New year, time for new recipes and a new goal. I reached my first weight loss goal doing low carb at the end of May – perfect time for our June Cancun trip. In the last 6 months of the year, I did low carb on and off. Never full out for more than two weeks. Despite all of this, I still weigh the same as I did for our trip!!! But, with a new Cancun trip this June, I would like to lose 40 more pounds for this trip. So, back to low carb for 5 months with only a few break weekends every 2-3 weeks. I’m super excited to cook low carb foods again – I find they are always so flavorful and filling. Plus, I’ve tried so many new veggies that I never knew I liked (zucchini, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc).
Just a quick progress picture I want to share. The left side was taken at my best friends wedding on 12/22/12. The right was taken Thanksgiving 2013. Roughly 40lb difference.
Mr. has added me to his domain, so I have a new URL. All new posts will be put on savoryindulgences.com Whoo!!
It seems we have created one of our first traditions: Sunday dinner/games with my in-laws (this is somewhat shocking as we are quite the nontraditional couple). For about the past month, we have been going over to the Mr.’s parents for dinner and board games. Mother-in-law has cooked every single time, but this week I told her I wanted to make some of my favorite things. Before we battled through Phase 10 and Scrabble, we sat down to a nice dinner of Eye of Round steaks with a balsamic tomato vinaigrette (recipe coming soon), cheddar apple potatoes (recipe coming soon), cheddar biscuits, and a strawberry pie. Upon arriving, we were also surprised with some delicious peanut butter fudge (recipe coming after I receive it).
Side note: I Love board games. Phase 10 might be my favorite game (yes, it is a card game but it still counts). Phase 10 is a rummy-based card game in which you have 10 rounds (phases) that you progress through to win. These phases involve creating a certain situation in your hand, such as 2 sets of 4 of a kind, or a run of 8, or even 7 cards of one color. With only one discard pile that can’t be dug through and the infamous skip cards, this game can lead to name calling and taunting (both of which have been present at every game). So if you are looking for an awesome new game to play, definitely consider this one.
The Mr.’s new favorite type of dinner bread (which I have been told reminds people of the bread at a certain seafood chain restaurant):
- 2 cups baking mix
- 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine baking mix, cheese, water, and Old Bay seasoning. Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet (they should be roughly the size of 2-3 tablespoons). Bake for 8-10 minutes. While biscuits are in the oven, mix the butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley. Remove biscuits from oven, and pour half of the butter mixture over them. Returnto oven for another 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and pour remaining butter mixture. Enjoy!
(BTW – in case you are wondering, MIL won Phase 10 after an intense battle between me, her, and Mr. FIL won Scrabble with 139 points, followed by me with 138, Mr. with 137, and MIL with 75.)
After 3 months of being married, I have come to the revelation that I enjoy cooking. Though I can get frustrated in my small, cluttered kitchen, the feeling of creating a meal that will hopefully look and taste amazing is rewarding. I have never been creative or artistic, but cooking is an art form that I can really relate to. Give me a canvas and paint, and you will have a “structured-abstract” painting (though I have no art skills, I am a very analytical person), but give me a pan and food, and I’ll put them together into something, albeit not necessarily creative, delicious.
So, I plan to use this blog to document my cooking adventures (good and bad), with possibly some random posts thrown in. Enjoy.