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Save Time with Dinner

27 Dec

Wow, where did Christmas go?  I hope you and your family were able to relax and spend time together.  It seems like we spend the whole month shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, visiting, and with the blink of an eye it’s over.  As we do every year, Nathan and I went to NJ to spend time with my family and it was wonderful to see everyone.  I have to admit I am like a child at the holidays and was excited that Santa was, as he is every year,  so good to us.

Now that Christmas is over, it’s back to the grind and back to the routine.  It occurred to me this morning, as I was getting ready for the first day back to work that I need to think of something to make for dinner.  Ugghh-I feel like that is a never ending saga: what are we going to eat?  I know, I know- #1stWorldProblems.  Seriously though, our work schedules and traffic filled commutes are so crazy that a lot of times we get home from an 11 or 12 hour work day and the last thing I want to think about is what am I going to make.  Of course with making the dinner comes the clean up, doing any other chores that have been neglected, get work bag re-packed, and of course try to spend some quality time together.  Before I know it, the evening news is long over and its 9:45pm.

Since this blog is about newlywed life and all that comes with it, I thought I would share some ways you can save time with dinner.

1. Make enough food for two meals.  This will allow you at least one night of leftovers, which means at least one night of not cooking!

2.  Take food out for dinner in the morning.   This morning I  took frozen Italian Sausage out for dinner, so when I walk in the door tonight and Nathan asks, “What’s for Dinner?” he knows and with any luck he has already started cooking the pasta to go with it. 

3. Cook Together.  Use this time to start talking about your day.

4. Clean as you cook.   If you clean the mess as you cook, you will have nothing to do after eating, except put your plates in the dishwasher and enjoy the rest of your night.

Cheers, Tara

Our Girlfriends Weigh In

30 Nov

We were chatting with some of our newly married girlfriends and asked them to share some of their newlywed insight.  Enjoy!

“My spouse hogs the bed, so we bought a bigger bed. End of discussion.” –JB

“Being married is like preparing for a baby!  I find myself picking up after my husband, reminding him to call the doctor, take the kids to the doctor, and the list goes on.  In the end I end up doing it all so I’ve learned to bypass that step and just do everything myself!”–SP

“We learned to think of savings goals as weight loss goals. If you’re too aggressive in setting them, you’ll end up failing at it.  Don’t obsess over it and make sure you say yes to your spouse when they want to buy something outside of the budget from time to time (and have that occasional cookie too).”–BM

“Buying a pet before having kids has helped us to start working out the parenting responsibilities before the baby actually comes.” –JB

“Cleaning our new house proved to be more time consuming than we planned.  One of the first times I decided to clean the 2 story, my husband decided to help.  Unfortunately, his help wasn’t enough for me because he wasn’t cleaning the right way, my way.    Upon inspecting one of his ‘clean rooms’ I still saw dust bunnies which led to me yelling at him and led to us getting into a huge argument.  A week later we hired a maid, a small price to pay to save our marriage.”–AW

“The baby question has become apart of every conversation with everyone we come in contact with! I am surprised by the number of people who are enthralled with what is or isn’t growing in my uterus.  My advice is to not give into these questions; It only opens the door for more questions and then people want to know everything.  So the next time someone asks you, “When are you and your husband going to have children?” A simple response such as, “When we are ready.” will do just fine!” –KK

“Don’t expect him to change, you married him for him.”–AV

More Conversations with Mazer

28 Nov

It has been quite awhile since I have posted an edition of Conversations with Mazer so back by popular demand and for your entertainment, these are conversations I really have with my husband.

Three weeks ago,  a certain husband decided to eat a bucket of Popeyes chicken with 3 different sides while watching football.  After his feast he grabbed his stomach and with a load groan said, I know how you must feel.

He has decided that we will no longer play paper, rock, scissors for dinner choices.  We will start arm wrestling.

I emailed him ideas for my Christmas list. His response: 80 dollar perfume, for 1.7 oz? You get Britney Spears and Paris Hilton perfume and you like it. 

Oh yeah-he has already declared that he will not be changing diapers for at least 9 months, because he has been cleaning the cat pan for 9 months.

Cheers, T

Birthday Dinner!

26 Sep

A couple of weeks ago my handsome hubby turned thirty-two and I decided to surprise him with a delicious birthday dinner to start off his birthday weekend! I ended up making filet mignon, pan-seared scallops with bacon and spinach, twice baked potatoes and asparagus.

I had never attempted to make filet mignon before and was pretty nervous about screwing it up, so I followed this recipe. I used the pan-searing technique and  a meat thermometer to make sure that my filets were cooked to the perfect medium rare. I even attempted to make the Cabernet wine sauce. The sauce didn’t turn out that great…womp.womp.womp. I think I may have accidentally let the wine cook down to much. oops.

Sorry for the terrible cell phone pictures.

I found the recipe for scallops via a friend on Pinterest. It was actually a pretty easy and very tasty recipe. I followed it directly for the most part. I did use turkey bacon since that was what I already had. The scallops were really good, but this was my second oops because they were a little bit undercooked. They weren’t raw by any means, but they could have used another minute or so in the skillet.

I didn’t use recipes for the twice baked potatoes or asparagus. I just made them how I usually do. I actually started the potatoes first. I rinsed each of them off, poked a couple of holes in the tops of each with a fork and baked them in the oven on 375 degrees until they were soft to the touch. Depending on the size of the potato it could be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or more. I believe mine took about an hour. Once I took them out  of the oven I sat them on the counter to cool while I prepped and cooked the rest of the meal.

Once I was ready to come back to the potatoes I cut them in half (long ways) and scooped the insides out and placed them in my kitchen-aid bowl. Make sure to keep as many of the potato skins in tact as possible, so you have enough to scoop the potato mixture back into. I added a little milk, butter, salt and pepper to the potato mixture and blended until smooth. Once everything was mixed I filled each of the potato skins and placed them on a baking sheet. I placed them back in the oven to heat up for about 20-25 minutes on 350 degrees. The last five or so minutes is when you can add cheese, to the top if you choose. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the process since I was trying to make sure everything was done close to or right when Joe got home. Who wants to eat a cold birthday dinner?

I drizzled the asparagus with EVOO, pepper and a little salt and placed on a baking sheet in the already heated oven for 10-12 minutes. Joe and I like our asparagus crunchy and not soggy. 🙂

Before Joe got home I had a few minutes to decorate a little bit. I wrapped streamers in his favorite colors around the banisters and hung a Happy Birthday banner over the sofa. He was definitely surprised when he walked in!

All in all dinner turned out delicious and Joe really liked it, which made me very happy. Not to mention I had a blast cooking for him. He even commented about how perfectly medium rare the filet was. yey! I think Chef Ramsey would have been proud! lol.

We ended up just eating dinner, drinking a little wine and lounging on the couch. We watched a few episodes of American Picker and fell asleep early. I think it was the perfect way to spend the night before his birthday, especially since we had a jam-packed full day ahead of us on Saturday!

 

I still have more to post from Joe’s birthday weekend and from our anniversary this past weekend, so please be patient with me while I get caught up. Here’s to celebrating many, many, many more birthdays together with my handsome man! )

Try your hand at any difficult recipes lately? Surprise your significant other on their birthday?

 

Cheers! E

 

Which TV Husband Are You Married To?

19 Sep

Shows are full of characters that reflect real life.  TV husbands are no different, and we know this since we live with them!

So, take our poll and let us know which TV husband you are married to.

Keys To A Successful Marriage – As We See It

13 Sep

It is anniversary season here at MazeChesky!

Nathan and Tara just celebrated their 1st year of marriage and 10 years together! Joe and Elise are coming up on being together for 8.5 years and 2 years of marriage!

Now we know what you’re thinking, what have you learned? Well, you are in luck because we have collaborated and come up with Keys to a Successful Marriage – As we see it. In no particular order:

Pick your battles! If he wants to buy himself a big-boy toy (aka a convertible car and can afford it) let him! Constantly telling him no is just going to lead to an unhappy man, and a mid-life crisis when he is 50. In general, is what you are fighting/arguing over really worth arguing over in the grand scheme of things? If not, then why waste your time arguing over it?

Try to find activities that you enjoy doing together. Joe and Elise play on a co-ed softball team during the spring and just started playing on a co-ed flag football team this fall. It’s a great way to spend down time together and something we both enjoy doing – “Couples that play together stay together” 🙂

Don’t say things you don’t mean! You don’t have to be married to know that saying something you don’t mean is hurtful, doesn’t resolve anything and makes you both feel awful.

Make and try new meals, you might surprise yourself. Nathan and Tara made sushi together one night and it was so fun (mostly because rolling sushi takes practice and  too much wasabi was added) but the meal was edible!  So, go ahead-break out those recipe cards and cookbooks from your bridal shower and get cookin’.

Note to viewers-this is not how our sushi turned out:)

It is very easy to put those comfy sweatpants on the minute you get home, but the men will tell you not to pack away the lingerie from your honeymoon, break it out once in a while. As the Spice Girls sing “Spice up your life”!

Let him have boy time! If he wants to go to the beach for a weekend getaway-let him. Plan a girls night to watch TV, drink wine and stay in your sweatpants 🙂

Elise and Tara while the men are away at boys weekend

It’s okay to go to sleep angry. During arguments, people advise you to walk away and cool down. Why not go to sleep to cool off? You may wake up with a different perspective.

Try to do the chores together. If he cooks, you clean up. If his laundry is in the pile, he can fold it too. Don’t forget-he survived before you and knows how to do things. Do not infantile a grown man, it’s very unappealing.

Marriage isn’t always 50/50. Sometimes you may have to pull more than what you would consider your fair share, but you have to remember that marriage isn’t always easy and takes a lot of work and compromise. There will be times when your spouse may have to pull more than their share to help you.

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Make time each day to spend quality time together; whether it’s cuddling on the couch, cooking dinner, watching your favorite t.v. show, or going to the gym together. It’s easy to get caught up in the crazy of everyday life (especially during the work week) and forget how important it is to take time to stay connected.

Don’t dwell on the bad, try to focus and remind yourself of all the good. Sure sometimes you drive each other crazy with your bad habits and strange quirks, but are those things really worth being annoyed/frustrated over? After-all, you most likely knew about those bad habits and strange quirks before you said, “I Do”.

Most importantly have FUN together, LAUGH together, TALK to each other and LOVE one another! ❤

Feel free to share what your keys to a successful marriage are! How long have you been married?

Here’s to the years to come! Cheers, Elise and Tara

Conversations with Mazer-Part Deux

11 Sep

Back by popular demand- I am here to share conversations that have happened in my household with with my husband, aka Mazer.

Over email one day, I told him that I want a IPAD for Christmas. His normal sarcastic response was, “No way, you’re getting a cheap ipad knockoff from ebay.”  So, I told him that he was not funny, and I really want one. I was told, “Well, I want one too so you take my kindle and I’ll get a new IPAD.”

I responded the only way I know how–“Are you kidding me, what the #$@* is wrong with you?!”

Appropriate? I think so.

Later in the week, he told me he was going hunting and I was told, “have the back of your truck filled with a tarp or news papers cause were gonna have a big one to haul out of the woods.”

Everyone should know that I do not have a truck, but a new SUV that still has the new car smell.  Another thing to know is that I will never haul a carcass as long as my carcass is still breathing.   So, I pointed out to the love of my life that he has two vehicles, and maybe if he combined his motorcycle and convertible he would have one practical car.  His email response is below:

“I’d say I have one semi practical vehicle.  I can’t really go in the snow, nor can I carry more than a little luggage or 2 people comfortably.  But both can go VERY FAST and they are both SILVER AND BLACK and allow the wind to blow through your hair and get a tan while driving.”

And yet, he seems to think he will keep both vehicles after we have children. I say no flippin way!  Tell us what you think.

Cheers, Tara

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