Friday night dinner date: new recipe night (x3)

Appetizer:

Stuffed mushrooms. These turned out really well. So delicious.

The main course:

Chicken Modiga with roasted garlic parmesan broccoli and a simple Italian salad.

Next time we will modify this recipe to pound and pan fry the chicken, which is how I’ve always had it in the past (at STL restaurants – this seems to be a local dish). Our recipe called for baking, which just wasn’t as good. The sauce was dead on and absolutely delicious, however.

I know I say this almost every time, but I love these cooking date nights. Last night, we were discussing how different this marriage is from our previous ones – how much more fulfilling. Even little things like cooking together bring us so much joy. As D noted: it was like lightning struck when we met. It was meant to be. Neither of us can imagine it being better than this. It might seem weird, but our recent sexual exploits are just making it even clearer. We are having a blast, but it reminds us that we are each other’s people. (And our sex has been insanely good lately. There’s no red waste over here).

Sorry…now I’m gushing and it’s coming off as bragging. But really we just click in a way I never thought possible. ❤️

After dinner, we skipped to season 4 of Voyager and watched the first few Seven of Nine episodes in preparation for Picard starting next week. I’m into season 4, so I imagine we will keep watching.

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Just the other night, we were having dinner with the kids, doing our normal banter, and Freya exclaimed, “This table is magical!” The kids have mentioned often, though Freya more so, that they love family dinner time, and the topics of conversation. D and I engage with the kids openly and freely on all topics. Freya in particular tends to come hang out with us while we cook so that she can listen to our back and forth. She’s learned a lot! Haha. Anyway…that’s just something I’m really loving right now. ❤️❤️

our saturday night plans

Start with making dinner. The entire process of cooking and eating will take a few hours.

We started with tequila shots, moved to beer, and next up is a bottle of J. Lohr cabernet.

Dinner is filet, augratin potatoes, and bacon brussel sprouts.

We normally do our steak night on Fridays, but it was storming, so…here we are.

It will be delightful.

Happy Saturday to you!!

❤️💜💙💛

“don’t worry…they have a very lovely life.”

  • There is no doubt that we have fully embraced the suburbs life. Lol. I am not complaining. I love it! We were joking about it last night though, so it’s on my mind.
  • We found out yesterday that our escrow shortage has finally been resolved. Our mortgage company had it all fucked up from the beginning, then refunded us when they weren’t supposed to, which obviously exacerbated the issue, so our mortgage payment went up by about $1500 for an entire year. We are fortunate enough to have been able to take the hit, but it still sucked. But now it’s going back down by $1000 – which is where it always should have been – and we feel rich! So now we’re getting a cleaning service to come in a couple of times per month. It’s so privileged, I know, but fuck if it won’t be nice (and honestly we really need the help).
  • I’m hoping this also means I finally get my landscaping in the spring.
  • I may be obsessed with my house. Lol.
  • We have a friend who has been quite judgmental about suburbs living recently. It seems that people can only be happy in the city? It was bothering me for a while, but then I realized that it shouldn’t. I know I’m happy. I’m way happier here than I ever was living in the city. To each their own, and if you need to hate on someone else’s idea of happiness, that really says more about you than it does about them.
  • Sorry not sorry.
  • In a bit, we are going to do some stereotypical Saturday suburban couple stuff: a trip to Lowe’s, and then hitting up the Bed, Bath, and Beyond (lol…can’t get that Will Ferrel quote from Old School out of my head), and grabbing a drink before heading home.
  • Tonight, we are heading over to C&J’s house to do my belated birthday wine tasting night. I am very excited for the good wine and even better company. It will be fabulous, no doubt.
  • The title of this post comes from a quote in the episode of SATC I just finished. It felt appropriate for this post. Isn’t it funny how stuff like that comes together sometimes.
  • Another title could be, simply: BEING HAPPY.
  • Happy weekend to you! Much love.

Friday night dinner

is always steak night. It’s our thing.

This wine was fantastic, and only like $18.

I was in charge of the vegetable, while D handled the steaks. I found a recipe on pinterest that looked good, and then I modified it to make it more palatable for us.

These were so spicy. I threw them in the wok with sesame oil, soy, ginger, red pepper, lots of garlic (duh), a pinch of sugar, a dash of rice vinegar, and some other shit I can’t remember right now. 😍

The plated view:

Those aren’t bacon bits on the potato. It’s red wine salt. We love red wine salt. Not that I’m against bacon bits. I love that shit. We just didn’t have any on hand.

I ate every single bite. No regrets.