When life is this good…

I have to make sure I have it etched on my heart and give thanks.

Have been experiencing several wonderful moments where I’ll be walking away amazed at how sweet it truly is to be married to my dear husband. We are so goofy and silly with each other…we share our honest opinions freely and learn from each other…cry with each other (or rather, more of me sobbing and him smiling knowingly back at me..), and we grow in Him together.

I’ll never be tired of singing His praises for us for He has blessed us with such abundance and love, that it would be silly to even think any of it came from our own strength.

Love my husband so much, and I love how he is growing so well as our spiritual leader of the home. I can only pray that I’ll continue loving him from His love poured into me, and remember that all will be gone someday…but we’ve made some really special and precious memories and that we have lived out our lives for His glory.

He has been singing Bon Jovi’s Thank You for Loving Me – and adaptations of it – to me this past week, and while I laugh and pretend to be nonchalant about it sometimes, most of the time…my heart sings with him too.

Good, Clean Foods

The past 4 days have been one of the best breaks ever, and it started out so unexpectedly. Reflecting upon what happened, I can only attribute it to His goodness, grace and perfect timing.

2 days of medical leave + 1 off-day + 1 leave = 4 well-spent days recovering from an awful infection and enough time to read up on ways to have better health, plan my meals as well as buy and cook good, wholesome foods.

Not that I wasn’t health-conscious to begin with, except I wasn’t that disciplined…HA.

Anyway, now that I’m experiencing complete recovery and wellness (finally!), I don’t want to go back to days of sneezing and coughing my lungs out again…

Less processed food.

Cut out trans-fat as much as I can when we eat out.

More organic and whole foods.

More gluten-free food.

I’m going to treat our bodies better…after all, it is His gift to us!

In order to detox from all the med that I’ve been taking, made a more nutritious lunch for us. And yes, I’m so thankful that Bren could work from home on the day that I’m on leave!

God is awesome.

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Sweet potato soup + millet with broccoli, potatoes & yam + egg in capsicum, all dressed with homemade low-fat vinaigrette (which makes all the difference!):

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Am going to take it slow today, and not get sucked into a whirlwind of urgency again.

Another bowl of sweet potato soup sounds really good right now…

Sister’s Birthday + Bruschettas

Celebrated sis’s birthday early at Ritz Carlton’s Summer Pavilion; such a nice and grand hotel. Really enjoyed the food and recommendations.

More importantly, as always, it was the company that mattered. 😉

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Bren and I went for a light (sort of!) dinner after that @ Skinny Pizza and the meatballs pizza & mushroom risotto did not disappoint.

Love, love, love the meatballs…which, unfortunately were not captured in this pic cos’ we ate ’em all.

Heh.

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Speaking of yum, I’ve recently fallen in love with making bruschettas!

Found a recipe online and adapted it to our preferences…and it has been a winner, especially for breakfasts or an evening snack.

So simple and so delicious!

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Here’s the recipe, in case you’d like to try:

6 seeded + diced tomatoes (I used cherry tomatoes)

2 minced garlic cloves (I add less on days when I know Bren is going to give long presentations)

3 tbsp minced basil

1/4 tsp salt

pepper to taste

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp grated Parmesan

1 baguette

1. Combine all ingredients in bowl, and blend well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 mins. I usually do it the night before.

2. Slice up baguette, drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle salt & pepper. Bake at 170 degrees C till golden brown. Takes about 5-10 mins.

3. Spoon mix onto toasted bread and top with oregano herb mix.

Days like this..

Very grateful for such a wonderful day – of a great time at work, coordinating a parenting workshop and playing with the kids + of spending quality time with my dear husband and planning for the path ahead + of having a great dinner with in-laws celebrating SIL’s birthday and a belated one for Bren.

God is so good.

And I’ll never be tired of remembering that, or ever be tired of counting my blessings…

Bren turns 30 :)

It feels just like another day, another wonderful day of the weekend… But I wanted to also make sure he felt extra special.

So dragged my sleepy self out of bed this morning, and made gluten-free chocolate cake topped with almonds; his 1st birthday cake from me!

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Then brought him to Hediard for a nice Parisian lunch. We hardly go for fancy meals, so this really delighted our taste-buds.

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Then we scooted over to Tanglin Mall (one of my fav. cos’ it’s so much quieter!) and window-shopped. Recalled our past dates over there, and monkey-ed around:

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Bought some groceries, and decided to head home since my flu med was kicking in…and so I napped while he played his new computer game. He couldn’t be happier.

Upon his request, made pasta for dinner:

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And we topped it off with another slice each of his birthday cake:

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It’s going to be another awesome year for him, I’m sure!

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