Hi, Hi, Hello!I’m excited to share a piece of my unforgettable trip to Florida with you all, but also a bit nostalgic and depressed while going through the pictures to upload. I was completely spoiled with a week-long getaway to the beach with Michael and his family. It was the perfect end to our summer, but definitely made the transition back to school a lot more difficult. We caught several breathtaking sunsets, took afternoon naps beside the waves, explored the ocean, got stung by a jellyfish (or was that just me?) and enjoyed the freshest seafood possible. The first morning we arrived, we stopped by the farmers market and picked up some chicken and ground beef from a sweet local. I’m almost certain I can find the farmer’s market anywhere I go! We froze the meat and pulled it out Thursday night for our mexican fiesta.
There are few things I love more than getting everyone together in the kitchen. Our culture tends to rush our days and fill them with noise, but meals are meant to be paired with sweet conversation and relaxation. Busyness is not something to pride yourself on, but rather taking in the slow moments and quiet stillness in your day is where you’ll find true joy. Watching each person pitch in filled me with delight and created an even warmer atmosphere than before.
For our half-way homemade meal we prepared chicken and vegetables in a skillet with taco seasoning, spanish rice, black beans, and homemade guacamole. (Recipe to come!) We of course had the essentials such as tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa, and lettuce as well. You don’t have to be a chef to contribute to a home cooked meal. There is no shame in using boxed rice, canned beans, or taco seasoning if you ask me. If the food is enjoyable and you’re in good company that’s all you need.
Cheers to a halfway homemade dinner!