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What I’m Loving

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 | 4 comments

I feel like I’m in this peaceful period – the calm before the storm. This winter has been relatively slow in terms of plans and events, and while I know things are about to be super busy, I’ve just been enjoying going to work, slowly making my way through the giant to-do list that is the wedding, and taking pleasure in the slow pace of the cold season. Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:

  • I’ve been trying to work out in the mornings 2 or so days a week, so that I can better utilize my time in the evening. I really can’t even describe how wonderful it feels to get home from work and not have to think about going anywhere. I’ve always hated evening workouts, and I’m especially appreciating getting cozy at night during the winter. A few years ago, I would have been bored at home or craving happy hour, but these days, there’s nothing better than being warm on the couch with free time. The best nights involve Downton Abby (I’m stuck now btw because Netflix doesn’t have season 2) or a movie.


  • Caitlin’s cornbread quiche. I love that this is easy, delicious, produces leftovers, and can be made with essentially any toppings. I keep coming back to it over and over again.

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  • Wedding planning, while quite stressful and sometimes annoying, is so fun. For the most part, I’ve really enjoyed the process and I’m starting to realize that I’m a very visual person. I love just looking. The flowers, colors, patterns, paper, dresses, shoes are all so darn beautiful these days, that wedding browsing has become my favorite way to waste time. Even though I’ve already planned so many of the details, I still want to look!


  • Date night. There’s just nothing quite like a good one-on-one date (I would be terrible on The Bachelor). It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with going out to dinner, but one of the reasons I love it so much is because it allows for quality time without all the distractions of work, school, or life. Matt and I had great conversation just sitting at the bar on Friday night, and it felt so refreshing after a long week.


  • Wine. Every year, after I’ve had every imaginable chocolate porter, coffee stout, pumpkin ale, and winter barley wine during the holidays, I start to crave a little break from beer. And then I have a glass of juicy red wine and remember that I adore wine too! My love for beer just sometimes overpowers it and I have to go on a wine kick to rekindle the flame.


What’s something simple that you’re loving about life?

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A Lucky Dinner

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 | 0 comments

Given how late we were out Monday, and how much I drank, yesterday was a very very lazy day! We watched some movie about rescuing whales and did a whole lotta nothing. I realized that this is the first New Year’s that I’ve been at home, with my own kitchen, since high school (and back then I didn’t have my own kitchen!). So, I decided to cook a southern New Year’s Day dinner and invited my parents over. They brought the wine:)

I knew I wanted black-eye peas for prosperity, pork for positive motion, greens for wealth, and cornbread for gold!


I found a wonderful recipe for black-eyed pea jambalaya. It was pretty easy and really flavorful and spicy.


For a last minute dinner, I think it turned out really well, although I wish I had prepared more food and had something better than leftovers for dessert!.


Cornbread muffins were from the TJ’s mix:


And we made turnip greens that were braised with bacon, white wine, and chicken broth. Matt was in charge of the greens and they were the best we’ve ever made (well, we’ve rarely attempted).


Who knows if these New Years foods will bring us any luck, but it seems like a good year to give it a try!

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Posted on Dec 4, 2012 | 0 comments

Can you guys believe how quickly time is moving? T minus 2.5 weeks until Christmas break. And the 65 degree day really threw me off because it felt like March. I think I would be so confused if I lived in California.

I’ve being doing a lot of eating around here: leftover apple crisp, salami, pumpkin roll, mexican dip, and wine. I decided I needed to cook a nice healthy dinner to get back on track. I’m not used to having so much fun food in my apartment!


When I saw Jenna’s stuffed chicken, I knew I had to make it because I’m a sucker for recipes with only a few ingredients. I adhere to a pretty strict grocery budget, so I just love recipes that don’t require too many purchases! I had a nice hunk of leftover peppered goat cheese from the party, so I used that in place of feta. It turned out great! This is going on my regular list.

And I used the rest of the diced tomatoes to spice up my green beans. I’m usually so bad at making green beans. They are either perfectly cooked and bland or flavorful but crunchy. Or just cold.
And that’s life these days. What’s new with you?
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Nuts and Such

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 | 1 comment

After a crazy weekend, I was in desperate need of a night on the couch. So far, so good:)

I wanted to cook something above average, and this recipe for pistachio & goat cheese chicken popped into my head. Kath discovered it years ago, and it’s one of my very favorites!


I remember I used to buy those little packages of chicken tenders because they were the cheapest chicken available. These days, I can buy a whole breast! So, these were huge and juicy and just really hit the spot. Especially because we don’t cook too much meat at home anymore…

Also, I loove pistachios and I’m excited to have the rest of the bag for snacking. And, speaking of nuts, I finally bought a can of those salt and vinegar almonds and they are that good! Matt has already declared that he’s addicted:)
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was good to be back at work today…sometimes coffee and productivity are just so satisfying. Oh, and gym sessions too. Clean teeth also feel great, and a visit to the dentist is on the agenda at 7am tomorrow. And that means it’s bed time (well, maybe I’ll just watch 30 minutes of the Duke game…).
Sweet dreams.
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Posted on Nov 7, 2012 | 3 comments

I eat Tex-Mex a lot. I mean sweet potatoes and black beans are on my grocery list every week and there’s always cheese, salsa, and tortillas/chips in my kitchen. But as much as I love it, I needed a new recipe in the rotation. Lucky for me, Kath’s MIL Karen shared her taco salad recipe. When she first told me about it, I was picturing meat and fixin’s on salad. But this stuff is gooood. Her secret is in the cheese!


And the cheese is not just thrown on top like a traditional taco salad – it’s melted into the filling. Then it disappears, and you’d never know it’s still there.


Loved it! And having it again for lunch tomorrow.


Karen’s Taco Salad

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 c chopped green pepper

16 oz can kidney beans, drained

1/2 c BBQ sauce

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp oregano

8 oz. grated cheese

Brown meat, drain. Add gr pepper, cook til tender. Stir in beans, BBQ sauce and seasonings. Simmer 10 min, stirring occasionally. Add cheese and mix til melted.

Layer in plate shredded lettuce, corn chips, hamburger mixture. Serve with sour cream/yogurt, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado.

And while I was eating this I remembered: I’m going to Texas this weekend (with my girlfriends) and I’m gonna eat authentic Tex-Mex. With margaritas. Wheeeeee.

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