Starting A New

Happy New Year!

The start to the new year has already been a good one. This weekend was filled with food, family, friends and fun!

New Year’s Eve

We sent new Years in Cape Coral. New Year’s Eve day started with The Chef’s homemade pancakes and bacon. I must say now (if I haven’t said it before) that I only eat Jon’s pancakes. I can’t have them out at a restaurant…they make my tummy feel funny. But I can’t get enough of his pancakes. They are always perfectly fluffy and very tasty 🙂

Traces of Christmas at Jon’s sisters 🙂

Kind of sad decorations have to go down soon. We didn’t decorate ourselves this year (too busy!), but I love seeing decorations in other people’s homes. Makes you feel so festive!

Most of the day was spent deciding on what to do. It was a gorgeous day out and a perfect temperature so we wanted to spend it outside. By the time we finally decided to go canoeing we only had an hour left of sunlight. But it was a fun hour! And a great way to get in a semi-workout 😉 We had fun waving at everyone sitting outside on their porches and wishing them a Happy New Year.

Then the night festivities…

Each year Jon’s family does a buffet of hors d’oeuvres in leu of dinner on New Years Eve. We got fancied up and headed to his folk’s house for quite the feast…




On the table: Cheese, Dill Dip in a Pumpernickel Bread Bowl, Kielbasa, Gelottis, Marinated Grilled Shrimp, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Artichoke Dip, Rumaki, Crudite, Spinach Dip and Chili Cheese Dip.

A feast indeed.

After our bellies were full we headed out to a friend’s party. As soon as midnight struck about six houses surrounding us lit off fireworks. Very cool to see! We departed soon after the ball dropped. The next few hours were spent playing a most hilarious game of Pictionary.

New Years Day

This was the laziest day of my life. No joke. We literally woke up. Had a wonderfully filling breakfast of french toast, bacon and fresh fruit.


Then laid around all day watching movies and napping. Lazy to the max.

We arose when dinner needed to be made 🙂

Pork roast with homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and black eyed peas (for luck!).

And a champagne toast to the year ahead.

Pineapple turnovers…

…and some pug shenanigans before we hit the road back to St. Pete.


I had today off from work so I promptly slept in until about 9:30 a.m., which was glorious.

My signature breakfast lately has been a toasted english muffin with Smart butter with egg whites. To my eggs I like to sprinkle low fat cheddar cheese, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, paprika and herbs de provence. Glass of OJ to top it off.

After getting sucked into the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous I finally got ready to head to the mall. The only thing on my agenda was to get new work pants. Temps are going down to the 50s this week and I need more than two pairs of pants!

After the mall I headed to local coffee shop, Kahwa for a meeting.


Green tea and vegan banana nut bread. The crust had cinnamon laced in it and it was delicious!

After my meeting I headed to the store to get some things for dinner. Since The Chef had to work today I said I’d handle dinner 🙂

We’ve had a block of tempeh sitting in our fridge and we really wanted a healthy dinner after all the feasting from the weekend. So I turned to Mama Pea and decided to follow her Orange Sesame Tempeh Stir Fry. Instead of broccoli slaw I used actual broccoli. I also added baby portabella mushrooms (they were on sale at Publix). I used maple syrup as our sweetner since we buy the good stuff 🙂 And white rice instead of brown since we have a huge bag in our pantry that needs to get used up. Also added some Five Star spice. I forgot to add salt to the rice (a.k.a. I didn’t know you added salt when cooking rice until Jon told me you do). Hey, I’m still learning here people! The Chef also stepped in at the end to taste test and some more soy sauce since it seemed to need more liquid.

(Sorry for the tilted photo but WordPress wasn’t saving my edit!)

The citrus and ginger flavor came through but I wish it was more pungent. Overall it was a great recipe, but I think I’d add in some things next time for more flavor. After a few bites we ended up going back to the kitchen to add siracha and hoisin sauce. Maybe we’re just used to those add ins since we eat so much Vietnamese 🙂

Hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the New Year!

Have you tried any new recipes lately? 

Are you a meat eater, but like to cook vegetarian dishes every now and then? The Chef and I are love our meat but I pick tempeh and other veg goodies every now and then to change things up.

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