adventures of a cranky gypsy princess.

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recipe 55: cajun baked catfish

from allrecipes.com

So we have been fishing a lot lately! It is apparently a childhood hobby of Jeff’s, and we got some cheap poles and went fishing one day, and we ended up having so much fun that it’s become a regular hobby! It has made duty days much more interesting, and been a perfect supplement to our cooking hobby! I will post more about fishing later! We’ve caught lots of things, some bigger and more appetizing than others!

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recipe 54: dijon braised brussel sprouts

from smittenkitchen.com

So clearly I have been slacking! Between trying to get a PhD AND get married… whoosh! No time for blogging recipes! This is an old one that I have been meaning to post for a long time, which I got here, and was delicious! I’m going to be posting some more recipes now that it’s summer again, and hopefully I will also be posting about some fun fiance adventures! We’ve been up to lots lately: fishing, wedding prep and more! Mostly I’m just happy Jeff is around this summer, even if it means less time for blogging recipes than last summer!

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recipe 53: rootbeer float cupcakes

from smittenkitchen.com

There were so many things I wanted to do a better job of documenting, but was distracted and so I didn’t… like the first recipe Jeff and I made together after he got home (an impromptu pasta dish with sun dried tomatoes in a garlic butter sauce— fantastic!), or the lovely dinner I brought for Jeff and his division (including this pasta salad, which was not such a hit! “Too healthy!” they told me!). Or year 2 of New Year’s Chili— a Harrigan-Vitols family tradition! In any case, this recipe is the first one that I’m posting that Jeff and I did since he got home, but it is not the first thing we’ve made together since he’s been back! It was delicious and fun, though! 

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Besides getting way behind on 100 recipes, there have been many exciting developments in my life! Jeff came home December 8th. I went down to Mayport to meet the ship coming in— SO exciting! I was convinced it was the best day ever, until he proposed on December 16th! Yes, please!

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recipe 52: crispy salted oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies

from smittenkitchen.com

I made these on my last day of discussion for LING200. I got the recipe here, an they were really delicious! I made them with both white and milk chocolate, and both kinds were equally good. It was actually the second to last day we were supposed to have discussion, but I had to get someone to cover for me on the last day, because a certain someone was coming home!! I think the class forgave me…

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recipes 50 & 51: pesto and pasta salad

from foodnetwork.com and saveroomforcookies.com

A friend of mine, Shevaun, who I have posted about before, makes some fantastic pasta salads (and other delicious things) when she is in charge of food for lunch talks at work (which we all take turns doing). Here is the link to her blog post about the dishes she prepares for lunch talks. I made the pasta salad, and I agree it’s much better with homemade pesto (I did it both ways, here is the link to the recipe I used for pesto— sooo easy!!). It is super easy and delicious, and I’ve made it several times since this first time, it’s perfect for lunches and saves very very well. Actually, maybe I’ll make some tonight for lunches this week…

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recipe 49: cinnamon buns

from smittenkitchen.com

Cinnamon buns! My neighbor Davon LOVES cinnamon buns, and is always making the kind that comes in a tube. We were feeling very ambitious and made some from scratch for his niece’s birthday party! Of course we made a double batch so he could keep a whole tray to himself…

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recipe 48: espresso-toffee shortbread

adapted from smittenkitchen.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! These I made for my class… soooo long ago! I realized that there is NO WAY I’m going to catch up on all the things that I have made and not posted about, so I’m going to post abbreviated versions (with links to full recipes of course!) for the things I fell behind on, and then maybe I can start posting some more recent stuff!

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recipe 47: french onion soup

from smittenkitchen.com

Here’s my problem lately: I have been doing a bunch of recipes, but I keep getting way behind on posting them, and then by the time I do a) I don’t remember what they tasted like, and b) I’m distracted by more recent cooking endeavors so I don’t care. Then I put it off longer and longer and it gets worse and worse… vicious cycle. Anyway, that’s how I feel about this soup. I remember it being good, I remember being excited about it at the time, but of course I have no idea anymore what I wanted to say about this. It was pretty good and used super cheap ingredients. Not a Jeffrey recipe, but definitely not bad.

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recipe 46: whole wheat-oatmeal bread

from Taste of Home’s Dinner on a Dime

Another attempt at making something that is not going to give me diabetes by the end of deployment! Why is writing about this exponentially less interesting than pretty cakes and brownies?! Anyway, this was tasty, it made good toast and lunches for a few days at work, and sadly I have little else to say about this bread!

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