Well hello there!

Hi friends,

Here I am writing a blog post after what has been a long long absence.  I started another little blog this summer but abandoned it too.  Out of nowhere, I got the urge to blog again.  So I am going with it :)  What have I been up to since June?  You’ll have to wait and find out!  But since I can’t leave you empty-handed, here is an engagement photo pic of Art and I.

Later!

Kate

Bad Blogger

Hi Friends,

I mentioned the a grilled cheese party in my post last Friday and promised a post on said party.  Well, my friends came and went and as I was loading the dishwasher I noticed that I had neglected to move my camera off the microwave, my designated “put-the-camera-here-so-you-remember-to-take-pictures” spot.  GAH!  I get so wrapped up in talking to my friends and other hosting duties that I totally forget to document the experience.  Does anyone else do this?

The party was super fun and my girlfriends seemed to enjoy it.  I went to the co-op and bought a five different small chunks of cheese from the cheese end bin.  I hit up the neighborhood Great Harvest and bought three different half loaves of bread.  The girls each came with a different ingredient to jazz up the grilled cheese.  We had pesto, jam, apples, tomato, avocado, and caramelized onions.  Everyone made a sandwich and cut it into piece to share with each other.

The leftovers made for a nice Sunday night dinner so you will be provided with some visual aids of what the food looked like:)

Raw veggies and homemade olive hummus for aps.

Grilled cheese!  This one contained horseradish havarti, tomato, and caramelized onion.

Green bean and Sweet Corn Salad with Summer vinaigrette from the Clean Food cookbook.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade.   This actually had vodka added to it on Friday night but being that it is Sunday night after a slightly boozey, carb filled weekend I decided to do without tonight ;)

The only thing missing is the yummy triple berry cobbler my friend Anne brought for dessert and the smiling faces of my girlfriends.  We sat picnicked on the floor of my apartment and caught up on life.  A very nice way to spend the evening.

What are your favorite theme party activities?  Any that have been total flops?!

Later

Kate

Friday Fun!

Hi Friends,

I saw this on a few blogs and thought it would be fun.  Enjoy!

A is for Apple: What’s your favorite variety?    Honeycrisp or Pink Lady.   I LOVE the fall trip to the apple orchard :)

B is for Bread: Regardless of nutrition, what is your favorite type?   I really like French Meadow Gluten Free Sandwich bread for daily eating.   The olive bread from Rustica Bakery is my favorite “fancy” bread. 

C is for Cereal: What is your favorite kind currently? (just one!)   Lately I have been eating Barbara’s Gluten Free Honey Rice Puffins on top my smoothies and yogurt bowls.  Slightly sweet and crunchy plus it seems to be on sale frequently at the co-op.

D is for Donuts: You might not currently eat them, but what kind do you fancy?  I haven’t had a donut in a long time.  We used to get them every Sunday before church growing up.  I really like the chocolate frosted ones with sprinkles.

E is for Eggs: How would you like yours prepared?  I love eggs.  Any preparation is just fine with me.  Scrambled, over easy, baked, hard boiled, deviled…. it is all good :)

 
F is for Fat Free: What is your favorite fat free product? 
The first thing that popped into my  head is coffee.  However I usually add creamer to that.  Fruits and veggies, I guess.

G is for Groceries: Where do you purchase yours?  It all depends on what we need.  I hit up Super Target when we need things like cereal, Clif Bars, salsa and what not.  I’ll go to the co-op for produce and other fresh stuff.  I get my meat at work.  (I stock up when it is on sale)  Occasionally I’ll go to Whole Foods too.  I love grocery shopping!

H: is for Hot Beverages: What is your favorite hot drink?  Coffee!

I is for Ice Cream: Pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.  I kind of have a thing for ice cream if you haven’t figured it out yet.  Hard question!!!  My favorite so far is the caramelized banana with peanut butter cookie dough.

J is for Jams or Jellies: Do you eat them? If so, what kind and flavor?  I am not a huge jelly/jam fan.  Occasionally I’ll make a good old pbj and like to use a strawberry or raspberry jam.

K is for Kashi: Name your favorite Kashi product?  I love me some Go Lean Crunch.  Art has a bowl every morning.
 

L is for Lunch: What is your today?  Yesterday I had scrambled eggs with mushrooms and broccoli, piece of gluten free toast, and a glass of the honey sweetened lemonade mixed with water.

M is for microwave: What is your favorite microwave meal/snack?   I don’t use the microwave a whole lot.   Occasionally I’ll make eggs in it if I am feeling lazy.

N is for nutrients: Do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?  I like them all.  I am an equal opportunity nutrient eater :)

O is for oil: What kind do you like to use?   I use olive oil or coconut oil most frequently.  Sometimes I use canola in baking.
P is for protein: How do you get yours?  Eggs, greek yogurt, beans, the occasional meat item and protein powder.

 
Q is for Quaker: How do you like your oats? 
This is kind of like the eggs question.  I generally like oats anyway you make them :)  This carrot cake bowl was awesome.

R is for roasting: What is your favorite thing to roast?
Sweet potatoes or tomatoes.  Roasted tomatoes have the best flavor. 

S is for sandwich: What’s your favorite kind?  Not a huge sandwich maker.  I had the roasted veggie and hummus sandwich at Cheeky Monkey last weekend and was a huge fan.  Tonight I am having girlfriends over for a grilled cheese party which I think will be great fun.

T is for travel: How do you handle eating while traveling?  Eating is my favorite part of the traveling experience.  New food and restaurants to sample!!!  I would like to become the female version of Anthony Bourdain.  Best job ever!

U is for unique: What is one of your weirdest food combos? I don’t know if I combine anything too exceptionally bizarre in the world of food blogs.  Art gets grossed out when I put frozen spinach in my smoothies.  I do eat cranberries like grapes during the fall.  They are an acquired taste :)
V is for vitamins: What kind do you take?  I have a women’s formula food based multi vitamin from whole foods.  The bottle suggests taking three a day but I only take one.

W is for wasabi: Yay or nay?  YAY!  I don’t go out for sushi too often but when I do, I load on the wasabi.

X is XRAY: If we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?  This cereal topped smoothie and coffee!  I love breakfast.

Y is for youth: What food reminds you of your childhood?  Anything from Perkins, Rainbow Chips Delux and Capri Suns :)

Z is for zucchini: How do you prepare it?  Typically added to stir frys or sliced raw for snacking.  Or baked into the crazy Spicy Banana Zucchini Bread!

There you have it!  My Foodie ABCs.  Do you enjoy filling out surveys like this?  Happy weekend friends!  I have an ice cream post and will recap the grilled cheese party for you all next week.

Later

Kate

Weekend Recap

Hi Friends,

It was a bit of a crazy weekend.  But I enjoyed lots of quality time with family and friends.  Of corse lots of good food was involved too :)

After hitting the gym Saturday morning, Art and I traveled to my  home town to visit with my grandparents, parents, brother and his girlfriend.  I do not get back there often since my parents don’t live there any more.  My grandparents live on one of the lakes and the weather was lovely on Saturday.  Hello happy  hour on the deck and grilled dinner!

My fam.  It is hard to capture us all smiling at the same time.

Switch out Dad for Mom.

Flashing the ring.

The view off Grammy and Grandad’s deck down to the lake.  I spent a lot of time there in high school :)

Dinner!  Before it met the grill.

Dessert!  An assortment of mini cakes my parents picked up from their local bakery.

I had to include at least one shot of Molly, my parents’ yellow lab.

I worked at the store on Sunday.  Typically Sunday’s are outstandingly slow and I usually read a cookbook or something in between helping customers.  Not the case on a holiday weekend.  I was busy and selling all sorts of yummy food.  I was the only one on the schedule which meant I didn’t get a bathroom break for the entire seven and half hour shift.  Not cool.

I came home Sunday evening and threw together a tasty dinner including barbequed local free range chicken, a strawberry and avocado salad, and a hunk of Rustica baguette.  Best baguette in the twin cities hands down. 

The chicken stayed nice and juicy.  I wish I could tell you how I did this, but I have no idea.  I am clueless when it comes to cooking meat.  Sometimes I get lucky, other times I don’t.  The breast was pretty big so I have leftovers for lunch this week.

The meal was enjoyed while sipping on this lovely cocktail.  The store I work at is now selling a lemonade sweetened with local honey and infused with lavender and mint.  Add a splash of vodka and you have heaven in a glass.

Today we met up with the family again for lunch and a birthday dessert.  We went to Cheeky Monkey Deli which is quickly becoming my new neighborhood fav spot.  It serves basic sandwiches, salads, and treats with an extended menu for dinner and a weekend brunch.  Art and I have been a few times and always leave satisfied.  Good food for a good price with in walking distance of the apartment.  How can you go wrong?!  Plus they now have a patio :)

What did you do this weekend?!

Later

Kate

In the last 24 hours…..

Hi Friends,

A quick update as to what I’ve been up to since my last post.

- Turned 29.

- Enjoyed a massage from my dear friend Denise who recently opened a massage practice.

- Finished Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Game series.  Read them this summer if you haven’t already done so.

- Got a free Northern Light Caramel Cooler at Caribou Coffee.  Nothing says happy birthday like a  caffeinated splenda bomb;)

- Visited the most adorable old school candy shop and may have started an anise gummy bear addiction.

- Had a lovely happy hour with some friends at one of my favorite Minneapolis bars.

- Got some lovely flowers from Art.

- Talked to oodles of family and friends.

- Laughed a cried a few happy tears.

- GOT ENGAGED!!!!!

It has been a very nice 24 hours :)  More complete post to follow soon!

Kate

I love May

Hi Friends,

I loved reading your comments on my last post.  I also really love that you appreciate number 2.  Bio Individuality is truly what it is all about!

Happy May Day!  May is one of my favorite months.  Not only is it my birthday month (29 on the 24th!), Minnesotans finally emerge from hibernation and start doing stuff again.  The farmers markets open, neighborhood street festivals take place, restaurant patios are busy, daylight lasts longer than 10 hours…… In general, people are out doing stuff!   And I like doing stuff!  Even more than that, I like watching people do stuff :)    So I am in a very good mood today knowing that I have a wonderful summer full of STUFF ahead of me.

Some STUFF I plan on enjoying in the upcoming months:

- Ice cream making — challenging myself with some variations and the ever illusive gooey swirl a la Ben and Jerry. 

- Leisure reading — My masters program is done for the year on the 16th.  Hello summer fun reading!

- Cooking with seasonal produce —  I love love love farmer’s market season.  Armed with Clean Food and Clean Start, for inspiration, I plan on enjoying the heck out of Minnesota’s limited growing season.

- Walkaritas — Few things in life are finer than strolling around a lake and gossiping with good friends while enjoying a secret cocktail :)

- Eating Asian food — Art and I have been eating our way through the different Asian restaurants on the weekends.  I am beginning to notice the subtle differences between the cuisines of different countries.  Korean is different from Vietnamese is different from Japanese and so on.

I used our love of Asian and Clean Food as inspiration for dinner tonight.  I made Mochi Dumplings from Clean Food and marinated tofu.

This was my first time eating mochi and I very much enjoyed it.  To make the dumplings, you bake the mochi, slice the center, and stuff with sautéed veggies.  The texture is nice and chewy.  Art and I agreed that this was a repeatable recipe.  I marinated tofu in unmeasured amounts of Asian sauces before heading to work.  When I got home, I simply pan fried it until it got slightly crispy.

 

Have you cooked with mochi before?  The texture was super cool and I’d love some other suggestions.  What are you looking forward to this summer?

Later,

Kate

A Post!

Hi Friends,

So I ended up taking a bit longer blog break than I anticipated.  Whoops!  Despite the fact that last week was spring break, my thesis group was busy working away to meet our lit review deadline.  So again, I felt like I was having a relationship with my computer.  I have a feeling that I might have more absences like that before the semester is over.  Such is life!

Since I’ve last posted I spent the day in my hometown to celebrate my Grammy’s birthday, enjoyed a long weekend in northern MN with Art, saw the King Tut exhibit at the Science Museum, completed the first draft of my lit review, helped my brother move, and had dinner at a Brazilian steak house to celebrate my Mom’s birthday.   OY!   

This was the view of Lake Superior from outside our hotel room.  Sespite the fact that it was deary and gray both days, we still had a good time.  Those “hold on to the camera and take a quick pic” shots never seem to capture my most flattering angle.  Yet I post them on the world wide web?!

I included a picture of tonight dinner in order to celebrate the fact that it was still daylight at 6:15 and could capture a different picture and that for the first time in a while I was inspired to make something other than a crock pot meal.

I sautéed bell peppers and chicken sausage in olive oil and some spices.  I added spinach at the last moments of cooking and served with brown rice pasta.  Not super exciting but a nice break from wintery soups and stews.

Ok, that is all I’ve got for now.  I think all my intelligent writing ability went into my lit review :)

Kate

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