|At the Mana Kai Maui Resort|
|Andy and me at Erin & Alex's wedding rehearsal at the Grand Wailea Resort|
Andy and my trip to Maui in July was no exception. I started making to-do lists for our trip back in February when we decided we were going to go. I remember telling Andy, "It's only 147 days away!" He thought I was crazy. But a trip of that magnitude needed planning!! Having completed my packing list about two weeks before we were leaving, I thought I was ready to go.
|Sunset at the Mana Kai Maui Resort|
The Sunday before we left (we left on a Wednesday), I was "flexed" (cancelled) from work. Perfect- I needed a day to get organized for Maui! I packed my entire pack, in the order of my packing list, all that Sunday. Again, Andy looked at me like I was crazy.
|Erin, Andy, and me after Erin & Alex's wedding at the Grand Wailea Resort|
Crazy? Probably. Organized/anxious/ready/stoked? Absolutely. After packing my huge pink suitcase to check, my newly acquired (from Andy for my birthday!) camera bag purse, and my carryon, it was time for some pre-Hawaii pampering. I headed to the nail salon for a mani/pedi.
|Erin, Julia, and me at Mama's Fish House in Maui|
"Do you want to upgrade to the coconut oil delux pedicure?" Linda, my nail tech, asked. Why, yes. Yes, I did. Coconut oil on the feet and a Nail Time complimentary margarita in hand, I sat back to relax and daydream of my upcoming trip to paradise.
|Lunch at the Hula Grill|
I came home to Andy still not packed (shocker. I'm pretty sure he didn't finish packing until 3 mins before we left for the airport!), so I figured it was time to get the house all situated with everything in place for our almost-week-long vacay. Andy's friend, John, brought over some venison a few weeks ago (thanks, John!), so I thought I'd try a new spaghetti sauce recipe. Spaghetti would be an easy meal to prepare while we were busy packing and organizing, and the venison would give it a unique meaty and hearty twist. I ended up deciding to call the dish "Texas Spaghetti Sauce" since venison and deer hunting is so very Texas-style. So off we went- me bugging Andy to start packing, finishing last minute laundry and dishes so we wouldn't come home to a messy house, all with Texas Spaghetti Sauce simmering away- ironically, while we prepared to leave Texas far behind.
|Andy and me in the ocean in Maui|
Texas Spaghetti Sauce
|Texas Spaghetti Sauce|
- 1 jar of your favorite meat-free spaghetti sauce (we used light marinara)
- 1/2 lb ground venison
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- Brown venison in a pan on the stovetop
- Put marinara sauce in a saucepan on the stovetop and turn heat on low
- Add tomato paste and allow it to melt into the sauce
- Add browned venison to marinara sauce and cover with a lid
- Heat until heated throughout, stirring occasionally- make sure to stir in the tomato paste so it isn't chunky in the sauce
|Texas Spaghetti Sauce|
Keep on cookin'!