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Trinidadian food with style in Lancaster city- Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen.

Last night we ate at Callaloo, my sister and her chef husband’s restaurant. It is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss out on. Zack’s comment after his first bite of curry chicken and buss up ( a thin, soft Indian flat bread) was, ‘this tastes so nostalgic’. What a huge compliment that attests to the authenticity of the food. Greg, (my Lancaster county boy) thinks their peanut punch should be bottled and distributed everywhere 🙂  A smile and a ‘wow!’ followed his first taste. Ben still regrets not ordering some buss up to go.

Everything was outstanding and made for a wonderful family experience- from the food presentation, and soft island music in the background to the friendly and kind service. It is clear that a lot of sweat and love went into every aspect of this business. It made me smile to see LLB and cucumber/tomato salad on the menu- that’s Amos and Amanda 100% . My sister grew up around the restaurant world and gleaned from it but this is all unique and truly a venture that is original. Callaloo is a great date night spot (it’s on our list) and fuses nicely within the Lancaster culture. We are SO proud of Amos and Amanda and wish them the best of luck!

I plan on trying everything on the menu but for now I would have to say that the bread pudding stole my heart…wowzer!

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Our 1st Wedding Anniversary â¤ï¸

A few days before our anniversary Greg and I looked at each other in slight panic. It was a ‘I think we shot ourselves in the foot’ kinda panic. We got married on leap day 2016 (Feb 29th) and at the time we thought it was a perfect, romantic and unique choice..we still think it is…the only problem we were having was figuring out what day to celebrate our anniversary – Feb 28th or March 1st? Feb 29th only comes around every four years…We went with March 1st, the clear choice…and we ended up having an extended celebration weekend as well! 🙂

My husband leaves me notes in the morning before he leaves for work…I’ll share the one he left the morning of our anniversary:

Being married to a man who is certain and happy in the life you have together is wildly passionate and at the same time brings so much comfort and peace to us both.

We saved the top tier of our wedding cake and wanted to partake in the tradition of eating one year old cake on our first anni.It was surprisingly yummy and not surprisingly – a tad dry. On March 1st we enjoyed our cake, exchanged presents and enjoyed looking back at the year gone by. Our first year of marriage was exciting, filled with new experiences and adventures, we learned so much about each other, the kids and most importantly we began figuring out what God would have us do with our lives. We are on the same page in almost every aspect and it’s been so easy to do life together.

W did a little wedding reminiscing.

On Friday we had our anniversary dinner. Greg took me back to the Inn at Leola Village where we got married. He made reservations at Te and we spent three hours enjoying 5 (it was actually more like 11) courses of food and wine.

At our table sat a beautiful vase of anniversary flowers. Greg had our wedding florist prepare an arrangement for the table.

I have NEVER enjoyed a meal like that. So indulgent and delicious. It was a tantalizing journey of luxurious and exotic foods..including, eel, octopus, lobster, duck, scallops, truffles, wild boar and escargot. The cheese trolley of imported cheeses was so decadent. Dessert was artistically strewn on the table and paired with an amazing Lambrusco and espresso served in waffle cones. WOW! We left feeling very satisfied and as we were headed to the car Greg pulled me aside to peek into the room(The Bella) where we got married.Peering into the window was like looking back at the year gone by.

We left Te with a bag of goodies, our personalized menus and a sweet surprise: A beautiful anniversary cake which we enjoyed with the kiddos the next day.


All in all, celebrating our first anniversary was fun, exciting, and luxurious 🙂 The most meaningful part for me was this gift.

A single tree, drawn by a local artist. It represents our first year. Trees were a theme in our wedding and with tears in his eyes, Greg told me that he wanted to build a forest with me.
I’m looking forward to building our forest together too😍❤️
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Argon oil…A-mazing!!!!

fullsizerender1-copy-21I don’t usually do reviews..BUT this one is too good not to share!

I’ve been using this brand of argon oil for about three months now on my hair (a very small amount) and skin and I LOVE the results ..it’s not greasy and lasts for 24hrs.

I’m not into changing up my routine…still have the same face routine I had when I was 13…truly. HOWEVER..this oil is definitely part of my routine now!!!

This product is worth a try.  Amazon sells it for approx $15/bottle….check out the reviews!

Let me know what you think.

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Ben is 9 today

Here’s the thing about Benjamin.

For some reason this child thinks that I can do no wrong. He envelops me with love and kisses daily. His heart is always tender towards the underdog, he is a friend to everyone and he is so perceptive… many times I wonder if he has superpowers 🙂 Ben just needs a glimpse of my face to know what mood I’m in and if I need a hug. He is highly empathetic and a giver by nature. And I am protective over him. When I feel like I can’t protect Ben, my whole foundation is shaken.

Today Ben is 9 years old and I remember his birth like it was yesterday. The first words I said to Ben were, “I am so in love with you.” And he has been reciprocating this sentiment back to me ever since. I know he will grow up one day ( all too soon) and the kisses and hugs will  become less frequent. But for today, I’ll soak it all in and enjoy my precious, gentle, always kind and caring Ben.

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A Wicked Big Apple birthday â¤

My husband, Greg turned 45 yesterday…He looks amazing, doesn’t he 🙂

For his birthday I surprised him with a day in NYC. We took the train to Penn station(it was breathtaking to walk out of the station and into the heart of NYC), we did some shopping, grabbed lunch and walked to the Gershwin theater. We had sweet tickets to see Wicked…Wicked was AMAZING!  After the performance was over, we had just enough time to grab dinner at Azalea’s before hailing a pedicab back to the station (the pedicab in NY was such an experience.. let’s just say that the driver was skilled.)

The day was romantic, exciting and quite Christmassy

Enjoy our pics:

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Friday.

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“She never stopped loving the man who never stopped dating her”-MatthewLJacobson

Date night in:

Last night we had the house all to ourselves. It was nice (and quiet… almost too quiet) We grabbed some beer, take out (@Rice and Noodles-yum) and watched ‘The Age of Adeline’ in bed. It was wonderful.

Newcastle brown ale is my new fav beer… Scrumptious 😋

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