Valentines Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! This post is coming a little later than usual, but oh well.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to post today because of reasons stated in my last post, but I couldn’t resist!

I wish I could have been able to write the posts I wanted to about Valentine’s Day before this, but oh well, I will write them at some point. πŸ™‚

So I’ll be honest, Valentine’s Day isn’t my favorite holiday. Probably because I think it’s a made up holiday so that stores can make money. But, I still enjoy today. πŸ™‚ I think it’s so important, actually it’s most important, that people show love to the special people in their life year around, not just on today. That doesn’t mean celebrating today with that special person is wrong either though.

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Ryan and I prefer to keep Valentine’s Day low key and not spend too much money. After all, my birthday is in three days, so that’s way more important to me than Valentine’s Day. πŸ˜‰ But we still have plans to make tonight a fun, romantic, inexpensive date night. πŸ™‚

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I will go pick us up dinner at a restaurant Ryan has been wanting to try that is known for it’s burgers, fries, Β and shakes. A.K.A. Ryan’s favorite kind of restaurant. When I am out picking up dinner, Ryan is going to make sure everything is perfect at home for a romantic, date night dinner at home. This is a perfect, low key Valentine’s Date for us. We would much rather do this than go out to an expensive restaurant that is extremely crowded and wait forever to be seated. Um, no thanks. We will stay at home and be comfortable. πŸ™‚

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I can almost guarantee I will be wearing fuzzy socks on this date. #totallynormal

I am also excited for the rest of this weekend! Like I have mentioned, my birthday is this Saturday, so this weekend we are celebrating that with my family.

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Tomorrow morning Ryan and I are volunteering with a group from our church to do some type of canned food drive or something. (I’m not totally sure what we will be doing; I guess I will find out tomorrow!) Then tomorrow night Ryan and I are having dinner with my parents, brother, and SIL to celebrate my big day. I think we are all staying the night with my parents because Sunday we are having a big lunch with the rest of my family to celebrate my birthday and my little cousin’s 8th birthday, which was earlier this month. Here’s the whole group who should be at our Sunday lunch!

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Plus my other set of grandparents who aren’t in this picture, but here they are below.

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I am so excited for the birthday celebrations to begin!

Lucky for me though, the celebrations won’t end this weekend! Ryan and I will go out to eat by ourselves next weekend to celebrate my birthday! Since my birthday is on a Monday and I will have work the next day, I told Ryan I would rather us go out on a weekend so we won’t have to worry about working the next day. I also don’t mind extending my birthday celebrations. πŸ˜‰

So there’s a little bit of what I will be up to this Valentine’s/birthday weekend! Oh I will also be fitting in a 17 mile run at some point! This will be the longest distance for me to ever run; I’m pretty excited!

Finally, I have to end by wishing my amazing husband/Valentine/best friend an amazing day!

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Questions:

1. What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day?

2. Do you have any plans for tonight or this weekend?

3. Tell me something you are loving lately!

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Mavericks Game Date Night & A Man Pleasing Meal!

Ryan and I had a blast at the Mavericks basketball game tonight!

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This was a late Valentines date I planned for the two of us. For Valentines Day, I gave him a poster with 100 memories of us written on it (On the 14 days leading up to Valentines Day I left him notes, and every day’s note had a different favorite memory I had of the two of us). I also made him a Dallas Mavericks blanket, which I was very proud of because I am not crafty at all but I am trying to become more crafty! I also went to StubHub and found us some pretty cheap tickets. So tonight, we finally got to use those tickets ands see Mavericks play the Brooklyn Nets. Ryan is a HUGE Mavs fan, and I’m a big fan too, but Ryan is a much bigger fan than I am. Unfortunately, our team lost. 😦 But we both agreed we still had a blast! Their basketball games are always so fun, and they put on a show for all of the fans during any breaks.

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I took this picture during warm-ups, which explains the incredible amount of people on the court!

Before the game we stopped for dinner at a delicious burger place Ryan’s brother’s family got us hooked on called Smash Burger. I forgot to take a picture of my burger, but I ordered a burger on a multi-grain bun with lettuce, grilled onions, tomato, spinach, avocado, and goat cheese. And I had some Sweet Potato Smash Fries on the side. They call their fries Smash Fries and add some type of seasoning that make the fries super yummy!! So tonight’s dinner wasn’t healthy, but it sure was tasty! I really enjoyed it, and I even told Ryan as I was eating it that I don’t order burgers often when we go out, so when I do I want a good one that tastes fresh like this one did. Ryan ordered a vanilla milkshake, and I had a few drinks of it, but it was honestly too sweet for me to have too much of it.

Now I haven’t shared a recipe in a while, and I didn’t cook today since we went out on a fun date, so I thought I would share what I made last night. I also thought now would be a good time to share this meal because it is really a man loving meal, and since we went on a date for my man tonight, this meal seemed proper to write about. πŸ™‚

Once again I forgot to take a picture of my food as I was cooking and when I finished, so here is a picture of the leftovers in tubber ware.

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This dinner is super easy to make, but oh so scrumptious! And you can definitely make it healthy without your man ever knowing the difference. πŸ˜‰

Here is what I used: (Serves about 4-6 people, but this was good for us because we love leftovers, and Ryan can eat a lot of this πŸ™‚ )

  • 2 turkey sausage links
  • 6 small red potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 of an onion
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • About 10 pieces of asparagus (or however many you would like to cook)
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt (enough for your personal taste, I didn’t measure how much I used.)

So first, I cut up the turkey sausage into links, and then cut the potatoes into cubes. I placed these into a sprayed glass cooking dish and then placed the asparagus on top. Then I sprinkled about 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil on top and seasoned it with all of the seasonings. I put the dish in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I let it cook for 15 minutes, flipped it, and then let it cook for another 15 minutes. The potatoes still weren’t done after that, and I was getting more and more impatient as I became hungrier and hungrier. So I turned up my oven to about 400 degrees or 415 degrees Fahrenheit and after about 10 minutes it was finally done cooking.

While that was baking I chopped up my onion and bell pepper and let it saute in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then I chopped up the two chicken breasts into small pieces, seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and seasoning salt, and let it saute with the onions and peppers. I let this cook until the sausage and potatoes were done cooking in the oven. As soon as I took the sausage and potato mixture out of the oven, I combined everything together. Now besides the asparagus this meal was just meat and potatoes. So I also cooked some green beans and made myself a spinach salad to enjoy with it. I wish I would have taken a picture of my plate because not only did it look delicious, but it tasted delicious too! The best part was Ryan loved it!

What are some of your favorite healthy, man pleasing meals to eat?

What was your last date night? What did y’all do?