Let me start by saying,
hello. How are you? Good Morning/Afternoon/Night.
My name is Melaine (pronounced Melanie) and I live in NYC. .I’m a 21 year old-first time mommy to a baby girl named Zoey! I’m also a wife to an amazing husband who I absolutely adore with my whole life. I love tequila, traveling, parties, margaritas, wine, books, tranquility and also madness. I enjoy writing about my journey(s) through this adventure we all call “Life”.
So i’ve been gone since thursday (tues & weds) are my days off from blogging but it’s sunday and I haven’t blogged since monday. I miss you all & have so much to talk about & so many new fresh ideas. But the reason I was gone was because my mom came down with kids to see Zoey and we went to the Bronx Zoo!
Price for admission for hubs & I: $80 (including tax) Baby is free until 3 so yay for us (jk super expensive) However, super worth it. It’s a lengthy walk so wear comfortable shoes and stay hydrated. Also if you’re 21+ you can enjoy a beer while you see the animals. The price for admission also includes seeing the butterflies (which we saw and I loved), the children’s zoo (which sadly I did not go to. I LOVE children’s zoo lol), the gorilla forest which was super cool, as well as the gorilla stuck his tongue out with me & then all the moms were encouraging their kids to do it. Super funny memory for us.
All in all, we had an amazing time & I would love to go back when Zoey is older and has more of an understanding! As for me? Well I can check it off my bucket list! So that’s a win!
Pictures will be included below courtesy of hubby!
Hello everyone! As part of getting to know me as the author of NUOMB, I wanted to share this part of my life with you.
MY Dream Job. The Job I hope to some day be. The day I can say I am this.
What is this job?
It’s a Medical Examiner. Ugh it’s my dream! Thanks to a little help with google: The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) conducts independent investigations using advanced forensic science in the service of families, communities and the criminal justice system. Our work provides answers for those affected by sudden and traumatic loss, and helps protect public health.
Welcome to my version of a Surf N’ Turf! A surf & turf is a main course combining seafood + meat . (Thanks Google!)
So for tonight’s dinner we are having: Strips of Steak 🥩 , Mussels, Rice & Beans , and to top it all off my Pico de Gallo!
Pico De Gallo:
• 4 limes • 2 Tomatos • 1 onion • 1 tbspn of salt (more if necessary)
• Squeeze 2 limes into a bowl. • Chop 2 tomatos (any way you want as you can see by my cuts in the picture) • Chop 1 onion finely as well as in chunks (yum or however you want) • Lastly, add in the salt & 2 limes • Mix together in bowl & eat right away or like I have shown above^ put in your fridge for later!
Overview: So I pre-cut these strips of steak before I froze them so I actually let them defrost first & then used them the next day. NEXT DAY AKA DAY OF COOKING: I drained the ziplock of the blood & then washed it out with water. Afterwards, I seasoned all the strips with McCormick’s Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon Seasoning (which is my FAVORITE). Then proceeded to put them in the fridge for later use (as this is for dinner and I seasoned the steaks around 1 and won’t cook them until 6:30/7pm). When dinner time finally rolls around:
Directions: Remove the steaks from the fridge and then proceed to cook them at medium high heat for about 6-10 minutes (or to your preference of time for your size steak, mine were thin cuts).
* I always put my steaks in the oven when they are done because in my head the oven will hold the heat and keep it nice & warm (which it always does!) *
To make my lovely & yummy Rice & Beans:
Ingredients: 1 cup of rice (washed!) 1 can of beans (I used GOYA red kidney beans) 2 tspn of salt Half a package Sazón 2 Spoonfuls of Sofrito (ugh my favorite thing on earth although you can make it yourself I am LAZY)
Directions: Combine washed rice & beans and fill with water until just a little passed the top of the beans. (Should not be drowned that will make the rice too watery) THEN, add in the salt, sofrito, and Sazón. Stir then put on lid. Turn on the heat to medium high (on my stove which is numbered it’s at a 7) and let it boil. Once boils, stir the rice, let rest for 3 minutes and re-stir the rice, then put on low heat (about a 2-3 on my stove). Let sit occasionally stirring to not burn the bottom. After about 5 minutes reduce heat to Low (1) and stir once and let sit until serving or turn off and remove from heat when ready.
Honestly, I store bought them so I will post a pic of the instructions on the back: