Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If a few years ago someone had said Brussels Sprouts would end up being one of my favorite vegetables, that person would have ended up on my crazy list!  While I’ve never been a truly picky eater, things like peas and Brussels Sprouts were just not my thing.  By the way, green peas are still not my thing.

Nowadays, if Brussels Sprouts are on a restaurant menu, you bet I’m ordering them.  And I almost always throw them into the cart during my weekly grocery runs.

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It’s funny how things change over time…even your taste buds!

How and why did I change my mind you ask?  Well, for one, I was introduced to something called ‘roasting vegetables’ (i.e. turn on your oven and cook your veggies).  And two, I played around with different flavors until I found something I LOVED.

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You see, maple-roasted Brussels Sprouts taste like candied vegetables.  They’re sweet and a little savory because of the black pepper, and they pair well with pretty much everything.  I’ve been known to serve myself a huge bowl (or three) and call it lunch!  SO good!

And you guys know how I like to use the husband test before sharing any of my own recipes on MIS.  Well, this one passes that test every single time!  Vishnu’s a huge fan of roasted vegetables as it is, but when I make these specific Brussels Sprouts, he eats them straight off the baking sheet.

I highly recommend you welcome this delicious veggie into your home with open arms!  When combined with a tiny bit of olive oil, a little maple syrup, and a dash of salt & pepper, the Brussels Sprouts take on a delicious, caramelized life of their own.

You’ve got to try it to believe it!

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Maple-roasted Brussels Sprouts

12 ounce bag of Brussels Sprouts, quartered (~2 cups total)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Using cleaning hands, ensure Brussels Sprouts are evenly coated.
3. Place Brussels Sprouts in a single layer on a well greased large baking sheet.
4. Roast for 20 minutes.


What’s one vegetable you thought you hated as a kid (or well into your adult life) and love now?

A “Me” Weekend Recap

This ended up being a true ‘Parita’ weekend.  With Vishnu working on both Friday and Saturday, I had lots of time to get the ‘must do’ things out of the way – cleaning, laundry, etc.  And in between all of the musts, I made time for one of my favorite activities…reading! 

You guys!  I finished both Crazy Rich Asians and its sequel China Rich Girlfriend.  I went on reading frenzy!  I’ll share more about these books later, but I highly recommend both.  If you’re looking for funny, crazy, over-the-top books, Kevin Kwan’s novels are it. 


Before sitting down to read on Saturday morning, I turned my living room into a pseudo barre studio and completed a 40 minute online Barre3 workout.  I’m enjoying the different workouts so far and even bought the Barre ball (because a towel just doesn’t cut it!).  More about Barre3 online coming soon!

Barre3 living room

Saturday also included a little bit of baking.  I had a hankering for cookies that combined peanut butter and chocolate chips, so I tried my hand at making some…without a recipe.  And they didn’t out half bad!  I’m sure I’ll be making these again soon, and next time I’ll jot everything down and share! 

Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

While I waited for Vishnu to come home from work with our dinner, I watched UGA kick S. Carolina’s butt!  And then when he got home, we continued watching the game while eating eggplant parm pizza.  YUM! 

Eggplant Parm pizza

On Sunday morning, I woke up, asked VIshnu what the temperature was (a cool (ha!) 79 degrees), and headed out for a run.  Umm, my run turned into a run/walk and then just a walk.  The heat was unbearable.  By the time I got home 45 minutes later, it was 85 degrees.  CENTRAL FLORIDA, PLEASE COOL DOWN ASAP!

St. Pete run

After I got home and got ready, we headed out for our lunch date that Vishnu planned.  He made reservations at a restaurant in Tampa called Green Lemon, a hipster Mexican place (Vishnu’s definition!).  The atmosphere was very relaxed, fun, and colorful, and the food/drinks were delicious and very fresh. 

We started with spicy Bloody Mary’s.  YUM!

Green Lemon - Blood Mary

For my entrée, I ordered a veggie quesadilla, and for his, Vishnu’s ordered a trio of tacos.  We both left fuller than expected but happy with our choices.  Everything was flavorful and satisfying.  Exactly what we were looking for!

Green Lemon - Quesadilla

Green Lemon - Tacos

And of course, we ended the weekend with football!

Happy Monday and thanks for reading!

What was the best thing you ate this weekend?

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Intern Year So Far…For Me!

It’s been three months since Vishnu started his intern year of medical training.  Or as I like to say, since we started intern year!  I think most people with significant others who have demanding careers would agree, it’s all about the we. 

In the medical world, intern year is known for being the hardest year of training.  Vishnu’s co-interns have said that they feel like “fake” doctors because even though they’re done with medical school and are actual doctors, they don’t quite feel like it yet.  Knowing what I know, this is the adjustment year.  And honestly, it’s been quite the adjustment for me too. 

When we were in Miami, we lived walking distance from my office and I had a close circle of friends.  It was starting to feel like a true home away from home.  St. Petersburg doesn’t feel that way, and I honestly don’t think it ever will.  For one, we’re only here for eight ish more months.  And two, I know this isn’t the best attitude to have, but between work, Vishnu’s crazy schedule, travel, and my sister’s wedding planning, I don’t have time to seek out new friends.

That brings me to my next point, I miss having friends nearby!  Haha.  I really thought I’d be able to hang out more regularly with Vishnu’s co-interns’ significant others, but it just so happens that they are ALL (minus one person who’s a photographer in Atlanta) also in the medical field.  Go figure!  I do know a couple of people who live in Tampa, but it’s hard to get together regularly because we only have one car.  If I really needed/wanted to, I could drop Vishnu off and pick him up (which I do on the weekends).  His schedule can be pretty unpredictable though, so that’s just something else for us to take into consideration.  At least it’s an option though!

The unpredictable schedule is another big adjustment.  For example, the other day, I made dinner and waited until 7:30 before texting Vishnu to ask when he was coming home.  He texted back a few minutes later to say he didn’t know because a big case came in at the last minute.  He came home almost 2 hours later.  The unpredictability varies based on the rotation he’s on.  Some months are awesome and he’s home either on time or early, and other months we play it by ear.  The coming home late thing is honestly kind of expected and not the biggest part of the adjustment for me.  The surprising thing (although it probably shouldn’t be) is that every month, my schedule and routine change as well.  Work stuff has to be consistent, but the time I go to sleep and wake up varies, the time we eat dinner varies, how I spend my free time varies, etc.  It took me a while to realize that this was the case, and I’m now working on getting myself on a regular schedule regardless of what Vishnu has going on.  Not sure how it will pan out, but I’ve realized that the change in routine every months drives me crazy.  All I can do is try, right?

So the ever changing schedule thing is something I can live with, but only when he’s on day shifts.  Night shifts, for some reason, are a whole different ball game for me.  I’m not sure why, but when Vishnu’s working nights (7p-7a), I can’t fall asleep.  And when I finally do, I end up tossing and turning the whole night.  Sometimes I purposely sleep on the couch with the TV on because that seems to help (even though it’s not a great habit).  Thankfully, nights are few and far between (at least for the rest of this year).  However, I need to find a way to deal because it’s annoying more than anything!  I need my sleep!

Another tricky thing about intern year is that most months you don’t really know your exact schedule until right before the start of the rotation.  That means we can’t plan much in terms of travel.  And you guys know how much I like to go home to see my family!  However, we do know which months are completely off limits in terms of time off and which ones are more relaxed.  So I guess there’s a little flex.  Sadly, holidays are the trickiest.  I won’t go through every single one, but as an example, Vishnu will not be getting Thanksgiving off this year (and he’s working nights).  So instead of staying in St. Pete by myself and not sleeping (haha), I’m going to Atlanta to spend time with my family.  It’s not ideal at all, but it works for us.   Intern year = you gotta do what you gotta do!

So I just reread this post, and I realize it has a bit of negative twinge.  I’m not going to lie. It’s not easy, but it’s completely doable.  Yes, we compromise and sacrifice more than we’d like to, but that’s marriage…and life!

Most importantly, I realize that sometimes you have to sit back and enjoy the ride.  Whenever one of the above situations gets to me, I force myself to take a step back and think.  Yes, even though Vishnu’s career is demanding, it’s one that impacts and helps SO many people.  He makes a difference every single day (#proudwife).  Also, I’m beyond thankful that I was able to keep my job and work from home for a year.  BEYOND THANKFUL!!!  And even though Vishnu’s busy, I get to see him every day, and he really does make time for us.  We’ve been really good about trying new restaurants and plan to explore the St. Pete/Tampa area a little more before our next move. 

Overall, more than anything, I constantly try to remind myself of how lucky are we that this is our journey together.  Yes, there will be adjustments and bumps along the way.  But it really is a beautiful life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Three Things Thursday (25) – Comedy, Books, and a Date

I know I sound like a broken record every week, but it’s Thursday…how is that possible?  I mean, it’s mid-September.  WHAT?!

Anyways, I know you don’t want to hear me ramble on and on about how the days are flying by, so I’ll get right to it.  Here are this week’s three things!

3 Things Thursday Badge

(1) Aziz Ansari with very special guest Amy Schumer

Guess who’s going to see Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer LIVE in Tampa on Vishnu’s birthday?!




We are beyond excited because we’ve wanted to see Aziz perform live for years now.  It all came about so randomly too.  I texted a friend to see how she was.  She texted back.  Then a few minutes later she texted again to ask if we wanted to go to this show with her and her boyfriend.  I freaked out (from excitement), texted Vishnu, texted my friend back, and bought tickets.

WOO HOO!  I can’t wait to laugh and laugh and laugh!

Oh, and if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you watch this video of Amy Schumer on Ellen (thanks, Thea!).

(2) Crazy Rich Asians

I must be going through a rebellious phase with my reading list because I am not sticking to it at all!  I just finished The Poisonwood Bible and am now on to Crazy Rich Asians.  My friends Ankita and Rena highly recommended it and said that it most definitely should be the next book I read.  I’m only 5% in but so far so good!  I love all the characters already and can tell that the plot line is going to be a crazy one (hence the title I suppose!).

Crazy Rich Asians

(3) Let’s go on a date!

As we were going to bed on Tuesday night, I asked Vishnu if he wanted to go on a date with me this weekend.  Of course his response was that we go on dates all the time.  While I agreed with that statement to an extent, I said that I wanted to go on a date date like we used to.  And then I asked him to plan it!  A few minutes later, he asked me what I wanted to do.  Haha!

No worries though, he came through.  We’re going to lunch on Sunday…because dinner would’ve cut into football time!

Football marriage


If you’re a blogger, write a post and link back to one or all of the hostesses: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance. Then share a link to your post (not your blog’s home page).

Have you ever seen Aziz or Amy perform live?
What are you reading right now?
Are you a crazy football fan?  Is your s/o?

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New Beauty Favorites – Tarte BB Primer & Physicians Formula Bronzer

When you have acne prone skin like I do, every beauty product you buy goes through a rigorous process – research, read reviews, buy, test, cross your fingers and toes, keep/return.  It’s pretty scientific!

A couple of months ago, I randomly started looking into BB creams.  After reading a few reviews, I came to the conclusion that they just weren’t for me.  I need something that provides lots of coverage and has staying power.  And from what I was reading, BB creams equaled tinted moisturizer and not the kind of product I was looking for.

I put the idea of BB creams behind me and went to Sephora to buy some new foundation.  And as it goes every time I step inside that store, I started browsing.  And that’s when I came across the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

Tarte BB cream

To make a long story short, I started talking to one of the associates about my skin, beauty regimen, etc., and she recommended I try this particular Tarte BB treatment/primer.  Based on customer reviews, she was convinced I’d love it.  The worse case scenario, as she explained, is that I end up going back to return the product.

I obviously bought myself a tube and called it a day!  And guess what, I didn’t end up having to go back and return it!

You guys, I LOVE this stuff.  And that’s saying a lot because my skin is not in the best condition.  It’s definitely clearing up, but I still have lots of scars.  This BB treatment/primer does a really good job covering up imperfections.  I would even go as far as saying it’s just as good if not better than most foundations I’ve tried.  In fact, 99% of the time I use it as my foundation!  Not only that, but it has a very light consistency and feel.  It’s not creamy at all, yet it goes on super smooth.  And trust me, I get it.  When I first saw this tube, I was like, “This is going to last me all of 30 days.”  But little did I know, you don’t need a ton of product to get the look you want.  A little really goes a long way!  And it lasts all day too…in Florida heat and humidity.  Magical!

Finding the right shade can be a little tricky.  This particular BB treatment/primer comes in five shades, ranging from light to tan.  I use the medium tan shade and it’s a little light on my summer skin (while the tan was way too dark).  I would highly recommend trying the product in store and going from there.

If you’re wondering how I make the slightly lighter shade work, keep reading!

After buying and trying the Tarte BB treatment/primer, I quickly realized I needed a bronzer…pronto!  I wanted something that provided a hint of color and that extra glow.  BUT I was not going back to Sephora to find it…my wallet said NO!

That’s when I got back on my computer and started researching.  I quickly learned that Physicians Formula bronzers are great for people with sensitive skin.  And so I went to CVS…

…where I found this Physicians Formula Nude Wear Bronzer.

Physicians Formula Bronzer

And again, I LOVE this product!  It gives my skin the warm natural-looking color it needs.  And while there is a bit of shimmer, it’s not overpowering at all.  I wanted something a bit more subtle, and this delivers.  The perfect complement to my Tarte BB treatment/primer!

I know BB creams and bronzers are more of a summertime thing, but I’m convinced this duo will work for me year round.  For the first time in a long time, I’m happy with the way my skin looks – more natural, less caked on mess!

If you’re looking to change things up/try something new or just want a more natural look, I highly recommend you check out my new beauty favorites.  I’m very happy with my purchases, and that’s saying a lot, especially when you take into consideration my rigorous process! Smile

Please share your latest beauty favorites!  I love finding new-to-me products.

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