The Burbs

Wow, it has been way too long. Seriously, I haven’t posted since mid July? And, to top it off, I haven’t even been cooking that much. Horrible I know. But I have a good excuse…I promise!

Excuse is…we bought a house and moved…to the burbs πŸ™‚ I said it would never happen, but lesson learned, never say never. After several months of looking in the city, the Mr. and I decided to expand our search a little. And, within a few days, we found a house we both loved. Only problem, it already had an offer on it that had been accepted. Deciding it didn’t hurt, we put a back up offer on it thinking nothing would come of it. But about a week later we got a call saying the first offer fell through and it was ours if we still wanted it. Um, hello, yes…can we say this house has my dream kitchen (among other things)!

Anyhow, after finalizing the offer and getting the process moving forward, we decided we wanted to get the townhouse rented ASAP. So within a few days we had it listed and within a week of that we had renters signed to move in July 30th. Only problem, we weren’t closing on the new place until August 15th. So what did we do…we moved in with my parents of course πŸ˜‰

Almost two months later, we are still settling into the new house. Absolutely love the house but seriously wish the unpacking, hanging stuff, etc. would take care of itself. We will get there…eventually. And, slowly I am starting to cook again…just have to get back in the habit of taking pictures and writing. But it will happen…guaranteed.

Here is a shot of our new home sweet home! Man, just love it!!!

HomeEnjoy your Wednesday evening! I am looking forward to mine…first relaxing evening home all week.

Take care!

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Once again it has been waaaaaay too long since I have posted! I have such a backlog of recipes I tried and want to share. Promise after the Mr and my much needed vacation (also our 1 year anniversary trip!) I will get back to it. Both meal planning and recipe sharing. Until then I hope you are all well!!!

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Week 2 Meal Planning

So sad the weekend is over! Always tough starting off a new week. The Mr. and I had a great weekend. Friday I followed through and made the Shrimp Fried Rice I planned on. It was awesome. Can’t wait to share the recipe with you. Soon I promise…you will want to try it. Then we watched a movie. The Mr. was so nice to me and we watched Pitch Perfect…loved! So cheesy but so good!

Snowshoe

Saturday we had a lazy morning…yes, lazy coffee and the hubby made us green shakes. Followed this with taking Leo to the dog park. We recently discovered the Magnolia dog park and Leo loves it! After we threw on some snow gear and went snowshoeing. It was such a fun time! We both got to test out our new snowshoes and it really felt like winter! Once we got back from the mountains we quickly changed and went to a friend’s house for football, chilli and corn bread.

Sunday we had a few people over for breakfast and the Seahawks game, then we worked in the garage. Slowly but surely we are making progress on cleaning it out. Sunday evening we went to church, I made us Orecchiette with Sausage & Crispy Broccoli (as planned in week 2 below) and we watched the Bourne Legacy.

Sad it’s Monday!

Anyhow, as my previous post mentioned, week 1 of meal planning was a big success. I can see why people do it. πŸ™‚ So here we go again….here is what I have planned for week 2.

Week 2 – January 13th – January 19th:

Sunday: Orecchiette with Sausage & Crispy Broccoli

Monday: Salmon Salad

Tuesday: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday: Leftovers / Whatever I come up with as I am on my own and am getting a massage πŸ™‚

Thursday: Soy-Maple Salmon

Friday: Eat Out / Leftovers

Saturday: Eat Out / Leftovers

Hope you all have a good Monday!

2013 Goal: Learn to Grocery Shop Better And Smarter

One thing I have to say I am really, really, really bad atΒ (yes it deserves 3) is grocery shopping. I am not afraid to admit it, but I do have to say that it does always surprise me. For someone who loves to cook and enjoys grocery shopping I am horribleSorry mom, but I think I got my badness from you πŸ™‚ I can manage to go to the store, buy plenty, but then have nothing to make…or I have the same staples every time so I am only able able to make the same things over and over which absolutely bores me!

In order to train myself, I have set a goal for 2013. My goal is to LEARN TO GROCERY SHOP BETTER & SMARTER. In order to meet this goal, I have decided that I need to meal plan. This is something I have never done. Not only will this help me shop better, but this will also help me hopefully spend less (not buy things we don’t need) and eat healthier as I will think out our meals ahead of time. A good friend of mine (yes you Jessica) has been doing it for a while now and based on her blogging, it really seems to be working for her and what she is trying to achieve, so I am totally encouraged now to try it!

I do worry about my ability to succeed at this goal as we have a very busy schedule. However, as we are really good at keeping our calendars up to date, I think it will be OK as this will allow me to properly plan. Also, I know unexpected things will come up (like Tuesday night I ended up being at work until 7:30pm so my plan for that night got postponed and the hubby made chicken tacos for us) but overall I really think it will be good and will work!

Additionally, the Mr. has challenged me to actually use my cookbooks πŸ™‚ Yes, this is something else I am bad at. I LOVE cookbooks. Like I am obsessed with them. I love to look at them, and mark recipes I want to try, however, when it comes time to needing a recipe, I rarely look to them as it is so much easier to search online or look on Pinterest! So, in 2013, I have been challenged to make a meal from a recipe in one of my cookbook or magazines (yes I get a lot of those too) each week.

So for this week (1/6 – 1/12), here is what the plan is/has been:

Sunday: Veggie and Tofu Stir-Fry (from Cooking Light)

Monday: Salmon Florentine with Quinoa Pilaf (from Self Magazine)

Tuesday: Chicken Tacos (made by the hubby)

Wednesday: Bean & Barley Soup (from Eating Well Magazine)

Thursday: I had book club so the hubby was on his own…I am guessing he had PB&J?

Friday: Shrimp Fried Rice (from Eating Well Magazine)

Saturday: Leftovers or eat out

As we go, I will definitely plan to share recipes with you all! I probably won’t provide links until I actually write about them that way they are easier to reference.

I was a little behind getting this post done but for week 1 as it is now Friday, I think it worked really well. It was really nice to go home and know what my plan was for the evening instead of getting home and blankly staring at the fridge to figure something out! Week 1 done (assuming I follow through and cook tonight), now to come up with Week 2’s menu πŸ™‚

Hope you are all having a great day! Although it is freezing out it is absolutely gorgeous out! My view is AMAZING today. Clear view of the Olympics. Have a great weekend! Will be back with at least one of the recipes I made this week hopefully soon.

Locked Out Of The House, To Exhausted To Do Anything Caprese…

Monday night was quite the night. I laugh about it now, but man, was I one extremely unhappy, exhausted person by the end of my day. Here is a high level summary of my night…

After a long, hectic, fun-filled weekend with the husband’s family in town for my brother-in-law and now officially my sister-in-laws wedding (more on the weekend in another post…I know I have several of those I have said I will post on and I promise I will…I just need more time) and having worked a full day when I was originally supposed to have the day off (thanks to a meeting that I had to be at being scheduled) I was ready to go home, watch a movie and go to bed!

However, after finally leaving work and running a few errands, I got home and realized I got locked out 😦 Yes, true story, I actually got locked out of my house. With all the chaos of having people in and out of our house all weekend, my key got taken off of my key chain and never got put back on. I didn’t realize it at the time and when I left home on Monday I didn’t need to lock the door as people were still there, so no clue that I was key less.

Anyhow, at first I thought no big deal, there is a key under the doormat as the family that left after I went to work was supposed to use the extra key and put it under the mat when they left to travel home. Sadly, this didn’t happen as the newly married couple stopped by to pick up a few items we had of theirs and used their key copy we gave them in case of an emergency to lock up as everyone was heading out. No ones fault obviously, just an unfortunate happening!

Then, I quickly realized that all of the people with spare keys were out-of-town (yes all of them). And, even the Mr. was out-of-town so he couldn’t come to my rescue. Next I thought, maybe our 3rd story balcony door is open. It had been open while people were staying in that guest room so I climbed up the rock way along the side of the house to the back (mind you, all while in my work clothes which was a fairly fitted dress) to check it out. Go figure….it was locked too. Someone had checked it and locked it. URGH!

At that point I was really, really frustrated. Not knowing what else to do, angrily, I called a lock smith (after several calls to complain to the Mr.) to come to my rescue. After getting in touch with one, I was told it would be up to 40 minutes before someone called. Sadly by this point, I had to use the bathroom incredibly badly and the neighbors were gone. Knowing I had a little time, I quickly rushed to the Starbucks down the road to use their ladies room. And, in the process, bought myself a treat of a pumpkin spiced latte (I deserved it right?) to help me calm down!

About 25 minutes later the guy shows up after calling multiple times needing directions as he got lost. How, I am not sure as he mentioned he lived in Magnolia (just my luck!). 20 minutes later he still can’t get me in. By this time I was to the point of screaming (well, ok maybe I already was but by this point I was LIVID) so I took matters into my own hands as this so called lock smith couldn’t figure it out. I won’t share what I did as I don’t need people trying to replicate it and get in my house πŸ™‚ But lets say it required serious climbing and strength on my side all while in my work clothes, which of course meant short, fairly fitted dress! URGH.

Thankfully my master plan worked and I got in as getting back down to ground level was going to be fairly difficult/dangerous! To top it all off, I still had to pay the guy $75 for coming out and doing nothing. I guess he was there in case I fell and hurt myself which is a positive way to look at it! Oh well, I got in my house and rescued the pup so he could take care of business!

After all this, I still had to figure out something for dinner. Of course I didn’t really have any leftovers…well I did, but it was all DESSERT items so that was outta the question. Scanning the fridge/kitchen I realized I had a gazillion tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and my basil plant is exploding with fresh basil so I decided on a caprese salad. So easy and so, so tasty!

Recipe which I will call “Locked Out of the House, To Exhausted to Do Anything Caprese” (one big serving – all estimates as again I forgot to measure! You can’t really go wrong, any amount of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil is good!)

  • 1 1/2 cups small tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella cut into bit size pieces
  • 6 fresh basil leaves (thinly sliced)
  • Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut up mozzarella, tomatoes and basil and toss together. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over mixture. Top with a little salt and pepper. ENJOY!

By 8:30pm I was happily sitting on the couch with my caprese, a big glass of wine and a movie on to watch with the little guy (Leo) curled up beside me!

All in all I survived and can laugh about it now. But man, I was in really bad shape come 8pm on Monday. Thankfully no one had to see me and experience my bad mood! On our list for this weekend…figure out who else we can give a spare key to and fix the garage door so we actually have openers that work.

Hope you are all having great Wednesdays! I have two great brunch recipes to share with you so hopefully by tomorrow I can give you the scoop on those. Until then, farewell!

Is It Possible…A Healthy Cookie???

I do think it is possible that a cookie can now be “healthy”…well OK, so maybe not healthy but the cookies I am writing about in this post are as close as you are going to get! In my opinion, these cookies are a must try! They were delicious! I brought some on the boat with us for Seafair and they were well liked. And, as I was eating way too many at home I brought a lot in to work a few days later and they were gone by the end of the day! People devoured them.

They are super moist (man, I hate that word but just not sure how else to describe them!) and extremely tasty (bet you are happy I didn’t use extremely with my least favorite word above..ha). And, although they are a cookie, I didn’t feel all that bad about eating a second one as there is NO oil/butter in these babies…instead there is applesauce. I have heard of substituting applesauce for oil in cakes however not that I recall in cookies. So glad my packet of Bob’s Red Mill Muesli had this recipe on it because I am in love πŸ™‚

Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muesli Cookies (From Bob’s Red Mill Website and on side of Muesli package)

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 6 oz Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Applesauce
  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Old Country Style Muesli

Directions: Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside. Blend applesauce, sugar and vanilla together. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture and mix. Stir in Muesli and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375Β°F for 10-12 minutes. Makes 24 cookies.

Enjoy!