Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Grilled Bok Choy

Something about grilling vegetables it brings out the natural sweetness in them. I have been grilling up a storm this past week. I love having my grill hooked up the the gas in my house it makes grilling so easy and not having a ton of dishes after making a big meal is also a plus. I saw bok choy on some cooking show being grilled a long time ago and saw the most beautiful plant at the store the other day. It is a simple recipe but it was so worth it. I plan on making this again for sure.

What you need~
1 bok choy plant (cleaned and cut in half)
Olive oil
Seasoning ( I made a sauce of soy sauce, fish sauce, olive oil, water and harissa)

Get your grill on and warmed up to medium heat. Put the bok choy in the microwave in a microwave safe dish and turn on for 5 minutes to soften the veggies. Brush your bok chop with the oil and seasoning. Place flat side down on the grill and flip every five minutes. Mine ended up cooking for about twenty minutes till it was completely tender. The leaves will get really crisp if you do not like that remove them and serve them slightly wilted from the microwave. As they cook brush with your seasoning each time you flip. Super tasty!
Cannot wait!

Cut in half!
I mean this served with steak. Heaven!

I really love the warmer months and all the great things you can make on your grill. Try this one out.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pico De Gallo: TBT

It is Thursday which means the perfect day to throw back to one of my classics. I tend to make this for potlucks because I make such massive batches. I just love that when you make it you really should make it ahead of time to that all the yumminess can blend together into this lovely mix of heat and salty. I always serve it with some chips and I am ready to go. I made this for work today. I cannot believe this post is from 2015!

Enjoy!

Pico De Gallo

There are few dishes in life that you make over and over again and that people routinely ask for. I may have mistakenly made this for work once and people now beg for it regularly. I find it funny that they beg for it because honestly it is so simple to make on your own. There are not a ton of secrets in this Pico. Now for those non-Spanish speakers pico de gallo is a fresh chunky salsa. That is the easiest way I can think of to describe it.

Things you will need- 

3-4 tomatoes
half of a white onion
half of a red onion
1 can of jalapenos
1 can of mild chilies
cilantro
salt
lime juice 

Here is a picture of some juicy tomatoes I bought. Pick your tomatoes based on how juicy you want the Pico to be.

I have an issue. It sucks but I cannot cut onions at all anymore. I literally start crying right away. I managed to cut up these two lovelies by myself because the hubby was running the dog. Usually I make him cut up the onions. That is what marriage is for right!?


Back to the recipe!

1. Cut up your tomatoes and onions. I like to keep my pico de gallo chunky so I do not cut anything up finely. Throw them in a big serving bowl.
2. Add the jalapeno and chili's. I use canned because I am slightly allergic to jalapenos and bad things happen to my hands if I handle fresh ones. You can totally use fresh. I would recommend subbing out the canned for 1-3 fresh peppers. You can do the same for the chilies they
are just mild green chilies.
3. Add Cilantro to taste. You can omit this if you hate cilantro. We may not be able to be friends though if you hate it....
4. Add lime to taste.
5. Add salt to taste.

When I say to taste that is the best part. You can eat some yummy pico as you go!












This is what you should end up with. It is so fresh and tasty. I like to make it the night or day before to really allow those flavors to all mix and become happy. Scoop it up with your favorite brand of chips and you have a winner at any football game or potluck.

Now you all know my secret pico de gallo recipe and you can make it for me in the future.


Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Grilled Fish

This turned out completely amazing to my delight and surprise. Ryan my husband actually told me his mom used to make fish like this on the grill. It was pretty easy to throw together and I will for sure be making this again. I am sure you could use all types of fish to do this but we used tilapia. It turned out light and fluffy.

What you need~
Tailpia
Sprinkle of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of butter (diced)
1/4 cup on onions and peppers (diced)
Aluminum foil

Ready for the grill 




Turn your grill on medium and let it heat up. Take a piece of aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray I have an olive oil one I really love to use. Place half of your onions/peppers on the bottom of the piece of foil and then top with half of your butter. Put the fish on top of this mix. Now my fish was already seasoned with herb mix but you can season your fish with anything you want just make sure you season it. Top the fish we remaining onions/peppers and butter. Sprinkle a little bit of lemon juice on top of everything and seal up the little fish pocket. Put on your pre-heated grill for 15 minutes flipping the little packet once.





Yum!


It was light and refreshing and a big hit with us. I would love to try this with salmon soon.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Easy Skin Care

Easy and out the door is really my life moto. I have tried it all and honestly I am over the high expectations woman have of each other. You know what I am talking about ladies. We are expected to use expensive face creams and toners and other crap. I have a now easy routine and you are going to laugh when you find out what I do every morning before walking out the door. Easy I say and you all think whatever lady. Here it is the only product I use on my face.

                                Yes ladies you got that right Johnson's baby creamy oil is my life!

Let's talk about why this product is amazing shall we? It is light and not heavy at all so when I put it on my skin is refreshed and not at all oily after applying. It is gentle because they make it for babies. It smells like heaven. I am sad to say they no longer make the aloe type but you can be crazy and buy it for $50 on amazon still. I just bought the shea butter type. I little secret about this is that it also helps repel bugs like mosquitos. I promise I have tried this last summer and it worked like a charm.

So that is it that is really all I put on my skin each and every day.  Live your best life ladies and gents and do not let the media and others tell you that you need 1,000 products to make your skin happy.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily


Friday, May 4, 2018

Second Bathroom Renovation: Buying

Renovating is exhausting and at a certain point it is okay when you are in over your head and hiring some professionals. Today the plumber and electrician come to fix up the mess that is our bathroom. Right now it is sitting gutted which I thought was okay till the I found a mouse in my lunch box. For sure thinking the little guy came in through the attic and fell through the giant hole currently in the ceiling of the bathroom. Don't worry he sorta survived and I now have a catch and release mouse trap. Now let's get to the soul of this post buying things when you are renovating. I have now been to Lowe's, Menard's, Best Buy, Van Vreedes, and Home Depot. I feel like an expert on washer/dryer machines with the research I have done talking to people and reading like 1,000 of reviews. I think with this bathroom we are being far less picky and more practical which will hopefully save us time. Meaning I will not be spending like 40 hours painting a vanity. We did find a nice vanity for the space though and a top too. My tip to you is research the items you are interested in and look around before purchasing if you can. Even the same brand of washer/dryer is drastically cheaper at other locations across town. Here are some pictures of our big haul of goods the last couple days.

Light fixture: Menard's
Faucet: Menard's 

Vanity: Lowe's 

Toliet: Home Depot
Counter Top: Home Depot

This project continues and I cannot wait to show you the after renovation pictures. We will have a ton of things to do before we get to that place but we are well on our way. 

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Italian Wedding Soup

Somehow so light and refreshing. I watch a ton of PBS and I saw Lidia (she has a Italian cooking show) making a variation of this recipe this weekend and I knew I had to make a giant batch. I love making soup not only because I love the flavors but it is the perfect leftover for lunches all week OR a great gift after your mom has surgery. I will say I was lucky to have most of these items in my fridge or pantry and only hard to really buy the spinach and meat. A really good soup for the spring transition we are going through it will make it in the normal soup rotation in our home.

What you need~

Soup-
16 cups of vegetable broth
8 cups of water
1.5 cups of onion (diced)
1 cup of carrots (diced)
1 cup of celery (diced)
1 cup of mushrooms (diced)
1/3 cup garlic (minced)
4 cups of spinach (chopped)
1 cup of orzo
Salt and Pepper to taste


Meatballs-
2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1.5 cups of bread crumbs (panko)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of parsley flakes






Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Start by sweating down your onions, garlic, celery, carrots and mushrooms for a bit of time. Once they have done this on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes add in your stock and water. Let this shimmer for at least a half hour. While that is going on mix all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl and then roll out 1 inch balls on a greased sheet pan. I had to use two pans I had so many. Pop those in the oven for at least 30 minutes. When the soup has about 10 minutes left add the orzo and then 5 minutes left add the spinach. When the meatballs are done place 3-6 of them in a bowl and top with the soup.

Simmer and simmer.

YUM!

The perfect meatballs.

I really loved this soup and even though the meatballs are long gone at our house the rest of the veggie soup is still really good. Try it sometime.


Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Second Bathroom Renovation: Demo

Never a dull moment while working on our house. Last year we renovated our master bathroom and we figured that since we tackled that room this bathroom which is much smaller with be a cake walk (easy). This is where you can laugh with me or at me if you wish. Starting the demo yesterday we needed to remove the washer and dryer from the room to remove the trim, flooring and storage unit above them. A word to you on this make sure the off valves actually work from the washing machine. What ended up happening was water just everywhere. We were drenched, the floor, walls etc as well. It was really an experience. Lucky for us Ryan is a fast runner to turn off the main water and I just shoved the water hose part into the actual washing machine to hold some of the crazy water. After that fun Ryan took his time removing the shower, a wall and the vanity. The room feels twice the size now and I cannot wait to start putting it back together. Here are some pictures of the demo before and during.

Before. 

Before.

Before. 

Before.

Before. 

Before. (Luna creeping)

Now the demo!

POST water freak out. 

EVERYTHING is wet in this picture. 

Bye bye shower. 

So much more room.

I am rather in awe of my husbands ability to work and work and dedication to get stuff done. With my health issues with mold and dust I cannot be much help with demo so he did most of the work this weekend. What a great guy. More to come this renovation is just starting!

Until next time~
XoXo Emily