Thanksgiving in New Jersey + Exploring New York + Traveling with a pug

Another Sunday and the day I share a bit more personal content here on the blog. For the week of Thanksgiving we traveled to the east coast and spent it with my boyfriends family in Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was such a lovely time with so much good food, fun New York touristy activities and enjoying the beautiful fall weather that we were lucky to get.

For the first time ever we also brought our puggie, Merlin, with us on the plane and I have to say it was surprisingly easy. We flew with Southwest and I can highly recommend that to anyone traveling with a pug or other small/medium bread. They didn’t check or weigh Merlin, they didn’t even inspect our carrier, but only cared about us having a reservation for him and paying for it ($95.00/trip).


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Baked Chicken Wings w. Frank’s Hot Sauce & Soy Ginger Glaze

Since the Giant’s played a late game this Sunday I decided to give Chicken Wings a try, this being my first time making them. A bit nervous I researched some recipes and came across this one from Epicurious. Said and done I gave it a try, followed the recipe pretty much to the point and they turned out great. I baked the wings for 10 minutes longer than in the recipe + broiled for 10 minute as well.


In addition to the wings I chopped up some celery, carrots, made ranch and baked some sweet potato fries (always a winner).