Friday, November 4, 2011

Endive Salad with Roasted Beets, Pears and a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Salad for two
2 Belgium Endives
1 Bosc or Bartlett Pear
1-3 beets depending on size
3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp Raw honey
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Balsamic Vinegar
1 Red Wine Vinegar
Crumbled blue cheese, gorgonzola or goat cheese
Salt & Pepper
Mixed salad blend of arugula, baby spinach, red butter lettuce
Preheat oven to 375
Wash and cut beets into quarters. Place on foil and drizzle with olive oil and salt to taste
Wash and cut pear into quarters. Wrap in foil while lying flat.
Roast for 30 minutes - Remove and let cool completely
While roasting produce, mix dressing by lightly whisking together olive oil, vinegars, honey, Dijon and salt & pepper. Set aside.
Wash and separate endive leaves. Place on plate with mixed greens in the center. Sprinkle with cheese, place cut up chunks of beets and pears on salad and drizzle with dressing.

I like to roast more beets and pears than necessary as I will eat them for other meals during the week. You can also store and save the dressing for quite some time, it never lasts more than a week in my household, but that's because it's just so yummy!

How to cook like a domestic goddess

I am really making a conscientious effort at becoming a better housewife/stay at home mom. I really think it is important to have my husband come home to a clean house, a fresh cooked meal and at least halfway decent conversation. Although most of our conversations revolve around dilation at this point in my pregnancy.
Thursday’s dinner…
Ribeye – coarse salt, black peppercorn, red peppercorn and minced garlic
Mashed Potatoes – Boil 4 potatoes with 3 cloves of garlic, reserve about ¼ cup starch water, mash and add 2 tbs butter and about 2 tbs non fat milk and gradually add water till you reach desired consistency. Finish with truffle oil if you have any.
Green Beans – steamed for 8 minutes then light tossed with salt & pepper, toasted almonds

Operation Housewife Goals
-         5 home cooked meals per week
-         5 packed lunches
-         Better budgeting
-         Clean (er) home
-         Be a porn star in the bedroom – ok this one will be on hold for a while

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Chic Little Princess - Nursery for a girl

Can you say lovely?
I found this nursery on one of my favorite sites, Project Nursery and fell in love! If my little nugget was a girl I don't think her nursery would be quite as pink, but I would certainly want it to be this lavish.
                                                          For the rest of the nursery click here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

36 weeks . gasp.

36 weeks pregnant, +/- 4 weeks till I meet my little man and I can think about is how much I still have to do. I made a list of nesting activities that need to get done and I can't wait till Friday comes so I can start scrubbing the inside of my freezer.

Baby Bump at The Damned on Tuesday night.

My other babies.

Oh and have I mentioned how hungry I am? I could eat a cow, and coming from an anti-meat eater that says a lot.

Currently addicted to : anything pumpkin flavored & wheatberry salad.
How to make it you ask?
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup raisins
  • 1/8 cup currants
  • 3 cups Cooked Wheat Berries
  • 1 large honey crisp apple, unpeeled, diced
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Combine orange juice and dried berries in a small bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes so they get nice a plump
  2. Combine wheat berries, apple and pecans in a large bowl; stir gently. Drain the cranberries, reserving the juice. Stir the cranberries into the wheat berry mixture.
  3. Whisk the reserved orange juice, vinegar and oil in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and stir gently to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Oh and this was our purchase of the week. Hatley "Alien Baby" onesie!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mod Nursery Inspiration

Nifty Clear by Ubabub

We have already bought our Stokke Sleepi crib, but the Nifty Clear happens to be the neatest thing since sliced bread. Look at that crib! I'm swooning over it.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Baby Shower

The winning onesie by Erin Rembert
"My dad knocked my mom up to Naked Raygun"

Nicole, me and Michelle


Yes, one of our guests brought Depends(adult diapers)

Erin(winner of the onesie contest) with hubby and me

Holly, me and Shannon


Jeff(Naked Raygun) and me

One of the onesies

Yes he does LOVE his auntie Mary