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Mahi Mahi "Rice" Bowl

Every time I go to Costco I consider buying their big bag of frozen Mahi Mahi. It's a bit pricey, so I always decide against it, but this time I actually grabbed it. Dave had sent me this Paleo Mexican Burrito Bowl recipe that he requested I make. The original recipe called for beef, but I figured I could easily sub in whatever other protein I would like. Obviously, you don't have to use Mahi. Beef, as the original recipe calls for would be great, or chicken too! The base of this recipe is riced cauliflower, something we have wanted to try for a while! To me, it wasn't anything similar to rice, but it was still pretty yummy! I simplified the recipe a bit. I've learned how to make shortcuts in recipes making them a lot quicker and easier, but just as yummy! Hopefully you enjoy! 

Here's what you will need;

For "rice";
Cauliflower (I used 1/2 of a head)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 an onion, diced
1/2 a jalapeno, diced (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil

For protein; 
Protein of your choice (Mahi, tilapia, shrimp, beef, chicken)
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tablespoon olive oil

Toppings of your choice;

Cilantro Lime Dressing (optional)
1 packet dry ranch dressing
1 cup milk
1 cup greek yogurt (or mayo)
1 bunch cilantro 
1/2 jalapeno
1 juiced lime

For the cauliflower rice, first you will need to chop and wash your cauliflower. To make "rice" I threw it in my food processor and hit the chop button a few times until it was the texture I wanted. You can also use a blender, just using the pulse button so it doesn't get blended too finely. heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat, adding onions and garlic. Sautee until browned. Add cauliflower "rice" and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook till slightly browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine all seasonings and add to protein. If using fish or chicken like I was, I just patted it into both sides of the fish. Heat a pan with olive oil over medium-high heat, and add protein. Cooking times will vary depending on what you are cooking. For the Mahi, I seared both sides, once seared I lowered the heat to medium, and continued to cook another 5 minutes.  

For the cilantro lime dressing, just throw all the ingredients in the blender and chill until ready to serve! We usually have a jar of this stuff in the fridge. It's similar to the dressing you would get at Cafe Rio, and is so yummy over anything!

Serve protein over "rice" base and top as you would like (see suggested toppings above).

And that's it! Pretty simple! This recipe is so versatile, you could add so many things, totally change the flavors, and it would still be really yummy! I think next time I will add some chipotle seasoning and add black beans and maybe grilled corn! You will have to let me know of any yummy adjustments you make!


Thanksgiving in VA

I'm so behind in blogging! But I am going to play a little catch-up!

My parents were so awesome and flew us out for Thanksgiving in Virginia with them. Dave was there just from Thursday till Sunday, and I was there for a full week.

We flew in late Wednesday night, and my dad picked us up in his new toy; a shiny four door jeep.

Pru was so excited to see her boyfriend Dave! She sure loves her boys. Since the last time I saw her, she had to have quite a few teeth removed and has this goofy little lip curl now. So sad, and funny.

Thanksgiving day was the usual, fun times with family, and plenty of yummy food! We also got to play around with dad's fun drone a bit. Dying to get one ourselves! 

The next day we had to go to one of our favorite places to eat, Dumpling Queen! Hands down the best dumplings I have ever had, and some of the biggest I have ever seen! Honestly, all their food is amazing though. I'm not usually a fan of Chinese food, but theirs is always very fresh. I love their orange chicken. It doesn't taste processed at all like you commonly find at Chinese restaurants. If you are ever in the greater DC area you have to stop by. 

After that, we all went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I originally had mixed feelings about it. I had hoped it would be more, Harry Potter....y....? But it is fun to see the magical world in the US and in the time frame, one of my favorite times for a film to be set in. And I really did love all the characters. 

The next day we did a little bit of shopping and had to stop by our favorite bookstore, Mckays Used Books. I miss that place so bad! I would go there once a week! Killer deals, and the best selection. Extra sad since all my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks I bought there got lost in the mail (sobbing sobbing sobbing).

That evening my parents took us to old town Alexandria, which, if you have never been, is so charming! They had bought tickets for a Medival Dinner and show. It was in a cozy little tavern, served food based off a specific, real coronation in history (can't remember which one) and had a comedy show while the dinner was served. I guess you can get a good deal for them on Groupon, so keep an eye out for that! 

Dave went home Sunday morning to be back for work (sad day!)

Monday I did some pictures for my mom and her good friend Leanne who was visiting from England! The story of how they met, and how Leanne became converted to the church is very cool! You can read all about it on Leanne's blog here

The next day we went to visit the lovely DC temple and see some of the lights and decor they had set up there for the Holidays. For lunch, we stopped at one of my faves, Astro Doughnuts and I finally tried one of their chicken fried sandwiches, on a plain donut. Sounds very weird but was actually really yummy! We also got their smores donut which basically just tastes like chocolate cake but was really yummy!

That evening Christina and I got to visit the family I used to nanny for! I can't believe how big Abigail is now! It had only been like 5 months! So good to see them.

And then Christina took me to her new favorite place in town, Cava. It's serving style is similar to Chipotle, but Mediterranean, and far more fresh and yummy. I will have to try to recreate some of their dishes at home! 

The next day, my final full day, I went out in the morning to take some pictures of what was left of the fall leaves. Luckily there was quite a lot left, I was so glad! Had to stop by my beloved Wegmans and get some amazing coconut cream danishes! And got to visit some friends from the old ward.

That afternoon dad and I went shooting! The range we went to was new and very nice. I'm not very comfortable with guns, not that I don't think people should have them, I just haven't been around them much so they make me a little nervous handling them. I certainly would like to take a proper class for home defense or something like that.

That evening I stayed home with Christina to help her with some homework while Mom, Dad, and Leanne went out to meet with one of the sisters who had been part in helping teach Leanne the gospel lessons. They brought back for me a couple tacos from one of our favorite places, Taco Bamba. Apparently, their menus are different at each location, so they didn't have what I would normally order, but what they brought me instead was even better! It was called San Diahhhgo and had swordfish on it. It was hands down one of the best tacos I have ever had! If you are ever near Vienna, go there and ask for that! 

The next morning, before heading out for my mid-morning flight, I took Pru on a little walk on the lovely wooded trails there. Sure miss having those scenic trails to walk through! Pru was so happy to get out as it was pretty much the only day it finally wasn't raining! 

And with that, I said adieu to Virginia! I never thought I would say I missed the place, but part of me actually does! 

I've honestly been taking more video than photos lately, it's hard to decide what I like more! But make sure to check out the little vlog of our trip that I made!

DIY Ornament Garland

We have been saving our pennies so we can have lots of fun and eat lots of yummy food while visiting Utah, so I haven't bought Christmas decor, and all the decor I already had is still in storage that we haven't been able to retrieve quite yet. I was a bit sad missing out on the magical vibes of pretty, glittery ornaments and twinkling lights in our home. So I began hunting for cheap DIY Christmas decor. And so the ornament garlands were found! They honestly look more difficult and more expensive than they are. I only spent $10! Believe it or not, these beautiful ornaments were from the dollar store! I was really so surprised with how well they turned out. I'm debating making more! You might need to spend a little more depending on how big you want your garland. I made two 35 inch garlands, using about 100 ornaments.

Here's what you will need; 

Twine or ribbon (I used twine because it was what I already had on hand)
Ornaments - Try to get a variety of sizes and colors. I bought 24 large, 24 medium and 60 small.

Measure how long you want your garland to be. I wanted to have them hanging off the top of our two bookshelves, measuring at a curve, also giving a bit extra to pin the twine to the bookshelf, a total of 35 inches for one garland.

About three inches from one end, tie a double knot in the twine or ribbon so the ornaments don't slide off, and begin adding each ornament. Alternate between sizes and colors; one big, two small, one medium, two small, one big, two small and so on and so on... It took me maybe 10 or 15 minutes to string each one together. Each garland used about 55 ornaments. Tie another double knot at the other end to finish it off, keeping the ornaments in place.

To attach the garland, I just stabbed white thumbtacks through the twine and into our cheap IKEA bookshelves, but you could also use command hooks.

And that's it! It's really so simple! Can't complain one bit about cheap and easy decor! I am loving all the beautiful Christmas vibes now in our home! Let me know if you decide to make one! I want to see pics! 

Happy Holidays!

Lost Maples State Park

This past weekend we took a drive to Lost Maples State Park to see some fall leaves since we don't really get to experience fall here in San Antonio. It was about an hour and a half drive, but was so pretty! The weather has been so nice! It's cool, but not cold enough to need gloves or even a jacket really. We had wanted to camp there, but the only tent camping they had you needed to backpack in, 1-3 miles, and our camping gear is not really backpack friendly. Hopefully someday soon we will have gear we need for that! We still had a fun time exploring the area and taking lots of pretty pictures. They said that this fall, the leaves weren't very vibrant, and it seemed that lots of them had blown off, but I will still pleased with the colors that were there.

And a happy birthday to this handsome Bear of mine! I'm so grateful for all of our adventures together. I'm so grateful for him and all he does for us! I'm so blessed and I can't wait to see what many adventures the future holds! 

Pillows of Heaven {Easy, Fluffy Rolls}

With Thanksgiving just this week, I figured I would share my favorite roll recipe. I am not good at making rolls or really breads of any kind. Even if I follow the recipe as close as I can, I usually seem to botch it up. But luckily, this is one recipe that I can successfully make time and time again! These rolls are really just little pillows of heaven. So tasty and so easy. And require no kneading! They do take some time to rise, so plan ahead!

What you need:

1 cup water
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup cold water
4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup warm water
4 eggs, beaten
7 1/2 cups flour

In a 6 quart pan bring the 1 cup water to a boil.
Add butter, sugar and salt. Remove from heat.
Add the 1 cup cold water.
Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water (not hot).
When first mixture is luke-warm add yeast mixture and beaten eggs. Stir briefly.
Add flour and stir together.
Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, divide dough into fourths.
Roll out each section of dough into a circle on a floured surface. 

Cut into wedges (like how you would cut a pizza) and roll up, beginning with the wide end, to form a crescent shape. Place each on a greased baking sheet, about 12 per sheet. 
Let rise for at least 4 hours, or freeze to rise and bake at another time.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until just slightly golden brown.
Makes 3-4 dozen rolls.

Uncooked rolls, waiting to be baked! 

The uncooked crescents can be frozen. Store in freezer bags until ready to use. To use, return them to greased cookie sheets and rise at least 6 hours. Bake as normal.

Rolls in the freezer, wait till solid before transferring to zip lock bags.

Before baking them I brush butter on each one. My aunt brushes them before, and after baking, but that's up to you! And I have found it's best to use salted butter, the only time of year I buy the stuff! 

And my sole baking sheet was being used for something else, 
so I used my cast iron pan, and they baked up beautifully! Best pan ever!  

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!