Happy Valentines Day

“We’ve been together for a while now
We’re growing stronger everyday now
It feels so good and there’s no doubt
I will stay with you as each morning brings sunrise
And the flowers bloom in springtime
All my love you can rely
And I’ll stay with you

Oh I’ll stay with you through the ups and the downs
Oh I’ll stay with you when no one else is around
And when the dark clouds arrive
I will stay by your side
I know we’ll be alright
I will stay with you”

-John Legend

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MIA

Life is busy, life is full and as much as I wish for it to slow down sometimes, life is good. Our weekends are filled with friends and family and travels. And our weeks are busy with work and small group and trying to squeeze in some quality time with each other. But time is flying by and I am thankful to enjoy it. Here’s a quick recap of our lives the past few months according to my iphone:

We spent a weekend in October with the Neely family at Pawley’s Island. It always feels good to be near the water. Something about it..

We saw John Legend in concert for the first time. A-mazing. If you get the chance, go. I’m now stalking tour dates because that definitely won’t be the last time.

My dear friend Ashima came to visit & she taught me how to cook Indian food!

And we went to the NC state fair. Note to self: Do not go the state fair on the opening weekend. ever. again.

We fostered this little pup named Tebow – & he melted my heart!

We went to visit these two lovebirds up in NYC.

Spent Thanksgiving down in SC with my parents.

Spent my first Christmas in NC with the Neelys!

Spent some time before Christmas in Blowing Rock with the Neelys.

Spent a weekend in VA beach with my college roomies watching a friend get married.

And most excitingly..

Welcomed this sweet, sweet baby nephew of mine into the world on December 14th. He is a joy and a blessing and we are so thankful for his life.

That’s a pretty short recap for what the past 3 months have entailed. But we will try to not be missing in action from this little blog again!

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Date Shake

When I was younger and lived in Arizona & California, my family would often pass by date farms in southern California when on road trips to different places. And without fail, we would always stop and get a date shake for the road. I’ve always told Ryan about this yummy concoction but last night I decided to recreate it for him. It’s super simple & brought back such good memories.

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I puréed a handful or two of dried, pitted dates with about a cup of milk & then added enough ice cream for the two of us and blended again. Simple.

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Ryan approved. Try it – you’ll like it.

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No Reservations

Can anyone else not stop watching No Reservations? Is anyone else insanely jealous that Tony gets to fly all over the globe and eat authentic food and experience the culture of so many cool places? Please, tell me how Ryan & I can figure out a way to do this. Dream job. Suriously.

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Home.

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It’s good to be home and wake up to these lovely views every day for a week.

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happy anniversary

Today is our two year anniversary. It feels like the time has FLOWN by. But when I think about everything that we have done over the past two years – it feels like we squeezed a lot in. We adopted a dog, we bought a house, we took a roadtrip down the California coastline, we visited Meg in NYC, we considered starting a small business, we’ve made friends and made our house into our home, we’ve learned how to forgive and how to show grace. We’ve grown an enormous amount together. We’ve seen almost every side of each other. And I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world today. I am so thankful that God made Ryan for me, to be my partner in this life – through all of it’s ups and downs. And I am thankful that Ryan loves me just as I am.  He is smart, creative, funny, generous and is my very best friend and I feel incredibly blessed. I am thankful for these years because I know we will always look back on them fondly and cherish the adventures we have gone on and I am so excited for what the future holds!

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Praise the Lord

I think the abundance of food we have to eat is so cool.

The different colors, textures, flavors – how awesome is it that God made something we have to do everyday in order to stay alive so much fun?

What a creative God.

If anyone else is like us, they have around 100 cherry tomatoes that are all threatening to ripen at once.  There’s a lot of great stuff you can do with them, but one really easy thing to do is roast them with some balsamic vinegar.   The natural sugars in the tomatoes mixed with the sweetness from the reduced vinegar is straight up awesome.  Mackie and I ate that whole pan.

Roasted Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes or larger tomatoes cut in half
Garlic
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
Your choice of herb (basil, thyme, rosemary, mint, oregano, chives, whatever)

Arrange tomatoes in a baking dish (if using whole place them cut side up.)  Add a glug of olive oil and the same amount of vinegar.  Coarsely chop up a clove or so of garlic and toss that in as well.  Add a pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of pepper.  If using a more “wood-y” herb like thyme or rosemary, add it in prior to cooking.  If using basil, parsley, mint, chives, etc add after cooking.

Give the tomatoes a stir to get everybody coated and roast at 450 for 20-30 minutes, until tomatoes are softened and the skin is wrinkly.

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