Friday, December 28, 2012

Really?

Have I really been gone for only 9 days? It feels like months! Chris and I are still enjoying our more southern state of mind and our families. I would say friends but our families are the MOST important right now. I've barely seen any friends. I'm excited to hang out with one of my bridesmaids this weekend and then head back up to the Old Line State for the New Year. I will catch up when we get back, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! One of my favorite things is the candle light service on Christmas Eve. What was your favorite part of Christmas?
Does anyone have awesome plans for New Years? We still haven't pinned anything down yet. (of course) We might just ave friends over again and watch the fireworks on our roof one last time in Maryland! :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HOME!

When I'm excited to go home but I have to pack first.

It's all good.

Wishing you all safe trips home!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Wishlist

It's one week til the big day so here are a few things on my wishlist! What is on your wishlists!?

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Moment of Silence

I couldn't take my eyes off the news all day Friday and it was all Chris and I talked about over the weekend. No matter your stance I think everyone in Newtown, CT deserves to be in everyone's thoughts and prayers.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Gruyere Apple Pie

I got my recipe from here. This pie is SO good, I made it for Mr. Chris since he is allergic to raw apples he can only eat cooked ones and he looooooves some apple pastries! I have been thinking about this pie for years! I was obsessed with the show Pushing Daisies, I mean I never missed one, and then would watch them on abc.com! Loved it! I was also in college at the time and had the time to watch TV  I loved the characters so much! Especially Charlotte, so cute in her dresses and pie making, she was like a mix of Emily Blunt and Zooey Deschanel. Back to the pie! In the show she makes a Gruyere Apple Pie and that always sounded so divine! Here is how I made my pie! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dinner Last Night {again}

Mr. Chris and I went a little cray last night for dinner. Like, a mini feast was had. I really wanted to make this recipe from Edible Perspective and when Chris heard 'steak' all he wanted was an actual meat steak. So I relented and he made a steak for himself. Little did he know how delicious and filling the meal was going to be! I don't think he regretted making beef steak but I think he was a little sad he didn't get to eat as much of the cauliflower steak as I did! ;) He is now insisting we make the roasted red pepper sauce a regular addition to our meals, and stole ALL of the leftovers for his own lunch! So for those men who insist on being carnivores, there is hope out there!
I won't embarrass myself with my own pictures of the meal because it just won't do it justice! PLUS Ashley is an actual photographer and takes AMAZING pictures. She comes up with all of these amazing recipes herself and is even coming out with a cookbook for 101 Gluten Free {and some vegan} Doughnuts! Amazing! I found her through my sister who knows her because their husbands worked together. Now Ashley lives in Colorado but they still keep in touch!
Doesn't that look delicious!?
I also decided to finally bake an apple pie for Chris. I went with this one. I will do another blog post about my modifications because I had a few, and I want to remember so I can make it again! It was SO delicious! Any amazing food blogs you guys follow? Or recipes you go back to a lot?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12:12 12.12.12

Was I the only one that did this? I was pretty proud of myself I remembered!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dinner Last Night

I finally tried my hand at Red Thai Curry! It is one of my favorite meals and my mom used to make it all the time! Of course convincing her to write down what she does is a chore in itself so I attempted my own version. I used this recipe for a base and then went off on my own! Here are my modifications:

  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Thai red curry paste (will use (much) more next time!)
  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 package chicken breasts from Costco, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cans bamboo shoots
  • 3 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 sliced red peppers
  • Steamed rice, for serving
  • I made these changes mostly because I LOVE bamboo shoots and we just happened to have some leftover slices of red pepper. It turned out really nicely but I personally need a bit more spice in my life! We also felt like it needed salt to bring out the flavor. I would want to put some more veggies in there as well. If you have any suggestions for modifications or you have a great recipe please share it! There aren't really any appetizing pictures of curry so I will spare you this time, but I promise it it delicious! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

aqua

This weekend Mr. Chris and I took advantage of "Dollar Days" at the National Aquarium. Well, I did. I got up around 8:30 and ran to the Aquarium to wait in line about an hour and half to get our tickets for ONE DOLLAR to go to the aquarium and 2 $5 tickets to the Polar Express 4-D Experience, so our whole adventure was less than half of a regular ticket! After I got out tickets I pickup up some Starbucks for the 2 of us and walked home to get ready. I most literally rolled out of bed to get the tickets!
After a bit of primping we headed back over to the aquarium and saw so many different kind of aquatic life! It made me want to go back to Hawaii so badly! We saw some being fed, and some had to work to get their food, they used their fins to squirt water and knock a cricket off a branch. It was pretty cool! It was a little crazy since so many other people wanted to take advantage of this deal but we had fun and then made our way to The Gallery to scope out some deals for Christmas! We ended up picking up a few things and then heading home to make some well deserved tacos!
Our Sunday was pretty quiet, we went to church where we were serenaded by steel drums! Then went home and made some waffles, and relaxed with Mr. Jack.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Make up {your mind}

So I've been going back and forth between some thoughts on the blog. I love beauty and fashion. Like a lot. Like when me and Mr. Chris were watching the VSFS I could name pretty much all the models and what campaigns and shows they have walked in or worked for. I've even been outright offered jobs at makeup stores! In all honesty one of my many dream jobs would be to be a stylist. I love helping people find clothes! being approached by a stranger and asked to help them is one of the ultimate compliments you can give me. But I still don't think I have enough knowledge to dispense on a regular basis. Since barely anyone reads this anyway what's the harm right?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mr. Chris had Monday and Tuesday off because his faculty were on a retreat so he got a chance to do whatever he wanted! Like sleep in and...I don't really know what he likes to do when he's alone! The other students were busy studying for boards or went home. He did something to do with technology in our house, don't ask me what, I have no idea. Since he ran out of things to do I got to give him a grocery list! Ah! This never happens!
It's funny to send someone out to get things for you, I tried to be very specific but there were a few things he wasn't sure what they were, like polenta, leeks or a dough cutter. So instead of going to the store and picking things up and eating a hurried meal, I got to go home and go to the gym and then start dinner! Ah! It's the little things! I made this soup on this not-so-cold evening so we can have that for the next few days. 
The reason going to the gym is so important right now is because since Chris and I did so much traveling and eating, and sitting and eating, that left very little room for gym time and I feel like I might have gained 50 pounds! I'm glad I went though because I met my instructor whose name is also Maris(s)a, went to UNCW, moved here in August 2011, is from Charlotte, and is dating a dental student! How crazy is that!? What are your gym routines? Is there a class you like to take or do you like to go solo? 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

THE FOOD

For this party I wanted to 'take it easy'. For other Noelle Munoz Jewelry parties I have gone all out and made pretty much everything. I love to cook, but it really stresses me out to the point of the party not being very fun! :( I always like to go pretty heavy on the snacks! Just overload with choices! :) So I decided on an array of cheeses, dips, crackers, veggies and a signature drink. And of course everyone's favorite dip! Which was my attempt to make it easy, so I only had to make the dip, drink and oh yeah cookies! I decided to make some chocolate dipped butter cookies. An old favorite from when we lived in Northern Virginia. When it would snow I felt like we always made these and dipped them in chocolate, or left them plain and dipped them in our hot chocolate! I started off making the butter cookies the day before the party since they have to sit for around 4 hours! BUT! They are so easy to make it's worth it! They end up like those cookies you can just cut from a tube. Then I made some white chocolate with peppermint. I just threw a bag of white chocolate chips and 3/4 tablespoons of peppermint extract in a bowl and popped them in the microwave for a minute and then an extra 30 seconds after stirring. It was perfect for tossing my Oreo's in and then putting a little broken candy cane on top. Refrigerate and done! The next day I tried to dip my butter cookies in milk chocolate, the same way I did the white chocolate, and it burned! How do you bring back burned chocolate? Well you put it in a double broiler the way you're supposed to from the beginning constantly stirring and if that doesn't work add cream until it smooths out, and stir stir stir! Fixed! I think that's all I made unless you count my assembly of TBMs! ;)

Monday, December 3, 2012

breathe

After all the excitement of learning Chris made it to his first choice school I had to quickly turn around and focus on the 2 parties we were having at my house that week! Noelle came in around 12:30 a.m on Wednesday. Thankfully I had finished cleaning the house preparing for her arrival. We unpacked her car as fast as possible and hurried to bed!
Thursday was the day of the first party, mostly work and dental friends from Baltimore. We had fun eating, chatting and browsing. Noelle had some new things not on her website that we all fawned over. It was a nice low key evening for us. 
Friday I opened our house up to our DC friends and we had such a blast! Most of them had never been to my house and it was so nice to have them come to me. More of the same, chatting eating, and lots of drinking! The girls enjoyed my signature drink while all the boys sipped on beers and talked boy talk in the kitchen. (More on the menu in a later post!) All in all the parties were a success and it was so fun to have an excuse to get friends together! Of course the worst part is I didn't take a SINGLE PICTURE! Luckily, Noelle took a couple before people got there. Check out her take on her blog!
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