Happy Valentine's day from all of us here at Lola & Zoe (well, the three of us!) I've been busy this past weekend, and I wanted to share some of my recent adventures. This past Saturday, I went to my very first Mardi Gras ball, the Krewe of Barataria Ball. There was a Nutcracker theme, so Brendan dressed up as a mouse, and I was a toy solider. Our host, Erica was a "zombie" toy solider. Good times, complete with a skit to introduce the Duke of the court (Erica's brother-in-law) and dancing well into the night ensued.
To create Brendan's cute mouse look, I used silver eyeliner by Sephora and Stila's blush in Electric Pink.
My toy solider outfit was the result of plastic medallions, ribbon, and super glue. Unfortunately, the shirt got super glued to my finger, creating a very painful blister. The only good side to this was that I was finally able to use some of the bandaid's that Brendan's mom gave me for Christmas. I can't find an official website for this company, but mine are actually heart themed (just in time for Valentine's) and very adorable.
Last night, Brendan and I cooked this vegetarian feast. We tried for the first time, a vegetarian meat replacement product called Light Life in the Lemon Pepper Chicken variety. We both agreed that the texture was good and the flavor was quite similar to chicken. We added some spices and leftover bowtie pasta to the skillet as we cooked it, and it looked very pleasing to the eye.
We served this with Beets (of course) and black eyed peas, plus a new favorite recipe of ours, the Kumquat Salad. What, may you ask, are kumquats? Why, they are these delightful little oranges that grow on some bushes here in Lake Charles. Brendan and I frequently take walks near and around my neighborhood, and lucky us, one of my neighbors has a orchard in his backyard full or different varieties of tangerines and mandarin oranges, and a kumquat bush in his front yard. We stuffed our pockets with these delightful little treats and the neighbor sent us home with a bag full of 20 plus oranges. Yippee! We wanted to put our kumquats to good use, so here is the salad we made. We brought this to a party a few weeks ago, and it was a hit with most people that tried it.
- You will need to combine about 15 kumquats, sliced and seeded, sliced celery, sliced green onions, broccoli and cauliflower florets, shredded carrot, slice almonds, mixed baby greens, sliced avocado and the juice of a lemon slice and Parmesan cheese (if desired) into a large salad bowl.
- For the dressing, combine 1/8 cup sugar, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/4 cup olive oil, and pepper to taste.
- Toss it all together and you have yourself a delicious salad! Serves 4.
Total Prep Time: 20 minutes
Deliciousness Factor: 4/5 stars. We love the refreshing and surprising taste of the kumquats and this hearty salad is filling with a pleasing texture. It's the perfect salad to bring to a party because it's very colorful and tasty, but also the perfect thing to serve alongside your next dinner. Take advantage of Kumquat season, and pick up some of these today!
Oh, one last update, I got Brendan this game Bananagrams for Valentine's day. This game, introduced to me by my friend, Allie ,will be absolutely loved by anyone who enjoys scrabble. We played a few weeks ago and had an absolute blast. Another reason it makes a great gift? You can spell out any message to the recipient, so this gift could even double as a card!
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Here's to a happy day of love for all!
<3 Stacy, Lola & Zoe