So Ben and I, along with our friend Brandon, went to 2 animal shelters today.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Ben and I are slowly getting furniture into our apartment... we decided to go with the "basics" first and got a bed and couch.
When I first arrived, we unpacked everything... and put it all away... and slowly we formed a landfill in our dining room.
But we finally got our "act" together and bought more furniture. Instead of using a box for a "coffee table" we bought a coffee table! BTW, I LOVE IKEA. Inexpensive, but decent furniture. We had a furniture putting-together party.... where I made dinner and Ben and his friends put together the furniture. Need to get things done around the house? Provide Navy sailors with free beer and a homemade dinner and whala! The furniture was all put together!!!
OUR LOVELY FURNITURE=)
Thanks to Ben's Navy friends... and my home-cooking!
Thanks to Ben's Navy friends... and my home-cooking!
|We're working on getting a bigger TV...|
|Such a comfy couch!|
Amusingly enough, she is VERY social if we stick her nose in her catnip toys. Then she plays and cuddles with us.... or spends an hour staring at her reflection in the window! Lucy very much likes her catnip toys.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
So Ben and I decided to have a "Date Night" once a week. Last night we went to a wine tasting at Wine Styles. It was our first wine tasting and was very interesting! If you've never been to a wine tasting, they give you a print-out of all the wines you are going to try with a little explanation. Ben and I got a kick out of some of the word choices used to describe the wines. (Like "silky")
They had a "food and wine pairing" for one of the wines. We loved the wine, even bought a bottle, and loved the pasta. The pasta was so simple and I can't wait to re-create it! It was pasta with asparagus, arugula, and goat cheese. I think it would be extra yummy with pine nuts. It was amazing how well the wine brought out the goat cheese in the pasta!!
We then went out to dinner at a little cafe next door called Chance Bistro. I was skeptical at first because we were the only ones at the restaurant.... but decided to go for it... as Ben pointed out we would get very good service being the only customers. It ended up being very good! Homemade Sangria and gourmet Mexican food. We got the crab-cakes for an appetizer. They were a little spicy and had a citrusy taste to it we couldn't quite decide what it was but complimented the dish really well! I got the vegetarian enchiladas - spinach, tomatoes, and portobello mushrooms, covered in a creamy jalapeño cheese sauce. Ben got ahi tuna tacos. Also very good!!! Think we found another "keeper."
All-in-all, our Date Night was a success! Think next time we will try and "branch-out" and try a different cuisine other than Mexican.... thinking Indian or Chinese food! If you're from the area, please throw out some suggestions!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
new free-time than to make good dinners? I've been making some old favorites of mine, like pork chops with scalloped potatoes and red wine.
If you're looking for a really easy dinner that can easily feed a lot of people (or 3 sailors...), than pork chops are a winner! I mixed bread crumbs with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. I first dipped the pork chops in egg then covered it in the seasoning mix. Pan fried it for a few minutes, until each side was brown. The baked it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
We were having friends over and dinner was going to take a bit to prepare, so Ben made some really yummy appetizers. Crackers with melted Brie cheese and Pancetta on top. He melted the cheese in oven first before adding the Pancetta. These were wonderful... but don't try to save the leftovers! The Brie cheese gets really hard.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
So my friend Kelly, who moved to England with her husband, suggested I start a blog, considering I am currently unemployed and am looking for something to do other than cooking and cleaning. Here's her blog (and my inspiration, thanks Kelly!) http://kellyleighgetsbusy.blogspot.com/
How did I end up in California... a state I have been to only 2x prior to my move? My husband (Whom I married on August 7) is in the Navy and is finishing his training at the NAS on Coronado Island. \
Here's a few pictures from the wedding:
|Me and my Sisters|
|So I really wanted my niece, Brielle as my Flowergirl... hence why she is holding Elmo =)|
|Ben received an "order" to dip me... on every step!!|
So the Monday after our wedding, my sister and I road-tripped it from Chicago to California. It was suggested to us to take the "Southern Route" to avoid the Rocky Mountains in Colorado..... no one told us there were mountains along the Southern Route as well. Nice surprise for us, considering we're used to flat, Midwestern driving! But we survived, thanks to my IPOD, books on tape, and very nicely priced hotels.... thanks to the military discount... (Thanks husband!). We made it in 2 1/2 days. Sadly, my sister had to fly out the next morning, though we were able to show her a little bit of Downtown Coronado and the Naval base.
Now I have been in California for about a week and finally have internet, so I can actually write in my blog! We finally have furniture: bed, very comfy couch, coffee table, TV stand, nightstands... and LAMPS! Of course we set-up the kitchen first and I have been cooking away (I tend to cook when I'm bored or stressed). I'm still learning to cook for only 2 people.... we either tend to have a lot of leftovers, or I end up inviting Ben's Navy friends for dinner. Don't think they mind. =)
Found an new favorite recipe.... chicken breasts stuffed with garlic cheese spread and spinach! A little messy to prepare but so easy and yummy! We have also found an awesome Mexican Restaurant that we will definitely frequent a lot: Cafe Coyote on Old Town (San Diego). Homemade Mexican food, huge Margaritas... and a line out the door for dinner. Go with time to spare b/c of the line, but the wait is well worth the food!