We celebrated our 5 year anniversary this past weekend. We talked about going out for a nice dinner or getting out of town for the weekend, but ultimately decided to just keep things low key and spend time together. It is crazy how much time can pass without spending any real quality time with the person you love and live with. Conflicting work schedules, social commitments, family obligations, errands and daily routines keep us going going going. We realized extravagant plans would just result in more of this, so we just didn’t do it. Friday (our actual anniversary), we turned off our phones, ordered food and just spent some time talking and laughing together. Netflix and couch cuddles rounded out the night. We had a lazy Saturday morning together and went for a walk in the afternoon. Saturday evening we went to a Celtic festival and grabbed some dinner with friends by the lake and then out for some drinks. Sunday was super lazy. We laid on the couch, napped, watched TV, enjoyed some more conversation and ate good food. More important than what we did, is what we didn’t do. We didn’t put the requests of our friends or families before time together, we didn’t worry about errands, housework or responsibilities, we didn’t fall into the routine of turning on Netflix as soon as we were both home and spending our evening watching Dexter reruns instead of talking and connecting. It was honestly the absolute perfect way to celebrate our 5yr anniversary. We are both feeling much more grounded and in sync. It’s good to just slow down sometimes.
Onto another subject, we have been doing much better at eating at home and eating healthier. The abundance of produce coming from our backyard daily certainly helps. There is nothing more satisfying that eating food you grew from seed. We are currently enjoying kale, rainbow chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, basil, mint. dill. zucchini. crookneck squash, cabbage and cauliflower. Our butternut squash is growing well but I am not sure about our peppers and eggplants. Still our most successful year of gardening yet! I have been keeping our meal plans kind of loose to leave room for the day’s harvest in side dishes so this is more of a guideline than a set in stone plan.
Monday~ Simple Pork Chops on Foreman grill, Zucchini, Red Onion & Feta cakes
Tuesday~ Crock Pot Sloppy Joes, Carrot and Celery Sticks
Wednesday~ Red Onion & Rosemary Salmon Patties, Oven Baked Fries, Green Beans & Cherry Tomatos
Thursday~ Coconut Chicken Fingers, Sweet Potato Fries, Broccoli
Saturday~ Honey Siracha Chicken, Rice, Broccoli
Sunday~ Family Picnic
Hope you all have a great week!