Cooking is fun

February 15, 2010

I know I already posted about valentine’s day yesterday, but the second half of the day was so amazing I need to post again.

We had our friends Rosy and Dustin over for dinner, and had so much fun cooking and setting up our cute little table by the beach. And as if that wasn’t enough goodness, the food turned out AMAZING.

Mushroom stuffed chicken with a mushroom cream sauce, mashed potatoes and strawberry salad

I mean, I didn’t know we could all cook so well. The thing I was least confident about was the mushroom stuffing, but wow. It blew my mind. We didn’t know when we planned the menu, but Dustin is a mushroom fanatic, and scarfed down his plate in no time at all.

Filippo took a little video of us starting our meal, with the goal of making everyone on facebook jealous. And since his motives weren’t pure, the memory card ran out in the middle of it. I was going to post it here, but I’m having difficulties. So check facebook 🙂

Dinner was REALLY filling, so we took a little walk on the beach while we digested and made room for dessert. And what luck, turtles were on the sand!

Turtle Buddies!

What a hooligan 🙂

When we got back it was time for red velvet cake! I’m so glad I had Rosy to help me with the cake, because I’ve never made one before. It turned out great!

mmmm...

All in all, it was a perfect night. I can say without a doubt that it was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had. We closed out the night with Dustin playing the guitar and singing (what talent!), and went to bed with full bellies and happy hearts.

Last bit of sunset

The view from our table

Dustin & Rosy

I like cake

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2010

What a great week! My interview with Castle Medical Center went really well. They still need to do my reference check, but everyone I listed as a reference loves me, so I’m sure that will only work in my favor. Hopefully I get an offer!

In anticipation of having to drive to town every day, we went to see a friend of a friend, called “one man”, who is the sales manager at a car dealership in Waipahu. We’d called him ahead of time, and told us he had a 2000 ford focus for $2000 out the door. It’s a bit older than I was originally planning, and it has some cosmetic issues (scratched bumper, faded inside console), but it drives really well, and we got it for a third of the blue book price. And it’s red, so it’s like a valentine’s day car :). It feels good to have wheels I can trust.

Valentine’s day is off to a good start. Filippo bought me a beautiful hanging candle we had been admiring in Haleiwa, and he got it engraved with a heart and our initials (how cute!).

What a sweetheart 🙂

We’d been looking for something to hang from the hook over our bed! It’s a bit low though… I’ve already hit my head twice.

As you may have guessed, the hearts were put up just for the day

I woke Filippo up to breakfast in bed and some home made chocolate truffles. I’ll probably eat more of the truffles than he will.

Tonight we’re having a couple of friends over for a beach-side sunset dinner, which ought to be quite cute. I picked up fresh prawns at the farmers market yesterday, which we’re going to cook whole in a garlic, butter and white wine sauce. I learned at Christmas dinner this year that the best part about whole prawns is sucking the juices out of the head. The thought of it is disgusting until you’ve tried it, and then it’s just heaven.

Our friends are bringing a salad with strawberries, and then I’m making chicken thighs pounded and stuffed with a mushroom stuffing, with a mushroom cream sauce. And the best part, for dessert, we’re having homemade red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

Next week I’ll have to make it to yoga every single day to work off tonight’s dinner, but I think it’ll be worth it.

Since its been a while, and I have my memory card in my computer for once, here’s some of this week’s photos:

This is why we needed a newer car

The drive home from Castle Medical Center, up the windward side of the island

The drive home from Castle Medical Center, up the windward side of the island

Last night's sunset

Last night's sunset