Thank you for all the love on my last post! We are so excited to welcome our little bundle this summer :) Our friends and family are split half and half as far as whether they think it is a boy or girl… Weigh in on what you think! –> I can’t wait to find out!!
Let’s catch up on the past few days…
Who else got an early jump on taxes this year? It feels so good to get that done and out of the way. While riding that high of sense of accomplishment due to finishing our taxes, we stopped in at Eli’s for an early dinner. I had the tacos and Joel opted for their ahi tuna burger. This food deserves an A+ all around! I squeezed a good amount of lime onto my tacos, downed two of them, and the third came home with me to be consumed later that evening when I got hungry again :)
Joel made an emergency morning trip to the grocery store to replenish our cantaloupe reserves. WHAT A GUY. He even sliced it all up for me before I made it downstairs for breakfast! Boy oh boy, there’s nothing like finding a big bowl of beautifully chilled cantaloupe just waiting to be enjoyed. I’m glad he supports my cantaloupe craving — he certainly knows the key to my heart <3
I finished Middlesex! It’s a very long book and at times somewhat verbose, but wowwiee, what a story! I can’t wait to discuss it with my book club in a couple weeks. Friendly PSA: Don’t marry your sibling, kids.
Looking up chords so that he can play guitar and sing a song for the baby! I love the concentration :)
Oh just cooking up some broccoli for dinner — what’s your favorite way to prepare broccoli? Back in Houston, I used to steam it in this cool steamer that goes right into the microwave. In recent years, I have also found an appreciation for roasting it in the oven. But these days I tend to cook it on the stove top with olive oil and salt. Easy and tasty! I find that the broccoli is consistently good from our grocery store. The brussel sprouts, while another favorite of ours, can sometimes be hit or miss (we once got a bag that was completely spoiled). Thank goodness the broccoli is normally a safe bet.
Crackers and salsa because we did not have tortilla chips. Not a bad substitution, but I won’t be giving up tortilla chips anytime soon :) My favorite tortilla chips are the Tostitos Hint of Lime, yummmm. Side note: the hint of lime chips remind me of watching the superbowl back in college. My friend Kristi and I made a special trip to the store to buy a bag of those chips, and then headed to Joel’s dorm to watch the game with him. We made it just in time for the halftime show and Janet’s wardrobe malfunction.
Catching up on Greys Anatomy with a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream. Joel prefers regular vanilla but I am solidly on Team Vanilla Bean.
What did you do for Valentines Day? This year we went to Taste of Brazil! We have heard good things and have been wanting to go for years. I’m glad this was the year we made it happen! They have a salad bar buffet (which has a ton of salad options and also cooked veggies, rice, and meats) and they also bring meat to each table on big skewers so that they can slice off pieces for you. My favorite dish from the salad bar was the cucumber salad with cilantro, lime, and avocado. It was super light and fresh, and complemented the savory meat nicely.
They gave us mini tongs that we could use to grab the meat as they sliced it off the skewer. There were several different types of meat (beef, pork, chicken, etc) and varying specialty cuts. Everything was seasoned to PERFECTION!
For dessert, we opted for this Brazilian Flan gem. Gotta love a good flan! Our Valentines date was quite the success!
After work, Bernice and I headed to Target so that she could pick up a few items for her mom. I have a card that gets 5% off, and I like to share that perk with friends who don’t have the card (they venmo me back). When we arrived, I realized I forgot to eat lunch so we swung into Chick Fil A for some nuggets.
The Chick Fil A water with lemon has got to be the most refreshing drink on earth. I need to be adding lemon to my water at all times.
Our Target trip included some pretty stellar finds, including these “nothing added” dried mango. I should probably go ahead and invest in a dehydrator so I can make my own at home. Bernice picked some up too :) We may or may not have dug into our mango snacks while walking around the store…
Bernice introduced me to this sparkling water — I am officially a fan! It’s got the perfect amount of bubbles and flavor. I’m usually a seltzer person but since getting pregnant I have been all about plain water (and lots of it!). This sparkling water is a refreshing change though! I will 100% be back to try more of their flavors.
This week was Natasha’s turn to do snacks for our small group, and she absolutely NAILED it! Fresh veggies, a chocolate bobka, 3 types of homemade hummus (plain, red pepper, and cilantro lime), fresh pita, flax seed tortilla chips, pickled beets, and pickled turnips!
Guys… I could NOT get enough of her homemade lime cilantro hummus! As you can probably tell, I am always down for the cilantro + lime combo. (I’m just realizing I’ve mentioned cilantro and lime quite a lot in this post?) I am convinced it is the best flavor combo on the planet! I know cilantro tastes like soap to some people but to me it is magic.
When I get hummus it is usually the store bought kind, normally garlic or red pepper flavored. I have never thought to buy or make cilantro lime hummus, but this stuff is a total game-changer. Joel and I have made our own hummus at home before but it has been a while. I will need to get Natasha’s recipe so that I can replicate this amazingness in large quantities!
Your thoughts on the cilantro + lime combo? Ever had Brazilian food? When do you usually do your taxes?
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