Lemonade Sorbet/Polenta with Garden Veggies

 

Over the weekend I made lemonade sorbet! I think sorbet is kind of like ice cream, just water based. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong. I have no idea what I’m saying.

Recipe here

This sorbet had only three ingredients: lemonade concentrate, water, and honey. The amount of water might not have been enough for the concentrate because, let me tell you, it was taaaangy.

But, I soldiered through. If I’m going to make all these foods, I’m sure as heck going to eat them! I spread some extra honey over the top of the sorbet and went to town. It definitely helped and tasted like more of a mix of sweet and sour!


I should have retitled this post “Polenta fail.”

Recipe here

It took an act of God to find polenta in my local grocery store. Apparently it’s not a common delicacy down south. Who knew?

After 4 different store visits, I finally found it pushed to the back of the top shelf in the pasta aisle. Not what I was expecting.

I’ve never eaten polenta, cooked with polenta, or even heard of polenta before this dish so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The cooking instructions on the packaging did NOT match the cooking instructions online so I threw away a half-cooked batch of polenta because I was sure I was doing it wrong.

Now I was out of polenta (after I dropped 2 pieces on the floor of course…..they were really slippery!).

Luckily, I stock-piled frozen ground beef and had my darling husband cook up a batch.

Bless his heart, he burned about a third of it, but it still tasted delicious.

The veggies were amazing. Not only did the various colors look beautiful, but the mushrooms and onions made it so savory. I switched out zucchini for green beans since I forgot to put them on the grocery list. Best thing is, we have tons of leftovers for more dinners this week!

You live and you learn. What I learned? I just shouldn’t try to cook with polenta. Just don’t do it.

I also learned that maybe I should ask for help!!!

Bean burritos tomorrow night. Surely I can’t mess these up. Any advice will be gladly accepted!

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Lemonade/Chicken Pot Pie/Maple Orange Sweet Potatoes

Two delicious combinations, right? I kid.

Whoever told Betty Crocker that 4 lemons makes a cup of lemonade was either a liar or the Incredible Hulk.

I went through 7 lemons to get 1 cup!

14 lemons…….I squeezed 14 lemons….. I’m thinking about going in for a forearm massage later.

When it was all said and done, I had delicious looking lemonade BUT it was super tangy. Where I grew up, we added copious amounts of sugar to everything. I added half a cup of sugar at a time until I was satisfied and ended up with 2 more cups of sugar in the lemonade than I started with. Don’t judge!

But for real, the Lemonade is delicious and I feel super fancy drinking it out of my super fancy pitcher that I got as a wedding gift and have never gotten to use yet.

Recipe here: Lemonade


I’m going to admit, I’ve never even eaten, much less made a chicken pot pie. This one was a doozy.

The hardest part was rolling out the pie crust and making it fit the pan though! Maybe I should have used a pie dish and made it easier on myself…..

It wasn’t pretty, but it was so delicious! I scarfed down two servings and then promptly took a nap. Next time I think I’ll add more pepper, but this was a foolproof recipe.

I’ll attach the link here: Chicken Pot Pie


Dinner was a special steak recipe I found (not Betty Crocker) and Maple-Orange Sweet Potatoes.

This steak recipe is SO GOOD y’all. I’ll link it here.

I had bought some steaks at a great price from Sam’s a few months ago and was looking for a good recipe to use them on. I stumbled upon this one and thus started my love of balsamic vinegar.

Sometimes I make the tomato topping without steak just because its so amazing.

I only deviated from my Betty Crocker Challenge because I promised my husband I’d make these steaks to mark our birthdays. They’re only nine days apart so it’s really fun to celebrate together.

Now I don’t have the best relationship with potatoes. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never been able to properly cook tomatoes. 99% of the time they’re not cooked enough. That’s my one weakness, but I was determined not to let it stop me today.

The recipe says “prick potato several times with fork.” If I’m going to cook potatoes, I’m going to make sure I do it right. I went to town on that baby. I spent the whole time the oven was warming up poking as many holes in that sucker that I felt could fit. I was stabbing it with a fork like nobody’s business. Not this time potatoes…..

And it worked! The potatoes turned out just as cooked as they should be!

I’m not sure I should have paired the potatoes with the steak. I wasn’t prepared for how sweet they would turn out (I should have known considering the recipe calls for maple sugar). It was a different kind of side dish than I was used to, I’ll admit. I think it would be really good as a breakfast dish served on toast. Next time!

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Huevos Rancheros Success!

I did it! My first recipe turned out edible and my husband loved it!! He’s even pickier than I am (I’m working on it, okay!?).  Huevos Rancheros was surprisingly easy and SO DELICIOUS. It will definitely be a repeat recipe.

I’m cheap and decided to use a larger tortilla than was recommended. I could just hear Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen commentary, “Use a smaller tortilla so the salsa will soften it enough to cut through.” Next time…

I will admit, I made myself two plates of this dish. The first time, I forgot the cheese. *facepalm*. The second WITH cheese was definitely worth the extra tortilla used. Second time’s a charm, right?

Here’s a link to the online recipe:

Huevos Rancheros Recipe

My husband doesn’t like fried eggs so I simply scrambled them. I skipped out on the chorizo for mine (Walmart pick-up only does SPAM chorizo where I am and I just couldn’t stomach canned meat).

Here’s what my finished product looked like:

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I need to work on my photo-editing skills, but the deliciousness still comes across, right?


Lunch was cucumber salad and feta-topped chicken.

The cucumber salad was light and great for a summer meal. I might have been a little heavy handed on the vinegar. Still delicious though!

I use Tyson’s boneless, skinless chicken breast and keep it in the freezer. They can get a little thick so I think I probably should have pounded them a few times with a meat tenderizer. You live and you learn…

The center of the chicken didn’t cook as fast as the outside so I had to leave them in the oven a little longer than required. They turned out just a teensy bit too tough. The tomatoes and feta were great toppings though!

Husband approved again! Two for two!

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Still working on my photo-editing skills.     -I’m no photographer!-

Next up: Old-fashioned Lemonade and Chicken Pot Pie!

Impure Thoughts

I grew up in a Southern Baptist home. Church has always been a part of my life and I’m thankful for the faith my parents instilled in me as a young girl. However, keeping myself accountable for attending church and growing my faith has been challenging ever since I left home and went to college 7 years ago. It’s been a constant battle for years now. I have never strayed so far from the faith that I rebuke God as my Savior, but I have neglected our relationship for sure.

In this season of my life, I have recommitted myself to growing in my walk and being consistent with my quiet times. I love the book Jesus Calling and use it as a daily devotional because the readings are so short but so dense with great, thought provoking statements.

Today’s reading was on impure thoughts. This was something that always seemed to drive a wedge between myself and God. I would think something terrible or awful, realize what I was doing in the context of my faith, and deem myself unworthy of God’s love.

These thoughts are things I was never taught how to deal with.

Today’s devotional stated that when impure thoughts are subconscious, God knows and we are not responsible for them. When they are conscious, we are clearly at fault.

However, when we recognize that we are experiencing these thoughts, we can immediately ask for forgiveness and protection.

Immediately after reading this, I felt forgiveness for all the guilt I had been carrying around for years. The answer was SO EASY. God is a loving and forgiving father and I had somehow forgotten that over the years.

As with anything, keeping impure thoughts out of our mind takes practice, but with faith and perseverance, it becomes easier and easier.

May the Challenge Commence!

Fridge is stocked up and recipes are in place. Operation cook through Betty Crocker’s cookbook is a go! Walmart pick up is the best thing since sliced bread. I didn’t even have to get out of my car to go grocery shopping. Loved it!

On the menu for tomorrow: Huevos Rancheros for breakfast, cucumber salad and feta topped chicken for lunch.

Fingers crossed. xx

I’m excited!

Betty Crocker Challenge

Ever since I saw the movie Julie & Julia years ago, I have been obsessed with the idea of cooking through an entire cookbook. For our wedding, my sweet mother-in-law gifted us the Betty Crocker Cookbook, Newlywed Edition. If you don’t have this book, or any Betty Crocker cookbook, please, for your sake, go buy one. It is amazing and teaches you absolutely anything you could ever need to know about cooking. I am in love with this book.

I could go on forever!

Anyway, back to the topic, I decided to challenge myself to cook every recipe over the course of the next year. I’m looking forward to every thing I will learn along the way. I’ve never been much of a cook. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy it, but I don’t find myself in the kitchen every night whipping up dinner from odd and end ingredients I find in the cabinets. The kitchen intimidates me! I’m using this year as an opportunity to learn cooking skills and expand my child like palate (I’ll order a kids cheese pizza at a high end restaurant).

My husband thinks I’m crazy and doesn’t believe that I’m actually trying it. I think I’m a little crazy myself, but, the good kind. There’s a good kind of crazy, right?

I’ve already prepared by deep cleaning my fridge, scheduling the first month’s worth of recipes, and ordering a week’s worth of groceries off Walmart pickup (my first time to try it and I’m so excited!!).

I start tomorrow with Huevos Rancheros. I figured that’d get my husband on board since I’ll use chorizo, which he LOVES.

Wish me luck and I’ll keep it updated!

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The best cookbook in the world. Do yourself a favor and buy one.

First Post

Happy Birthday to my husband!

Happy Birthday to my husband! And happy first blog to me! I’m excited to start this “diary” as a way to share the things I’m experiencing and learning through this new chapter of my life. As a newlywed (7 months counts!) I’m discovering life as a wife and learning tons along the way. Whether or not anyone ends up reading this, I’m excited to air my personal experiences and to use this platform as a form of therapy even if that means I ramble on to only myself.