I am sure that I am breaking some sort of blogging rule by posting a salad recipe on a Friday. Salads are for Mondays after you have been eating crap all weekend long and you decide, Oh, it’s Monday, I am going to eat salads all week but then you only eat salad on Monday. For lunch. Since it is the holiday season, I was just thinking that maybe you are entertaining and just dying for a show stopping salad recipe. Or maybe you are procrastinating at work and trying to plan dinner for next week. Or maybe you are a person with self control and eats salad all week and on the weekends, too (what is your secret?!)
I hope that everyone isn’t already over pumpkin recipes because I have the best one. Yep. Delicious, cinnamon-spiked pumpkin cake covered in cream cheese frosting. I’m sorry that I have been sitting on this one for weeks. I’ve been meaning to post the recipe but have no excuse. In all honesty, I made this in the middle of September and again at the beginning of October. Oh, and again at the end of October. I’ve been so busy eating pumpkin bars that I clearly have had no time to post the recipe!
I’ve made a lot of pumpkin recipes this fall much to my husband’s dismay. He claims he isn’t a fan of pumpkin but continues to “try” recipes over and over again. The so-called pumpkin haters in my house have not deterred me from making many pumpkin treats. I’ve made chocolate chip pumpkin bread and roasted butternut squash orrechiette. There’s been pumpkin cornbread (recipe coming soon) and pumpkin cinnamon rolls. And I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to Fall (read: pumpkin) recipes.
You should probably make this now. Why? Because it is delicious, obviously. Plus, it pleases both the man and the woman. It is healthy, but it tastes decadent. It is packed with all the flavors of chili then tossed with quinoa and baked with a little bit of cheese. The perfect comfort food. Yes, I went there.
Happy New Year! We have all been struggling with a pretty serious cold at our house. First, Grace started feeling sick. On New Years Eve, after throwing up a few too many times, I took her to the doctor to find out that she had a bad cold that had settled in her chest and she had two ear infections. As soon as we left the parking lot, I started to feel congested, too. I can’t say I’m that surprised. When a snotty baby sticks her hands in your mouth all the time, it is pretty much a miracle if you come out on the other side without contracting his or her illness. Even Andrew the H is coughing. She is a sneaky one with those snotty hands!
Something about cooler weather makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake! Which is great news for Andrew the H since we have been eating way too much takeout since G was born almost SEVEN months ago! The bad news for Andrew is that the first thing I crave in the fall is pumpkin bread. He says every year that he does not like pumpkin, and every year, I try to convince him that yes, yes he does like it. It’s like groundhog day. I bake loaf after loaf of pumpkin bread. I say “Andrew, try this one. I think you will like it.” I add chocolate chips. “Really. You will definitely like it this time. It has chocolate!!” I pack snack bags of pumpkin bread for him to take to work only to find it months later in the backseat of his car. I mean…
Who has to work this week, raise your hand. Okay, now, who is actually—I mean, really working this week and who is just catching up on Google Reader, pinning new pics to Pinterest? Yep, that’s what I thought. I mean, I already did a much needed re-org of my work inbox, cleaned off my desk, put together some emails to shoot out on Tuesday when the rest of civilization goes back to work, and created not one, but two pretty awesome if-I-must-say-so-myself Pandora radio stations. I guess you could say that it has been a pretty productive non working, work week!
The Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday, and this girl loves a Super Bowl party. I really don’t know why that is. I am not a big fan of football (much to my hubby’s dismay), and I could care even less about NFL football. Andrew blames it on the fact that I didn’t go to a football school (yup I confess, I love basketball, can you blame me?). The truth is that I usually like football when I am not forced to pay attention to it. I LOVE a great tailgate and football watching parties are always super fun. Plus, football season usually means fall weather which is one of my favorite seasons.
I am particularly interested in this year’s Super Bowl because it is being held in Dallas! Yes, I live in Charlottesville now but I lived in Dallas for almost three years before I made the big move to the east coast (Cville by way of DC). And things were starting to ramp up for the big game right before I left two years ago. People have been partying for that long about this. For real. I am so sad that I am not there right now—not because I would go to the game at all—but mostly because of ALL the star sightings I am missing. Le sigh.
I want to start off by saying that I am shocked by how long it has taken me to post. It is truly embarrassing. Yes, I have been busy the past three months. My husband (yay!) got a job in Charlottesville and in two weeks, we packed up our 800 square foot DC apartment with a shocking amount of boxes (how did we fit everything in that tiny place?!?) and moved to the “country”. There was also our wedding which took place on October 30th and was perfect. Oh, and the amazing honeymoon which I didn’t want to come back from. And all of a sudden, the holidays were here, and I realized that I am not only officially behind on thank you notes, but that I had neglected my cooking blog for THREE whole months. Oof.
So now I am finally back. But before we get into the the recipe, I want to take a quick minute to tell you about Share Our Holiday Table which I am participating in on December 13th (check back that day for a brand, new post on Holiday Sides)! Share Our Strength is hosting a virtual, progressive holiday dinner with more than 50 bloggers to raise awareness of their amazing cause—to end child hunger by 2015. Check out all of the participating bloggers here and look for my holiday side next week!