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Posted on Dec 2, 2013 | 10 comments

Another Thanksgiving over:( I had a great time relaxing in Maryland!! It was chilly though – I lasted about 15 minutes playing cornhole on Thanksgiving day, and then snuggled under a blanket until dinner.


I’m not very good anyway…

Matt’s sis was dog sitting this guy and he was adorable!!!! Just look at that fur!
We all sampled and shared lots and lots of beers!



We had a traditional spread of food and I made another pumpkin pie. This dairy-free recipe was fabulous and much better than the failed vegan pie I made last week. I added a layer of chocolate and made some coconut whipped cream too!

After Thanksgiving, we continued the festivities with more cornhole and beer on Friday, and a trip to Old Town Alexandria on Saturday. My parents joined us from Charlottesville, VA so we could all catch up. Old Town is so picturesque this time of year and we had a delicious lunch at the very cute Virtue Grain and Feed right off King Street.

And on Saturday night, we met a bunch of Matt’s high school friends for dinner and drinks at Metropolitan Kitchen. I haven’t been out in Annapolis many times, so it was fun to check out the scene and the food was great. We ordered a couple of small plates and the highlights were these giant tacos and a burger with cranberry relish and bacon. The cocktails were fabulous too – I had bourbon with fig syrup and walnut bitters.

We hung out for a few hours just drinking and talking. I guess we haven’t been out with friends in a while, so it was really nice to just enjoy drinks and conversation in a cozy bar.

We ended the trip with a lovely brunch at Miss Shirley’s in Annapolis – complete with a bloody mary, cajun shrimp omelette, and this chocolate monkey bread!
When I stepped off the plane yesterday, it was a balmy 69 degrees out. I feel like I’m on vacation in Dallas – I love it! My stomach is really bothering me today though and I’m not sure what to do to get it back to normal. I definitely had some dairy over the holiday, but I wouldn’t think butter alone would throw it so out of whack. I’ve got a bad headache too – can I just sleep through this week? I’m actually really pumped for the next three weeks because we have three holiday parties and then we’re hosting Christmas!!! So that’s what’s next!
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Posted on Sep 26, 2013 | 4 comments

I’m obsessed with this new eggplant dip I found at WF. It’s tangy and sooo good with sweet potato chips.


I made Kath’s pumpkin meatloaf this week! Yes, it’s ugly, but that’s because I made a one-person portion [excuses] and just kinda formed it in one corner of the loaf pan. The upside was that all the sides were crunchy end pieces. I also added bourbon in place of the water in the sauce:)


I loved the pumpkin sauce so much that I made a lighter version with crushed tomatoes the next day! It’s funny that I hate tomato sauce and love bbq sauce. Aka, I love sugar.


I finally got to try one of Chef Stephan Pyles’ famous restaurants on a lunch date today. The place was swanky and packed with business people. I had the most amazing dish: wood-fired chicken with sun-dried tomato¬≠-bacon chutney, avocado fries, and grilled romaine hearts. The avocado fries were giant chunks of breaded, warm avocado. Mmmm.


Though it was 90 degrees outside today (which actually felt quite nice), I had the urge to bake and really wanted pumpkin. I followed this recipe for no-bake pumpkin oatmeal cookies. The dough is incredible! But then I got sad that I couldn’t eat one hot out of the oven, so I decided to bake them. I added an egg and 1/4 tsp baking powder and also threw in some cranberries. They are more like mini muffin clusters than cookies, but they hit the spot.



Soo close to another weekend! See ya.

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A Little Baking

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 | 5 comments

I started to write ‘happy hump day’ and then realized it’s Thursday…yay for a weekend at home! After so much travel this summer, I’m craving low-key time at home more than ever and I’m excited to continue exploring Dallas on the weekends.

Since a Trader Joe’s just opened here, I’ve been going almost every week. It’s weird how the stores are all slightly different – this one doesn’t have horseradish hummus! Anyway, a few weeks ago, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a bag of almond meal. I was so excited to have it, and then it just sat there for weeks. I know there are a ton of different ways to use it, but I just hadn’t felt motivated to bake – until last night.

There’s not a Great Harvest close to my apartment, and I’ve really been missing their dense breads. So I whipped up a loaf of almond bread I found on Love + Cupcakes. I was surprised at how quickly fresh, warm bread was coming out of my oven!


This bread is a little eggy, but definitely dense and slightly sweet – reminded me of banana bread. I made a tuna salad sandwich with it (which was awesome), but I think it would be even better with nut butter and jam.


I’m kinda of obsessed with my new food processor [wedding gift] and I’m excited to try baking with almond meal again.

Any recipe recommendations from you guys?

Enjoy the weekend.

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Coming My Way

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 | 2 comments

I guess my body wants me to slow down even more, because I woke up this morning with a sore throat, and I know it’s got to be Matt’s sickness coming my way. He’s been out of commission for 3 days so. I hope that’s not a preview of what’s to come.

On a more positive note, I did discover a delicious new crock pot meal! I found this recipe for curried lentils and sweet potatoes in a magazine.


Despite it’s appearance, it was flavorful. It reminded me of my beloved boxed Indian meals from Trader Joe’s. The recipe recommended serving the lentils over rice, but it already seemed like a lot of mush to me. So, I had it with a piece of naan instead. Sweet potatoes are the best – one of those foods like peanut butter, where I can’t believe it’s actually good for you.

Guys, only one real day, one teacher work day, and three meetings stand in the way of me and spring break. And Easter is coming too. SO much to look forward to!!


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Posted on Feb 20, 2013 | 6 comments

I finally tried morning bootcamp at the Y! I’ve been walking by for many weeks now, on the way to spinning, and I finally found the energy to try it. Of course, it was the one day the class was designed as a partner workout, so I was that awkward new girl who knew no one. But a nice girl agreed to be my partner, not knowing that I’m not in bootcamp shape. She was a tiny little thing, but she was super strong and definitely pushed me. We did stations with burpees, push-ups, box jumps, partner sit-ups, mountain-climbers, sprints, and running with resistance. It was a tough class, but I like it a lot and will definitely go again.

The only real negative was that my tail bone was killing me during the sit-ups – we were using weights, so I was perched up on it for quite a while. I didn’t think much of it after it was over, but when I got in the shower, I felt a horrible pain around my tail bone – like a a stinging insect in the crevice. I guess my form was poor and my skin was rubbing against the mat as I sat up and down because all the skin around the bone was rubbed raw and gone. Gross.

Anyway, it was nice to work out in the morning because I had a teeth cleaning this afternoon. It’s been almost two years since I’ve had them cleaned [whoops], and the hygienist said, aside from coffee stains, I’m doing pretty well!

Dinner was simmering away in the crock pot this evening when I returned. Pork is my favorite thing to slow-cook, so I was excited to find this recipe that pairs pork with plantains. I didn’t mash the plantains though – just sliced them and cooked in coconut oil. When Matt saw his plate, he asked me where the rice was! We love our rice bowls.


This was totally awesome though and I LOVED the combination! Made me want to go to Puerto Rico.

Time is flying my friends. I’m off to bed so I can tackle another Thursday.

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