I love holidays. I love decorations. I love the traditions. They’re just fun.

However, with all our stuff in storage, it’s been harder to get in the holiday spirit.

When Hallie woke up on Valentine’s day, Steve’s mom wished her a happy Valentine’s day. She looked around the kitchen and you could tell she was confused. She expressed that it didn’t look like it was Valentine’s day! Typically there are hearts hanging everywhere, cute decorated plates and mailboxes, but we had none of it. Lame, I know.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that we didn’t decorate, we also decided to spend the evening in for Valentine’s day with the kids. So we cooked up some delicious kebabs for the grill, served with pineapple cilantro rice and some Brazilian lemonade…it was delicious. It made up for not having our cute table runner and plates! Kind of. Next year I’ll make it up to Hallie!

For the kebabs, I took chicken cubes and wrapped them with bacon and put fresh pineapple in between them. Make them a couple hours before dinner and let them marinade in a teriyaki sauce. I always have to do some extra pineapple, because there is nothing more delicious than grilled pineapple!
The rice is a key component with this meal. Although you can make regular plain, boring white rice, I do not recommend it. Lime cilantro rice with pineapple brings out the flavor of the kebabs much better. (Thank you ourbestbites.com!)

1 cup dry white rice, cooked in 2 C water.
2 T real butter
Juice from 1 large lime, or two smaller ones (taste as you go, I add a lot!)
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained. (You may want 2 small cans or maybe one large can)
½ – ¾ C chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook rice. As soon as it’s done, toss in the butter and stir to melt. Add lime juice, pineapple, and cilantro. Stir to combine, and then add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
The brazilian lemonade was also introduced on the same website as the rice, but we have since altered it. I used to blend limes in a blender, adding sugar and water…yada yada. I then bought Simply Limeade one time. 
Genius. Much better, much easier! 
You take Simply limeade and add sweetened condensed milk. Yes, that is correct, sweetened condensed milk. It makes the limeade slightly milky looking. Shake it well. I tend to add several tablespoons, sometimes more. I like it sweet! Add as much sweetened condensed milk as you’d like, I don’t think you can go wrong with that stuff. Granted, I also like to take spoonfuls of it straight from the can. It’s that tasty! (This is best if served fresh, not as good the next day.)