Oatmeal Cream Pies

A few days ago, I was hanging out with one of my best friends when the craving hit for an oatmeal cream pie. You know, the ones that they sell at the corner store for what use to be 25cents but is now 35cents (recession over my behind). He volunteered to get me one and came back with a zebra cake which just confirms that men don’t listen. Needless to say my craving was never fulfilled. I suddenly remembered this recipe that Jenna posted a while back and just like that, everything was right with the world.

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Things I learned:

Either I had cavities and didn’t know or this buttercream ripped through my enamel like a beast.

I think this would be just as awesome with cream cheese frosting.

Confession: I’m addicted to cream cheese frosting. Rehab? I think so.

The Silicone Zone mat was awesome, this was my first time using it and I was impressed. I’m pretty sure it’s Silplat’s 3rd cousin.

Don’t try and get too fancy with piping (twss). I tried. There was a slight explosion.

Confession: I was thoroughly happy to lick all of the buttercream off of my hand.

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Amazon Grocery

I can’t possibly be the only one obsessed with Amazon Grocery and their subscribe and save option. It’s kind of like Christmas, since I usually forget what I’ve ordered. Here is the latest:

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Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour x 2 – surprisingly harder to find in the regular supermarket and ridiculously over priced at specialty stores

EVOO x2

Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Powder- for smoothies, I don’t always want to chew my meals.

Double Boiler- for chocolate melting purposes. Obviously.

Still waiting for my Coconut Oil, it’s a ton cheaper online.

Am I the only one obsessed with buying groceries online?

Sunday Dinner

For as long as I can remember, sunday dinner has always been a BIG DEAL. Something about getting the family together after church and laying everything out on the table always made it the highlight of the week. When I was younger, we almost always had dinner at my Aunt Kat’s house. She loves to cook and her home just has this welcoming feel, as soon as you walk in you’re greeted with hugs and kisses. When I grow up (23 clearly does not count), I want my house to be “The House”. The place where the family comes to gather, where people can literally feel the love, and where they know they can get a great meal. Since then, my family has moved all over the place, Aunt Kat now lives in the south and my cousins can literally form a bridge from Trinidad to California. Last night, I made my own sunday dinner. It was small and no where near as elaborate as Aunt Kat’s, but I’m sure she would be proud solely based on the fact that I didn’t burn the house down.

Garlic Rosemary Pork chops with Cheesy Spaghetti Squash

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Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops

Marinate Pork Chops overnight using any marinade you like. I used S&P, fresh garlic, 1 tbsp of vinegar, and 1tbsp of

Pat pork chops dry using a paper towel.

Dip pork chops in flour- shake off excess flour, you only want a light coating.

1tbsp of Canola Oil into frying pan- Brown pork chop on both sides remove chops and place on baking sheet

Add 1/2cp of chicken broth into the pan scraping up all of the brown bits (that’s good stuff), add 1 heaping tbsp of chopped garlic and 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (preferably from your grandma’s herb garden. Thanx Gram!)

Sprinkle in a pinch of flour and whisk. Allow to simmer for about a minute to thicken up then pour over pork chops before placing into oven uncovered.

Bake for 20-30mins at 375

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash

Cut squash in half length wise (or quarters) and place in a roasting pan (or in my case a lasagna dish) fill 1/4 of the way with water. Toss in the oven for 45mins at 375

Once the squash is out use a fork to scrape the “spaghetti” into a large bowl

1tbsp butter, s&p, 1/2cp of fresh parmesan cheese- MIX

Voila! Cheesy Spaghetti Squash!

Things I Learned:

Oil will forever burn the hell out of me.

Spaghetti Squash does not taste anything like my favorite carb but, it is in fact, delicious in its own right.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to cut a spaghetti squash in half length wise without losing a finger. So I cut it into to quarters and I still have 10 fingers.

Next time I want to use a leaner cut of pork. This bad boy was FAT.

The more I cook, the pickier I am about my ingredients. ($8/lb?! It’s okay. I’ll take it!)

A camera can, in fact, eat pictures. The pic above is all that survived.

Spaghetti Squash

Lobo Tex Mex

I love Cobble Hill, it’s one of those neighborhoods where you can wander around for hours and never get bored. You instantly lose yourself in the fantastic bakeries, vintage shops and of course the restaurants! Last weekend Mama Suite and I decided to park the car and wander around Court St in search of dinner. There was no help from Yelp (ha!), no google, nothing. We walked from window to window browsing menus and waiting for something to jump out at us. In the words of Mama Suite, “I want something that will make my mouth go ‘BANG’!” Oddly enough, when we settled on Lobo, we never glanced at the menu. It was the atmosphere that got us, and anywhere that has TEQUILA sprawled on the sign is an instant winner in my mind.

Lobo has an array of flavored Tequila which I would have loved to try, but I was the designated driver (boooo!). I stuck to beer while Mama Suite got a margarita. The service was fast and friendly, our waitress knew the menu and was able to make suggestions and help us to match our meals with the best drinks. I can’t remember the beer she suggested but it was delicious and I can be a little snobby when it comes to beer. The guacamole was a little bland for my taste (Chipotle reins supreme) but I enjoyed everything else. My only qualm was that this location (they have two) was CASH ONLY and the in-house ATM was out of commission, so I had to run to a shady ATM across the street when it was time to pay the bill.

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Obviously, we didn’t finish everything! The portions are extremely generous, I wasn’t too thrilled with the flan but I think I’ve maybe had flan one other time before this. I would definitely go back to Lobo’s especially for happy hour!

Perelandra Natural & Organic Food

Perelandra is one those hidden gems that you stumble upon randomly when walking around. I’ve been shopping here for about the past year and I always find everything I need. The staff is super friendly and very knowledgable, if you need something that’s not in store, then they will get it for you. The selection is amazing and I always go little wild with the bulk bins. Plus the chocolate selection is amazing! Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Go visit Perelandra NOW and follow them on Twitter!

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Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day! Hope everyone had an AMAZING day! Every year I spoil my mom rotten, but she indulges me the other 364 days of the year. Confession: I am a typical only child. I’m not spoiled, I’m blessed. On top of the fantabulous gifts I gave her, she also put in a special requests for pancakes. Fact: I can make cakes from scratch, I can roast an entire chicken, but I SUCK at pancakes. I have no idea where I go wrong but it almost always flops. I wasn’t completely thrilled with how these came out, I’m not sure if I put too much brown sugar in the batter or the fact that I forgot the pinch of salt (which does make a difference). My college boyfriend use to put sugar in his pancake batter and it was PHENOMENAL! Either way, my skills are lacking. I did, however, love the blueberry syrup! Simple and sweet.

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Super Simple Blueberry Syrup

3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1cup brown sugar (adjust for your taste)

1tsp of vanilla extract

Pinch of Xanthan Gum for thickening

Place blueberries, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a medium sized pot over medium heat. Stir and allow it to simmer for about 10mins. Right before serving, add xanthan gum. Stir and Voila! Blueberry syrup.

Creole Chicken & Okra

I’m not sure what my current obsession with Clean Eating magazine is, but I like it. Sadly I’ve been getting Clean Eating for a few months now, and though month after month I flip through the pages excitedly I rarely make anything. Confession, the first time I tried okra I HATED it. It was weird. It was slimy. It was slippery. I could only get down half a piece before giving up. Maybe I had bad okra? Either way this recipe completely changed my perception. Okra is, in fact, delicious. I have been making a conscious effort to stay away from processed food and Clean Eating is making it surprisingly easy.

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I pretty much followed the recipe step by step, so unfortunately I can’t post it. But I promise that it was delicious.

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You can never have too much hot sauce. Ever. Hot sauce is a gift from the heavens. True story.

More clean eating recipes here and here.