Friday Food | Cheesy Tater Tots

I’m just going to come right out and say this – this was not very good. I’m not sure if I made it wrong or if I just don’t like the dish itself, but it sounded like something I would love! I mean cheese and tater tots – what’s not to love!?

I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t like my new dish this week, but oh well you can’t win them all. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest here. I followed the recipe pretty well except I used turkey sausage instead of pork and almond milk instead of cream. This may have been when things went terribly wrong.

I’m not going to bother giving you my version of the recipe since mine turned out so bad. If you want to give it a go, follow the recipe from the above link. And please let me know if your is actually good! Here are some pictures of the cheesy tot making process.

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Hoping for a better meal for next week’s Friday food!

Friday Food | Fried Rice

In the past few months, I’ve been trying to mix up the foods i make since I make the same 5 meals over and over again. So, I’m going to try a new recipe every week (usually something I’ve found on Pinterest or another blog), try it out, and let you know how it goes! This week I decided to try making fried rice.

Originally I found the recipe here. I will say though, the directions and ingredients are vague so I kinda made it my own.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of COOKED, COLD rice
  • 2 eggs, fried
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup peas (can use frozen)
  • 2-3 large carrots, cut (I used about 10 baby carrots and cut those up)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons soy sauce (or more to taste)
  • salt and pepper

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Directions:

  1. Make ahead: rice (cold rice works best for this recipe) and fried eggs (also best cold)
  2. In a large saute pan, heat butter, onions, carrots, peas, salt, pepper, and garlic until veggies are soft – around 5 minutes.
  3. Add in cold rice and soy sauce.
  4. Heat until veggies and rice begin to brown, stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat and add in fried eggs, mixing well.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

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Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it turns out! Happy Friday!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This was the first time that I have baked something other than boxed brownies in my oven in my apartment (at least desert-wise)! Go me!

I really tried to use as few bowls and utensils as I could, and clean as I went along so the whole process was so much better when it was the end and I just got to eat the cookies and not have to clean. Highly recommend trying this out.

This recipe is originally from Toll House. My family has been making this specific recipe for years and it is the best! You can find the original recipe here.

Toll House Recipe with Camille’s Twist

You will need:

 

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (which is 2 sticks) of butter
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (I miiiight have put a little more than this) of chocolate chips

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Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Mix (Use a beater if you have it – I don’t) butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  4. Add eggs to butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Stir in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes (less time if you like them a bit undercooked like I do!)
  8. Let them cool or you will regret it.
  9. Eat.

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Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it goes! Enjoy!

Sausage and Veggies Recipe

As you know, I was getting a little bored and feeling uninspired by my “What I ate Wednesday” posts and I wanted to do something different each week for my food category. Shout out to my mom for actually giving me a really good, easy idea. For the next few weeks, I’ll be trying out a recipe a week.  That way, I’m forced to eat new things (instead of cooking the same 5 meals over and over) and I have something new and exciting for the blog each week!

This week, I found a recipe on Pinterest from Chelsea’s Messy Apron that was similar to something I’ve made before. I thought it would be a slow start into trying out new recipes. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but I made it with things I already had around the house. I love how colorful it turned out!

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Camille’s version of sausage and veggies:

You will need:

  • 3 Chicken sausage (I love the spinach and feta sausage from Wegmans)
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 bag of frozen carrots (or fresh if you have them)
  • Olive Oil
  • Spices to taste: oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper
  • Anything else you like

I cut up all my veggies and the sausage and mixed them in with the olive oil and spices.

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Then, just pour it onto a baking pan and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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This was delicious, nutritious, and lasted me 1 dinner and 2 lunches! Plus you can mix it up and use whatever veggies are in season. I will definitely be adding this one to my rotation of dinners! Let me know if you make this!

Pantry Organization

The other weekend I got into a cleaning and organizing mood. Not only did I clean the entire apartment (here) but I did something that I’ve been meaning to do since we moved in in June. I organized the pantry. Yes. I did it. And it’s now pretty impressive if I do say so myself.

I tried to put everything that belonged together, like baking supplies, snacks, spices, etc. into their own separate space in the pantry so they could be found easily. I also threw out things that moved with either of us and had been opened already like chips.

So without further ado, here is my masterpiece.

Before

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After

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I’m still hoping to put some of this into nice labeled jars, like the ones in the featured image, but that’s a job for another weekend! Hopefully, this gives you some inspiration for cleaning out an area of your home that really needs to be done. What area should I focus on next? The closet? The garage? Let me know!

Easy Smoothie Recipe

I’ve been searching for easy, healthy things to make for breakfast. I go through smoothie phases where I make them for a while, but then I stop for years. Well, I’m back on my smoothie kick! This is the one that I’ve been making recently – you can adjust it to your preferences!

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You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of Mixed Frozen Berries (or any kind of fruit)
  • 1/3 cup of Greek Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk (you can change this depending on how thick you want your smoothie)

Just stick all of this together, blend it up, and enjoy!

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Let me know if you try this or make your own version!

 

What I Ate Wednesday – February 7, 2018

I’m looking for more inspiration for my weekly food posts. I’m not a very creative cook, so I really don’t have many ideas for new recipes. Please give me ideas of other things to write about on the food section of my blog! Or maybe I should redesign, get rid of this category and do something else. Let me know! Anyway, this is what you get this week.

Breakfast

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For breakfast this morning I made something quick so I could get a few more minutes in bed. I’ve been really into peanut butter lately. I sometimes go months without eating peanut butter, and then I want to eat it every day – it’s just one of those foods I get obsessed with and then sick of. I also had a coffee.

Lunch

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I’m aware this is not a very appetizing-looking photo of my lunch, but it actually did taste pretty good. This was leftover from a Mexican takeout dinner last night. This is a fish taco with rice and beans on the side. Honestly, this restaurant that we ordered from is not my favorite, but everyone else in the friend group loves it.

Snack

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I had quite a large snack this afternoon. And even though I had coffee, I ate too much, made myself sleepy, and had to take a nap. Ugh. I made popcorn with butter and salt.

Dinner

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My boyfriend made dinner for us tonight. I tried to save some of my salmon and peas for lunch tomorrow so I also made myself tomato, mozzarella, and basil as a side!

What did you eat this week?

What I Ate Wednesday – January 31, 2018

Back again with a WIAW!

Breakfast

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I’ve been waking up SO hungry this week! I definitely could not skip breakfast! I had two fried eggs and a piece of toast with butter. Obviously I also had a coffee.

Lunch

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I brought my lunch to work today. I packed leftover spaghetti and turkey meatballs. Last week I posted a link to a water bottle that was not the one I had (oops) so you can find my water bottle here.

Snacks

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Yes I had two snacks today. i had some goldfish and water at work while my students were eating their snack. I also found my new favorite snack at home – camembert cheese on bread and a pickle. You can call me weird but it is delicious.

Dinner

I was so hungry tonight I completely forgot to take a picture of my dinner. I’ll be honest, though, and admit that we ordered pizza!

What did you eat this week?

 

What I Ate Wednesday – January 25, 2018

Sorry this post is going up a day late – I actually took these pictures on a Wednesday and fell asleep before I could get the post up! Anyway, here it goes!

Breakfast

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I just could not get out of bed this morning so I didn’t have time for breakfast. Of course, I needed that coffee though, as I was rushing around getting ready! I know it’s not healthy to not eat breakfast, but time was limited!

Lunch

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I packed my lunch for work today. I had leftover pasta with pesto sauce. You know that’s my favorite! I also had pretzel sticks. I’m pretty good about drinking water during the day if I drink it with a slice of lemon and lime. This water bottle is the best because it keeps my water bottle cold all day! You can find it here.

Dinner

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Hey I actually cooked tonight! I made salmon and asparagus in the toaster oven with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I also had leftover mashed potatoes. This was a delicious dinner!

What did you eat this week?

What I Ate Wednesday- January 17, 2018

Here’s what I ate this week on a day that I didn’t have work (and still didn’t eat perfectly healthy)!

Breakfast

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I actually went to the gym this morning, yay! When I got back I was super hungry and thirsty so I had scrambled eggs with a little Mexican cheese sprinkled on top, as well as a coffee and water with lemon and lime. I’ve been finding that if I put lemon and lime in my water I like it better and I’m more likely to drink a lot!

Lunch

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This looks like a big lunch (and it was) but it was just leftovers from dinner a few nights ago. We had bought a rotisserie barbecue chicken, so there was a little bit left of that, although I would have preferred a flavor other than barbecue. I also had leftover mashed potatoes and green beans. As you can see, I love to put lots of pepper on my food! I drank another glass of water.

Snack

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I was hungry between lunch and dinner so I had a little snack. I made some tea with caffeine in it to keep me alert and I had spreadable cheese that I recently bought from a local vendor (It’s almost like cream cheese mixed with hot sauce, but much more appetizing than that sounds). I like to spread the cheese on Club crackers.

Dinner

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For dinner our friend came over to hangout so we just ordered pizza and garlic sticks from Pizza Hut. I usually just get the cheese pizza from there. Pizza Hut is definitely my favorite fast food pizza place!

And that’s it! I wasn’t very hungry after dinner so I didn’t end up having a snack later that night. What did you eat this week?!