|I'm so ashamed. Look at this drawer. It needs attention. The front corner is my recipe box and all of the recipes I have used in the last year, maybe?|
|This is the box and pile of recipes begging for order to be restored.|
It started innocent enough. Me in a hurry, not putting things back in their little filing system. Well, hell. Now it's just anarchy.
These two recipes Chocolate Quinoa Snack Balls and sea salt dark chocolate energy balls I stumbled upon online two years ago in a desperate attempt to find something tasty, since cookies and sheet cake are no longer my friends. These are my FAVORITE SNACKS.
These are some well-loved, and now sticky recipes.
I nibble on the quinoa snack balls with my protein shake after my workout
(*I keep them in the freezer in those little reusable 1/2 cup Glad lunch containers, I love the crunch, and lawdy rolling them into balls was almost the death of me*)
and the other one serves as my dessert after dinner.
(*I cover my energy balls in more chocolate, and I also freeze them*)
All the stuff for choc energy balls.
In these parts
we just call 'em chocolate
balls because we
enjoy a good chuckle,
plus taco fixings
on the other side of the island.
Got it all going on.
Chocolate energy balls in
my food processor.
Kinda labor intensive.
I bake a TON, but I don't bother making my baked goods GF. I don't think it tastes the same, plus I find it highly caloric. I mean that stuff is highly caloric anyway - who needs to compound it?
This is a vegetable recipe I just discovered and I love it. Many of you are probably 'real chefs' so you could make this in your sleep. With Lad eating vegetarian, I made a recipe that I stumbled across on my favorite Chicago morning news show (I think it was called Mediterranean vegetables - not the news show, that's WGN), and we liked it.
Confession time: I didn't even really know how to prepare fresh vegetables. Are you laughing at me? I don't blame you. I'm honestly embarrassed at how clueless I was.
I cling to the excuse of growing up in an Irish American household where vegetables came in a can. Salad was a bit of ice-burg lettuce with a few pieces of tomato, occasionally a hard boiled egg, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese with French dressing.
As I approach my 50th birthday, I suppose I'm too old to keep recycling that tired 'my mom did it this way' excuse, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Anyway, the next time I made the vegetables, it wasn't great. I googled and found the above recipe to replace it. Delightful. I made three trays of it and we ate it as a side all week. That's how I cook: wear myself out making a pile of food - then heat up as needed. (insert Tank's eye-roll here. Spoiled kid hates leftovers)
Hey, at least my kids have eaten fresh vegetables. I have been rocking peppers, and onions with balsamic chicken over the last year - not even sure how that started, who am I? I wonder if someone will show up one day and label me as 'no longer Irish' in a shameful, quick ceremony.
Confession time: I tried to whip Balsamic chicken up without consulting the recipe a few months ago. I only used olive oil, skipping the balsamic vinegar completely. I was like, Hmm, what's missing? As I was driving home from Irish dancing (where else would I be?), it occurred to me. I poured some balsamic in, stirred it up over heat, and saved the day. Curly ate more after dancing and was relieved I hadn't lost my touch.
|How 'bout some meat?|
|A lot of this and a lot of that.|
I was about to end it here, but I realized I haven't touched on the drink and watching subjects. I'll be brief:
Drinking: One question:
WHO LIKES WHITE CLAWS?
What on earth? Whose idea was this? It tastes like water, but gross. I can't. Am I alone on this? I love Mike's Hard Lemonade. Dark Cherry, or whatever is the red one. A bottle of Riesling is still my BFF. I can count on one hand how many drinks I've had over pandemic. It's a slippery slope. Life has been challenging (upcoming posts might reveal some of that - still on the fence), and I don't want to start a habit I can't break.
Watching: I like my aforementioned WGN morning news. They're local, and funny. Since Coach dropped direct TV, I can no longer rewind. This is one of life's little adjustments which displeases me. God help the child who speaks too loud and makes me miss a laugh on my morning show since I CANNOT REWIND to see what I have missed. They've all been warned. Hey, some people have coffee in the morning, not me. We had to get an antenna just so I can watch this show. Coach was all 'ridiculous' and I was like, 'hey I have a few things that I enjoy . . . my inflatable child's pool/raccoon spa and WGN, so back off.'
While in Michigan we watched 'Bird Box.' People, have you seen this? It is a reminder to all of us that our pandemic could be worse. What if we could not go outside without being blindfolded? It is like the seeing version of 'The Quiet Place.'
So, how do you organize your recipes? What movie did you watch recently that you liked? How do you feel about White Claws?