Day Thirty-Something in St Thomas

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Coki Beach

Good morning, afternoon, day, evening! Here in St. Thomas it is customary to greet the locals that way. No “Hi”, “Hello”, “Howdy”, “How ya doin”. A proper greeting is important and a sign of respect here. I think things like this are beautiful and I love coming to a new place and experiencing a new culture and custom of living. So I bet your first thought is, and the question I get asked the most, “So do you like it there?!” Well, depends on the day. Sure, we get to wake up in paradise, but we made the genius choice to move down during the dead of tourist season and hurricane season. Not to mention, trying to find jobs, buy a good car within reason, and find a place to live, all at the same time has been more stressful than I had imagined it would be. But yes, I like it. It’s beautiful, challenging, and scares me a little bit sometimes, but that’s why I came here. It’s important in  life to take risks. If you feel compelled to do something, do it. Continue reading “Day Thirty-Something in St Thomas”

Pan Fried Panko Chicken Tenders with Homemade Honey Mustard

imageWhile we’re in the process of simplifying our lives, sorting through clothes, closets, selling and donating most of our belongings, we have also been subconsciously simplifying our meals. It has been extremely refreshing, therapeutic, and eye opening how much “stuff” we have accumulated over the years that once I get rid of, I literally don’t think twice about. Whether you are moving or not, I highly suggest doing it! Continue reading “Pan Fried Panko Chicken Tenders with Homemade Honey Mustard”

We’re moving to St Thomas, USVI!

aerial shot of East End, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

We’ve put in notice to our jobs, purchased our one way tickets, booked our airbnb and rental car for 1 month, and depart  Texas for our adventure on August 25th!

Now, not sure if you remember or not, but my very first blog post was about my longing to move to Denver, Colorado. Well, I still love Denver and would love to live there one day, but Turtle was inconvincible. He says it’s too cold. Plus, that would be more of a lateral move for us. And I bet you’re thinking, “But he agreed to move to a rock in the middle of the Caribbean?!” Ya he did! And after some time I realized that is wasn’t necessarily moving to Denver, but just a general urge to travel and experience living in a whole new place that is outside of my comfort zone. Continue reading “We’re moving to St Thomas, USVI!”

Bone in Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa

imageThe majority of my recipes are inspired by other recipes. I wish I could say I fully encompass my Aquarius characteristic qualities of being creative with food, and that I come up with all these Top Chef worthy plates, BUT that’s just not the case. I’m a simple girl, who likes simple, healthy, and easy to make meals, but are still classic and flavorful! Continue reading “Bone in Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa”

Hot Springs, Arkansas

imageHappy Belated Fourth of July Y’all and God Bless America! This year we decided to trek it up to the Natural State and spend some time on Lake Hamilton. Turtles family has a condo up there that he grew up spending his Fourths since he was just a wee lad. But after his Dad passed away and he went off to college, he hasn’t had the chance to go back. So this was a very special trip for him and I was so happy to be apart of it! Continue reading “Hot Springs, Arkansas”

Spicy Kung Pao Shrimp

imageConsidering we’re about to be indulging on all the classic Fourth of July goodies this weekend, I decided I may as well get my Asian fix in beforehand. Me, turtle, and another couple are going to spend the weekend in the Natural State, Hot Springs, Arkansas! Turtles family has a condo on Lake Hamilton there so we plan to do some hiking, boating, fire work shenanigans, and grilling of course! I stocked up yesterday on all my favorites! Watermelon, brats with pretzel buns, hamburgers, snack foods…I can’t wait! What are your plans for the long weekend?!

So I threw together this kung pao shrimp in just under 20 minutes by using already cooked frozen shrimp, and a frozen bag of stir fry veggies. I like to thaw the shrimp and veggies prior to throwing in the skillet. Oh and if you have a peanut allergy, that’s a bummer, but you can certainly leave those off! Continue reading “Spicy Kung Pao Shrimp”

Loaded Cauliflower Mash

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As a Father’s Day request, me and turtle cooked dinner for my Dad! He wanted to do steak and crab legs and of course a loaded potato on the side. And as much as I love potatoes, cauliflower has become my go to substitute for a healthier and lighter option. I promise it is just as good! At first the cauliflower will look like an overwhelming amount of food, but once you put it in the blender it really cuts down to half the amount. Perfect side for a party of 4! Continue reading “Loaded Cauliflower Mash”

Chipotle Pineapple Pork Chops

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These pork chops are super easy and take less than 10 minutes in the skillet. For a paleo and dairy free version, use coconut milk instead of regular milk for the sauce. They are also gluten free! Even using dairy milk, you have a chipotle and cilantro pork chop that goes perfectly with a side of cilantro lime rice and your favorite vegetable for a healthy, well rounded meal! I opted to use actual chipotles in adobe sauce rather than chipotle spice, but feel free to check out the link for the inspired recipe below to see her version! Complementing with a slice of pineapple delivers a nice balance of sweet and spicy. Continue reading “Chipotle Pineapple Pork Chops”

Carnitas Stuffed Peppers with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

imageI think I have finally discovered my favorite way of preparing stuffed peppers! For years I’ve been doing them the traditional way with ground beef, which don’t get me wrong, those are still the tits, but after trying them with shredded pork carnitas and a creamy chipotle sauce, I have a new frontrunner! Trader Joe’s sells some packaged pork carnitas that’s ready to eat, just needs a couple minutes in the microwave and it has really great flavor! Continue reading “Carnitas Stuffed Peppers with Creamy Chipotle Sauce”

Creamy Artichoke Chicken

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With all the rain we have been getting here in Texas, comfort food just keeps circling back around in my kitchen. I’m craving it all. Carbs, carbs, carbs. In an attempt not to eat carbs I made artichoke chicken instead. I at least made the effort to work out in my apartment yesterday, but I’m really starting to miss the sun. And when it’s constantly raining, there is only so much you can do. Me and turtle are starting to suffer from cabin fever, my herbs are almost all dead, and our poor dog Shengo stares at us in misery from staying indoors. If you’re from Seattle, I’m sorry just ignore me. I made this along with some broccoli rice casserole, but feel free to pair it with your favorite side dish that is a little lighter in ingredients and taste. It would have really been heavenly over some alfredo pasta actually… Continue reading “Creamy Artichoke Chicken”