Food Network Star S13 Ep 11 Recap - The Finale

I wish I could say I was surprised last night.

The only thing that surprised me was the lame finale that Food Network put together.

Meal Pinning Monday

You could call the theme of this weekend's eating as "well that's not what I intended."

It started out with the Cordon Blue Chicken Casserole. I was thinking it had a good taste (keep in mind texture doesn't bother me), when all of the sudden Jeremy said "I can't take the texture of this I'm about to throw up."

That went well.

Then I attempted to make a keto version of English Cream & Berries... forgetting that Jeremy has Jello texture issues... guess who didn't eat it all.

I really should start making a list of what he doesn't like.

We have very different tastes and I often neglect to retain information. It doesn't work well.


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

FIVE ON FRIDAY

Happy New Year... oh wait it's just the teacher new year.

It's like Chinese New Year but for educators this month.

So first up...

[ONE]

Im back on another episode at The Mommy Project, talking my usual nonsense mixed into the actual topic. You might hear a touch of me jabbering about how I read somewhere that high fat diets & being over 30 produces twins and how I'm making attempts at getting a 3rd kid through butter.

I'm weird. I know.

Check out Episode 54 over at The Mommy Project and see what else I managed to talk nonsense about sprinkled into the actual topic of Back to School... because I never stay on topic.


[TWO]

 Some silly person likes to copy me. He also likes to pretend to tell me what to do. I say pretend because we all know I'm not doing anything he says... mainly because it isn't in English. 


[THREE] 

I laughed at this like a crazy woman through an entire lunch period. Then I randomly laughed at it in my head the rest of the day. 


[FOUR]

Jeremy hunted down a frog yesterday so that Harrison could see it. He wouldn't actually touch it. 


[FIVE]

To show you the extent to which I have not taken pictures lately, Jeremy came into the house yesterday with this on his back. 

Ladybugs doing inappropriate things. 

That's how dull life has been. 

Let's just call that a plus. Dull is always welcome. 


It's not like you want photos of me working out, or of the garden I pulled everything living thing out of because I hate summer. 

I did order some new jeans and the Teddie Rosehip oil though, I'll share about that when in ships in 4-400 weeks. 

Food Network Star S13 Ep 10 Recap - Final 3

Last night the Food Network Star gods smiled down upon the Twitter dreams and prayers and Matthew was finally sent home. 

Yes I know people liked him, but there were also people who didn't. 


I fall in the didn't category.

Don't get me wrong, he was passionate and could cook. He just wasn't someone I would want to watch. No harm, no foul. Just my personal taste.

Cory, however, as I totally suspected, came back to the show from Star Salvation.

Unless the final deal was totally botched he could out cook Amy & David easily. Not that they aren't good. He is just has the experience of cooking in a restaurant and playing with food all day long. He's creative with food on a level that most people who didn't go to culinary food aren't at.

So anyway, Matthew out, Cory in.

The final 3 were all given pilots with Guy. I hate that this is the direction it's gone. I'd much prefer to see them get their own show and do a demo down that route.

They were all super nervous by this point, but Guy did a great job helping calm them into a state of Pilot that wouldn't eliminate all three.

Rusty was at MaGee's pretending to be Guy. He did exactly what I would do and called it Maggie's. Familiarity breeds mispronunciation. He's been there a bunch and supposedly never said it right.

There's a place here I continually call the wrong name... Pouparts. I can't say it the way I should... Pooparts. I just can't say Poo in a restaurant name.

Cory was at a Mexican place. He too was nervous and then calmed by a call to his bestie by Guy.

Come to think of it I don't recall Jason getting to phone a friend.

Jason did his faux pilot at a French restaurant. He was told to not say honey so much.

I would have been more excited about this episode had they filmed a cooking show pilot. The new hosting pilot deal isn't my jam.

Anyone else suffer from sick of seeing people eat at restaurants? 

Meal Pinning Monday

First full week of school.

That means only two months until full blown winter and fall.

And yes, I'm looking ahead.


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Bacon & Eggs

Tuesday - Layered Taco Salad (made Keto)

Wednesday - Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole with Roasted Broccoli

Thursday - leftovers

Friday - Chicken Nuggets & Fries

Saturday - Pork Carnitas

Sunday - leftovers

Breakfast - Berries & Cottage Cheese 

Lunch - Burger Bowl

Fat Bomb - 


Food Network Star S13 Ep 9 Recap - Food Trucks

I'm scratching my head after last night.


Amy was sent home. 

How you ask? I do not know. She flubbed the ending of a segment and kind of sort of didn't use tortilla chips when B. Flay was clearly craving the salty experience of a Tostito. 

Five on Friday

This has been yet another week of barely taking photos.

So did we actually live? Does life count if you don't Instagram it these days.

Clearly it does... but jeez at having to document everything.

This must be some post Paul McCartney high issue. I've taken maybe 6 photos in the past two weeks. What's left in life? Nothing. Nothing can top McCartney.

Just kidding... but seriously.

[ONE] 

If anyone would like Ellie they can have her. I'm over this old dog and her nonsense. I literally mopped every single day for a week due to her need to pee in my kitchen. Guess who is kenneled at night now. Not me. I pee in the appropriate places.

This photo perfectly shows her feelings towards me and my need for her to behave and be clean.


Meal Pinning... Tuesday

It's the last week of summer and I am living in a hard denial. This is not my cup of tea.
So I'll just be over here cooking and pretending I don't actually have a job.

Also, just an FYI... something is glitchy with the widgets today so just click the meal to get the link.


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Food Network Star S13 Ep 8 Recap - Cooking Live

This episode pains me to even think about it, mainly because I wanted to see the chef we worked for back in our college days win the entire competition.


Which lets you basically know who left. Cory.

I'm thinking Amy will stay in now until the finals, with Jason. Or maybe they brought back Matthew because they actually want to see him have a show. Who knows.

That Time We Quit Cable

We cancelled Cox this week.

Well, not only Cox, but also Verizon.

It wasn't on a whim either. I'd say about a year ago the conversation came up to get rid of it to save money. Granted not the cell phones, just cable. The concept fell through when it was time to renew our contract and since we couldn't land on an agreement we went ahead with cable.

I couldn't give up DVR.

My channels... those shows don't come up on Netflix.

Then we visited our favorite frugal friends and they showed us what they had.

We came home and within the week cancelled cable and phones.

We still have cell phones... but swapped to Straight Talk because for half the price we get more than double the data and could keep our numbers.

Cable went out the window and we got a Roku and a Sling subscription... I'll be adding the PBS Passport before Great British Baking Show airs tonight.

I lost a few channels, but I should probably not watch them anyway.

Plus in the long run this will help with keeping kiddos from seeing things they have no business watching. Commercials are even awful these days.

So instead of that phone upgrade I wanted, we down graded.

Instead of recording that show that went off air and is finally coming back this fall... I'll be watching something else.

Or even better, read a book or the bible and not mental say that I need to watch whatever the show is I recorded.

So yeah, we cancelled it all. I still can't believe my cable loving self agreed to it, so out of character.

But the money saved will basically afford for a second kid to go to the sitter at the same time as Harrison... not that there is a second kid yet.

So that happened. 

Sir Paul & One On One World Tour 2017

Dreams came true and I finally got to see a Beatle. 

Thanks to the boom of social media over the past few years we were able to see that Paul McCartney was coming to our area in enough time to get the fan club price tickets and book them a day before the actual release. 

I tried to see him several years ago when he was in New Orleans, but the only tickets left were $500. 


I asked Mom when exactly I became Beatles obsessed and she said it started when I was about Harrison's age with The Monkees and it developed into The Beatles from there.

So lifetime.

Food Network Star S13 Ep 7 Recap - Who Used Pepper?

I know I've skipped episode 6, Addie (how does she spell it?) was sent home. She was partnered with Matthew. 

In case you were unaware... no one on earth likes him. Not even Giada. 

That's all I can remember from that one. I skipped posting about it because we were out of town when it aired and watched it nearly a week later. 


Now for episode 7 I literally drove all day to be able to be home in time for this one. I was at Paul McCartney the night before, prepare to hear me only blog about him for the rest of forever, and I'll be posting about that tomorrow.

This episode could easily be summed up by saying that Giada despises Matthew but somehow he doesn't get sent home.

Meal Pinning Monday

How is it Monday?

I'm still dancing around the house singing Queenie Eye from Saturday night. Somehow I missed Sunday in my post concert daze.

Anyhoo.

This week is stupid simple.


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Sunday - Egg Fast
[here's the link, widget isn't working >>> Egg Fast]

I've been in a touch of the Keto stall for about a month so before we start back to work I wanted to do this. Jeremy's on board so it's eggs day in night for the next 7 days. 

Hopefully the Sir Paul high sustains me. 

1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

It's been a week of camping for our crowd, all the way at Lake Catherine in Hot Springs. If you're looking to camp in Arkansas I'd highly recommend this state park. The facilities are nice, I didn't see a single snake, and the swimming and hiking are really pretty. 

[ONE] Monday we wandered off with a two year old and 11 month old in tow and hiked the shortest trail to the waterfall. Absolutely beautiful, it just wasn't a swimming type of creek. It was freezing! 

The waterfall area was nice and shallow and great for kids to wander around in. 

Five on Friday

I am honestly not sure what we've done this week, and there is barely any photographic proof of any of it.



[ONE] I have no clue what happened Monday. Zero.

Food Network Star S13 Ep5 Recap - Huh What?

Last night might have been the most underwhelming of underwhelming episodes ever produced. 

I'm not even entirely sure what just happened. 


For starters they did partner challenges instead of group work. 

Thank you Food Network, we all appreciated that. 

Meal Pinning Monday

This is a weird food week with a holiday and Jeremy cooking. I've found myself in a food rut this summer for sure, doesn't help that I'll eat something until it makes me want to gag.

Or the fact that I burned burgers to a flat crisp last week.

Tomorrow's a new food day.


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

This week, where do we begin...

1. We had dessert before dinner last week at The Steep House in Lafayette. It had really good everything, tea, coffee, air. Zero complaints here. Loved it. 

Harrison saw this little animal looking macaroon and started growling at it... which then led to his barely speaking self to walk up to the counter and try to order it for himself. There was a lot of babble and pointing, proving my point that he was trying to get the lady to hand it over. 



How to Gift Wrap a Pie Plate

My cousin got married a few weeks ago and since the bridal shower invite wanted guests to send a recipe I thought I's send a pie plate as our gift. 

This happens to be a cousin on the Old Fashion Chocolate Pie side of the family, so I gifted his wife with the pie recipe of her new hubby's Great-Great-Grandmother. 

I'm sharing this idea simply because the internet did not come to my rescue on this topic, by the way. 


In my attempt at pie plate wrapping I kept running into the same issue, boxes didn't fit the substantially sized Pioneer Woman Pie Plate. 

Food Network Star S13 Ep4 Recap - Bell Pepper Bowls

On this week's episode of Chopped, contestants were placed into yet another group challenge, thrown in the woods to make camping food... that was far from camping food, and given baskets of certain death. 

Basically. 


I get that group challenges are probably easier to film and judge, but I'd like to see more of what the individuals are capable of without Matthew telling everyone how to do it.

1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

It's Friday, so let's recap the week... or week-ish. Almost nothing has happened this week thanks to deal old Tropical Storm Cindy. 

She barely made an appearance... but that didn't stop the universe from closing down this week. 

1. This was the night before the supposed storm hit. I thought the whole "Red Skys at Night, Sailor's Delight" was a tad off, turns out it was right. We dodged the storm, which was great because our town floods with a minor sprinkle. 

The town I teach in though floods with a north wind (pushes everything from the Gulf up into the bay and so forth) and they got a bit of flooding. 



Fruity Marshmallow Treats

This past week my mother and I took the kids and ventured up to Pawhuska, OK to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. She grabbed a ton of fun treats from the coffee car, the Spicy Cowgirl Coffee & Chicken & Waffles Salt Water Taffy being my favorite, however ranking clearly in the top 3 was their marshmallow treats. 

Fruity Marshmallow Treats via @labride

I polished mine off the last 3 hours of the trip back slowly picking apart the contents and savoring every white chocolate drizzled bite. 

The Mercantile Road Trip Part 2

In a significantly shorter recap of day two, thanks in part to not taking my camera anywhere and getting all of these photos off of my mother's phone, I bring you day two of the adventure. 

In all fairness there was no way you can make a trip like this with small kids without a zoo visit. Being our second big zoo to visit this year (Nashville in February) and  living close to the Audubon, I have to say that the Tulsa Zoo is my favorite so far. 


Prices were better than Audubon, but the same as Nashville. There were more animals than in Nashville. As far as how nice it is, this one and Nashville rank the same.

The highlights were definitely all 400 turtle exhibits, Harrison is turtle obsessed right now and I nearly had to peel him off the tank in the photo above.

The Mercantile Road Trip Part 1

Last week we made the 9+ hour drive to north Tulsa to go up and visit Pawhuska, OK. 

Tulsa was chosen mainly for the zoo, gotta give the kiddos a chance to run off the trapped car energy and not start a revolt against every mother in that town. 

I took a good handful pics, so let's walk around and I give you the deets on everything we did and how beautiful the area was. (true story I've long since longed to live in the country... my disdain for the deep deep south of Louisiana runs equally deep. I despise the swamp to be honest.)




I had to snap a few of my nutcase running wild in the upstairs coffee bar area. He was completely done with being held captive and let it be known while his grandmother spent the rest of our yearly earnings at the bakery/coffee area collecting everything else we didn't require to live.


Food Network Star S13 Ep3 Recap - The Mountains of Detroit

This particular episode was underwhelming, but not because of the contestants, the topic was just awful. 

Team captains were chosen. 

Teammates were picked like a 5th grade wiffle ball game. 

And then... then... the dang theme was places and a 5 course meal. Like the forest was pasta and I still to this moment in time can't figure out what the heck the forest has to do with pasta. 

The theme was just awful. 


Ever more awful than the theme was the group of people they had tasting the food. 

Meal Pinning Monday (but clearly it's Sunday)

Back from our mini road trip to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska & it's real life and cooking.

Which might I add is less stressful than a dang road trip with a toddler.

I'm going to be uncovering puppy and turtle stickers in that car and on my body for weeks to come.

No joke I peeled one off my body in the shower the other day, they are EVERYWHERE!



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Food Network Star S13 Ep2 Recap - #TeamLibrary

On this week's episode of Emily hasn't been in town and near a computer so the blog has gone largely neglected... two people got kicked off the show.


On this particular episode that I've had too many sleeps since watching and can vaguely remember some details, Team Library also known as Cory + Stay at Home Mom + Mini Martha + Justin Bieber won the Beauty & the Beast themed challenge. 

Basically the contestants were divided into groups, gag... who on earth likes working in groups, and had to make dishes to go with brunch, tea, and so on, and also decorate a table. 

Sadly Food Network didn't show the sides of the team hunting for decor, at least none that I recall. 

All we managed to see were two guys leaving half their food at the store, Future Paula Dean school the Comeback Kid no one likes (leaving everyone on Twitter agreeing that he needed a leash), and poor Kao not getting her corn starch. 

The guys losing groceries were the least of my concerns, they were there and shopping. That's all their fault. However the Cao situation had nothing to do with her, she was in the decor shopping group and the one ingredient they left out of her set basically ruined her dish. 

In the end, Suzanne should have gone home and was looked over. Probably because she is a sub par character who doesn't stand out, aside from when she's on camera and you want her off the show. Justin Bieber (last row t the right) managed to stay on, but only because he was on a team that saved his life. 

I suggested he write them all thank you notes for allowing him another week. Boozy Sandra Lee ever said his dessert looked like poo. 

Instead the girl from NOLA was sent packing along with Granny Paula Dean. Paula Dean simply because she made a French soup the wrong consistency with the wrong potatoes (gotta be specific on these shopping lists because your teammates are thinking of numero uno people). I think NOLA girl's fate was stamped when she whipped out terribly predictable Louisiana dish during brunch? 

I cant' remember if she was in the brunch group. I know Cao was because of the Vietnamese Pancake Tragedy, but clearly she stayed on out of pity since it clearly wasn't her fault and she's proved she can in fact cook. 

So that's it for today, I promise next week will be more detailed since I'll be in town and able to write. 

If your watching and want some fun head over to Twitter during the show and follow the hashtag #FoodNetworkStar. I haven't seen many of the contestants on there, but Cao was last week and had some pretty funny tweets. Girl was dressed in the most stereotypical Asian outfit on earth, and thanks to Twitter she answered a long standing question... yes they are styled for the show. 

I gave her a hard time last week, but she redeemed herself this episode and was hilarious on Twitter. 

Still not a fan of over done Kentucky contestant. 

Dear other contestants... get on Twitter. During the actual show. 

Southern Cake Series: Jam Cake

Since I'm an anniversary and birthday baker this series has been slow moving. I started to bake monthly, but my waistline can't handle monthly cakes. 

This particular recipe is brought to you by our 8th wedding anniversary and my need to bake a cake that day. 

So I give you... Jam Cake. It's not the full on real recipe though, it's more of a hybrid between the Southern Living 50th Anniversary recipe and one out of my 1955 copy of Acadian Bi-Centennial. 

Food Network Star S13 Ep 1 Recap - Ugh Blake

First off, yes I know it's Tuesday and this aired on Sunday... I had other posts that needed to go up. That doesn't mean I dislike Kao? Kale? Whatever her name is any less. 

Let's have some fun over the next 12ish week and chat about who we hated, who we love, and allegiance for no apparent reason. I promise I won't try to remember any one's name and will write solely from memory. 

And by the way I'll make sure I'm live tweeting every Sunday night at 8pm central to talk trash about people as the show progresses... we could say discuss the show... but Kale's bangs are giving me nightmares. 


So why am I interested this season and I've ignored it largely for a few years? Cory Bahr.

Modest Modern Mama

This is a post is a collaboration with Modest Modern Mama, it does not contain affiliate links. 

I'll be honest with y'all, I've had a bit of a fashion issue as of late. 

Shorts seem shorter, rompers are clearly more see through, and swimwear covers less than lingerie. 

Finding clothing that fits how I want to live my life, is functional, and still cute, has just become hard to come by. Luckily I know a former blogger who started selling clothing on an online boutique a few years ago and that helped me survive pregnancy, thank the good Lord tunics were in then. 

I wasn't much of an online shopper before that. 

Now-a-days I am, thanks to a toddler who crawls under dressing room doors and leaves... and I can't exactly chase him without a top on. 

All of this brought me to a newer online clothing boutique (who just this week announced on her IG that she'll be offering at home Pop Up Shops) owned by a lovely Christian mama from Central LA who happens to share a bunch of mutual friends with me. 


As soon as I started browsing Allie's shop Modest Modern Mama I knew that I had to A) buy all the clothing and B) work with her in some aspect so that all my friends would find out about her lovely clothing shop. 

Meal Pinning Monday

It's VBS week and I'm not entirely sure I thought this menu through all the way. Hello scrambling around and rushing home after 5 every day to cook.

How do people who work 9-5 jobs do it?



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Five On Friday



First full week of summer is in the books and it's been nothing but happily filled days of fun. 

1. This has been my new go-to keto style lunch, I might eat it everyday until I hate it honestly! It's Chicken, 1/2 avocado, 1/3 cup shredded cheddar, 2 tbsp sour cream, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and green onions. Heavenly. 


Aroma Foundry Essential Oils

I was recently sent a few essential oils from a wonderful new company in California called Aroma Foundry to test out and share with y'all. While I wasn't monetarily paid for this review, I did receive the products for free. All opinions are my own and honest as usual! 

After browzing their site and choosing my oils I was insanely excited to try them out, I love supporting American companies. Aroma Foundry did not disappoint at all, like I've said for ages on my website... you can find amazing oils out there at an affordable price that are consistently high quality.



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Meal Pinning Monday

First full week of summer.

Not a single work related something on the calendar.

Life couldn't be better.


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Currently: May


Current book: M.C. Beaton "Death of a Bore"& the new Andy Cohen book

Meal Pinning Monday

This is finally the last week of school before Summer. I could nearly give an Oscar's acceptance speech to tell you how I feel about the survival that took place my first year in 3rd grade. 

In that, I've also gotten into a lunch rut that's turned this week into a lunch box of two Keto waffles, pepperoni, and 2 cheese sticks. Super well rounded. Insanely lazy. 

That should tell you something... I usually don't mind spending an average of 4+ hours a Sunday prepping food for the week and I've come down to waffles, cheese, and a large stick of pepperoni in my fridge. None of witch you'll find paired together on any fine dining menu. 


Speaking of fine dining... the chef Jeremy and I worked for in college is going to be on this season of The Next Food Network Star. I'm thinking of episode recaps and thoughts? Who'd be interested? 


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

FIVE ON FRI-YAY

There are only 3 actual days of work left and I couldn't be happier! Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my job. However the break that is called Summer is highly needed. I personally need to rest, recharge, and get back to a normal state of being. 

I've hit that high-strung time of the year and it's time to wind down. 


1. First up I went to a Mother's Day yoga class that was all heart/chest opening poses and ended with a 30 minute Savasana with Acupuncture.

Meal Pinning Tuesday?

This week people, we'll call it the sugar detox week. Last week was rough. 


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

F I V E O N F R I D A Y

It's Friday people, and as if that weren't enough to celebrate it's also the end of Teacher Appreciation Week. My midsection is sick of being appreciated. 

That might sound unappreciative, but I assure you my jeans are far more snug than I prefer. 

Come Saturday "skinny Emily" will shove "chunky Emily" back down in the hole she belongs and hopefully keep her in her place. She's only allowed out on occasion, the past two weeks she's been partying like a college girl during Sorority Rush Week. 


Now let's get to things of the week.

1. I'll share links as soon as I have them, but I got to record a podcast with The Podcast Project and had an absolute blast. Today the main episode airs and come Sunday the "Sunday Confessions" episode comes out. This was all recorded mid-"chunky Emily" so you can consider yourself warned.


Grilled Asparagus & Green Onions

This is going to be a really short post, but I promise you this recipe is divine.

Whether you follow Paleo, Primal, Low Carb, Keto, or Whole30, this will fit the bill. It works, it's yummy, it's a favorite of mine, and it's insanely easy.


Grilled Asparagus & Green Onions

Ingredients:
1 bunch of asparagus
1 bunch of green onions
garlic powder
salt
pepper
olive oil (I sometimes use bacon fat or ghee depending on what's on hand)

Directions:
Clean and cut aspragus, toss in a bowl with green onions. Season with enough oil or fat to coat and then season to taste with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Grill for 5-10 minutes at a medium heat until it's as tender as you prefer and enjoy. 


When I make this I quite literally wait until I've already flipped the chicken I'm grilling and then place the asparagus on the grill. I've made this a few times where I blanched the asparagus first, but it really isn't needed. Just cook it until it's done at a medium heat. 

In case you're wondering, yes I grill everything myself (except steaks because Jeremy does it so well, and his Country Rib recipe) and I also use a gas grill. I just find it to be so much better suited for someone who grilled several times a week. I'm not spending time with charcoal unless we are camping. 

Meal Pinning Monday

This week is teacher appreciation week at our school, or as I like to call it "sugar central." If you really loved me you'd give me a pack of diet shakes and tell me to take it easy on the cake in the lounge. Instead I'm going to be taken over by some sugar demon and require an exorcism come Friday after noon. Someone might even mistake me for a crackhead and try to have me committed after all the junk food that comes though the place... 

In case you have never met me in person, I am a much more well rounded individual without sugar in my system. One hit and I start freebasing the stuff and quickly look like this: 


It's a real problem people. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.