Spring Break

This is the end of my spring break and there was snow. Well not in Baltimore, but in Virginia and I happened to drive through it...and it was one of the most terrifying experiences. Why was I driving through the snow? Because I went to visit my dear friend, Catie, who lives in VA Beach. She happened to be on her spring break at the same time, so I drove down to visit her for a couple of days. It was fabulous! We didn't do much besides watch trashy tv, and lay on the couch and catch up. It took me back to the days of college when Catie and I were roommates.

We ate breakfast at Citrus, which I think I will make her take me to anytime I visit, and had some delicious grapefruit mimosas. On Tuesday night, Catie, made beef stew and Lindsay and Christina (also friends from FSU) came over and it reminded me of our old Sunday night family dinner tradition. We would each take turns cooking dinner for everyone and watch our favorite shows. Maybe I'm speaking just for myself, but I think this is probably where Erica and I first found a love for cooking and baking. It was the perfect way to spend part of my spring break! I realized as we were saying goodbye, we didn't take any pictures the entire trip. Erica, we need you!

Early last week I did a little baking and a little cooking and loved both recipes that I tried!

I made these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies by Averie Cooks and they were amazing! Dan even took a dozen into his classes as part of their raffle prizes.

My photo doesn't do them justice. Just sayin.

The other recipe I tried was from Real Simple for Pesto Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage. It did not disappoint. It was simple and delicious and the perfect weeknight meal. I made it with shells, smoked sausage, doubled the green beans since I left out the peas (gross!). I was also super lazy and bought pesto instead of making any of my own. It was seriously one of the best meals I've made in awhile and as I'm sitting here writing this, I'm kind of craving it again.

Again, my picture doesnt' do it justice. Especially because you can't see the giant dish of olive oil and spices I was using to dip that bread in. YUM! Now imagine leftover curry, leftover mexican beans, and the last bit of leftovers from this dish. Put them all in a pan and mix them up and that's what Dan had one night for dinner...GROSS! He told me he was going to kill my pasta, but I didn't know he actually meant it!

Now...what to eat for dinner tonight?!


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