Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sunday Family Dinner

family dinner

turkey dinner

We recently hosted a family dinner with my family and Andrés’ mom. We served a 10 lb. turkey roulade with homemade gravy, creamy mashed potatoes, seasoned black beans, my dad’s famous Caesar salad, Tuscan garlic bread, and rosemary olive oil bread. We had rum cake and apple crumb pie for dessert. It was the best dinner we’ve hosted yet, and we might replicate for Christmas dinner this year.


Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Andrés Felipe
  • Biscuit cinnamon rolls
  • Apple cinnamon steel cut oats
  • Feeling close to my husband
  • Shaping my 5 year plan
  • Chatting with my midwife
  • Better Homes & Garden’s New Cookbook, 1973
  • Our friend’s babyshower
  • Tuscan garlic bread
  • Family Sunday dinner
  • Turkey roulade & homemade gravy
  • Apple crisp
  • Meeting D!
  • Seeing Mama
  • Panera’s bearclaws
  • The Following

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband, my hushand, my husband (tempted to end this list here)
  • Crafting for my friend’s baby shower
  • Moroccan mint tea
  • Getting my toes and eyebrows done
  • Taking down the Christmas trees (finally!)
  • Zero dollar copays
  • B’s lovely engagement party
  • Chocolate cupcakes with goat cheese frosting and red wine reduction
  • Amaretto coffee
  • Our couples massage
  • Handcrafted lavender jasmine body butter
  • Guapo’s chicken & horchata
  • Putlocker movie marathons
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Watching the inauguration
  • Wood elephants

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband!
  • Reading Midwifery Today
  • A is HOME.
  • Sister Day 2013
  • More Creamsicle Martinis
  • Exploring Ikea & Home Goods with mi hermanas
  • Tacquitos
  • Finding a round mirror for our bedroom
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Getting Ruby up-to-date with her shots
  • Our new free Keurig from generous friends!
  • Getting a new bed for the guest room (for $90!)
  • Our new Sodastream
  • Celebrating Andrés’ uncle’s birthday
  • It’s a girl!
  • Overnight Apple Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • Delicious lunch with my family
  • Plans for Ultimate Sister Rings
  • Andrés hanging my cookbook shelf

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Andrés
  • New Years Eve with my sisters
  • Playing Cards Against Humanity
  • Infra 5 by Max Richter
  • Eggnog milkshakes
  • Making our bed
  • NPR’s Best Rap of 2012
  • Moroccan mint tea
  • Starting Downton Abbey
  • Baby shower shopping
  • Guapo’s
  • Hanging our thumbprint tree
  • Creamsicle Martinis
  • Seeing Lincoln & Promised Land
  • Cherry Moons
  • Ruby cuddles
  • Making Scalloped Potatoes with Leeks
  • Prepping food for our work lunches
  • Watching 60 minutes together

I end every week by making a list of good things that happened during the week because studies show that grateful people lead happier, more productive lives and have more fulfilling relationships. You can join in by posting your own list and tagging it “very good things”.

The Prophet on Marriage

by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke again and said…
“And what of Marriage, master?”
And he answered saying:

You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when the white wings
of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the
silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between
the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other’s shadow.