March 25, 2015

Walnut and Bananas Foster Pancakes

I guess you probably noticed that the site got a bit of a makeover. It's something that I've been working on for over 6 months now. I am probably one of the most indecisive creatures that you'll ever meet, so even when I think that I'm on track and I've got everything sorted, fonts chosen, layout perfect, and colors exact, the next week I'll find something wrong and have to start from scratch. Sometimes I can't even deal with my own self. My indecisiveness is why we've been living in a house with barely any furniture, and probably will continue to have no furniture for the next few years.
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March 18, 2015

Montreal Style Bagels with Date and Walnut Cream Cheese

Brent went on a 4 day ski trip, and I decided to make bagels. Not the best timing, since I was left with 17 bagels and no one but myself to eat them. So I invited over some friends, we ate what we could, and the rest are in the freezer. Which is less convenient than one might imagine, because in my world, out of sight equals out of mind. My freezer is a wasteland for all things baked and frozen. Old pie dough, frozen biscuits, frozen phyllo. It's like it never crosses my mind to open the freezer door, unless I'm reaching for the tub of ice cream on the top shelf. This morning I actually remembered about the bagels, but with the amount of time it would take to defrost one, I found myself eating a bowl of Rice Krispies and banana instead. Planning is not my strong suit. 
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March 5, 2015

Loaded Cheesy Curly Fries

Around 4 months ago I decided that I was fed up with facebook. I was sick of seeing abandoned and abused puppy photos (which doesn't mean that I don't care). I was sick of the cheesy inspirational quotes, photos of babies of people that I barely know anymore. I tried to delete my account, but it turns out that my flourishing foodie page is tied with my personal page and unless I delete them both, it is impossible. Instead, I decided to unfollow everyone instead of deleting as a friend, because who knows, I may want to get back on the wagon sometime in the future. I've made the mistake of deleting people before, and regretted it afterwords. Now that I follow no-one, even if out-of-habit I log into my account, there is nothing to see. Except for last night. I had insomnia. I decided to log into my account (still a habit that will take a long time to break), and there it was, a single lonely post on my facebook wall. Someone who I had forgot to unfollow. An acquaintance from high school, many moons ago.
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February 26, 2015

Carrot Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting and Walnuts

I've got some exciting news. I've taken on a big garden project this spring. I am going to convert our pitiful backyard, into a giant edible garden. Speaking out loud about it, here on the blog, I am hoping this will make me a little more accountable and on schedule, and actually fall through with my plan. I have no idea what I am doing and no idea what I am talking about, but I guess that's the fun of it all.

On Valentines weekend Brent and I went to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.  Initially, I had planned to attend the event to get some ideas and hopefully scout out a landscape designer. But then I slowly realized that we were attending a large conference center with neatly lined booths trying to sell various gardening related tools, DIY green houses, and backyard fire pits, and the chances of finding someone to redesign our backyard was slim. There were some pretty grand flower displays set up by a few landscapers from the area, but they were grand and magnificent and likely built for royalty, and not in my price range. While there, I was also interested in seeing a few speakers they had lined up. One talk in particular really resonated with me - Mow No More: Beautiful No-Mow Yards by Evelyn Hadden. She talked about the idea of transforming a traditional backyard, one with a neat square of grass, into an oasis of plants and trees. It all made so much sense to me. If you would like some information on the pro's and how-to's, I highly recommend getting a copy of her book.

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February 13, 2015

Heart Shaped Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

This month I have teamed up with the folks over at DOLE to bring you a heart healthy, heart-inspired recipe for American Heart Health month. It also just so happens to be Valentines Day this weekend, so if you're looking to make something healthy, delicious, and sweet (and in the shape of a heart!), this recipe is for you.

February is such an easy month to get off track, forget about all of those health related New Year's resolutions that we made only a month ago. The winter doldrums are in full effect, winter seems like it's been here forever, and spring seems like it's nowhere in sight. All we want to do when we get home from work is put on our favorite pair of pj's and plop in front of the couch with our favorite snacks, amiright? I find that I have to dig deep for will power this month. I have to make a concerted effort to get some sort of exercise daily, to eat healthy most of the time, and to resist the urge to purchase post-Valentines Day reduced price chocolate. And by the end of the month I usually feel pretty good. March seems closer to spring than ever. The temperature has warmed enough to make outdoor activities enjoyable. We see a shift from winter produce to spring produce, and I not gonna lie, I am getting pretty excited for fresh local asparagus, greens, onions, and radishes.

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