Update

11 Jan

It’s been 2 months since I’ve updated the old blog! Apparently December moved by at warp speed leaving very little time to blog. So what have I been up to you ask? Well, I finished my first semester of grad school with 2 B’s, a B+, and 2 A’s. Not too shabby! Christmas came and went and I got a bunch of awesome stuff. Jason and I took an impromptu road trip for New Years Eve which was fantastic. We went to Lancaster, Pa and shopped and ate sushi. We also found out we’re having a baby!

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It was a huge surprise but very exciting none the less. As of today I am 5 weeks pregnant. I go to the Dr’s next week to confirm everything and start the prenatal check up’s and what not. Right now my due date is September 13th but it could change after the first ultrasound.

I start classes again on the 18th which I am pretty excited about. I am ready to start so that I can be done sooner! Other than that everything is pretty much the same, just more exciting since I am growing a person inside of me!

Is it December yet?

19 Nov

This semester has flown by so far! I am right in the thick of finals prep, projects due, and scheduling next semester. I hardly have time to relax, let alone update this ol’ blog. But here I am! Despite being super busy I have had a chance to relax a little bit. Jason and I took the dogs to run around the field at his parents house. The loved it and it was the most beautiful fall day ever!

 

13 Nov


Jason’s birthday was last week and we celebrated the night of and the next weekend. First we started out with his favorite dinner at home- sushi! I had class til 7 so I swung by on the way home and picked it up. It was delish as usual!

After dinner we had birthday cookie cake. It was pretty good and the blue balloons made it even more tasty.

The icing was a very unnatural shade of blue!

The weekend after Jason’s birthday we went to Huddleson Court. We go there every year and it is amazing! They have several little cottages and suites with full kitchens, fireplaces, and awesome amenities.

It was an awesome an relaxing weekend! I can’t wait to go back for my birthday in February!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

5 Nov

Thanksgiving is still 3 weeks away but I am super excited already! This will be my 3rd Thanksgiving as a vegetarian and I finally feel like I am getting the hang of it. The first year I think I ate mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and felt like I was missing out. But last year I stepped it up a little and made a curry and a vegetable gratin both of which were really good! This year I am planning on making a bunch of different things so we have tons of leftovers- which is the best part of Thanksgiving!

This is my tentative list of things I would like to make this year…

Channa Masala

Quorn Turk’y Roast

Quinoa Pilaf

1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh peas
2 cups vegetable broth
Sea salt, to taste
Ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup finely diced carrots
1/4 cup chopped red onions

Rinse quinoa and drain it well. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add peas, carrots, and red onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Stir in quinoa and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until the skillet gets dry.

In a separate pan, heat vegetable broth to a simmer. Add hot broth, salt and pepper to the skillet. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

Skillet Macaroni and Broccoli and Mushrooms and Cheese (Adapted from “Real Food Has Curves”)

4 ounces grated Cheddar
2 ounces finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, chopped
6 ounces cremini or white button mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
3 cups low-fat or fat-free milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced tarragon leaves or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces dried whole-wheat pasta shells (not the large ones for stuffing), cooked and drained according to the package instructions
4 cups small broccoli florets, cooked in boiling water for 1 minute (broccoli can be added to the pasta during the last minute of cooking, then drained with the pasta in a colander)

1. Mix the Cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano in a medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a large, high-sided, oven-safe skillet. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.

3. Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid and it comes to a simmer, and then reduces by about two-thirds, about 5 minutes.

4. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables in the skillet. Stir well to coat.

5. Whisk in the milk in a steady, thin stream until creamy. Then whisk in the mustard, tarragon, salt and pepper. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to bubble and the liquid thickens, about 3 minutes.

6. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in three-quarters of the mixed cheeses until smooth. Then stir in the cooked pasta and broccoli.

7. Preheat the broiler after setting the rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. Meanwhile, sprinkle the remaining cheese over the ingredients in the skillet. Set the skillet on the rack and broil until light browned and bubbling, about 5 minutes. (If your skillet has a plastic or wooden handle, make sure it sticks outside the oven, out from under the broiler, so the handle doesn’t melt.) Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before dishing up.

Yield: Makes six side-dish servings.

New post

3 Nov

I’m finally back after a long blogging hiatus! It wasn’t an intentional hiatus, I just got too busy with other things to sit down and blog. What have I been up to you ask? Well, lets see…

I’ve been cooking some yummy food with the help of Jason.

I’ve been trying to keep up with the cleaning. My bedroom was a disaster zone the other week so I turned this…

Into this…

We’ve been doing tons of laying around under heaps of blankets with these guys. We keep our furnace around 63 to save energy/lower our bill so we always have tons of blankets in circulation to cuddle under.

Barry has been getting regular baths to try and get the smell of the humane society off of him. We’ve definitely made some progress so far but he is still a little smelly. But smelly or not we love him!

And we love this guy too! I may be biased but I’m pretty sure he is the most adorable dog ever.

I’ve also been consumed by school work. Mid-terms came and went and I did pretty well on everything. This week alone I have a 5 page paper due and a lesson plan. Then next week I have another paper and a project due. I’m sure it is going to be like this until the semester is over which is only about 5 weeks away! I can’t believe it is going by so fast!

A Week of Dinners Tuesday – Friday

16 Oct

So I got a little behind on a week of dinners this week. Sometimes life happens. I will make up for it with the easiest most amazing recipe ever!

Tuesday we had pierogies- the most yinzer food ever!

Wednesday we ended up not cooking. I ate some mac and cheese at my parents before class and Jason fended for himself.

Thursday I made vegetable curry in the crock pot and it came out SO good!

Tonight we forgot about the menu plan and ate frozen pizza. It tasted way better than the leftovers look!

This wasn’t a stellar week as far as following the menu but it happens!

Now for the best and easiest recipe ever!

Roasted green beans

For this recipe you will need-

A bag of frozen green beans, olive oil, garlic powder (yes that is the largest container of garlic powder ever!), salt, and pepper.

First pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Next put the beans in a casserole dish and drizzle with olive oil and then add salt pepper and garlic powder to taste. I like tons of garlic so I add a generous sprinkling! Mix up all of the ingredients until all of the beans are well coated with oil.

Bake the beans at 425 for about 40 minutes of until the ends get brown and crispy. The taste almost like french fries when they are done and they are one of my most favorite foods!

I served them with the pierogies this week and i think I ate 3/4 of the pan myself. They are amazing!

A Week of Dinners- Monday

12 Oct

In conjunction with my $50 grocery budget post I wanted to post pictures of what we will eat each night. Last night was supposed to be sweet and sour shrimp. When I looked up the sauce recipe I realized that I didn’t have pineapple so I just made a soy/honey/ginger sauce instead. My plan was to also have rice with the shrimp. But when I put the rice in the rice cooker I didn’t realize that it was on timer setting and never actually turned on. So instead of waiting 20 minutes for the rice to cook I made couscous in 5 minutes. Nothing went according to plan but everything came out really good!

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