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Changing Things Up


My life has drastically changed now that I have a VERY mobile baby.  Her speed and curiosity don’t allow me much time in the kitchen these days. I found myself having to run in the other room to check on her 5+ times before I could finish chopping a vegetable. So, unless I want to spend ALL day running back and forth to the kitchen to work on a meal, I really can’t move forward with my food blog : /. Of course I will still be cooking really easy, healthy meals for my family and I’ll write about them occasionally–when I remember to take pictures–but, until I have older kids, my blog won’t be dedicated to just cooking, food, recipes, etc.

But, I am going to try to keep blogging about everything else going on in my life such as all the adorable things my sweet baby is doing, things God has been teaching me, I’ll probably post nutrition articles I find interesting, maybe some running posts and whatever else I can come up with :).

Thanks for reading and sorry I’ve been MIA! Looking forward to a new phase of blogging!

Below are some pictures from Father’s Day weekend. We got to spend it with mine and Trey’s families out at Lake Travis. Such a great getaway!

Before we left…she didn’t want me to forget my shoes!

Making pesto pizza the first night.

Playing with Grandma Sassy.

Both Grandmas.

Out sailing with Uncle Mark.

That’s the life

The hike from the house down to the water. We were determined to sail! 🙂

My First Mother’s Day


Yea, okay, it’s Wednesday and Mother’s Day is old news now but I know I’ll want to look back on this post later and, in my defense, I had finals this week so I just couldn’t find time for you, my lovely little blog.

When I was little, I remember asking my mom why there wasn’t a ‘Kid’s Day’. She said ‘because all the other days of the year are kid’s days’. I honestly thought I got cheated out of this having-a-day-to-yourself thing. Wow, I was either a jerk or just really clueless. Ha! I was thankful for my mother before but, now, after having a child of my own, words could NEVER come close to expressing how thankful I am for my amazing mom! Can’t believe she still puts up with us ;).

Pictures are more fun than words {or maybe I’ve been reading too many children’s books} so here’s (mostly) a picture story of how my first Mother’s Day went:

Naturally, we got things started the night before. My Mom came over to watch the babe so hubby and I could grab a drink. Oh, and fried pickles, of course!

Mmmm…Happy Mother’s Day to me :)!

And, HMD to Trey too! Ha!

Then, my sweet little girl threw me a surprise party from 3am-6am. She just couldn’t wait to celebrate! So thoughtful of her. I was too delirious to take pictures but I’m sure she was being cute even if it didn’t seem cute at the time : /.

Atleast we got to nap until 8:40am after that! These two gave me a sweet card:

Then, our little family enjoyed the beautiful morning relaxing in our backyard, drinking way too much coffee to make up for our sleepless night.

SO happy!

And, finally, my day was topped off with an evening spent with my wonderful family an incredible meal made by my sweet sweet cousins! Yum!

Slaving away in their precious aprons!

No meal is complete in this house without the incredibly fast personal veggie chopper.

1st (Grand)mother’s Day for Gemma (above)!

The end. Mom, that was fun! I am SO blessed to have such an amazing family!

And, last but not least, a few of my kind family members and friends gave me Mother’s Day gifts…notice how they are all edible. Obviously these people know me well! Annnndddd…Trey sharpened ALL of our kitchen knives! Now that’s the way to a woman’s heart :).

My Future Job as a Dietitian


Well, I’ve really missed blogging and can’t wait to get back to cooking and writing more often. For now, I just have to share this awesome video we watched in class last week. I’m planning to return with a few new recipes this month too!

Mini Hiatus


You can probably guess what I’m about to tell you but just in case you’re wondering, I have decided to take a little hiatus from blogging. This makes me sad. Very sad! 😦 But, I have high hopes that I’ll come back a stronger, better chef and writer!

Here is {part of} the reason I’m taking a break

She needs me. No, wait, let’s be honest, I just want more time with her!

But really, with school, a needy baby and a sweet husband that I want to spend time with, I just don’t have time to blog these days. But, in just a couple months, Ellie Grace will have less Dr.’s appointments and mommy will have NO class so we will be good to go! I. can’t. wait!!!

The good news is that I’m going to keep cooking so I will have SO much to blog about later! Just last week, I made homemade pesto pizza, balsamic roasted carrots and polenta. Oh my! I also bought catfish to cook. Can’t wait to try out that recipe and to share it with you guys later!

Thanks so much to anyone who has been reading. I can’t wait to be back to writing soon. And, I’m planning to incorporate more baking into my days this summer. It’s gonna be awesome!

In the mean time, please send me any ideas for delicious, healthy meals!

Happy Cooking!

Baby Food–Sweet Potatoes and Acorn Squash


Someone got to try ‘real’ food.

And liked it!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we have a little healthy foodie on our hands.

I don’t think I have too many new mom readers but, if you’re still reading at this point, I guess you’re interested in how I recently made baby food. Or you just think my daughter is cute. I’ll take that ;).

Let me start by saying that I’ve been eating baby food for the past couple of days. Yep, that’s right. I’ve been sneaking bites of Ellie Grace’s acorn squash–just baby bites, I promise. You see, I bought an acorn squash thinking I’d split it with her but then decided to go ahead and freeze leftovers instead. So, I guess I’m just splitting it with her as she goes through it. Ha!

Last spring, I was in a nutrition lab where we had to taste baby food and I was mortified by the thought of that. Now, I’m eating it voluntarily!? What’s going on? Fresh tastes SO much better than the canned food we were forced to eat…I’ll stand by that!

Pictures first!

Now for the easiest recipes ever!

Sweet Potatoes:

–1 large sweet potato

–water (I didn’t measure the amount…sorry!)

Directions: Bake sweet potato at 400 degrees F for about an hour and ten minutes or until tender. Peel the potato and cut into about 10 pieces. Blend in food processor with water until smooth. For thicker potatoes, use less water.

Acorn Squash:

–1 acorn squash

–water (again, didn’t measure)

Directions: Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and lay halves on baking sheet with the skin facing out. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until tender. Scrape squash off of skin with a spoon and blend in food processor with desired amount of water.

I froze leftovers in ice trays. I filled an entire ice tray full of each. Easy Breezy, Mamas! Lemme know if you try it!

French Press Coffee–Guest Blogger


My awesome hubby agreed to write this post. Who doesn’t want to wake up to a freshly brewed cup (or pot) of delicious hot coffee on the weekend!? He’s much better at writing and storytelling than I so I hope you enjoy reading his post. He also knows how to make French Press Coffee unlike me. If I learn how to make it, he might ask me to–I like it this way…only one of us ‘can’ make the coffee after sleeping in Sunday morning ;).

You should also check out Trey’s blog here.

I made my first pot of coffee in the fall of 2008 at the age of 23. It was a small, 4-cup, paper filter, coffee maker; the really small ones made for domestically-impaired folk like myself. All I had to do was put in the filter, dump in the ground coffee, fill the water tank, and hit “start”.

It was a mess.

There was water and ground coffee all over the place, and my roommates, understandably, couldn’t believe it. The great people at Mr. Coffee even did all they
could to make it easy for me, but I guess I thought of some things they didn’t. And I know what you’re thinking – yes, I’m an Aggie.

So, I hope this blog post will help redeem my early mishaps and give you hope to know that anyone can learn to make a great cup of coffee.

Today we’ll be trading in the paper filters and conventional electric coffee makers for the trappings of the time-honored and hipster-friendly French Press.

Here’s what you’ll need:


• Coffee Grinder
• French Press aka Press Pot
• Kettle or Pot
• Stopwatch
• Your Favorite Coffee Beans

Step 1: Grind the Coffee Beans Coarse
For this step, you’ll want to put the coffee beans in the grinder, set it to “coarse,” and grind the desired amount of coffee. The most common press pot holds about 5 cups-worth (realistically)…so grind 5 cups, to be safe.

Step 2: Put the Ground Coffee in the Empty Press Pot

Step 3: Boil the Water
Here’s where you get to be creative. Not in boiling the water – that might actually be the most boring part – but deciding your water to coffee ratio. I’ve read a few differing opinions on the matter, but from what I can tell, the standard is: 1 tbsp of coffee for 1 cup of water. If you want it weaker, add more water but remember how much your press pot can hold. If you want it stronger, add less water.

If you have a kettle, you can use it for this step, as this is what the snobby-snob coffee makers swear by. We don’t have one, so we just boil the water in a pot on the stove.

You’ll also want to boil just a little bit more than 5 cups, as some water will evaporate during the boil.

Step 4: Add the Water to the Coffee and Stir
They say you’re supposed to pour “aggressively” and “evenly.” Sooo, do that. Then, using your stopwatch (that would be an iPhone in the Low household), wait one minute and begin stirring the water and coffee for the following three minutes. The layer that you’ll notice at the top is called “bloom.” Breaking this stuff up might be the most fun part

Step 5: Slowly Press the Filter Down From Top to Bottom

Step 6: Pour Your Coffee & Enjoy!

One critical detail: thanks to our friend, Chad, all of the info has come from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon. Please visit their site for more great info on coffee in general and French Press in particular. After a year or two of making French Press, I still occasionally pull out their website to make sure I’m doing it right.

A Very Merry Christmas


Had to start with a picture of her first Christmas! Ellie Grace is already a pro at opening gifts. She might be trouble later ;).

And, whoa! I just realized I haven’t posted in almost a week. A nice, long vacay will do that to you. We just got back from traveling for Christmas and, wow, we feel blessed! We had such a great time with our families and we were spoiled rotten, per usual (although, I must say, having a baby does contribute to the spoilage)!

Most importantly, we were reminded of our Father’s love for us and of the beautiful birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Here’s a prayer my dad wrote for Christmas.

‘Father, we thank you for all you have created and for giving us the capacity to see your creation in its simple beauty and to appreciate how extraordinary it is.

But most of all we thank you for your boundless love, undeniably shown more than 2000 years ago when you entered into this world yourself and, through your Son, became one of us to redirect us back to our original destiny of eternal life with you.

And tonight, Father, we also thank you for this Christmas gathering of family and friends and for giving us the courage to say:  Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts we are about to receive from your bounty through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.’

I hope you, too, enjoyed reflecting on His greatness over Christmas!

Now, onto some pictures of family and food, of course!

Well, first things first…

Yep, that’s a Kitchen Aid Mixer! Best gift EVER! Now, if we could find somewhere to put this thing. Our kitchen is teeny! And don’t mind my attire and lack of make-up, please. You can stay in your pajamas all day on Christmas, right!?

Four generations! (I finally got ready for the day!)

Loving Mimi holding her!

Our first Christmas with Ellie Grace.

Delicious Appetizers on Christmas Eve.

The usual–Beef Tenderloin. Mmmm.

Duh!

The Christmas Feast!

We also had some amazing beets on Christmas Eve and delicious homemade apple pie on Christmas day. I’ll be blogging about the beets in the very near future! No promises on the pie though–maybe my cousins will make a guest appearance to blog about the pie…if we’re lucky. It was tasty!

And, finally, you know it’s a good day when this happens:

Maple Vinegarette Sweet Potatoes and Special Guest–SANTA!


Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus…

Yes, people, this happened last night. Look really closely. That.is.Trey! Hahaha! I realize this might not be as hilarious to others but I was laughing ALL night. This was our first year to join in on the block party festivities but according to the neighbors, Trey was the best Santa yet! The kids loved him and told him all kinds of stories about vampires and dragons and doll houses galore.

Unfortunately in the midst of all the chaos last night, I switched cameras with our neighbor so all the pictures I took of Trey and Ellie Grace are on another camera but I will post those as soon as I get my hands on them.

Here are a few more pictures of all the fun! Then, onto the yummy food!

Express train, duh!

Couldn’t resist posting a picture of this cutie!

Now for those tasty sweet potatoes!

Wow! These are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I got this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs, Confections of a Foodie Bride. These are supposed to be grilled but since it had been raining for a week straight when I was wanting to make them, I went for the oven instead. They were awesome anyway. I also used less olive oil than the original recipe called for but pretty much everything else is the same.

Oh, ummm, everything except that cilantro on top! Yea, so, I thought I had parsley at home and found out I didn’t when I was throwing this together for a late dinner. I used cilantro to make it look prettier but please, if you make this, go for parsley! Your tastebuds will thank you ;).

Ingredients:

–2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced

–2 Tbsp olive oil

–Salt and Pepper

FOR VINEGARETTE:

–1 clove garlic, minced

–2 Tbsp spicy brown mustard

–1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

–dash of cinnamon

–2 Tbsp maple syrup

–2 Tbsp olive oil

–handful of fresh PARSLEY, chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place sweet potato slices in a glass baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Roll potatoes around in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender. Mix garlic, mustard, vinegar, cinnamon, maple syrup and olive oil. Drizzle vinegarette over sweet potatoes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Top with chopped parsley and enjoy!

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Lean Beef Quiz!


When you prepare or order beef, do you know what you’re putting into your body? No, this post isn’t about making your diet completely meatless but it might be good to cut back on your meat consumption if you eat red meat more than twice a week ;).

Look at this guy to see what part of the cow you’re eating!

First, the pros–red meat, especially beef, is high in protein and iron–two necessities for our bodies. However, meat also contains cholesterol and fat–plenty of saturated fat (the bad, artery-clogging kind). And, beef contains more saturated fat than poultry.

If you must eat beef (btw, we occasionally do!), here is some helpful info to consider when deciding what to eat.

Look at the LABEL to find out the GRADE of meat–there are three things to consider when reading meat labels–

Select–the leanest cut, ~ 7% fat by weight

Choice– ~ 15-35% fat by weight

Prime– the fattiest cut, ~ 35-45% fat by weight

Also, think about the CUT of meat–here are cuts of select-grade beef from lowest to highest fat content

–top round

–eye of round

–round tip

–bottom round

–shank

–sirloin

–arm (part of chuck)

–top loin

–t bone (short loin)

–tenderloin

–porterhouse (short loin)

–brisket

–rib-eye

–flank

–ribs

–blade (part of chuck)

Now, go enjoy that meaty meal! Remember, all food is great–in moderation ;). Happy eating!