City Girl & Dog

So Ms. Stella May and I are officially City Girls!!!!!!!

It’s been one and a half weeks since Dave, Adam, Stella and I moved into the city.  Finally.  YAYYYYYYYYYYY!

We had a fairly smooth move-in weekend and a really fun day setting everything up with our parents and friend Matt.

We celebrated with a bottle (or 2) of champagne and discovered an amazing pizza place that serves XXXXXXXL PIES (28 inches!! wahhhhhh!)

After a few requests on Facebook, I wanted to share a couple pictures with you!  Enjoy!

Miss Stella is not used to all this walking!

Miss Stella is not used to all this walking!

Empty Living Room

Empty Living Room

Empty Kitchen

Empty Kitchen

You caught me relaxing!  New dresser...

You caught me relaxing! New dresser…

... and new Bedset!! AHH!

… and new Bedset!! AHH!

What a mess!  We had a lot to put away

What a mess! We had a lot to put away

Living Room the weekend we moved in... ready to party!

Living Room the weekend we moved in… ready to party!

Love our new pizza place, and their JUMBO 28 inch pies!

Love our new pizza place, and their JUMBO 28 inch pies!

A little toast to start things off!

A little toast to start things off!

Stella waiting patiently for Matt to drop something

Stella waiting patiently for Matt to drop something

I think I've heard somewhere you shouldn't eat anything bigger than your head... oh well!

I think I’ve heard somewhere you shouldn’t eat anything bigger than your head… oh well!

Soul Food Seasoning, my favorite city grocery store find thus far

Soul Food Seasoning, my favorite city grocery store find thus far

We finally got to use my pretty Chanukah candles!

We finally got to use my pretty Chanukah candles!

My city girl is sick of all of these pictures

My city girl is sick of all of these pictures

She's already made herself comfy in our new bed :)

She’s already made herself comfy in our new bed 🙂

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Other living room view

Other living room view

From the living room to the kitchen

From the living room to the kitchen

Kitchen at night

Kitchen at night

View from our room to Adam's room / bathroom on right in hall.

View from our room to Adam’s room / bathroom on right in hall.

Dave and I took a nice long walk home from Old City where Mike & Mer live... I love this pretty little side street!

Dave and I took a nice long walk home from Old City where Mike & Mer live… I love this pretty little side street!

Banana & Mango Smoothie

As a blog writer (and many of you can agree I’m sure…) it’s hard not to get hung up and obsessed with checking your stats.  For the first 2 months of It’s Good to be the Cook… I did exactly that.  Now, I could really care less.  I have realized (FOR NOW)  the blog is just a place for me to share recipes and stories and a great way for me to organize them.

Today, I happened to check my stats.  I am sitting here laughing outloud.  This isn’t because I only have 43 hits today… it’s because someone actually went to google to search “Stella – Sriracha”… and was directed to my site.  Of course they were!  I’m not sure if they were looking for a spicy version of Blue Cheese or a Beer version of the Hot Sauce, but they found my page!  Duh.

In honor of that person, as well as my apparent two favorite things to talk about on my blog… I had to share this photo of Stella with you… and also show you a new product I REALLY want to buy (saw it in Wegmans last night… wish I bought it then!)  Here’s today’s STELLA-SRIRACHA:

STELLA, my (almost 4 year old) Bichon-Poodle was laying here all by herself with my sister’s phone!

Dying to try this! Sounds like the spicy sauce used in sushi?

Now, the real reason I wanted to post was to share this fresh fruit smoothie with you.  This was the perfect snack to hold me over after work and before dinner.  It also includes both fiber and protein- a “snack” time requirement from John the Dietitian.

Banana & Mango Smoothie

Recipe from:  It’s Good to be the Cook
Serves 1
Ingredients: 
1 Small Banana, cut
1 Medium Mango, peeled & cut
1 Kiwi, peeled & cut
1 Tablespoon Ground Flax 
1/4 Cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Enjoy!

Note:  You may want to add some ice if you’d like it colder!  Mine was cold but not as much as using frozen fruit.  YUM!

Only 2 WW Points?! I’ll take it!!

One Happy Pup

Have you had beautiful weather recently?  We have!  It’s been just gorgeous here, which is about a month or two early for Philly.  Our daffodils are out a month early, the trees are blooming, and everyone is out and about, enjoying it all!

My little girl Stella and I have been enjoying it too, taking a few walks recently.  Stella is a 3 1/2 year-old Bichon-Poodle Mix who is just the cutest thing ever!  You will normally see her in pictures in the kitchen while I cook… she is always observing and watching at my feet.  I had to take a moment to show her in all her glory on her walks this week!  She was so happy!

Stelly on the playground with all the kids 🙂

look at that big smile!

Stelly even let our friend Dage walk her for a little!

Mommy-Stelly pic 🙂

She couldn't stop smiling after her long day