Monday, May 30, 2011

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trying To Go Meatless

In an attempt to be more informed consumers and more conscious about the things that come into our home, Mr. Milk and I have decided to limit our meat/poultry consumption to at most twice a week, including weekends. I've always tried to buy locally grown produce (and with the sun out 80% of the year, we really have no excuse not to have local produce!) but we haven't always paid as much attention to the meat/poultry that we buy. So I've committed to buy only free range eggs, and I'm always looking for free range chicken, which isn't as readily available. Luckily we aren't big meat eaters, and living on island gives us the opportunity to have fresh fish more than average, but even this requires more effort, meaning going to the fish market instead of buying it conveniently from the grocery store. 

So this meat-only-twice-a-week business is trickier than what I thought it would be! It's not always easy to find alternatives and it's sooo easy to to turn to sweets and carbs when you want a snack! A well stocked fridge and pantry are in order if we are to avoid snacking on choc-chip cookies and having pasta for dinner every night! And like any habit changing attempt, it's easy to forget and go about your business as usual. For example, the other day I went out to grab a sandwich for lunch while doing a grocery run. Even though I filled the cart up with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and beans, I just as easily picked up a chicken avocado sandwich! Not until I had taken the first bite had I realized what I'd done. While telling Mr. Milk this later in the day, he quite arrogantly pointed out that even though he had the option of putting chicken on his salad at lunch, he hadn't. Only to later realize that he had added ham to make it a "more balanced meal!" :)

So needless to say we both need to work on this before it becomes second nature, but in the meantime, I am discovering new dishes to make that will satisfy us and help us not miss chicken and meat! 

Like this pizza! With roasted eggplant, onions, pesto, and ricotta cheese :) Of course if you ladies have any favorite veggie recipes, please feel free to share! We can use all the help we can get! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Is Just Around The Corner!

As the weather gets better, Mr. Milk and I are reminded of why we decided to move back home in the first place. The sun is out and the temperature is going up and we can spend so much more time outdoors. We've uncovered our patio furniture and I just spent this morning working from my balcony!

I love this season as there are so many fresh fruits and vegetables around that cooking and grilling have become fun again! We are spending more time with friends and have even taken up jogging (we'll see how long this one lasts!). Best of all? My summer clothes! Oh how I have missed those! And soon enough we'll be able to laze on the beach or by a pool somewhere and get some color!

Do you guys enjoy the summer season? What's your favorite part?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Off To England

Mr. Milk and I are taking off to Manchester, England for the weekend! Why you might ask? Because this lovely couple is getting married!

Neither Mr. Milk nor I have been to a full English wedding before so we are very excited about this trip. C and G we wish you all the best! Enjoy your special day and thanks for letting us share it with you.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Party To Remember: Next Day Location Shoot (Part 4)

Ok ladies, this is it. I have (finally) come to the end of the wedding recaps! OMG it took forever! Thanks to all of you who stuck around! I know I haven't been the best blogger these last few months, but life has taken over so much that the blog had to be put on the back burner. 

While I'm sad that the wedding part is over (after all, that's why I began this blog and got to "meet" all of you) I am excited to have the freedom of blogging about whats going on in our lives. Just to give you a bit of info about what's been going on in the Chocolate Milk household, we've been house hunting, I have started my own business, and we've even been on a few trips! But before I get to all of that, let me share my last wedding recap post.

So our final location was the salt lake right next to the airport. The timing was perfect because the sun was starting to set as we got there. Our photog was able to capture some beautiful shoots. Take a look for yourselves...

So after a second long day of wearing the dress, it's fair to say that I started getting a little fed up of lugging it around. And just as I was kicking it up, our photographer decided it was a good time to become trigger happy! Mr. Milk and I are both walking towards the salt lake, not realizing that we were being photographed. All of a sudden our photographer bursts out laughing and wouldn't tell us why. Now I know! :)

Doesn't the salt look a little like snow?

He lay down flat on the ground in the damp salt to get this shot! 


Mr. Milk having a revelation about what he got himself into the night before :)

Last pic of the day

Click to enlarge this one! A bunch of shots of us goofing around :)

Up next: Life!

I also just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for following this super important journey of ours. I have loved every minute of planning this wedding, and while plenty of things went wrong on the day, none of those really affected the outcome or memories of our day, so I've chosen to focus on the thousands of things that went right and I want to cherish. I've loved following your journeys and will continue to do so as we all embark on the next chapters of our lives.

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Party To Remember: Next Day Location Shoot (Part 3)

This next location is an ancient amphitheater named Kourion. It can hold around 2000 people and was used for gladiator fights. Nowadays it is used for beautiful outdoor concerts and plays in the summer. There are also some mosaics and ruins of public baths in the area. The theater dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century AD.

It was a truly beautiful view

Standing in the middle of the amphitheater

Mr. Milk helping me get a fly out of the layers of my dress! Poor thing was trapped in there and couldn't get out.

Goofing around

Here you get a better view of the entire amphitheater.

Up next: Final location

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Honey!

It's Mr. Milk's birthday everyone

Hope you have a fantastic day babe! Love you!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Party To Remember: Next Day Location Shoot (Part 2)

I love the area of our next location. It is a small, quiet road lined with huge pine trees. We were able to walk in the street more or less with out the interruption of passing cars. We were also able to find a pretty orange orchard that we snuck into and took some shots.

Dancing in the street

Smelling the orange blossoms

No need to tell you how filthy my dress was after all this :)

Up next: Another location 

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Party To Remember: Next Day Location Shoot (Part 1)

We went to four different locations for our next day shoot. Basically we made our way from the hotel location to the airport where we had to drop off our photographer. Basically we made a trip that typically takes about an hour and a half into about 6 hours! Our photog and his wife were fantastic to agree to this! 

So the first stop was Aphrodite's birthplace. Those of you who like Greek mythology might be aware of the story of Aphrodite and how she was born from the foams of the water of the Mediterranean sea. Our hotel was just above this spot so was naturally the perfect place to start off.

Day one and Mr. Milk is already trying to jump overboard!

Gorgeous gorgeous shoes I heart thee

Love this one

The rock you see in the background is Aphrodite's birthplace :)

Ice-cream anyone?

Bride on a harley. And who does the harley belong to?

These guys! :)

Up next: More location shoot