Savory Fall Hash

Every Sunday afternoon, before I make my weekly trek to the grocery store, I ask Robert what he wants to eat that week. And every Sunday afternoon, Robert tells me the same three things: stuffed mushrooms, Salad with fish on top, That stuff in a bowl. 9 times out of 10, I take exactly 0 of those three suggestions. Why? Well for starters, Robert doesn’t really like my stuffed mushrooms. He forgets this, and then when reminded he admits that “yeah, he isn’t really sure why he always suggests them, they are just the first thing that pop into his head.” I burnt both of us out on salads with grilled fish on top last summer, so that is usually out too.

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His saving grace, when it comes to meal suggestions, is definitely “that stuff in a bowl”. It is MUCH tastier than my stuffed mushrooms and Robert truly does love it, so it makes a somewhat regular appearance on our dinner table during the cooler months. It has a few too many ingredients to come up with a comprehensive name, so we’ll go with savory fall hash…unless of course you want to just call it “that stuff in a bowl”. Whatever works.

Kale and Onions

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The recipe itself is quite easy, but there is a lot of prep work involved. Chopping, chopping, chopping.  You could buy pre-cooked and crumbled sausage, already diced onions and pre-chopped butternut squash and make your life much easier. Or maybe you’re one of those people that finds chopping vegetables cathartic and prefer to do it all yourself. I’m not really into veggie chopping for relaxation but I’ll remain a DIY girl until my local Publix figures out the pre-diced squash bit. Whatever you fancy, the end result really is worth it.

Apples and Rice

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Slow Saturday Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Happy Monday! I had hoped to get this up yesterday but I got busy trying a yummy new appetizer recipe to take over to a friend’s house (I’ll share soon!). Then I got busy eating said recipe, stuffing my face with my friends delicious turkey chili, and doing plenty of wine drinking and laughing with the girls while the boys watched football. Somewhere in the midst of all that Robert and I found the time to take Renly to the park where he lifted his leg to potty for the first time ever! Robert literally whooped with joy which in turn got Renly very excited which in turn convinced Robert that Renly knew what he had just done. I’m pretty sure he was just feeding off of Robert’s excitement but it was pretty cute to watch the two of them jumping up and down and having their own personal potty party right there on the path. Talk about a Sunday Funday.

Renly and Robert
Proud Papa!

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! How cute is Renly in his Halloween tie? It had candy corn all over it…precious. We had a blast at my sister in law’s and my cornbread was a hit! Neither Robert or I ate any Halloween candy Friday night (I know, who are we?) but sure enough my sweet tooth kicked in about the time we got home so we treated ourselves to ice cream and a scary movie on our couch. Pretty wild Friday night, huh? Don’t threaten us with a good time!

                    Renly Halloween Tie  Renly Tie

We woke up Saturday morning to a temperature that had dropped about 40 degrees over night! What! I knew that it was coming, but I think I still shed a tear or two when pulling out my gloves and hat to walk Renly, especially when I remembered that just the day before I walked him in a workout tank! Goodbye Summer, I’ll miss you until we meet again!

Chilly temperatures and midnight ice cream binges definitely called for a recovery breakfast on Saturday. I wanted something warm and hearty while still healthy. Breakfast also needed to have some staying power because Robert’s sister had quite the terrifying fun adventure planned for Saturday afternoon: Ziplining!

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It was VERY cold, and extremely windy…not the most ideal conditions for being on a swaying platform 75 feet in the air. gulp. Despite the cold and the wind, we all survived had a great time, and the views were pretty incredible. The tallest platform is actually the highest point on all of Hilton Head Island! If you are ever in the area and into extreme entertainment, I would highly recommend it. If you aren’t into extreme entertainment but are into delicious breakfast, I would highly recommend my Apple Cinnamon Pecan Baked Oatmeal. See what I did there?

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A Hearty Halloween Treat: Sweet Heat Beef and Bean Chili

Happy Halloween! Thanksgiving and Christmas will always be my favorite holidays, but Halloween holds a special place in my heart. Growing up, Halloween was always a time spent with friends; fall festivals, costume parties, scary movies, trick or treating, and of course my dad carting my friends and I to haunted houses so we could scream our heads off and have an excuse to hold hands with the boys we liked. Not so sure my dad had knowledge of the hand holding, or maybe he just preferred not to acknowledge it Smile

Renly the Lion                                                    Renly the cowardly lion

 *side note* I do remember one particular year that my dad had to go into the haunted house to rescue one of my girlfriends who had decided that it was WAY too scary and had sat down on the floor crying hysterically and refused to budge. I’m not sure who was more traumatized, my friend, my dad who had to carry a 13-year-old cowgirl out or the poor “monsters” at the haunted house who tried (unsuccessfully) to help. That year wasn’t so fun but at least we can laugh about it now! Or at least I can, she and my dad may not find it so humorous.

 Ghost                                               My favorite porch decoration

This year, Robert and I are going to spend Halloween with our family at his sister’s house. My sister-in-law is a great hostess and can always be counted on for a fun holiday party. This year she is making chili for a big family style dinner before we take the kids trick or treating. She has asked me to bring cornbread which I quickly agreed to before realizing that I’ve never actually made cornbread before. Whoops. There are going to be about 50 people at her house so the pressure is on. I’ve found a recipe that I want to tweak slightly and attempt….keep your fingers crossed for me! Taste testing a brand new recipe on 50 mostly strangers isn’t intimidating AT ALL!

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Twice Baked Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola

     Does that title make you feel instantly warm and cozy or what? I am perpetually cold and just typing it warmed my bones a little. I know the internet is inundated with pumpkin spice everything this time of year but ‘tis the season! This granola is not only seasonal, but also easy and delicious which seem appropriate for my first recipe post.

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I feel like granola sometimes gets a bad rap for being highly caloric, and many store bought brands that are full of sugar and artificial crap certainly are. Luckily, it is ridiculously easy to make your own, much healthier version, and as long as you keep the appropriate ratio of dry to wet ingredients (about 3.5 cups of dry ingredients to ½ cup liquid) then it is endlessly customizable based on your taste! I don’t usually calculate calories for my recipes, but out of curiosity, I did with this one and ¼ cup (which is the typical serving size of granola) clocks in at under 100 calories and about 3 grams of sugar, all of which is natural, not bad!

 

You start with a base of old fashioned oats. Make sure they are old fashioned and not quick cook which will throw your texture off. The oats are then combined with pumpkin seeds (or pepitas) and chopped pecans.

 

OFO 1     Granola Dry Ing     granola seeds

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