Friday, May 17, 2013
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of me for FlatOut Flatbread.
I have almost survived my first week back to work and for the most part it feels gooood! I love being out of the house and around other people. I’m learning new things and I’m enjoying myself.
I feel a little bit like I’m going in a few different directions all at once but it’s good. Although I am feeling a little bit behind around here. I hope to be feeling a little more settled in a week or two so just ride this along with me!
This week has consisted of quick and simple suppers. Tuna salad one night, takeout one night and these quick and simple flatbread pizzas another. What makes these so, so simple is FlatOut Flatbread.
The FlatOut Flatbreads come in several different flavors and they are perfectly thin and crisp up just the way I like my pizza crust. I chose a variety of toppings for this one that were inspired by Laurie’s Prosciutto Wrapped, Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates. These things are the real deal so I couldn’t imagine that the toppings wouldn’t make an amazing flatbread pizza.
And they did – with the addition of caramelized onions and toasted pine nuts because, well everything is better with both of those additions. This combination is a new family favorite, I’m certain of that!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I started my new job yesterday! First of all, thank you so much for all of the amazingly kind emails, tweets, texts and messages. You all and your support mean the world to me and I’m ever-so-grateful for all of the encouragement!
The first day was great! It was mostly first-day kind of stuff like paperwork, lots of “nice to meet you’s”, systems talk, etc. I am really looking forward to the next couple of days and really diving into it, meeting clients and really learning what the job will be about. I’m sure I’ll share along the way.
I’m sure I’ll also share how I’m learning to balance things around here. Let me tell you – it was H.A.R.D. to be away from social media all day. Let me also say that I think it might be a healthy separation, but not an easy one to adjust to.
I know this whole thing is going to take some adjustment and patience so I thought that some simple go-to summer meals would perfect on this week’s menu. Meals like this one – Asian Fish Cakes with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce.
We love teriyaki sauce but like so many things, a homemade version is so much better if only to skip the processed ingredients! This one is super simple and is made with ingredients that I would bet you already have in your pantry. The fish cakes come together so quickly, are full of amazing flavor and can be made ahead of time – perfect for a quick weeknight meal or weekend lunch!
Head on over to Imperial Sugar for the recipe for these Fish Cakes and Teriyaki Sauce and check out their other recipes too!
Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Imperial Sugar for recipe development. All opinions are my own.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I’m sad and somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never been much of a gardener. I want to be so badly. My mom has a very green thumb and I envy it. I’ve tried – and failed – many times. Herbs, tomatoes, potted plants, and just no luck.
But I have a new determination this year. The former owner of our new home was a Master Gardener. Master Gardener, people. My mother-in-law is a Master Gardener. I am not. But our yard is beautifully landscaped, there are many different flowers and plants and shrubs planted; the wisteria is blooming on our back deck and I’m totally terrified that I’m going to kill something. So I am fully determined to change my black thumb into a green one, and I’m determined to do it quickly!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
So you might have heard a little news floating around social media the last few days – I am going back to work! On Monday! I’m having a hard time explaining the emotions I’m feeling about it.
Let’s back up a bit. A little over three months ago, Paul and I moved away from Kansas City for his job. I had been in a job that I wasn’t 100% happy with all the time and I truly hoped to pursue blogging full-time at some point in the future. I think part of me felt like it was just the thing to do: I really love this space, recipe development, writing and photography; another part of me just really wanted out of my corporate job. Luckily, at that time, I was able to do some blogging and social media stuff during the day, did a lot over the weekend but found that I could juggle it fairly well.
Fast forward to the move in January…I obviously quit my job in KC for the move and we decided that I would try the full time blogging/freelance thing. I was excited to finally be taking the step that I had wanted for a while.