Wednesday, May 30

We are Engaged!

Sorry I've been away for a while but....... the title says it all!

Here's the story:
On Monday, April 30th David asked me out on a date Friday for BBQ at a local place we both love. Thinking nothing of it I said yes and looked forward to the tasty BBQ for the rest of the week. Well Friday rolls around and I'm sitting at my desk "working" when I get a call from the front desk saying that I have something up front. Thinking that it's some paperwork I have been expecting I walk up to the front desk and ask her who the flowers sitting on her desk are for. Surprisingly she says they are for me!

David has never sent me flowers at work and I was really surprised to get them. They were simple and came with a card that read "Surprise change of plans, so dress your best, I'll pick you up tonight at 7. I've taken care of the rest." So after texting my girlfriends, and chating with some friends at work I decided to go buy a new dress during lunch. I also decided to get my nails done after work "just-in-case".(I'm really glad I did those things)

At 7 on the dot (David is always an on-the-dot person) I get a call from David saying he's at my apartment. So I jump in the car and we're off. He takes me to a place in Houston called Brenner's on the Bayou. He says we are a little early for our reservation and asks if we want to walk around the property. So we do.At this point I decided that nothing was going to happen. He was way to calm and we were just acting our normal selves. Taking pictures and goofing around with each other. (I also kept getting my heals stuck in the side walk and that is not romantic.)

Finally we end up in the gazebo. We took a few more pictures there, then we stop and look at the restaurant. At this point David give's me a great big hug and then starts telling me how much he love's me and how much I mean to him, and how he wants to love me forever. (I am balling at this point). He then gets down on one knee and asks the words "Robyn Hanley will you marry me?"

Apparently I kept nodding my head for a while and then finally said YES!

After I finally calmed down I called my parents and my sister and told them the good news. We then went to dinner and had some amazing food. A couple next to us asked if we were recently engaged because of my smile and how I couldn't keep my eyes off of the ring. Then when we were leaving a waiter asked if we were the couple in the gazebo earlier, and told us congratulations. It was perfect night, and I couldn't have asked for a better man to be engaged too!

Thursday, May 3

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

When browsing Pinterest for dinner the other day I found this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Pasta from Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour. She raved that her husband gave the recipe "5 stars and then some!" Since David loves enchilada's and is always asking why I don't make them I gave the recipe a try.  

 Chicken Enchilada Pasta - {Adapted from Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour}.
2 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 tbs green onions
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 {7.6 oz} cans green Mexican salsa {I used La Costena}
1 {7.6 oz} can home style Mexican salsa {I used La Costena}
2 cups shredded cheese 
1 cup sour cream
Penne pasta
Avocado {for topping}
Green Onions {for topping}
Shredded Cheese  {for topping}
Sour Cream {for topping}

Cook chicken, drain, and shred.  Meanwhile boil pasta according to package and chop the veggies.

Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet and cook onions for about 3-5 minutes.  Add garlic & red pepper and cook for another 3-5 minutes.   

Add cooked chicken, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, & enchilada sauces.  Let sauce simmer for about 8-10 minutes.

Add cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and heated through.  Remove from heat and add sour cream.  Stir until sour cream is well mixed.

Drain pasta & return to pot.  Pour sauce over pasta and mix well.  Serve and garnish with avocado, cheese, green onion, and a dollop of sour cream.

Admire and Eat! We had to go back for seconds it was sooo good!

Did you think you will make this?

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