Past Few Days!

I didn’t realize it would be this hard to keep up with this blog once school started. It’s my last year of “studentdom” so I just have to keep telling myself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

This week was very……varied. I’ll give you the super quick run-down:


Cheese Enchiladas: LOVE. They’re cheesy, gooey, delicious. Home run.

Recipe here.


Red Beans and Rice: Swing and a miss. I’m just not a bean-girl. The texture kills it for me. I’ll pick around the beans and go for the rice though!

Recipe here.


Slow-cooker Chicken Chow Mein. Not what I expected. It was good! But when I think of chow mien, I think of cheap, greasy, mall food courts and soggy noodles. Apparently that’s NOT what chow mean is. They’re crunchy and salty. Delicious! But not what I was expecting.

Recipe here.


Panfried Fish Fillets: Easy, semi-delicious. Looking back, I wish I’d squirted a lemon on top or something to bring out the flavors. It was all very muted. I made a honey butter sauce that Betty Crocker recommended and poured it on top. I didn’t end up eating a whole lot of it, but I can’t wait to try to make it again.

Recipe here.


Crab Cakes: I should rename mine to crap cakes because these were a fail. I tried to include my best one and my worst one in the picture, but in reality, all of them looked like the worst one. I just got a good angle on the other. They all fell apart and I’m not actually a fan of imitation crab meat it turns out.

Recipe here.


Gingersnaps: I wanted to make these to usher in the fall. It worked! These were so good. They stayed soft until I finally finished off the batch and reminded me of gingerbread cookies.

Recipe here.


Ok, last one for tonight.

Parmesan Orzo and Meatballs: Easy and delicious. I saved some to take as lunch this week. I love orzo and I get excited when I get to use it in recipes. The tomatoes were a perfect addition!

Recipe here.


Whew, sorry about that! I’ll try to be better about that!

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Beef with Bow Tie Pasta/Chocolate Brownies

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I’m drooling thinking about this beef. In fact, it’s going to be my lunch for this next week. I used a sirloin steak as the “beef” part of the dish and let me tell you, it add sooooo much depth and flavor. I LOVE steak so tossing it in to one of my favorite dishes (pasta) made me a happy camper.

I also loved that I didn’t use pasta sauce for this dish. I sorta made my own version of it. It worked and tasted delicious.

Let me tell you, it’s REALLY good as leftovers.

The only not-so-great-of-a-cook moment I had was when I was cooking the steaks. I don’t think I cut them into small enough pieces because it took awhile for the insides to cook as much as the outside.

I also used vegetable broth since I had an open container fro a recipe a few weeks back. I don’t think it tasted any different…..

Recipe here.


Sad day. I forgot to take a picture of these brownies before I completely devoured them. Let that be proof of how delicious they were though.

I also forgot how much fun it is to lick the brownie spoon.

My usual go-to brownie recipe is Betty Crocker’s boxed variety, but this was equally delicious though not quite as moist. I think that was user-error.

I’m not usually a walnuts-in-brownies kind of girl either, but I went for it in the name of ~trying new things~. Not bad! I actually enjoyed it!

Until another time delicious walnut brownies!

Recipe here.


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Fettuccine Alfredo/Chocolate Mousse

Whew, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to update you guys on one of my favorite dishes!

I’ve always thought alfredo sauce was just cheese sauce….it turns out it’s a lot more delicious than that.

There’s whipping cream, and other stuff I can’t remember right now. But it is sooooo good. It’s definitely a little heavier than say pasta and marinara, but it fills you up so much quicker and really satisfies your appetite.

I loved it, my husband loved it, I’m sure other people would have loved it if we made enough to share.

Btw, if you’re wondering, yes, I did have to google how to spell “fettuccine.”

Recipe here.


This chocolate mousse is not for non chocolate lovers. I’m obsessed with chocolate. My husband buys me one of those XL Hershey’s bars pretty much once a week. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. Any I’m naming my firstborn Hershey. Okay, the last one is a lie, but you get the point.

This mousse was too chocolatey for me! I put in the correct amount asked for and everything!

Nevertheless, I loved the texture and how it was light yet dense at the same time. My husband made several jokes about me cooking a moose for dessert. It was funny the first 15 times he said it…. 🙂

Recipe here.


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Almond Poppy Seed Muffin/Strawberry Smoothie/Meatballs/Homemade Pasta

These muffins were easy and great! I felt semi-healthy because of the almonds included. Will for sure be making again!

I love easy recipes like this because they’re a little confidence booster and make me feel like I sort of know what I’m doing.

Recipe here.


This strawberry smoothie was also super easy. Only 3 ingredients!

I loved it because I usually make smoothies with ice. I like the texture and the temperature it helps keep the smoothie.

I used frozen fruit and it was a great substitute for ice. It kept the smoothie cold while giving it the texture I love.

I used frozen bananas and strawberries and it made the smoothie turn out suuuuper bubble gum pink!

Recipe here.


My meatballs looked a little sad when they came out of the oven. I didn’t have an onion to add to the dish so there was too much liquid put into the meat.

They were still delicious. I also didn’t have bread crumbs so I toasted some slices really quick and tossed them in. It seemed to work out okay!

Recipe here.


Omg y’all. My pasta was an interesting experience to make. I will never, I repeat never, make homemade pasta without a pasta maker again.

The pasta was too sticky and I couldn’t keep it from sticking to itself. I had to cut with a pizza cutter. Every piece was uneven. It was just a mess. You can tell in the picture that the noodles are all different sizes. Whoops!

It wasn’t terrible to eat, however, just terrible to make.

Recipe here.


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Triple-Berry Oatmeal Muesli/Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells

Ever since I’ve heard of muesli, I’ve been wondering what it is. Is it cereal? Some version of a panini? Apparently its milk, yogurt, and oats. Who knew?

I didn’t have blueberries for this dish and all the fruits I used were frozen. The idea still came across though! The oat/almond part of this dish was great, but dry and the fruits added perfect moisture and juiciness to complete this dish. I’m anxious to try it again with different kinds of fruits!

Recipe here.


I’m still drooling thinking about the chicken and spinach stuffed shells. I LOVE pasta and this is like an even fancier version. The ricotta cheese added so much creaminess to the dish.

My only regret is that I didn’t add more pasta sauce to the dish. I have a giant jar of it so I had to guess how much to add since this recipe calls for a regular sized jar.

My husband loved it so much and I can’t wait to make it again!

Recipe here.

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Garden Vegetable Spaghetti

Another veggie dish! This one’s for you mom!

But seriously. Enough veggies already. I’m feeling a little TOO healthy. Time to scarf down a chocolate bar. (You think I’m kidding)

The husband wasn’t too crazy about it because of his hatred of onions. I thought it was great. I thought I hated peas, but it turns out they’re kind of delicious! I’m digging the whole spaghetti with no sauce thing. I feel like an ~adult~.

I couldn’t use zucchini for this dish because I used all of my supply last night. I’m all zucchini’d out anyway.

Also, I had a chance for redemption from my carrot disaster last night and I’m very pleased to announce that my carrots were fully cooked! Progress!

I’d love to know what other foods you like to put in your pasta instead of sauce! Let me know and I’ll check it out!

Recipe here.

I’m ready for MEAT. This dish was great and is an easy go-to meal during the week, but I want a little spice! Good thing tomorrow is going to be Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs!!!!!!!!!! And a slow cooker meal!!!!!!!!!!

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Angel Hair Pasta with Avocado and Tomatoes

 

Another yummy recipe in the books!

This one was so easy and included one of my favorites: avocados!

Parmesan cheese was a perfect topping. We only had large flakes of it, but still delicious! I love love love cooked tomatoes. It’s one of the foods my picky self has learned to embrace on this cooking journey.

My husband loved this dish so I know it’s a keeper!

Recipe here.

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