35

On my 35th birthday, I clearly remember the bittersweet feelings of turning 30 and bidding adios to my roaring 20’s. I’m 5 years closer to 40, y’all! This is an incredible blessing. I keep thinking how life has changed in the past decade. How each year has gotten remarkably better, sweeter, and more delicious!

If you would’ve told me on my 25th birthday that by my 35th birthday, I’d be married. I wouldn’t have believed you. I clearly thought I was destined to be a fabulous spinster for the rest of my life.

If you would’ve told me that by 35, I’d be living in Houston, TX, with my husband, I’d laugh in your face. I was supposed to own my own home as a single gal, living in the most beautiful city in the world, Chicago.

If you would’ve told me at 25, that by 35, I would have traveled the world and eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world. I would’ve said, “of course, I have, darling!” The icing on the cake it has all been with the love of my life, my husband.

If you would’ve told me that by 35, I would no longer be working and instead baking pies in the middle of the day, I wouldn’t even know how to imagine that kind of life. I had a plan to run the world.

My life didn’t turn out exactly the way I had imagined it would’ve. It turned out even better. It’s a wonderful reminder, I can plan all I want, but I’m not the one in charge. God has always had a greater plan for me than I could ever believe. I’m counting my blessings of unconditional love, family, and friends. I’m grateful for all those who have guided me and have encouraged me on this wonderful journey. I’m allowing God to lead. I’m optimistic about His future plans for my life.

On my day of birth, I’m reminded of this biblical passage: Proverbs 3:5-6

5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Have a great day! Thank you, for all the love and kind birthday wishes.
I wish you all continued blessings.

Thankful Thursday!

1st of all, tomorrow is my birthday! There’s no better time to reflect and count my abundance of blessings than right before the anniversary of the day of my birth. My husband keeps asking me, “what do you want to do for your birthday?” My response, “Nothing, I’m completely happy and good with just being and not celebrating this year.”

  1. My parents will be flying in from Chicago (today) to celebrate my 35th birthday with me. I’m grateful to God that I have the most incredible Mami and Papi. No matter where I’ve lived whether it be in my own apartment in Chicago, San Francisco, and now in Houston, they are always there with me.
  2. My grandmother (Mi Abuelita) will also be with me to welcome another year. She is fighting Cancer and every birthday I get to spend with her is a true blessing. She fills my heart with joy. Thank you, God, for continuing to bless us with her and give her strength.
  3. MY HUSBAND! I couldn’t have dreamed of a more LOVING, KIND, SUPPORTIVE MAN who loves me fully and unconditionally all the time. He wakes me up every single day with kisses. I fall asleep every night in his arms with a smile on my face. Whatever I did to be so blessed in love, I thank God for him every chance I get.
  4. My health. I’m alive. I’m strong. I’m able to do yoga and dance. Thank you, Lord, for your gift of health.
  5. My friends and family who’ve always been there for me. Everyone’s love and support are a gift in my life. I’m so proud of my people who are following their bliss, in whatever fashion it may be. Your courage to be true to yourselves inspires me. Thank you, for putting your love out into the world.

I’m happy. I’m blessed. I’m Thankful!

Meat-Free Zucchini Spaghetti

How many of us grew up eating fish on Friday’s during Lent? I’m here to add something new to our meat free Friday’s.
One of my favorite meals to make is zucchini “pasta”. I usually make it with turkey meat. However, I’m going completely meatless during Lent. I’ve had to alter some of my recipes. Servings: 2-4 Prep Time: 30 min or less. The most time spent is in chopping.

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Hard to believe these beautiful veggies are going to fill us up, but I promise it does.

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Chop up the green pepper, red pepper, and onion.

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Saute it all together in a pan with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

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My favorite kitchen tool is this here: Veggetti. You can pretty much find these things anywhere nowadays. It’s a must!

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Look at all that fabulous zucchini turned spaghetti. Low carb and filling.

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Add all that delicious zucchini to the same pan. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper for added spice (optional) and drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil.

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Saute it all together over a low to medium flame and mix it all up.

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Add some fresh parmesan. We enjoyed it with fresh bread. No seriously, my husband bought it fresh from the bakery on his way home from work. Hallelujah, for fresh bread! My husband enjoyed it with a bottle of Chianti. I’ve also given up wine during Lent. Is it almost Easter? Enjoy! Buen Provecho!

Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thursday!! How are you doing today?

I’d like to share a couple of things I’m thankful for today.

  1. I decided to go meat-free during Lent. It has actually caused me to think outside of the box for recipes, incorporate different ingredients, and eat more veggies and fruits.
  2. I have the most loving, kind, and supportive husband I could’ve ever dreamed of.
  3. My grandmother made it back to Texas from Mexico, after celebrating my great grandmother’s 95th birthday.
  4. Speaking of my grandmother, I’m thankful she taught me how to cook. I made some rice, beans, and cheese enchiladas last night, that I know she would be proud of.
  5. We got to spend time with new and old friends this past weekend.
  6. I’m continuing to learn about my blog and dedicating more time to making it grow and better.
  7. I’m thankful for our home. It’s just perfect for us.
  8. I’m 8 days away from 35 and feel beyond blessed in life and grateful.

What are you most thankful for today?

Meatless Monday’s: Poblano Fried Rice

I decided to give up meat for Lent. It’s not an easy task, especially being married to a man that loves meat with almost every meal. I will be posting some of the recipes I come up with for Meatless Monday’s.

1st up: Poblano Fried Rice: 2 – 4 servings

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Rinse poblano peppers and cut in half.

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Add onion, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Saute it all together.

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For some reason, I also decided to add a potato and pepper. Knowing what I know now, I should’ve added the potatoes 2nd, not the onion and garlic. You live you learn.

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Add 1 cup of cooked rice and 2 eggs. Mix it all up on a medium to low flame.

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I finished it off with a squeeze of lime over it. Serve it in a bowl or plate. My husband also had it with some flour tortillas.
Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Last year, I was CRAZY!  I admit it. It was our 1st Valentine’s Day as a married couple. I asked for it all. I asked for everything from flowers, cupcakes, chocolates, etc… and my husband delivered. I’ll never do that again.

This year, I actually told him, “no flowers” on one of the most anticipated flower filled holidays of the year. We’re not making reservations for any kind of fancy dinners, nor have I requested any chocolates or cupcakes this year.

I don’t know why last year, I got so caught up in the hoopla of it all. Perhaps, because it was our first year as Mr & Mrs. Whatever it was, I’m over it this year. The truth of it all, we celebrate our love often. We don’t have children, therefore, date nights are pretty normal for us. My husband does a wonderful job at surprising me with sweet treats and flowers regularly. I’m well taken care of and appreciated, as is he throughout the year.

I’ve always enjoyed Valentine’s Day because it’s a wonderful way to show and share my love with friends, family, and my significant other.  It’s an actual holiday dedicated to love, how wonderful! This Valentine’s Day, I’m actually thinking about keeping it low key. We’re going to visit a friend in the hospital. Then, we have brunch plans with a new group of friends.

I’m a bit more realistic this year than last. I’d really like it to be about what we can give to others this year. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, expensive, or even in a heart shaped box. Maybe, call an old friend and wish them well. Donate a little more to a local church. Donate clothing, food, or even blood. Perhaps, offer to babysit for friends who don’t get to get out as much. Volunteer for your favorite charity or animal shelter. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate and share the love this Valentine’s Day. The world needs more of everyone’s love. As always, I wish you love, peace, and continued blessings. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Thankful Thursday!

I woke up extra grateful today!

  1. We just spent the last week hosting my inlaws in our home. I miss them already!
  2. We have a home that has plenty of space to have our friends and family visit.
  3. I got to see mi Abuelita, and she looks wonderful and is in high spirits.
  4. We went to mass on Sunday and again yesterday for ashes.
  5. We had a successful 1st Super Bowl party with our friends in our home.
  6. Our awesome neighbors let us borrow extra chairs for our party.
  7. I’m loving the beautiful weather we’ve been having. It’s perfect!
  8. I found paczkis in the Polish restaurant/bakery by our house for Fat Tuesday.
  9. We found out we’ll be having another nephew due in June.
  10. I was able to successfully make a traditional German dinner for my inlaws.
  11. We’ve booked all our hotels for Japan and China. We’re so looking forward to our next great adventure!
  12. It’s my great grandmother’s 95th birthday, my godmother and tia Marcey’s birthday, and my MIL: Mother in law’s birthday today! All wonderful women!
  13. It’s our 2nd familia, Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc, Founders Day! 13 Founders, 13 reasons to be thankful today!

Married to a Traveler

Early on in our relationship, it became apparent, I was going to have a lifetime of adventures with this man. From an early age, my husband has had a wandering spirit. Why does this matter in a marriage? Because if you happen to marry a man like mine, know that his wanderlust will never end. Being married to a traveler means committing to his traveler’s lifestyle. Are you ok with that?

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Our 1st trip together in Rome, Italy. May 2012

 

One would think that I would get used to the unexpected booked trips, but after four years, this man still surprises me. I never know where or when we’ll be headed to next. It’s an amazing privilege. I’m not complaining. However, there are things that have to be taken into consideration when you become a traveling couple.

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Engaged and in NYC! My 1st time there. Oct 2013

 

First, if and when, you’ll have children? How will those children affect your traveling lifestyle together? Can you afford to have children or a child and travel? Do you want to have children and travel? Where can you go with children? All of those questions should be discussed pre and during marriage often.

Second, be clear about where you will and won’t go. It’s important to always be considerate of your partner’s boundaries while traveling together. That even includes something as simple as to stay in a hostel or a 5-star hotel? Everyone has a different level of necessities while traveling. Safety is always the most important consideration wherever you go in the world together.

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On our honeymoon in Mexico. Tulum, MX May 2014

 

Third, something people don’t realize but, is important finances. Who is financing all of these trips around the world? How will you budget as a couple or individuals for travels together? Do you split the costs of everything from restaurants, accommodations, activities, transportation, airfare, etc… If the man you’re traveling with pre-marriage expects you to share all the cost, chances are probably during marriage you’ll still split the expenses. It just might come out of a joint account, instead of an individual account by then.

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With our tour guide leading the way in Machu Picchu. Nov 2015

 

If you marry a man with a wandering spirit, know that moving is always an option. Moving countries, moving cities, just might become your normal. That is a deal breaker for some relationships, especially for someone who plans to have and raise children near family. Can you live far away from your families? This needs to be discussed at length and agreed upon before marriage.

Life married to a traveler means expect random text messages during the day about airfare deals he can’t pass up, like our most recent NYC purchase. He got those tickets before I could even respond.

Life married to a traveler means don’t be too surprised that when you wake up in the morning, he has already looked at deals to places online and purchased tickets before lunch, like our most recent purchase to Japan and China.

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On the train in Barcelona, Spain. Oct 2012

 

Life married to a traveler means always expect the unexpected.

Life married to a traveler will be fun.

Life married to a traveler will be full of challenges that will help you grow as a person.

Life married to a traveler will take you to places you never dreamt was possible.

Life married to a traveler will never be ordinary.

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From my 1st trip to San Francisco. I had no idea how my life was about to change.

 

Life married to a traveler will also turn you into a traveler.

Are you ok with that?