T to the G to the I to the F, it is FRIDAY. I am ready to shout that from the rooftops; it has been one heck of a long week! And not only is it Friday, it is a Friday before I have an entire. week. off. from. work.
I’m headed to NYC early next week to reunite with as many of my college/high school friends as possible. It seems as though most of my friends ended up in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens after graduation, while, as we know, I was a big traitor and moved to Boston. It’s hard being away from my best girlfriends, especially when I was so used to seeing them every day for four years. Even now, so many years after graduation, there are times when I just want to pick up the phone and call them and say: “Hey, let’s go do a Barnes & Noble run and grab Starbucks”.
My friend Elle is also a teacher, so she gets to enjoy the mid-February break like I do. Consequently, I’ll be crashing with her during my visit. We’ve been texting nonstop this morning about train times, our packed itinerary, and our uncontrollable excitement for an overdue reunion:
Elle found an awesome Groupon for a cupcake making class at Butter Lane, which is a bakery right near my old apartment in the East Village! I am really excited, in part because cupcake frosting has never been my forte. It will be good to learn the ropes from a professional. Not to mention the delicious cleanup.
I’ve never been to this bakery before, so I’m looking forward to trying it. I was pretty loyal to Babycakes when I lived in NYC, as I’ve mentioned before. That said, I was also eating a 100% vegan diet when I lived in Manhattan.
In addition to all the delicious cupcake making and eating, we’re also going to get together with a bunch of other college friends, including, but not limited to, our third partner in crime, Roberta @ Temerity Jewelry. Speaking of Roberta, I am planning to do a feature post on her jewelry sometime soon, complete with a reader discount code. She is one talented chick.
Before the NYC festivities begin, it’s important to note that I’ll be spending a weekend in the Poconos with Boyfriend and his family.
There is something so peaceful about waking up here. All the stress of work and “normal” life just absolutely fades away. I love sitting out on the deck with a cup of coffee and a book. There’s nothing more peaceful and relaxing than that. Or this:
Sigh. Just looking at the pictures helps prepare me for a busy day ahead. This weekend, we’re going to be helping with a home project– the kitchen at their lake house is being entirely redone, so we get to help with some of the details. I’m excited because I’ve never really done any “home improvement” before, and I think it will be good to learn some of those skills.
In other news, last night’s surprise dinner was…drumroll please…
…A homemade flatbread pizza with caramelized onions, pears, mozzarella, Gorgonzola and spinach! (Whew!) If I do say so myself, this dinner allowed me to acquire some serious girlfriend points. I’ve posted this recipe before, so click here if you want to try it yourself! The only difference with last night’s pizza was that I used spinach instead of arugula and added mozzarella to make it even more cheesy.
I’m going to try to post one more time before our departure, because I have another giveaway that I want to announce, but I will have to take a couple days’ hiatus after that. I’ve been blogging so often that it will feel weird to not post for a few days! In the mean time, I’ll be tweeting a lot, so make sure to follow @Cooking4OthrHlf for updates, pictures, etc!
Reader Question(s): What do you like to do when you get together with old friends?