A Day to Remember

Today was a fantastic Valentine’s Day! I remember thinking during many a Valentine’s Day in college that I’d never love V-Day, I’d just think of it as “Singles Awareness Day” for my entire life. Today was the kind of V-Day that I’d always hoped for!

Rather than boring you with all the details, I’ll show you the day in pictures!

I hope you all had a wonderful day too, whether or not you celebrated Valentine’s Day! The winner for the sushi scarf will be announced in the morning and comments are now CLOSED! Don’t forget to get your BSI entries in by tomorrow night!

Have a great night all!

xoxo,

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I Just Wanted To Say…

A valentine for each and every one of you!

A valentine for each and every one of you!

Thank you all so very much for welcoming me into this lovely blogging community! I’ve loved each and every minute of it, and I love each and every one of you!

Adam and I are off to a romantic dinner OUT! I’ll be back later hopefully with pictures if the light is good enough, and tomorrow morning with the sushi scarf winner!

Day 2 of the New Year!

Well, Adam and I had a very busy new years eve and new years day! New years eve was spent at my best friend Lizz’s house with a bunch of her boyfriend’s friends. We had a blast, and yet again, a vat of my buffalo chicken dip was consumed in under an hour. I discovered a new favorite wine too! Polka Dot Riesling is absolutely amazing!

CUTE and delicious!

CUTE and delicious!

We rang in 2009 with cheap champagne, noisemakers, confetti poppers, and kisses…and we had SO MUCH FUN!

We're cute, huh?

We're cute, huh?

New years day was spent at my mom’s best friend’s house, a.k.a. my “aunt”, and had some amazing food! She made chilled shrimp, rock crab, Asian chicken skewers with peanut sauce, guacamole and chips, and I brought yet another dish of my buffalo chicken dip! We got to bring some of it home this time. We played a couple rousing games of Scene It on XBOX 360… it was quite a fun day!

To finish off, here’s a picture of me and Skylar (our flower girl) on New Years…she’s wearing my shoes!

She thought she was Barbie!

She thought she was Barbie!

Tuscan-Style Chicken “Cassoulet”

I’m back! Did you miss me? I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas eve! After almost a week of not cooking or blogging, I was beyond thrilled to FINALLY make a dinner and know exactly what was in it! Just a quick recap of the last week before I start with today’s dinner:

  • Friday night (12/19), Adam and I went to a Hanukkah/Birthday party at my stepdad’s family’s. We got catered-in fantastic Italian food, whipped cream-topped cupcakes, and extremely generous gifts.
  • Saturday (12/20), I spent the day crocheting scarves for Hanukkah gifts, and then spent the evening babysitting. Dinner was Taco Bell (shameful, I know)
  • Sunday (12/21), was the first night of Hanukkah! We went to my mom’s for dinner and she had all our favorite Hanukkah traditions: latkes, smoked turkey sausage, and teriyaki chicken wings. Dessert was a homemade tiramisu!
  • Monday (12/22), we went to Adam’s mom’s for the 2nd night of Hanukkah, and had a dinner of fruit, veggies, and appetizers, and mini cheesecakes for dessert.
  • Yesterday, it decided to snow another oh, 5″, so neither Adam nor I wanted to go out! Dinner was carry-out Chinese!

PHEW!! No wonder I’m tired!! Tomorrow, my mom, stepdad, sister, and I are going to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and out for Chinese food again (like the rest of the Jews do on Christmas!). Then, we finally get a break until New Years.

On to tonights dinner… My mom got me the prettiest little casserole dish for Hanukkah on Sunday, and I absolutely had to break it in! We had a ton of chicken, so when we went to the grocery store for soda, I picked up a few things to throw into a simple dinner. I’m calling it a “cassoulet” because it’s got the beans and meat in it that a standard cassoulet has, but it’s not technically in a cassoulet dish!

How cute is that pan??

How cute is that pan??

Tuscan-Style Chicken “Cassoulet”

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts

2 red or yellow potatoes, sliced thin

2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed

1 can Italian-style diced tomatoes

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. olive oil

1/2 c. reduced fat shredded Italian cheese

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350*. In a small casserole dish, place slices of potato so that they make one even layer. Top the potatoes with the beans and tomatoes and half of the garlic powder. Add the chicken in one layer, then top with the other sliced potato. Bake covered, about one hour. Once the chicken is done, uncover the pan and top with the cheese. Return the casserole to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and browned.

This was what I would call a “beyond satisfying” meal! One chicken breast and the equivalent of half a potato and about 1/2 c. beans was more than enough! Adam enjoyed it as well, and I’m looking forward to putting the remaining beans/potatoes on top of some polenta tomorrow!

Earlier today, I sent this picture to my mom via text message:

back yard, take 2

back yard, take 2

She said, and I quote “You should put this on your blog! Barbecued snow has zero Points®!” So…this is for you mom 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday…you’ll be seeing more of me now that the super craziness is done!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We went for 2 (yes, 2) dinners today, neither of which I cooked. BUT I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a late Happy Thanksgiving, and to tell each and every one of you that I’m thankful for YOU! I’m so new to this blogging thing, and you’ve all helped me to be welcomed into the community.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday, and there’s LOTS of cooking to be done tomorrow!! Snobby Joes for 20!