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Beef Taco Pizza

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 | 2 comments

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Remember that beef, it’s what’s for dinner commercial from way back when? That’s the first thing I thought of when I was asked to do a post for The Beef Checkoff – turns out it’s the same program from years ago. It’s a national marketing and research program funded by America’s cattle farmers and ranchers as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. Check out the BeefItsWhatsForDinner website for some pretty awesome recipes. I slowed down on my beef consumption for a while because I was scared away from the price tag of grass fed beef. But then I realized I can buy it in really small portions (duh) at Whole Foods and it’s actually really cheap. I buy a 1/4 or 1/2 pound and throw it in pasta or big bowls of veggies and grains.


I wanted to try something different for this post though, because who wants to go to a party and eat veggie and grain bowls or spaghetti? I would love to make big, hearty burgers, but we don’t have a grill. It’s on our list to buy soon! So I made the next best thing to burgers: a big, hearty Mexican pizza.


I kind of created this recipe on the fly, so I don’t have formal measurements for you. I started with store bought pizza dough and about a half pound of lean grass fed beef. I made my own taco seasoning by throwing together a bunch of spices – there’s a million recipes on the internets. I also shredded a giant block of white cheddar cheese in my food processor because freshly grated cheese is soooo much better than those clumpy bags.

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While I was cooking the beef, I pre-cooked my dough for a few minutes and then covered it with a thin layer of Trader Joe’s black bean dip.


Then I covered it with beef and cheese!


And jalapeños, and I topped the whole thing off with huge slices of avocado and cilantro. We had a few friends over for a pizza party, and this one was incredible – probably one of the best homemade pizzas I’ve constructed and definitely the crowd favorite. I’d definitely eat this as cold pizza for breakfast, or heat it up and add a runny egg!


What’s your favorite way to prepare beef? Aside from burgers, I do enjoy a good meatloaf.

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 | 4 comments

How’s it going out there?


Matt and I had a wonderful anniversary celebration – we had dinner at the famous Fearings (out of this world) and the enjoyed the top layer of our wedding cake afterwards.


It was a little beat up from riding to Texas in a cooler for 3 days, but it somehow survived. I think we were too full to appreciate it right after dinner, but boy did in taste good the next day!


This week has been a good one – I picked up an extra shift at work and attempted a few new recipes to pack for lunches. And I made more banana bread because the muffins make the most incredible snack with nut butter.

Last night, Matt and I went to see Belle – it was a beautiful movie! It’s been a while since I’ve seen a good love story and I really enjoyed it. Any other good ones? I’d def. like to see Don Draper in a different role….

And now it’s time for another weekend. I don’t have a thing planned and I like it that way.

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Friday Dance

Posted on May 23, 2014 | 1 comment

How’s it going out there?

I’m pumped for a long weekend. Matt has Monday off, and he’s been working like crazy, so I know he deserves a break. I have Monday off too, although I don’t really think I have earned a holiday working part-time:) We’re sticking around here and planning to check out Fort Worth on Saturday. A stay-cation of sorts. All I’m craving is a good burger.


I haven’t been blogging much because there really isn’t much going on here! I feel so at peace now knowing that I have a job, and I’ve just been loving life. I’m appreciating the free time while I have it, by reading novels, doing week night activities, taking long walks, and just enjoying quiet time at home. I’ve been meaning to do more cooking too, but it’s just too hot to turn the oven on! I made this coconut flour banana bread last week (well muffins) and love it warmed up with almond butter. I can’t get enough nut butter these days – I currently have four jars going.

I’m off to the grocery store (one of my favorite parts of the week). I hope yall have a fantastic Memorial Day and take a moment to remember those soldiers!!

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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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