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February 21, 2017

Stream Together, Stay Together

Arrested Development, Stranger Things, Jim Gaffigan: Cinco, Mad Men, Bloodline... all Netflix shows Keith and I have binged watched together. Together, being the keyword here. A long time ago, way before we were even married, Keith and I made a promise to love, to cherish and to never "Netflix Cheat".

What is "Netflix Cheating", you say? It's when you secretly stream a show you're watching together without your partner.

Who is cheating? A recent survey shows that 46% of streaming couples cheat, and 50% of them are married. 

This totally makes sense to me, because I would guess that quite a few of those married couples all have children, and having children myself I know that time to watch your favorite shows is precious. There have been times when Keith has been at work and I've thought "Oh, I finally have time to watch that episode!" and it takes some real willpower to not just turn it on!

When? 28% of them do it while their partner is on a business trip, 25% do it while their partner is asleep and 24% of them do it while their partner is at work. 
Why? 60% of them say they just can't stop watching, because "the shows are too good".

So, are you guilty? I totally get it. No judgement here. There have been times I've been tempted myself, I mean, it's so hard to wait when all the shows are right at your finger tips. One of my favorite things to do when Owen used to nap was indulge in a show, and knowing the next episode was just a couple clicks away was hard. I'm so glad Keith was cool with me watching Orange is the New Black (the 3rd most popular show cheaters are cheatin' with) without him when it started years ago, because that show is seriously my favorite to binge watch!  

Disclosure: As a part of the the Netflix #StreamTeam I receive perks as part of my membership, but all opinions are my own.

RECIPE: Pear, Pecan and Pomegranate Winter Salad

Wet and stormy weather is still here in full swing, and boy am I over it. I can't remember the last time we had this much rain here in California. We've been in a drought for a long time, so it's really good for all, but we're still looking forward to warm, sunnier days ahead.

When the weather is warm we have salads almost nightly for dinner, but when it's cold out I find it hard to serve them, except for the one I'm sharing today!

I made this Pear & Pecan salad for a potluck last December and it was fantastic! It is great as a main dish topped with grilled chicken or along side a pasta dish.

 Pear, Pecan and Pomegranate Winter Salad

2 cups butter lettuce (spring mix and spinach work well too)
1 pear thinly, sliced
1 cup candied pecans
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Place your lettuce of choice in a serving bowl. I love to use a glass one we received as a wedding gift because the salad layers really nicely. Top with cheese, then pears, pom seeds, pecans and cranberries.

Toss with a homemade dressing just before serving -- I used a Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette. I really believe homemade dressings can totally take your salad to the next level! Enjoy!

What's your favorite winter, spring, summer or fall salad to serve?

February 20, 2017

Weekending + Menu Monday

Hey there, friends -- Happy Holiday Monday! Don't you just love three day weekends? We saw my mom and sister on Saturday, spent the day with friends yesterday and today we're doing our usual gym / grocery / Gymboree routine. Having three days off really allows us all to get everything done that we want and need to do -- and a bonus is that Keith will be off for his regular day off tomorrow too. Here's what our weekend looked like... Saturday morning Keith and I took turns working out in the morning so Luke could nap at home and we could keep them out of the gym child care. I ran 3x this week and by Saturday I could really feel it in my knees. I was reminded why, although I really enjoy running, I just can't do it so often anymore. It felt so good to get outside though -- we've had so much rain lately.
Luke was still sleeping when I came home, and Keith took Owen to his basketball game, so I had about an hour to myself at home -- all by myself! I got so much done! Prepped a salad for lunch, folded laundry, read a few blogs, cleaned up the house, polish some furniture and flipped through a magazine with a cup of coffee. It was lovely!
 Lukey is dying to get outside! He's tired of the rainy weather too.
Sunday morning I made chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes before we headed up to the city to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum. Luke has been such a great eater lately! He really loves eggs right now!
The kids (and the grown-ups) had a great time checking out the museum! Keith and I have been before, pre-kids, and it is a totally different experience now. There is a lot of stuff to look at, read and watch, and with Luke more interested in running (yes, he practically runs now) it was hard to pay much attention. The big kids were great and played nicely together! Luke and I spent lots of time walking up and down the ramp above and looking out the glass floor to ceiling windows. We all went to lunch afterward and for a visit to the Disney Store -- I think we're all ready for another trip to Disneyland! Our menu this week is inspired by my fascination with one-pan meals. I'm not totally convinced they'll be as great as they sound, but I am more than willing to give them a try because they'll probably save me a lot of time and effort. 


I got a few of these ideas on the Goodful Facebook page. I love their videos and they make the recipes seems so simple -- we'll see! How was your weekend? What are you making for dinner?