Welcome Spring…and Hello, again!
Well, hello again. I can’t believe it has been nearly three months since my last post. As always, many things have happened. That nannying job I took? Well…the family was a little crazy. And controlling. My health? A few hiccups here and there, a few biopsies, a few days in bed…but I’m starting to feel much better. Oh, and no cancer. The news? Oh no big deal. I’m just a licensed real estate broker. Ok, it’s a big, awesome deal! So…currently unemployed, but searching for a real estate firm to begin a new career with. AND, CDR is about to be my roommate, and that’s totally rad. So please forgive the absence, but life got busy.
And how wonderful that spring has finally sprung?! It is such a glorious day outside! Broozer and I celebrated the Earth’s new life by taking a long walk this morning (and we’ll be off on another upon completion of this post). Our walk brought me solace, new energy, and clarity. As the season has been changing, I’ve been thinking a lot about the year that I had and I have been starting to feel some of the summer sorrow swell up (say that five times fast) again. Now, I do have many things to say on the topic, but I’ll limit myself to just a few statements.
While the summer was difficult in nearly every possible way, and didn’t make for a very happy fall or winter, it was not without its victories and highlights. Aside from passing the real estate exam, my minister blasting “Shake it Out” by Flo and the Mo through church speakers because it reminded him of me, and adventures with CDR, some of my greatest victories came from the kitchen. To curb the tears, I’ve baked, grilled, and cooked incessantly and I’ve taken each successful dish as a win against the antagonist(s)… And ok, as proof of my bad-assery.
The highlights: perfect cupcakes, gluten and dairy free cookies, grilled cookies, chocolate covered bacon, turkey-quinoa meatballs, and chicken wings.
The cupcakes were for a bridal shower and bachelorette party (and Easter this weekend). Find the cake recipe here. I just made cupcakes instead and used vanilla frosting, a slice of strawberry, and gold sprinkles to top them off. They are DIVINE. Absolutely perfect.
Chocolate covered bacon? Cook some bacon (I recommend doing it in the oven so it doesn’t crinkle as much) and then dip it in melted chocolate, and freeze until the chocolate hardens. It is a PERFECT salty sweet bite, and totally man-friendly.
I’m searching for my photo of these turkey quinoa meatballs, but until I find them…oh my god, so good! Mix together half a cup cooked quinoa, half of a sautéed diced onion, one garlic clove, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, egg, and whatever herbs you want with 1lb of ground turkey. Form into meatballs, and pan fry to brown (they’re really delicate so it is better to brown them rather than just dropping them into a sauce) and then finish in a red sauce. Or just bake in the oven. They are light, healthy, and oh so good.
And today, to welcome spring I made a quinoa citrus salad! Delicious. Basically, just cook up a cup of quinoa and add it to a bowl with avocado, orange slices, orange and lemon juice, salt, pepper, other herbs of your choice (I would use fennel, basil, and mint), a tablespoon or two of olive oil, and a little bit of crumbled blue cheese. Serve warm or cold. Delicious!
And that’s what I’ve got for you today. Staying strong, cooking, packing for the move, and working on the cookbook/memoir until next time.