To say I am enjoying married life is probably an understatement.
I love not having to say goodbye all the time.
I love not being on the road all the time between our two homes.
I love that I have not eaten a single meal in my car since I have gotten married.
I love that I only cook in one kitchen.
I love that I have a dishwasher now.
Actually the dishwasher might be my favorite part.
But anyway I been cooking a good bit.
Here is what I have been making.
I made cookies to take to our post-wedding present opening get together with my family.
I used my new silicon baking sheets when I baked them.
Love them! The cookies browned very nicely but did not turn hard.
Worth the money if you bake a lot.
Then we spent a mostly quiet weekend at home before we had to return to work on Tuesday.
I whipped up a big batch of this stew and stuck half of it in the freezer.
I will admit that the main reason I wanted to make beef stew was because I wanted to use my new Le Creuset Dutch oven that my Grandma Deuink had given me as a wedding present.
I was just amazed how evenly it heated up. No hot spots on the bottom.
I can tell I will be using this gift often!
Because I try not to eat a lot of red meat, I cut the amount of beef the recipe called for by half, but I bulked it up with mushrooms.
Then on Monday night I whipped up a loaf of banana bread to take to work as a peace-offering since several people had to cover for me for two whole weeks while I was out.
I just used my trusty banana bread recipe with the additional ingredients of chopped almonds(1/2 cup), almond flavoring(1/2 tsp) and chocolate chips(3/4 cup).
PS. Almond flavoring is one of my most favorite things.
Sometimes I just sniff the bottle cuz I feel like it.
I am a freak show.
I increased the baking time by a couple of minutes and it worked perfectly.
The banana bread received rave reviews.
Try this next time you make some banana bread. I liked it so much better than adding walnuts.
But then again I am not a walnut person anyway.
So I guess that makes sense as to why I liked it better.
As we were on our way home from our honeymoon, I clipped a few branches from the woods to use in an arrangement.
Every time I walk by the arrangement on the dinning room table I smile.
It’s a nice reminder.
Common sense note: The lemons did not come from the mountains of NC. Just thought you should know that. (insert sarcastic tone)