We love shopping at Trader Joe’s. It feels like our second home. The smiling, familiar faces. The reusable bags. The Trader Joesian culture. Ahhh, the love!
Well, yesterday, we went grocery shopping to fill up the fridge and pantry. Of course, we stopped by the fresh flowers at the entrance to see if anything tickled our fancy. As always, they popped me with a surprise. I love when they have holiday bouquets. We picked up a super sweet Mardi Gras Floral Arrangement for $3.99. What a freaking steal!
Just the other day we invited Meli and Chris over to eat to thank them for helping us with our guest room closet. We made them Garlic Butter Spaghetti & Meatballs and guess what?! They LOVED it. And we did, too. We have made the garlic butter sauce before but never with spaghetti & meatballs. What rock have we been hiding under all this time?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
If I have learned anything about love and marriage, it is that you have to learn to give from the inside. Breakfast Lasagna made out of Cinnamon Raisin French Toast for a quiet, breezy Florida morning? “Yes, please!”, my wife says excitingly. That’s love right there. We’re so getting ready for Valentine’s Day, it’s not even funny.
Alas, Sunday is here! It’ll soon be time to finish up a project or two that have been in the works. Before we get to crack-a-lacking, Conversation Heart Sugar Scrub is up for grabs. Who’s with me?
It feels good to be home. A sense of appreciation for the true homeyness rushes back to me as I walk in the door. I was out of town all week long. Intense ass interpreting assignment hit the books and I decided to take it. That was a good call. I enjoyed every single minute of it but missed my home twice as much in the background. With Strawberries & Cream Shots on my mind, I made it home yesterday with a mission to complete.
Yay! The day is getting closer and closer: Valentine’s Day. I love it. All the hearts. All the love. All the pink. Weeee. Conversation hearts for some Valentine’s Day Mantle Décor madness and we’re off!
Super Bowl weekend!
I’m not a fan of sports, like I have said before on the blog. But I sure as hell love throwing a party for whatever the reason and cooking for whoever comes over. Tonight, Sports Night Chicken is all the rage.
My honey has been making Sports Night Chicken once a week for dinner for the last few weeks and we just love it. It’s got the perfect amount of spice and tang with lots of garlic, which we are obsessed with. Sports Night Chicken is healthy, clean and scrumptious.
Back in the summer, my wife and I laid out a Cuban series for the blog. We did a few weeks of delicious homemade, cultural recipes passed down from my maternal grandmother. We did the true classics: frijoles negros, platanitos maduros, tostones, etc. Of course, we have to add the chefNia* touch to some recipes and come up with a Caribbean twist. Anything from our melt-in-your-mouth Caramelized Onions to the eye-watering Cilantro Garlic Sauce.
Dollar Tree is stocked up for Valentine’s Day, guys! You need to hurry and grab what they’ve got before it’s all gone. And, I am not paranoid. I am so serious. If you want to make this Silent Sweetheart Wind Chime, you’re going to have to RUN to grab a pack of the cute conversation heart foam stickers we used for this project.
Every holiday, they stock up on all the goodies a month or two in advance. About a week or two before the big day, everything good is absolutely gone. No joke, I make several trips to make sure I didn’t miss what was available. One more trip for us this week so we can rally up a few more things.
Ahhhh…Ahi Tuna Poke, one of our favorite dishes of all time! I first encountered this dish while sailing through the islands of Hawaii. As soon as I got back home, I wanted my wife to try some poke, too. She’s always willing to try new things, more than me sometimes. But, we struggled to find a spot that would serve us the traditional poke bowl I knew and loved.
In Orlando, we realized Ahi Tuna Poke is not an easy dish to find. Bummer! Having just recently been exposed to such an interesting dish, we were not confident in making it ourselves. Double bummer! Since then, we have been looking everywhere for poke (outside of our city, as well) and will go to any lengths to find it. Poke freaks.