but look at my yummy dinner!
Next: banana bread! NOM.
So, it is obvious that I am terrible at blogging (as was evidenced by the fact that I had a pending comment from March when I logged into my account today). BUT, I am going to try to get back into doing this however I can.
One idea that I have is to post interesting articles/books/etc. that I have read in the last week. This should be beneficial in a few ways: it will keep me posting regularly, it will keep me reading regularly and it will lead to me sharing fun stuff with anyone who might be reading. So here we gooooo:
Okay, this is a cheater category…I read both of these books while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I would still highly recommend!
As a person who is constantly running around like crazy, I can’t always fit everything I want to do into my week. This morning, while feeling guilty about not making it to church for another week, I listened to last week’s sermon from a local church. Great discussion of hope and Christianity, for anyone who might be interested: Where Do We Find Our Hope? by Jacob Smith
Alright, that is it for now! Send me any recommendations you have for some good reading and enjoy the last few hours of the weekend!
So, I am aware that I have been absent from blogging for quite some time.
Well, I got a job. Not THE job. But a job. It involves eating sweets all day. And smiling. And it isn’t all bad.
It does leave me with little need/inspiration for baking delicious things, however. (Who knew? Working 45-50 hour weeks+unlimited treats at work=no time/desire for home-baked goods! )
Well, yesterday my mom told me I needed to post on here. And moms are always right (right?), so I decided I would do it on my day off. Which is…TODAY! yayyyyyyyy
So this is what I’ve got for you:
My Americanized version of a proper English Breakfast.
As some of you may know, I spent last fall in Edinburgh (Scotland). Although there are a lot of things about this time last year that I don’t miss (i.e. SNOW, annoying 17 year olds singing “F You” by Cee Lo Green outside of my dorm room door every Friday night over and over again, and dinners of potato and more potato), I do sometimes feel nostalgic about galavanting around Europe on the weekends, black cabs, and beans with breakfast.
Yes. That is right.
Beans with breakfast.
It is the best thing ever and you must do it.
My version of English breakfast is as follows (because this is how I like it): Baked beans, wheat toast with butter, 1 egg (over-medium) and bacon. 🙂 It is NOT traditional. But it fills the void and I like it!
Now it is time for laundry here! Wooooooo….have a great day!
(Also, kitty pic! Just for fun!)
Just in case you hadn’t noticed I am a pretty big fan of peanut butter. I apologize to anyone out there with a peanut allergy…I can’t imagine how rough it must be to live without it (or to try to avoid it). I will say the awesome thing about cooking for yourself is that you have the luxury of ignoring the world ‘peanut’ wherever I use it and replacing it with ‘almond,’ ‘cashew,’ or ‘sunflower.’ All excellent PB substitutes.
Anyways, since I love peanut butter and I love chocolate, I know that they are totally a match made in heaven. I am obsessed with Reece’s. They were totally that candy that I would trade anything in my halloween candy stash for. Today I decided I really wanted one, but I didn’t want to leave my apartment/spend money to get it, and I knew I had been neglecting my poor little blog, so I decided to hit the kitchen and make my own!
I tried really hard to come up with a good way to thicken up the filling with what I had on hand, so they would be closer texturally to a Reece’s, but never really got there. That was totally fine though because they turned out delicious! I also sprinkled some cinnamon and salt on top, because it sounded like a good idea. And guess what?…
It totally was. Mmmmmmm.
So if you are okay with having a peanut butter cup that has a slightly less pronounced line between chocolate and peanut butter, I highly recommend making these. If you are a purist, I would recommend searching elsewhere. But really…just humor me and do the cinnamon and salt thing. You won’t regret it….at least I don’t think you will…
Salted Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cups
*Makes about 12 pieces
So there is this little thing called “Meatless Monday” that has been going on for quite some time. I, unfortunately, have never participated on purpose…accidentally: sure, but that clearly that is just a rotten coincidence and I can’t play cool like I am someone who really cares.
Well, last Monday was different.
As many of you may know, Football started up this last week, and with it, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL aka the perfect opportunity to make a meatless dinner.
You may be confused right now…how can football night=good opportunity for Meatless Monday?
The answer to that question is: a local bar was (1) playing the New England Patriots game and (2) having unlimited Bud Light and chicken wings. NOW. If there are 3 things that I am not a fan of they would be (1) watching football, (2) Bud Light, and (3) eating anything that is still on a bone.I apologize if you are feeling offended by my distaste for these 3 highly American things…I try to make up for it with liking baseball, craft beers, and devouring anything covered in cheese. That is all I can do! But, I digress…
Since Tom was out watching the game with some Law School peeps, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to make something meatless and filled with squash (Tom=not a fan). I saw a recipe for Zucchini Parmesan on foodgawker a couple days before that I decided would be a good option. It was super simple to make, only required a few ingredients, and was relatively cheap to boot. I only spent roughly $7 on the ingredients, and remember, I am living in a ridiculously expensive city. Anyways, here is my take on the dish!
Alex’s Meatless Monday Zucchini Parm