Those that don't know what the South Beach Diet is, I am currently in phase one. Phase one is the first 14 days of the diet (lifestyle) in which you take sugar and carbs completely out of your diet. This means no bread, ice cream, or even fruit. Before you decide that it sounds like hell, let me plea that it's only 14 days. I am on day nine and I can honestly say I do not crave sugar anymore! The first week was tough, but this week has been significantly easier. The first week, I would find myself on Pinterest day dreaming about recipes that require a lot of sugar and chocolate.
The other day, David and I made gluten free vodka chicken penne pasta and it was pretty darn good if I don't say myself! I wanted to share the recipe with you guys, so here it is!
David and I's one year anniversary of being engaged is approaching, so we wanted to treat ourselves with a steak dinner! I grabbed all the goods at Trader Joes, and then got home to cook the best skillet steaks I've ever had!! It helped that we used our new cast iron skillet we received as a wedding gift! I LOVE THIS SKILLET. I would marry this skillet if I wasn't already engaged, and honestly, if this skillet somehow made it to my wedding and yelled 'I OBJECT' at the right time, I may consider running off in the sunset with this red glorious masterpiece. IT'S THAT GOOD OF A SKILLET YOU GUYS!
I had to get my mind around the fact that I deserved to be 'a morning person'. In my mind at the time, there was a strange cockiness that seemed to radiate from morning people. It seemed easy for them to just be 'up and at it' (a term only morning people say).
I think a lot of times, we can hear a store name and immediately price it in our heads. Macy's is one of those stores. I don't know why because I've always found the best deals there, but some would be surprised to hear you could snag a full outfit there for under $100!
In all honesty when we planned to marry a whole year after we got engaged, I thought I would have plenty of time to do all this 'wedding stuff'. That being said, if you were to ask me what I thought 'wedding stuff' was a year ago, I would say "pick a place to marry, pick a dress, get married, and DONE". Apparently there is more than that!!
. I think we used this past year as a betrothed couple (side note: great word) to really plan out our future together. When do we want to have kids? Eventually. Maybe we didn't need a whole year to decide on that, but it was a big moment for us to decide they will be here eventually. We are thinking at least five years down the road. When will we buy a house? Eventually. This we don't have a year mark on, but considering the kid might need one, we will go with in the next five years as well.