Cooking for Two

/ November 10, 2017











As you all know we moved in our new house in Reno last month. It's been absolutely busy getting everything set up in this new home. A lot of painting, arranging, deliveries, driving to Home Depot 5 million times and trying to have a meal in between. Plated recently sent us a few meals to help out with my sanity. I didn't have to worry about going to the store to grab ingredient and there's no more trying to figure out what to make moment. As much as I love cooking and going to the store to get fresh produce, Plated is a great alternative if you are a very busy individual or you're having a short busy moment in your life. Matt and I definitely enjoyed the Long Life Noodles we made. It was hearty and was very flavorful. 

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As you all know we moved in our new house in Reno last month. It's been absolutely busy getting everything set up in this new home. A lot of painting, arranging, deliveries, driving to Home Depot 5 million times and trying to have a meal in between. Plated recently sent us a few meals to help out with my sanity. I didn't have to worry about going to the store to grab ingredient and there's no more trying to figure out what to make moment. As much as I love cooking and going to the store to get fresh produce, Plated is a great alternative if you are a very busy individual or you're having a short busy moment in your life. Matt and I definitely enjoyed the Long Life Noodles we made. It was hearty and was very flavorful. 

Thank you Plated for sponsoring this post.





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Peter and Brian (Hungarian pigs- "Mangalica")




The Scotland trip started from flying from San Francisco to London. We stayed in London for a few days (which I will do a separate post on). We were traveling with Jeff and Randy (Matt's very good friends and mentor) After spending some time in London we took the train and headed to Inverness. Arriving after an 8 hour train ride we stayed at the Royal Highland hotel which had a very convenient location. It was right outside the train station of Inverness. After spending a night there we had our rental car waiting outside the hotel and we drove up further north of mainland UK. Our first stop was the beautiful Dunrobin Castle located in a town called Golspie. We did a self tour of the castle (no photos allowed inside) and ended the tour with watching the falconry. A stop over at a cute little spot we found called River Bothy. They had the best comfort food we've had in UK. The soup was very hearty and let me tell you their dessert selection is a win win! We kept driving north on A9 and ended that the day at our next sleeping spot. We stayed at the cutest BnB, the Mey House. They are located in the town of Mey, Thurso. The owners, Sally and Rob were very nice and welcoming. They were also very helpful with the tours we wanted to do in the highlands.

We have rested and ready for our next adventure. The breakfast at the Mey House was very good. It was perfect for our adventure filled day to the Orkney Islands. We took a ferry from John O'Groats. As we arrived our tour guide Kinlay from Orkney Private tours was there waiting for us. I've done a few tours in my travels and I would say that Kinlay was the best tour guide. He was very knowledgable with the history of the islands and also very interesting to talk to. Basically he's a fun company to have around. Since the guys were huge fans of Scotch (Whisky) we had my make a stop at the Highland Park distillery. They did some tasting and I did my own tasting of the whisky fudge. They were delicious. I bought all the display to take home with me. :) Another favorites of this tour was the visit to Skara-brae. This ancient village is older than the pyramids of Egypt. From 3200BC to 2700BC. It was a sight to see. oh btw, it was very wet and cold. You definitely need to gear up and be very prepared. We told Kinlay that I want to see a highland cow and maybe pet one if possible. Unfortunately it was rainy and they were too far away from the road. He felt bad and wanted to cheer me up by introducing me to Peter and Brian. They are Hungarian pigs or Mangalica. They are domestic pigs and they are super cute. These two are very friendly and fluffy.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! 


Scotland: Part 1

by on November 03, 2017
Dunrobin Castle River Bothy tea room Highland Park distillery Peter and Brian (Hungarian pigs-...




We went to Scotland back in September. It was a 2 week trip and we did so much. We flew to London from San Francisco. We stayed in London for a few days and took a train to Inverness. That's the start of this travel series. This is just a preview of the photos we took during our trip. We've been so busy since the day we came back from Scotland that I haven't had time to layout the plan for this post. I am excited to finally show you what to enjoy in that beautiful country. 



Scotland: Preview

by on October 26, 2017
We went to Scotland back in September. It was a 2 week trip and we did so much. We flew to London from San Francisco. We stayed...



We've said our goodbyes to the Bay Area. We have officially moved to Reno Nevada! We couldn't be more excited to be here. However we will definitely miss Northern California. Reno is definitely a small town than what we were used to. The traffic is way less (we are lovin' it!). We have 4 seasons here and everything is so easy to get to. Matt and I are enjoying our first week in our new house and new city. We can't wait to show you more of what Reno has to offer. There is so much more in the biggest little city in the world.






Goodbye Bay

by on October 23, 2017
We've said our goodbyes to the Bay Area. We have officially moved to Reno Nevada! We couldn't be more excited to be here...


Summer ended days ago and yet I can still feel the heat in San Francisco/Bay area CA. We are still enjoying this weather so I'm sharing another summer look. These were taken when we were in Spokane WA. The heat was extreme and I was delighted to have this easy maxi white dress with me. 

Another update in our lives, we have two more weeks until we move in to our new house in Reno, NV. I couldn't be more excited to start painted the walls to my liking and start decorating as soon as possible.


Dress: Zara (old)
Sandals: Hermes










Who doesn't love comfort? I sure do love it. Especially when it comes to shoes. Don't get me wrong, I love heels and lace up sandals. However, you have those days when you just want to slip on something comfortable and go. I came across these slip ons from Cougar Shoes. The best part is these shoes are water proof! They look chic, comfortable and stylish. 





Slip it on

by on August 23, 2017
Who doesn't love comfort? I sure do love it. Especially when it comes to shoes. Don't get me wrong, I love heels and ...

This recipe is one of Matt's favorite sweet snacks. He's not usually into sweets, but this one is a win win! These don't last long in our house. As I am writing this, I already wanted to make some. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven at 400 degrees. Combine the flour, white sugar, salt, and baking powder. On a separate bowl mix the milk, vegetable oil and egg. Slowly mix the dry ingredients with the mixture. Once combined, fold the blueberries in the mixture and place it in a loaf pan. Make the crumbs to put on top. combine sugar, flour, butter and ground cinnamon. Sprinkle to toppings on top of the loaf and bake for about 45 minutes. 

ENJOY!