|Pimento Cheese Dip|
Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Four Years Ago: Carrot Cake Pancakes and Butternut Squash Lasagna
Monday, January 27, 2014
|Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon|
Sunday, January 26, 2014
|Magic Mushroom Burger|
|Five Star Salad|
|Magic Mushroom Burger|
|Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Cream|
|Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cone|
Saturday, January 25, 2014
3. If you happen to browse through the latest issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray, you just might notice a familiar name on page 48. I was honored when the magazine asked to feature my Green Bay Packer Snackadium along with a few others in their January/February issue. I know the bigger bloggers see their name in print all the time, but for me this was pretty neat!
4. A few weeks ago we had my cheddar, bacon, and spinach egg casserole for brunch and I remembered why it's one of my favorites. It's healthier than a lot of egg dishes you'll find out there and it's bread-free, meaning you can save your carb calories for muffins or scones or danish on the side!
Friday, January 24, 2014
|Pear and Sour Cream Coffee Cake|
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
|Citrus Glazed Shrimp with Cilantro Rice|
Monday, January 20, 2014
|Chicken Salad Melts|
Two Years Ago: Cranberry Poppyseed Bundt Cake and Tijuana Trash Snack Mix
Three Years Ago: Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew with Couscous and Southwestern Potato Nachos
Four Years Ago: Chocolate Chip Bailey's Torte
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Finally last Saturday, my sister threw me a shower here in St. Louis with the help of my fabulous sisters-in-law and mother-in-law. Julia once again proved she is my mother's daughter by blowing everyone out of the water with her homemade decorations depicting her "Sprinkled with Love" theme. Unsurprisingly, the refreshments did not disappoint--my sisters-in-law Kate and Erin outdid themselves with the desserts, the highlight being the sprinkle cake! My cousin and one of my best friends, Ashlyn, made the trek all the way from Orlando to join me for the shower. It was so special to be in a room with so many friends from different walks of life coming together to celebrate the joy and anticipation of this sweet baby of ours.
Now with just about four weeks to go, I'm soaking every moment up. Baby McLaury has everything he/she could want or need. The linens and clothing have been washed. The car seat is getting installed and inspected later today. The nursery is nearly finished (more on that in a future post!). Everyone warns you how much your life will change, and as much as we are so ready and excited for those changes, I am also enjoying time with our family and friends, who have showered us with love and friendship not just in celebration of Baby M, but for as long as we've known them! I could not be more thankful for the blessing of people who have been put in our lives!
Four Years Ago: Thai Turkey Burgers
Friday, January 17, 2014
|Banana Buttermilk Muffins|
Who needs a new muffin recipe? I've been making batches every couple of weeks and enjoying them for breakfast alongside my smoothies, switching between these and the morning glory apple butter muffins.
These are best stored in the fridge in an airtight container, and you can also freeze batches ahead of time and thaw before serving!
One Year Ago: Brown Butter Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lentil Stew
Two Years Ago: Barley Stuffed Acorn Squash and Spicy Homemade Salsa
Three Years Ago: Feta and Sundried Tomato Torte and Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad with Tahini
Four Years Ago: Orange French Toast with Challah and Spinach and Black Bean Pasta
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
|Sweet Potato Pumpkin Lentil Soup|
Monday, January 13, 2014
|Inside Out Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches|
For three semesters, my little sister Renatta has been living in St. Louis and attending St. Louis University. I’m fortunate enough to have my two sisters-in-law as well as my sister all living within minutes of me, and having Renatta so close at hand has been icing on the cake! We usually see each other at least once a week and while her motivation might our chauffeuring services and the baked goods I pawn off on her, I’m more than happy to oblige.
This semester she’s off on the adventure of a lifetime—studying and living in Spain with a few of her best friends, a college experience I never took advantage of and will forever wish I had! I’m thrilled for her (and thrilled to be the keeper of her nail polish collection while she’s abroad), but of course missing her all the same. Although I would’ve loved to take advantage of her baby whispering skills come February, what I’ll most miss are the simple nights of just hanging out with her and Julia, essentially continuing the patterns we established growing up, albeit now four and a half hours south.
These inside out grilled cheese sandwiches were the star of one such evening. We huddled in my kitchen one Friday night a few months ago, swapping stories from the week and gossiping about Jennifer Lawrence’s haircut (consensus: big fans!) while I prepped these sandwiches. The occasion may have been ordinary, but the sandwiches certainly weren’t! The insides are spread with a marmalade mustard mixture, and then stuffed with pickles, ham, and cheese. The goodness doesn’t stop there, however, because the outsides of the bread are then coated in parmesan cheese. The result is a cheesy, crusty exterior that gives way to tangy, gooey innards.
The other great thing about sisters, besides the obvious? They’re always willing to split another sandwich with you, when you’re simply too full for another but they’re too good to resist a few more bites!
One Year Ago: Candied Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two Years Ago: Beef Roast with Mushroom Bourbon Sauce and Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad
Three Years Ago: Life Cereal Snack Mix and Chicken Curry Soup
Four Years Ago: Crockpot Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Curry & Honey