Even though February is a short month, it packs a punch with fun things to do. At our house, Jeff’s birthday is the main event. He’s a Valentine’s Day baby so all the attention goes to him. I’m making his favorite meal: stuffed grape leaves and kibbe. Definitely a time intensive request, but he’s worth and its a family crowd pleaser. Also in store for us this February is a joint Christening for my niece and nephew, a quick ski day, and a visit from my parents.
I’m excited to kick off my monthly Buy, Do and Try List! Each month I’ll be sharing this list so make sure to be on the lookout for more.
Usually, during the week Jeff eschews carbs and has a “Faturday” over the weekend. On those days, anything goes: lunch at a pizza spot, quesadillas, and pasta of course. We live close to Eastern Market and like to pick up some pasta at the local Italian market Radici. Jeff always cooks these indulgent meals and last weekend he really outdid himself with lasagna. I can’t even remember the last time I ate lasagna, but it was soooo good! Now, this is an labor of love so if you plan on making it, give yourself plenty of prep time. I mean, nothing says love like lasagna, so if you’re fresh out of Valentine’s Day gift ideas and want to go the homemade route, give this a try.
From: The New York Times, Regina Schrambling
Let’s start with the grocery list. It’s still winter time and all those hearty vegetables are still in season. One of the best ways we’ve been taking advantage of this is the Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch salad mix. My friend Ali introduced it me and it’s awesome. I recently served it as a side when we had guests over for dinner. It’s a mix of kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. It goes great with a rich, flavorful dressing like Tahini Honey.
For beauty, my empties are piling up. I’ve used up my Ren Foaming Facial Cleanser, Tatcha Water Cream, Herbivore Coco Rose Body polish, Ursa Major Vitamin C Serum, and Shiseido Benefiance Day Cream (which I ordered by mistake when I thought I was getting the Night Cream). This February, I want to add a few new items and replace the Tatcha Water Cream. It’s just so lightweight and nice that it made me sad when it was all gone. I now have the beautycounter nourishing cream cleanser and exfoliating one, so I’m pretty set with products to wash my face. With dry winter skin, I always rely on a body scrub in my shower and have a Himalayan Salt Scrub as a backup. For my Vitamin C, while I really did like Ursa Major’s serum, I want to give the Drunk Elephant C-Firma a try. After reading the Beauty Insider’s Travel Essentials, I’m adding Eve Lom muslin cloths to my Sephora basket and redeeming some VIB points!
Lastly, I need to start planning for my upcoming trips. If anyone has any favorite ski gear I would love to hear!
Wishing everyone a great February. Also, a very happy birthday to all the Aquarius and Pisces beauties!