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Friday, July 24, 2015

Browned Butter Honey Carrots

I'm back! And, I've missed you! I've missed cooking creatively, taking photos and thinking of new recipes for this blog. But, I've had a pretty good excuse.

I just finished my first year of Physician Assistant school. It was challenging, time-consuming, interesting, frustrating, and fun all rolled up into a tremendous workload. Yes, we did get a week off here or there, but for the most part, by the time we had a break, I was so mentally exhausted my main vacation activity was sleeping. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Berry Oatmeal Bars

This summer I am embarking on a road trip with my parents and my three boys, all in one car, from Florida to Mississippi. There will definitely be some crying, some whining, some temper tantrums, and I expect my boys will get a little cranky, too. I'm looking forward to it and dreading it in probably equal measure.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pulled Pork

Being five, my son Gabriel loves to talk about butts. Actually both of my boys find body parts hilarious, but since Grayson is only two I think he gets more pleasure from mimicking his older brother than actually thinking it's funny on his own. Anyway, when Gabriel found out there was a cut of meat called a pork butt he was intrigued. He's been bugging me to get a pork butt at the grocery store for a while. I couldn't find any pork butts this week, (doesn't that sound weird to say?!), but I did pick up a nice three-pound pork picnic for dinner. It's a very similar cut, and like the pork butt, is great in the crockpot. Another nice feature is that it's really cheap. I bought this for $2.09 a pound - that's the regular price not a sale price. It's not often that you can buy a cut of meat that comes out tender, flavorful, and juicy for such a low price.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

One Pot Dinners

We have hit summer here in Southwest Florida, even if the calendar doesn't quite reflect it yet. I know this because the boys are heading into their third (!) week out of school, it's hitting 90 degrees most days, and I can't get the chlorine smell off my skin. I love the slower pace of summer and the fact that we don't have to set an alarm most days and that we can do things like spend hours at the library and the pool. This also makes me a little more relaxed about having meals planned and prepped for the week, and I am newly obsessed with one-pot meals. Most involve some type of pasta and meat, perfect for the ravenous hunger my boys seem to have after a day of sun and swimming. They all will make cleaning up the kitchen a little less time-consuming so you can get out and enjoy the extra sunlight of those long summer evenings.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cherry Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

So, I'm officially in graduate school now, locked in a classroom for up to eight hours a day. Not only are we required to be there, we're required to pay attention and actually learn what they're telling us. Now, I don't know about you, but that means I need something really important ... snacks. Sitting and listening, I could eat continually. I'm certain that helps with the learning process.

But, that could lead to some issues, right? I don't want to waste away in my chair, but I also don't want to outgrow my newly purchased Caribbean Blue scrubs; so I have to be careful with said snacks.

So, for now, I've made a few resolutions.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Simple Roasted Broccoli

I spent most of May sick. Like three doctor's visits, two ER trips, and a hospital stay sick. To make a long story short, if your doctor says that you have pneumonia and need to stay in bed for the next few days, do not joke about it on Facebook. Anyway, I'm very lucky to have a husband and parents who took care of everything and basically let me check out of my life for several weeks. Even so, and despite the fact that my husband did more than his fair share of cooking, we have had a lot of takeout and fast food over the last month. And I am over it. Plus, while I've been trying to convince myself that my suddenly-too-tight pants have something to do with the steroid I've been on for a month, I think we all know I'm deluding myself.

So I was excited to finally get to the grocery store the other day and stock up on some real food, and especially some fresh veggies. I've mentioned before that I'm not really a veggie lover by nature, so that's probably a testament to just how much takeout I've eaten lately. Plus, I genuinely love this roasted broccoli. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Honey Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake

Today is my mom's birthday, and I made her favorite dessert, strawberry shortcake. Strawberry season has come and gone in Florida, and all we can get in the store now are California strawberries. I think these are a distant second to in-season Florida strawberries (I'm sure that has everything to do with the fact that they are picked and shipped a few thousand miles before ending up on my table), but that's nothing a little sugar and whipped cream can't fix.