Seattle bound

Seattle holds a special place in my heart, almost as large as the spot Portland has carved out. Yesterday at 1:01 p.m. Spring Break officially started,

and I’m already en route to a girls weekend in Seattle. I’m catching up with great friends, including my internet turned real life pal Tanica, college friend and running buddy Reese, and freshman college roommate, Kemi, and across the hall bestie, Bren (girls I haven’t seen in 10 years and 8 years, respectively!).

I am so excited to not think about lessons, conferences, and daily duties and instead focus on conversation, relaxation and great food. Peso’s Sunday Brunch, here I come!

What is your favorite Seattle eatery?

March Foodie Pen Pals

This is my third month participating in foodie pen pals and I LOVE it! Lindsay paired me to send a box of goodies off to Sarah and Taryn at Sweetly Serendipity (love her blog name!) was paired up to send me something yummy.

The Lean Green Bean

After browsing Taryn’s blog I knew I needed to enjoy one of her home-baked treats. Everything on her blog looks delicious! She happily obliged to bake me up something wonderful and sent me a great box of eats.

Taryn lives in Boston and sent me edible Boston, a fun foodie magazine. I’ve never been to Boston (although I’ve always wanted to), so now I know where to eat when I finally head east.

Also included was an amazing cookie Taryn whipped up.

It was ridiculously large. Emphasis on the was…it was consumed immediately after taking these pictures.

I quickly emailed Taryn to thank her for the treats and begged for the recipe. Ask and you shall receive, the giant chocolate chip cookie recipe is on her blog here.

In addition to the giant cookie, Taryn sent some fun new (to me) bars,

locally roasted almonds (which will be road trip food this weekend)

and local dark chocolate. Mmmmm, I love dark chocolate.

Thanks again for everything Taryn, and thanks to Lindsey for your organizational powers.

If you are interested in participating Foodie Penpals for April please  CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions by the 4th of April. On the 5th she’ll send you your match.

Have you been to Boston? If so, what is your favorite Boston inspired meal or treat?

Soups on

Although the calendar indicates it’s spring, Spokane didn’t get the memo. This weekend we were blessed with two beautiful days, but they were just a tease. Monday came and we were right back where we started: sleet, rain, hail and wind. Bring on the soup!

Italian Sausage Orzo Soup

Ingredients

4 oz orzo

3 hot Italian turkey sausage links, crumbled

1 can diced tomatoes, drained

1/2 yellow onion, diced

4 oz mushrooms, sliced

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

6 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups chicken stock

2 tsp EVOO

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp black pepper

salt to taste

Directions

Heat large pot to medium, add crumbled hot Italian turkey sausage, brown and set aside. Add EVOO, garlic, onion, mushroom, Italian sausage, and black pepper. Saute until onions are translucent, approximately 5 minutes. Add chicken stock and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add orzo and chopped spinach and reduce heat to medium high. Cook for 15 minutes. Add salt to taste and remove bay leaf. Serve topped with parmesan cheese.

What is your favorite cold weather food?

Sophomore Slump

This term is often reserved for sports, but I feel my blog is also somewhat deserving at this moment in time. I could go into a long winded explanation of why I’m exhausted, or why creativity seems to have disappeared from my brain’s capacity, but I’ll spare you the excuses.

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The short story is I’m working at my day job until the wee hours of the night, and that means I’ve not been whipping up batches of homemade goodies as often as I’d like.

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Luckily there is a light at the end of this tunnel, and Spring Break is just around the corner. So I’m hoping that a creative streak will hit and I’ll be able to get back to my old ways. Because I really, truly miss blogging on a daily, or semi-daily basis. I miss carving out a bit of me-time to combine three of my passions (writing, food and photography). And I miss the connections with other bloggers.

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So soon bloggettes, I will kick this Sophomore slump to the curb and move forward with full gusto.

Spring Break WOO!

What is getting in the way of your “me time” lately?

Sometimes you just need breakfast for dinner

And tonight is one of those nights. Specifically, grits with bacon and eggs. Growing up, grits were my ultimate comfort food. Each time I was sick my mom, who was raised primarily in the south, would whip up a batch of instant grits. Tonight when I set out to whip up a batch I was met with a pantry void of grits. But I did have cornmeal, and milk, and access to the internet. After a few searches I decided to mix up the results and make my own batch of gritty goodness. Hmm, that sounds kinda gross, but the finished product was very tasty.

Easy homemade grits

Serves 4

Nutritionals: Cal: 175, carb: 29g, fat: 4g, pro: 6g, fiber: 5g, sugar: 6g

Ingredients

1 cup coarse ground cornmeal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

2 cups 2% milk

2 cups water

1 tsp sea salt

Directions

Combine milk and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and add cornmeal and salt. Wisk to combine. Cover and reduce to low. Cook for 20 minutes, wisking every few minutes to prevent clumping. Serve alone, with butter, or topped eggs and bacon.

What is your favorite way to eat grits?