Happy Hour

Palm Tree || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Palm tree views}

We got back from the Domincan Republic late Monday night and by Tuesday afternoon I was already buried deep in hundreds of emails, several work events, and piles of luggage. Because we were gone for such a short time I chose to completely go off the grid (I may or may not have had Instagram withdrawals for the first 24 hours). I had forgotten what it was like to eat food as soon as your plate arrives (as opposed to 15 snaps, 7 edits, 2 filters and 1 Insta later). Getting dressed is a heck of a lot easier when you aren’t perfectly arranging every accessory you own to get that perfectly perfect shot. I know nothing says romance like a sunset, the beach, and those three little words (best. instagram. filter), but trust me when I say, sometimes those beach sunsets are better without the 3rd wheel (aka phone). No guy wants to lean in for a kiss, only to hear you say “Babe! What Instagram filter do you think makes this sunset look the best?….Oh. You were trying to kiss me? Ok, lemme just finish up this Instagram real quick. Give me like 6 shots, a few edits in my editing app, 10 minutes to think of a good # (can you help me with that? Like, can you maybe look up some good words that would make funny #’s?), and basically 10 centuries to determine if my picture is good or not, k? Kthanksloveyouyourethebest!” Suffice it to say, shutting off was good for the soul. But it certainly made getting back into the swing of things extra difficult. Good thing me and my gypsy soul are always plotting the next getaway….

Frankie's Spuntino Cookbook || Runway Chef Happy Hour {A new cookbook from one of my favorite restaurants}

Punta Cana || Runway Chef Happy Hour {My happy place- turquoise water and white/pink sand}

fork and knife wall art || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Loved these giant silverware pieces hanging in the kitchen at My Cooking Party}

plaid scarves || Runway Chef Happy Hour {New plaid scarves for cooler weather}

Happy Hour - A Weekly Round-up of Happy Things on Runway Chef {Quote via}

 

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Beacon Falls, NY || || Happy Hour @runwaychef #NYstate #travel {Beacon Falls in Upstate NY}

I have to tell you guys the funniest story. Well, at least I think it’s funny, but maybe I’m just crazy. Last Friday, I’m sitting at my desk, dealing with a ridiculous wine pizza hangover (#strugglecity) from NYCWFF. I’m typing out an email, when I start hearing a clicking noise, a click that is definitely not coming from my keyboard. Thinking I’m imagining things based on a lack of sleep, I continue typing. The noise gets louder, so I turn to check it out, and as I do, a furry little face peeks up at me from the foot of my desk. Keep in mind, we have no pets. Within the span of 0.5 seconds I realize it’s a squirrel, scream like someone just got murdered in front of me, frantically start dialing my husband, and jump on the couch. What can I say? It was a productive half second. After I calm down/remember how to breath/don’t pass out, I inspect our screen door to find that the squirrel had some how weaseled his way underneath the screen. He had run back out of the apartment when I screamed, but needless to say I’ve now been extra careful when I leave the door open as the neighborhood squirrel is not exactly my ideal assistant. In addition to wild animal intruders, this week has been a bit of a busy one, so I’m looking forward to heading to the Caribbean this weekend for one of my best friend’s weddings.

Do you guys have any fun plans coming up? And I have to ask, any funny encounters with wild animals in your home? Please tell me I am not the only one!

Morning Glory Flowers || Happy Hour @runwaychef #flowers {Even though it’s starting to get cold, there are still a few flowers in bloom}

City of Beacon, NY || Happy Hour @runwaychef #NYstate #travel {Exploring Beacon, NY after a hike…we got a waffle sandwich from YogoWaffle and a Bleu Boar grilled cheese from Beacon Bread Company, both of which were really good}

abandoned house, upstate NY || Happy Hour @runwaychef #travel #explore #upstateNY {Ever since Mr. RC and I discovered this Instagram account, we’ve become obsessed with abandoned things, usually simultaneously shouting “It’s abandoned!” when we see something that looks abandoned (obviously). You know we said that about this house, which you know means we had to take a picture of it.}

Halloween Candy Bar || Happy Hour @runwaychef {The festive Halloween candy bar at the JCPenney lounge at NYCWFF}

when everything feels like a struggle, just think of the view from the top

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Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {A day at the farm}

If you don’t like farms or farming or farm animals then a) what is wrong with you (baby farm animals are basically the cutest thing since forever)?! and b) you probably won’t want to read today’s post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

Unless you’ve been hiding out on Pluto, I’m sure you saw that the Mr. and I celebrated our anniversary on Monday. Anything to do with my guy has me full of smiles, but getting to celebrate our 2 year anniversary together made me seriously happy, hence why the focus of this week’s happy hour is tidbits from our weekend. We kept things pretty local and low key, but we did go on a few day trips. One of our day trips happened to be to the Queens County Farm. Who knew you could see cows and city buildings in the same view?! The farm was full of animals, families with kids….and us, the couple celebrating their anniversary. I think we were more entertained by the chickens than all the kids were and Mr. RC couldn’t stop taking pictures (of the chickens, not the kids). So just to summarize, we spent our anniversary with a bunch of farm animals and kids, acting like we were 5. It’s totally cool. And hey, when you love someone, everything you do together is special and fun, right?!

P.S. Now we want to buy a farm, but until then….how do you think chickens would go over in our Brooklyn backyard?! No???! No??!

cotton plant at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Found a cotton plant on the farm, which was fitting since 2nd anniversary gifts are traditionally supposed to be cotton}

chickens at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Some of our favorite farm animals}

sheep at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour Buvette Bike || Runway Chef Happy Hour {The Buvette bike and a basket full of corks}

Happy Hour - A Weekly Round-up of Happy Things on Runway Chef {Obligatory anniversary picture}

Oscar Wilde love quote {Picture from our engagement session by Ian Holmes}

 

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Delicata Squash {A rare conjoined delicata squash, used for yesterday’s fall salad recipe}

These past few days have been highly uneventful…and by uneventful I mean we hung out with some “ghosts“, a tv show decided it was a good idea to start filming outside our apartment at 2am Sunday night/Monday morning, and apparently I can now add “Published Author” to my resume. See what I mean….totally uneventful. We’re celebrating our 2 year anniversary this coming weekend and I’m really hoping it can be more eventful than these last few days because, I mean, c’mon, hanging with ghosts and getting recipes published is so lame-o!

pencil sharpeners {The cutest pencil sharpeners}

NYC Haunted Buildings {One of the “haunted” buildings (now NYU classrooms) on our NYC ghost tour Friday night}

GIR Spatulas {A bevy of new cooking tools c/o GIR that make me one happy cook}

Taste of Home Holiday & Celebrations {While I thought it would be much longer til I was a published author, I was totally surprised to receive a copy of this book, featuring one of my recipes (on one full page, nonetheless), over the weekend}

fall asleep with a purpose, wake up with a dream {Found via Pinterest, source unknown}

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Food photo props {New food styling props make my little food blogger heart uber happy}

I feel like a took a breath and before I could even exhale September was over. It straight up flew by. October is already panning out to be another crazy month, what with our 2nd wedding anniversary and a trip to the Dominican Republic for one of my best friend’s wedding. I’m exhausted just thinking about it all….

Speaking of a lot going on, there’s been a lot of posts in the past couple days so if you haven’t been around make sure you hop on over here to find some tips for taking your dresses into fall (hint: it involves jeans), go here to read (and share) a very important story that really touched me (love is bigger than hate y’all), and, of course, finish it all off with some chocolate (because what’s better than chocolate?!).

Raspberry-Picking {Picking raspberries this past weekend}

Zinke Beach Bag {A tote bag (c/o) that will be perfect for our upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic}

Pears-and-Raspberries {Some of the pears and raspberries (mentioned above) at the orchard we went to}

Kendra-Scott-Ivy-Bracelet-in-Silver {A sassy new fringe bracelet c/o}

BAE=Bacon and Eggs {I know I usually try to be inspirational with my quotes, but I’ve seen this going around social media and I thought it was too funny not to share!}