Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fourth Anniversary

Yesterday Christopher and I celebrated four years of wedded bliss 💘

Each year we stick to the traditional anniversary gift themes, and pick something out together.  This year the theme was flowers and fruit.  Since we're going away soon, we didn't want to buy any actual flowers or fruit.

So, we got this beautiful set of flowered cloth napkins:

And went to a restaurant called Orange as the fruit part of our anniversary gift to ourselves - ha!

Bulgogi to start:

And then Christopher had the kalbi burger:

And I had the kimchi bee bim bop:

This was the first time I ever had shredded cheese on a bee bim bop, and I was surprised by how good it was.

It was minus a billion outside, so I am glad we went somewhere more casual for dinner, as I did not feel like dressing up at all.  This constant cold weather is really starting to get to me; I cannot wait to be basking in the warm Cuban sun! 

Tonight we have Spanish class, so that will be the extent of our Valentine's date this year.

Are you doing anything special for Valentine's day today?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dinner with Family

On Saturday we spent the day cooking, as my sister and Riley were coming over for dinner.  I got some pibil pork going in the slow cooker:

Roasted poblano peppers for a cream sauce:

And whipped up a couple batches of crepes:

I wrapped the pork up in the crepes, along with some Monterey Jack:

And then covered them in poblano sauce, strips of roasted poblano pepper, and cheese:

That would be the main course, with a couple sides to round it out.

When our guests arrived we visited over pico de gallo and queso in the living room.

Then we had black bean chipotle soup, which I had made the night before.  The toppings for the soup included sour cream, lime, cilantro, chipotle peppers, and avocado.

Next up were the crepes, with corn salad and spiced rice.

After eating, we moved into the living room, and visited for about an hour before having dessert.

It was a really nice evening; we always have fun when we get together with those two!

We ate leftovers on Sunday, ran errands, and then visited with Christopher's parents for a while.  I didn't realize until Monday that we missed the Grammy Awards.  I'm glad to see that Mura Masa won an award, as his debut album is absolutely fantastic.  I was also pumped that Ella Mai won a grammy, and that Beck's Colors album took home two well-deserved awards.  In Christopher's opinion, Colors is the best new album he's heard in the past five years, and coming from a guy who listens to more music than anyone I've ever met, that's some pretty high praise. 

Did you watch the Grammy's?  What music are you loving these days?

Monday, February 11, 2019

A Week of Eats

Last week we kept our meals pretty easy.  On Monday evening we made a roasted vegetable salad again.  These are so good, and much better in the winter than cold salads:

For a dressing we just use olive oil, red or white wine vinegar, garlic, and a squirt of mustard or sometimes dijon.

On Tuesday we had Mexican haystacks:

There was enough leftover to have this meal again on Wednesday.

When we got home from work on Thursday, we were so cold, and really, really did not want to leave the house again.  However, our Spanish class is on Thursdays, so we made a quick dinner of canned soup and grilled cheese, and dragged our butts back outside.

It's a real struggle to go out during weeknights (or at all) in this never-ending cold snap

On Friday evening Christopher picked up a pizza from Juliana Pizza. They wouldn't deliver to us, since we're out of their delivery area, which is something we have not heard of in our little city.  Anyway, he thought the pizza was worth venturing back outside, and I didn't object.

We munched on pizza while prepping a couple things for the meal we'd be having Saturday night with dinner guests.  More on that in the next post!

How was your weekend?  What did you?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Frozen Solid

Last week we cooked up a bunch of hearty, comforting dishes, which were perfect at the end of the freezing winter days.

Breaded pork with broccoli-mashed potatoes and corn:

This dinner totally hit the spot.

We had never mashed broccoli into our potatoes before, but the combination was great!  We'll definitely make them this way again.  All we did was add chopped broccoli stems and a few florets into the potato water, when the potatoes were about 10 minutes from being done.  Once the broccoli was tender, we drained everything, and mashed it all up with loads of butter, a splash or two of milk, salt and pepper.

Another evening we had salmon, with brown rice and a coconut curry sauce:

Chicken with dumplings warmed us up one night.

And our dessert all week was cheesecake with a strawberry glaze:

The weekend didn't offer too much relief from the cold.  We stayed inside all day Saturday, but had to venture out on Sunday to run a couple of errands.  And that evening we went to my sister's place to celebrate our nephew Giovanni's 12th birthday! 💙

We didn't do too much cooking on the weekend.  Christopher made pico de gallo, and we snacked on that, and then he used some of it for our omelette one morning.

And the other morning he made a pan scambler:

We also snacked on a poutine over the weekend:

And had a roasted veggie salad on Saturday night:

This week is still freezing cold, and it doesn't appear to be warming up any time soon.  That being said, Havana's temperatures have been sitting at about 29C - 32C for a while, and our daydreams have been spent there.  We'll be more than ready for our vacation once it arrives.

How was your weekend?  How's your week going so far?  Are you frozen too?  Are you escaping the cold at all this winter?

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Make it a Blockbuster Night

Anyone else miss going to Blockbuster to rent a movie?

Sifting through the Netflix movies just doesn't have the same feeling as going to a store to pick out a movie to rent.  I used to love stopping at Blockbuster for a movie, and then hitting the store for snacks. 

Since it's been so cold out lately, all we wanted to do last night was curl up on the couch with a movie.  We had to pick a movie off of the TV, but we decided to recreate the olden days and stop at 7-Eleven for our snacks.

Before last night, I can't even remember the last time we went to 7-Eleven.

We're way more into savory snacks than sweets, so we snagged some nachos (with loads of chili and cheese of course), two fried chicken drumsticks, two spicy pieces of chicken, and six potato wedges.

We ate this unhealthy dinner in front of the TV while watching Mona Lisa Smile, which was nowhere near as good as I remembered it being 🤣

What was the last movie you watched?  
Do you miss renting movies from an actual store?

Monday, January 28, 2019

Weekend Things

Our plan was to leave for Saskatoon on Saturday morning, but when we saw the forecast on Friday, we decided to add a night to our hotel reservation and leave right after work.  We wanted to beat the incoming snow/rain storm.  After a quick coffee stop, we were on our way.

We arrived hungry and tired.  Dinner was at Jeju, which looked and sounded good, but wasn't great.

We ate quickly and then hit the hay.

On Saturday morning we stopped at Hometown Diner for breakfast.  It was absolutely packed, and super squishy, but the food was delicious!  I really enjoyed my veggie breakfast.

We spent the day with my mom, and Christopher braved the wind to go out and grab her some perogies for lunch.

That evening we went Scarlet for dinner.  I was disappointed in the chicken sandwich; it was hard and dry, and the potato bun did not fit.

We packed up most of the food and took it back to our hotel room.

After dinner we went to a VIP Evening with Hawksley Workman.

This was an incredible, intimate show.  Hawksley's voice is so powerful, and he really commands the stage.  We had a fantastic time!

After the show we walked for a couple minutes back to our hotel.

On Sunday the weather report was looking terrible.  We were planning on spending the whole day with my mom, but the highways were supposed to get worse as the day went on.  There was freezing rain, regular rain, insane winds, blowing snow, and a major drop in temperature expected for the day.  Lovely.

We had breakfast, and got pancakes and eggs to-go for my mom:

After visiting for a few hours, we left to head home around 2:00 p.m.  There were some pretty dicey spots on the highway, and quite a few periods of very low visibility, however it's a good thing we left when we did; by the time we got home (an hour later than we should have), travel was not recommended, there was a multi-car pile up, and there was zero visibility for a good chunk of the drive.  Highway travel in the winter is never fun, but these blizzards make it so much more treacherous.

I am so grateful that Christopher is such a good, and confident driver, and that he never makes me feel scared when he drives.  There were people flying down the highway in the low, low visibility, and I kept thinking that I couldn't imagine being in those vehicles - terrifying!  I don't understand what some people are trying to prove when they drive so fast in such dangerous conditions.  We were in the slow lane, going about 70 km the whole way ... but we got home safely.

Today was frigidly cold with brutal wind, and tomorrow is going to be even worse.  Our Havana trip can't come soon enough!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?  
Do you have to do much highway driving in the winter?