Cook those recipes!

So the original plan was to make my way through a cookbook. When I couldn’t find one I truly loved, I decided instead to tackle Pinterest recipes – 300 to be exact.

Pinterest quickly became an obsession. How perfect to have all my bookmarks in one place visually! But too often, items are pinned and then completely forgotten about. I began cooking my way through my Pins in January of 2016. I obviously won’t make it to 300 recipes by April 16th, as I first intended; however, this is a journey I’m going to continue without worrying how long it takes to complete.

2016: 47 Completed
2017: 36 Completed

Well I’m 83 recipes down, only 217 to go!

JANUARY 2016 (9)
This was a month of veggies, as I crossed off my first 30 Before 30 item, “Go vegetarian for 21 days”.
One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles
Cajun Chickpea Sweet Potato Burgers
Chunky Veg Soup
Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo
Red Enchilada Sauce
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
Wondergrain Tacos
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Speedy Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl

FEBRUARY 2016 (5)
The veggie meals continue! Once I got into the habit of eating vegetarian, it felt good to keep it going for a bit longer.
Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Crispy Avocado Tacos
Sweet Potato Black Bean & Kale Quesadillas
Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

MARCH 2016 (7)
This was a month of eating with friends – brunch before St. Paddy’s Day and a game night full of appetizers.
Quinoa Black Bean & Corn Tacos
Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Casserole
Make Ahead Cinnamon Baked French Toast
Thai Green Curry Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl 
Warm Spicy Black Bean Dip
Simple Cilantro & Olive Oil Dipping Sauce 
Wonton Mozzarella Sticks 

APRIL 2016 (4)
Mostly snacks and appetizers!
Spicy Chili with Fire Roasted Tomatoes 
Healthy Seven Layer Dip
Simple Roasted Chickpea Snack
Homemade Pizza Rolls

MAY 2016 (2)
And now my cooking slightly declines, as the morning sickness has begun.
Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas
Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

JUNE 2016 (2)
It’s strawberry season!
Classic Homemade Strawberry Pie
Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler

JULY 2016 (1)
Only made one recipe this month, but it was a good one to share at the family reunion.
Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

SEPTEMBER 2016 (7)
The man and I moved in together and I finally felt like cooking again.
Baked Chicken Breasts 
Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino
Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake
Bacon & Spinach Pasta 
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Light Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies
The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

OCTOBER 2016 (1)
6 months pregnant and I’m often too tired to cook.
Two Ingredient Bean & Queso Dip Pan Fried Burritos

NOVEMBER 2016 (1)
The Best Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

DECEMBER 2016 (8)
Invited a friend over for brunch, tried some healthier recipes & made some desserts to share over the holiday.
Brown Sugar & Banana Oatmeal
Spicy Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas
Oven Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
Dutch Baby
Pioneer Woman’s Pot Roast
Oreo Truffles
Confetti Cake Batter Cookies 
Crock Pot Tex Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps

JANUARY 2017 (10)
Baby’s arriving any day, time to get cracking on those freezer meals!
Lasagna Roll Ups
Beef, Bean, & Cheese Burritos
Breakfast Burritos
Beef & Broccoli
Chicken Parmesan Casserole (Freezer Meal)
Freezer to Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup
Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala
Fajita Dinner Kit
Oven Fajitas (Seasoning Blend)
Fruity Breakfast Burritos

FEBRUARY 2017 (0)
A big ‘ol goose egg for recipes this month. We lived off freezer meals (see January ’17) as exhausted first time parents.

MARCH 2017 (6)
We’re slowly getting this parenting thing down. Plus more sleep, that’s the key!
Homemade Honey Oat Bread
Dreamy Chocolate Mousse
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies 
Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos 
Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes
Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella & Basil Stuffed Chicken

APRIL 2017 (3)
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stir Fry
Honey-Sriracha Chicken Foil Packs
Iced Mocha with Coffee Cubes

MAY 2017 (4)
Bought pork chops on sale & made some desserts for Memorial Day cookout.
Oven “Fried” Breaded Pork Chops
Berry Bliss Oat Squares
Frozen Lemonade Pie
Panko Breaded Pork Chops

JUNE 2017 (3)
Buffalo Wing Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Carrot Stick Fries
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

JULY 2017 (3)
No Bake Mixed Berry Icebox Cake
Brown Sugar Butter Syrup
3 Ingredient Lemon Cake
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

AUGUST 2017 (4)
Carrot Tomato Soup
Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Southern Cornbread
Buttermilk Country Fried Chicken

SEPTEMBER 2017 (1)
No Sugar Added Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

On the To Make List:
Cutie Pies
Homemade Pancake Syrup
One Pan Easy Baked Fish & Chips
Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce
Flourless Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Italian Burgers


New motivations, the same passions.

So this blog began about a year and a half ago with the motivation to complete a 30 before 30 list.

Now it’s twelve days until I turn 30 and I never could have guessed I would be sitting in an apartment I share with the love of my life, in a suburban city, watching our (almost) 3 month old baby nap.

My 28-year-old self had grand ideas of traveling, getting out of my routine and truly experiencing life. At the time, I thought that meant really grabbing a hold of the unknown and seeking out the most thrills possible.

Great, more power to you 28-year-old self. I know it was only a little over a year ago, but oh how wrong you were. Instead of living the life of a single girl, I fell so hard in love with the most wonderful man. My cross country road trip morphed into birthing a beautiful little girl. It’s time to postpone hiking and traveling and embrace being a stay at home mama. For now.

No, life doesn’t stop once you have a child, but those priorities sure do change. I no longer need to be so on the go; instead, this is the time of life I need to slow down, just sit and stare into those tiny blue eyes that fill with more love and awareness each day.

The day to day motivations of the “why not experience” have shifted, but my passions remain the same.

Slow down. Connect. Be moved. Ask why not and make this life so damn amazing.

I’m back and loving life more than ever.