The sun has arrived in Juneau, in the winter that means you swap rainy for bitter cold, but I don't care. I'm just happy it (the sun) decided to grace us with it's presence. We decided that we needed to head out the road to Sunshine cove... a personal family favorite. The waves were HUGE! To stand on the rocks and feel the power in those tossing waves was something else. It makes you feel very small, and very happy to be on dry ground :)
Last night was date night and my turn to cook. For the record, our date nights are held here at the house for the most part. We take turns planning it all out and it has to be a dinner that neither of us has ever had. So for mine I started out with stuffed mushrooms (you can find the recipe here) that turned out to be absolutely deadly...seriously. I have personally decided NOT to step on the scale until tomorrow because I think I gained 5 pounds from dinner.
Pioneer Women's Stuffed Mushrooms
Then I made spicy seafood linguini for the main course. I could not find fresh mussels like I wanted (we have red tide here so you SHOULDN'T pick ones from the rocks and reef around town) actually, the people at the seafood counter looked at me like I was crazy when I asked. So I found some frozen in a garlic butter sauce that paired nicely with my homemade tomato sauce.
This was my favorite part of the whole dinner. I could have eaten it till I was sick, the Mr. said his favorite was the stuffed mushrooms. Then to top it off we had these....
David Lebovitz is probably one of my favorite cook book writers. Every recipe I try of his comes out pretty well. Now macarons are an art form in and of their pretty little selves so not every cookie came out looking like it should. But I plan on making them again next week to perfect them. We enjoyed our cookies with a little night cap of Knob Creek....so good.
What I love most about Date Night isn't the food actually, I mean it's a plus don't get me wrong, but the best part is getting that quality one on one time with my very best friend, my favorite person in the world. Not having to shout a conversation over Phineas And Ferb, not being interrupted by little fingers poking your side saying "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom..." not having to be a referee for disagreements and not having to contend for time with my husband is priceless. That is what Date Night is all about. We ended the night off watching one of our (I think it's more one of my favorite shows than his) favorite shows...Flying Wild Alaska. If anyone in Juneau thinks our weather and isolation is bad needs to watch this show and realize we have NOTHING to complain about :)
All in all it was an awesome weekend. And we have a week full of sunshine ahead of us. You can't beat that.