Dinner Last Night

It makes it a lot easier to survive a work day with the knowledge that you will be enjoying a delicious dinner afterwards. Yesterday was one of those days.

I’ve taken on the task of grocery shopping every week with my mom gone during the week. I don’t mind it and find it to be fun and adventurous (my nana thinks otherwise). I shop for 2-3 people with an $80 budget, and every week I write a list. I ask what people want in the house, and I plan dinners for the week. This week I included Dad’s favorite and a LeMay family staple: Spaghetti & Meatballs.

It was great coming home from a 12 hour day in town working and going to the gym and eating a heaping plate full of ultimate comfort food. I lightened the meal with a refreshing and light salad. Our stomachs were extremely satisfied (that’s an understatement).

Check out the details here… xo ~e.

Spaghetti & Meatballs 

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Source: foodnetwork.com

Ingredients:

  • Box of favorite pasta
  • Jar of favorite pasta sauce
  • 1.5 lbs of ground beef
  • 4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. breadcrumbs (plain or Italian style)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Cook the pasta until it’s Al dente *Don’t forget to salt the water*

Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and shape into small balls. Cook them in a frying pain until they are medium well.

Heat up the sauce with the meatballs in it.

Garnish with freshly grated parm or a sprig of basil.

Enjoy!

Emma’s Summer Salad

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Source: cleananddelicious.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of baby arugula
  • 2 Nectarines or peaches
  • 10 Cherries
  • 1 Small package of goat cheese
  • Citrus vinaigrette
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 c. pecans or walnuts (optional)

This is a delicious summer salad. The fruit perfectly compliments the arugula and cheese, creating fresh & tangy bites. Cut the fruit into small chunks and crumble the goat cheese on top. Pick a vinaigrette that doesn’t have a lot of sugar– you don’t need it with the fruit! Make this salad your go-to for these hot months!

A Tribute to Dad

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Father’s Day is here, and I was a selfish daughter this morning by choosing to sleep over cooking my dad his annual breakfast in bed for Father’s Day (for the record, I worked until midnight last night). I did, however, make him a handmade card and will serve him breakfast in bed one of these days. I don’t feel as bad because I have been cooking dinner quite frequently for us with my mom away during the week! This blog post is an open letter to him and to all the amazing fathers in our world (that includes you too, Pop).

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “father” as

n. a male parent

While this is undoubtedly true, my dad is so much more than that. He is my role model, a loving husband, an artist, a writer, a learner, a dedicated son, a best friend. I am extremely grateful for the close parent-daughter relationship I share with both of my parents; as a daughter, I am especially thankful that I spend time with my dad. There is nothing that can come close to replacing a father-daughter bond. We’ve had a lot of laughs, some arguments, and have tackled countless challenges– big and small– together. I’m sure it’s very hard for a father to watch his daughter grow up. He is the first really important man in her life and is there to love, protect, and care for his baby girl. Someday a father will walk his daughter dressed in a white gown down the aisle to a man (or woman) who will become the other main person to love, protect, and care for his precious girl. Although I am several years away from marriage, that specific thought often floats its way through my mind. It makes me appreciate the moments I have with my dad and encourages me to spend as much time with him as I can. We miss my mom during the week, but I know I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with him at home in addition to in the car on the way to the bus and on the way home.

It’s hard to think about not making funny faces with him at the dinner table or going to the dump with him or walking past a bookstore and saying “No, Dad. You don’t need any more books” next year while I’m in Florence. Luckily, we have the summer to enjoy and all the memories we’ve created and will continue to create. I will forever be my daddy’s little girl, and he will always be my favorite superhero.

Thank God we have dads in our world. They teach us how to fish, how to set up a tent, how to be brave and humble. And many of them have an innate ability to successfully raise their children. For one, I look at my grandpa who raised my incredible mom and awesome uncle. Both of them went on to admirably raise their children. It’s an ongoing cycle; I can only hope that I will be able to raise my children the way my parents and grandparents have.

So to all the fathers out there, thank you for all you do for your children. We wouldn’t be here without you, and we respect and appreciate you very much. xo ~e.

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Today was the last day of my high school academic career. The high school career that started and ended at Emma Willard in addition to the career that followed my middle school career at Maple Street. It’s hard to believe that the twelve years of 8-3:20 PM school days are over. I will miss them dearly. Noted in recent reflection, I have been fortunate enough to experience private school education for my entire educational career. I thank my parents, my grandparents, and my friends for the opportunities arisen and taken. Graduation is five days away, and the next school I will attend classes at is Marist College.

The moment when you decide where you go to college is the most highly anticipated moment in many students’ lives. We undergo a twelve year build up to determine where four years of our lives will take place. Not just any four years– four years that will hopefully result in a college degree and a “well paying job”. After we know what path we’ve chosen, we feel relief yet also anxiety. Anxiety about meeting new friends, figuring out a routine, doing well in classes. These are all things that I got to tackle as a fourteen year old at prep school and things I will be doing again in the fall of this year (in Florence) and next year (in Poughkeepsie). Ending my high school academic career is a tremendous milestone. The next graduation will be college, and after that I’ll really be in the world on my own. There won’t be another dorm to move into or another freshman orientation to attend. It’s these facts that remind me how fast time moves and that it can be hard to keep up.

As I ponder my high school and middle school years, I can only hope that my passion for learning will continue to grow throughout college. I love being in the classroom with peers and teachers. I love the pace and routine of a student. I love having a plethora of challenges to solve. Many years of learning are now behind me, and I look forward to utilizing the skills, lessons, and experiences I have learned previously in college (and grad school).Thank you, high school (specifically Emma Willard). You have taught me more than I could’ve imagined and will continue to change the lives of many empowered young women. It’s an exciting time to be a young adult, ready to take on what’s to come. xo ~e.