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Marley Spoon Experience

I loved it. The meals were delicious, easy to cook, and just a little bit “different” and no like what I would usually cook. The package came in time and there were no issues with the packaging. All the food was very fresh. 

I only have pictures of two of the meals. 
This is keema curry with naan. I had never made curry before and it was great! The portion was great, and the different spices really punched up the taste of the meat. My husband and I both loved it.  The naan was very fresh and tasty as well. I am a sucker for good naan. It was real good.
This meal was called Greek poutine. It was thinly sliced potatoes with deconstructed pork sausage (pork with lot of spices and red wine vinegar and orange juice) topped with feta sauce and arugula. It was so good! I had never mad anything like it. 

The third me mealcwas glazed chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts and onion. The glaze was something I had never done before and it was really delicious. It mixed maple syrup with orange zest and a few other ingredients and the glaze cooked down in the pot. Yum. The glaze really elevated whatnwpuld have been just okay pan cooked chicken. Brussels sprouts and onions were of course food but I always make them. 

All in all I recommend trying them. 💋

Langostinos!!!

Tonight for dinner I made langostinos. You can get them at the frozen section of Trader Joe’s. They taste like a mix between shrimp and lobster. Yum!!!

I made a very simple recipe that I made by looking at some other people’s recipes and using what I liked and leaving out what I didn’t. 

First I started to thaw the langostinos in a bowl of warm water. I chopped up a red onion. I used preminced garlic. I heated up some olive oil and some butter in a pan and added in the onion and garlic. I added in half a cup of my favorite wine, dry Riesling. I then added the langostinos. They were still semi frozen, oh well.

While this was being prepared I had set a pot of salted water to boil. I threw in pasta. This time it was orecchiette. I let the wine sauce simmer for a while while I nursed the baby upstairs.  I microwaved some frozen broccoli as an easy side dish. That I tossed with olive and grated parmigiana reggiano. 
On a side note, baby is obsessed with this banana toothbrush. I brush her teeth with it and she gives me the biggest smile. 

Rights of Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Section 206-C of the New York State Labor Law was passed in 2007. This law, in short, protects a nursing mother from being discriminated against because of the fact that she is expressing milk in the workplace and requires that all employers in the state allow nursing mothers the time to express breast milk (pump) for up to THREE years (THREE!) following the birth of their child.

Employers, the law says, must make reasonable efforts to provide a room close to where the employee works so that they may pump in private.  Most importantly, the room cannot be a restroom or a toilet stall.  This is a relief to all those nursing mothers who have been told time and time again – you need to go somewhere private? what about the bathroom? No thank you. Would you like to eat food that was cooked in the bathroom? No – you wouldn’t? Well…neither does a baby.

Employers also must give reasonable unpaid break time to nursing mothers – the breaks should not be farther apart than three hours (if that is what the mother asks for).

The Department of Labor guidelines on how to interpret Section 206-C are very detailed, and are definitely worth a look.  It is a wonderful thing that New York State has created this law which helps women find the elusive work life balance – the ability to continue to breast feed their child while remaining productive in the work force.

So, We Found Our Home

backyardWe found our gorgeous home! Above is a panorama picture of our deck and backyard.

A colonial in Gibson.

Valley Stream in Nassau County, Long Island is where we chose to buy our home. We love it here. We have a gorgeous backyard (not too big but just perfect). The house was listed as four bedrooms, but is actually three.  The fourth bedroom is the attic, which is an awesome living space, but definitely not where I want any of our children living – that is, at least until they are teenagers.

The next thing on our agenda for real estate is a possible summer home. We are thinking of buying a house on the North Fork of Long Island.  We got engaged on Orient Point and really enjoy the wineries, the small cute towns, and the beautiful beaches. The houses are expensive, but there are many more deals to be found there than there are in the Hamptons, for sure. The North Fork house hunting is definitely a long term project. We are not ready to look for real, as we just had a new baby! She is six months now so not BRAND new, but still new. We are absolutely in love 🙂 and takes away most of our free time. It is a wonder that I was able to write this post, but she went to be really early tonight.

Looking for a Home

Dan and I have recently started looking to buy a house and we are very conflicted about it.

On one hand, we really love where we live.  We live in a two bedroom apartment in Astoria, across the street from Dan’s grandparents, and have a very sweet deal.

We know that we want to live in either Queens or Long island and have started to focus in on certain towns.

I however don’t know if I am ready to leave Astoria. 

I am conflicted about moving to a house that we will have to pay a lot more per month for our mortgage.  I am conflicted about moving farther away from the city.  I am conflicted about whether we will be moving into the right town!

How will we know what house we want to buy? How do we know what the right neighborhood is? It is really very tough.

Port Washington is my favorite.  It is a gorgeous town.  Today we looked at a house, which was very nice.  The main issue was that it only had one bathroom! Granted, the bathroom was very large, but I think that a family need more than one toilet!!! I can think of many instances where Dan and I had to go to the bathroom at the same time.  What happens when you add one or two kids into the mix?

Dan is more into north flushing, in Queens, because he is obsessed with the like 22 minute commute to get into the city.  The houses are beautiful, but there is definitely much less of a town than Port Washington. 

What do you recommend?

Life After the Wedding

Dan and I were engaged for almost two years before we got married.  We lived together for three years. And here we are, married.  The wedding was amazing!  Things have not been that different, except that I really have had the urge recently to cook more.

We got married at the The Woodlands at Woodbury.  The food was amazing, and the place was absolutely gorgeous.

The flowers were from Colonial Flower Shop in Bellmore.  The flowers were so beautiful.  I will post pictures of them later!  The chuppah was PERFECT!

The photograph was Paul from John Warren Wright Studios.  He took pictures at Brian (my brother) and my bar and bat mitzvahs.  The pictures are gorgeous! There are soooo many though and it is taking a long time to go through.

Our band, Dave Clarke and the Renegades was the star of the show.  Everyone was up and dancing the entire time.

To many more wonderful years!