July 16th: Host a BBQ

What a fun thing to do! Hosting a BBQ is quite the endeavor but such a fun time.

Owning my own house has been such an adventure and has enabled me to do so many things. 

I decided to have a house party this weekend. My friend, Jared, bought me a grill as a housewarming gift, so no better time than to host a BBQ.

So many great friends turned out and we had a fabulous time. I think there will be many more of these to come at this house.

We had cornhole, a keg, some tired pups and a great group of friends!


Next time I will step it up and make some great BBQ!

June 14th: Make Homemade Jam

This really is not as hard as you may think, although quite time consuming. I had some grapes in my refrigerator for quite a while and just could not seem to get rid of them, so I figured no better time than now to make some jam.

Started with fresh grapes:


Put into a pot with a little water and boiled:

Covered and simmered for 7 minutes and then too the cover off and began to boil:


When boiling the water from the grapes really emerges, so you have to boil for quite a while before much of the water had evaporated.

Then I added sugar, 3/4 of a cup for every cup of grapes:


I read to do a taste for doneness you place a plate in the refrigerator. Take a spoon full of the jam and place it on the plate. Put it back to cool for a couple minutes. Push on the jam, if there are creases it is done

So then just take it off the stove and pour into mason jars. The recipe I found said to let cool for a couple of hours, then lid and place in refrigerator.


So now, I am just waiting for it to cool. I cannot wait to try it!

I found instructions at this site: Snap Guide.

May 27th: Make Homemade Pizza

Mmmmm. Pizza. Ok, ok… I work in a pizza place so it is not usually my first go to when making dinner. But I was at the grocery store and came across this dough:


And figured today was a good day to knock this thing off my list. I thought about what toppings I wanted but decided to start simple and just go with cheese:


So first I assembled the dough in a pan with a little thickness on the edges to get some crust:


Added some sauce:


Parmesan cheese and mozzarella:



And then bakes at 425* F for 20 minutes:


Quite a delicious dinner and it only cost me 6$!


May 5th: Make Cookies from Scratch

I remember when I was little I used to make cookies from scratch all the time! I used to love it and often my moms friends would ask me to make them some too! I was the neighborhood baker. 

It has been a while since I made cookies and I have to say it was quite reminiscful. Although I forgot that I used to make them in Florida and today (obviously) I made them in Denver… I forgot to change the recipe for altitude so they came out pretty flat, but they still taste delicious so that’s all that matters. 

My ingredients:


My mixtures:



In the oven:


And out of the oven:


I ate one… so now I have lots to take to work with me!

April 23rd: Learn to Cook a New Dish

So I searched Pinterest and it did not take very long to find a recipe that sounded intriguing. 

Everyone should try this recipe for Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings website.

It was pretty sweet for me, so I added a good amount of extra sambal, Asian chili, and I absolutely loved it. 

Here’s my photo steps but check out the recipe link above for the full ingredients, step by step instructions, and all the details. I’m no professional chef but I think mine turned out pretty well. Also, I bought Archer Farms Basmati Rice for the first time. It comes in a bag you can throw in the microwave for just two minutes and it was delicious!




February 8th: Make Homemade Pasta Sauce

I like to cook but work a lot so do not do it too much. I have resolved to spend less time at work and more time at home doing things like this, so today is a great step in the right direction.

Today, I make homemade pasta sauce! I am combing a few different recipes. One is pretty basically and then the other adds some veggies!

So the initial recipe calls for olive oil, garlic, tomatoes (fresh or canned but I opted for fresh!), oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, and fresh basil. Here’s how things got started…



I decided to add fresh chopped zucchini, squash, and mushrooms! Yum!



And then simmer.


It is not saucy, saucy but it smells delicious!

So while it was simmering I just cooked some whole grain spaghetti noodles and some pre-made frozen garlic sticks.

And now I am ready to eat!

On a side note, Mia and I did a 25 minute walk this am. It is gorgeous here in Colorado!