Thursday, August 9, 2018

P is for: Pistachio & Peach Ice Cream

When Justin and I made the big move to NYC last fall, we had to do quite a bit of downsizing. Like, A LOTTTTTTT. There was a Craig's List sale, a yard sale, and multiple trips to Goodwill.

One of the things I decided to part with was my Cuisinart ice cream maker (a Costco impulse buy back in 2012.) It's served me well over the years, including concoctions like Strawberry Balsamic Rosemary ice cream, Fernet Branca Ice Cream (with a ginger syrup back of course) and a Maple Bourbon Candied BACON & Pecan Ice Cream, just to name a few.

My reasoning was that it takes up quite a bit of room in the cupboard as a stand alone appliance. BUT... if you simply get the attachment for your Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, it doesn't take up any extra cupboard space as long as you store the bowl in the freezer. So my sister got me one for Christmas. Annnnnd that bowl has sat unused in the freezer ever since. Until now...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

O is for: Oregon Coast & where to stop on Highway 101

When Justin and I began mapping out our route for our Great Northwest Roadtrip, he had two simple requests (well, technically a third that wasn’t as simple.) Two of them I will reveal in later posts, and the other was simply “to visit Goonie Beach.” For those of you who are familiar with the Oregon Coast, this means Cannon Beach in Astoria, Oregon.

Since we had planned to stay a night in Portland with my high school friend Dustin and his family, Astoria wasn’t exactly on the way to our next destination (the Redwoods), but it wasn’t too far out of the way either. And being that he only had a few specific bucket list items for the road trip, I felt it was worth the extra effort.

That also sparked the idea to take Highway 101 all the way down the Oregon coast. And while that would generally be a gorgeous idea, we spent most of the day driving in the rain. We still saw some beautiful sights and made a few stops along the way, so I figured I would still share them with you! Hopefully if you ever attempt it, you will have better weather and more time to explore (we did this all in one day, but I would suggest splitting it into at least two days.) Moving North to South, here’s where we stopped:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

N is for: New Orleans {bachelorette party planning checklist}

Last month, I attended the bachelorette party of my good friend Kristen in New Orleans. It was my first visit there since my senior year in college (pre-Katrina if that gives you an idea of how old I am.)

Back then, I was there working the Sugar Bowl, and I couldn't even tell you one thing I ate. Not. One. Thing. This time around, the focus was just as much on the food as it was the partying, partly because the bride specifically asked me to help with the food and restaurant planning.

I debated whether or not to blog the trip for a couple of reasons... 1) I mostly just took iPhone photos, 2) I didn't get to explore as much of the city as I normally would if I was there on my own and 3) many of our food options were limited because we had such a large group of girls (17 to be exact.)

But in the end, I decided it might be helpful for future bachelorette party planners out there reading my blog, so here's a quick "checklist" if you are planning an upcoming visit to NOLA (and specifically if it involves a large group!)

Monday, April 16, 2018

M is for: Migas Tacos

So I have a confession to make.

I accidentally skipped the letter "M" recently on the blog (insert face palm emoji girl.)

I realize that even my most faithful readers probably did not notice. But I knew in my heart that it had been skipped, so here I am making good on my blog theme that I selected 7 years ago, not realizing the limitations it would sometimes present in sticking to my alphabet themed blog.

Anyways, I'm heading to Austin soon for my friend Megan's bachelorette party, so tacos have been on the brain lately. Austin is known especially for their affinity for breakfast tacos, and even more specifically, "migas" breakfast tacos. Migas literally means "crumbs" in Spanish, referring to the crumbled bits of tortilla chips mixed in with the eggs and other vegetables. And since I will be consuming copious amounts of these breakfast tacos, it is TOTALLY necessary to eat extra amounts of them before I even touch down in Texas, right? (Right?)

Monday, April 9, 2018

L is for: Lasagna Rolls {from Don Angie}

Ever since I visited Don Angie last November, I've been sort of obsessed. It's a new Italian restaurant in the West Village of NYC, and everything on their menu is addictively delicious. I've been three times so far, and while my order has changed *slightly* depending on who I've dined with... one thing has remained constant: the famous "Lasagna for Two."

It's definitely their signature dish, and certainly their most-instagrammed one. (Did I really just type that?)

But it's true. It's not your typical lasagna. Instead of large heavy squares, it consists of light, rolled sheets of pasta where every piece has the perfect balance of cheesy goodness, pasta, and crispy edges. It's as beautiful as it is delicious.

It's also 64 dollars.

Monday, March 26, 2018

L is for: Lake Louise & Lake Agnes Tea House Hike

"Because the greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at your destination. It's all the wild stuff that happens along the way." -Emma Chase

Last fall, Justin and I took a road trip to forever top all road trips. And one of the things on my "To Do" list this spring is to catalogue some of my favorite stops here on the blog. If you weren't following along on Instagram with our hashtags, #exploringwithjandj or #roadtrippinwithjandj, let me give you a quick little refresher...

After my layoff from ESPN, we decided that a trip of some sort was in order. Eventually, the idea morphed into a road trip. I mean, when else in life do you have the opportunity to just take off on the road for 2+ weeks?

I knew Montana had to be on the list, as I was eager to show Justin my home state and introduce him to the rest of my family. My mom was gracious enough to lend us her Jeep to help us save on rental car costs, so we had a beginning and an end. Aside from that, we had some stops planned out along the way, but we tried to be flexible and spontaneous whenever possible.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

K is for: Kalua Pork {in a pressure cooker}

If you follow me on Instagram, and more specifically, Instagram Story, you probably know about my appreciation obsession with my multi-cooker. (More commonly referred to as an Instant Pot, except mine is a Breville, so I feel weird calling it an "Instant Pot.")

Many of my friends have been asking me for recipes, or if I have any posted on my blog. And every time it happens, I'm reminded of this Kalua Pork I made TWO MONTHS AGO and never posted.

Justin was working that particular day, so I busted out the tripod to take photos on my own. And while I'm actually kind of impressed with what I was able to accomplish in low winter light and the camera's timer function... I'm also not super thrilled about the photos so I kept putting off this post.

However, the photos don't do the actual food justice. This recipe is super simple (only 3 ingredients) and super versatile, and it can be on your dinner table in about 90 minutes.
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