Pizza Club // Backstage Pizza

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You may have noticed that pizza is taken very seriously on G&M…because it’s one of our favorite items of food ever, haha. And I am lucky enough to have found that my coworkers are as into pizza as I am. I’m not sure how the idea sparked, or how it actually managed to come to fruition, but the gals of Hartford Prints! have created a delicious Pizza Club.

We are fortunate to get out early on the 2nd Friday of the month, so we thought it would be a perfect time to grab some za. We picked our spot, grabbed a beer and had a wonderful afternoon. The main gist of Pizza Club is to find all of the delicious pizza places in our area (and eat at all of them), and the only “rule” per say, is that the location has to have a gluten free pizza option for our coworker Kait.

We started off with Backstage Pizza in West Hartford Center.

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I was the only person who had been in our group, but it had been awhile ago, so we decided to give it a shot. And it didn’t disappoint!

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I ordered the BBQ chicken, Lauren ordered a white pizza with chicken, Nina ordered the Classic – which consisted of sausage, peppers and onions, and Kait got a gluten free margarita. We were very happy to see that their small was pretty much the perfect personal sized pizza (we were starving, so we finished them pretty quick haha).

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We got a beer, chatted away and scarfed our pizza, overall it was a wonderful 1st Pizza Club meeting! The weather was amazing, we ate on the patio and there was some casual light music to set the mood. We all enjoyed our pizzas, and Kait was pleasantly surprised by the gluten free option (with gluten free beer as well!). Kait’s gluten free pizza below:

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We’re giving Backstage pizza 3.5 stars!

We’re not quite sure where our next Pizza Club will bring us, but we’re already getting excited already. Do you guys have a favorite pizza place in the Hartford area? We’d love to hear about it!

Happy Weekend

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Holy wow, where did this week go? I guess it’s not such a bad thing, having the days fly by and then suddenly it’s Friday. I’m sure we’re all in serious need of it.

So as some of you may have noticed, this only our third post this week. Since the beginning of G&M nearly one year ago (that sounds so epic), we’ve been pretty loyal to our five-post-a-week cycle. We stuck with it because simply, we loved when other blogs did it. We loved waking up in the morning, checking out our favorite feeds, and starting our days by reading something new in the blog-o-sphere.

But lately, we’ve been noticing it to be a bit of a challenge to keep up. We’re slackin’, and we don’t wanna be! When we embarked on this project of ours, we did it because we loved it. We wanted to find a way to stay creative and connected, even in our different cities. But we’re beginning to realize that adulthood involves a whole lot of work-life balance — and it is not an easy act to toggle.

So we’ve restructured things over here just a bit. We’ve decided to get on a three-post-a-week schedule, which will usually fall on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. We’re trying to put an end to the half-assed scrambling that has occurred a time or two (see Mom, college did teach us something!).

We still love this little creation of ours and plan to keep it going strong! And thanks so much to everyone for being such loyal followers — having you all stop by here really does make our day! So stay tuned with our new schedule, we don’t plan to disappoint!

Have you guys been finding it hard to find a life balance? No one ever warns you about this stuff, man. Ok. The rant’s over. Here are our links! xo G&M

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Favorite Fall Footwear

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Shoes. Shoes shoes. Shoes. How we love them so. They just pull an outfit together so perfectly, and fall just screams for new footwear to fall into your lives. So without further ado, I present to you my top faves for this upcoming season:

01. Oxblood Penny Loafer // These menswear inspired little numbers will have you looking sharp and classy. But you may also need to get a pipe, readers, and bow-tie to pull the look together (jk, please don’t do that).

02. Heeled Ankle Bootie // Seriously though, what was I wearing in the fall before booties came into my life? I feel like they just recently came about, and quickly became a fashion staple. Hail to the bootie!

03. Nude Flats // How adorable are those scalloped edges? #icant. Nude flats are simply a must for ladies, and pretty much work year round.

04. Classic Black Heels // I have to admit I don’t have a single pair of classic black heels. Sinful, I know. But now that I’m officially in my mid-twenties (eek), I think it’s about time I get a pair. They just make your legs and bum looks so killer. I really want to wear these with some skinny denim and a plaid button up.

05. D’Orsay Flats // One of the latest trends in the world of flats is the d’orsay. For ladies with little feet like me, they do a great job of elongating your foot a bit to make them look more proportionate to your legs. I got a similar pair to these with a mini wedge from Marshall’s that I’m stoked to wear out.

06. Tall Leather Boots // I’m getting these. It’s official. I mean, that leather. AND they’re a wide-calf. It’s been an honest struggle for me to find boots to fit around my tree-stump like calves, so I’m really hoping these work out!

Brimfield & 3 More Tips for Flea Marketing

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Brimfield was a blast as usual, but this trip tested me on a few levels, and I’m here to share some more tips on how to come out of Brimfield with as much ease as possible.

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01 // Prepare for the Big Stuff
If you’re planning on coming home with anything big…bring a cart, wagon, dolly – anything to help aid you. And here is why, you’re not going to want to deal with traffic, and driving over to the area you bought this item, and you’re going to carry it. And hate yourself for doing so. I have been on both ends of the situation of being asked to help a friend carry something heavy, and asking a friend to help me, and it sucked both ways. For the most part it’s doable, but man does it help to have something to take the weight!

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02 // Prep for Weather
Brimfield covers spring, summer and fall, and any weather can happen. This weekend was extreme heat and humidity. Each farmers’ market or flea market will be different, so even if you find out they have areas to fill up or buy water, bring some of your own just in case. Drinks and snacks are always a good idea (and sunscreen!). And since we’re heading into fall, be prepared for some rainy or nippy weather. Throw a reusable bag in your car with extra layers so you can add or subtract as you go.

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03 // Pay Attention to Parking

It seems like a no-brainer, but where you’re parked and where you’re headed can make a big impact on how your day and your purchases go. We mentioned bringing a dolly since you’re not going to want to brave extra traffic, but my biggest tip is try to find the secret ways in and out of these big flea markets. It might not happen the 1st time you go, but pay attention to a map and figure out where you’ve been coming in and out, and how bad the traffic is. If it’s bad, see if there are any side streets that lead to the main strip. We’ve got a prime spot that let’s us miss all traffic in and out of Brimfield (hence why so opposed on getting into the mess to pick anything up from another lot). These areas sometimes have the best prices for marking also, since it’s not the 1st lot you see or settle on.

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I hope these added tips help! Now that we’re heading into fall, you’ll probably be heading out to more flea markets – have you guys been to the Mansfield Drive-in or the Elephant’s Trunk (my next venture!)? They’re the big CT flea markets. Where do you guys do your thrifting?

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, everyone! We hope your 4 day work week treated you well! This picture above has officially sparked a DIY list (that bench tho…) and I don’t even want to know how expensive it is – so plans will be made to figure out how to make it! And since it’s the last Brimfield weekend of the year, projects and trinkets are on our minds! If you can brave the heat and possible rain on Saturday (good luck!) we’re thinkin’ Sunday looks a little better!

Have a fab weekend, friends! xo G&M

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Iphone Cases

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While we anxiously await the new iphone, there are still a few of us who can’t afford to immediately jump on the preorder wagon. In the mean time, we’ll be doing just fine with our 5’s & 5C’s, fancied up with some fun cases like these…

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Weekend Wander

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Happy Tuesday, friends! We hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend doin whatever you were doin! I had a lovely leisurely weekend walk over to Elizabeth Park on Saturday afternoon with Curtis. We had not a plan in the world and decided to grab a frisbee, some snacks, and walked over to the park. Our favorite part about living in the West End of Hartford is being in walking distance to some of our favorite restaurants and bars, but especially our short distance to Elizabeth Park. We grabbed some coffee and iced tea from Tisane’s, and then headed over. We were pleasantly surprised that the Rose Garden had a 2nd wave of blooms that happen this time of year, so we wandered around looking at all of the roses, herb gardens and wild flowers.

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Happy Weekend!

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Happy Labor Day weekend, errbody! Time to kick back and take off that extra day that you deserve!

xo, g&m

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Watermelon & Feta Salad

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Oh August, we hardly knew thee. It seems like summer came and went, but since I’m not quite emotionally prepared to jump on the pumpkin spice latte band wagon, I’ve decided to share with you how my stomach has decided to resist the season change.

We had a gargantuan melon sitting on our kitchen table for a while — half of it came to Newport with us last weekend, but that only did so much damage. The other half was lingering in our fridge, just begging to become something unusual. Since I’m a freak for sweet and savory, and had never made a melon salad before, this guy hit all the right notes for me.

Ingredients:
(makes one large salad, or two small)

For the salad:

// 1 cup largely diced watermelon
// 2 heaping handfuls of kale, stems removed
// 1/4 cup almonds
// 1 large chicken breast
// 1/4 cup crumbled feta

For chicken marinate:

// 1 tsp thyme
// 2 tsp olive oil
// 1/2 tsp garlic powder
// 2 tsp lemon juice
// salt & pepper

For dressing:
(I’ll be honest, I just sort of eyeballed this part)

// 1/4 cup olive oil
// 1 tbsp lemon juice
// 1/2 tsp fresh or minced garlic
// 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
// salt & pepper

 

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To Make:

01. Mix marinate ingredients well in a small bowl. Mix on chicken thoroughly and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.

02. For dressing, place your olive oil in a small skillet with your garlic. Warm slightly just to infuse the oil. Then in small bowl, mix with the other dressing ingredients and set aside.

03. Give your de-stemmed kale a rough chop and put in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients (besides your chicken and dressing)

04. Put your skillet on medium-low heat and coat lightly with cooking oil. Cook your chicken until just cooked through and golden on each side. Allow to cool slightly and give it a rough chop (I like my chicken to be small little chunks in my salads).

05. Place chicken and dressing in your large with with the salad mixture and toss thoroughly.

And that’s it! I found this pairs really nicely with a crisp sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.

A couple of tips:

//  I’ve heard this goes very well with a little fresh mint mixed in. If you try let me know how it goes!

// There’s also a lot of hype these days about “massaging your kale.” Since kale is a pretty tough green, giving it nice little rub down with your hands and some olive oil for a few minutes apparently goes a long way!

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