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Looking Back…What A Rockin’ Year!

Today is my last day of school!!! Actually, it’s a half day ūüôā¬† I am uber psyched!¬†¬†Every time I reach the end of something, I reflect.¬† I reflect to see what I’ve learned, what I could do better next time, and¬†how I’ve grown as a person from the experience.

As I look back,  it was a great year for me.  I have so much to be thankful for.

Here’s my last year in review…

June 2010: I had my bridal shower, bachelorette party, and found out our offer was accepted on our first house! Click here & here to see what our house looked like before we bought it.

July 2010: I went from Mindy Mac to Mindy P!  I married my best friend July 30th. See pics of that here. We paid a honeymoon visit to Negril, Jamaica.

August 2010: I turned 28, moved into my in law’s house and gained 8 pounds because my mother-in-law is an amazing cook!!¬† Click here¬†for her crockpot chicken & potatoes recipe.

September 2010:  We finally closed on our house!!!

October 2011:¬† We moved in!!! Mr.FSL turned 32.¬† His vineyard birthday party¬†is where we snapped this picture…

November 2010: November 1st was the inaugural post (about jalapeno infused tequila no less, lol! See my first post here).  I got my wisdom teeth pulled. We hosted our first family holiday at casa FSL!  I made my first Thanksgiving turkey!! (Hear about that mess new experience here)

December 2010: Our first married Christmas in our new home!¬† Instead of a housewarming party, we had a “Bad Christmas Sweater Party” and made a shot-ski!¬†¬†Hear all about that crazy time here.

January 2011: The snowiest winter¬†on record for CT!¬†Actually, there was so much snow, our roof that extended over our beck deck (which extends the entire length of the house) collapsed!¬† Hear about that craziness here. Here’s a shot of my husband and¬†his dad &¬†our borrowed snow blower on the back deck.¬† That lovely metal piece in the background used to be our roof ūüė¶

February 2011:  We took a much needed vacation to Salt Lake City, Utah!  We went skiing on some of the most beautiful terrain & ate at the oldest saloon in the state! Get the scoop on that trip here, here, and here.

March 2011:¬†We threw¬†our first rager!¬† About 100 people came to our house for a surprise party.¬† We had the pizza truck & a comedian, great time.¬† I got the DIY itch & painted a chalkboard wall in our kitchen & decorated it for the occasion. I drew Yankee Stadium & a pic of the b-day boy on it…

April 2011: My chicken tortilla soup recipe was featured by Oxygen Magazine!!¬† I was sooo excited, it’s my fitness bible (get the recipe for that here)!¬†My husband & I¬†did a photo shoot in a haunted opera house (see those pics & the insane video here) ¬†My craigslist desk makeover was “Freshly Pressed” and is still the most popular post on Finding Silver Linings to date.¬† I was stoked and amazed that I was also a ¬†“Pop Pressed” featured blogger!¬† Crazy!!!

Are you kidding?! I was so excited!

May 2011:¬† My mom & I had the best Mother’s Day ever!¬† We hit up Manhattan for a spa day, made it on TV, and ate at one of the best restaurants in the country!! (Hear all about it here).¬† I started my vegetable garden!

June 2011:¬† Here we are! Finally feeling settled at our house.¬† Getting the hang of keeping up after laundry, cooking, cleaning, wife-ing, ya know, that whole thing.¬† All in all, what a wonderful year!¬† I can’t wait to see what summer vacation brings!¬† You all know I have a list of stuff to do!!

Sorry for the uber wordy post.  I guess I am feeling a bit nostalgic. Looking back does that to me.

Thanks for sticking around ūüôā¬† I love you guys!!!



Good Thing We Packed Our Sea Legs!

Good thing we packed our sea legs, because it was one choppy, sloppy, wet wedding weekend! 

Here’s the Cliff Notes version…

Way too late the night before, I decided that it was time to pack. Here’s me on the bathroom floor trying to gather toiletries.

We woke up at 6 AM which was about six hours from the time this photo was taken.¬† I thought I’d be a zombie all morning, but for some odd reason, when I have to get up for work it’s really hard to get out of bed.¬† When I have to wake up to catch a Ferry to Block Island for an awesome time, I spring out of bed chipper as can be.¬† Weird how that works huh?

We hit traffic on the way to the ferry, and had to run (literally) with our bags to catch it.  Thankfully we made it or we would have been late to the wedding. 

We checked in to our hotel (that I forgot to take a photo of, but here’s one from their website…).

I didn’t spend much time scouring the island and snapping shots because it was raining the entire time we were there!¬† I felt so bad for the bride. She had always wanted a beach wedding, and here we are in the pouring rain.¬† Like the blog title says, we definitely had to find the silver lining on these clouds.¬†

I packed the green dress and the peach dress in case I changed my mind.¬† I asked the bride & her sisters when we were all hanging out at their beach house and sipping mimosas (my fave!).¬† The thought the green was too dressy.¬† So, I took the bride’s advice and went with the peach.

Mr FSL & I¬†ran in the pouring rain, with my heels in my hand (I wore flip-flops¬†to run in ūüėõ ).¬† Good thing I wore my hair in a ponytail, or¬†it would have looked like this:

and not in a good way.

Here’s me with wet hair stuck to my forehead.

The wedding had to happen inside.¬† If you’ve ever been to Block Island, it was at Ballards.¬†Here are a few pics of the inside…

And outside…


After the food, the drinks took over for most people. 

Here’s my photo reel of the night’s events a la The Hangover Movie (they go from good to crazy as the night went on:

The maid of honor was my partner in crime all night…¬†

Me & my bff¬†April (the bride’s sister) realizing that we just cut the friggin cake.¬† Uh, not okay, lol!¬† Luckily, the bride thinks we are hilarious.¬† Phew!

All better!

The next morning was not pretty.  Still rainy. 

 We went into a few vintage shops. 


Saw some nice stuff…

I fell in love with this rug, but the mark up on the island is crazy, so I went home with a hangover and some Laffy Taffys from the candy shop.



What did you guys do this weekend? 

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done at a wedding?! Please make me feel better…

Food As A Philosophy

This past Saturday I dragged my husband¬†we went to see Anthony Bourdain¬†speak! He started off with talking about his hatred for Food Network, Rachel Ray, Giada¬†DeLaurentiis’s¬†unusually large head, and wanting to light chain restaurants on fire. But as he went on, his true passion for food began to emerge. This is why I relate to him. He understands that food is not just something you stuff into your mouth to hold you over until your stomach is growling again. It’s the common thread between every culture in the world. It breaks all language barriers. He also pointed out how personal food is. It is the direct result of a person’s history. When someone cooks you a home-made meal, they are sharing their life story. He also discussed travel. Anthony made a great point. He said so many tourists are hesitant to try “street food” in order to avoid getting sick. If you try the club sandwich or the chicken caesar salad at a chain hotel restaurant, the cooks know you are traveling, the food is probably a few days old, and they know they will probably never see you again. The guy down the street with the line of locals standing at his food cart is a much better bet. Those people live in that village. They see the guy day in and day out. He’s clearly not poisoning people (plus they probably know where he lives!). ¬†He said something that struck a chord with me. He said something that I realized only within the past 7 or 8 years. He said “Try everything”. Try all the food you come across, you never know until you try. That’s how you will taste the best food in your life. That’s how you have those memorable nights! The time the car broke down and you stumbled into a random bar and had the best night of your life. The unplanned and the unknown are where life’s greatest surprises are. At this point of the show, I was completely mesmerized. I’m sure some people in the audience took this part at face value, and I feel sorry for them. It was so much deeper than “You’ll come across some good grub if you don’t always order the usual”. It was my travel philosophy. If you are in Jamaica, don’t order the burger. Order the jerk chicken and try the callaloo¬†(callaloo¬†is AWESOME!!! I tried it on our honeymoon along with ginep a local fruit). If you’re in Mexico, order the margarita not a Chardonnay. Immerse yourself in the culture. Fill your body with the tastes of your surroundings. It’s my philosophy of life. Try everything. Be curious. I’m not saying I would uproot myself from my job, my family, leave everything to move to Morocco for a year (although that does sound pretty admirable). If opportunities to try something new present themselves (free concert tickets to a band you’ve never heard of or an entr√©e you’ve never tried on a menu), give it a shot.

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My husband tasted our homemade¬†jalepeno infused tequila a few hours ago.¬† Let’s just say next time, we might use just one pepper.¬† Yikes!

Hello world!

Hi! My name is Mindy. Welcome to Finding Silver Linings! This is my first post! I haven’t worked out all of the kinks yet,¬†so it is¬†(much like myself) a work in progress. Please excuse the mess.¬†Since it’s my first post, this calls for a celebration!

A local authentic Mexican restaurant serves my all time favorite drink, a spicy passionfruit margarita.  The key ingredient is their homemade   jalepeno infused tequila.  So, last night my husband and I made an attempt at making our own.

first, slice it down the middle
First, we sliced the jalepenos lengthwise. We used 2 peppers, but you can use more or less to taste.

Then, we removed the seeds. (try to leave the ribs in)

pop em in
Pop the peps into your bottle.

let them sit
Let them sit for a week so they can infuse!

I will do a follow up post with the tasting in a week or so!