Sunday, January 5, 2014

This Is What Happened In My Kitchen

Hello 2014!

Here is a fact about me, I love recipes!  Love them!  I love reading them, even if I know I will never follow them.  I am very excited about some of the cooking that took place in my kitchen and I decided to share these happenings with six

First up is Olive Oil Mayo.  When I first attempted the Whole30, I only made this mayo as a basis for an avocado sauce.  Oh how I was so naive, so blind.  Hold up I know you might be thinking like I did, I don't use that much mayo regularly why would I use it in the Whole30????  Because it is more of a sauce than just mayo!  I love to make a Pale, Whole30 compliant pumpkin sausage soup and put a small dollop of Olive Oil Mayo on my serving....delish!  It adds a lovely hint of creamy lemon flavor that rocks my world.  I have had some fun experimenting with this mayo to figure what works and what doesn't.  I will say it is lovely in a traditional sense to make coleslaw & cucumber salad.  I will note that I use a pasteurized egg because I am married to a health inspector and every time I eat something that may have a raw egg in it or runny yolk, he asks me, "Why do you want Salmonella?!?!?!"  For the record I am not living life on the edge with every bite of food thinking, will this be the day I get Salmonella?

Second, Blueberry Breakfast Sausage, I know the title sounds scary, but it is in fact yummy and Whole30 approved!  I have one go to sausage recipe I have used A LOT!  But, I was looking for breakfast items for my hubby & I and I came across this Blueberry Breakfast Sausage paired with a Coconut Carrot Souffle.  I have not made the souffle yet, because vanilla bean is super duper expense at the one grocery store I could find it at.  Thank you Internet for helping me find Beanilla, who was having a great sale & my vanilla beans should be here very soon.  I'm not sure how the snow will affect their delivery time.

Sorry, back to the sausage!  I had gone to the store, bought the ingredients and was excited about trying a new recipe.  Then my husband & I had dinner with some friends where he mentions that he isn't a big fan of anything blueberry!!!!  I decided to make it anyway to see if he would even notice the blueberry.  He loves this sausage recipe!!!  Why?  Because it rocks the house!

Third, Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup.  Actually that is not true!  I made chicken broth so I could make this soup.  I have searched far & wide for chicken broth/stock & beef broth/stock that doesn't contain sugar.  Oh my word is it exhausting and aggravating!  I did find a beef broth at Whole Foods, but it is at Whole Foods.  I am rarely in Kansas.  Sorry, I just can't believe how much stuff has sugar in it!  HyVee had whole chickens on sale for $0.88 a pound.  I bought one and made some broth and I was able to use the chicken meat to make the next recipe....don't scroll down and ruin the surprise...just kidding.  I would've totally scrolled down.  The soup is lovely.  As a matter of fact we had it for breakfast with a side of Blueberry Breakfast Sausage for breakfast yesterday and today. 

Fourth, (I would say last, but I have a pork roast that I'm planning on putting in the oven soon) Buffalo Chicken Shepherd's Pie.  I realized that after I put this in the oven that I only used half of the amount of cauliflower called for.  This did not bother me because I love spices & flavor explosions.  This didn't bother my man because he despises cauliflower & the cauliflower taste was hardly detectable.  I love this dish.  I can't wait to make it again.  I love spicy food & did not need to add hot sauce to this dish.  Oh I almost forgot I did not use buffalo sauce, I substituted Louisiana Hot Sauce.

I will apologize for the fact that there aren't pictures of the food I made on this post.  I am really bad about taking pictures of food I cook.  I love sharing pictures of food others cook or I eat out.  I guess I'm just weird that way.  Try these recipes they are yummy!!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A More Disciplined Life? Day 1

I am linking up with Hello Mornings and going through the book 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine.  The title of the book pretty much sums up the goal.  On Day 1, we are given an assignment to pick one Mega Project that we are going to tackle over the 21 days.  We are to work on our Mega Project everyday.  Well my Mega Project is the wedding.  It is 30 days away and I still have loads to do.  I keep telling myself I have plenty of time and that my dear friends is a lie.  I am hoping that I am not in over my head.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

You see what happened was...

Friday night my sweet man and I went out for a date to celebrate six months engaged & eight months dating.  Well due to the Whole30 our restaurant selection was narrowed greatly.  We decided to enjoy Seasons 52, if you haven't had an opportunity GO!  They change their menu with the seasons, nothing on the menu is over 475 calories and they don't cook with butter.  The food is amazing.  So I scoured the menu, asked my server multiple questions (lucky me I'm friends with the server).  I ordered and was excited to be enjoying yummy food and obeying my Whole30 guidelines.  Yeah that was short lived.  The food arrives and it looks great!  I then took a bite of the slaw and that is when I tasted it....sugar!!!!  There was a sauce used as a garnish and I didn't see it because of the way the food was plated and the dining room has romantic lighting.  So I sat there beating myself up and trying to figure out how I could possibly start the Whole30 over the next day.  I wasn't worried about getting through the 30 days themselves, my problem was what would be transpiring during this particular 30 days.  I was discussing my dilemma with Wayne and he brought up a very good point.  I will never been at this part of my life again.  We are getting married and there are events leading up to the wedding day that he doesn't want me to miss out enjoying.  So I am continuing with the Whole30 guidelines, except when I have a bridal shower for example.  This is actually harder for me than the 11 days I fulled with the Whole30.  It is harder because it is all on me, it isn't just a contracted amount of time.  I'm sorry to anyone I have disappointed.  I will say that I am grateful for the Whole30 and I saw an improvement with the changing of my eating habits and I will continue to eat this way the majority of the time.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Whole30 Day 6 Super Duper Yummy Breakfast!

I decided to participate in the Whole30, and seeing that it is after midnight I just completed day 6! Woo Hoo!  To be honest it hasn't been that hard since I have items in my fridge to throw together.  Wayne and I were talking about it today and I told him I'm surprised I have made it this far.  He started laughing and complimented me on keeping with it, especially with all the temptation.  There was a plate of Hershey Kisses on the coffee table.  I signed up for the Whole30, not Wayne and not my roommate.  So I have not gone through the house and thrown everything away that has sugar, dairy, grains, legumes in it and I haven't thrown away the processed foods either.

Friday night for instance I made a Whole30 compliant dinner including a yummy avocado dressing.  However there is an avocado dressing I made for Wayne before that has Greek yogurt (I admit is out of this world delicious).  So I made that for him.  For last night's dinner (Saturday night) I made a Chocolate Chili (Whole30 approved) and I ate that with some cauliflower, olives and onions & my dressing.  While Wayne ate some jalapeno cheddar sausages he grilled.  Some he topped with the chili and some with the Greek yogurt avocado dressing.

OKAY I have to tell you about breakfast!  It was YUMMY!  However I have to make a confession, I totally stalked Hannah's blog, Shanks for the Memories to find the recipe.  I posted a question on my Facebook asking if anyone had done the Whole30 and Hannah said she had.  Well I thought to myself that she is a way better blogger than I am and I bet she blogged about it and SHE DID!  It was encouraging to read a blog by someone I know who has done the Whole30 because it made it more attainable to me.  If that sounds weird, I'm okay with that...I'm weird!  Anyways she posted a Breakfast Egg Casserole Recipe and I thought I'm going to try that.  Now I did make the sausage but I used ground beef because that is what I had and I substitute mushrooms for the zucchini.  I told Wayne that I have made a couple different breakfast casseroles in my day, but they have either had milk or cheese or both in them.  With this casserole I don't miss them!  Truth be told I am looking forward to breakfast in seven hours.  Try it, you will thank me later!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Baby I'm back!

Dude I have not posted in months!  Well I blame Wayne ;)  Who is Wayne you may ask?  He is the amazing man that I am marrying in 44 days!!!!  It has been a whirlwind for sure!
  • On January 18, 2013 God brought him to my doorstep.  I was hosting a movie night for the Singles Sunday School Class and someone invited him.
  • January 27, 2013 he asked me out to dinner.  I was super nervous!
  • February 6th we went on our first date to Cafe Trio.  He gave me Christopher Elbow Drinking Chocolate as a gift!  The guy is smart!
  • March 4th we made it official as boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • March 27th he PROPOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • November 2, 2013 is our Wedding Day!
God has blessed me with a man of prayer!  He loves the Lord and has a desire to love me like Christ loves the Church.  I had no idea what it felt like to be cherished and cared for.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day 41 - Afternoon Acts of Kindness

"Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever."  Psalm 86: 11-12

Thought for the Day:  What if I could be courageous enough to act and react like a complete person - a Jesus girl who is filled, sustained, and directed by God's joy?

Dear Lord, I want to be courageous enough to act and react like a complete person today.  Please help me to see areas where I need to change and grow.  I desire to crave You and Your truths more than anything else because You are the ultimate filler of my heart.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Today's Made to Crave Devotional, Lysa was talking about how instead of turning to a snack when someone says something ridiculous to her, that she prays for the Lord to place someone on her heart to encourage.  This reminded me of something Beth Moore said about the power of acknowledgement.  What that means is acknowledging someone's presence.  For example I try to interact with the cashier and ask them about their day.  It is amazing what that can do to someone's day.  I know that not by them telling me, but by the fact that I know how it feels to feel ignored, & looked over.

Day 40 - The Curse of the Skinny Jeans

"For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight."  Ephesians 1:4

Thought for the Day:  Tying our happiness to food, skinny jeans, relationships, or anything else sets us up for failure.  But tying our security, joy, and identity to God's love is an anchor we can cling to no matter what our circumstances may be.

pg 126, Made to Crave Devotional
(I substituted my name.)

  • Mary, the forgiven child of God (Romans 3:24)
  • Mary, the set-free child of God (Romans 8:1-2)
  • Mary, the accepted child of God (1 Corinthians 1:2)
  • Mary, the holy child of God (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • Mary, the made-new child of God (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Mary, the loved child of God (Ephesians 1:4)
  • Mary, the confident child of God (Ephesians 3:12)
  • Mary, the victorious child of God (Romans 8:37)