Weekend Rewind: Des Moines Food Scene and Dinner at Home

Mitch and I had a great weekend this past Friday-Sunday. We took a little weekend road trip to Des Moines, IA in order to watch some Iowa State basketball. I want to start by saying that if you’re ever headed to the Des Moines metro area, check out the Catch Des Moines facebook/twitter/Instagram for some…

Restaurant Review: The Steel Plow

Friday night was half date night/work night. My speech team ended their season with a wonderful event called dessert theatre. As the name implies, you get dessert and a show. The kids perform some of the highlighted performances from the year, and in between pieces, they come around and serve plates of dessert and coffee….

Pasta with a Simple Update

It’s parent-teacher conference week at school. That means weird kids, weird schedules, and weird sleep habits. Monday was a blissful day off for President’s day, Tuesday- regular, Wednesday- earPASly release for staff development, Thursday and Friday- conferences. What they don’t tell you (and what you don’t think about as a student) is how the timing…

Taste of the Globe: Mexico

I love simple dinners, and when those simple meals can be made in 10 minutes or LESS, I really love them. Last night was one of those nights where I didn’t really feel like cooking- I didn’t really feel like doing anything! The three-day week at school has been possibly more tiresome than a full…

Chicken (Turkey) Cordon Bleu Meatballs

I love comfort food nights. And if I can make that comfort food in next to no time, with next to no effort, I really love it. Let me introduce you to these meatballs: a two pan meal which hits all the comfort food checklists. This is saucy, steamy, creamy, and super flavorful without breaking…

I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconut-Chicken

I spent my day off of school having a self-proclaimed Galentine’s Day (if you don’t know what it is, check out the TV show Parks and Rec). After spending 72 straight hours with high school students, I needed some adult time-stat. My day comprised of drinking coffee in pajamas, eating breakfast at a leisurely pace,…

And So a Season Ends

I have been M.I.A. at the state speech tournament for the past three days. After a whirlwind of competition laughs, and tears (and 10 blessed hours of recovery sleep) we are home and getting back in the swing of things. The cover photo for this post was the team. We are sitting at Fairview Farms Restaurant enjoying…

Valentine’s Day at Home- Romantic Dinner for Two

Mitch spoiled me rotten this past Valentine’s Day. It actually started Friday night of last week. I attend barre fitness classes at a studio in Davenport called Barre563. I’ve been teasing Mitch about trying it for about a year. I know some people don’t buy into the Hallmark holiday stuff, but we make a point…

Simple Dinners: Chicken and Polenta

I know, this doesn’t sound like much. But one of my promises on this blog was simple recipes which are versatile and easy to adapt depending on flavor. Today, I write about polenta- a forgotten grain which makes a delicious bed for just about anything. First- polenta is not some fancy high-class grain imported from…

Copycat! Santa Fe Chicken is Chicken Enchilada Soup in Disguise!

**DISCLAIMER** this was still a tasty dinner! One of the foundations for my new year’s resolution was that I wanted to cook 365 recipes in 365 days. My goal was that each would be special and different from one another. I still am keeping on that. Although, at the end of last week I found…

Long Days, Delicious Dinner at Night

I’m taking a break from recipes today to talk about some kids near and dear to my heart. As I wrote about last week, my speech team is competing in state series competition. We have now finished week two of three (sectional) in competition. I am proud to say that three of our 12 individual…

Dabbling in Asian: Beef and Broccoli

I was feeling ambitious when I menu planned this week. I’ve been telling myself to expand my comfort zone, try something new each week. I love Chinese take-out. It’s probably my favorite carry-out cuisine to get. It’s probably the salt and the fact that it’s all fried that make it such a favorite of mine. This week,…