Hello again from another location, this time Ohio. Once we get home from here we have a day trip to Toronto and then I’m staying put until the end of break!
Yesterday was Adam’s and my 4-year wedding anniversary, aka our 9-year anniversary of being together!!! It’s crazy to think that we’ve shared so much of our lives. Sappy sidenote – I am grateful every day that I get to spend with my husband. I am so thankful that the man I love is handsome and funny in addition to being intelligent and kind. </sap>
I had an early morning orthodontist appointment and we had to do a grocery restock and then we reunited with another man I love.
I sort of want to get those pictures framed.
Adam and I spent our anniversary doing our favorite things – namely tons of eating good food and cuddling on the couch watching good tv. A big, made from scratch breakfast felt downright gourmet.
For the eggs, we went to the deli and requested two, 1/4 inch-thick slices of honey roasted turkey.
We chopped them up and sautéed them in a bit of butter, then scrambled in 4 large eggs.
Out of control delicious. I quit eating most meat (mammals) before I had gotten to try everything and I suspect that I would really enjoy ham.
We also had hash browns made with white potatoes, onion, red bell pepper, 2 Tbsp of butter, and 2 tsp of chipotle oil.
Adam bought me some fourth year gifts for our anniversary.
A book with a sweet inscription, persimmons for fruit and rugelach for flour (substituted for flour because we were going out-of-town).
I’ve been picking up the persimmons and deciding that they were too expensive to splurge on for weeks at the grocery, so they were such a nice surprise. We split part of one persimmon but decided that it wasn’t ripe enough yet.
Adam was careful to buy squishy ones because once in the city, before we knew better, we tried to eat an unripe persimmon and about died when all the moisture was sucked from our mouths! This one had a good flavor but was still a little cotton-mouthy. So we washed it away with rugelach.
The snack was perfect to bring us into lunch.
I had an Applegate Farms Turkey Bologna sandwich on half a cheddar jalapeno bialey with a little bit of Miracle Whip.
Plus a huge pile of roasted green beans.
Adam hates jalapeno but knew I’d like that bialey more than the others and I gave him the half with more cheese, so we both compromised in the name of love.
It would have been easy and fun to go out for a romantic dinner, so I’m extra proud of us that we stayed home and cooked together instead.
I started by steam-sauteing 3 chopped zucchini in a bit of chicken stock. Then I finished them off with 1 Tbsp of evoo and this packet of Garlic Gold I got in my HLS swag.
I was expecting to adore the Garlic Gold after all the love it got in the healthy living blog community, but we found it to be pretty “meh.”
We set the cooked zucchini aside and while Adam boiled 3 servings of pasta I made a roux with 2 Tbsp of butter, 2 Tbsp of flour, and 1 Tbsp of milk. Into that, I whisked 1 cup of skim milk and 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Once the sauce came together all we had to do was toss it with the cooked squash and pasta.
We topped our bowls with a bit of panko and more cheese.
Dinner was great, definitely as good as anything we would have gotten in a restaurant. This was on the healthy side, but now I am absolutely going to make a similar sauce and use it in oozey, gooey mac and cheese.
We stayed up later than planned watching “That 70’s Show,” which was good for anniversary fun but bad for me working out this morning. I can’t do anything active here in Ohio and I’m worried that all my vacation workout momentum will be for naught.
Today was a day of many meals. Due in parts to time of the month and restlessness from 7 hours in the car. And we got junky food too; a healthy living blog no-no but an unavoidable part of existing in the real world.
Chicken biscuit from Chick-fill-a.
The leftover serving of dinner.
A juicy pear.
Animal crackers split with Adam (70/30 his favor).
Mid-way we got to stop for froyo.
I got eggnog and toffee mocha yogurts, topped with candy bar pieces and some marshmallow topping.
Alas both of my flavors were too spicy and I ended up throwing most of mine away. It was a sad day indeed.
But hundreds of miles later we found a Sonic and I ordered a diet coke with strawberry that totally made up for it.
Adam and I also split fries and chicken tenders.
Good thing my grandma served a lateish dinner, huh?
Webster was a perfect angel for 95% of the drive.
We even got to take him in to meet my grandpa this afternoon. I like it when all the men in my life are well-acquainted.
Per usual, my grandma made a great dinner.
cooked spinach with feta and cherry tomatoes,
truffle mac and cheese to make up for Adam not having any on Christmas,
and italian breaded chicken,
which I only could eat a few bites of because I felt like food was coming out of my ears.
After dinner, Nana and Adam worked on a 750-piece puzzle while I wrote this monster post. I hate all these super long posts I’ve been writing lately! I know none of my readers are interesting in scrolling for hours, but since I use my blog as a journal I don’t want to skip days that are so great. I promise to get back to a less annoying schedule once I’m home for good.