#100 Happy Days: Days 21-30

Day 21

New ‘do!!! Love it! #100happydays #salondechriste#beauty #hair

Day 21, March 26th: I saw Brandi at Salon De Christe. She never, ever disappoints. I loved my cut and color!

Day 22


Enjoying time with these ladies! @picturecharity@carissaspeelman #100happydays

Day 22, March 27th: We had friends over, and I enjoyed spending time with these amazing ladies!

Day 24

Having a hilarious time with these great friends!!!#100happydays #friends #doubledatenight

Day 23, March 28th: Someone refused to make a silly face — can you tell who? We had an amazing double date night with our sweet friends, Nancy and Louis. We started with dinner at Sidney Street Cafe, and then went back to their place for games. I was so glad we had an opportunity to relax and have fun with them before their move to Chicago!

Day 25


So proud of my husband for taking a risk and quitting his job! Sending him off on a cycling trip with his buddy to celebrate! I got him that shirt for our anniversary, haha. #100happydays #hubby #cycling

Day 24, March 29th: With both Louis and Jonathan unemployed, the boys decided to go off on a cycling trip. Jonathan quit his job in order to pursue learning some new programming skills and I am really proud of him for being brave enough to try something new, and I am so glad that I am able to support him since he’s been so supportive of me through school and my job!


Day 26

Dinner date with @whelmingflood !! Love this great friend so much!! #100happydays

Day 25, March 30th: My great friend, Beth, kept me company while Jonathan was out of town. We both love trying new and interesting restaurant, so on that day, we tried Layla, and absolutely loved it!  The gooey butter baklava was out of this world!

Day 27


Guess who is going to be an Aunt again?? So excited for my sister-in-law and her family! #100happydays

Day 26, March 31st: My sister-in-law, Monika, announced (officially, and adorably) on Facebook that she is pregnant again! I absolutely LOVE being an aunt and I am so excited for her family!

Day 28

Bonus! My boss brought me Starbucks. Yum!!#100happydays

Day 27, April 1st: My boss loves me. Yum. Caramel macchiato.

Day 29

Look what I won at the work Easter egg hunt!#100happydays #easter #chocolatebunny

Day 28, April 2nd: Another makes-me-fat day at work 😉  We had an Easter egg hunt, and inside each Easter egg was a number that could be traded in for a prize. Mine was this chocolate bunny, filled with cookie dough… yummm.

Day 30

So full and so happy! #100happydays #celebritychefs#vegas #b&bristorante #food

Day 29, April 3rd: So, on April 2nd, we also flew out to Vegas! Our second day in Sin City, we had a dinner that really felt sinful!  We are at B & B Ristorante, owned by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich.  This was probably the best dinner of my lifetime. Every course was delicious, the service was impeccable. I could not ask for more from a dining experience!

Day 30


The sun was bright so we had some struggles not squinting, but we are having a fun day today!#100happydays #vegas

Day 30, April 4th: We went on a tour to Hoover Dam, and on the way we had a quick photo stop at the iconic Las Vegas sign. The tour was really cool and interesting, and I have more photos from Vegas and the tour, but this was my “happy day” shot because the sign was cool and I loved that we captured the fun of our vacation!

Lunar New Year + Icy Roads

Yesterday, the law school had a Lunar New Year happy hour, and it was great fun! As you can see below, they had Chinese lion dances, fan dancers, and drummers! They also had delicious food!





The pictures aren’t fabulous, but the performances were pretty neat. After that, we went to ACTS Friday, and hung out, which was also great fun.  But being out late meant.. icy roads! Actually, on the way to the happy hour, it was raining and the rain would hit my windshield, and then start building up as ice at the bottom and sides of my windshield. I have never seen that happen before.

The roads were also getting icy, so we ended up stuck in a lot of traffic because accidents shut down the main road. That was really irritating.

So, St. Louis, salt your roads!

Asian Pear Sorbet



that sure doesn’t look like much, but it’s delicious!
So on Monday, we bought a box of asian pears from Sam’s Club, and on Tuesday, I cut one open and it was brown in the middle. So I sliced the good outsides off and discarded the rest. So I had to think of a way to use the rest of the asian pears pronto!  Lucky for me, my big sis had just given me an ice cream attachment for the kitchenaid for my birthday, and we had yet to break it in.

So, voila! Asian pear sorbet!

If you have an ice cream maker, here’s how you do it:


2 lbs asian pears

3/4 cup sugar (or agave syrup)

1/2 tbspn vanilla


Peel and core the pears, and slice them up. Put them in a pot and cover with water, and add the sugar and vanilla. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for about 45 minutes or until the pears are soft. Remove the pears with a slotted spoon, and reduce the water left in the pot to a half of what you had. Put the pears back in, and blend (either use an immersion blender or put the entire contents of the pot into a blender). Chill this mixture in the fridge over night, and then use it like ice cream batter to the specifications of your ice cream maker.


Some notes… Jonathan and I found it to be almost too sweet, so consider using 1/2 cup of sugar if you prefer less sweet sorbets. Also, our pears were super ripe, so they were already really sweet, so maybe that was part of it. Also, I think in the future we are going to try stewing some fresh ginger in the mix while its simmering for 45 minutes, because I think that flavor would be good.


Anyway, it was a lot of fun to use our ice cream attachment, so thanks big sis and big sis’s hubby!


Healthy New Years Meal (a day late)

So yesterday the hubby and I had this delicious and healthy meal planned for our New Years dinner… and then we both felt too lazy to go grocery shopping so we postponed to today!

Anyway, pictured below is Chicken Rollatinis (recipe from skinnytaste.com, http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/chicken-rollatini-with-spinach-alla.html). The recipe turned out absolutely delicious, as does everything we have ever made from this website. Kudos, Gina!

We did simple roasted broccoli and cauliflower, which we made by drizzling olive oil over it, and seasoning it with oregano and garlic pepper seasoning, and then roasting on a cookie sheet in the oven.

And finally, Jonathan had made whole wheat onion rolls, so today he sliced them into toast points and crisped them up in the oven.

Weight Watchers wise, this plate is 10 pts, and it was super filling and fabulous!





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