Monday, September 1, 2014

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews is a book about love and weddings, which will speak straight to your heart if love makes you giddy. Love could be my middle name—that’s how happy it makes me! I enjoyed this book so much I could hardly put it down. That’s how you know a book is good.

The book follows the story of Cara, the owner of Bloom, a small flower shop in Savannah, Georgia. She’s a recently divorced 30-something year old who, at the moment, feels pretty bitter toward men and love. She runs her business out of a small location on one of the best streets in the city, but she’s just barely staying afloat while trying to pay off the debt she owes her father—a man who thinks she’s a failure, and who wants her to re-pay him quickly, close up her shop, and move back home to Ohio.  
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Regardless of the pressure from her father, Cara charges ahead, determined to be successful. Business starts to gain momentum when a ritzy Savannah woman hires Cara for one of her events. Word of mouth spreads quickly in a small town, and soon enough all of the woman’s friends are calling Cara to do flowers for their events.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ginger-Soy Sauce Tofu & Veggies with Brown Rice

Typically when I mention tofu to someone, they wrinkle up their nose and say eww. Then they ask what it tastes like, so I tell them it takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with, or cook it with. Really it’s like any other protein!
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We started eating tofu while we lived in NYC. I can’t recall why, but it’s stuck with us since then. I used to love using crumbled tofu to make a black bean and veggie scramble. Oh, so good! But, now my favorite way to cook tofu is to cube it and pan-fry it until golden then sprinkle some salt over it. Simple and delicious! Then I drizzle it with some yummy sauce and dig in.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Money Monday: Shopping at Aldi

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If you've been following my Money Monday series, you know that Steve and I only spend $40 per week on groceries. That’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two people for 1 whole week. It’s slim pickings all.the.time. You know what makes having such a small budget a whole lot easier? Shopping at Aldi.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pan-Fried Tilapia with Garlic-Butter Balsamic Sauce

I don’t know about you, but we certainly don’t eat enough seafood around here. We used to buy fresh fish, but haven’t done so since starting our debt-free journey in 2011. Luckily, we recently found some fish on sale at Aldi, so we bought 2 lbs. of tilapia fillets for less than $6. A bit on the pricier side for us, but we were able to split it between two meals. Always a plus!
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This meal was so incredibly quick and easy. While the sweet taters baked in the oven, I warmed some sweet peas, made the garlic-butter balsamic sauce, and pan-fried the tilapia. At first, I felt guilty about using butter in the sauce, but then realized the rest of the meal was veggies, so it was all good. Plus, it’s not that much butter.