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Me: Is there a song that you hear and instantly think of me?

Jordan: Hmm. “Baby Got Back”?

-Driving home from Grandma’s house

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Yogurt Pancakes

Yes I know this is my third recipe in a row but I have done a ton of cooking in the last few weeks. I made these pancakes on Father’s Day for my sweet father in law who was in town for the weekend. He LOVED them and kept saying over and over how good they are. The tartness from the yogurt and orange juice balance the sweetness of the vanilla and the hint of cinnamon.

Yogurt Pancakes
Source: Adapted from Weight Watchers “Make it in Minutes” cookbook

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TB canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TB orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (optional but oh so good)

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, milk, egg, oil, vanilla and juice. Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture and stir until combined. If using, stir in blueberries. Do not over mix!

Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, pour the batter into the pan. Cook just until the tops are covered with bubbles and the edges are cooked, 2-3 minutes. Turn the pancakes and cook until browned, about 2 minutes more. Serve warm.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

I was very excited to see rhubarb in my co-op share since I have actually never cooked it myself! I was not sure what to make with it and I decided to just hop in the kitchen and play around. Here is what I came up with. Its a cross between a cupcake and a muffin I suppose. I guess you could get really decadent and frost them. I would personally choose a sour cream or cream cheese frosting. And yes, it is quite common for me to start baking at 9:15 p.m.  🙂

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

  • 1 box Golden Vanilla cake mix
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup diced rhubarb
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 2 TB brown sugar
  • 2 TB sugar, separated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix berries and rhubarb in a small bowl with one tablespoon sugar and set aside. Add cake mix, flour, juice, water,  sour cream and eggs to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Stir in berries and rhubarb. . Scoop batter into lined muffins tins. Combine remaining sugars and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over batter. Bake for 17-20 minutes (Mine baked for 19 and came out perfect).

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Summer Garden Pasta

This is what I made for dinner using some of the gorgeous produce I got at the co-op. This sauce is light and fresh and great for summer! It was delicious over pasta but I think it would also taste great over cooked shrimp or chicken. 

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 to 4 small zucchini, grated or diced*
  • 3 to 4 small squash, grated or diced*
  • 1 tablespoon dried pasta seasoning (sometimes called italian seasoning)
  • 1 can plain tomato sauce, 28 ounces
  • 1 box whole wheat rotini
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking,  heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent (about 5 to 7 minutes). Stir frequently to avoid burning the garlic. Add tomatoes and peppers to pan and stir to combine. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally. Add  zucchini and squash and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Take half of the mixture and put in a blender and blend until smooth**. Return to pan. Add tomato sauce and herbs. Cover and cook over low heat about 5 minutes until heated through. Serve over pasta. 

Notes:

*Jordan does not really care for zucchini or squash so this is why I grated them so they would be less obvious and “mushy”. You could also just dice them. 

**I decided to blend half the veggies so it would be a smoother sauce. If you prefer a chunkier sauce, feel free to skip this step. 

***I think this sauce would make an excellent soup! I am planning on taking some of the sauce and blending it until smooth and adding some veggie broth to thin it out. Yum!

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Co-op Update!

Today I went back to Central City Co-op to pick up the share I ordered from last week. I could not focus at work all day since I was SO excited to see what was waiting for me. I was not disappointed. The best part is everything shown was grown locally AND is organic!

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Check out that spread! Included were corn, carrots, white onions, red onions, red potatoes, baby squash, baby zucchini, baby cucumbers, tomatoes and rhubarb. I ordered a small veggie share and an all fruit share for next week. Can’t wait to see what comes in!

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Monday blues…

“I wish I were the sort of person who liked everybody and everything. I feel so negative sometimes. I have friends who can listen to any song, watch any movie, or read any book, and they think everything is just great. I truly envy people who can do that.” -Donald Miller,  Blue Like Jazz

Most of the time, I am guarded. I am slow to open up to people. I judge books by their covers. I’ve learned to set my expectations low for some people so that I will not end up disappointed. Very few people “get” me. I don’t like being vulnerable.  I’ve learned to hope for the best but expect the worst from people. Some may call me cynical, I think I’m cautious. I’m not perfect. I don’t think anyone is. If you piss me off or hurt me one time it is so hard for me to see you the same way ever again. I think everyone has a hidden agenda. I want to believe that there is still some good left in the world. I’m selfish. I expect people close to me to live up to very high standards. And as hard as I work to protect myself, I still get hurt. Damn emotions get the best of me every time.

I wish I had grace and serenity. I wish I had rose colored glasses. I wish I could remember to listen to my mother and find the pearl in the oyster. I wish I knew how to wipe the slate clean. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.

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Summer

“Every evening sky, an invitation 
To trace the patterned stars 
And early in July, a celebration 
For freedom that is ours 
And I notice You 
In children’s games 
In those who watch them from the shade 
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder 
You are summer”

-Nichole Nordeman

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