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Monday, February 4, 2013

NewlyMom Chef

The NewlyMom Chef

Catchy, isn't it?

I know what y'all are thinking....she's back?!? What???  I thought this was a phase, a one & done thing, a done deal,...and "she's writing this blog because she has all the time in the world to do as she pleases!!!"

Well, you're right.

I'm laying quietly (shhh, the baby's sleeping!) on the dining room floor, finishing up the grocery list, and deciding to put my to-do list down and pick up on this blog again. Here's a picture in case you need proof.

SO, VWALAHH, I'm back!

I'm guessing you'd like to know how far I've come since the creation of this blog......... right? You ARE reading it, right? I've become quite the house chef. You'd be proud, really. If you'd ask my husband if I'm a good cook, he'd say "She's amazing, I love her cooking, she's the best cook in the world, really" (He's trained)

And, well, you know? He's wrong. I've gotten really good at scouring recipes on the internet, trying lots of new things, and hitting the jackpot a few times. But still, more often than not, we just eat because we're so freaken hungry, not because it tastes all that great. We eat fast and in a hurry, few words spoken in between bites, and then laughter ensues shortly thereafter. I'm not quite sure who we've become since Luke has been born. But I like it, and I love our sweet family.

A few things you want to know/tips about being a newlymom chef...

1.) You provide multiple meals a day....and they ALWAYS taste great to your parasite. (That's for a baby, in case you didn't catch that)

2.) You become a master at cooking with one hand.

3.) You almost ALWAYS burn whatever your cooking if you do not put on a kitchen timer.

4.) Don't leave the eggs alone while they are cooking in the frying pan and walk to do something else. You WILL forget about your breakfast and than curse at the burnt eggs when the fire alarm goes off.

5.) You need to write recipes/meal plans down, or you will forget what you planned and then you will spend another hour thinking about what to make that week.

And so, our menu this week:

Greek Tabouli Salad (Compliments of Marta Bailey's recipe)
Sante Fe Chicken (
Fish Tacos with Fiesta Lime Rice (
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Crusted Lime Brussel Sprouts (punchfork, baby)
Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce (Ellie Krieger)
Greek Salad (I'm so great I don't even NEED a recipe for this one, woo hoo!!)

Pretty awesome right? Thanks. I'd write more, but I hear the baby crying, wanting a meal himself.

Until next year,


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Well, this is embarrasing.

This was my last grocery run. Your wonderful newlywed chef has turned into a convenience junkie.
 What is it, exactly?

1. Kiwi (not a bad start)
2.) Chai Tea
3.) Oatmeal
4.) Ginger ale

 But then it gets worse....

5.) Spaghettios
6.) Hot Chocolate
7.) Pop Tarts
8.) Cheese filled Crackers

I am disappointed in what I bought- I couldn't believe my eyes, really. I unloaded from my bags and blurted, "what the crap".  Literally. What was I thinking? I wouldn't even buy these for my (unborn) kids! But I must have not been that disappointed... because soon after I opened up the smores pop tarts and had a lunch.

The thing is, me and Ben have started eating really healthy. Lot's of fruits and vegetables, and very slim on sugars, starches and meats. We haven't been eating a lot of traditional dinners (meat, starch, vegetable) but our bodies have been thanking us for it.

But last night, as Ben was about to make us Spaghettios, we decided on a more healthier option, "Taco Bell". Yep. Much healthier. Beefy 5 layer burritos and a Nacho's Bell Grande while watching "The Walking Dead". 

You could say this is a rebellion against how healthy we have been lately.  But I am going to tell you straight up- That this past grocery trip was an attempt to start making more traditional dinners again for my husband. I failed so miserably that our dinner came from the worst fast food restaurant there is in America.

I think I left my brain in the shower this morning.

 Now for that ginger ale because my stomach is turning,

until then!