I don’t know about you but I always look forward to fall around this time of year. We’re in August now and I’m just kind of over summer at this point. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the summertime but I just feel like I’ve enjoyed it as much as I’m going to and I’m ready for the cooler weather, foliage colors, big sweaters and of course.. pumpkin everything. Yes I’m one of those girls.
Well hello there… I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me! I think the last thing I posted about was how we were leaving for Iceland and that I was so excited to share our experience and awesome pictures.. and then I just left you hanging! How rude of me. I don’t know why but I just felt like I needed to take a break. I found myself struggling to find inspiration and come up with recipes. Instead of being super pumped to write up a post I kind of started to dread it a bit. I hate saying that because I shouldn’t dread doing something I’m truly passionate about something in me was just getting kind of burned out.
I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals in our diet. It’s actually pretty challenging to come up with ideas since there are so many options with meat. I really like black bean burgers, but it has to be one that’s made really well. None of those frozen things. There’s a local restaurant here called Sesame and they’re actually known for their beef and elk burgers but they also happen to make a killer black bean burger. They have an option where you can get it over greens as a salad and they have super yummy toppings. The last time I was there I had it topped with goat cheese and sauteed mushrooms. Yea, its pretty awesome. That meal is actually what gave me the idea to make them myself but I wanted to try a southwestern version. The creamy guacamole pairs perfectly with the slightly spicy flavor of the burgers.
This is by far my favorite salad that I make at home. I’m not even kidding when I say that I’ve eaten it multiple times a week for the past few weeks. I probably could eat it every day. Also, I recently found out that it pairs perfectly with a glass of chilled chardonnay.
I tried really hard to make this dish look pretty but it just wasn’t happening. I honestly considered not even posting the recipe since the photos make it look like a big bowl of mush. But we all know that looks can be deceiving and that’s definitely the case with this one.
Well, this post is long overdue. Life just got a little crazy these past few weeks and I didn’t get around to posting as many recipes as I normally do. I apologize for that! But I am human and this kind of thing just happens sometimes. But I’m here now and ready to get back at it.
Please tell me I’m not the only one that completely stuffed their face last night.. And when I say stuff my face I mean I could not even control myself. I was like an unsupervised kid in a candy store. I think it’s because I’ve been so good lately and have been really trying to be stricter on myself in what I eat. I told myself that last night would be my cheat meal and that I deserved it. And I took FULL advantage of it. But thats okay. It was back to the grind this morning and I was fully okay with it.
If you’re like me you are more concerned about what appetizers you’ll make for the Superbowl then the actual event itself.. I’ll admit it. Now if the Panthers were playing it would be a different story. But they’re not so let’s talk about these meatballs. It’s like everything you love about a hot wing. The spicy buffalo sauce, tangy blue cheese and carrots all in one little bit sized treat! They actually taste like they should be bad for you. That’s how good they are. But the best part is there’s less than 40 calories in each meatball and they’re pretty filling. The most I could eat in one sitting is 4 and I was pretty full after that.
I’m currently writing this post on the drive down to Savannah (SO excited for our weekend getaway) but doing this in the car is not easy. And not because I get motion sick or anything.. but because I can’t stand not paying full attention to the road even though I’m not the one driving. As annoying as it is for my husband (he should be used to it by now), I am totally a backseat or passenger, in this case, driver. You could be the best driver in the entire world and I would still want to stare directly at the road in the front of us and warn you of any brake lights ahead or anyone getting over in your lane. It’s just how I am and I can’t help it. So as I’m typing away I am also glancing up every once in a while to warn him of any possibility of danger or to tell him to slow down. And now that I’ve confessed that, you probably never want me to ride in your car, ever. I can understand that.