Friday, February 27, 2015

Dirty Thirty

Today is my 30th birthday! I always thought that I would be one of those people that would freak out about turning thirty but I am actually excited to reach this milestone. Although my twenties were a blast, I feel like I am finally comfortable with myself, my life, and the choices I have made. I know what I want, who I want, and what I need to do to make myself and those I care about happy. 

My thirties are going to be an even bigger learning experience and will hopefully be filled with nothing but the people I love. There will definitely be new adventures, milestones, and lots of champagne!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscars 2015

I love award shows! I always print out my ballot, make a bunch of junk food, and watch from my comfortable couch. This year, my sisters came over, I baked some brownies, and The Husband joined us on our comfortable couch/floor for the Red Carpet.

My top three looks of the night are:

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy. Even if she didn't win the Oscar, she took home best dressed.

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Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection. I really think she is the only one that could have pulled this dress off. Her body looked amazing and the pearl top gave it the same effect jewelry would have. Her makeup was also gorgeous. 

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Anna Kendrick in Thakoon. The coral definitely stood apart from the other darker gowns and complimented her skin so well. Her hair and makeup rounded up the whole look. Anna is my spirit animal so she can do no wrong.

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Now I don't completely know how I feel about my next pick. I guess maybe it's my controversial pick. Felicity Jones in in Alexander McQueen. I love Felicity. I watched Like Crazy years ago and have loved her ever since. The dress itself is gorgeous. The top has a lot of detail that made it elegant and perfect for a Best Actress nominee. However, the bottom felt more prom or bridal to me. Her hair could have been different, I'm not crazy about the bangs and her lips could have used more of a pop of color.

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My picks for best speech goes to Graham Moore who won for Best Adapted Screenplay. In my heart, there is nothing more important than helping our younger generations understand that the triumphs or pain of adolescence don't always translate to adulthood. The way he talked about how he considered taking his life at the age of sixteen and accepting an Oscar now that he's older really moved me.

Another acceptance speech I loved was Eddie Redmaybe who won for Best Actor for his performance in The Theory of Everything. I love when the winners show their raw excitement and don't try and act aloof and like it's not a big deal. I was shocked he won and clearly so was he! I was expecting Michael Keaton to win.

The biggest shocker to me was Lady Gaga's performance of the The Sound of Music. I had no idea she had that voice! It was refreshing to see her makeup and everything toned down so that you could really see her face and her dress was elegant and appropriate (thank goodness she took the red gloves off!). When Julie Andrews came out and hugged her I almost lost it! It was such a sweet moment and Julie Andrews is always amazing.

Until next year!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's 2015

Our Valentine's Day was wonderfully simple. The Husband decided he would cook a dinner for us at home and we had agreed on no gifts since our birthday and anniversary are also in February. Being the incredible man that he is, he couldn't help but get me a little surprise.

I love boxes of chocolates and reading the paper that tells you what kind is what. Anything that is peanut, almond, or fudge doesn't last more than a few minutes once I have found out where they are hiding. The Husband gets anything that is creme filled.

For dinner he cooked up some lobster tails and scallops which I am a bottomless pit for. Seriously, I could eat scallops and lobster everyday and be the happiest girl in the world. He also grilled some steak which I usually am not a big fan of but it was pretty tasty. By the end of the night I was freakin' stuffed but still had a second helping of scallops.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Malibu Chicken

I will write an update post later but just know that we are in Utah and mostly settled in. I spent last Monday-Thursday feeling like death so that kind of stalled my plans to get us completely unpacked. However, the important stuff was done the same day our stuff arrived (on Jan 31st) since we were having people over for the Super Bowl.

After a week of not even brushing my hair (I did wash it) I felt great on Friday and was ready to do my "wifey" things. I went to the grocery store, got my car washed, paid bills, and bought the stuff to try a new recipe. The Malibu chicken was a recipe I found on Pinterest from Chef in Training. It said that it was a copy cat recipe from Sizzler. It's simple enough but still a little fancy and The Husband deserved something a little special for everything he does for us.

This recipe was my first time using panko crumbs and my first time having to mince garlic. I feel like I need to be completely honest here and let you know that I had to YouTube how to mince garlic and at one point had a knife over the garlic and was using a meat mallet to hammer it. It was pretty interesting.

Anyway, the chicken was delicious and according to everyone made me wish I could smell through my stuffy nose. The Husband said he could smell it coming up the stairs and my parents stopped by to say hello and said the same thing. It really is something a little fancier that might be nice for a romantic dinner for two.

Malibu Chicken
4 chicken breasts
5 egg yolks
3 Tbs minced garlic
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 Tbs garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 pieces of ham
4 pieces of swiss cheese

Malibu Dipping Sauce
2 Tbs Grey Poupon mustard
3 Tbs mayo
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp honey

1. Combine the egg yolks and garlic and pour into a large plastic bag. Put in the four chicken breasts and make sure all pieces are completely covered with mixture. Place in the fridge for at least four hours.

2. In a bowl, mix the panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and dump them into a 9x9 pan. Spread them evenly on the bottom of the pan.

3. Remove the chicken from the bag and coat the chicken with the crumb mixture. Bake chicken at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes depending on how thick your chicken breasts are.

4. Place one slice of ham and cheese on each chicken breast and cook for an additional two minutes until the cheese is melted.

5. Mix all the ingredients for the Malibu dipping sauce in a bowl. Spoon over chicken breast and enjoy!