Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Recipe: Baked sweet potato with feta, olives and sundried tomatoes

I only discovered my love for sweet potatoes after I moved to US. But last year it became sort of an obsession. I collect almost all sweet potato recipes I come across on Pinterest and (if they are easy enough) I try making it at home.

This one is definitely on my top 5! So many flavors and so easy to make! To make it even easier, I don't bake the potatoes on the conventional oven, instead I just microwave them for 5-7 minutes, depending on their size, and it's done! Here it goes:

Baked Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Feta, Olives and Sundried Tomatoes (from Gourmande in the Kitchen)

2 medium red skinned sweet potatoes
2 oz feta cheese cut into small cubes
2 oz black olives pitted and chopped
1 oz oil packed sundried tomatoes thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F. Pierce each sweet potato several times with the tines of a fork. Place them directly on middle oven rack with a piece of foil on the rack below.
Bake until the sweet potatoes are easily pierced with a knife and cooked through, about 45-60 minutes depending on size. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.
While the sweet potatoes are baking, make the topping. Mix together remaining ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until the sweet potatoes are done.
Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise down the center to expose cooked insides, top with feta mixture and serve.

Do you have any favorite sweet potato recipe? I'd love if you shared it with me! :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunset cruise on the Boston Harbor

A couple of weeks ago, Boston Harbor Cruises offered a few ticket giveaways through some Boston Bloggers and I was the lucky winner of the one Emily did in her blog! Yay!

I've been wanting to go on a BHC for a while and when Emily told me I was the winner, I knew I was going to have a hard time picking a cruise to go on. I was between the Whale Watch, the  Weekend Brunch and the Sunset, but after seeing Boston Day Book's pictures of the sunset cruise, I was sold!

So last Thursday was the day! And it was perfect for a boat ride. In addition to seeing the sunset, we got to see the USS Constitution daily ceremony of firing her cannon and lowering her flag signaling the day's end. Amazing! Here are a few pictures of the cruise:

As we were leaving the docks, the Codzilla cruise was getting back from their adventure.

The Federal Courthouse

The beautiful Nantucket Lightship

East Boston

Boston skyline

Zakim Bridge

The Bunker Hill monument and the USS Constitution

Boston skyline

Thank Emily and Boston Harbor Cruises! We had a great time!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Girls staycation

Last weekend, on the spur of the moment, my friend Chelsea decided to book a hotel room in Boston just for the fun of it, and invited me to join her. She chose the amazing Ames Hotel in downtown. The hotel has best windows you could ask for! Great views and awesome for people watching. We had so much fun talking and laughing, watching chick flicks and sipping rosé.

A little of the hotel's history: the Ames Building, with its 13 stories, was the tallest building in Boston when completed in 1889. The building was constructed before scryscrapers were built of steel, and instead is supported by 9-foot thick masonry walls. In 2009, the building was renovated and reopened as the Ames Hotel.

Full disclosure: Chelsea and I were not compensated in any way for this post.
I just really love the hotel and wanted to share how beautiful it is!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The perfect little beach cottage

On our Sunday at the beach, we were hosted by Molly's parents at their beach cottage rental of the year (yes, they do this every year, how perfect is that?). And, it's like they picked the most Instagramable beach cottage of all times! Every corner was adorable, so just imagine how many pictures the 6 of us took during the day!

The one above is one of my favorites! I love when unexpected things are hanging in the walls. Those are two vintage beach chairs and the perfect beach decor, if you ask me! Below are some other shots:

photo by Chelsea Howell

photo by Smita Jacobs

photo by Chelsea Howell

All images by me, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sunday at the beach

So, August is here and I can't believe it. The year is flying by! I've been busy doing things and, as consequence, the blog becomes quiet. But I have a ton of pictures of the most amazing beach day to share! Yesterday, Alex, Chelsea, Janee, Molly, Smita and I headed to New Hampshire and had such a great time talking, drinking, eating, and of course, Instagraming. All our pictures are under #NewHampShiz on Instagram, in case you want to see them all. Here are my favorite ones:

photo by Janee Lookerse

photo by Chelsea Howell

photo by Chelsea Howell

photo by me

photo by me

photo by Smita Jacobs

photo by Smita Jacobs

photo by Chelsea Howell

group selfie by Chelsea Howell

photo by Chelsea Howell

photo by Smita Jacobs

photo by Alex Byer

Monday, July 21, 2014

Block Island, Rhode Island

On Saturday, although the weather didn't contribute a lot, we made the most of it and had a great time in Block Island. We rented mopeds and drove around, ate lobster, had ice cream, walked on the sand and watched the waves. The island is so picturesque! We are definitely going back sometime soon for a proper "beach day".