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Smoothies, tacos, and oreo dessert oh my!

Hello readers! Sorry I’ve been MIA the past 4 weeks. I got that new job, and don’t get on my computer NEARLY the same amount that I did before. Nor do I have the time to check my facebook, twitter, tumbler, etc. during the day. I know you’ve missed me. Today is your lucky day! I went to town and cooked 3 Pinterest recipes I’ve been wanting to try. So I’ll go over those and then do a BRIEF update on my life, and I’ll have to come back another time and write a more in depth blog post about my new job and my life now-a-days.

Here it goes.

Blueberry Smoothie 

I love smoothies. And I always wish I were one of those people who made healthy smoothies for myself on a daily basis. Here is a recipe for a healthy smoothie, that I’ll for sure make again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups wild blueberries
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • A few frozen peach slices
  • 4 frozen bananas
  • Lots of ice

I have some changes to the ingredients. I knew this was going to make too much, so I really just used all these ingredients and Nolan helped me just put them in a blender (bullet) by our best judgment, and I actually bought a carton of coconut milk, because I figured I would have leftover fruit. So I literally poured some coconut milk. Put some blueberries, peach slices, bananas, vanilla, and ice in the bullet and hoped it tasted good. And it was really delicious.

Little C kept coming back for more, so even 2 year olds like it! I’d say that’s the best way to see if a recipe is good.

With a smoothie mustache.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

So I love tacos, and this is a good healthy recipe and I’ve gotta say I didn’t really miss the taco shell. I needed to make something on the healthier side for our main meal because of the dessert that is coming. I will DEFINITELY make this again, and it’s super easy. You make your own taco seasoning, because the package ones are full of sodium. So if you really want to, you can make this using the packaged seasoning in place of all the seasonings below, but then where’s the fun in that?

Ingredients

  • 1 package 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp bell pepper, minced (We did use these)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 oz can tomato sauce
  • 8 large lettuce leaves from Iceberg lettuce

By the way, the getting the lettuce into perfect shell shaped pieces is SO much harder than I thought it’d be.

Brown turkey in a large skillet. When no longer pink add dry seasoning and mix well.

Add onion, (pepper), water, and tomato sauce and cover.

Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.

Wash and dry the lettuce and then when ready, place the meat in the middle of the lettuce and add toppings of your choice. We chose tomatoes, 2% cheese, light sour cream, and limes.

and bon appétit!

We served it with some black beans that Nolan doctored. He put lime juice and garlic. Little C ended up eating more black beans than meat…so apparently Nolan did a really good job making a can of black beans delicious. :) We also served it with some yummy cerveza.

Now comes the dessert.

Oreo Layer Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of regular Oreos
  • 1/2 c. of butter
  • 1 lg box of instant chocolate pudding
  • 2-8 oz cool whips
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. powdered sugar

Ok here’s a little disclaimer. I was an idiot and read “2-8 oz cool whips” as 2-8 oz OF cool whip, not 2 things of cool whip, so I only bought one. When I got home and realized how dumb I am, I decided I would just half the recipe and put it in a smaller container. So the list of ingredients above and the directions below are when you are using a 9x13 dish (but the pics are of the half-ed recipe). It ended up working out because we did NOT need that much of this dessert. We would eat it all.

Crush the whole package of cookies either with a food processor, or in a bag and a rolling pin.  Save a 1/2 c. to sprinkle on top of dessert when it’s done.  Pour remaining crumbs in a 13x9 pan.  Melt butter and pour into crumb mix.  Stir it up good and press crumbs in bottom of pan to make a crust. Make chocolate pudding according to package directions and let it setup in the fridge.  In a mixing bowl blend cream cheese until nice and smooth and then add powdered sugar, mix. Then fold in 1- 8 oz thing of cool whip.

Top oreo layer with cream cheese mix, then pudding, then your last 8 oz thing of cool whip, and then sprinkle remaining Oreo’s on top.  Cover and refridgerate until ready to serve. 

So this was really easy and no bake! So it takes no time at all. And serve it with some ice cold milk. YES, literally ICE cold.

And of course, Little C got some and loved it.

He’s pretty handsome, even with pudding all over his face.

So all in all it was a very successful meal.

Ok, brief update:

My new job is going well. I’m glad I’m at Lake Hills Montessori. I’m falling in love with all of the kids, even though some of them may or may not overwhelm me at times. I’m still learning my way around, and praying that I’m soaking in all that I need to in order to prove to my head teacher that she did the right thing in hiring me. I really like all of my coworkers, so it’s has ended up being a good change for me. I’m learning so many great things, especially things that I can end up teaching my own kids. I taught Caleb how to cover his mouth when he coughs. That may sound stupid to you, but I’m pretty proud! And Caleb is pretty proud every time he does it. He makes sure someone sees him doing it.

Other than that, my life has been pretty much the same. I’m so blessed. N and I are coming up on month 11, and doing well. I still can’t believe a guy as gorgeous as him would choose someone like me. It blows my mind. And Noah is absolutely perfect as always. And one of Little C’s favorite words is “woe-wah” (Noah). It makes my heart melt.

He’s a stud.

I hope all of you (maybe all 2 of you) have enjoyed this post. I appreciate you reading, and hope you try some of the recipes!

Blog post

Oreo Layer Dessert recipe/pics coming later today! :) And turkey taco lettuce wraps! OH and a healthy blueberry smoothie!

Well well well. I haven’t been on in quite some time. I hope to write a blog post soon about my new job. So until then…have a fantastic weekend! I plan on laying in bed a lot.

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

So big news: I GOT THE JOB. I will officially be an assistant teacher to the 3-6 year olds at Lake Hills Montessori starting tomorrow. HOW CRAZY IS THAT. I just can’t believe I’m about to start a completely new chapter to my life. And it’s not a chapter I thought I’d be starting. I’m excited and nervous. Hopefully the kids like me, and hopefully the teacher and I click well and work well together. From what I know so far about her, she’s a really sweet, great person. So here’s to really growing up.

Since today is my last day in the office, I was told I had to make my no bake cookies I made a while back, and then Chris also wanted brownies (which I just made from a box). So here is the recipe for the super simple no bake cookies that my (almost ex) coworkers gobble down.

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Cocoa
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 3-3 1/2 Cups Quick cooking oats
  • 2 tsp Vanilla

Add the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan.

Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute.

Stir in the next 3 ingredients

and drop onto wax/foil paper.

Let cool until set. Enjoy!

Here are the brownies:

By the way, Duncan Hines is SO MUCH better than Betty Crocker. Just saying.

So, half of my day is over, and I will be embarking on a new journey starting tomorrow. I’ve had kind of a rough past couple of weeks and things still aren’t FANTASTIC, so I’m really hoping this new job helps with that. Keeps me busy, and lets me do something that I truly enjoy.

I’ve really come to realize this statement is one of the most true things I’ve ever come across:

People learn how to treat you based on what you accept from them.”

It’s definitely something I should keep in mind to prevent any more pain.

Have a fantastic day!

Salmon Teriyaki with Asparagus

Last night, N and I made a healthy dinner out of his Men’s Health magazine. I was more like N’s sous chef, but this is a very simple recipe, and it was absolutely delicious. We definitely decided we would make it again. HOWEVER, we forgot to get the fresh ginger - MY FAVORITE INGREDIENT. I couldn’t believe it. As N would tell you, when I found out we forgot it, I crumbled to the ground and said this was the worst day ever. Maybe a little dramatic, but that’s how much I love ginger. It was still yummy without it, but I’ll bet it would be SO good with it. So if you make this, don’t forget the ginger!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs chili sauce, such as sriracha
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Asian sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garclic cloves, finely chopped (we used the pre-chopped stuff in a jar)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb skinless salmon, cut into 1 inch cubes (we used two filets)
  • 1 bunch asaragus, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 1 Tbs sesame seeds (optional - we chose not to include this)

Here was out BEAUTIFUL salmon

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin, honey, sriracha, cornstarch, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Set the mixture aside.

Heat a wok or large skillet on medium high. When it’s hot, add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the salmon pieces and cook, stirring occasionally, until they just begin to turn opaque, about 2 minutes. Transfer them to a plate.

Add the asparagus to the skillet and stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.

Return the salmon to the skillet and stir in the soy sauce mixture. Heat, stirring, for 1 minute. If the sauce seems too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water.

Serve over brown rice.

Definitely recommend this recipe. Really wishing I took a pic of my hot boyfriend cooking though.

Until next time!

This is what N, Little C, and I do for fun.

Banana Bread

I had a very lazy weekend this past weekend. With Nolan, who just had surgery on his ACL, we literally laid around all day, except for Friday when we went to dinner with Chris and Ang. We re-started Breaking Bad, since we’ve been told by a lot of people how good it is. We got through the first season, and started the second one. It’s one of those shows that I love to watch, but it’s pretty disturbing, so I feel like I need to watch something happy afterwards. Anyways, I decided I needed to do something with Nolan’s over-ripe bananas instead of letting them go to waste. So I chose to make a VERY simple banana bread.

Ingredients:

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

There’s no need to dirty up a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.

Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.

Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve

Hope you enjoy!

This is what Nolan looks like every day basically. :)

I’m hoping to get a new job soon. I’m kind of in the middle of the interview process right now for one, so prayers for that would appreciated!

I’m gonna end this on one of the best pictures I ever received from N. Little C now knows how to say “Noah”

please.

please.

otisthecorgi:

Otis isn’t quite sure if popcorn is food. So he stalks it from afar. 

This is SO what Noah does.

(via theanimalblog)