Foodie Penpals for March 2012

Sunshine Acres Organic Popcorn

I am so excited to be participating in Foodie Penpals for the first time this month.  Foodie Penpals is a fun program started by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean to connect foodies (both bloggers and just plain foodies) to exchange yummy treats once a month.  It gives you the opportunity to connect with some… 

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Super Simple Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola

Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola

One thing that gets me really annoyed and upset is throwing away food.  Yes, I know the whole, “there are starving children in Africa” thing, as my mom used to tell me.  I suppose I am a bit ashamed to admit that my reasons are not all that altruistic.  It really comes down to the… 

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Asparagus and Mushroom Millet Pilaf, and a verrrryyy quiet weekend

Asparaugs and Mushroom Millet Pilaf Collage

I was totally lazy yesterday afternoon while The Bug was napping.  And all evening, after he went to sleep.  I should have been folding laundry.  Or cleaning up the kitchen.  But instead I started writing a blog post, perusing Facebook, and catching up on My Fair Wedding and Sweet Genius on my DVR.  And why… 

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Lemony Chicken Foil Packets and Firing Up the Grill

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It’s March, and I am grilling.  That never happens!  This has been the weirdest winter, and being somebody who is always cold and hates being cold, I am not complaining.  It would have been nice to have one good snowstorm, so that I could get a chance to play in the snow with The Bug,… 

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Granola that’s Kinda Nutty (to power through business trips that are also kinda nutty)

Granola in bowl

Nutty Maple Granola doesn’t skimp on the nuts, plus it has yummy oats, seed, cinnamon, and just the right amount of maple-y sweetness. When I was working, I had to travel to Europe several times, and once for two weeks to China and India.  And seriously, the best thing about many foreign hotels is their… 

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Mexican Pineapple Black Bean Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes – No More ‘Mallows!

Black Beans

I have lots of dreams.  Strange Weird Crazy Stupid Lame Awesome as it sounds, many of those dreams have to do with food.  Things like open a bed & breakfast, become a sommelier, own a cafe/wine bar/bakery, be a waitress at a really fancy restaurant, meet Giada or Tyler or Michael or Tom or Mario… 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie – have a Shamrock Shake the healthy way!

Shamrock Shake Green Smoothie close up

So I have been dying to get myself a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. But then I realize that the last time I had one, I wasn’t thrilled.  I rarely indulge in a McDonald’s milkshake, but I don’t think they have been the same since they started putting whipped cream and a cherry on top.  I… 

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Friday Fun! March 16, 2012

Apple cheddar and almond salad with balsamic maple dijon vinaigrette

Happy Friday again everyone!  I’m back for another edition of Friday Fun.  I’ll tell you what’s not so fun is that I am starting to write this at 2:50am.  Why, you ask?  Well, for some reason I m having a bout of insomnia tonight, and just as I was starting to wind down, The Bug… 

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March Improv Challenge: Potato Goat Cheese Gratin

Potato Goat Cheese Gratin Closeup

So I was perusing the foodie blogoshpere, and stumbled upon The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  I thought the name of her blog was hysterical, and then I saw her Improv challenge.  This sounded like too much fun.  Basically a theme is given, which is two assigned ingredients, then it is up to the… 

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Recipe Without a Recipe: PB&J Yogurt

The Bug eating yogurt

So what is a Recipe Without a Recipe?  Well, I’m always looking at what we have in the pantry and fridge to come up with quick and easy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for The Bug.  I want to make his meals and snacks as nutritious as possible, focusing on “real foods”, plus the same-old-same-old gets… 

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Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal and “Gateway Foods”

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So I had planned a completely different post to go up today – a nice, healthy snack/breakfast for you or your kids, no measuring involved.  Well, that will go up tomorrow.  I just had to share what I had for breakfast today.  If you have been following the March Foodie Photo a Day on Instagram,… 

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Lucky Charms Cupcakes and Breakfast Rules

Lucky Charms Cupcakes with Shamrocks

Paraphrasing the Grinch, I got an idea.  An awful idea.  A wonderful, awful idea.  These kinds of things happen when you are in the car for 3 1/2 hours, with nobody other than your son.  And he sleeps for half the ride.  And he is not even two, so his current idea of a deep… 

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Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce

I’ve gotten a few people intrigued by spaghetti squash, and some who haven’t had it in awhile are looking for new ways to use it.  In fact, Katie, from …and a glass of red wine was asking for a spaghetti squash recipe to make for her brother and fiance.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get this post… 

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Friday Fun! #1

Happy Friday everyone!  I know I don’t work outside the home, but I still look forward to Friday.  I love knowing that The Hubby will be home with me and The Bug for a couple days.  I usually have at least one meal planned that is a little more special than our usual Monday to… 

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Eggplant Parm-lasagna with “Faux”-lognese Sauce and Being Part of the Foodie Blogosphere

I am definitely a newbie when it comes to writing a blog.  Really, I am even a newbie when it comes to recording my recipes.  Yes, I am a scientist, and in the lab I was always very exact with my measurements.  I think that is why I love baking – formulas, measurements, acids, bases,… 

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Slow Cooker Tomato Veggie Sauce with Sausages – Crazy Cooking Challenge

Slow Cooker Tomato Veggie Sauce with Sausages Title Collage

I am so excited to be participating in my very first Crazy Cooking Challenge from Moms Crazy Cooking.  As you all know, I am new to the blogging world, so just heard about this late last week, but still wanted to join in on the fun.  Since I found out about my little bit of… 

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My Kitchen Staples: Spaghetti Squash

Yeah, so I am one of those people with a food allergy.  My body has some sort of immune response to gluten.  Not celiac, but still annoying.  When I used to go out for Italian food, I always thought it was the garlic and onions that gave me indigestion and a stomachache.  I’ve traveled to… 

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Living the Sweet (and Savory) Life this Weekend in Rehoboth Beach

a.k.a. Why I eat lots of salad and workout a lot during the week… Throughout my whole life, my mom and I were likethis.  We did EVERYTHING together.  And yes, “likethis” and “EVERYTHING” deserve the visual emphasis.  So needless to say, even though I was thrilled about beginning married life with my wonderful new hubby,… 

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The Bug vs. Guac

The Bug and I are visiting my mom for the weekend in Delaware.  We just arrived late this afternoon, so decided to go out to eat at La Tonalteca in Rehoboth Beach.  Well, Mom and I got to witness our own version of Man vs. Food. THE BUG vs. GUAC [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeEohwSlh5k] I’ve think I’ve… 

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Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli – Best Supporting Actor (Simple Side Dish)

Like the Oscar acceptance speeches, I am going to keep this one short.  The past few days, I have posted the pot roast and mashed potatoes from my Oscar Night meal for some of my leading men.  I made them happy, but being a good granddaughter, daughter, wife, and mother, I also want to keep… 

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