It hurts so good, doesn’t it?
Just wanted to quickly let you know I added the banana in the Love Muffin recipe! Sorry for the delay. I meant to fix it yesterday and then I forgot in all the excitement.
Let me continue with yesterday’s anniversary recap from way back in August… ;)
The traditional gift for a 2nd year wedding anniversary is cotton.
Sadly, not jewelry. Or copious amounts of chocolate smothered in White Chocolate Peanut Butter.
Sooooo….I got Eric a couple new cotton shirts…
Amazingly, they fit AND he liked them. I usually get one or the other so I consider this a success. Eric has gone from an Extra-large to a large and now he is a medium. One of these days he is going to turn sideways and I won’t see him anymore!
For my cotton gifts, Eric gave me some fall-coloured tea towels:
They will go smashingly with all the pumpkin and cinnamon. ;)
And a gorgeous retro apron from Anthropologie.
A great gift for a cooking + baking obsessed gal like myself.
Then it was time for our anniversary book.
You might recall, I gave Eric this book for our 1st wedding anniversary (the ‘paper’ year).
Paper, now cotton. Well, at least we are making progress…?!
For the explanation and detail shots, see this post.
Each year, we put together 1 large page that documents the entire year in review.
and this year Eric made one.
I laughed so hard when I saw the Vitamix thing.
If you are not watching Lie To Me yet, you must from the very first episode. You will thank me later, I promise!
Eric did an awesome job! Next year it will be my turn again. :) I think it will be really fun to look back in 10, 15, 20 years and re-read everything and see how much things have changed. Or…we might just feel old and pour ourselves another glass of wine and laugh about how immature and naive we used to be.
Only time will tell!
After exchanging gifts, it was time to fill our bellies with delicious food.
Eric suggested that we cook together instead of going out. We rarely get a chance to cook together because Eric gets home from work so late, but last night it worked out just perfectly.
Cooking together is a great excuse to pour some wine and get all crazy.
This tea light set is one of my favourite purchases from Costco.
Chewy, nutty, thick brown rice. Mmm.
Homemade sauce with fresh herbs.
Oh this smells good, I say. Want to try some?
I can’t get over how fast cooking is when you have two people- and four hands- and 20 fingers! We prepared this meal from scratch start to finish in about 45 minutes (and that was mostly waiting for the sauce to cook while we put away dishes).
Another great thing about aprons? They double as a bib when you eat tomato sauce dishes. ;)
Homemade Chunky Tomato Sauce over Salt-Kissed & Buttery Brown Rice
Homemade Pasta Sauce:
- 2 large cans of organic diced tomatoes (796 ml can x 2)
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 cup butter beans (or other bean), processed until chunky paste forms
- 2 patty pan squash, chopped
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Fresh herbs: Thyme, parsley, oregano, minced (about 1-2 tbsp of each)
- 1 tsp sea salt, to taste (more if necessary)
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Sprinkle or three of Herbamare, to taste
Directions: In a large pot place all prepped ingredients. Stir well and cover. Cook over medium heat for 45 minutes.
Salt-Kissed & Buttery Brown Rice
- 2 cups brown rice
- 5 cups (approx I didn’t measure) water
- 1 vegetable brouillon cube
- 2 tbsp Earth Balance
Directions: In a medium sized pot add water and bring to a boil. Once boiled, add bouillon cube, remove from heat, and dissolve. Now add 2 cups of rice. Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes until tender, being sure to watch it carefully. Add more water if it becomes dry. When it is cooked spoon the Earth Balance on top and stir well. It will taste DELICIOUS!
We fell in love with this dish. The brown rice was great too! Buttery, salty, and tons of flavour.
We split a love muffin for dessert. Lovin’ the love muffins.
It was a fun night, but sadly it was over too soon. That is always the way when celebrations fall on a weeknight. Luckily the long weekend approaches!
Hi! I hope no one else has asked this question. How did you get your rice to not be so goo like! I rinse mine before cooking and it is still so starchy.
I love the wine-pouring shots! It would make a perfect set of prints for a dining room.
I love your scrapbook. That is such a great idea!
I have that same apron from Anthro. I could not pass it up when I saw it in the store last month:)
I really love the scrap book, really so much, really that I might have to steal the idea!
awww, i love that scrapbook idea!!!!
and i love your apron! its super cute!
Love the apron! Cotton is a funny thing to have to give, but at least it means new clothes!
It looks like you had a fab evening. I must say, I really like the idea of the anniversary book. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like a time capsule in a way. I love it.
The anniversary book might be the best idea that I’ve seen for scrapbooking ever. I love the idea of taking turns designing the page each year. My best friend is getting married in May. I will have to tell her about your idea. Congrats!
I love, love, love the anniversary book idea! Especially how you alternate. I will have to steal this idea from you when I get married! ;) Love the apron also! Happy anniversary!
Wow i really really love that idea for the anniversary book, we get married in November do you mind if i steal your idea! i love it so much!! such a fun and meaningful keepsake that will span the years of your lives!!! x
When did you get that tea light set from Costco?? I looooooove it, and it would look great in our entry way!
Happy Anniversary to you two! I love the book you have. Creating pages with prices, pop culture things and whats going on in your life is so cool. It will be great to look back on.
So simple- tomato sauce on rice- and yet I’ve never thought of doing it before. I will be cooking a version of this sometime soon for sure. Cooking couple time is the greatest :) Congrats on your anniversary.
That apron is the cutest!
And I love your anniversary book. That’s going to be great to look back on when you’re older. :D
Awe! Anniversaries (and your new apron!) are the cutest. I’ve been wanting a cute apron for awhile, but never get myself to splurge on one :)
Lie to Me is my FAVORITE show!! I’m so glad to see that you like it too. It teaches me how to detect liars, AND I love British accents :)
Your Anniversary Book is an AWESOME idea! I wish I’d thought of that.
Of course, my husband’s entries would be about guns and beer, so…maybe it wouldn’t be that great for us. ;)
Angela I love your anniversary book! I love scrapbooking and this might be something really fun for my husband and I as we are approaching our one year anniversary in gosh 2.5 weeks!
Aw, such a cute way to spend your anniversary. I love that you two are keeping a book of your memories and what’s happened during that year.
I love the idea of an anniversary book, so cute :) I also adore your new apron.
I am so trying that sauce for tomorrow’s dinner! Also, I have been OBSESSED with Lie to Me since it first started, haven’t missed an episode :-) I just find it so fascinating!!! It totally makes me want to learn how to do that. I love psychology :-)
Love the idea of the anniversary book!
I love your year in review books! I hope to make those with my husband one day in the future : ) Too cute. Glad you had a lovely anniversary!
I really like the anniversary book. It’s cute.