Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

1)  We made a calzone the other day with moose that my brother and his lovely lady hunted - it was delicious.

2)  On Friday night we went out with pals to Industrial Park Cafe, a hidden gem restaurant in town.  We had the all-you-can-eat tacos ($10).  You can dish out your own toppings into hard or soft taco shells, or into small bags of Doritos!  I've heard that this place has incredible fries, gravy, and wings, so we'll definitely be back to try those.

3)  My typical breakfast for the past week or so has been cottage cheese with fruit.  Christopher has the same breakfast nearly every workday morning - tea, coconut water, and 1/2 a pomegranate.

4)  Exactly one month from today we'll be on Honeymoon Part 2 in NY!  We're going to see Book of Mormon on Broadway, and cannot wait!

5)  We had a strange breakfast on the weekend.  We shared a giant bowl of potatoes, some oranges, and yogurt.

6)  When we wrote our own vows, I promised to make Christopher desserts.  He's requesting this one.

7)  The kind people at Popcorn, Indiana sent me some popcorn to try free-of-charge. 

So far we've tried the FIT popcorn, and were very impressed.  For a couple who orders our salty movie theatre popcorn with extra topping, I didn't think this healthier popcorn would be satisfying, but it was really good!

8)  The pico de gallo addiction in our home has become out-of-control; we are absolutely hooked.  It is so fresh, and full of healthy raw onion, cilantro, jalapenos and tomato ... add some fresh lime juice and salt, and it's a bowl of perfection.  The trick to great pico is equal parts onion/tomato/cilantro.

9)  We cooked up a turkey dinner last night.  I had picked up a really cheap pre-stuffed turkey after Christmas, and I was surprised by how good the stuffing was, and how much of it was in the bird!  We threw some quartered potatoes around the turkey, and cooked those in there too.  We served that all with steamed broccoli and a homemade mushroom gravy.

10)  We made turkey stock after for a new recipe that we created last night - coming soon!

How has your week started out?
Do you have any trips coming up?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Celebrating at the In-Laws

On Saturday evening Christopher's parents had us over for dinner to celebrate our marriage.  They are so sweet, and I am so happy to now officially be part of the family. 

There was bubbly in the living room first (and some unexpected fabulous prizes too) ...

Then we moved into the kitchen where we had snacks ...

And a perfectly cooked lamb dinner ...

We visited and laughed for hours, while listening to some great tunes.  It is clear that Christopher's love of music is genetic.

We had such a wonderful time, and it was definitely the highlight of the weekend.  We're looking forward to a few more little celebrations this month, and honeymoon part 2, which is just over four weeks away!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Reading:  I just finished Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs while we were on vacation.  Christopher read The Dumbest Generation, and we both enjoyed our books.  I haven't started anything new yet.

Loving:  Vegetables.  We didn't eat a lot of salads in Mexico, as we tend to avoid the salad bar.  We were craving veggies when we got home, and our grocery trip consisted mostly of plants:

We've had fish and salad:

Soup loaded with greens:

And, a new favourite, a warm chicken salad (we roasted the veggies first):

The roasted veggies were placed over raw baby kale, and all of that was topped with chicken, and a homemade Asian-inspired dressing.

Thinking:  About recipe creation.  We have a few ideas to try soon.

Frustrated:  By my suitcase that needs unpacking; I hate to unpack!

Feeling:  Excited for our trip to New York coming up.  I miss that city so much, and have felt a longing for it for the past three years.  It will be an excellent place for Honeymoon Part 2 - and I cannot wait to introduce Christopher to my favourite city. 

Anticipating:  A wonderful evening with my in-laws!  They are having us over for dinner tonight.

Watching:  We were watching Fresh Prince today for a bit; I forgot how funny that show is.

Sad:  That I didn't sleep well.  On Saturday mornings I seem to wake up around 4:00 a.m., and then am unable to fall back asleep.

Working:  For less than 30 days before we're on vacation again!

Grateful:  For all the kind words regarding our secret wedding.  People have been so understanding, positive, and happy for us, and that makes us even happier.

Listening:  To Christopher playing bass (a Beck song).  He has taken up bass, and he's a natural.  It was funny, when he told me he was going to start learning bass, I didn't expect to sit down with him and hear him play a bunch of songs on his first day playing. 

Wishing:  To be back in the hot sun of Mexico - it was glorious, and it's freezing here.  We're already looking at when we can go back.

What are you loving?  Wishing?  Anticipating?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Honeymoon in Mexico

Thank you for all the sweet comments regarding our marriage - we really appreciate it!  We have gotten such a great response regarding our secret ceremony, and actually met a bunch of people on our honeymoon who had done the same thing either recently or 20 years ago!

On Valentine's day there was a horrible blizzard in town, and it was treacherous driving, even within the city.  We had to run some errands though, as we were leaving for Mexico the next day.

On Sunday morning we were off to the airport!

We got free champagne on the flight so we "cheersed" again to our newly married selves.

The resort was bigger than the one we were at in April, but not too big. 

We had an ocean view room, which was so nice.  The king size bed was really comfortable.

There was a legit sports bar that served typical pub food, including poutine and made-from-scratch jalapeno poppers.  The best thing about the sports bar food, was that it was cooked fresh to order.

We spent most of our time around the pool, soaking up sun.  The weather was absolutely perfect the entire time ... and HOT!  Puerto Vallarta has the best weather!

We hit the beach a bit too.

We ate at the buffet a lot ...

But the fresh guacamole from the Mexican a la carte couldn't be beat.

We thought the Italian restaurant was really pretty ...

The Japanese restaurant had some good sushi and soup, but I was busy staring at this guy:

We got some nice honeymoon treats in our room:

Overall, it was a very relaxing trip. 

Honeymoon part 2 will be in about 35 days in NYC!

Has anything interesting happened in your lives in the past couple weeks?  What have I missed?  What have you been up to lately?