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Love is in the air!

So some people think this is not a real holiday and it is for the suckers of this world. It infuriates some people in fact! I say okay I know this holiday can be very commercialized and your love shouldn’t be only celebrated to this extent on this one day.

But why not let it be a day that you have an excuse to do something a little extra special, extra cheesy and sometimes over the top for the ones you love.

Whether you’re celebrating with your honey, with girlfriends or even by yourself, there is always room in your heart to let some love in!

Here’s a few ways that I thought would come in handy in case those of you who are skeptics of this day, change your mind and want to make the best of it! Or for those of you who are looking for a less expensive way to have a good time on this heart-filled day whether you’re with someone or a single gal.

  • Fondue dinner at home-that’s what we are going to try tonight, it should be interesting to say the least! (Just have to go buy one, they are everywhere) I am sure this would be so much fun to do with a group of girlfriends. Any excuse to dip bread in cheese or fruit in chocolate seems like a win-win to me.
  • A sunset picnic on the beach-imagine gorgeous weather, blankets, a bottle or two of vino, a view and a great conversation. With girlfriends, bring a bunch of magazines and just hang, bring three bottles and you’re all set! By yourself? Bring a book-fifty shades maybe and breathe in the air, listen to the waves and just relax. You deserve it.
  • Board game night-always bound to create belly laughs, makes you feel like you’re younger again, and usually is enhanced with cocktails and yummy snacks. If you’re with a honey, play truth or dare too (both hilarious and a little sexy at the same time) Make up your own set of rules. If you’re with friends, all of the above is all good too.
  •  Popcorn and Movies-Make him watch all of your favorites, you know the romantic comedies that he never wants to watch! Now is the time to break them out. Stay up late and snuggle. Or have a slumber party with your gals and do the same thing. I actually really miss sleepovers with my friends, don’t you?
  • Go ice-skating-there has to be laughs all around with this one no matter who the company is. I for one know that this would make me get close with Jonathan real quickly, because I’d be falling into is arms the whole night! Literally. Don’t drink and skate. Or do but wear a helmet!

Hugs and Kisses,

A look at our day so far…first we tried to do a photo-shoot while daddy was at work! Very. Very. Difficult.






Getting the hang of this…




And here we go! Staring into your soul!


While he napped… I played a bit.

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Then gramma comes over and brings ten baloons and a hundred kisses…


and this…


and gave mommy and daddy a treat too.


Tried to make Lita this…(Em’s other grandma)…a failed mission.

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After recovering from that tantrum, I got a little creative, and some might think corny…

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daddy came home-thank goodness- with this sweetness or should I say spicy?


and the rest is yet to come! Need a starbucks ASAP, to go get the fondue pot from Bed, Bath and Beyond with a coupon. And get this party started after baby E hits the sack!

Stay tuned!


“Cooking should be entered into with abandon or not at all”

Since I was a little girl, I knew the aromas of a deliciously home-cooked meal. Both my parents and grandparents who we spent a great deal of time with, cooked on a daily basis. Food and drink was not a necessity as much as it was a total pleasure in our home, or as my mom would say joie de vivre (joy of life).

Coming from a Lebanese and Canadian background, I was very lucky to have a versatile palette (not always lucky for my bottom) and enjoyed flavors from around the world, so to speak. You name it and my parents would make it; from my mom’s homemade chicken wings with a secret sauce to my dad’s Mediterranean dishes that could be the talk of the town. (And SO much yuminess in between)

We had countless dinner parties that I can remember where the drinks were flowing and supper came in courses. In fact, having friends and family come together over what seemed like a royal feast was perhaps more normal to me than our little family of three sitting at the kitchen dinner table.

So now having a little bit of background of how my love affair started with food, you must be thinking, “This girl must be quite a chef!” Well those who know me already know the answer. (I hear crickets) Because to one of my biggest regrets, I must admit that I am NOWHERE close to it.

In fact, I have to be even more honest and tell you when I first thought about this blog, I wanted Food to be a major topic. But then I realized that although I absolutely adore a savory home-cooked meal or one made at restaurant, I myself really can’t cook them! And what would I post then, pictures of me just eating food LOL? The real question is how could someone who grew up around the crème de la crème of cooking, not love to cook??? (or be more natural at it)

I really don’t have the answer for you but I can tell you as one of my New Year’s Resolutions, and for many other reasons, (being a mommy/wife and my dad always wanted me to), I really want to change it.

I know that there are easier ways to have a nice meal ready like picking up a Publix rotisserie chicken for example. (do that often) But I really would like to dare I say, impress people with my cooking skills! (Especially the hubby)

Now don’t get me wrong there isn’t anything wrong with having easier ways to have dinner ready in my book. And I’m totally understanding of everyone’s very busy life with kids,  no kids, working, school etc. But for my family, and myself I would really like to make a habit of cooking often, tackling new and exciting dishes and doing more entertaining for friends. Most of my girlfriends love to cook and are really fantastic at it. And I know because although I haven’t mastered the art of cooking, I certainly have of tasting!

I swear since I’ve become a mom with a job, house and dogs (plural), I have a newly found respect and admiration for our moms, their moms, and the generations of women before them! They cooked every night for their children (yes, not just one!) and husband, cleaned the house, and had their hair done and lipstick on!

They are the true superheroes of our lifetime. My gosh, it’s a good day if my hair is brushed and I came out of the house wearing a blouse without baby spit-up on it now a days! Extra good day if I am wearing lipstick!

So I am asking anyone who’s kind enough to read this, to please share your thoughts on how to make myself more motivated to make this change. 2015 is indeed my year of changing and growing into a more improved version of myself. Therefore I think it’s only necessary to be fearless of anything new and put one foot in front of the other. Baby steps

Below I posted a few of my “food pins” from Pinterest. And I’d love to hear from you who do enjoy cooking and I’m sure are fabulous at it too. Send me recipes, I would love it! (And Jonathan would be so grateful) Please help me choose one of these amazing-looking dishes to try this week. I think a good start is maybe trying one new dish from my Pinterest pins every week. (all 463 of them) What do you think?

And please tell me I am not the only person who pins that much food to their boards. Most people probably pin these to actually attempt them. Not me, I just like to look at them, LOL, and store them in my happy Pinterest land, where my life appears to be perfect! Isn’t that the true purpose of Pinterest? :)

Keep Dreaming,


P.S:I’ll keep you posted with how this turns out! (The fire department should be on standby)

Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup


Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin



Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole


Bacon and Brussel Sprout Salad


Pan-Seared Chicken with Balsamic Cream Sauce, Mushrooms and Onions


photos via Pinterest