Last weekend the Hubs and I went to a “shell” party that our friends threw. You are probably thinking to yourself… What the hell is a shell party?!?! That’s okay, because I had the same reaction when I first heard of it. So here’s what it basically is. Our friends are building their dream house and before the house is completed they threw their first party. Just the shell of the house is up. It was really cool and exciting to get the tour and walk through the rooms and try to imagine what it will look like when completed. I can’t wait to see the finished product!!!
So being that my momma raised me right, I couldn’t go to this shin-dig empty handed. I didn’t want to do wine or champagne. Too generic for this occasion… I wanted to do something different. So like any other person scratching their head for an original idea I went to Pinterest to rip a craft idea off of someone else. Let’s face it. We all do it, some of us even call it our own, but for me I like to give credit where it’s due. Thanks Pinterest! These house warming/ shell party mugs were a big hit!!!!
All you need is:
Permanent markers (whatever brand or color you fancy).
An oven heated to 350 degrees.
A ceramic mug, plate, or bowl.
A clock or timer and 30 minutes of patients.
And possibly some sort of minimal artistic ability.
Luckily, I have all of the above. I was set to get my craft on!
Here is how the final product turned out!!
I think I know what everyone is getting for any special occasion this year!!! 😉
I think in total this little crafty project took me about 50minutes.
Now I want to monogram all my china!!!! The Hubs thinks that’s going too far!!!
Until next time,
the tasti life
I trust that everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s, Gal-entine’s or Pal-entines day/weekend. Whether you were spending it with your past gal pals or the love of your life I hope you had an amazing time.
Valentine’s Day is one of those special nights that many restaurants go all out for. They usually offer a special menu, a rose for the ladies, or some sort of special ambiance to draw a swooning couple in… Don’t worry there was nothing over the top or cliché about the local restaurants we went to.
What was your favorite part about Valentine’s Day or what did you like or not like about the restaurant you went to?? Please share.
Here is my weekend in review:
I was lucky enough to wake up to a snow day on Friday so I was extremely happy that my weekend could start early!!!
I was blissfully surprised when I walked downstairs to the table set and a beautiful brunch waiting for me! The Hubs sure knows how to treat his lady right! 🙂
He had mimosas, chocolate covered strawberries, and white roses (my favorite) set out on the table! He dazzled me with my favorite Eggs Benedict and hash browns with onions and peppers! So good! I think I may keep him
Valentines night, we decided to keep it low key… but we did go to one of our favorite bars. Newberry’s Yard of Ale. The hubs had been patiently waiting and craving their newest beer on tap and a very scrumptious beer we have been on the hunt to find for many months. Finally, Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus beer is on tap at Newberry’s Yard of Ale! This beer is lightly sweet and Jesus it’s insanely tasty! After your first sip, you will definitely want to EXCLAIM its NAME!!! Sweet Baby Jesus!!! It is a dark, rich, chocolate peanut butter porter that finishes smooth with hints of espresso, peanut butter, and roasty notes of chocolate. AMAZING!
We sat at the bar and got one of the many friendly and talented bartenders. We ordered off of their special Valentines Lovers Menu and listened to the smooth and soulful vocals of musician Regina Sayles. Check out her website to see where she is playing next in the area and to hear how talented she is! You can also check out a feature article on Regina Sayles through Local Flair Magazine online. Local Flair Magazine is a premier lifestyle magazine of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Check out Local Flairs website to see all the happening in our area by clicking here!
There was a great crowd and an awesome atmosphere. I went with three blackened to perfection Jumbo sea scallops over arugula, wild mushrooms, and grilled asparagus.
For desert we ordered chocolate cream stuffed zeppolis and a traditional Irish coffee that was made with homemade whip cream. The fresh and fluffy cream was whipped up by our very talented bartender Gary. It was a perfect way to end the night!
Until Next Time,
the tasti life
Now that I am on my summer break, I decided to treat myself to a day at the SPA. It was much needed and afterwards it put me in such an amazing mood that when the hubs got home from work I greeted him with a sparkling glass of wine with berries! Take THAT 1950’s housewives!!!!
Anyway, the spa was amazing! It was my second time going to The SPA at Mount Airy. Check out their site. If you are looking for a little getaway to explore the Pocono Mountains, gamble, eat at some really great restaurants, and get pampered like a queen at the spa, Mount Airy Casino and SPA is the place for you!!!
I was in such a good mood the hubs said I should go more often, and I will definitely take him up on that offer!! 😉
After my treatment, I took full advantage of the strawberry infused water, the sauna, steam room, and hot aromatherapy shower. I was engulfed by bliss and serenity that I completely lost track of time.
By the time I got home I threw together a quick rub to put on a London broil and fired up the grill to surprise the hubs with dinner! (Silly man- thinks grills are just for boys) 😛
Until next time,
the tasti life
Last week the Hubs and I got in the car to drive down to Ocean City Maryland for a beautiful beach themed wedding. Since we were traveling we decided to make it a mini vacation. We spent a couple days in OCMD and it just so happened we were there for the DewTour this extreme sports tour has everything from BMX’ing to surfing and is sponsored by Mountain Dew. It was a lot of fun to watch the athletes compete and do some amazing tricks! We also, had some great 11:00 am cocktails at
hey don’t judge we were on vacation! Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille as we people watched on the boardwalk and listened to the waves hit the shore.
After being a beach bum in Ocean City, MD. We took a short drive to Assateague Island, Maryland. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE everything about Assateague, and as a little girl we had plenty of vacations to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. Love, love, LOVE that place. While we were there I was on a mission to spot the wild ponies!!! They are so beautiful and it is amazing to see! I definitely recommend this vacation/sightseeing spot!
After, I got to see the wild ponies, we jumped back into the car and started to make the trip to Delawares, Dewey Beach. We hit the beach for the day and enjoyed the sun, sand, and fresh salty air, and then at night we hit up The Rusty Rudder for some dancing and drinks! We had a great time, and it just so happened that we had some friends vacationing there at the same time so we all got to enjoy each others company!
The next day, and to end our mini vacation before heading home we decided to head to the Cape May- Lewes Ferry and take a trip into Cape May for lunch to eat at one of my favorite places… The Lobster House, at Fisherman’s Wharf at Cape May Harbor!! 🙂 Oh My GOODNESS! The food there is ALWAYS amazing and delicious!
We started out with some warm homemade everything bread with butter. Then for an appetizer we ordered the fried calamari. Next, the Hubs ordered the broiled sea scallops and I had the broiled soft-shell crab. Both the scallops and crab were broiled in a lemon, garlic, parsley butter sauce and they were OUT OF THIS WORLD DELISH!
We had such a great time just driving and winging this mini vacation. We had no plans or agenda, we just relaxed and rolled with the flow and had an amazing time and a mini adventure!
Until next time,
the tasti life
A long time friend of mine had a BEAUTIFUL destination beach wedding at Ocean City Maryland! The Hubs and I were so excited to be a part of the celebration! We also decided to make it a mini vacation. (More on that to come).
Everything was perfect from the ceremony on the water to the beach themed cake.
Here are some photos from that special day. 🙂
until next time,
the tasti life
Last weekend the hubs and I ran around with our capes because we were SUPER AUNT and SUPER UNCLE. We drove hours and were the cheering section for my nieces Cheer Nationals Competition and my nephews District Swim meet!!! Those kiddos seriously ROCK! We decided to make it a whole weekend for us. So we spent Friday night in downtown Harrisburg and stayed at the Hilton, and on Saturday night we stayed with some friends in their BEAUTIFUL new home!!!
Friday afternoon we drove to Harrisburg early so we could make it out for happy hour and bar hop around our State’s Capitol… no pictures in front of monuments or the Capitol building for us… It was all about the FOOD and BEER photo-opts!
First we got a couple drinks at the Bar in the Hilton and pre-gamed with some delicious homemade fried bacon and mac and cheese balls. (sorry no pics. the hubs inhaled them). Next we decided to check out a new bar called The Susquehanna Ale House. A bar that is all about the beer and offers 70 craft beers!!! I had a Rouge Ale from Newport , OR called Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale with 6.2% alcohol… which was an amazing dark beer with a hazelnut aroma and a smooth nutty flavor! LOVED IT!!! My next brew I decided to go with another dark beer that I never had before from Troegs Brewing Co, PA called Javahead Stout with 7.5% alcohol. This was amazing! I mean how can you go wrong with COFFEE and BEER!?! The Javahead Stout has a lush flavor of cocoa and coffee flavors. A MUST TRY!!! Also at the Ale House we made friends with a couple from Texas who had their dog Mara in the Bar… and no Dad, he wasn’t the BARKTENDER!!
After trying some delicious beers I wanted to fill my belly with some good ol’ bar food. We then headed to AROOGA’s. The hubs and I decided to try some other beers we never had before… Arooga’s offers a “Kick the Keg” special and has $2.00 beers until the keg is empty. So we had to go with that bargain. The “kick the keg” special was a Nugget Nectar that was very hoppy, definitely woke up my tatse buds! But my FAVORITE find was a beer from DUCLAW called Sweet Baby Jesus which is a chocolate peanut butter stout! It was a dark rich beer that had a strong peanut butter aroma and tasted just like peanut butter and chocolate… a match made in heaven! 🙂
On top of all this amazing beer testing… we decided to go all out with a slider sampler with loaded fries… finger lick’n goodness!!
I think I am still recovering from all the running around, driving, and eating this weekend!
Until next time,
Thanks for coming by and checking out this space about yummy food, local dinning, travel and life in general! I hope to post at least once a week about my Hubs and I eating and dinning experiences around the Pocono’s/ tri state area and along our travels and through life’s adventures! While I am not a trained food critic, I am a foodie. I love everything about food… the whole experience of eating a meal and dinning out. It is about the atmosphere, the presentation, how it tastes and most importantly the company you are with! Eating is always a new venture and I will try anything once!
So as I go on and on about mouth watering yumminess, let me leave you with a tantalizing picture of an amazing meal the Hubs and I had on our Minnie-Moon to the Aventura Spa Palace in Riviera Maya Mexico… MANJI!