Friday, July 25, 2014

It's her favorite theatrical production

From green to red in a day or so

The Pam101 family garden has gone from green to red.
And that's a good thing.
Tomatoes are coming on...
They are delicious. 
Wish i could send everyone some Pam101 family produce. 

Oh and Pam101 decided to whip up a Fried Green Tomato for dinner.
Healthy- Probably not.
Delicious- Yes!

Spice and Pam101 go Glamping!

Last weekend Spice and I hit the open road and headed to Ohiopyle State Park.  Ohiopyle is located right off of Historic Route 40 and is nestled in the Laurel Highlands. Oh and it's also only an hour away from Pittsburgh! Win Win!

We couldn't have picked a better campsite.  Site 226 was absolutely perfect.  Roxie was tucked into the woods, we weren't right beside anyone and we were only a short walk to the restrooms (which were kept clean-thank you PA State Parks!).  We set up camp, hung up lights, put up the pop up canopy to protect us from the rain the weatherman said was coming and got our campfire going.  We made amazing cocktails, Rosemary Gin Fizz, made a floral centerpiece and ate amazing brie, turkey and jelly sandwiches that we grilled over the campfire. the rain...yes, weather man was right and it rained all day Saturday.  Gave it a nice Twilight/Forks vibe the whole day.  And you know we love all things Edward Cullen.   We spent the morning exploring Kentuck Knob, a home designed by the brilliant Frank Lloyd Wright.  After checking out this amazing home (which is actually a private residence), we walked through the sculpture garden where we couldn't wrap our heads around what people consider art?  I swear I could make some of that art...but then again I bet I couldn't.  After a trip into the Kentuck Knob gift shop, we headed out on Route 40 to have lunch at the Historic Stone House Inn (great burger) and then we checked out Fort Necessity.  Well, we didn't check out the Fort site but we did explore the visitors center.  Spice and I both decided we need to learn more about America's history.  Note to self- must pick up and really, really finish Howard Zinn's A People History of the US.

We enjoyed a lovely Saturday evening at Site 226, noshing on Glampy food (cheese, olives, jellies, bread, etc). The rain stopped, we built an amazing campfire and listened the soundtrack of nature.  

Roxie kept us safe and sound.  We tucked in for the night and drifted off to sleep.

When the sun was were we.  We get our awesome little campsite packed up and hit the road.  We decided that we should stop for brunch at the Historic Summit Inn.  Eggs, breakfast meat and mimosas were just what we needed.  

It was an absolutely perfect camping weekend.  Can't wait for the next one....  I think we are thinking of checking out The Lincoln Highway...which runs through Pennsylvania.  Time to start planning.

 Cocktail Time!

  Roxie tucked in for the next 2 nights

 Glamping Happy Hour

 Dinner! Amazing!

 Floral Arrangement Time

Someone is watching us...

 Glamping Pam101/Spice Style 

 Kentuck Knob

  Photo op on the balcony at Kentuck Knob

What I love about, reading and cool mornings.

Brunch at the Historic Summit Inn
The faces of Glamping Spice

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pam101 Book It Book Club

I have a thumbs up and a thumbs down for the Pam101 Book It Book Club.

First let's start with Thumbs Up!  Recently, I read A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams.  It was the first I read this author and I loved her. Loved her style, her subject, her characters, etc.  So, I picked up her first novel called Overseas.  And of course I really enjoyed it.  She is def an author I will continue to read.  Overseas = thumbs up!

Now, the thumbs down book. Amazon suggested I read The Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand because I liked A Hundred Summers.  Egh- couldn't get into this book at all. I couldn't relate to the characters, didn't enjoy the story line.  It was a book that I rarely do what I did...I quit on it.  I just didn't care enough to finish it. 

 So, next up on the Pam101 Book It Book Club list?  Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen.  

What are you all reading?

Yinzer Dinnerz club takes on Pool Party

I am super proud of our Yinzer Dinnerz club for sticking to our promise- to find time once a month to all get together and enjoy the friendship and laughter that food can bring.

Since we have started our club in January, we have only missed one month.  June was incredibly busy for all of us.  That is to be expected, especially since our group is growing. 

Our July dinner was hosted by Dana and Larry at their awesome home which now has a beautiful in-ground pool.  I mean...if I didn't love them before! 

Our theme was "Pool Party!"  

Smoked chickens and kielbasa
Summer Salads (I made Ina's Greek Panzanella salad)
Grilled homemade bread with homemade relish
Yinzer Oreo Dessert
Fresh whipped cream, berries and angel food cake.
Beer! Oh the beer! Each person brought a six pack for us all to enjoy!

It was a perfect party! 

August theme is set...can't wait!

A Little Girl Talk from Pam101: Slow down summer

Brunch with Spice in the Strip District

Dear Summer,

You've been really good to me so far this season.  You have rained enough that I don't have to worry to much about watering my flowers but yet you bring sunshine on most weekends.  You haven't been too incredibly hot yet.  I mean a bit muggy on somedays but not brutal yet.  You have allowed Lucy and Will to enjoy summer sports, sidewalk chalk murals and time at the pool. You have given me good summer reads, that I can't put down and have me up too late on work nights.  You've given me fun weekends with friends, time at Dana's new pool and sun-kissed shoulders. And most recently (last night) you randomly surprised me with a visit from the Spice's that lead us to checking out the West End overlook and because of that random and most welcome surprise, we were able to watch a wedding of a lesbian couple.   So, what is it that I am writing you for.

I am asking you to slow down a bit.  Too just hit the breaks a bit.  How in the world is it possible that it is almost mid-July already.  Yes,  I am making the most of my evenings in the sun and weekends with friends/family but it is all just going by so damn fast.  There is so much I still want to do but yet I don't know where to fit it in. I want a vacation to New England- but when?  I want to take a day off and have coffee with Spice and Kylie in the charming neighborhood of Sewickley- but when? So much to do, but when.   

So, summer...if you could just slow your roll a bit. Just stop spinning so fast.  Unless the lesson in all this is to enjoy and savor every moment? Which, I can tell you I already do. I have always done.  

Either way, I will continue to enjoy these summer days where the sun doesn't set until 9pm and the birds are chipping at 5:30am.

Time to find some sunscreen and go outdoors...

Hey Girl is loving these long summer days.

One month old already...

Baby Delaney is one month old already. 
She couldn't be any cuter or squisher.
I love that I get to see her whenever I want (I apologize to her parents for my frequent visits...however they tell me they don't mind).

Sure, her Mommy says she cries often...Aunt Pam10 hasn't seen it yet :) She loves her Aunt Pam and gives her only smiles and a few winks.  She loves me...I love her!

Delaney sleeping on Auntie Spice

Happy Birthday, America!

Better late than never, right?

My 4th of July was pretty perfect. The sun was shining on us all weekend in the great city of Pittsburgh!

My good friend from DC, Lauren (commonly known to Pam101 fans as LaBomb), her fiancee Andy (who has Pittsburgh roots) and The House of Spice and I all caught a Pirate game -Awesome Tailgating-, fireworks, had a great bbq at my house and overall just a wonderful weekend full of sunshine, laughter and great cocktails.

The 4th of July felt like summer. Duh- it is summer. But you know what I mean.  Sunshine on your face, tanktops, everyone in a good mood, cold beer, baseball, bbq, sitting on the steps and watching fireworks explode over the three rivers.  

Perfectly perfect. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Roxie's first trip of 2014

Mom, the kids and I headed to Mountain Lake Campground in Summersville, WV.
We all had a fun time but as I told Mom I was having a hard time pinpointing where exactly my touch of "bleghness" was coming from. 

I did some thinking and I think I may have nailed it down to two things.

1. Roxie needs some refurbishing.  She is starting to show her age and I just wish I could find a man/woman/family that wanted to take on the project of renovating a Vintage Shasta Camper.  She needs body work, painted, I wish the fridge worked, I wish I could fix up the warped wood on the inside.  I mean don't get me wrong.  For being over 40 she is in great shape...but the more time I spend with her I just know she needs a little TLC. Maybe I'll find a place and drive her there at the end of the summer season and leave her in some capable hands for a face lift?

2.  The folks that were at the campground...were a bit...overly red-necky. Don't get me wrong. I like a little country but when I can't understand what a person says because their twangy accent is so incredibly hard to understand (not that cute southern twang- i mean like hillbilly in a mountain can't understand) I just sorta wanted to go home.  Feel a tad judgy saying that but...

Roxie's next adventure is in July.  Until then she sits at my parents basking in the sun...

When you can't afford a vacation...pick up a book

I am thinking this might be the summer I take a lot of mini escapes through books. 
I enjoyed my last read so much I am headed to the library tomorrow to pick up more books (or at least them get them on my book reserve list) by the author.  

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams was a great read. I couldn't put it down.  I need someone to read it so I can talk about the ending. 

The only thing about this book makes me want to take a trip back in time and live a whole different life during a whole different time (if only for a little bit).

Monday, June 23, 2014

Can't an apple taste like a piece of cake?

For many months I was doing all the right things to focus on my health. Eating right, working know the two things a person should do to live a healthier life.

Well, of course I have completely gotten off track on the healthy journey.

I have to get back to doing what I was doing.  It is so incredibly easy to fall off the wagon. To go to a drive thru window, to eat when your not hungry, to make excuses for not going to the gym, etc, etc.

As I scarfed down the amazing lasagna my neighbor brought over for me for dinner, I told myself that this is it. No more.  I am getting back into my healthy lane and staying on course. 

Buckle up baby.

Happy Birthday to the Most Awesome Girl!!!

Pam101 fan favorite, Spice, celebrated her Birthday on Saturday.  A few weeks before the special day Mr. Spice emailed me and asked me to throw a surprise dinner party for her. Of course I would!  Justin emailed me a list of Spice's favorite things and the menu shaped up like this:
Cocktail- The Cuke from The Food 52 Cookbook.
Starters:  Antipasti platter and prosciutto wrapped crostini with cantaloupe relish.
First Course: Caprese Salad
Main Course: Chicken Chimichangas
Dessert: Prantal's Burnt Almond Torte

Everything was delicious! For a girl that has never every even thought to make chicken chimichangas I would say I hit a major home run!  

The night couldn't have been more lovely.  We all had a wonderful time celebrating one of our most favorite person! I will say that next year I might warn her it is a surprise because I realized all I did was ignore it was her bday and told her I was going out of today- not the nicest thing to do.

Happy Birthday Spice!!!!  Thanks for giving me the best gift of your friendship everyday!