Friday, April 29, 2011
As part of my preparation for my half marathon on Sunday, I needed to Carbo load, starting Friday. I had a spaghetti squash in the fridge and I had heard that spaghetti squash is considered a carbohydrate (although I know now that it is very low carb) and so I decided to create a spaghetti squash pasta dish with a load of mixed veggies that I had on hand. It turned out pretty tasty and although Nick thinks I should've eaten more pasta, I think it helped do the trick.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I love artichokes, but I wish they didn't take so long to cook and I wish they were always in season. I also wish Nick liked them because then I would make them more often for the two of us rather than for just myself. When I usually eat artichokes, I usually just dip the leaves in a butter/mayo combination, but this time I opted for something new and I liked it. I think, I know I will do it again sometime.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Another reason this Easter was so special, besides my father's birthday, was because it was the last church service for the church my husband and I have been apart of for the past 2-3 years. Soma Orange County, was a little start up church that was led by our dear friends and mentors, Ryan and Sara Rosenbaum. We have had such a great time with Soma and the community of people that attended Soma. So although it is sad we won't be meeting in person every week anymore, I know we will all follow God's lead and scatter and take what we've learned from Soma with us. So anyway, for our final service, we had a brunch together and I decided to bake one of my old childhood Pillsbury favorites, orange cinnamon rolls. Although the batch I made was overcooked, due to my cutting the rolls into .5" slices instead of 1" slices, they still tasted delicious. So the lesson learned here is to be careful not to overcook your rolls and to make sure if you decide to make smaller sized rolls that you bake them for less time.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
This Easter was a very special one for various reasons. One of the reasons was because it was my fathers birthday. I baked this cake for him and made it special for my family's Easter/BDay celebration. I knew it turned out well because every person asked for seconds on the cake, even my grandpa. This was a relatively easy recipe, especially after I shortened the process by using a box mix for yellow cake. You should definitely give it a try, it will truly impress those you present it to.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
In preparation for a half marathon I will be running in less than two weeks, I am starting to eat up as much potassium and health foods as possible. So what better than some nice banana bread to get some great potassium. The problem is most banana bread, although not the worst for you, it is not the best, especially the other recipe I have posted. I decided to mess around and find a recipe that had the most natural ingredients and low sugar as possible. I think this recipe turned out pretty good and I felt pretty guiltless eating it. You should definitely give it a try if you are looking for a healthy alternative to regular banana bread.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
So I still had some leftover rotisserie chicken and I was trying to think of a meal that could be frozen for our friends who recently had a baby. I thought about what to make and it reminded me of the time one of my most favorite food bloggers, Joelen, had filled her freezer two weeks before her due date with tons of pre-made foods not only for her and her husband but also for family and friends that would come to visit her and the new baby (crazy right!) Well I took a look at her Freezer choices and saw that she had frozen mac'n'cheese and then it hit me. And so, here is a mac'n'cheese I made with all the yummy things I had at my disposal. It turned out delicious.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
One of the best things in the World is rotisserie chicken from Costco. We stopped by Costco the other day and I couldn't resist buying a rotisserie chicken. I decided to make some chicken salad with the chicken. Soooo good, especially when paired with some warm sourdough bread.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Happy Anniversary to us! Today Nick and I celebrate our 2nd Anniversary. It is crazy how quickly the past two years have gone. The past two years have been wonderful. To celebrate we took a quick vacation to Santa Barbara. We had a nice relaxing and sunny good time. We went on a bike ride, hung out at the pool, walked around the city, visited the Mission, and ate a lot. Below are a few pictures from our trip.