Happy Valentine’s Day

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I’m sure during my teenage-angst years, any boyfriend I may have had probably felt the typical pressures associated with Valentine’s Day; thankfully now that I’m older, I’m happy to consider today a day to simply celebrate any love in your life just a tad bit more than usual. (Read: no pressure).

For the years we’ve been together, Zach and I elevate our typical date night by adding a small gift exchange ($20 or less!) and a bottle of champagne. We avoid the restaurants by making a picnic on the living room floor after retiring baby boy to his nursery, and put away our phones to ensure our attention is focused on one another (or the movie that we’ve commited ourselves to).

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C’s Valentine’s Day class party added to today’s festivities by way of themed mini muffins and treats for his teachers.

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I hope you spent today with someone, anyone that you love!

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Gonzo Brownies

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Zach first tried Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter only a few weeks ago when he paired it with our chicken and waffle dinner. As mentioned in that post, the beer is heavy with distinct coffee and chocolate flavors, and not suitable for summer time drinking.

However, those elements make the beer perfect for an anytime rich dessert. Continue reading

Friday Postscript

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{ gadgets for serious wine picnicking }

Despite an unanticipated sick day making my short workweek a day shorter, I’m still looking forward to the weekend. Since I’m not feeling 100 percent, I can’t say that there’s a lot of activity on the books other than a “farewell dinner” for Zach’s colleague at one of our favorite local restaurants. Continue reading

Agua Fresca

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Agua fresca, translated as fresh waters, is a simple concoction of fruit, water, and some sugar. Easy and refreshing, it’s a popular beverage in hot climates. Now that the temperatures here are easily in the 90s on a daily basis, a cool and subtly sweet drink is a must. Continue reading

Patriotic Scones

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In tradition of celebrating our country’s freedom with barbecues and fireworks, we Americans have also took to incorporating our flag into our food. Instead of going the typical cherry pie or strawberry cake route, I made scones that were equally patriotic, but not so much that they would be out style come July 5th. Continue reading