My husband is my SANITY

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

On this day of love, cards, and all things sweet- I thought I would give you a real & vulnerable look at mine and Michael’s relationship. Have you ever thought about your partner? I mean REALLY thought about them & why they two of you are together? Well for the past month, I have been.

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to join my best friend and her sweet family on a mini va-cay in Charleston. On the last day, I wanted to hear how each of her family members met their significant others. Who doesn’t love a good love story? This was my favorite conversation from the whole weekend. Often times when we have been with someone for years, we forget how magical our own love story is.

Our conversation lead to a word or phrase of how our partners make our lives better- through calmness, balance, and joy. This got me to thinking, what one word describes Michael’s role in my life? My answer…

He is my SANITY. Why sanity? Of all the more poetic words in the English language, why would I choose sanity? Let me go back to life before Michael to explain.

Michael and I met my first year away at college. I had just broken up with my high school boyfriend before moving, and I was out to “win” the breakup- which I totally did, I scored Michael! This desire to feel wanted, to prove that I could move on, and to find companionship led to a first semester of naive encounters with immature boys who were threatened by my goals, and the fact that I have a moral compass.

I’ll save the full how we met story for another day, but just know, Michael came into my life at the EXACT moment I needed him to. He put himself on the line VERY early on after we began talking. I thought, FINALLY! someone who isn’t afraid of commitment.

Like any other teenager, I struggled with loving myself. I was self conscience about my appearance, personality, and obsessed with how people saw me. Looking back, I probably wasn’t 100% comfortable with myself until my last year of college. And I would’ve never made it to that point if it weren’t for Michael. I learned who I was, became confident with myself, and found pure joy- not because of him, but because of how he uplifted me.

Sanity- “the quality or state of being sane; especially: soundness or health of mind”

~ Merriam- Webster

Michael completes me. When I get stressed or overwhelmed- he calms me. When I begin to think irrationally negative- he reminds me that the future is unpredictable. He makes sure that I don’t take life to seriously by reminding me how important it is to laugh and be silly. Truly, I don’t know how I would survive without his soundness. His calm and collected personality bring me back to reality.
This Valentine’s Day, I’m thankful to have someone who helps me be the best I can be. Someone who truly is my sanity, my better half, my rock.
What kind of balance does your significant other bring to your life? Describe in one word on my latest Instagram post, or comment below!

 

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What’s Cookin’ Wednesday

Well, this week Michael is on his first business trip since moving into our house. It’s amazing what noises suddenly appear when you are home alone with the dogs.

Real question: Does anyone else’s husband eat like a 5 year old? Michael would rather eat a burger, fries, and milkshake everyday than just about anything, except pizza. Growing up, my Nana always taught me to fix a colorful plate, consisting of a meat, vegetable, a starch, and bread. Southern grandmas… am I right? Now that I’m older, I’ve learned that I have a gluten intolerance, so I typically skip the bread, but I try to listen to Nana’s advice when I cook.

Typically, I have to mix vegetables in to get Michael to eat them. That typically looks like a shepherd’s pie or asian stir-fry. When he’s gone, I can go vegetable crazy!Today, I indulged in a quinoa and sweet potato bowl

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

Total time: 1 hour

Prep time: 10-15

Cook time: 40 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Quinoa
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Paprika
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Sriracha Sauce

Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

[I’ll admit, I’m a lazy cook… I buy sweet potatoes that are pre cut into cubes]

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Use a cookie sheet or pizza pan and spread sweet potatoes into a single layer
  3. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little thyme
  4. Mix the sweet potatoes to spread out the seasonings
  5. Once the oven is preheated, bake for approximately 40 minutes

Quinoa: 

[I buy the tri- color Harris Teeter Organics brand]

  1. In a mid-size pot add:
    • 1 cup Quinoa
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup of vegetable or chicken stock for added flavor
  2. Bring Quinoa to a boil
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer
  4. Cover, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes

Finally:

  1. Assemble your cooked quinoa & sweet potatoes
  2. Add 1/2 avocado
  3. Garnish with paprika and sriracha (of course I choose Texas Pete’s brand)
  4. ENJOY

 

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This recipe is delicious with shredded chicken as well! Which I usually prepare in the instant pot while everything else is cooking!

xoxo Mrs. Z