I Made Meatloaf

You guys!

I. Made. Meatloaf.

Okay, this may be a very small accomplishment for most people out there but for me it is HUGE!

If you know me, you definitely know that I didn’t grow up hanging out in the kitchen with my parents and boiling rice, wasn’t my forte.

Growing up, I had a easy bake oven and I loved it.

I loved being able to throw something I mixed together into a “oven” then tossed it into the microwave — as sad as that sounds. But the best part was when my brother would enjoy them as well. He would always encourage me to make cakes because he always loved eating them.

My parents both shared the responsibility of cooking in our house, but my dad was the main cook in our household.

My dad would get home earlier than my mom and so he would stop at the grocery store, pick up whatever it is that they were cooking and get things started. My mom would get home and help him in the kitchen and then we would eat.

On occasion I would help cut up some things at times but I was too “slow” for my dad and he would just usher me to the side so he could finish cooking.

When it was time to be a wife and cook things on my own, I was happy that I lucked out and married a guy who grew up in a household of cookers and loved to cook himself.

But then he found a job that required him to work nights and the responsibility of cooking fell on me, I knew making sandwiches wasn’t going to get me too far or him for that matter.

I was a horrible cook, besides cutting up “seasoning” onions [that was an issue in itself], cilantro, and tomatoes. It was possible that I could potentially kill you with a meal.

I couldn’t even boil rice y’all and to this day I absolutely hate cooking rice on the stove top, I honestly prefer to do it in a rice cooker.

If you follow me on social media you are aware now-a-days, it is a bit different and I have come a long way since my burnt rice and easy bake oven days. I have upgraded to an actual oven and I am decent in the kitchen.

I love finding new recipes on Pinterest and while this may show my age, I really love getting new cookbooks as gifts, or things I steal from my friends [with their knowledge, of course].

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Baked Garlic Parmesean Chicken Wings with French Fries

Okay if you are anything like myself you like crispy wings and fries but as I have aged, I feel like I can't handle all the fried foods like I used to.

Plus it's just not really healthy and with J starting to eat the food we are eating I'd rather do it as healthier as possible.  

The other night E and I were craving wings but I wanted to try to make wings in the oven because it is really tough to hold J in one hand and then fry wings and fries in the other. 

I found this recipe from evolving table and I doubled it because I had two packages of wings that I picked up from Costco [the pieces are already separated and took a lot of work out of cutting up wings].

I would also recommend grated Parmesan after the wings are fresh out the oven, and less black pepper. 

Also the As Seen on TV baking dish did well with the fries but you have to put it on broil for about 6 minutes after you make them for an extra crisp. I'll use it for fries in the future but probably not anything else besides that.  

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Ricotta Stuffed Salmon with Asparagus and Quinoa

Alright y'all, so I have been hearing about this new diet that is all the rave.  Now you guys know how I feel about diets, they aren't really my thing.  

But I don't mind finding recipes within a specific diet regime that works and taste delicious, especially if they are simple and easy to make.

Currently I have been hearing a ton of things about this "Ketogenic" diet, it is a low carb, appropriate protein, high fat diet that is beneficial for people with diabetes or a history of family diabetes, especially with me having gestational diabetes during pregnancy if we ever decide to have another one it is probably a great diet for me to be on. 

You can read more about it here

I found this recipe via a pin, of course 😉 and  it was easy, delicious and sister in law approved. 😉

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Mozzarella Chicken with Avocado Brushetta

The other night I was looking for a really easy recipe but didn't want to really follow instructions, I just needed food inspo. 

When I used to live with E's grandma she had this habit of making simple fruit and cheese plates and on occasion cutting tomatoes, slicing cucumbers and having it for a snack or even sometimes dinner. 

She is an amazing cook but I can imagine after the many, many years of cooking [she would always tell us about the days when she worked as a line cook at a diner] one can grow a little tired of the over the top, sprinkle some love on it type of meal. 

So sometimes [more often than not] I much rather the simplicity and freshness of a dinner than the eccentric over the top ones, I found this recipe on Pinterest and ran with it. 

I seasoned the chicken the way I like to sprinkle some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.  Heat your olive oil in a pan, place chicken in pan and let it cook. 

The recipe calls for 4 chicken breast I just took two and sliced them in half, I already did my arm work out and didn't really feel like beating some chicken into it's second death so slicing them in half did the trick. 

Once the chicken was in the pan cooking, I chopped my tomatoes and tossed it with the semi dried basil [the recipe calls for fresh basil but my grocery store didn't have it], I then added in salt and pepper plus lime juice and waited to cut the avocado until it was time to top the chicken with the mozzarella. 

I paired the dish with quinoa and some left over avocado.

If you have leftovers make sure you put the leftover brushetta in a separate container unless you are cool with hot tomatoes and avocados, I am not a fan of it. 

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If you decide to use a grain whether it is rice or quinoa be sure to put that on prior to starting your chicken. 

Slice 2 chicken breast in half and sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder on each side of sliced chicken breast. 

Pour about 2 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil into saucepan [depending on size I just try to have an even coat of olive oil on the bottom of the pan. 

Put your heat on medium heat for your stove. Once your oil is heated then place your chicken in the saucepan or skillet. 

Let that cook depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, I always like a little crispness to my chicken so I kind of pan fry it.  

While all that goodness is going on start your brushetta, just wait to add the avocado so it doesn't brown to quickly. The lime juice will help it but I like to keep my avocado as fresh as possible. 

 

 

Panko Crusted Salmon with Asparagus + Wild Rice

You guys! You guys!  If you need an easy dinner recipe to impress someone and you don't cook much, this is IT!

Last weeks dinner was the bomb.com E actually complimented me without me having to fish for a compliment.  I found this on Pinterest of course, Cooking Classy had the recipe and I feel like she knocked it out of the park with this one. 

Seriously, next time my parent's are coming over I am making this definitely.  They will think that I took cooking classes and it is so easy and doesn't require a ton of ingredients.

I am doing my best to eat better because I don't want to waste my work outs on calories I am eating during the day.  I am working on giving up the creamer in my coffee or coffee all together 🙁.

So besides this wonderful recipe, what do you do to eat healthier rather than indulge? 

 

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Nights like these.

Lately, I have noticed that I am getting a lot of inspiration at night mostly after I should be asleep because the sweet baby of mine will be waking up in a few short hours for one of his night feedings.  

A few post back I showed you guys a few bites from my night out with my girl Stacy over at The Hurried Hostess but what I left out was my outfit of the night.  

I haven't done much shopping [correction: I hadn't done much shopping] and a lot of things still don't fit great since having J, so I had to put something together hoping it would fit nicely.  I have had this top for a couple of years and it possibly could be the first or second time I have worn it like ever. 

I'm really bad about buying things and never wearing them, I have a ton of stuff with price tags still on them 🤦🏽‍♀️ and my husband is going to kill me when he reads this.  

I am proud of myself that to say the least, I fit in it without any spanx! Yas girl, Yas!  🙌🏽

Girls Night Outfit Ideas

Blouse👚 Forever 21 | 👖 Pants American Eagle | 👠 Shoes Ralph Lauren

Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner

I am a lover of staying in, especially when it comes down to celebrating those overly celebrated holidays like Valentine's Day.  I also know it takes much more work to prep a meal at home than it is to book a reservation.  

Of course, I know everyone is super busy with kids, work, and life in general, so this isn't me judging the way you celebrate going out to eat.  The good part about booking a reservation at your favorite restaurant is all the work is done for you, dishes are washed, food is cooked, and your kitchen stays clean for once. 

Since having Jaxon and not being able to leave the house, this Valentine's Day like many others we will be spending it at home with our little bundle of joy. It has kind of become a thing for E and I that we spend time in the kitchen together cooking and taking pictures for this blog and instagram.  Before I use to get are you seriously taking pictures right now, and now I hear aren't you going to take a picture of this?

The other night I made dinner and it had to be in a flash, E was still at work and Jaxon doesn't wait for his bottles.  

I picked up a packet of Pork, I'd rather Pork Chops but this will suffice as well.
I seasoned it with Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, and Salt. I added 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil to the skillet and waited for them to turn a nice crisp brown color. 

We had some leftover Bella Mushrooms from a previous dinner so I chopped those up with some onions and tossed them into a skillet with a tablespoon of Olive Oil until the mushrooms softened and the onions were transparent.  You may want to salt and pepper these to taste. 

After the Pork was crisp brown to my liking I wanted to add in a cream of mushroom to have a gravy instead of the typical "dry" Pork.  You can remove the chops from the pot and let the cream of mushroom soak up the seasoning from the chops and then return the chops back in with the cream of mushroom once it is warm.  

You can add any sides you want I just tossed a can of corn and a can of french style green beans in a pot, and added salt, pepper and garlic powder.  And you are done.

You can also pair this with some white rice if you like the cream of mushroom goes well over the top.  If you don't like mushrooms you can always use cream of chicken.  If you use either with the salt be careful of the salt you season your pork or chicken with.  

Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.