Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What Does Love Mean...

Ok, so I have been wanting to write but feel like I have had nothing to write about. That is until I stumbled upon a random website that asks people the question "What does love mean?" I could never fully explain love like a dictionary would because I feel love is so much more than words. Love is better explained in examples. Love to me is the little things we do for one another.
About 4 years ago I started a list of "Reasons I Love You," a list of all the little things Josh did that made me fall more into love with him. I occasionally went back to this list throughout the years adding here and there but more so just reading it. Whenever I was upset at Josh I went to this list and almost forgot the reasons I was upset in the first place because every thing on that paper made me smile.
Josh and I have been married for only 10 months now and I haven't gone back to that list in quite some time, but I continuously add things to my mental list. The "list" has gotten very large  in just the last 10 months and those little things I add to it are what love means to me.

Some of what I think Love means:
I'm still asleep when Josh normally leaves for work but he always makes sure to run in and give me one last kiss before he leaves.
Josh always makes sure to hold my hand wherever we go and if he has to let go he gives my hand a quick squeeze, his way of giving my hand a quick "goodbye hug."

Those are just a couple, the rest of the list is for me. =)

The website that I stumbled upon asked the question of "What does love mean," not to just people but to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds. Their answers are truly amazing and every one makes your heart smile. These children could explain love better then most of us adults. They have obviously been around a lot of love and I pray that when Josh and I have kids that they see all the love we share and could answer this question with as much ease as the children on this website.

Please check it out:
http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/20899.htm

"Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1John 3:18

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dinner Review: Lemon Garlic Chicken

This one was actually my own recipe For this one I made it kind of like making Oregano Chicken. For being a quick "throw things together" meal it turned out great! I actually ate all of my chicken! Which if you know me is a big deal. So here is what I did:

Ingredients
2 Chicken Breasts
2Tbsps Water
2Tbsps Oil
1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
2Tsps Garlic Powder
2Tsps Minced Garlic
2Tsps Lemon Pepper
Salt and Pepper
(All are about the right measurement.. I just added a bunch)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
2. Combine water, oil, melted butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, minced garlic, and lemon pepper in bowl. Mix well.
3. Pat salt and pepper on both sides of Chicken. Place chicken in ungreased pan (I used a 8"x8" for only making 2 breasts). Pour the mixture of the chicken. I then added some more Garlic Powder and Lemon Pepper.
4. Bake for 15 minutes. Baste juices over the chicken and bake for another 15 minutes.

Super easy too! I then put the chicken on top of some white rice and poured some of the extra juice mixture over the chicken, which soak the rice making it delicious!

If you try it please tell me what you think!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Realization...

Of course I have heard of it, and even been on it during a date (I bet most people can't say that!) But I have never truly known the greatness of this thing they call Skype. That is, until last night. (Dun, Dun, Dunnnnn) Josh had talked me into getting Skype a couple days ago and it was pretty cool to see him on the computer, when he was sitting next to me, and even play some fun games with him. So I called my friend Devon like I do everyday and talked for hours like we do everyday. Devon lives in Seattle where she goes to school and before she left we pretty much spent everyday together so it was only necessary to talk everyday now that she is miles away. I told her she should get Skype but found out she did not have a webcam... who knew that Macs don't come with a webcam built in! So we talked a bit more then I realized "Hey! We can play games with each other if you get it!" So of course she downloaded it and we began searching for games to play. Then she video called me! I couldn't see her but it was still pretty dang awesome to watch myself and mess with different video angles which had us both rolling. I realized that it really doesn't matter if you can see the other person, you still have just as much fun making a fool of yourself and watching it! Then Josh came inside and joined me.

Needless to say, Devon is getting a webcam today! (I really didn't mean to rhyme, I'm just that good.) I'm SO excited! We laughed at how it only took us 3 years to figure this greatness out! And now I look forward to seeing my bestest!

And I highly recommend Skype if you have a friend a few miles away =)

Messing with webcam.

Dinner Review: Cajun Chicken Pasta


Well I'm pretty sure this dinner is in my top 5 favorite dinners. This is the first dinner I tried a few months ago when I first started this adventure. Josh told me (somewhat last minute) that Mom was coming over for dinner Sunday night. Of course being the man he is, he asked "So what would you like me to make?" I took this opportunity for company and told him I would take care of it. I started looking on my recipe website and all the saved recipes I had. I few looked amazing but I'm not one to test out a new recipe on company, with my luck those words together even sound like disaster. So I went back to my very first and was very pleased! I wouldn't doubt if this recipe was in a restaurant somewhere, yes THAT good! I have just became more adventurous when it comes to recipes so changed it a bit which I didn't do last time. First of all, for the serving size this called for 2 cups Heavy Cream, just a tad much for my taste, so I only used about 1 cup and about 1 cup milk so it was still thick but not awaiting a heart attack. You could also use half and half or just milk with cornstarch to thicken it. I also sauteed the peppers separately for the right texture, the first time I did it they were a little mushy. And of course added more of the seasonings then called for, for that extra kick.

Well I think it turned out well. Mom wanted the recipe, which means I passed! I can take care of her son! (Only joking, I don't actually believe she has a secret check list for me) Left overs the next day were great and had my manager come in the break room to see what smelt so dang good. And I will admit "misplacing" Josh's left overs the day after... Yumm