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Happily Ever After

Hello hello!  Phew…this past weekend was a fun whirlwind.  I had been looking forward to my friend Purvi’s wedding for a very long time, and it came and went just like that.  I wish I could say that I took pictures of everything, but I can’t.  You see, I was one of Purvi’s bridesmaids, so I didn’t even think about taking pictures a lot of the time.  I was just trying to enjoy every moment.  Hence, I gave my camera to Vishnu, but based on the number of pictures he took, I think my fiancé was trying to do the same thing. Smile

Let me share what I can…

On Friday evening, I headed to Purvi’s mehndhi party.  I got there a little early so I could spend some time with the bride and the other bridesmaids.

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On Friday morning, I attended the traditional religious events that happen before most wedding ceremonies.  The yellow stuff you’ll see in the pictures below is a mixture made of turmeric, sandalwood, and a  few other things.  Both the bride and the groom have the paste applied to their body to purify it before the wedding ceremony.

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The garba (dance event) was on Friday night.  The décor was absolutely gorgeous, but the bride and groom stole the show!

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And then on Saturday morning, we all got up early to get ready for the big day!  In one word, everything was…perfect. The camera was in the car at this time, so I’ll share some of Vishnu’s iPhone pics when I get them.  Sorry!

And finally, the weekend ended on a high note with a grand reception.  There were funny speeches, dances, a love story video, and an embarrassing pictures slideshow.  Too much fun!

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Congratulations to Purvi and Bandish!  I know your years together as husband and wife are going to be amazing!

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In other news, I found a job in South Florida!!!  Well, it’s more like the job found me, but that story is for another day.  If you remember, job stress was weighing me down quite a bit.  However, on Saturday morning, I got my official job offer!  Excited doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling.  Yay!

Also, since being home, I’ve been cooking up a storm.  Yesterday, I made my parents a warm salad with roasted vegetables and a slightly unique version of Mmmm Sauce.  And tonight I made veggie and black bean quesadillas for dinner – filled with black beans, corn, zucchini, onion, and green bell pepper. 

I also have quite a few wedding updates to share, but I’ll save al that for another post. 

Have a great Wednesday!

“Cheese” Sauce for One

As I mentioned in my last post, Vishnu and I are heading to Atlanta today.  Woo hoo!  I can’t wait to spend some time with my family before the big day.  Smile There’s still so much left to do before the wedding, but I’m confident that my mom and I will get it all done with time to spare.  And now that Vishnu’s a little more free, in terms of time, he’ll be able to help as well. 

More wedding related updates to come in the coming weeks – stay tuned…

Because we’ll be gone for a few weeks, I didn’t stock up on groceries.  Instead, I managed with the things currently in my fridge and pantry.  Lots of egg whites and vegetables were consumed over the past few days.  Not too surprising though!

Anyway, not wanting to eat yet another omelet, I was forced to come up with something new for lunch yesterday.  I knew I wanted to use up some whole wheat penne and spinach I had sitting around.  With no marinara to top my bowl of pasta with, I decided to make my own cheese sauce….with nutritional yeast…dun dun dun!

My family and a lot of my friends have tried my “normal” mac n’ cheese made with real cheddar.  In fact, I’ve made it so many times now that I don’t even have to look at a recipe.  So, when I was trying to figure out how to make my nutritional yeast cheese sauce, I thought about that tried and true recipe to come up with my new healthy version.

I wasn’t sure how the sauce was going to turn out, but I’m happy to report that it was delicious.  In all honesty, it didn’t taste exactly like the real thing, but it was rich, creamy, flavorful, and cheesy”esque” – exactly what I was hoping for. 

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“Cheese” Sauce for One
Serves 1

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoon milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until combined.  Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat for another 30 seconds.

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Sautéed spinach was the perfect addition to this dish.  All of the flavors really worked well together! 

I’m not going to lie, I kind of felt like I was on the Food Network show Chopped.  If I do say so myself, I think this dish would’ve survived the chopping block.  Smile

Wow…the next time I post, it’ll be from Atlanta.  YAY!

What’s the most creative and resourceful dish you’ve come up with lately?  Ideas are always appreciated!

A Successful Move

Hello from Fort Lauderdale!  I’m happy to report that my move down here went better than expected and was not really stressful at all.  In fact, my dad and I had a great time.  I can’t put into words how thankful I am that he was able to fly down and help me this weekend.  He’s pretty awesome!  Smile

Since I’m kind of neurotic and like to do things well in advance, there wasn’t much left to do except wait for the movers on Saturday, so my dad and I spent a lot of Friday just hanging out.  We had a late lunch at Chipotle, which was great not only because I love Chipotle but also because this was my dad’s first time eating there.  Can you believe it?  He’s now a huge fan!  A bit later we decided to make an impromptu trip to St. Pete beach.  My dad was amazed that I had never been before, especially because I only lived about 15 minutes minutes away.  I kind of felt like a dummy! 

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On Saturday morning, we picked up the U-Haul, and a short while later, the movers arrived to load my stuff.  In less than an hour, we were on our way to Fort Lauderdale.  The drive took a bit longer than usual because my dad gave me very specific instructions to go slow so that he could follow me.  I lost him a little after the half way point.  I kind of knew that plan was bound to fail.  Whoops!

Since the apartment officially became ours earlier in the week, moving in was pretty easy.  We unloaded my car and then waited for the movers to come unload the U-Haul.  Again, the whole unloading process took less than an hour.  At this point, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  The move was officially over!  I’m pretty sure I slept better that night than I have in a LONG time.  It felt so good!

On Sunday, my dad and I spent most of the day unpacking boxes.  Our goal was to set up the kitchen, and I’m happy to report that we were successful.

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My favorite room in the apartment!

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A not so well stocked pantry.  Ha!

The rest of the apartment is pretty bare, except for a couch in the living room and a bed in the guest room.  I’ll definitely share more as we move along in the decorating process.

Well, that’s all I’ve been up to over the past few days.  Vishnu has one more exam, and then we’re off to Atlanta later this week!!  Yay!  As soon as we get back, we’ll be heading to Purvi’s first wedding event!  I can’t wait for all the fun to come over the next month.

When was your last big move?  Did you hire movers or did you do it all on your own?