Happy Thursday, ya’ll (well, thursday by the time anyone reads this- although it is currently Wednesday evening)! How’s it kickin’?
We said goodbye to one of my most favorite charge nurses last week; I was so sad to see her go 😦 This send off banner was too funny not to share though!)
DJ’s birthday was October 6th!!! I can’t believe I am just shooting this post up now. Sheesh! Anywho, we had a gift card to Open Table that was put to phenomenal use at the local Forbes Mill in Los Gatos!
This sweet man.. I would usually not pull my phone out at places this nice to snap food pics, but he convinced me that it was just us two and it wasn’t a big deal…. I obliged pretty easily 😉
We started with the giant prawn cocktail. There is nothing better than a fresh shrimp/prawn appetizer. It’s easily our go-to!
We also tried their crab cakes! They were super yum, no denying it… but a far cry from the cakes we had in Baltimore.
I also had their generously sized beets and macademia crusted goat cheese salad. It was one of the best I have ever had, but it’s so simple! This is easily something that could be recreated in a home-kitchen!
DJ did the ULTIMATE surf and turf with a combo of waygu and lobster tail. I tried the waygu because it’s supposed to be the highest quality of meat and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass….. I had an aversion to the flavor. After not eating meat for about four years it didn’t do anything for me.
We also dabbled in a side of creamed spinach.. if it’s on the menu you know we are jumping on it! We absolutely loved it. I still think the creamed spinach from Ben and Jack’s in New York is the best of all time, but this is not far behind.
And… probably the greatest scallops I have ever had in my life. I think the only ones that contest are Farallon’s in San Francisco. Gosh, just the thought is making my mouth water all over the darn laptop. They were over forbidden rice- a new obsession I now have. Has anyone had this magical delicacy?! It’s ah-may-zin.
And OF COURSE, we had to take an awkward couple photo post dinner to document hubby turning the big 2-5! ❤
I could go on for days and days about how amazing DJ is. He is a man of God, handsome, humble, hilarious, loyal as they come, my rock, courageous, intelligent, witty, intuitive, hard working, dedicated, and genuine. Those qualities just scratch the surface. I don’t know why God blessed me with such an incredible man, but I won’t argue with His provision 😉
For Deej’s birthday I wanted to do a cover of a song with my guitar for him, but I have yet to do actually record it…my guitar is in need of some new strings and some repair after the move (yes, I haven’t picked it up since moving here!). But I have a little taste of what I was working on in the mean time. My sister convinced me to share the sample although I don’t yet have it to guitar or fully recorded yet. Disclaimer: I am super self-conscious, UTTERLY terrified, of singing in front of people, but I want to share this for my babe and say a BIG happy birthday to you (until I can actually get the guitar fixed and recording done).
The days are all kind of blurring together from the rest of the last few weeks. I do want to share of my favorite snap shots from runs and of course, random pics of all the foooooodddd!
The fall blooms are just as gorgeous as the spring blooms!!! Even though we don’t have the leaves change like back in the good ol’ midwest, we still have some beautiful array of flowers to admire in this season.
However, my autumn runs had to come to a quick halt when the wildfires started last week 😦 It smelled so strongly of smoke in the hospital (which is closer to the fires than our apartment is), and then eventually the air around here was THICK with the smell of smoke. We woke up in the morning and our eyes itched, our throats scratched.. it was surreal. We just keep praying for everyone affected by these horrible fires. I truly hope the madness stops soon and mother earth cools her jets.
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Back to the random food mess… I’m still on the egg kick for suure. (I put some of the leftover creamed spinach on a piece of toast and then the egg on top, good heavens).
I also have been CRAVING a Whole Foods trip. Since they have always been ugly pricey, I usually only go every once in a while. However, now that they were bought by Amazon, their prices have gone down tremendously!
I’m ridiculously obsessed with this fall salad right now. I was inspired by Stein’s Beer Garden’s salad. It contains jicama, roasted butternut squash, quinoa, light craisins, and I use a homemade apple cider vinaigrette (with some apple cider, a touch of oil, and a touch of sugar).
I think ya’ll get the point. Haha. The salad can’t help that it’s so doggone photogenic.
Another thing I, and the rest of everyone, has been loving is spaghetti squash! Ugh, it is SO good. I have been mixing it with vegan butter, vegan meatless crumbles, and a touch of parmesan on top. So easy, so scrumptious. I know many of you out there have tremendous recipes for the spag-squa, please share em’ with me!
And I’ve been whipping up a lot of capreses for DJ. This is one of his favorite snacks and the heirloom tomatoes were on sale at Whole fuds and, oh man, were they ever fresh!
I’ve been decompressing from the studying with lots and lots of running. I have been mixing in Insanity workouts, but as soon as the smoke settled and the air cleared I booked it back outside.
I’ll just slide in another picture of morning toast with dried apricots, chia seeds, oats, high protein plain greek yogurt, and stevia.
Something else I’ve been devouring lately is smoked salmon on pita with caramelized onions and a fried or poached egg. This has been hitting the spot and has been a great high protein/healthy “comfort food” during this super stressful time.
I took my GRE yesterday … and this about sums it up…
I crammed for about two and a half weeks in my time off work for the exam, and just didn’t score as well as I would have liked on the quantitative. Algebra and me do not exactly tango in the moonlight. Ask me to tell you the symptoms of Moya Moya or the proper medication to treat tuberculosis..we can chat. But I don’ t have the faintest idea what in the Westeros math has to do with it. It’s not even real math. Like I get 1+1=2… or me +math= disaster….. but I will be the first to admit I do not know “If Tommy had five oranges and Shelly had 12 and 2 were taken away and thrown at a cactus, why is the square root of the Eiffel tower a bag of potatoes?!”
*Deep breaths, deep breaths*
*It’s not about the problem, it’s about the procccessss*
I get that people study for a looong time for this, but only one of the schools I’m applying to out of five require it. I just don’t think it’s worth it to slave over the study material when majority of MSN-FNP admissions don’t require it, and the deadline for that application is November 1st. (Which is actually great because then I don’t even have the option to retake it for now). Now I’m rambling. *clearing throat*. Oh well, que sera sera.
HOW ARE YOU?!? I am jumping off the crazy train now, and heading to bed before an early morning wake up call. Muah!
Cassie at Cassie’s Cookery on October 17th. Sweet girl, Happy birthday. You have changed my life more than you know, and you inspire me every single day. I am SO beyond thankful for ya, sweet thang. You are strong, loyal, empathetic, lovely, beautiful, and full of God’s grace and goodness. You exude His love more than most I know. Our conversations are always close to my heart, and I love you to absolute pieces, sista! ❤ I hope your birthday was beyond perfect and you know what a treasure and gift you are to this earth.
PS. Cassie has an amazing cookbook out! If you wanna check it out go HERE. I know I am getting my copy ASAP! 🙂