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Valentine’s Day for him // Breakfast in bed plus the perfect eggs benedict recipe

Valentine’s Day for Him: Breakfast in Bed

It’s a known fact that Valentine’s Day is a holiday for women. Turn on the TV and there are a million commercials of men buying women flowers, chocolates and diamonds. Even single women celebrate the day with a girl’s night out or purchasing gifts for their close single lady friends. Most men feel indifferent about the holiday and brush it off as just another day on the calendar. Although I must admit this is a sweet deal for us ladies, it’s not actually the right way for going about Valentine’s Day. I wanted to get a good perspective of what Valentine’s Day is really like for men so I went straight to my most reliable source, my husband. Most of what he reflected on, I could have guessed. For men, the days leading up to February 14th turn into stressful days of planning. There is also a monetary value that’s placed on the holiday. There is an unanimous agreement in American culture that the more money that’s spent on Valentine’s Day, the better the day …

5 Smoothies to Kick Start a Healthy New Year

Couples who are Healthy Together, Stay Together: 5 Smoothies to Kick Start a Healthy New Year

It’s January which means everyone is setting their goals, dreaming big and having high hopes for 2016. This is the time to set goals with your husband or wife! I guess the saying can go “Couples who are healthy together, stay together”. Let’s be real. You’ll look hotter for your honey, have more energy, and are less moody. Plus you have a built-in accountability partner to keep you on track with looking and feeling great. We as a married couple have gone on quite the health journey. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis almost two years ago and we’ve had to make some major dietary changes in our house. Little did my husband know that when he said “I do”, he’d be committing his life to eating like a rabbit right along side of me. The funny thing is, I’ve always been healthy all of my life. I’ve never been unhealthily over weight, I’ve always been athletic and kept a work out regiment, I’ve never spent time in hospitals, and other than a battle with anxiety, …

White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Soft Baked Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Soft Baked Cookies

As Christmas approaches, we love to get into the kitchen and bake. Not only do we send care packages of baked goods to our family but we also love being in the kitchen together. There’s something fun about getting your hands into the dough, getting flower everywhere and oh yeah – the pay off of yummy, chewy, ooey, gooey Christmas cookies with your special someone. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best baker in the world. I like to refer to myself as a cook versus a baker. The reaction of flower with cornstarch, baking soda, eggs and sugar remains a mysterious science to me. I’ve had some real accidents in the kitchen. For example, this year I decided I was going to take on a new recipe of peppermint bark. Easy, right? Wrong! I forgot to put the peppermint extract in the first batch of chocolate, so I added a little extra in the second batch of white chocolate and ended up with something that felt like the minty middle …

Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Recipe

The Peppermint Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Recipe that Fixed Everything

Have you ever started your date night with an argument? And then as soon as you resolve your argument, you sit in an hours worth of traffic only to surround yourself with screaming children, trampling crowds and parking lot wars? Let us tell you about our failed date, how we learned to survive the night of catastrophe and a hot chocolate recipe that fixed it all. If you’re from Rhode Island or Southern Massachusetts, it’s almost a guarantee that La Salette is part of your Christmas tradition. With more than 400,000 Christmas lights, the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Massachusetts brings Christmas spirit to the southern New England area starting December 1st to January 1st every Saturday and Sunday. We thought it would be a peaceful moment to press pause on the holiday rush, enjoy the meaning of Christmas and savor a little time with each other. “Thought” would be the key word here. We were soon to be disappointed. With Eric back in school for his MBA and in the thick of finals, we …

Bruschetta Burger with Parmesan Garlic Fries and Aioli Sauce Recipe

Lunch Date Recipe: Bruschetta Burger with Parmesan Garlic Fries and Aioli Sauce

November is a time for thankfulness, final goodbyes to fall, turkey recipes and time with family. It’s also when football is in full swing and a fancy burger like our bruschetta burger, garlic and parmesan french fries and an aioli dipping sauce with a comfy couch and your significant other is in order. Now before you judge us and say “well, how can you combine the word football and date in one sentence?”, hear us out first. In our house, we take football very seriously. With Eric hailing from Seattle and being a die hard Seahawks fan and me being from the Golden State and rooting for my Forty Niners, things can get a little interesting with a division rivalry. Differences aside, we both love the sport and actually bonded when we were first dating over watching football games together on Sundays. We’d meet up after church at a Buffalo Wild Wings wearing our best team garb and flirt through poking fun at each others teams. So if you’re like us and you and your …

Perfect Date Night Dinner: Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce, Portabella Mushrooms and Vegetable Gratin

Special Date Night Recipe: Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce, Portobella Mushrooms and Vegetable Gratin

Some nights call for dressing up, making reservations and going out for a movie. Others call for a quiet night together with no distractions, candlelight dinner and fun talking in the kitchen. Food always has a special way of bringing people together and creating conversation. As usual, we made our usual Saturday morning trek to the Lippett Park farmers market in Providence. First stop coffee to function like a normal human being, second stop Humble Pie for their mini pies to get rid of the hangry then off to mix and mingle, hem and ha over veggies and finally leave with a heavy bag of fresh produce loot. We grabbed the last of the summer squash as fall is finally here and we knew it wouldn’t be long until the root veggies make their 6 month appearance. I’m usually a fan of steak and potatoes, but this time we did something a little lighter and cough, cough healthier.  And like I said, who can turn down the last of the local summer vegetables? Easy Vegetable …

Personal Chef for the Night

Usually we write about some amazing restaurant that we’ve discovered in New England, an incredible recipe idea or helpful relationship advice. But not tonight! We’ve gone a little out of the box. Nay, we’ve left the box. There were flames (literally), entertainment and amazing food all from the comfort of our home. How is this possible from home you ask? Easy, a personal chef for the night. Enter Mr. Joe Choi, a professional chef with a flare for complex flavors in what seems like simple recipes. On tonight’s menu he prepared an eggplant caponata appetizer, pan seared scallops with oyster mushroom risotto and s’mores torched right in front of us on our very own dinning room table. He took over our quaint, little kitchen and worked culinary magic on our tiny stove. A personal chef seems like something only for the rich and famous. This couldn’t be further form the truth! Most personal chef’s curve their meal plan based off of your personal preference, dietary need and budget. Doing a quick search on yelp for …

The Farmers Market Treasure Hunt: Fish Tacos, Pico de Gallo & Sriracha Aioli

Sometimes date nights don’t need to be dinner and a movie. Sometimes they can be something you least expect, like perusing the farmers market. This Saturday, thunder clouds loomed in the distance but the sun shined over Providence. We decided to take advantage of the cooler day and the sunshine by checking out the local farmers market. When we arrived, our first stop was Harvest Coffee for some strong cold brew (the way we like it!). With coffee in hand, the next stop was Humble Pie Co for something sweet for me and something savory for my husband. We took our peach pie and quiche lorraine, grabbed a bench, enjoyed the sunshine and people watched. Once the pies were consumed and the coffee was no more, we took in each booth one at a time, admiring the heirloom tomatoes the size of small cantaloupes, purple peppers and giant sunflowers. In California, farmers markets for the most part carry the same veggies and fruits year in and year out. However, living in the land of seasons …

The Perfect Picnic: A New Spin on Picnic Lunch Classics

The Perfect Picnic: A New Spin on Picnic Lunch Classics

With summer and Fourth of July weekend in full swing, we got busy in the kitchen and came up with the perfect tasty picnic recipe combos that are easy to make and sure to impress. Picnic as a fun date idea in the summer when the weather is perfect or you’re on a budget. We’ve gotten creative with the typical favorite classics for you like corn on the cob, potato salad, lemonade and chocolate chip cookies. We decided to keep the fried chicken southern and classic though, because it’s hard to beat southern fried chicken. Enjoy these yummy treats, have fun in the summer sun and have a happy Fourth of July!!   Buttermilk Fried Chicken Adapted from The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and for Each Other by Sarah Copeland Chicken Brine 3 cups of buttermilk 2 tablespoons of salt 1 tablespoon of pepper 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 4 lb of chicken pieces Chicken Breading 2 cups of all-purpose or plain flower 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme 1 teaspoon …

Homemade Chicken Tortilla Wrap Recipe

The Perfect Dinner on the Go: Chicken Tortilla Wrap

These chicken wraps are perfect for any outside date ideas: a day at the beach, an afternoon getaway on your bikes or hike into the woods together. Just roll them up into tin foil and throw them your bag. What’s not to love about avocados, juicy chicken, cheese and the best part, easy to make homemade tortillas? Yes, I said homemade tortillas – it’s in my San Diego nature to boycott packaged tortillas. No judgment though if you want to skip the tortilla portion of this recipe (ok…maybe a little judgment). My husband was literally trying to snatch these delicious and healthy wraps off of the plate before I was able to snap a picture for the blog. Try shooting on a manual camera while swatting your husband’s hands away from the framed shot. I’m sure all the busy mamas out there are laughing at me but this was no easy feat. And that’s also a testament to how mouth watering these wraps are. We hope you enjoy this recipe just as much my husband …

Greek Dinner Recipe - Tzatziki Sauce, Pita Bread, Tabouleh and Chicken Souvlaki

Homemade Greek Dinner for Two

This was one of the first date night ideas I put together when my wife and I were newly dating. This is a dinner date that takes a lot of forethought and prep so if you are looking for a quick date night idea, you may want to rethink this one. This date was meant to impress and it definitely did, as evidenced by the rock that resides on my wife’s left hand. For those that are not very confident in their cooking skills, this dinner is fairly easy as the ingredients are minimal and the prep is intermediate. If all else fails, run down to your local greek restaurant. Now down to the details… Note: Actual ingredients and detailed instructions for each recipe is at the bottom. The dish I prepared was chicken souvlaki (chicken kebab if you need a visual) and pita bread with tzatziki sauce. My wife helped out by preparing tabouli (or tabbouleh? Who cares! It tastes good!) to add some veggies and color to the plate. Stopping right there, this …