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Last Week’s Eats

Sunday night was of course, the now legendary stuffed mushroom pizza.

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Monday night:

We had some leftover bacon (did you know there was such a thing?!)  from Sunday night’s pizza, so Monday night we made bacon cheese burgers! It’s funny how seasons make you crave certain foods. With summer so close I can take it we have been craving more cookout friendly meals.

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Tuesday night:

What would a week in the Sullivan house be without a pork tenderloin? I can never pass these up when they are BOGO at the store so we always have one or 3 in the freezer. I served this one up with some green beans and no, not mashed potatoes, but mashed cauliflower! This was an accident. I tried to rice the cauliflower and ended up mashing the hell out of it and just had to run with it. I am so glad this happened because mashed cauliflower may be my new favorite thing! Recipe to come.

20160502_175151Wednesday night I got very creative. I created a shrimp and avocado dish that was so incredible to eat, and even pretty to look at-which is not always the case in our kitchen.

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Thursday night was leftover night. I scarfed down a leftover hamburger and some mashed cauliflower before heading to volleyball.

Friday Nolan and I went out for dinner after meeting with our realtor to look at another property. While we didn’t love the house, we did love the sushi we ate at Ten-Ichi. This is an old photo, but we got most of the same rolls.

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After this sushi dinner, I was asleep on the couch by 8. Another wild Friday night for this teacher. :-)

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Recipe: Stuffed Mushroom Pizza

Happy weekend!

The weather was cold and rainy here in Massachusetts this week which means one thing: Indoor recess. Those are the worst two words an elementary school teacher can hear, ESPECIALLY in May. More than ever, my 5th graders need to be out running around, getting out their energy.

Anyway, onto the food!

*WARNING: This is in no way a low-cal dish. Eat with caution.*

Last weekend Nolan and I got VERY creative and messy in the kitchen. We created something new- stuffed mushroom pizza, and I finally had an opportunity to sit down and record the recipe. Basically we used all the same ingredients as our stuffed mushrooms, and added a few pizza-y ingredients to balance it out. We omitted bread crumbs- the crust takes care of that. You can use your favorite deconstructed stuffed mushroom recipe if you want- don’t feel the need to mirror ours.

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If you can get it, the Ken’s Parmesan and Peppercorn dressing is INCREDIBLE in stuffed mushrooms and a little goes a long way. I wish I could take credit for discovering this ingredient, but I found it on their website. Here is a look at that recipe.

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It’s now our go-to stuffed mushroom recipe. :-)

Here’s a look at some of these pizza steps. Regardless of the S.M recipe you choose to use and deconstruct, I highly recommend using the globs of chive cream cheese on the pizza. I had cream cheese as a pizza topping for the first time at a restaurant in Fort Collins Colorado and I was a bit hesitant at first, but when it heats up it gets so rich and creamy! Those little pockets make for the best bites!

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Nolan and I both agreed that this was the most delicious thing we have made in a LONG time, and we are always trying new recipes and ingredients. It’s salty, cheesy, and pretty rich. And there is bacon. What’s not to love?! 😉

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WIAW {05/04/16}

It’s been way too long since I did a WIAW post! These are always some of my favorite posts because I love sharing the ingredients and foods I am currently digging, and hopefully give all of you some culinary ideas. Some of my favorite blogs to read, I stumbled upon through WIAW posts. So here is a look at Sunday’s eats.

Weekends are rough when it comes to food. I had a bowl of Special K poured and before I added the milk I started craving an omelet stuffed with red onion, tomatoes, and avocado.

20160501_094724I just love weekend breakfasts. Nolan sleeps in past 10 most weekends but my internal clock gets me up at 6:30 regardless of the day (or time zone as I discovered in Colorado!) I really enjoy taking the time to make myself a hot breakfast while watching the morning news. During the week by breakfasts are pre-made or grab and go which is very convenient but not the same as something hot and fresh. Plus, cooking always relaxes me and helps me de-stress which is the perfect way to start a weekend.

Sunday afternoon we were out at open houses most of the day, and by 2:00 I was STARVING After a late afternoon trip to Trader Joe’s where I bought way too much, I snacked on a few handfuls of these in the car….Okay. most of the bag is gone.  If you haven’t tried them, do it, they are sooo good!

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As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, I was really hoping to make something fun with Nolan for dinner. We wandered around the grocery store for quite some time because as always we were being very indecisive. “Let’s see if the meat speaks to us.” Nolan decided. Oh how I love that man. :-)  Finally we decided we both really wanted stuffed mushrooms! I raided the produce section while Nolan picked out some ground sausage and cheese. But then we got to the final aisle in the grocery store and Nolan spotted the pizza dough and decided he needed pizza. “Stuffed mushroom …….pizza?!” I proposed and Nolan’s face lite up. We changed the plan and created….

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Stuffed mushroom pizza! OH.MY.GAWD was this pizza incredible. This was easily, EASILY one of the best things we have made in a long time. It was the perfect combo of salty and savory. I will post the recipe soon but I will leave you with this…sausage, mushrooms, bacon.

The pizza kept us pretty full until about 7pm. I was feeling ambitious so I made myself a little ghetto wine plate and started working on progress reports.

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Yes, I had some wine on a Sunday night – along with a handful of TJ’s reduced guilt pita chips, green grapes and a serving of Laughing Cow. Perfect little bedtime snack. :-)

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In The Last 4 Years

Last month, Savor Life’s Flavors celebrated it’s 4 year anniversary. How is THAT possible?! I started my blog as a way to share my cooking habits and recipes as well as a place for me to vent and share about my life. I never thought I would still be sharing these things 4 years later.

In the past 4 years I have grown quite a bit. As easy as it is to focus on and point out the negative, so many positive things have happened that have shaped me and my family.

  • I got married. When I first started blogging, I was going through the process of planning a wedding. That is soo hard for me to believe because I feel like Nolan and I have been married for decades. I wish that I could accurately show his greatness on my blog and articulate just how much love and fun we have together.

  • I landed my dream job. I love going back and re-reading my posts from 2012. When I started blogging I was a 1:1 teaching assistant and a bit miserable. Teaching today is impossibly frustrating in your 20s. Hundreds of people apply to each job opening, and most of what’s available to young teachers are in terrible school districts with little to no $ or support. I have been beyond lucky to end up where I am -a 5th grade teacher in an amazing school in an impeccable school district. I look back at those posts from 4 years ago, hell even 2 years ago and I remember how stressful it was to be 26 and still making less than $20,000 a year, with a masters degree. But 3 weeks into my first year teaching, my dad died and I have really let that overshadow the fact that I am one of the luckiest young teachers in Massachusetts. That loss stole a lot of the enjoyment I had earned and waited for since I was 10 years old and dreaming of having my own classroom. I have been trying to be more reflective and grateful that the professional piece of my puzzle is complete!

  • I have gotten healthy. If you have been a SLF reader since the beginning, you know that 2012-2013 were difficult times for me health wise.  I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and it took a long time to get my med/symptom ratio right. Every 6 weeks I was getting blood work done and experiencing a roller coaster of mood swings and emotions. My blog became a helpful place for me to vent and open up about my anxiety and frustration.  Since then I have found a treatment that works for me and my thyroid is not standing in my way!12417586_10100373759440335_870266670289401204_n
  • Friendships- Through blogging I have met and made so many new friends that have helped me (whether they know it or not!) in many ways over the past few years. In my “real life” some friendships have grown, and others have ended for one reason or another. Your priorities really change between the ages of 24 and 28, and with those changes in what’s important come the changes in who you surround yourself with. I am really lucky to have such great, strong friendships with people who care about me and have contributed to my happiness.

My favorite part of having a blog is going back and reliving some of my favorite experiences. It’s also a great way to perspective take and remember the not so great times and how far my life has come. I am excited to keep blogging through the next phase- becoming a home owner and eventually a parent. :-)Here’s to the next 4 years!

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A Look at This Week’s Eats

Did this week fly by for anyone else?! Monday morning was rough, but my week went surprisingly well and very fast. My class has really started to come together (took 3/4 of the school year!) and I am really having fun with my kiddos. We took a field trip to the middle school on Thursday and it really hit me-I’m going to miss these kids! :-( However- 36 more days until summer vacation!!!!!!

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Onto the food!

Last Sunday night we were pretty wiped after a long night/day of traveling. I napped during the day, (well coma-ed for 2 hrs) so I was pretty wide away at my usual bedtime. Since we napped instead of going grocery shopping there was nothing for me to eat for breakfast and lunch during my work week. So instead of queuing up another episode of  Law and Order SVU I headed into the kitchen to see what I could scrounge up.

I took out a pound of ground turkey that I had in the freezer and used it between two dishes.

For breakfasts, I whipped up some egg muffins filled with ground turkey, cheddar cheese, and red pepper, because that’s all I had for fresh veggies. I made 10 of these little guys and enjoyed 2 for breakfast each day.

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With the other 3/4 pound of group turkey, I made a lame but delicious soup. We still have a bag of turkey stock leftover from Thanksgiving, yes Thanksgiving, that I keep frozen. I chipped off a hunk of frozen stock as a base and added a can of diced tomatoes and various spices. Then I threw in the ground turkey, a ton of my favorite frozen veggy blend (carrots, peas, corn, green beans, Lima beans) and a handful of egg noodles that I found on top of the fridge!

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It was pretty simple but it kept me full all week long.

Dinners were also pretty simple this week. We are full on house searching right now and that has taken about 1000% of our attention so dinners have really been after thoughts.

Monday’s dinner….

Yes, that’s frozen yogurt. Mango cream frozen yogurt topped with mangos and cheesecake bites. I did go on a 2 1/2 mile walk BEFORE I ate this, but needless to say I went grocery shopping right after this “dinner”. I ended up having a little salad once I got home, but the fro yo was the star of the meal. :-)

Tuesday I had my final class of the semester (HORRAY!!!!) so Nolan was in change of dinner. I pulled out a bag of chicken thighs from the freezer before I left for work so he would have something to work with. When I got home I was greeted by the smell of dinner cooking-nothing better! I’m really not sure what Nolan put on these thighs but of course there was some serious spice! On the side we had a combo of two steamable-microwave-sides one that was a spicy rice blend, and one side of broccoli cauliflower, red peppers, and carrots. 20160426_190531

Wednesday was my parents 31st wedding anniversary, which has become a rather sad day since my dad died. There was no way we were going to let Mom celebrate all alone so Chris and I headed overafter work and made a big dinner for the 3 of us. Homemade shrimp scampi with asparagus. YUM
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This was really a week of festivities! Thursday was Nolan’s 29th birthday (How are we getting this old?!) Since we just got back from our vacation and we are saving for a house we didn’t do much in the way of celebrating. Nolan’s always very laid back about birthdays and only has one simple request- great food for dinner. We had volleyball after work and on the way home we stopped to pick up a giant buffalo chicken calzone from Nolan’s favorite local pizza place for dinner.

Beer + buffalo chicken= happy birthday boy!

Friday I joined some friends for drinks after work, so dinner consisted of a few Harpoon IPAs and many handfuls of popcorn. I was asleep on the couch by 7:30-crazy Friday night!

Yesterday we met with our realtor and had a few private showings of available properties around town which took up most of our day. Nolan headed out to spend the evening with some friends, while I got to work on one of my 2 final papers I need to write for my classes which all just came to an end. Dinner was a simple bowl of shells and pasta sauce and a glass of wine.

I am hoping that after the open houses we plan to attend today, Nolan and I can spend some time in the kitchen making something fun. It’s been a while since the two of us worked on a recipe together and I am craving something fun and delicious today. :-)

 

 

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