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I Know It’s Tuna, But It Says ‘Chicken Of The Sea’ …

23 Feb

I think my perception of snow is starting to get warped …

… because this doesn’t seem like a lot to me.  Weird?

Happy Wear a Dress Tuesday!  My friend Alex emailed me to tell me that she was wearing a skirt and a red sweater.  She and her colleagues (she’s a high school teacher) all wore red today to stand in solidarity with the unions being attacked out west.  What a cool way for them all to come together (and here’s to hoping it all gets resolved soon!).

Also – I feel the need to share that I stood outside in the 19 degree temperatures without a coat on to take this picture.  I don’t think I’m crazy, I think I’m ready for spring.  Agreed?

Now … let’s talk TUNA!  When Betsey served tuna before our bible study yesterday I was reminded of the fact that I actually really like tuna salad!  I’m not much of a seafood person, but now that I think about it, I used to make an awesome tuna salad when I was in high school  I used to add a little bit of mayo, macaroni and celery and apple slices.  It was delicious! 

We didn’t have most of those ingredients tonight when we were making dinner, but there were a couple of cans of tuna in the pantry so we made due.

Bruce mixed up a can of tuna with some olive oil mayonnaise.  He added hard boiled eggs and made a sandwich, but I cooked some mini rigatoni al dente (I didn’t want it cooked all the way because I wanted my salad to have a crunch to it) and mixed it all together.  Then I topped it with some pepper.

It was delicious!  I think I will try to grab some apples, celery and macaroni next time I am at the grocery store and make the salad that I used to make.

Have a great night everyone!

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My next article went live on Suite101 today!  I wrote an article outlining the essentials that I think people should try to keep in their kitchens.  Check it out!

It’s Official: I’m Old.

16 Feb

Good evening and Happy Wear a Dress Tuesday!

It was way colder than I thought it was going to be today.  I went to New Haven in flats and leggings, nearly froze on my walk to the hospital and grabbed stocking and boots when I went out again tonight!  Brr.

Today I wore a gray dress with a fabulously-clearanced button-up sweater, black leggings and boots.  I did not have enough layers on!  Where is spring?!

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So this afternoon I picked up the son of some friends from school because they both had to work late.  I did the whole soccer mom thing!  I pulled up to the school, signed him out and even asked him how his day was and if he had any homework!  Ha.  However – we were playing this buzz game before dinner and I realized when he handed me the controller and I asked him what the heck I was supposed to do with it that I’m officially old.

Actually maybe it was after he rolled his eyes and said, “it’s the GAME CONTROLLER” that I realized that I was old.

Look at the Sarah Avator!  Isn’t she cute?

(The fact that I took a picture of my avator and am now calling her cute is probably earning me another eye roll.)

N. wanted pizza for dinner, so I suggested we made salads to go on the side.  They were delish!

Am I living under a rock?  I didn’t realize you could buy those colorful tortilla strips at a grocery store.  This is opening up a whole new world of salad making for me!

Stouffer’s Cheese Pizza.  I’m just gonna say it – Stouffer’s meals are amazing.

My Salad:
– Iceberg Lettuce
– Cherry Tomatoes
– Shredded Carrots
– Croutons
– Tortilla Strips
– Drizzled With Ranch Dressing

I’m kind of obsessed with their flatware.  I think Courtney said they got it at Crate & Barrel?  I’ve been pricing out new flatware for a couple of months – a strange thing to obsess over, I know.

My latest article is up on Suite101!  Check it out here.  I created five different and fun variations on the grilled cheese sandwich – one for each season of the year (two for winter – one for bitter cold and one for snow).  I also suggested soups to pair with the sandwiches and beverages and desserts to serve with the meal.  I hope you enjoy!

Playing Catch Up

14 Feb

What a wonderful day!

My mentor from my ordination process was out of town this weekend and she asked me if I could preach for her at her church.  I actually preached there a few weeks ago, so it was a familiar crowd.  It was a wonderful service!

After church Bruce and I headed to a lunch hosted at my parent’s house.  My camera stayed in my purse, sorry!  But my mom sent me home with tons of leftovers, so you will see some creative meal ideas coming out of the original lunch over the next few days.

For example – I made a really simple open-face ham sandwich out of some of the leftover spiral ham from lunch and mozzarella cheese from the meatball sandwiches we had a few days ago.  I love the sweetness of spiral ham!  It contrasted nicely with the mozzarella.

The sandwich was literally three ingredients – bread, ham and cheese – but it didn’t need anything else.

I worked on another freelance article for Suite101 today!  Check it out here.  I created an extremely simple, last minute Valentine’s Day Dinner menu for anyone scrambling to make plans.  I hope you enjoy!

What have you all been up to?  I’ve missed you all day!

Writing Writing Writing

3 Feb

It’s been 9 months since I finished my master’s degree and I think I’ve finally found my writing groove again!

I think I’ve mentioned this on here before, but when I was a senior in college I interned at a local newspaper.  At first I just did police reports, obituaries, school and church lists, etc., but eventually I proved myself and was given assignments!  Once my internship was over, I was a pretty consistent contributing writer and had several above-the-fold articles published.  My program at Emory brought so much academic writing that I couldn’t bear the thought of doing any for fun, but I think I’m back!

As scary as this in-between time of search and call can be, I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to grow my blog a little bit and get into a publishing routine. I really love the food-blogging genre and I am a better writer and cook because of this blog!

Speaking of writing – I spent the morning and early afternoon working on another article for Suite101.  Check it out here.  I created a Girly Superbowl Menu – this article was actually really fun to write!

While I wrote, I make myself a gourmet lunch of PB&J and pineapple.

Okay, okay.  Maybe it’s not gourmet.  But check out that presentation!

Here’s a tip for finding fruit in the dead of winter – buy it canned!  Just buy the ones that are canned in their own juices, not in syrups.

(I know it’s not the same as eating fresh fruit, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be finding any fresh pineapples around here anytime soon!)

Making plans for tonight … dinner with my sister?!

Dad’s Mac ‘n Cheese Casserole + Accent Vlog

1 Feb

Evening everyone!

Before I get into dinner, my third article went live on Suite101 today! I decided I wanted to research Seasonal Affective Disorder, something that I haven’t had to deal with over the past several years. After moving back to Connecticut, I realized very quickly how difficult long winter months can be – I hope this article can offer some help and guidance! Check it out here.

Now … dinner!  Things have been a little bit crazy over here tonight, so I pulled out one of my dad’s classic recipes to make a quick and easy dinner.

Mmm.  It’s simple.  Here’s how you make it.

Dad’s Mac ‘n Cheese Casserole
1 box Macaroni & Cheese, prepared according to instructions
1 pound Ground Beef
Sea Salt & Pepper
Chili Powder & Tabasco
Diced Onion & Garlic
Prepare the macaroni and cheese according the instructions on the box.  Add a little bit more milk than instructed (1/3 cup instead of 1/4 cup in this case).
Brown your beef, adding generous amounts of all of these spices.  Flavor is key with this dish, so don’t be afraid to pour it on!

When the macaroni is ready … 

… add the meat.  Stir and serve!

Maybe not the healthiest of dinners, but you could add some veggies or serve on a salad for some nutritional benefits. 🙂
And now … I’ve been watching the “Accent Vlog” float around the blogging world for the past couple of days and I decided to play along today!  I grabbed my poor sweet husband into the shot and he played too!  I think the video is actually more fun with both of us, but you can be the judge of that.  Enjoy!  (I’ll post the words/questions below the video if you want to play along!)


Accent Vlog from Sarah Weaver on Vimeo.


Words: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Questions:
– What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
– What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
– What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
– What do you call gym shoes?
– What do you say to address a group of people?
– What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
– What do you call your grandparents?
– What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
– What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
– What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Play along!  Night!

Flowers – Food – Fabulous

25 Jan

Need another flower to remind you of spring?

I took this at the Atlanta Botanical Garden last July when Kari and I convinced our friends Megan and Marvin to play Atlanta tourists.  So pretty!  I wish I had stuck around long enough to see it in the spring.

But back in my neck of the woods …

I was heating up leftover spaghetti and meatballs for lunch.  Just as delicious as last night, Maura!

All of the carbs are making me want to RUN!  It is not so much the cold that is keeping me off of the roads right now.  It’s more the fact that the 40 inches of snow has made the roads narrow and most of them have thick layers of ice on them.  Bah!

I think I may lock myself in the yoga room and do some pilates tonight.  Although, there is a beautiful fire roaring in the family room right now that is keeping me on the first floor. 🙂

For some reason my parents had several pounds of frozen ham in their freezer, so they gave us one of their containers.  I heated some up tonight for dinner.  I put them in the toaster oven, drizzled a little bit of olive oil over the top and then sprinkled with some sea salt & peppa.  350 degrees for about 25 minutes!

I attempted to make homemade biscuits, but the recipe called for self-rising flour, which I did not have.  So I attempted to make homemade self-rising flour.  It’s safe to say my biscuit making is a work in progress.

I also served up some baked beans (from Maura – thank you!) and steamed green beans. 

Simple, yet delicious.

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My second article went live on Suite101 today!  Check it out here.  I posted one of my favorite soup recipes, but included a section on different substitution options and soup tips.  Let me know what you think!

Night all!

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(Check out my first Suite101 article here – The Top 12 Kitchen Appliances)

The Husband Bakes And The Wife Writes

22 Jan

The Husband Bakes … 

Look what my sweet husband was up to last night!

He is an awesome baker and whipped up these two loaves of Sweet Egg Braid Bread like it was nothing.  I helped with some of the kneading, the braiding and the glaze painting.  It was fun!  He said he’d love to do a bread post on here sometime.

Unfortunately, the bread is for communion at the funeral of a sweet church member today.  I’m heading out soon to meet my mom at the church.

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And The Wife Writes … 

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to get back into the professional publishing side of writing.  I’m not looking to make a career out of it, but I love writing and want to push myself a little bit.  I applied with Suite101 and was accepted!  My first article went live this morning.  Check it out here.  It’s a review of my favorite kitchen appliances.  Feel free to comment over there if you have any suggestions or tools/gadgets that you love.  I’d love to start a conversation.

Thanks for the support everyone!