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Goat cheese galore!

This weekend was originally supposed to be spent at my brother-in-laws family mountain home in Jim Thorpe, PA, but unfortunately those plans fell through which was definitely sad, but probably for the best since I have an exam this coming week that I need to be studying for (EW that means that spring break is almost over :(). We still went home for the day yesterday since I had a doctors appointment planned and Jeremy had already taken the day off from work.

The drive to my parents house went really quick! Unfortunately, the drive home later that night seemed to take FORever!

When we got there, we had an hour or so until my doctors appointment, so we decided to try a brand new organic cafe called Down to Earth Cafe that buys only local ingredients. I get really excited to think that there is a restaurant like that in my hometown, its the first of its kind there. That I know of anyway!

Jeremy got the Angus burger made with grassfed beef from a farm that was less than 5 miles away from the restaurant! It was really good. I love how the bun is very circular. I love little details like that.


I got the roasted veggie sandwich on ciabatta with goatcheese. It was tasty, however, I felt like it was a little skimpy on both the veggies and goat cheese. Or maybe there was just too much bread. Either way, the proportions were a bit off. I cant wait to go back to this little treasure in my hometown and try something else!

The rest of the evening was spent hanging out with my family and playing with my super cute nieces and nephews! Its always a good time!

This morning, Jeremy and I got up early and hit up Lancasters Central Market to get some veggies and other things for the week.

I got some yummy chevre from local goat farm. The woman who sold me the cheese was telling me about how they have around 100 baby goats right now! When I was growing up we had lots of animal including quite a few goats. At one point we had around 15 goats and the babies were the cutest things EVER!! They would run and jump around like they were so happy to be alive. Its impossible to not smile when watching them. Talking to this woman brought back lots of great memories of growing up with goats as pets 🙂

After getting home from market, I decided to make pancakes. I got a major craving! I decided to make whole wheat pumpkin pancakes. They turned out great! I love thick pancakes, and these were definitely thick, but they were also really light and fluffy!


After pancakes I studied for… hours. I lost track of exactly how many.


Then Jeremy threw together some nachos. Chips, cheese, black beans, peppers, jalapenos, salsa, onion, and a yummy peach mango hot sauce. ❤

Now we are watching the movie Exit Through the Gift shop, a documentary about street art. We just started it, but its already really good! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday!

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The best day of the week!

Today was a pretty standard thursday. I hung out at work. Then came home. Made myself a cocktail. Went to our friendly neighborhood grill and bar. Got one of these babies (veggie pizza):

Hung out with friends. Came home and am now hanging out until I go to bed early to get up early for the gym!!

I’ve always thought that Thursdays are the best day of the week. They are on the cusp of the weekend, I feel like you can literally feel the excitement of the fact that tomorrow is friday, which means the weekend is almost here, which is the best thing ever! Yay! Happy Thursday!

Success and Failure

I woke up this morning very excited about what I had planned in the kitchen for the day. I started the morning with my standard breakfast enhanced with STRAWBERRIES!! One of the things I love most about summer is berries and I cant wait until they are in season! These berries were good, but nothing like fresh strawberries in the summer.

After breakfast I got started on my first feat in the kitchen. Homemade GOLDFISH CRACKERS from Smitten Kitchen. When this recipe was posted last week, I lost it. Goldfish crackers are my FAVORITE. I never buy them becuase they are pretty bad for you, but my mom knows I love them so she always buys them for when I go home and… I mean… if they are there… I cant help but eat one… or two… or the whole bag. So I’ve been wishing for a recipe for a healthier homemade version and could not have been more excited when Deb posted the recipe.They are whole wheat too. WIN!

I’m verry happy to say that my experience making these crackers was a complete SUCCESS!! They turned out sooo good. The taste was  a bit closer to Cheez-its in my opinion, but I also love Cheez-its, so I was completely fine with it. These crackers are nice and cheddary with a nice hint of butter flavor. They were pretty easy too! I just shredded my cheddar in my food processor, dumped in the rest of the ingredients, and processed until a ball formed, rolled out the ball, cut into sqaures (I’m def. not spending $8 on a cute little fish cookie cutter), and baked for 15 minutes. AMAZING! I’ll def. be making these again!

CHEEEESE! this was also the first time I used my food processor to shred  cheese. It worked great!

YUM!! I feel like this picture definitely doesn’t portray how delicious these crackers were.

The rest of the morning, and a most of the afternoon was spent studying with a short bread for an OnDemand Jillian Michaels workout.

Then I settled in to make dinner, which was homemade sweet potato gnocchi. This was my first time making my own Gnocchi. I was not super excited about the results which is probably becuase i didnt really know what I was doing. I think I added too much flour, so they were a bit more dense then I would have liked. The sweet potato flavor didnt really come through like I had hoped. SOOO dinner was a bit of a flop. Although Jeremy really liked them.


Sometimes the kitten thinks she is people and sits at the table with us. We allow it cause shes cute.

Errands and Turmeric

I had a few goals for today: clean, go to the gym, run errands, study, make dinner. I accomplished all of them! The day started out with me waking up a little earlier than I really wanted to, which was totally fine becuase I got a head start on my house cleaning. Cleaning is one thing that definitely takes a backseat with everything else that I have to occupy my time these days. I mean, I keep the house relatively clean on a daily basis, but serious cleaning get pushed off to when I dont have impending exams or big projects, which with 18 credits, is a rarity. So, it felt REALLY good to do a good deep cleaning today.

Then I hit the gym for lifting and spin. I LOVE the instructor that teaches in the morning on MWF. I wish I could take her class all the time! I love the music she chose, and the routine was challenging but fun!

When I got home I stole some of Jeremy’s salad for lunch. He takes a small salad to work every day for his 11a.m. pre-lunch meal. Spinach, walnuts, dried cranberries, Gorgonzola and balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious!

I ❤ Gorgonzola!!

After lunch I headed out for an afternoon full of errands… yaaay. Not! Errands are not my favorite thing. But, cooking is one of my favorite things and I made a delicious Indian dish tonight for dinner. A few weeks ago we went to a local Indian restaurant and I got the Chana Masala which is a curried chick pea dish. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. SO I decided to make my own using this recipe. It turned out really good! I made it with brown rice, which is the only kind of rice in our house, and I was kind of wishing that I had made Jasmin rice to go along with it. Jasmin just seems a bit more authentic. Oh well, it was still awesome. 2 hours later, I’m not hungry, but I kind of want to heat up a small bowl to eat more!

There are tons of awesome spices in this recipe. I love how typical spices in Indian food are so colorful! There is also something I love about how turmeric leaves a yellow stain of anything it touches. It makes me feel warm and cuddly inside. I know, I’m weird. I just love it so much! Maybe because I know that I’m making something fantastic!

DELICIOUS!!

Weekender

What a lovely weekend! I almost forgot how enjoyable weekends are with no homework or studying!

Yesterday morning Jeremy and I met my parents at Shady Maple for breakfast. Shady Maple is a place that is best understood when experienced in person. It is a smorgasbord and quite the temple of gluttony. Their  breakfast will set you back about $10 and you get all the Pennsylvania Dutch food you can eat! They also have lunch and dinner buffets, but I have never been there for either. The amount of food that is put out (and ultimately goes to waste) is astounding. They have multiple kinds of breakfast meats — a few types of sausage, ham, bacon (which I have heard that their bacon is perfectly cooked,  however, I dont eat bacon so I dont know first hand), and scrapple. Made to order omelets, multiple kinds of pancakes made right before your eyes, a fruit bar, 2 pastry bars, oatmeal, potatoes, mush, etc. etc. etc. I could go on and on, but this is a pretty good sample.

I had a sweet potato pancake, which was AH-mazing! A scoop of cheesy hash browns, a biscuit smothered in sausage gravy, a chocolate covered doughnut, and a bowl of fruit. It was enough for both breakfast and lunch for me!

The line for the pancakes was super long and as I was waiting for my pancake, I couldn’t help but notice the plates of the people who walked by me. I got kind of grossed out seeing the sheer amount of unhealthy greasy, fatty food that was consumed. I allow myself to go to Shady Maple, MAAAYBE once a year. I eat very healthy most every day of the week so I am not worried about splurging every now and then. I don’t know if the same is true about the other people who were at Shady Maple. I am not gonna lie, part of me feels guilty for supporting a place that only provides fatty clog your arteries food (well, except for the fruit bar, but it wasn’t even fresh fruit, it was canned). Honestly, the only reason that I agreed to going was because it’s where my parents wanted to go. If anything, going to a place like this only confirms the eating habits that I practice.

After Shady Maple, we visited the grocery store that is attached to it. This grocery store has everthing! Their bulk foods section is one of the best that I have ever seen. I stocked up on oats, sunflower seeds, brown rice, and a few other things.

Today, we got our taxes done! I love taxes! I have always been lucky to get a refund, so tax time always feels a little bit like Christmas to me. After taxes was the gym, and then relaxing at home. Tonight is Sunday movie night and tomorrow I have lots of errands to run and new recipes to try! I LOVE SPRING BREAK!!

SPRING BREAK!!

WOOOO!!!

I know you are mesmerized by Jeremys…. assets. This was taken in Cancun on our honeymoon at a popular spring break spot. We didnt actually go in, just happened to be walking by.

I need this break SO badly. I’m honestly most excited about getting back in the kitchen to make some recipes that I’ve been dying to try, but havn’t had the time.

Jeremy and I started off the night by hitting up a diversity event at our local YWCA. Its first friday, so there are lots of thing going on in Lancaster City. For its size, Lancaster has a decent arts district. We decided to try a brand new restaurant, only to find out when we got there that their kitchen is actually not opening until April 1. So, plan B was to go to one of our favorite restaurant, Iron Hill Brewery.


I started out with a Chardonnay


Jeremy got a Sweet Leaf IPA

For dinner, I got the Mesculin Salad. It’s my favorite. Its a pretty standard mesculin salad, but it has pistachios on it. Which I LOVE.


And sweet potato fries. Duh. As if I could say no to sweet potato fries on any menu.


Jeremy got the South Philly Pizza which was roast pork with broccoli rabe and mozzarella. Their pizzas are AMAZING! He also got the Pomme Frittes which come with the most incredible garlic aoili dipping sauce.(Sorry about all the shadows in the pictures!)

Now its Jersey Shore time!! Happy Friday!!

Biggest Loser made me tear up tonight. Oh that show. It always gets me. Actually, this season hasnt been as tear inducing as some seasons. A few seasons ago, when Abby and Shay were on, I seriously cried every single episode. Their stories were just so touching! Biggest Loser is also a motivator for me to get in the gym. When I’m on the treadmill, sometimes I imagine Jillian screaming “LAST CHANCE WORKOUT” in my face. Its a great reason to run those extra few minutes.

The past few weeks have been so busy and stressful. School has been really demanding, and I really havnt been able to get in the kitchen and cook/bake anything super exciting. I’ve just been trying to get by with easy meals. Next week is Spring Break, though, and I have quite a few fun things in mind to experiment with in the kitchen!

Last night I whipped up some spaghetti and threw in some pesto and a few sun dried tomatoes. It was pretty tasty! Pesto is probably one of my favorite things. I want to plant Basil in our garden this summer so I can make my own.

Do any of you have your own garden? Jeremy and I planted one last year, but it really didn’t do much. I’ve heard that it can take a few years to build up the soil in a garden. So, maybe things will go better this year. I really hope so, because I want to be able to eat fresh veggies that I grew myself! Any gardening tips?

Ok, back to Biggest Loser. DVR is seriously the best inventions ever. I love being able to pause the show to finish up a blog post without missing a moment!