I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! It was beautiful in Cincinnati yesterday. We lucked out with warm weather and sunny skies. Thanks Mother Nature!
We had a jammed packed day yesterday. We went to mass at Crossroads at 11am with Evan’s family and then went out to brunch at Seasons 52. I love Seasons 52. Everything on the menu is healthy and fresh. I ordered the Maui Tuna Crunch salad. It was delicious and only had 360 calories. Score! Evan ordered the Eggs Benedict with lobster meat. His meal was delicious too and only had 470 calories. Garrett ordered the French Toast. I didn’t try his but he kept saying how incredible it was and devoured it in about 5 minutes. I assumed he enjoyed it. 😊 We snapped an Easter photo before we left.
After brunch, we headed home to find the Easter baskets we hid for one another. I ended up finding mine inside a suitcase in our closet. I was the first one to find a basket! I’m so lucky to have a boyfriend with good taste. Evan got me earrings, a shirt, a framed picture collage and lots of yummy candy. He is so thoughtful!
After we all found our Easter baskets, I made an imitation Dewey’s house salad to bring to my aunts. I’m always in charge of bringing a salad. I try to switch it up every holiday.
Going to the Kaine’s side of the family (my mom’s side) is always a little hectic but a lot of fun. A little hectic meaning a lot of people. My mom is 1 of 10 so I’m sure you can imagine what it would be like. There’s a lot of kiddos so my uncle always hides a bunch of eggs every year. Three eggs are “golden eggs” with $20 bucks in each. My niece, Bella, could barely stop to get her picture taken. She was too excited to find the eggs.
It’s always nice seeing family. The older I get, the harder it is to see extended family on a regular basis. I especially enjoyed seeing my sweet grandma, Dink. She’s a gem.
Dinner was delicious! Everything from ham to mac and cheese to salad to mashed potatoes… We had a lot of food. After all that food, I was ready to go to sleep. We said our goodbyes and headed home. It was a long fun-filled day with family!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!
Quote of the day:
“Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy!”
Tonight for dinner I made Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas. These were delicious! I was not sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Enchiladas without meat CAN be delicious! I promise!
I used a recipe from Fitlivingblog.com. She comes up with some delicious and creative meal ideas! Here’s the recipe below:
I followed the recipe pretty spot on. The only thing I added was a spoonful of sour cream to the sauce and some red onion to the filling mixture.
After mixing the sauce, I put the 8 oz of spinach into a frying pan until the spinach looked wilted. I then mixed together the spinach, corn, blackbeans, green onions, cilantro, cheese, cumin, a dash of salt and I added a 1/2 cup of red onion. I then mixed all the ingredients together.
I poured about a 3/4 cup of the sauce into a greased baking pan. I rolled the filling into a tortilla and placed in the pan one by one. Once I finished rolling the enchiladas, I poured the remaining sauce on top. I had some filling leftover so I scattered over the enchiladas and topped off with some cheese.
I baked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. I also broiled the top of the meal for a couple of minutes. This meal hit the spot!
Thanks Fit Living blog for a delicious vegetarian meal!
Happy day everyone!
Quote of the day:
“Everything that irrates us about others can lead to and understanding of ourselves.” -Carl Jung
For this post, I am excited to share some of my favorite face products. Typically, I do not stay loyal to products unless I immediately fall in love with. With that being said, the products I’m about to share are products I will continue to purchase for the rest of my life!
This self tanning lotion is amazing! I have tried many self tanning lotions and I have found myself disappointed due to the orange tint, terrible smell and the uneven streaking marks it left on my skin. Sun is the one tanning lotion I finally found that leaves my skin looking natural, tan and smell free! You can purchase this product online at http://www.amazon.com. There is a medium shade and very dark. My boyfriend mistakenly picked up the very dark for me at the salon he works at, Mitchells. It works great but is a little darker than I am use to. You do not have to use as much if you decide to go with the very dark.
OLE HENRIKSEN – THE WHOLE TRUTH KIT
The Ole Henriksen The Whole Truth kit leaves my face looking refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s a 3 step process: 1st you put the face serum on, then the hydrating crime and lastly, you put on the eye cream. I use this product every night before I go to bed and in the morning. It smelled a little funky to me at first but quickly overlooked that after seeing the great results!
LAURA MERCIER-TINTED MOISTURIZER
This stuff works wonders! I never used to use liquid moisturizers, however, this product has changed my outlook on liquid moisturizers. It blends incredibly well and makes my face looking flawless. The older I get, the more I notice the lines on my face. This moisturizer helps to diminish those lines and leaves my face looking youthful again. This product is a must have!
I hope everyone has a chance to use one or all three of these products. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Cheers to the first day of spring!
Quote of the day:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
This week has been a total whirlwind. Evan’s grandma ended up passing away on Tuesday morning. She had a heart attack. She came back to consciousness on Monday and had a full conversation with her son (Evan’s dad) after having a stroke on Sunday. We were saddened by the news of her passing but continue to remind ourselves that she had a glorious 99 years on this earth. This post is dedicated to sweet Do Do.
One of Evan’s half brothers came in town from Florida for the weekend. He already planned on coming in town to see Do Do but ended up at her funeral on Friday. At least he was able to make it in town to celebrate her life. With that being said, we planned on hanging with him on Saturday night. We went to dinner at the Taft Ale House and then out on the town in OTR. Evan’s parents, sister and boyfriend joined us for dinner. Thanks to the No Wait app, we were able to put our names in before we arrived at the restaurant.
I ended up ordering the Salmon Sandwich with sweet potato fries. The sandwich was delicious! Lots of flavor. Evan ordered the steak tacos. He said they were delicious as well. After dinner we headed to Sundry and Vice and then 16 Bit to play some arcade games. It ended up being a long night. We were glad to spend some quality time with Evans’s brother who was in town.
Tonight, I am taking my dad to the Jimi Hendrix Experience at The Taft for his birthday! The show is sold out. I cannot wait to check it out. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
Quote of the day:
“Your vibe attracts your tribe.”
It’s been a week or so since my last post (sorry!). Things have been a bit crazy! My boyfriend and I just got back from a weekend away. I will write a post about that but the post will be pictureless because I thought I forgot my phone and come to find out, it was under the seat on silent the entire weekend. 😔 Oh well! We also came home to hear Evans’s 99 year old grandma had a stroke. We visited her at the hospital and could barely recognize her. Today, we were thankful to find out she was sitting up and talking again! We are still in shock and can’t even believe it. She always did say she wanted to live to see who becomes the next president. She wasn’t kidding! She’s a fighter, that’s for sure.
Anyway… last week my boyfriend and I attempted to “eat clean” most of the week. We did pretty well for the most part. We only had meat once and we also cut out dairy a majority of the time. With that being said, tonight we are ready for some meat. On the menu tonight is: Balsamic chicken in the crockpot with carrots and broccoli along with some roasted quartered potatoes.
I used a recipe from Damn Delicious for the chicken.
Next, I quartered 8 small red potatoes and tossed in olive oil, garlic salt, oregano and basil. I baked the potatoes at 400 degreesfor 30 minutes.
In the meantime, I peeled 7 carrots and cut up some broccoli. I tossed the veggies in olive oil and the same seasoning as the potatoes. After the timer went off for the potatoes, I put the veggies in the oven, along with the potatoes, for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
And dinner is served…
This was a delicious meal and easy too! Love crockpot meals 😊
I hope everyone is having an incredible Monday!
Motto of the day:
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”