Pinteresty Anniversary Gift: Vow Art

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So, we’ve been married for a year.   You know that.  Blah blah blah on and on and year 2 is starting pretty well minus this ridiculous bum knee that isn’t getting ANY better, thank you very much.  IMG_3132

Story for another day. 

We didn’t do gifts for each other because we’re saving for a super duper fun trip and also I’ve been “working for myself” aka making 1/3 of my old salary since January so….the gift of being together was enough.  You get it.  but But BUT, my sister made us a piece of art for our house!  And it got done kind of around our anniversary, so I’m calling it our anniversary present and also I LOVE it.  IMG_3135

Look!

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Spicy Salmon Salad + Charred Corn + Cilantro Drizzle

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I know I know, longest title ever.  IMG_3104

I just wanted you to know what you’re getting yourselves into!  

We’ve been eating more salmon recently.  Like, probably once a week due to the fact that I’m selling it a lot more.  People want their Omega 3s!  IMG_3107

Or maybe they’re scared of cooking fish at home, I don’t know.  My kitchen doesn’t exactly smell GREAT after it happens, I’ll admit that much.  Don’t fear cooking fish, though!  I use this method that I showed you in another salad almost every time I make the stuff, and it’s utterly foolproof.  The rest of the salad is super simple, and the entire meal can be done in 30 minutes if you don’t dilly dally.  

I love dilly dallying.  

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Beach Week Recap 2014

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So, we’ve been home from the beach for a week.  IMG_2712

I saw my dad on Thursday night and he was all “ya recovered from the bummer of being home yet?”  Poor guy.  He had a good time. 

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So, to celebrate a weirdly rainy Monday with way too much to do this week, let’s look back, mmkay?  We don’t need to get into busy week stuff just yet.  

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Crispy Chicken Ginger Stir Fry

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It’s still healthy if it’s got fried chicken in it, right?IMG_2974

I made us dinner!  It’s colorful, flavorful, and SIMPLE.  IMG_2981

One of my favorite things about crummy Chinese takeout (besides, hello, everything) is when you get a meat/veg mixture where the meat is kind of breaded but not really crispy because of some sort of delicious sauce?  I’m thinking the texture of sesame chicken.  You get it.  I LOVE that, and it’s totes easy to recreate at home without ten thousand milligrams of sodium.  

Just, like a thousand.  

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Balsamic Steak Salad + Roasted Garlic Blue Vinaigrette

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Welp, we kind of knew it was coming.  You know how I went on and on about Poe’s last week, and how I was alll OMG FIRST DAY LET’S DO IT, and, in standard form, I had lunch there the first TWO days we were at the beach.  IMG_2935

Duh.  

One of my absolute favorite things about Poe’s menu is that in addition to regular burger cheeses you can add roasted garlic blue to any sandwich, which is just like what it sounds:  roasted garlic mashed with blue cheese served in a little scoop on top of your sandwich and BOOM I’M DEAD LET’S GO BACK TOMORROW.  

I don’t know.  The flavor combo is ridiculous.  I like blue cheese but only in pretty small doses, and the addition of the roasted garlic really mellows the flavor.  THEN I sold a few steak salads this week for catering and decided that the flavor combo really needed to be on top of a salad, and this vinaigrette was born.  

Warning:  I’m not done with roasted garlic blue ANYTHING yet.  Just be prepared.  

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On One Year of Marriage {lindsay}

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So, my turn?  

I don’t have things to say that are as sweet as what Jay said.  Not that I don’t think them, I do, I just think I say things like that a lot and, you know, it’s THE YEAR, so we should be more creative?

Or something. 

Of course, marrying Jay is the most bestest thing that I’ve done so far in these 28 years.  I waited a lot of time for him, and kissed a lot of frogs, but hot dawg if it wasn’t worth the wait.  He’s right, we do fight, and we do laugh, but mainly we enjoy each other.  A lot.  

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On One Year of Marriage: Part 1 {jay}

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Being married one year isn’t bad at all.  I’m actually surprised at how some people say, “The first year of marriage was really tough.”  I guess those people didn’t marry Lindsay Howerton(-Hastings).  I mean, I guess half the population couldn’t marry her based on gender alone (which is Fing stupid), but somehow, due to dumb luck and clean living, I landed her.  I can honestly say I’m better a person today than I was a year ago.  So much has changed, while staying relatively the same.  We’ve been to Hawaii together.  We’ve laughed…a lot together.  We’ve fought together.  We’ve kayaked together.  We’ve been to NYC together.  We’ve cooked together.  We’ve watched movies together.  I seriously think we have something here.

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Five for Friday: Anniversary Edition

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One year ago!  We were preparing for our rehearsal dinner!  

I mean, technically I guess it’s one year and one day, but the last time there was a Friday on this weekend we were all weddinged out, and lots was happening.  So, a tribute.  

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