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Last week, I was very excited to see that our canvases arrived . A couple of months ago, I saw a coupon for photo print canvases and purchased the deals in anticipation of our trip to Ireland. Once I sorted through the hundreds of pictures, I chose 2 to be printed and hung on the wall.

canvas-irelandThe top picture is of Dunguaire castle and the second is a picture along the water from the Cliffs of Moher. Though it is not part of the actual “cliffs” it was still a beautiful picture.

In other news, last week was also Valentines day. We decided to continue with our tradition of cooking a nice dinner, enjoying some wine, and relaxing at home. This year we decided to try using scallops. Scallops cook fairly quickly which can be both a good and bad thing…good in that dinner would be prepared fast but bad in that we could easily over-cook the scallops and ruin them. We decided to do a scallop pasta in a white wine sauce.

This dish is quick and easy, just make sure to keep an eye on your scallops!


  • 1lb of scallops. We found huge scallops at whole foods and ended up with about 8 scallops, 2oz each.
  • pasta
  • 1-2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • you could add a little butter but I just used more olive oil


  1. Boil water and cook pasta
  2. Season scallops with a little salt and pepper
  3. Heat oil in pan and once it is hot, add garlic, then add scallops
  4. Sear on each side for about a minute or until golden brown
  5. Lower heat and add wine
  6. Remove scallops after 2 minutes
  7. Add lemon juice and some olive oil (or butter) to the pan and bring to a low boil
  8. Add cooked pasta and toss with the sauce
  9. Top with parsley and season with more salt and pepper (if you want to add more)
  10. Mix in scallops and serve

The scallops still tasted sweet and the sauce was light yet flavorful. It was a perfect Valentines day dinner and I’m sure I will try it again for another special occasion!

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