I took this photo of Mr. Nielson as he was
preparing our traditional Sunday dinner.
Early in our marriage, we both agreed that I would cook
meals for the family on the weekdays
(because I love to cook and serve my family that way).
But on Saturdays and Sundays I'm off.
We usually go out on Saturday, and Mr. Nielson, who loves to cook
cooks on Sunday.
He cooks vegetables like no one I know.
He takes after my dad, who, growing up, always cooked on Sundays, too.
Christian's favorite dishes include:
Beets with arugula and ricotta, mashed potatoes with garlic and heavy cream,
brussels sprouts with a balsamic vinaigrette reduction, sliced almonds, and
rosemary cauliflower with butter and parmesan.
During his prep time, I usually sit at the kitchen bar and talk to him while he
methodically cuts each vegetable.
We discuss what we learned at church and who we connected with in the congregation.
I tell him what I want to accomplish for the new week
and projects I'd like to finish.
We always discuss world problems, troubling times, politics, and our faith.
I love us. Sometimes it's super nerdy when people say that,
but I seriously, I do really, really love us.
I love what we do together, what we have created together,
and who we are together. I love our traditions, memories, and connections.
He is my best friend, and I couldn't live without him- or his beet salad.