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valentine's day + the weekend

15 Feb

Hello!

Happy late Valentine’s Day to all my lovely readers!  I took Sunday and yesterday off from the internet to love on the husband and pack.  In that order.

But today I’m back at it…and I’ve got lots to catch up on.

On Saturday we met the husband’s parents in the city to show them our lot and take them through a house that has our floor plan.  I don’t think I’d ever get tired of driving over to see our little piece of land, although if signs of an actual house don’t start to appear soon I may change my tune. Ha.  We should be breaking ground any day now, though, so it won’t be long!

Also on Saturday, we stopped by Jonathan’s new office to check it out.  Got to enjoy a pretty sunset while we were at it!

The husband surprised me with Valentine’s Day plans on Sunday.  Our weekdays are just impossible now between Jon commuting to the city and back and working two extra jobs in the evening.  Add on packing and we basically have no life outside of it all.

So our little celebratory day started off at a quaint little coffee shop in downtown where we shared some dessert and sipped on dark French press coffee.  We enjoyed the atmosphere almost as much as the food, lounging back on a modern couch with the sun streaming in the windows.  Love coffee shops.  And good conversation.

Afterwards, we set out in the Mini to explore around town a little bit – what we do best.  With the weather a nice 70 degrees, we cruised around with the sunroof down, admiring big old houses and taking pictures of color schemes that called out to us.  We drove and drove and drove.  A perfect sunny afternoon, just the two of us.  And of course, before it was all over we ended up sitting in front of our lot daydreaming.

Jonathan had made reservations for us for dinner, so after a few hours had passed and our hunger had returned, we headed to the restaurant.  It had a modern and somewhat eclectic décor that made us smile the minute we walked in.

We started off with the vegan nachos – cashew cheese (first time for this!), black beans and roasted veggies.   I’ve been wanting to try cashew cheese for ages, and it was just as tasty as I expected.  I got so excited about the vegan items on the menu as it’s a rarity here in OK.  So nice to just order something and not have to make a million changes and then be disappointed when it comes out wrong.

We then moved on to the main course – chicken sandwich for him and veggie burger with sweet potato fries for m.e  This was my first time to have sweet potato fries at a restaurant, and I was stoked.  They were so delicious, and the veggie burger did not disappoint.

While dessert looked very tempting, we were quite full already so we passed on ordering anything.  But it wasn’t just a few minutes and out came our server with a bowl full of cotton candy.

sorry  – kind of creepy

One of the most random things I’ve ever seen in a restaurant – so unexpected as it didn’t really match the feel of everything else.  But also so fun!  I love little randomocities like that.  I don’t even like cotton candy, but it was really fun to look at and play with.  And I didn’t take a few courtesy bites, so our server wouldn’t think us to be too high maintenance.  Sadly, my camera battery died right in the middle of dinner, so the rest of the night I had to use the iPhone.

By the time we chatted over the cotton candy for another half hour or so, we decided to head out.  There was still one last place on the list for the night.

105 Degrees.


One of the coolest places in OKC, at least for a health foodie.  I’ve wanted to go there for so long, but somehow had never made it.  105 Degrees is a raw restaurant, shop, juice/smoothie bar and raw culinary academy all in one.  It has a great, quirky modern vibe, and the service and food were excellent.

We sat at the bar and ordered dessert – one green smoothie and one green juice, yes please!

the Thai Green – mango, lime, young coconut, Thai chili, lemon grass, spirulina

Best green smoothie and juice I’ve ever had, hands down.  I don’t know how they did it, but it was divine.  We hung around, chatting with the bar tender for quite awhile and exploring the little shop there before deciding to head back home.

I’ll be so happy the day that we don’t have to drive an hour to get back home from the city.  It was well worth it, though.  A great night to celebrate our fifth Valentine’s Day as husband and wife – couldn’t have been better.  I know a lot of people think Valentine’s Day is silly and too hyped up, and I somewhat agree.  But there’s no way I can complain about an entire afternoon and evening being set aside for just us.  No distractions, no talk about work (well, almost)…just sweet time hanging out.

What was your Valentine’s like?  Did you celebrate?  What was the best part of your weekend?

This week I’ll be back to talk about some of the raw/mostly raw meals I’ve been enjoying (thanks, Kris Carr) and how I’m feeling as a result!

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LOVEly day

16 Feb

I love Valentine’s Day.  It’s not that I so much enjoy the commercial side of it all, because I don’t.  But I love that it is one entire day that is set aside for Jon and I to just focus on each other and do fun, special things, such as….

take a day trip to Tulsa to go to Whole Foods

Like a lot of you, I’m sure, one of my favorite places to go is Whole Foods.  The closest one to us is about an hour away, though, so we don’t get to go very often.  This was my plate at lunch!  Embarrassingly overflowing?  Yes.  Out of this world delicious and worth every bite?  Yes!

Most of my plate was filled with romaine topped with everything from artichoke hearts steamed kale, shredded beets, chick peas and black beans to green and yellow bell peppers, sliced almonds, onions and oil-free orange ginger dressing.  On the side I had a couple of different “salads” and one lonely falafel ball:)  One salad had wild rice, pearl onions and several other tasty items that I cannot, for the life of me, remember.  The other was wheatberries with kidney beans, dried fruit etc.  I also added on some sliced carrots, sauteed in lemon juice.  I can’t even begin to express to you how great this meal was.  I die.

As pictured, I also had my first ever Kombucha.  Aside from it spewing all over me when I opened it (apparently this is common), it was great.  I took one for the road as well, but have yet to break it open yet.

While the food was some of the best I’ve had in awhile, the company was even better.

Disclaimer:  we both hate this photo and agree that it doesn’t look much like either one of us, but it’s the only one I got all day:(

I seriously had the hottest date.  I love my husband for so many reasons beyond what I can even express here on the ole’ blog, and not just because he is charming, selfless, makes my breakfast at 5:45 am every morning and always supports me in everything I do.  Also, because he is the most fun person I know, he makes me laugh like crazy, and he is my soulmate.  Sometimes I feel like I just don’t know how to express how much I love him.

After eating lunch we headed to the mall and did a bit of casual shopping together.  Then, we headed back to Whole Foods (ha!) to fulfill our plan of buying some loot, including ingredients to make dinner together once we got back home.  Unfortunately, the dinner never happened because we snacked a little too much on our goods plus  Starbucks soy lattes, but here’s what we made it home with:

honeycrisp apples!!!, cashew butter (my first:), coconut milk yogurt, flax tempeh, vegan sour cream (one of the ingredients for the planned meal that fell through), roasted garlic humms, Almond Breeze, whole wheat penne, raw cashews (on sale!), couple cans of Amy’s soup, organic dates, artichoke hearts, kombucha, low sodium vegetable buillon, and Clif Builders bars for the hubs.

So, that pretty much wraps up our V-day.  We had intended to keep it low key all along because we’re taking a little mini vaca to Dallas on Spring Break.  This was just the perfect day, though. On Monday, my students kept asking me what I did for Valentine’s Day, and I’m pretty sure they’ve lost all faith that I’m even halfway cool now that I told them I went to Whole Foods.  Some girls want flowers, I want clean foods.  So sue me:)

I hope everyone else had a great day as well!  Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Do you love it or hate it?  I love hearing other people’s opinions on this holiday.

I’m off to do some work for school.  Bye!