catch up!

- Amanda

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Wine Review: Little Black Dress

Continuing with my stock of wine from my recent trip to Total Wine & More, this week’s selection is Little Black Dress.

 

 

Off the bat, this bottle won me over: adorable label, decently priced and tasted awesome. So crisp and delicious – lets just say its halfway done for a reason!

Here’s what UlitimateWineShop.com had to say about it:

“A nice light white wine with optimal flavor and acidity. Bright aromas of apple, pear and lemongrass followed by those of lively orange and tangerine. A balanced mouth-feel full of citrus with a touch of floral from the Viognier. Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio is fermented in 100% stainless steel to emphasize the fruit.”

I am a sucker for a great Pinot Grigio, its just so delicious and trumps all other whites! :) God, I sound like Ramona from RHWNY. It is her and her psychotic obsession with Pinot Grigio that makes me try other whites and reds, so I don’t sound like a crazed, bug-eyed middle aged woman. Along with Pinot Grigio, Little Black Dress makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I am DYING to try the Pinot Noir and Cab…if the Pinot Grigio was that smooth going down, these have to match up as well!

You can always check your local wine stores to see if they sell Little Black Dress, with a price tag of $8.99 you can not beat it! If your local store doesn’t carry it, try the UltimateWineShop.com or Total Wine & Spirits.

Having a girls night in? Stock up on some Little Black Dress and make/buy some personalized wine glasses for your guests.

AntiMom Rating from 1 to drunk: I give it a DRUNK! This wine was soo soo smooth and delicious! That explains why I killed more than half the bottle myself in one evening. It’s THAT good. It is also perfect to pair with a nice fish or chicken dinner but with or with out food, this wine really hits the spot!

- Amanda

Roasted Tomato & Veggie Soup

I am a soup person. Love all kinds – broccoli cheese, French onion, minestrone, veggie, lentil, clam chowder – you name it. They are so easy to prepare and always a home run with the family.

There was a sale on some tomatoes at Publix, so I stocked up on some and decided to try a roasted tomato soup. Perfect for the rainy, dreary day here in South Florida. This was by far one of the easiest soups to not only prepare but cooking time took just about 30 minutes! Can’t beat that….

 

Roasted Tomato & Veggie Soup

  • 4-5 plum tomatoes
  • 2-3 vine or beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bell pepper or 5 mini sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice tomatoes, onion, peppers and carrots and place them on a baking sheet that has been drizzled with olive oil. Add the garlic cloves (keep them in their skin, you will take it off after they roast). Drizzle veggies with more olive oil then some salt and pepper.
Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Once all the veggies have been roasted, give everything a rough chop & remove the skins from the garlic, then dump the entire pan into a medium sized pot, along with stock, cheese, parsley, paprika, garlic powder and bit more salt and pepper. If you have an immersion (stick) blender, you can just blend everything right in the pot, if not, put all the veggies in a blender and pulse till everything has been pureed, then pour back into pot. Heat & serve!

You can garnish the top with some extra parsley, cheese or even some sour cream or Greek yogurt to add some creaminess. Orrrrrrrr grill up some kick ass grilled cheeses using ciabatta rolls and a variety of cheeses for an “adult” version of tomato soup and grilled cheese.

- Amanda