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Has it really been 19 years? 
Mar. 5, 2011 9:53 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2011 5:09 am
Well, what can I say? Valentines Day is commercialized yes but I cannot hate it entirely because to me it symbolizes much more than roses and chocolate. You see, some 19 years ago while living in a small mountain town just west of Colorado Springs there was this boy I really liked and I thought and hoped it was mutual but I really didn't know for sure. Until Valentines Day 1992 that is. He called me up on the phone and asked for my address and I balked a little but ended up giving it to him by the end of the conversation. Five minutes later and there he stood ringing the doorbell to my parents home with a card and a box of chocolates. We look back and laugh at that now seeing how I despise chocolate but he wouldn't have known that. The card was conformation that the feelings were indeed mutual and well, the rest is history pretty much. We were young and he was still a senior in high school (I am a year older) and we spent the next few years dating and getting to know each other better. In the course of those few years, my parents got a job offer and up and moved to Arkansas (I stayed behind and got my own apartment), he went off to Texas for 6 months to pursue an education in welding, and his parents eventually moved back to Texas. All was well for awhile and he even flew in once to see me but his 6 month welding course ended up being a year and eventually I got lonely there in Colorado all by myself. Long story short I packed up everything and headed to Arkansas to be close to my parents. Within the first month of living here, I had a full time job (still at the same place) and had also bought my very first home. I picked up a second job not only to keep myself preoccupied but also to save up for a vehicle with air conditioner. I didn't need it in Colorado but I could tell in a short time that it was a must here. "Mr. Soup" and I kept in contact all along the way and he came and visited me shortly after I moved here but we were still very young and our future was uncertain. He finally graduated welding school, packed up all of his belongs, said his goodbyes to his family, and headed to Arkansas. He got his own apartment not too far from me and it didn't take long before he proposed. After 5 years and 4 months or so of dating, we said "I do" which was 14 years ago this coming June. 

All of that just to share a little of myself but also to say that Valentines Day does hold a very special place in both of our hearts. We typically go out to eat but this year I wanted to plan and cook the meal myself as a special treat to him. Again, there is just the two of us so I couldn't go overboard but just chose a few fun things from here that we hadn't tried. I went with the Japanese theme and regardless of the authenticity of the dishes, they were all great. There are a few changes I would make next time that I will note in my reviews later but all in all we enjoyed them very much.

Here was my menu:

Super Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup


Japanese Style Deep Fried Shrimp

Japanese Shrimp Sauce I

Japanese-Style Grilled Mushrooms

I leave you with photos of our meal along with a couple of humorous ones of us when we were first dating and just before we got married.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Soup Loving Nicole
Super Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup
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Japanese Style Deep Fried Shrimp
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Japanese Shrimp Sauce I
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Japanese-Style Grilled Mushrooms
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Valentines Dinner 2011
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1992 One of our first dates
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1997 Wedding Announcement for the newspaper
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Mar. 6, 2011 6:48 am
Thanks for sharing... nice food, too!
Mar. 6, 2011 7:30 am
What a sweet and special blog SLN! Your pics are beautiful too, as always. How adventurous for you to take on all those dishes for special dinner. Congrats to you and Mr. Soup for many happy years!
Mar. 6, 2011 8:21 am
Good morning and thank you Marvel's!
Mar. 6, 2011 8:23 am
Awe, thank you SweetBasil! I just recommended your Beer Simmered Beans to someone the other day which reminds me that I still need to try them too.
Mar. 6, 2011 9:38 am
Nicole, Here's a Japanese recipe you might like (oysters, ok?)...http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62604021/Marvels-Japanese-Fried-Oysters-Kaki-Fuh-rai-with-Lemony-Tartar-Sauce/Detail.aspx
Mar. 6, 2011 9:50 am
You and Mr. Soup are a beautiful couple and I love the story of how you got together. The shrimp sauce is interesting, although I agree with your review that I might not like it so sweet. Your pics are as pretty as ever!
Mar. 6, 2011 9:52 am
Everyone loves a good love story, right? It's so neat that the attraction was mutual, and that it covered such an expanse of time and space. Your Japanese themed meal looks really special. I know you've mentioned not being overly fond of cooking, so this was definitely a labor of love. Kudos for great blog and adventurous menu.
Mar. 6, 2011 9:58 am
Those sound really good Marvel and I saved. I am not sure where to get oysters around here but I am going to look for them. I love the dill too. Thank you!
Mar. 6, 2011 10:01 am
Thank you Citrus Punch! I didn't realize just how much we changed until finding those pictures last night. But, grey hairs and wrinkles are not so bad. Like scars, they show character :)It is nice seeing you around again lately!
Mar. 6, 2011 10:08 am
I haven't seen you around in a long time either Hezzy. If I remember right, you spent time in Japan didn't you? How exciting! I bet the authentic cuisine is a lot different than what we call Japanese here huh? That is how it was when we visited Italy. I was shocked when we ordered our first pizza. No, I am not overly fond of cooking but must admit that I enjoy it more and more each day. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.
Mar. 6, 2011 10:25 am
What a love story! It's great that you treated your husband to something special with that meal!
Mar. 6, 2011 11:03 am
OMG, I love that story! I got engaged on a February 15 so very many years ago. I loved your photos--and your menu! Thanks for sharing!
Mar. 6, 2011 12:05 pm
Great blog! Such a romantic story- no wonder you love Valentine's Day! I love all the pics too, my mouth is watering! I don't do shrimp, but I will definitely be trying out the mushrooms and the cucumber salad; they both sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)
Mar. 6, 2011 12:51 pm
Hi sueb! It was some good stuff too. I can't wait to make the mushrooms again.
Mar. 6, 2011 12:54 pm
Hello Marianne! I am glad you enjoyed. Sounds like you have quite the love story of your own. Time flies when you are having fun huh?
Mar. 6, 2011 12:57 pm
Hi Puck! The emotions and the not knowing what the future held sure felt like a roller coaster ride back then but it all turned out perfect in the end. Sounds like you and KB's did too!
Mar. 6, 2011 1:50 pm
Ahhh, what cuties! My husband & I have been together since High School. It's so hard to believe that so many years have passed! We are still best friends. I'll have to pull out some old pictures!
Mar. 6, 2011 2:16 pm
What a lovely, romantic story. You were a cute couple in 92 and still are. I'm not a fan of fried food, but your mushrooms and shrimp make my mouth water. Thanks for sharing.
Mar. 6, 2011 3:23 pm
Hi Scotog! It is amazing how time flies by and I can only imagine how it does even more when you are raising kids. Good times those were but I wouldn't trade our lives now for the world. Be sure to share if you find some old pictures. I'd love to see them!
Mar. 6, 2011 3:26 pm
Awe, blushing BigShots! Oh the good old days of the 90's hair bands. All of that teasing and hairspray..WOW. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read. I hope the rest of your Sunday is great!
Mar. 6, 2011 6:09 pm
Hey Nicole, congrats on the dinner. Out of curiosity, what date in June is your anniversary? Mr. Mangel and I will celebrate 21 years on June 9th. Someday I'll tell our story (it involves a police report... Stay tuned!!!).
Mar. 6, 2011 6:25 pm
Oh my goodness Mangel that is hilarious! Well, only because it obviously turned out okay in the end. Too funny! We had a couple of police stories ourselves but thankfully there were never any arrests. Our anniversary is on the 28th.
Mar. 6, 2011 6:28 pm
True Love will win out every time, Nicole!!:)
Mar. 6, 2011 6:29 pm
What a sweet story Nicole, and sweet pictures of a cute couple! Your recipe pictures sure do look good. Looks like a true labor of love!....Ginny
Mar. 6, 2011 8:18 pm
Hi Ginny! I sure miss you around here. We seem to be on different schedules now. I hope all is well and you are still enjoying your new place.
Mar. 6, 2011 8:35 pm
I love that over time and miles, you two didn't let love die. Congratulations on 14 years (in June) of being happily married. I just love the pictures of you two. And, as always the photos of you food are beautiful.
Mar. 6, 2011 9:08 pm
Oh Candice I love your new avatar!What a great picture! Yes, I am the kind of person that likes to plan ahead or have some sort of schedule and that not knowing what my future had in store or if it included him or not about killed me. Thank goodness that is all in the past. I bet you are getting geared up for those awesome raised beds of yours huh? I still plan on doing it one of these days but we've got a hundred other unfinished projects going on right now so we'll see.
Mar. 7, 2011 8:58 am
I love your blog!!! What a great story Nikki. And I LOVE the pics. I think its wonderful that "Mr Soup" followed you down to Arkansas and it was happily ever after. Hope all is well with you girl! :)
Mar. 7, 2011 9:06 am
Love your story!! And the pics are awesome!! :-D I love your food pictures and the way you show the details! I'm glad your love-hate relationship w/ cooking is leaning more towards the love! Enjoy following you and your advice to cooking questions is always clear and concise! Great blog! I keep thinking I will do one.... waiting for the inspiration to strike.
Mar. 7, 2011 1:33 pm
Now how did I miss this? Ahhhh! I think we all have some pictures like that :) Your food looks GREAT! Is that you on the dirt bike? If so we have more in common than cars:)
Mar. 7, 2011 3:59 pm
HELLO K-Dub! Thank you! I have been thinking of you and hoping that all went as well as it possibly could during the visit. It was so nice hearing from you.
Mar. 7, 2011 4:04 pm
Awe chris k you just melted me! Thank you so very much for your kind words and I am delighted to hear that I can be of help sometimes. I started with zero knowledge and turned here for help and it is nice being able to give back when I can. I'll be watching for your inspiration to strike :)
Mar. 7, 2011 4:14 pm
Howdy Miss Cat and thank you! That would be me on the dirtbike :) I haven't been on it as much lately after my big crash and burn. I was just riding around the house and not riding rough at all but I wasn't wearing a helmet and it started drizzling and the rocks got real slick and I met a tree head on. I got really lucky. I still cannot believe I didn't knock out my teeth. I busted my face and lip up pretty good and a couple of teeth went through my lip but no broken bones or loss of teeth. It all made me realize that as you get older you just don't heal as fast. I was sore for weeks. And, I must have done permanent nerve damage because I still have a place in my lip that is constantly numb. I cannot tell you how many mornings I spill my coffee all down my face. LOL! I am going to have to learn how to ride with a helmet but it is hard for me because I cannot hear or see that flappy rim thing over the front wheel with that big shield and I used to use that as a guide. Do you have one? What is it? I cannot believe how much we have in common. Too cool!
Mar. 7, 2011 6:50 pm
Great story, enjoyed reading it.
Mar. 7, 2011 7:27 pm
Thanks tigerindy! He is my best friend and I cannot imagine life without him.
Mar. 7, 2011 8:06 pm
Great love story! DH snagged me right out of high school, we dated for 3-1/2 years, and will be celebrating 30 years in October. Where did the time go?
Mar. 8, 2011 4:06 am
Congratulations on 30 years Magnolia! That time is a crazy thing. I remember when I was young how it seemed to take forever to get to my birthday and now they sneak up on me real quick.
Mar. 8, 2011 3:28 pm
LOLOLOLOL! Sent you an email but girlfriend you and the DH would love it here. Does he fish? We have a track out back. Learned on a dirtbike to get my motorcycle license. Yes, I had a sportster. Had to trade it in for a more Mom friendly vehicle. Still have quads though! Plus 40 acres to ride on! So what are you doing the end of July? :)? And mature bones and joints DO NOT heal as quick!! Trust me!
Mar. 9, 2011 8:08 am
Too Cute! Now if you want a hands on gravy tutorial...come on over. I be a great gravy maker:)
Mar. 9, 2011 3:15 pm
I'm the fisher of the two of us Cat. I love fishing! End of July? Hmm...nothing to my knowledge. I'm anxious to here what you might have up your sleeve.
Mar. 9, 2011 3:16 pm
I'm SO in mauigirl! I love brown gravy but just can't make it so I don't even bother with mashed potatoes. Sad really.
Mar. 10, 2011 12:52 pm
What an uplifting story! Thanks for sharing that. Do you have any current pics of the 2 of you? Would love to see! :)
Mar. 10, 2011 3:46 pm
Thanks BettyJoBaker! Here is one of me..
Mar. 10, 2011 3:49 pm
This one is a year old or so but the only one I have on here where he isn't hunting and wearing a hat.

Mar. 10, 2011 10:02 pm
You guys are so cute! Congratulations on your 14 years.
Mar. 10, 2011 10:02 pm
Whoops - I mean 19 years!
Mar. 11, 2011 9:07 am
Awe, you're so sweet Betty Jo. Thanks!
Mar. 27, 2011 5:44 pm
Hay just droped by to say hi ive been on allrecipes.com several years but never saw u hear ill enjoy ur recipes. shure enjoyed your story on how u met ur husband and those old photos
Apr. 23, 2011 6:06 am
What a sweet story. :) ♥
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Hello, my name is Nicole. I am 40 years old, have been married to my wonderful high school sweetheart for 15 years now. We don't have (or ever wanted) any children but we do live on 8 acres and have 3 dogs, a cat, 11 hens, 1 rooster, and a ton of deer that come down and feed that think they are part of the family too. I have to be honest and say that I do not LOVE cooking but I do cook every night and love browsing this site for new and interesting things. I have an acre pond and absolutely love fishing and that is where I spend most of my time in the summer. There is nothing like sipping on a cold Corona while waiting for a nice 8 pound catfish to grab your bait. When not fishing I'm typically in my garden, flowerbeds, or riding my dirtbike.
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Soups, Mexican, Italian, Asian, and grilling
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I don't really have any so I have started my own. Allrecipes has taught me to "think outside the box". I love trying new and unusual things that I would have never dared or even thought of before discovering this place.
My cooking triumphs
When I got married, I honestly had 0% experinece in the kitchen. My mom was the kind that wanted the whole kitchen to herself so that nobody was in her way and I was only allowed in there to grab the plates, utensils, etc. to set the table. I really never thought about what I was going to cook until we got back from our honeymoon and then I was like, "uh oh!". Amazingly enough it all came pretty natural and I am happy to say that I have never ruined a meal forcing us to order take-out.
My cooking tragedies
GRAVY! I cannot make a decent gravy for the life of me so I've just given up altogether.
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