Alright folks! So this weekend was quite eventful and fun. :) Due to Greg's immense amount of study load, we haven't been able to actually go out on a "date". However, this past weekend we got to do some work together. Then, we headed out to a sort of an unexpected date! It was so nice to just be able to eat together, talk about marriage related stuff, and walk around in the middle of a chilly night among sparkly Christmas lights in downtown Brea.
One of the bright sides of seeing each other less than usual is that we learn to appreciate every single moment we have together!
Also, we get to eat delicious new-to-us foods like this one! Woot! This is a Waffle Sandwich filled with prosciutto, chives, and gruyère cheese. Oh. My. Goodness. Bruxie is one of the most delicious street foods we have ever tried!
The ingredients are really fresh, and by the end of the meal, we didn't actually feel "full", but simply satisfied. :D
Greg ordered the waffle sandwich with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and dill, along with waffle fries. This combo was heavn'ly I say! I am not sure which one I liked more, but I highly recommend both of them.
Do you know what I thought was hilarious?
The fact that many of us bloggers actually eat in this manner! The only difference would be that Bruxie is a bit more innovative and rich, haha.
We were feeling kind of "sinful" in regards to food that day, so we walked around and opted for my favorite cupcakery, Merely Sweets.
We both shared the strawberry cupcake which actually tasted like really good strawberry, as well as the red velvet, which is Greg's fave. My favorite is their pistachio flavor! But it was seasonal so they no longer carry it.
What I like about Merely Sweets is the fact that their frosting isn't too buttery. It is perfectly sweet and fluffy in my opinion. Of course, the sweetness level is about 8.5, but that's because it's cupcake and not salad! :P
I've also been having so much fun with my girlfriends this weekend!
I am so thankful for their company and help with the wedding. Without them, I'd be totally lost.
We tried to come up with creative DIY invitation ideas and also looked at bridesmaid dresses online.
My brain is oozing with fun ideas for the wedding. I think I may need some type of human-USB to transfer all of them onto the computer.
Ahhh! I know that I'll be wearing the bridal gown, but these dresses are gorgeous, no?! I want to wear them all. In fact...I filled my Pinterest boards with them hehe.
Greg had the opportunity to preach at a church on Sunday, praise God! It was pretty awesome, and I was reminded of many things that God has been teaching me as of late...It was of course, a humbler as well.
Our friend Tony came down to So Cal from San Fran, so he joined us at church.
After some eating and hanging out together we went to a Billiard's place. Remember when I said that I didn't like pool?!
Tony with a beard and short hair! He normally has long hair :P
Well, I am now kind of addicted and I was ready to kick some derrieres!
Oops. I didn't know that we were supposed to be normal here.
So kicking some derrieres didn't necessarily happen.
I only won one game! And Tony smoked us all. I think he has a secret life of being a professional "Cut Throat" player. ;)
Now, don't think for a second that I left you hanging with the dessert recipe I promised!
Healthy Coconut Macaroons *Vegan*
- 2 1/2 C finely shredded coconut
- 1/2 C organic pastry flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 C Brown rice syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1/3 C toasted, chopped macadamia nuts
- 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1.) Preheat your oven to 350 F. In a medium-large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
2.) Add the brown rice syrup and mix it around just enough so that everything becomes moistened. Then add the vanilla and lemon extracts and mix vigorously. You may also use a hand mixer or stand mixer.
3.) Grab golf-ball sized amounts of the dough and gently make it into a circular shape. They don't have to be perfect balls, so don't pack them too much. Place them onto a lightly greased cookie sheet about 2 in. apart. Gently pat them on the top.
4.) Bake for approximately 14 minutes. Once it's cooled down, drizzle the melted chocolate on the macaroons and sprinkle with the macadamia nuts. You may let the chocolate harden on its own or refrigerate it for a few minutes.
In terms of the shredded coconut I like to use the Let's Do Organic brand. I have been experimenting with this recipe for more than a week, and I came to the conclusion that the full-fat is always best!! Last time I accidentally bought the reduced fat, and the macaroons turned out a bit on the dry side.
I am also a big fan of Lundberg's Brown Rice Syrup. It isn't overly sweet, and they stand for helping the environment and responsible usage of resources. :D
These macaroons may be very healthy and vegan to boot (for those who are hardcore), but they are quite chewy and moist! The slight hint of lemon goes really well with the chocolate and macadamia.
Hm...perhaps I should play around with these and make them Christmas-y!
Have a blessed day!
What flavors do you think pair up really well together?
-I think that macadamia, lemon, and coconut are awesome
What new-to-you restaurants have you been loving?
What have you been appreciating more than usual?
-My time with Greg and the blessing of being able to eat out!