I have to be honest…my mind kind of went blank when I was trying to remember all that I did this week! It isn’t due to lack of things to do…I think it is due to the amount of things that we have done this week and it just might have to do with the yummy steak dinner we just had tonight. The steak was yummy but, as usual, the sides are what make me a happy person…mashed potatoes and green bean casserole! Yum! Alright, now I am getting really sidetracked! Back to the topic…what we were up to this week!
We started our week out by wrapping up an amazing trip to the Maldives! The Maldives is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of India. Matt worked his magic and got us 4 nights at the Conrad Rangali Island which is a little slice of paradise. The weather was beautiful every day we were there which allowed us to go snorkeling everyday! One of the great things about the resort was that there was a “house” reef right off of the beach so we could go snorkeling whenever we wanted and for however long we wanted. Amazing!!
This little guy had the right idea…staying in the shade
The only time Matt and I have made it up for the sunrise on vacation…worth it!
We got back to Doha late Monday night so Tuesday was our first real day back. I pretty much spent the entire day unpacking and doing laundry. If you remember from my Home Away from Home post, our washer/dryer combo is very small and takes forever (multiple hours to do one load especially when drying) which is why it takes an entire day to get the laundry done from one trip. Therefore, I felt pretty pleased with myself that I was able to conquer it all in one day!
The Dive of the Week club!
Matt and I ventured out and met up with a new group this week called the “Dive of the Week” club. No..this has nothing to do with Scuba diving or any other form of diving really. It is a spin off of “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” from the Food network. Basically, somebody picks a random restaurant to try for that week that is typically a whole-in-the-wall place that is cheap. Matt is all about the “cheap” aspect of it where I am all about trying new places. This week we went to an Indian restaurant called Bharath. One of the most frustrating things about going to an ethnic restaurant to me is that I never know what anything is on the menu so I don’t know what to order. This, we found out, is another perk of the group; the people who were there had a lot of great suggestions. We ordered about five different items and shared them all! I loved it! The food was great and the company was even better! We are really looking forward to going out with the group more often!
The rest of the week was filled with catching up with friends after our trip and trying to be productive! We truly are blessed to have such great friends here that we enjoy hanging out with.
I also did a few different experiments in the kitchen this week.
First, I created a new recipe that I am going to call Mexican Shredded Chicken. (I, of course, forgot to take a picture) Basically, I am on a mission to make meals out of the items that I already have in my pantry so this fit the bill.
3 to 4 frozen chicken breasts
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 1/2 cans of Rotel (not drained, use less if you do not like spicy)
1 bag frozen corn
1 bag shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 glass pan and place frozen chicken on bottom. In separate bowl, combine black beans, Rotel, and frozen corn. Layer the cheese over the frozen chicken. Then pour the combined ingredients over the top of chicken and cheese. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45-50 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Once done cooking, take two forks and shred chicken in the mixture. Serve over rice with sour cream topping or in a tortilla.
The second experiment was making two different pumpkin bread recipes off of Pinterest to see if there was a difference. The following recipes were the ones I used Easy Pumpkin Bread recipe with Cake Mix from http://www.babysavers.com and Easy Pumpkin Bread from http://www.chef-in-training.com. The recipe that was made with a cake mix was a bit lighter and sweeter but the other recipe had a richer pumpkin taste to me. Although, Matt’s favorite was the cake mix recipe and mine was the other one. Therefore, I now know that if I need to make something really quickly or want something easy, the cake mix recipe is just as good as the other one!
Well, I hope you have had a wonderful week!
View of the beautiful sunset from our balcony