Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Apple Picking

The second part of the birthday was spent apple picking at the Lewin farm in Riverhead, Long Island. It's a great place to visit, and has a huge farm stand, and a big apple orchard that has smaller trees perfect for kids to reach and be able to pick the apples too.

The birthday girl really enjoyed our day out apple picking. She told me she wrote about it in class too. 

We came home with tons of apples, and have since made two kinds of apple pies, the traditional American apple pie with a criss cross crust top, and an apple crumble pie, which by the way, is the easiest to make and comes out good every time - you just cannot botch it. And is of course super yummy with some vanilla ice-cream. I love apples, and eat them on most days. An apple a day keeps the doctor away was really drilled in me since I was a kid growing up in Finland. (Omena päivässä pitää lääkärin loitolla). But I do have my own little quirk..I only eat apples that are peeled and sliced. I love eating apples with peanut butter, some cheese, yogurt, in a smoothie, oatmeal, etc. Sometimes for dessert I peel and slice an apple, arrange on a plate, sprinkle some cinnamon on top, and microwave for 2 minutes. The healthiest dessert ever!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Birthday Breakfast

My youngest just turned six, and if I had my way, I would like to slow down time so that I could enjoy this time period a little bit more. Fill my life with moments where you have time to sit still and appreciate it. But since "time is no man's friend" we have to just squeeze in whatever moments we can. Last weekend we took a day to celebrate the little one's birthday. First we went to have a stomach stretching breakfast at a Long Island breakfast staple, Maureen's Kitchen in Smithtown, and then apple picking a little further out on the island.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Good Girl

"I cannot remember the books that I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am sure that this book (The Good Girl by Mary Kubica) will be a movie. I had the movie flashing in my eyes while reading it. Or maybe it was very similar to some movie I've seen..I can't really tell, but all I could think when reading the Good Girl was that it was like a movie. It's a kidnapping thriller written from three different characters' perspective, and the story moves to before and after the kidnapping.  It's one of those books that I read very superficially, and will probably forget pretty soon. Even the twist on the last page was not that surprising. It would probably actually be a much better movie than a book. This book has been compared to Gone Girl, but I don't think that it comes close. The Gone Girl developed its characters much better than this one, and was a book you're not going to soon forget. In sum, I wouldn't recommend this book if you have access to something that might be better. If it's the only book available in a hotel library, and you need a book by the pool, then go ahead, it's a quick and light read, and you can skip ahead some of the more boring parts in the middle...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Work Work Work Work Work

I'm sure that song has been stuck in my head for the past couple of weeks because life has been a bit work crazy...long days, travel, and lots and lots of meetings. I'm still behind on everything I need to get done!

This week I was in Washington DC Monday and Tuesday. The highlight was listening to Twitter founder and currently CEO of Square (fintech firm) Jack Dorsey speak about his childhood (as a child of two entrepreneurs growing up in St.Louis) and his vision of technology helping people empower, educate, connect.

This is what I was wearing on the first conference day. The jacket is faux suede and the skirt is lace.
A perfect non-creasing outfit for a day of plane travel and long sessions in conference rooms:-)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Whole30 Second Week

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I must confess that the second week on the Whole 30 did not go as well as the first week. I still avoided dairy and sugar (except for the one teeny serving of froyo, which was a "no sugar added" variety), and grains, but I did fall down and had some wine (twice). I'm finding it's not so hard to resist the sugar temptation when you cut out the bad carbs. But I'm a social wine drinker, and it's tough to be the party pooper who doesn't partake. Oh well, I'm still feeling lighter, and seem to have more energy, so the journey continues in a very positive frame of mind. The next few weeks will be tough and full of temptations with many birthday celebrations, culminating in the candy bonanza of Halloween. I will give myself a permission to eat cake and candy on these occasions, but the test will be to cut the sugar off once it's over. In order to do that, I plan to return to the Whole30 type eating for a week or so, to make it easier to avoid sugar. Another good thing has happened during these two weeks - I've minimized the mindless night snacking in front of the TV. I will continue to soldier on for the next two weeks, and not judge myself too harshly.  All in all, the experiment so far has a lot more positives than negatives.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sinivalkoista / Blue and White

I took the kids to the Finnish School yesterday in this (not planned) thematically correct blue and white outfit.

I'm so happy the weather is finally getting slightly cooler. It's soooo nice to be outdoors in the crisp mornings, and not deal with the humidity. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's Still Summer

I have a confession to make: on Friday I cheated on my diet... It was just such a nice day, and I took the little girls out for some froyo, and I couldn't help myself but get some too. Life is meant to be enjoyed, after all! And I did enjoy it!! But as usually happens, one thing leads to another, and since I had already cheated, it was easy to slip some more. So because it was also such a nice night, we fired up the fire pit, sat outside, grilled some sausages, and had some red wine. Oh well, you know what they say... Failure doesn't come from falling down, failure comes from not getting up.


Love these autumn nights and sitting around the fire pit. No TV needed, just a glass of wine, something to munch, and a nice conversation...