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It’s Just Another Manic Monday

on June 4, 2012

Happy Monday Everyone! We hope that you had a fantastic, relaxing, and rejuvenating weekend. Here at Twinderful Life we got our hike on and it represented like woah! Bre is going to give you all of the details and fabulous pics tomorrow. As for today, we’re going to keep it short and sweet because my mind is somewhat fried – the kind of fried that accompanies the craziness of trying to learn a new job. That’s right folks – I have a new job, and I am TRES excited/stressed/feeling blessed about it. Today was day one and I am feeling slightly overwhelmed, but it’s a different overwhelmed. Although there is so much to learn I’m feeling a strange sense of peace about it at the same time. I’m not sure why it’s  playing out this way today, but I’m not complaining.

What does one do after a long day of brain-scrambling work? One comes home and consumes large amounts of frozen dairy product (also known as ice cream) right? Well, when you’re allergic to dairy, not so much. I arrived home before Steve did (which is rare) and decided that I wanted to relax by eating a deliciously simple dinner and just spend some unadulterated time with my honey – and that’s just what we did.

It was a perfect Family Home Evening (FHE for short). For those of you not familiar with LDS culture, Monday nights are reserved for what we call “Family Home Evening,” or basically a night that is set aside to spend some quality time with your family. There is usually a lesson on a spiritual topic followed by a fun activity and, of course, dessert. It’s a tradition that I love and one that Steve and I look forward to continuing with our children. For now, it’s just the two of us, which has made for some pretty fun FHEs. Tonight, it was simple. First, we ate this:

Bake Wild-Caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with a  Warm Spinach and Beet Salad with Dijon Dressing. Please excuse the poor lighting. I don’t get the best light in my kitchen and didn’t feel like editing. Just know that it was TO DIE FOR and SO easy to make – 30 mins tops.

We then read a fabulous article in the Ensign (the magazine published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) about acting upon spiritual promptings. It was FANTASTIC! If you’d like to read it please click here.

Then came dessert. I started off this post claiming that you aren’t supposed to come home after a long and tiring day at work and eat ice cream when you have a dairy allergy like I do, but folks, sometimes exceptions must be made, and tonight was one such exception. We headed out to a local gelato shop called Dolcetti Gelato (which we’re positive is Italian for “OMG this is so good I want to buy a scoop of every single flavor”). After taste-testing close to 6 flavors each, Steve settled on a scoop of the Lavendar Honey (it tastes like a day spa in your mouth which, I know sounds gross, but somehow it isn’t and instead is ultra-refreshing) while I did a half scoop of Rosemary Olive Oil and a half of Zabajone (a white wine custard). SO AMAZINGLY GOOD! We then proceeded to enjoy our dairy and egg-laden frozen treats on their outside patio, basking in the warmth of a perfect early summer evening.

It was the perfect ending to our FHE Monday night.

What about you? What do you do to relax after a hectic Monday? Do you have any fun FHE traditions? If you don’t have FHE, is there something else that you do to unwind? We want to hear all about it!


3 responses to “It’s Just Another Manic Monday

  1. chelseysharp says:

    Where’s the recipe for the salmon? That looks soooo good!

    • Brittany says:

      So simple. Line a baking dish with tin foil. Oven to 350 and place fish skin side down in dish. Brush salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 mins. That’s it.

  2. Cathy says:

    I enjoyed reading the article from the Ensign. Thank-you for sharing that with me:)

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