Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Joshua is 30!!!

I'm glad Josh is older than me.  Not only because it makes him wiser, but because he reaches these crazy old ages sooner than I do.  By the time I turn 30, it won't be a big deal because he will have been 30 for a year and some.  :)

That being said, Joshua dislikes his birthdays.  He doesn't like a lot of attention and he has come to be very skeptical of me around his birthdays.  Why?  Because I love surprising people.  :)  I gave him a 29.5 surprise birthday party - nothing too big - because I knew that he would not be expecting it.  For his 30th, we were out of town for a wedding.  So, Joshua thought he might be safe from surprises.  Oh how wrong he was....

We went up to Crystal Mountain for a wedding and decided to stay at the Betsie River Canoe & Campground for a cheaper stay and also to bring my brothers along and do some mountain biking.

Out of the 2 nights of camping, I only managed to get this one shot.

Camping went relatively well.  It rained a bit, but we stayed dry.

Sunday, the day after the wedding, was Josh's bday!  On our way back downstate, under pretenses that Joshua's parents needed to see him on his birthday, we stopped by their place in Gladwin.

My mother in law was my partner in crime and had arranged the most awesome-est party ever!  Great food, music and all our favorite family members  :)  They were all on the front porch as we pulled up the drive way

I got his shirt from BooTees on Etsy.  What a good looking 30 year old :)

My mommy picked up 30 cupcakes which I placed 30 candles (including a few dinosaur ones!) and paper circles which read "Happy 30th Birthday Charles Joshua !"  We got the cupcakes from The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe in Midland.

The Bro Bros and Chloe

The party deck

Tired Birthday Boy & Me

Happy 30th Birthday Dearest Joshua.  I hope I get to have a fun party like you did when I turn 30  ;)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Lost Food Chronicles

Oh hey, hi, yeah, it has been a bit hasn't it?

Ah well, summer was calling my name a bit.  In recent news, it is gorgeous outside, we have been working hard on the house: tore out the ugly blue bathroom, and did some landscaping.

Don't fear though, I have still been cooking  :)   Here is the looooong summary of what we have eaten in the last month.

First, lets start out with something impressive.  It is a bread with only 5 ingredients and no flour.  Check out the Sprouted Wheat Bread.  You start by soaking the wheatberries and then sprouting them.  From there, you food process them along with the honey, water, yeast and salt.  It make a pretty dense bread, but it made us feel super healthy!  It also takes about 3 days to make...  :)

A Couple Cooks

Scrambled Egg and Asparagus Tacos

Tortilla Bowl

Radish and Egg Salad Sandwiches

with my homemade sprouts  :)

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes & Rueben Grilled Cheese

I also made their mint chocolate chip ice cream and blended it with a handheld blender every 30 minutes for 3 hours.

Buttermilk Waffles from girlichef

Lemon curd, quinoa granola and an orange - heck yes!

Threw in a little Oh She Glows - because she always has awesome new stuff on her blog!

Roasted Potato, Asparagus & Lentil Salad

Raw Triple Berry Crisp

Cookie + Kate

West African Peanut Soup

Mushroom, Spinach & Avocado Quesadillas

Sugar Snap, Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles

Cauliflower, Farro, Feta and Avocado Salad

Portabella and Poblano Fajitas with homemade corn tortillas!

Strawberry Kale Salad with Nutty Granola Croutons

Banana Nut Waffles

These were awesome!  The crunchy of the waffles plus the sweet and yummy fruit...yummmmmmm

Burger Week!

I was really feeling like making burgers, so instead of picking one blog, I did multiples!  And instead of having burger buns all week, we ate them on top of lettuce or alone.  Oh and each of the burgers came with a paired salad :)

Baked Broccoli Burgers & Shaved Asparagus Parmesan Salad

Mediterranean Veggie Burger

Barley Beet Mushroom Falafel Burger & Not Just an Egg Salad

Smokey Beet Burgers & Radish Fennel Parmesan Salad

Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream

Two Salads - One & Two - not pictured

Vegan Richa

Ultimate Roasted Veggie Sandwich

This sandwich was in preparation for having my SWE peeps over the next weekend.  Veggies on the grill are awesome!  Just need a good sauce to go with them, like hummus :)

Mini Vanilla Pound Cake with...

Strawberry Shortcake and Ice Cream!!!!

I would not really recommend this pound cake...would rather just use some butter and eggs than almost half cup of olive oil that this called for.

Rainbow Chard and Peas in Creamy Gravy

This dish was AWESOME!  So spicy and creamy at the same time - yay for Indian food!  Went on the keepers list!

I made this Mushroom Pasta but it was so bland, I didn't even take a photo.  Disappointing!

Sweet Potato Lasagna

This one was yummy, but mostly because I used real cheese  ;)

Tomato Garlic Mozzarella Pizza

It was good because I used real cheese, but not so good because I used 100% spelt flour for the crust.  Half spelt, half white or whole wheat probably would have been a better idea.

Messy Vegetarian Cook

Fried Potato Dumplings with Sauerkraut and Greens

Great way to use up the leftover Sauerkraut, and you can never go wrong with dumplings.

 Sweet Potato Eggplant Curry

I found out a lot of things with this blog.  Did you know aubergine is eggplant?  And cilantro and coriander are the same thing?

Coconut Rice Stirfry with Sweet Potato Chips

Vegetarian Thai Chili with Boiled Veggies

Broccoli Mac n Cheese

We ate this entire casserole dish in 1 sitting....whoops...

Whew!  That's it!  Hopefully I'll be back in less than a month..

I leave you with a perty photo of my little man - we are enjoying summer!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Brunch - Bagel Station & Yogurt Parfait Bar

Happy Mother's Day!

For the mothers in my life, I made a great brunch spread.

We started with mimosas.

Then had 3 main courses:

Tofu Veggie Scramble and Home Fries from the Oh She Glows Cookbook

A bagel bar, inspired by this Bon Appetit Article.  Using the bagel recipe found in a Half Baked Harvest Recipe.

Aaaand....  A Yogurt Parfait Bar!!!  Chia Jams: Blackberry, Blueberry Vanilla, Apple Pie & Strawberry Rhubarb.  I used this granola recipe as a base to make 3 different flavors: Peanut Butter / Chocolate / Cranberry; Cashew / Dates / Orange Zest; Pistachio / Hazelnut / Ginger / Cherries.

It was a good day  :)

I hope your day was a good one too ;)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2014 Food Blog Challenge - Half Baked Harvest

This week's challenge - Half Baked Harvest!

I had my bro bro and cousin over Sunday for a yummy dinner.

Swordfish Sandwiches with Spicy Curried Mayo and Fried Egg
and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Those were some good sandwiches!  They looked so good on the blog that I broke my no meat rule and went for the fish.

For breakfast, we had some fun intersting treats.

First up was Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cereal.  Basically mini chocolate chip cookies.

Other breakfasts included a kale, mango and grape smoothie with greek yogurt, granola and banana.  This was my first time making granola (Brown Butter Pumpkin Seed Espresso Glazed Big Cluster Granola, to be exact) - and the result was so awesome that I am currently making my second batch for this week right now :)

Other dinners included:

"Friday Night" Pasta Dish
Fake veggie brats instead of pepperoni.  This was ok.

Kale Wild Rice Casserole
Cheesy!  Probably not very good for us, even though there was 2 bunches of kale in here.

Siracha Lime Cashew Fettuchini
This was not so great...probably because I tried adding more veggies to it to make us feel better about ourselves.  The leftovers are still in the fridge haunting me.  We ate far too much pasta this week...

This next dish is by far the winner of the week.  Good enough to go on the keeper list, folks! Josh asked me where this hypothetical "keeper list" is and then called it the "dungeon of recipes".  He makes a good point.  I have this keeper list with all the best of the best recipes on it....but I have yet to make any of them again!  There are far too many other recipes out there that I have not tried yet to go back and make something I made before  ;)

Spicy BBQ Chickpea Polenta Bowls with Asparagus and Ranch Hummus
So many different flavors and so fresh, healthy and beautiful.  Truly got the taste buds dancing!

Then Saturday, we had a dinner party.  Oh how I love cooking for people!

Let me present: Crispy Quinoa Burgers Topped with Sweet Potato Fries and Beer Carmelized Onions served with Goat Cheese Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms

I even made the bagel buns from scratch!  I learned that bagels are boiled before they are baked... They turned out awesome.  Josh says the homemade buns made the sandwich.

For Dessert: Meringue Encased Chocolate Mousse Smore Cakes

I had Josh put on an after dinner show by toasting the meringues with his blow torch.

I wasn't quite impressed with these.  Especially for how much effort they took.  Meringue just has this eggy smell - they are eggs after all - but it just grosses me out a bit.

1 Week till Easter ya'll!  We had a great weekend here.  Beautiful weather.  Josh and I went on our first mountain biking ride and the trails were perfect.  I hear that this week will dip below freezing again though  :(  At least we had one good weekend!