Author Archives: Maria

Silver Linings

Although last post was a total debbie downer, I can’t say all of September was a wash. There were some silver linings to my thunderstorms and rain clouds.

At the beginning of the month, I ran my second postpartum 5k. I beat my previous race time by over 3 minutes! While I may only average about one run a week nowadays, I’m still getting faster,fitter, stronger! The race was a lot of fun and I got to run with a new running buddy, Ale’s coworker, Tee. Tee is fellow mother runner and runs races quite frequently. In fact, she likes to annually run the Disney Wine and Dine half and use the time as a family vacation. I definitely like a lady who works hard but plays hard too!

At the end of the month, I finally got the chance to meet one of my all-time favorite bloggers! Jess from How Sweet Eats came to the Baltimore Book Festival for a cooking demo and book signing. I had her address my book to my twitter handle (peachplum09) and she totally recognized me from it! That was a pretty sweet moment. HowDelish

I know I say this a lot, but I love the internet. I’ve met and connected with so many wonderful people all thanks to the magic of social media :)

Another more recent highlight includes the attendance of two weddings! Both ceremonies were beautiful and touching. And in my ongoing quest to be more present in my own life, I refrained from capturing it all on my phone so I’ve got no pictures to share, whomp whomp. However, I will say I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought my first red lipstick to rock at the events. And when I say red, I mean red! It was a pretty big deal to me because I don’t even wear lip gloss but seeing I now live in yoga pants, sweatshirts, and baseball caps on a daily basis, I thought I should step up my game when it came time to dress up! And let me tell ya, I didn’t hate it! I didn’t feel like a clown or like everyone was staring at me. I just felt put together and sassy. I will most certainly be trying new makeup-y things more often as I just subscribed to birchbox. Bring on the selfie makeovers!

Next time I jump back on this computer thing, I’ll tell ya about all the yummy delicious things I’ve tried recently. Pumpkin macaroni and cheese? Oh yes!

Longest Month Ever

September 2014 will go down as the hardest, longest month of my entire existence. As soon as we turned corner after Labor Day, things went a little haywire around here.

My dad was hospitalized and it’s been quite upsetting. Luckily the worst is over and he’s recovering fine. Barf.

Did I also mention that little miss decided to exhibit a classic case of 4 month sleep regression during this time? Honestly, she turned 4 months old and after 2 blissful nights of sleep, she went bananas and didn’t sleep for more than two hours at a time for a month straight.The hardest shift was when she’d wake at 2 or 3am and want to hang out until 5am, only to wake up for her usual 6:30a feeding. She’s just now starting to sleep more soundly. HOWEVER, now she seems to be teething and is cranky and incredibly fussy during the day. Ah well, at least she slept till 8:30 this morning, allowing me to drink my coffee hot and freshly brewed with some eggs and bacon, holla!

Oh and then there was a point during all the madness when one of the cats got out and went missing for 2 days. That was truly the icing on the cake. It was then that I was convinced I had shat on someone and I was paying for some serious negative karma. Luckily the goofball only made it as far as the deck and my poor sister had to crawl under it to pull him out. Sigh.

After all that noise, I think we’re finally on an upward swing as we traverse a new month! I love October! It’s the epitome of fall, right? This month we celebrate a whole year in our home! Time FLEW this year! I am currently working on adding more art to the walls and completing our dining room. It has sat in a sad state for a year with only a table and some folding chairs holding it together. I ordered a pair of proper chairs to try out with our table and bought frames for some pretty Audubon prints (put a bird on it!) Ags bought me awhile back.

For our kitchen, I’m putting up one of my favorite food quotes by way of a free printable available from I Should Be Mopping. Following her suggestion, I got the 11X17 printable done at Staples for only 40 cents and popped it into a black matted frame from Michaels that I got on sale for $5.50! The frame itself is 14X18 with an 11X14 opening so its nice and big.

printable

Isn’t that quote just the best? People who don’t like to eat are sooooo weird.

And…that’s what’s up in my neck of the woods. :::Phew:::

Three Little Birds

…or the time I ate 3 rotisserie chickens in one week.

Last week I had lots of visits and rather than spend all my time in the kitchen preparing a meal, I decided to forgo the nonsense for something quick, easy, and delicious.

On Tuesday, I made the Neelys’ white chicken chili.

On Wednesday, I made nectarine, brie, and chicken flatbreads from Better Homes and Gardens:

image from bhg

But rather than making the dainty dish seen above, I altered the recipe a little by first piling each flatbread with a boat load of chicken and  then serving the salad on the side because y’all know that serving suggestion right there is not going to satisfy anyone for dinner. I should also mention that even when deconstructed, the flat bread still manages to look pretty so yay for that!

On Thursday, I made How Sweet Eats bbq chicken enchiladas which is a staple ’round these parts. I make those enchiladas at least once a month without fail. If you don’t follow Jessica from How Sweet Eats, you’re totally missing out! She has to be my most favorite food bloggers as she comes up with such creative and incredibly delicious dishes! She’s got a book coming out in a few short weeks and I cannot wait to devour it (pun intended of course).

You’d think I’d stop there once the chickens were consumed but no. With the last chicken, I threw the bones along with some carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper, into my crockpot to make a stock that I used to flavor Emeril’s jambalaya.

It’s a surprise we haven’t sprouted wings from all the chicken we consumed! But whatever, at least I vary the flavors and “cuisines” so it’s always something different. And before you go thinking that every night means bird in our house, lemme tell ya otherwise! One week, I made three dinners using a bag of chickpeas I cooked up myself: we had chickpea burgers, chickpea stew, and couscous salad featuring chickpeas. This summer has been the season of “the special ingredient.” It’s like I’m hosting my own Food Network Channel up in this piece!

So tell me, what’s your favorite way to eat rotisserie chicken?

P.S. I don’t like eating the rotisserie chicken straight up. I clearly love using it in things but served as is? No thanks. Funny, huh?