Friday, May 22, 2020

7 recipes I want to try and 1 we love

We've reached the point of this pandemic when I'm looking to expand my cooking skills. My husband is allergic to bananas so sadly I won't be baking any banana bread and needed to look for inspiration elsewhere. I've been hunting Pinterest and some of my favorite cook books for new recipes I want to try! Here are a few I have my eye on

Pesto Chicken Sliders - I think these would also be really good swapping in goat cheese too!

Instant Pot Hibachi Steak and Vegetables - I make stir fry in my wok often so this looks like a fun alternative

Classic Fresh Strawberry Pie - It counts as healthy because it has fruit, right?

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti - This was one of my favorite meals when I lived in my sorority house, so I'm excited to try it myself

Philly Cheesesteak Cheesy Bread - I want to try this now so it's perfected by the time sports are back

Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken - This looks like such a great summer dish

Low Country Shrimp Boil - Am I crazy or does your mouth water when you think about eating this too?

Bonus! We made these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies last weekend and I can't recommend them enough! I baked about a dozen and then rolled the rest of the dough for the freezer and I'm happy to report they're still delicious using the frozen dough

Monday, May 11, 2020


Watching - Last month we got cable again after not having it for a year and I am taking full advantage of it! I cannot get enough FoodNetwork or HGTV even when that means watching 5 episodes of Chopped in a day. I always tell myself I'm going to watch something else, but before long I end up back on one of these two stations.

Listening - The other day I was listening to the Broadway station on Pandora and a song came on that I'd never heard. After a little research I learned it was from the musical SIX, which is the story of King Henry the Eighth's six ex-wives. I have since become obsessed with the soundtrack!

Buying - I finally caved and ordered this dress from Target that I've wanted since March. I snagged it during their recent 30% off sale and also snagged this other adorable spring dress. This weekend I used a gift card to buy a few books when it was announced that the city of Dallas is furloughing the librarians until July 31 and I realized I'm not getting that book I'm next on the waitlist for anytime soon. These are the only purchases (other than food/bills) I've made in 2 months! One positive of this pandemic is it has caused me to have a "no spend" month without even realizing it.

Wanting - Ever since we moved into our house a year ago I've wanted to change the light above the kitchen table. Now that I sit under it for 8 hours a day working I really want to change the light. I'd describe my style as industrial farmhouse and have my eye on something like this or this or something very traditional like this. It's just so hard to know which I'll prefer without seeing them in the person.

Eating - We've been in a really good routine lately where we grab takeout from a favorite restaurant once on the weekend and once or twice during the week, cooking all our other meals at home. I haven't made anything too crazy yet, but I have my eyes on a few recipes I want to try for a fancy weekend date night at home.

Hoping - That all of this is over in the next month or so. I have a trip to Florida planned for mid June that I haven't pulled the plug on yet. Realistically I know the chances of it happening are very very slim, but I'm just not ready to accept it won't happen. Luckily I was going with family so I only booked a flight myself and only have to worry about canceling that.

Accepting - That 2020 is not the year I go to Europe. For years I planned and saved to go for my 25th birthday, but then I was in the middle of my first summer in Vail and had approximately 2 days of PTO so that didn't happen. Then last year I'd hoped to go for our honeymoon, but this time my husband didn't have enough PTO time to go so we did a long weekend trip to DC instead. We'd been planning to go for our first anniversary this fall, but with the state of things I just don't see that happening. Even if we can go, it may not be safe to go, plus I'm not feeling enough job security to drop that much cash on flights that we'd only get refunded in the form of credits. We were also planning to add a couple days onto the back of a work trip this summer and spend my birthday in Disney Land, but that's also not happening now. This is a major bummer because we hope to have a baby in 2021, so we won't be planning any major trips next year.

Monday, May 4, 2020


My grandmother passed away two weeks ago. She was 89 and healthy except for bad knees that caused a fall in mid March. That fall meant she needed surgery and then time spent in a rehab center; it was here that she was exposed to Covid-19. The first week of April she was moved from the rehab center back to the hospital, moved to a Covid ICU floor and intubated. On Monday April 20th my mom called to let me know the hospital was letting her and my aunt and uncle in to say goodbye. Around 9:30pm that evening I got the call I'd been dreading for over a month. The doctors tell us she went immediately and peacefully in the end; a small comfort. She was laid to rest 5 days later with a private funeral of only 8 family members present. My husband and I did not attend because it's not safe or responsible to travel to New Orleans right now.

My Mimi loved to read and all things sports. When we were little she'd take us for walks and then feed us ice cream. We grew up a hour away and she was really the only babysitter my parents trusted so I have so many memories with her. She made delicious white beans and rice and fried pork chops. She was smart, stubborn, and spirited. She fiercely loved us and we loved her. We miss her deeply.

so thankful the last memory I have with Mimi is from my wedding

I'm not sharing this story today for pity. Pity and sympathy won't bring Mimi back. I share her story to remind you that as updated numbers are reported each day these are not just "cases" these are loved ones. Every life taken from Covid-19 is not just a statistic, but a person deeply missed. I am so thankful for every memory I have of her, but am completely heartbroken knowing she won't be here for more.

As more and more states move to "reopen the economy" remember to use good sense. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and take advantage of to-go or curbside pickup when available. If not for yourself, for someone else's Mimi.