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Lunch Recipes

I try to cook one tasty meal a week that I can divvy up across 5 days as either the main course or a supportive role to my packed lunch. This week, I got a flyer from Fred Meyer advertising a bunch of meals with pineapple! As the weather gets warmer, I find myself feeling adverse to warm foods, so a fresh salsa with pita bread sounded great!

Pineapple Corn Salsa Recipe Link

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Really simple recipe can be thrown together in under 10 min. Using 1 can chopped pineapple, 1 can corn, 1/2 bunch of cilantro, 1 jalapeno, 1 red bell pepper and 1 small tomato with the spices, walla!

Homemade Pita Bread

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Since I got a bread maker for Christmas I’ve been really expanding my repertoire of carbs I can make. Pita bread was one of those attempts that really wowed me with how easy (and tasty) it is. You can premake the dough and chop into pita sized portions so you can whip up fresh a pita or two the day you plan to eat it! Great for snacking and meals alike. ❤

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Lunch Hack: Flan Cups

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I love the Oui Yogurt cups and hoard the glass containers they come in. They are pricier then I would like, so I’m going to explore alternative tasty treats that I can put in the glass cups. The Royal Flan instant mix cost the same price as 1 yogurt, so great start on this plan. This week I have 5 delicious cups that including the milk, cost 33 cents each and are roughly 100 calories!

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9 Month Break

Hi its Meg! Life got crazy and busy between me and Neysa and we took a step back. I’ll leave room for her to write her own story later, but I am ready to get back in the grove of things. So how are you doing?

I’m doing well. I’m recently engaged (I’ll tell you all about it in a future post!) and me and my lovely partner have trying to conceive. Work has been stressful. I’m trying to fight to improve my teams performance while grow it, which has been challenging. I’m trying to figure out how much pressure you apply to improve others ability to creatively problem solve road blocks while holding them accountable for failures without crushing morale.

So where is this blog going? How do I sort all my thoughts on weddings, fertility, slice of life, cooking, traveling and work? I don’t want to limit the scope of musings. So buckle in, I’m aspiring for daily blogs about all kinds of things. If you want some of a certain something, please leave comments!

Lets start this come back simple with a product review.

31172326_10155652601888651_2074345139542687744_n For Christmas, we received a Storm Trooper waffle maker with a box of Snoqualmie Falls Lodge pancake and waffle mix. Its a brand you can get in the Pacific North West grocery stores ($3.57 a 24oz box) or in bulk on Amazon ($20 a 5lb bag).

I’m not a pancake person (team waffles all the way), but my household loves pancakes with this mix!! All you have to add in water. I strongly recommend giving it a go for easy and delicious weekend breakfasts.

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My friend Callie, who is “the hostess with the mostest” personified, taught me a long time ago that if you scramble you eggs into the remaining pancake batter they will be fluffier and a touch sweeter. Since she was normally making meals for 5+ hungover adult, and her breakfasts were top notch, I carry this habit with me ever since.pancakes

 

 

Pancake and Eggs with Coffee 1.50 per person

 

Enjoy your Sunday!

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What I’ve been drinking – The Fruity Edition!

One of the few pleasures I really indulge in is my coffee and nightcaps. I have subscriptions to Driftaway coffee and Winc. I also indulge in drinking sour beer and making cocktails. Periodically, I can’t help myself and will want to blog about all the exciting things I’ve been imbibing.

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Firstly – Summer means watermelon spiked with vodka. So I’ve ice cream scooped watermelon into a jar to soak in 1/2 cup lime juice, a sprig of mint and filled to the top line of scooped watermelon with vodka. After a few hours of soaking in the flavors, I blended it up. It was pretty dang refreshing.

 

 

 

 

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Schilling Hard Cider Mischief Maker Pomegranate was on sale and although cider is usually too sweet I figured I’d give it a go. I didn’t actually like it by itself, but mixed with equal parts sprite and assisted by watermelon balls soaked in vodka, A+++.

 

 

 

 

 

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Something I’d recommend without altering is 10 Barrel’s Raspberry Crush. I’m already a fan of their Cucumber Sour – so please try that as well! But this is a new to me flavor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last but not least – if you aren’t feeling too adventurous, but want a fruity beer to relax in the back yard with, the easiest to find Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is my recommendation. The fruit pebbles of beer. Its easy to drink and refreshing! 

 

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Smore Appreciation Day

Apparently Aug 10th was Smores appreciation day. I wasn’t aware because I celebrate almost daily. My fave fake smore is toast spread with nutella and a marshmellow smooshed in between.

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For my birthday, my beloved got me a safe to make at home smore kit.

It makes marshmellows puff up by blowing hot air on them. Its a weird little beast that doesn’t burn them – it just gives them a golden color. I personally like my marshmellows charcoal.

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If you are throwing a dinner party and making smores seems a bit messy – may I recommend the Jello Creations Smore Dessert Kit. I think its a great themed treat that is super simple to make!

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Betty Crocker Blackberry Cobbler

DSC06798So I’m hoping this counts under the Make Do and Mend challenge because I want an excuse to talk about my love of blackberries!

I’m super lucky because I have bushes behind my apartment so for at least the next month, I have access to free fruit! Last weekend, we brought strawberry shortcake for our friends birthday.

With left over sugared berries, I grabbed more from the backyard and set out to make a free dessert. I have all the ingredients already in the kitchen, so let’s make do!

I used the Betty Crocker Blackberry Cobbler recipe. All you need is:DSC06799

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blackberries 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted 

I don’t know why, but the fact that this recipe specifies to definitely not use blueberries makes me laugh. If you are a rebel and try – let me know what happens!! Adding strawberries was no issue.

DSC06800Anyway, follow the instructions. The recipe is simple and delicious. It takes about an hour and half to mix them all together and bake. It says 8 servings, but lets me honest – we only cut it into 4. Capture

 

 

 

 

 

 

That would mean more like 500 cal. and we topped it with ice cream and whip cream – so we were totally indulgent. 

Taste great but not the healthiest.

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This is a blog inspired by our Make do and Mend Challenge. To see all the projects, click here.