It’s a new day


I am very excited to share this with you. My little hobby here has a new home. A home of it’s very own. I mentioned recently that I was working on www.feedingbliss.com, well it is now up and running. I am continually adding content and will be able to update posts more regularly. I do hope you will come visit the page and tell me what you think about the changes and the new space.

Even Cody is excited about the changes. He’s sincerely hoping for a few scraps along the way.

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when words fail, s’mores work wonders


Do you ever feel like your days begin one way and end another?? Maybe like this –

  

I have worked like a crazy person around here to bring you all fabulous new things. I believe I have succeeded – and there are more on the horizon. A week from now we will have a new address to meet at (www.feedingbliss.com). It is a waiting game now while all of my data here gets moved there. I don’t know what is worse – moving years of blogging or changing your name with the banks… at this moment I think it’s dead even.

I’ve mentioned my shop before, but now there is a special tab on this webpage for you to browse through my goods, or you could just click here. You will find muffins, cookies, granola, and gift kits, and some beautiful eco-friendly tote bags.

Do you ever feel like a certain treat could say everything you can’t? Or maybe it just reaffirms something, a bond between two people? During this time of year it seems to be s’mores. Eaten over an open flame (or a sink if your stove is freshly cleaned). We needed that yesterday, that wordless conversation. We had used all our words. S’mores make you feel young and carefree and decadent. S’mores, to me, are an inside joke, something very special.

In our house, s’mores require a warm marshmallow (slightly crispy at the edges), melted chocolate and low-fat graham crackers. First, we load up the skewers with fluffy white clouds.   Next, we place the chocolate on the cracker and microwave (if possible) for 20-30 seconds. We really like the chocolate to be melty while the marshmallow is crisp-gooey. The rest is easy assembly. Load that cracker sandwich with the marshmallow and squish. 


and the knot was tied


Well we did it – got hitched. Tied the knot. Pick your cliche term. It was a fabulous weekend and we are EXHAUSTED. The weather was perfect, the company sublime, and the food delicious. I don’t feel I can do our wedding justice in one post so I will spread it out and start with just a few snippits.

Anyways I have thank you cards to get started on… my goal is to have them all mailed by next Saturday. This should keep me busy, along with the joys of being a newlywed and a new dog owner. Yes, that’s right people. The dog is staying. His name is Cody, and he is 4 months old. True to form he loves shoes and toys and treats. Oh and walks and being on the furniture. What a rough life dogs lead!

Please stay tuned for more photos of the wedding and information on the menus and planning and for some exciting changes coming at Feeding Bliss and in the Bliss household.
P.S. Check out this awesome tomato!! Yep we grew that!

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not always as planned


Saturday I had this great idea to make these mini pizzas. It didn’t work the way I wanted and was totally discouraged. I’m going to share what I did anyways, just to show you dinner doesn’t always have to follow your plan for it to be balanced and delicious.

Here’s where I went wrong: I didn’t look up the recipe. Because I didn’t look it up, my measurements were off. I used 2 pounds of dough, with the intention of freezing at least half of my yield for the week after the wedding. I knew I wouldn’t be up for cooking the first couple days we were home – actually I probably won’t be up for grocery shopping, the cooking is easy. I have the hardest time with pizza dough. I canNOT get it to stretch out and form a nice thin crust. Never have been. I have found ways to make it work like par baking the crust so it doesn’t rise so much and won’t be gooey after we add toppings. So Saturday I knew the general idea of the recipe, put dough in muffin pans, top with goodies and bake. But my normal issue arose and I couldn’t get them flat. So I decided to just cut up the dough in 14 standard muffins and 10 mini muffins. I poked them with a fork so they wouldn’t puff too much and baked them for 10 minutes at 350. Meanwhile I chopped up some turkey meatballs. When the muffins were nearly finished (still a little doughy in the middle) I put them on a rack to cool.

Then a few hours later when it was time for dinner I preheat the oven to 350 and sliced the pizza dough muffins in half like a hamburger. Next was the assembly line. The muffin halves were lined up on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Each half got a dollop of tomato sauce, a sprinkling of meatball and then fresh grated parmesan and pecorino. They went back in the oven for 10 minutes until crispy and warmed through. We served it with a large salad. Not as intended, but still delicious.

We have the muffins left over and so when I am ready to use again I will defrost the night before then when it’s time for dinner I can get these guys ready in about 15 minutes.

Oh and we have a dog now… Unless his owner claims him before the wedding.
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Coming and going


So there I was huddled in my closet staring at my clothing, wishing I didn’t have people coming over- wishing I could put on pajamas and go to bed. Or maybe, if I was feeling adventurous, watch some reruns on the couch.
But we had plans. People were coming over. Dinner had to be made. So I did what any other woman would- try on 5 different outfits, hate all of them and put the first one back on. I faked a happy face and turned my mood around.
Easter dinner was tasty- roast pork, risotto primavera and pudding with berries for dessert.
Since then I’ve managed to get a cold and last night a dog showed up at the house. A puppy that has somehow gotten separated from his family. He’s very handsome but he is a puppy (read: not potty trained and he wants to put everything in his mouth). I made him breakfast this morning, scrambled eggs and American cheese, which he devoured. My breakfast was a nonfat latte and a banana. I’m taking my car in for routine maintenance because we need to make it to Las Vegas safe and sound. Also on the agenda for the day is cleaning and cooking and shopping. Oh and packing.

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a cruel April Fool’s Day


What do you do when all of your dreams come true? You sit back, appreciate it and think of what comes next. I think you do the same when your dreams don’t come true, when you are at a loss for words. You give thanks for what good things you still have and you reassess. And then, if you’re me, you bake cookies. I made muffins this morning in anticipation of the impending decision, and managed to screw up my own recipe. The muffins are hideous and a little moist but they are still a muffin thank goodness. Though I do have 24 ‘not quite’ muffins and more batter in the fridge to deal with now. The cookies however, I started yesterday before my nerves got unruly. I knew I would need something in the oven when I learned of my fate – good or bad. And something idiot proof… think scoop & bake. Easy.

My future husband  is a cynic while I am superstitious, he’s not so sure about religion and all while I’m pretty spiritual. Our difference here comes into play during situations like this.  He says try again, just keep pushing whilst I try to figure out the bigger picture and the message within it all. Who’s right? Not a clue. I can’t tell if it’s some higher power telling me that maybe I should reassess my goals or if it’s my hurt pride that doesn’t want to be rejected again. Maybe a bit of both? Only time will tell.

Here’s what I know I am: a wife (close enough), a daughter, a sister, a friend, a two-time internship/grad school reject…. ouch.

What do you make for your first meal after such a heartbreak? Scallops. With brown rice, a touch of bacon, and some green beans. You stay on plan because now isn’t the time to completely jump ship. Now is the time to zero in on priorities. Now is the time to really take care of yourself and what says taking care of yourself better than a healthy dinner with a dose of bacon with a chocolate chip cookie chaser? Not much.

Heart-Break Scallops

  • 10 ounces scallops
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon, quartered
  • Chicken stock
  • Salt, Pepper
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon according to package instructions. Once browned remove to plate with paper towel to drain.
  2. Season scallops with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Cook until tender and opaque, about 3 minutes on each side.
  3. Meanwhile, steam green beans until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes in the microwave.
  4. Remove scallops from pan and let rest with bacon.
  5. Deglaze pan with a splash (about 3 tablespoons) of chicken stock and bring to a boil. Be sure to scrape the browned bits up and let the sauce thicken.
  6. Add scallops, green beans, bacon and tomatoes to the pan and cook 1-2 minutes ensuring all ingredients are coated by the sauce.
  7. Serve over brown rice.

Lumpy Path Cookies

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  1. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients – salt, baking powder, flours, chocolate, oats and coconut; set aside.
  2. Cream butter, applesauce and sugars together on medium speed of electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract until light, fluffy and well-combined.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the wet in thirds until just combined.
  4. Let the ingredients marry – allow the mix to chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  5. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper and spraying with non-stick spray.
  6. Bake 16-18 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through cook-time.

In the dark with my cold banana


I find myself eating in the near-dark this morning, going over the long list of projects I could spend the day doing. And then I realized it was a work day and thus I would spend the day working on other people’s projects, not my own. Well maybe since I am up and heading to work so early, I will be able to sneak in some personal projects this afternoon. Maybe more time organizing the office? And writing up a fabulous recipe to share? Hopefully purchasing the last bit of clothing for the wedding weekend.
I am also reflecting on my perceived failures over the past months. I knew I’d be busy so I did my research. Tried to find the best method to keep me sane and productive. I have felt like I failure on this subject for quite some time. Today, in the dark with my breakfast, I no longer believe I failed. I think I didn’t personalize the methods to fit my needs and our needs as a couple. Now I will create something, based on what I have learned from the experts, and make something that works for us and doesn’t make me feel crummy. I can do this.
Breakfast was nearly a home run. A slixe of toast with just a bit of butter, almond butter and honey. A cup of coffee and water to wash it down. And a banana on the side. Oh yah, about the banana… It was cold and not awesome. 😦 I put them in the fridge to keep them from ripening beyond the point that I like them. Lesson learned- take the banana out of the fridge the night before you want to eat it.

In three weeks Carver and I will be leaving for our wedding. It’s boot camp time. Drink your water, two a day exercises, getting to sleep on time, and getting $h!+ done. And of course eat deliciously healthy food.

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