Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Currently jamming in my office to Van Morrison, sipping some wine my friend gifted me, and waiting for my surprise home cooked dinner at home by my forever Valentine. I just wanted to pop in to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day has been filled with love.

It's fun seeing the thoughtful gestures people have been giving and receiving today. To me, there's nothing I really need, it's 100% about the thought because let's be honest, it's always a nice feeling to be thought of.

I was trying to remember what we did last year to celebrate and then I remembered our town was on the verge of a catastrophic flood and we were on lockdown as our entire town was evacuated expecting the worse, and our best laid plans were put on hold. I actually think the evacuations were lifted on the 14th, so that was a gift in itself. Luckily, the spillway held up and our dam did not break and we're all safe. It's eery thinking back to that time and how truly scary it was.

Our original plans were to go to a wine & chocolate festival to celebrate but we cancelled at the last minute due to the circumstances. With that being said, I had my bags already packed to go out of town for the weekend, so when we began packing to leave, I just threw more stuff in the bags along with what was already packed. Needless to say, when everything was safe and we began to unpack, Ryan about fell on the ground laughing at the thought of me actually packing a bathing suit along with some new boots as necessities in the emergency. It makes for a funny story now though!

Love makes the world go around, so no matter what, I hope it finds it's way to you in one way or another today. It's the perfect time to let someone know just how special they are!

And to my forever Valentine who

Fills my heart with gladness,
Takes away my sadness,
Ease my troubles,
That's what you do,

I can't wait to celebrate with you!


Easy Escargot

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

One thing that always feel extra fancy to eat is escargot! I had honestly never had it before until my MIL made it for us at her house years ago. I thought for sure I would not like it, but it was 100% the opposite! Since then, I've tried ordering it out at several restaurants but it never compares to hers. I would say that the texture is one thing that normally turns people away if not the thought itself, but when done properly, they are delicious!
I purchased canned escargot from Raley's and the most important part is cleaning them. I rinse, soak and take all of the weird parts out of it so all that is left is the snail itself. This step is the most important because it's how you ensure there are no sand granules and also it eliminates the slime and a bit of the shell flavor.

What you'll need:
/ Can of Escargot
/ Stick to Stick and a half of butter
/ Lots + Lots of Garlic!

After you've thoroughly cleaned, rinsed, soaked and re-rinsed the escargot in cold water, place in ramekins or baking dish. Side note: I did learn a lesson this particular time because I used a smaller baking dish than usual and a few actually overflowed and made quite the mess in my oven...
Next, in a saucepan I mix up the butter and fresh crushed garlic and let it saute for 15 minutes.
 I add 1-2 escargots to each and then cover with the butter garlic sauce. Then place in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Serve hot with a sourdough baguette, or in our case, we tried a garlic sourdough loaf cut up and it was amazing! A simple, yet delectable recipe you can impress your guests with next time you're entertaining!

A special thanks to my MIL for teaching me how to make these! xoxo

A LOVE(ly) Weekend Recap

Monday, February 5, 2018

Happy Monday! What a great weekend it was around our parts. The weather has been unusually warm for February and this weekend the temps reached 80 degrees! So although it was perhaps the most perfect weather to be outside and enjoying the sunshine, we still desperately need rain and a proper winter so I am trying to not get too ahead of myself!
Office Progress
Anyways, on Saturday Ryan was fishing another tournament with his Dad so me and Rach decided to take advantage of the weather and hiked one of the many trails around the lake. I'm still sore! Then that afternoon my Bestur stopped by the house for a quick visit and to see my office progress and gave me the best pro tips! I had been feeling stuck with the placement of a few things and she totally nailed it with giving me advice! What are best friends for, right?! P.S. full reveal coming very soon!
The dogs sunbathed while we worked on staining the shelves
Usually Sundays are me and Ryan's day to spend together and I couldn't think of a more perfect day than yesterday! We did not watch the Superbowl which was unlike years past, but we actually quit watching football months ago. This didn't stop us from enjoying snacks and drinks while we worked though! Instead we had a super productive day. He built some additional storage and we got the rest of our Christmas decor (finally) put away properly, cleaned up some things in our garages, and then he so graciously built me a couple shelves and hung up a few things because let's face it, that is not my strong suit.
We managed to meet up with our families for some Pop Tennis in the afternoon then headed home for a relaxing Sunday Dinna'. I couldn't resist cooking up something special and in keeping with my daily love reminders, I went with his favorites -escargot, steak and Cesar salad with charred romaine and then served dinner on the patio under candlelight. I found this couples activity book when I was cleaning that I had gotten us for our 1 year anniversary years ago and thought it would be fun to do after dinner so that's just what we did. I think it's so important to take time to reconnect and make your spouse feel appreciated and this evening was just what we both needed. We laughed and just had the best dinner! 
Here's to heading into the week feeling recharged!