Last week I was feeling rather culinary. Here’s a couple things I made-

Chicken & asparagus crepes with mushroom cream sauce

A hearty & spicy chicken tortilla soup.

It’s funny how somedays being in the kitchen is so relaxing and creative. And then other days, I’m breaking out the PF Changs frozen dinner for 2. (It’s really good though, promise.)

Saturday Pancakes

Why is having breakfast for dinner is still so exciting, fun, and a little bit rebellious? Instead of the traditional buttermilk and maple syrup combo, I made these lemon ricotta and lemon curd pancakes. Using this recipe. Even if you are not a huge fan of lemon, these are to die for. And I’m pretty sure home-made lemon curd is my favorite dessert condiment of the moment.

 

Pat and I are now in a heavenly sugar-coma.

Side-note: We are thinking about starting to grow some veggies at home. I’ve been inspired by my mom’s vegetable garden success. More on that later…

Happy Birthday, dear Patrick

It was Mr. Pat’s 26th birthday on Friday. It’s always nice when your birthday falls on Friday, and it was the Friday starting off his Spring Break at that! Also, I am the worst, and forgot to take pictures of any birthday-related things.

I did make him a chocolate cake. It was good.

This was better:

 

Noms.

These are some clothings I’ve donned-

You may have noticed a similar pair of “sailor pants” that I’ve worn. Well, they are my new favorite fun pants. I snagged them at Old Navy for $10 a pair. One is white with black piping, the other navy with white.

Old Navy Lubbock, how I adore your sale rack that doesn’t resemble the pricing on the website, ever.

In other news, Oliver Bean had his first real hair cut, and now he looks ridiculously funny. They left his head in a “teddy bear” cut, and shaved him down everywhere else. Now his head appears to be 3x bigger than his body. Also, PetSmart gave us a half-off  our grooming bill because Mr. Bean was the “dog of the day.”

That was my only attempt of getting him to stay still for a picture. He’s a nut-job alright. Just perfect for our other nugget, Bucket Head.

Naan of yo’ business

Okay, the title of this post is really dumb.

But this easy dinner is not dumb. In fact, it’s rather tasty. It’s just some homemade naan, greek yogurt dip, & asparagus rice.

Now, let’s take a journey from dough to naan…

Nom. I used this recipe. Check out <—– that blog. Good stuff right there.

Greek yogurt dip-

To taste- Plain greek yogurt, paprika, parsley, salt, minced garlic, pepper

woot.

For my husband.

This post is in honor of Mr. Patrick. It combines 2 of his favorite things. Basketball & sweets.

I was having an awkward “team mom” moment last Thursday, snapping photos during Patriki’s intramural game, but I’m sure I’ll be happy I did this one day…

[p.s. He’s number 3!]

& now onto sweets.

I made a coffee cake yesterday.

nom nom.

Dinner for 2

I tried out a new recipe and it was a major hit with husband and myself. It’s called porcupines, which is basically meatballs with rice cooked inside. I made them with my version of caramelized onions. The recipe is nice because it’s a “base” recipe, so you can add and take out seasonings and other things to cater to your liking.

I used-

About 1lb of ground beef

A sprinkling or 2 of bread crumbs

1/4 cup uncooked rice

Fresh chopped parsley

Finely chopped onion

3 garlic cloves, chopped or minced

1 egg

Salt & pepper to taste

Sauce- Tomato (pasta) sauce & Worcestershire sauce

Basically you just mush all that good stuff together, adding and seasoning to your liking. Grease a baking dish and preheat the oven to 350. Roll the mush into nice meatballs. Add a bit of worscheshire sauce to the tomato sauce and pour it into the dish. Add the meatballs and coat them in the sauce. Cover, and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover, and finish baking for another 15.

Meanwhile, put yo’ onions in the skillet with olive oil, tiny bit of butter, and a pinch of salt. Sautee the onions until browned and crispy.

Before

Looking crispy!

Ok, so we've established my meals aren't going to be aesthetically pleasing. Sorry bout it.

Easy peasy. Boom.

Cooking and Car Shopping

Pat and I are currently sharing one vehicle, and it is getting to be that time when one car isn’t quite cutting it. I’ve been thinking about  what kind of “crossover” would be best for me, and for us, the future, etc. So far, the top of the list is the Nissan Rogue. I’ve test driven it twice, and we got a surprisingly great quote on it yesterday at the dealership.

We’ll be taking this next month to figure out our best options for financing and other super ‘fun’ things.

In the meantime, I’ve been pretty good about cooking dinner every night. [husband has been super into making our lunches recently too!]

Here’s some foods-

green peppers, onions, chili flakes & garlic

Nutella crepes for brunch

Asian marinated sirloin over rice & peppers

&& now for my biggest achievement…..

MEATLOAF

                                                                                                                                                      [yes, we know meatloaf isn’t the most appetizing thing to look at.]

This was my first attempt at one of Pat’s favorites. It was soooo good! I basically used this recipe with minor tweaks.

 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about cooking, it’s that marinades make such a difference! There are so many marinades out there, and can transform your meat in amazing ways.

 

 

Silly Weather

Today we had a mini snow flurry which made me very giddy!

Bucket was curled up in his new spot by the window

Snow/wetness/slush means that I get to wear these

 

We got a lot done today. After my interview, I did some major apartment cleaning and organizing while Patrick played basketball. Then it started snowing. Then it stopped. So we went to the bank, the pharmacy, and the grocery store.

I made dinner with peppercorn crusted pork tenderloin and some mushroom sauce.

My speciality- shallots, garlic, mushrooms, butter & red wine

 

We’re hoping for some snow overnight so it will stick by tomorrow. Happy Monday!

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