January 9th: Start a Recipe Box

Anyone that personally knows me, knows that throughout covid I have been cooking and baking like a crazy person. Over the holidays when business was slow at the bar I even made a little business out of it, cooking cakes, cookies and pies for people. I even have one regular customer now who orders casserole dinners from me once a week. I take pride that I actually feed this person meals on a regular basis.

With all of that said, I have been making new dishes and baked goods on a regular basis. I often have to search my phone over and over again foe recipes. I have some regulars at the bar, who very sweetly bought me a recipe box with cards to keep track of everything.

So now, I need to fill it with all the recipes I have been accumulating so I don’t have to search for them online every time. I am very excited about this. Let me know if anyone out there has recipes to share!

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!