Day Trip: NYC Part 2

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

So, here's the second part of our trip to NYC.
We had the chance to go up in the Empire State Building
and made a quick stop at Times Square.

I was wanted  to visit the Empire State Building ever since
watching Sleepless in Seattle. Now I can cross it out of my bucket list.

Take a look:

1. The Empire State Building.
2. Sister & I.
3. Hubby & I.
4, 5 & 6. View from the top of the building.

We paid $22 dollars per person and had to wait about
an hour in line to board the elevator.
The only thing I would recommend is try doing this during a 
weekday instead of the weekend, it's less people and
you don't have to wait for so long.
But it's totally worth it.

1. Entrance. 2. My pregnant belly getting bigger.
3, 4 & 6. Beautiful views from the top.
5. The antenna at the top.
7 & 8. We were fortunate enough to see the sunset from the top. Stunning!

The Empire State Building all light up and our quick stop
at Times Square before catching the train and head home.

Hope you enjoyed my photos from my day trip to NYC,
I certainly did!

Day Trip: NYC Part 1

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

NYC is one of my favorite cities to visit.
I live about 2 hours away from NYC, so
I always get a chance to visit this
exciting and vibrant place.

Last week we took a little day trip 
to go sightseeing. We planned to visit
the Statue of Liberty, but to wait in line
was going to be over 2 hours then we decided
to change plans.

We took a few far away pictures of the Statue of Liberty
and decided to walk around NYC instead.
We took the subway and arrived at The Staten Island Ferry,
right by Battery Park.

Here are the places we saw during our little day trip!
(Photos taken by my sister Carine).

1. At the subway. 2. Entrance to the Staten Island Ferry. 3. Far view of the Statue of Liberty.
4. Hubby & I. 5. Cruise to the Statue. 6 & 7. At Battery Park.

The Sphere sculpture at Battery Park.

1 & 2. Beautiful buildings. 3 & 4. Wall Street protest. 5. Trinity Church.

The Freedom Tower and 9/11 sculpture near the site.

At the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site.

I'll post the rest of the photos tomorrow.
 It includes the Empire State Building and beautiful view
 from the top and Times Squares.

Butternut Squash with Garlic and Onion

Monday, October 10, 2011

1 medium butternut squash (peeled, seeds removed, cut into 1-inch pieces)
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper

In a medium pot, combine the butternut squash and enough salted cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until tender. Drain well. Dry the pot you were using, put it over medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic and onions. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the butternut squash and parsley, toss really well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Sunday, October 2, 2011

3 medium carrots (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks)
3 eggs
1 cup of canola oil
1 cup of milk
1 cup of sugar
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoons  of baking powder

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a blender, add the carrots, eggs, oil and milk and beat really well (make sure the carrots are all grated). Pour the mixture into a bowl. Using a hand electric mixer, add the sugar and beat. While beating, start adding one cup of flour at a time. Last, add the baking powder. Pour the batter into a buttered 9x13 baking pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Let the cake cool completely, spread the chocolate ganache on top of cake. Enjoy!

Chocolate Ganache
8 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream 

Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.

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