Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today's Wednesday quote I am borrowing from a friend's facebook post today. She told me recently that she's trying to write something "positive or insightful" each day. And, for when you read this, I don't think it's cheesy at all :)

I've always been a big debater (with myself) about choice, change and decisions. When I saw her quote today I thought it was just perfect, and so true.

"The minute you choose to do what you really want to do, it's a different kind of life."
R. Buckminster Fuller

I hope everyone has had a great week so far. Here's to the last two days!

Happy Wednesday, all.

Weekly Cooking Projects

Saturday, March 24, 2012

This week we tried to get back into our usual routine of cooking at home. We typically only eat out once, maybe twice a week, and cook at home the rest of the time. I won't take too much credit either, Dave really is the chef in this house.

On Wednesday I told Dave that I really wanted fish for dinner. We ate so much delicious sea food on our trip in Florida, and haven't been able to enjoy that since we've been back in Chicago. So, I left it in his hands, and came home to this.
Yes, whole fish. The thought of cooking this at home was scary, to me. Dave thought it was more like a trip back to our honeymoon where we enjoyed a lot of whole fish. There have been few times that he has really screwed up dinner, so I put my faith in his hands, or grill in this case, and relaxed until dinner was served.
It was a beautiful, unseasonably warm, record breaking week here in the city. How could we resist not cooking out on the balcony?! (Weather doesn't really stop him normally. We grill 365 days a year, rain, snow, sun, doesn't matter, Dave's grilling.)

The fish was delicious! I did not eat mine whole. Being the good husband that he is, Dave disassembled mine, thus the two fish heads on his plate.

On Friday we didn't experiment too much, but made a side dish in a different way than normal. One of the husbands' favorite chicken dishes, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob. I handled the potatoes, and Dave manned the grill with chicken and corn.
For the potatoes we used a mixed bag of red, gold, and blue potatoes - red, white and blue potatoes! I wouldn't say they have the best presentation, but they sure tasted delicious. (Probably due to the amount of butter, and garlic powder - yum!

If you're curious about recipies, prep, or cooking, send me a line, and I'll let you know how we did it.

Happy cooking!

Vacation from Vacation

Thursday, March 15, 2012

We're back! Last week we had a nice spring break in sunny Florida. Even better? We brought the sunshine back with us and have been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures in the north. Keep up the good work Mother Nature!

We started the vacation with a birthday celebration for the hubs! It was a day full of relaxing pool side, and dinner with family and friends.

For the rest of our time in Naples we, well, did basically the same thing as we did the first day: lots of pool time, lots of good seafood, and memories with family and friends. Throw a little bocce ball and tennis in there and we fit right in with all of the retirees!

Half way through the trip we started our journey to Key West in our rented Jeep Liberty with a layover in Ft. Lauderdale. We had a great dinner with Dave's God Brother, James, at the most delicious strip mall restaurant I think I've ever eaten at!

The next day our journey on US 1 to Key West was in full swing. With a minor detour (and when I say  'minor' I really mean major) as we had to go back to Ft. Lauderdale when we reached Homestead because someone forgot all of their clothes. But, once we got going, boy was that drive beautiful.

Key West was awesome. A great mash-up of celebration for our (now) newly wed friends, exploring and relaxing. It was so fun to be on vacation with all of our friends, and I can't wait for the opportunity to do that again someday!

And, finally, a personal highlight, our trip to Mallory Square!

Are you tired? I am. Time for a vacation from vacation!