“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach”
So my hubby and I don’t really make it a big deal to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But we figured that this is our first V Day living in a new city, new home, new everything pretty much lol. So we wanted to take advantage of this holiday and celebrate!
We decided last minute that we wanted to try and go bowling. Unfortunately every place was packed so we just decided to stay home lol. And yes we’re being safe out there for those who are wondering lol.
We ended up ordering dinner from a nice local restaurant and ate it at home while watching a movie. We loved all the food that we ordered so we are definitely ordering from them again!!! Here are a few pictures of what we ordered!
I also told hubby that all he has to get me is a bouquet of flowers, I didn’t want roses because I wanted to be different lol. So check out what he got for me!
Funny story is that I planned to make my own chocolate covered strawberries so when I saw his strawberries I was surprised, but I definitely wasn’t complaining! Haha! Here are how my strawberries turned out!
So I have to say that I enjoyed my V Day! Did you do anything for Valentine’s Day?!
Had a nice vegetarian lunch today. Veggie medley that included mushrooms, zuchinni, red onions, garlic with chickpeas. Added some chopped tomatoes, avocado, spinach all over brown rice. It was so delicious!
What did you have for lunch today?
Lately I’ve been eating more sweet potatoes and sometimes I feel like eating them for breakfast!
For my sweet potatoes, I cut them up and leave the skin on for more nutrients. Then I boil them for about 10 minutes to soften them a bit. After I strain the water from them, I add my spices to it, which varies depending on how I feel for that day lol!
Today I added a very small sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt, cayenne pepper because I like spicy, roasted black sesame seeds, and chopped up dill! It is so delicious!
With my sweet potatoes, I had some of a green smoothie that I made the other day. Here are the ingredients:
Banana, carrots, pear, kale, capful of apple cider vinegar, hemp seeds, and water. This green smoothie is the bomb!
Have you eaten sweet potatoes for breakfast?
Or what is something “weird” that you eat for breakfast?
What is your favorite green smoothie recipe?
This morning I wanted to have some yogurt for breakfast but I ran out of granola! I thought to myself, maybe I can just make my own granola! So I looked up a simple recipe to make my own granola at home!
Here’s what you’ll need:
-3 cups OLD FASHIONED oats
-1 cup of nuts of your choice
-2 tbsp chia seeds
-4 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
-3 tsp vanilla extract
-2 tsp cinnamon
-3 tbsp coconut oil
1. Preheat oven to 300 Degrees F.
2. Mix all ingredients together, put parchment paper on a baking sheet, and spread out a thin layer of the granola mixture.
3. Let it bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the granola starts to brown.
*Make sure to check the granola ever so often because it can burn easily.
Let it cool, then enjoy!
There are many fun ways that you can add this to a variety of dishes like:
Your favorite yogurt
As a topping for a baked apple
Add to muffins
Bake it in bread
Make granola bars
Eat with fruits
Roll bananas in the granola and freeze them
Add some sprinkles to a salad
Add to oatmeal for a nice crunch
Eat with mixed nuts
Place on top of a smoothie bowl or in your favorite smoothie
Your options are endless folks!
Storing your granola
You can store your freshly made granola in an airtight jar/container for up to 2 weeks long.
Or you can store in an airtight jar/container and keep in the freezer for a few months. When ready to eat it, just leave it on the counter to defrost overnight.
And there you have it! Homemade Granola that’s so easy to prepare!
Have you made your own granola before?! Share your recipes in the comments!
For lunch today I made a chickpea salad sandwich with a side of kale chips! So delicious!
I wanted to try something different from what I usually make with pasta which is with meatballs or chicken. So I decided to use the vegetables that I picked up from the Virginia Farmer’s Market the other day!
I chopped up everything to prepare it for cooking.
I used a little olive oil and sautéed the red onions until they browned. I then added all the vegetables to the pan and added my spices. I used garlic powder, Italian seasoning, a little salt, pepper, fresh basil, and fresh rosemary.
I mixed everything together and covered and let it cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Then I added marinara sauce to the pan, mixed it in, and put the temperature on low. I covered the on and let it cook for about 7-10minutes or until the veggies are soft.
Then I poured the veggie marinara sauce over tri-colored rotini pasta and garnished with fresh basil! I also enjoyed this meal with a nice and crispy piece garlic toast! Yum!
There is this popular ice cream shop in Virginia Beach that I’ve been hearing so much about!
It’s called Lolly’s Creamery. They offer delicious ice cream flavors and have a few toppings to choose from too. You can also order an ice cream float which I thought was pretty cool! I haven’t had one of those since I was a kid!
I ordered the mint chip ice cream with a waffle cone. I’m a big ice cream lover so I was in heaven!
What are your favorite ice cream flavors?!
So if you missed my previous post, yesterday was my birthday! 9/22!
I honestly didn’t want to do anything too big so I kept it very simple.
My hubby and I decided to go to this local skating rink. We haven’t been skating in so long so it was like nostalgia for me plus a good workout! Haha!
Later in the day, my family organized a catered dinner and ordered from the Mediterranean restaurant called Baladi.
They ordered falafel, chicken and beef wraps, chicken kebabs, and muhammarah!
When I tell you everything was delicious, OMG I came back for seconds and thirds! Lol. I normally don’t eat Mediterranean food but I am open to trying new dishes and this spot gets 10 stars from me! They did not disappoint!
They also ordered me a specialty cake from “Nothing But Bundt Cakes” with a white chocolate raspberry flavored cake! Mannn the whole night, I was saying that this cake was absolutely amazing! No lie I had 3 pieces, that’s how awesome it was!
I have to say a had a great birthday and I am grateful for my family for making it such a special day!
My hubby and I went on a stroll on the boardwalk today. There was a slight breeze but the sun was peaking out so the weather was perfect!
We were starving so we went to this Puerto Rican spot called Mojito Cafe for lunch. I ordered a Black Cherry Peach Mojito. I thought it was a weird combo but the waitress said it taste great so I decided to give it a try! She was right it was a good choice!
For lunch, I ordered a Pernil Asado (Garlic flavored pulled pork) with Tostones (fried plantains). It was amazing! Pernil is one of my favorite Puerto Rican dishes so this definitely hit the spot! =)