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Honeymoon Mystery and Deliciously Simple Asian Tofu Salad

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Yesterday, Mom and I spent the morning driving up to Michigan to meet my dad and be with family for the morning.  On the way up there, we saw about a bazillion hot air balloons.  I know it’s hard to see in the picture below, but all those little specs are hot air balloons!  We had no idea why so many were out on a Wednesday morning, or even that so many people owned hot air balloons, but it gave us some nice scenery along the drive.

The trip to Fort Wayne and Michigan was short and sweet, so before I knew it, I was in the car and heading back to Indianapolis to meet with our Travel Agent to speak of honey moon plans.

It was a long day of driving, so I needed snacks in the car.  Mom packed up some cucumbers, radishes (yum!  I don’t eat these enough!), green pepper, and dried apricot.

It was great talking with the travel agent.  Brian and I just keep getting more and more excited about the wedding and our honey moon each day and can’t wait for next summer!

We haven’t booked anything yet, but hopefully soon we will have our arrangements all settled to travel to one of these locations…

Cinque Terre, Italy

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Negril, Jamaica

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The Bahamas

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Any guesses as to which location Brian and I are trying to make our honeymoon destination? We will let you know the answer once everything is all booked!

Dinner

When we arrived home, it was later than our usual dinner time and both of us were a bit hungry.  Luckily, I had prepped a meal on Sunday so we had to wait almost no time for dinner to be on the table.

Asian Tofu Salad

Yields:  2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup of cubed tofu
  • 2 cups of lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped cabbage

 

 

 

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and olive oil.  Stir until combined.  Pour about half of the Asian dressing over the cubed tofu to marinate.  Spray and grease a baking sheet, and lay the tofu on the sheet.  Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.  Remove from the oven, stir the tofu around and place in the oven for 10-15 more minutes until it reaches your desired crispness.

This tofu can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days so that you can have this meal later in the week, or you can serve it right away.  

Divide the lettuce and cabbage into two bowls.  Top with the tofu and the remaining dressing.  Eat and enjoy!

This meal was delicious and tasty, so simple, and we both cleaned every bite from our plates!

Hope you all have a great Thursday!

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Should We Use A Travel Agent?

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Last night, Brian and I attended a presentation on honeymoon destinations put on by a local travel agent, EZ Travel Pad.

Now, Brian and I honestly had never even considered using a travel agent to figure out our honeymoon until I went to a bridal show a couple of weeks ago with my mom and met the man who owned this company.

If you have ever been to a bridal show, then you know that there are travel agents galore as soon as you walk into the door, and I never even give them a second look.  I always thought that by going through a travel agent things would be more expensive because I was paying the agent for his services in addition to paying for my trip, and I like the research aspect of finding the activities and excursions that I would like to do once I am on the vacation.  So, in my mind, there was no reason for me to ever speak with a travel agent.

Somehow, at this bridal show, my mom ended up talking to this man’s wife, and she brought a lot of clarity to the situation.  By going through EZ Travel Pad:

  • there is no additional fee
  • he has actually been to the places that I want to go
  • there are some resorts where you can experience the culture of the community you are in, and there are some where that is difficult to achieve, but he knows which resorts are which
  • he has a relationship with the resorts and may be able to get us discounts because of that

When his wife was explaining all of this to my mom and I, I knew that I needed to find out more!  So, last night was just a night where he presented a wide variety of information appealing to many different audience members to help educate us about what our options are and hopefully bring some clarity as to what we actually want to do and where we may want to go for our honeymoon.

Brian and I made the decision to use EZ Travel Pad, however, we don’t need to start worrying about booking anything for a couple of months still.  So we can still take some time to decide the details of our honeymoon without having to jump into a decision we may regret.

I am not sure that every travel agent is like this, I only know that this is how EZ Travel Pad runs his company, but if you are in the market for honeymoon shopping I would definitely recommend taking a look at some local travel agents to see what they can do for you!

 

Question of the Morning:

  • Have you ever worked with a travel agent for travel plans???