Roasted Garlic

We usually have Sunday dinner at my mom’s house with the whole family. Last week she made a turkey sausage lasagna that was to die for! My mom is the most amazing cook. I learned everything I know from her. We always talk about recipes and different ingredients we experiment with. One of us will try an ingredient, tell the other about it, and low and behold, it will end up in the other’s cabinet!

I always bring something to Sunday dinner, whether it’s a dessert, appetizer, side, or salad. I never show up empty handed! So when I asked my mom what she needed me to bring, she said an appetizer. Stew and I were trying to think of something we haven’t had lately that would go well with Italian. We’ve done the whole antipasto platter, caprese salad, and bruschetta thing. So he thought of roasted garlic!  My family is full of garlic fanatics. We went to my mom’s early and roasted the garlic at her house while we hung out. Me, Stew, Mom and Michael (my stepdad) ended up eating 4 of the 5 heads of garlic before anyone else even showed up!!! It’s a good thing we all had bad breath together. It was roasted to perfection. The perfect starter for our yummy lasagna!

All you need is a nice crusty baguette, some garlic heads, olive oil, and salt & pepper.IMG_0185

Cut the tops off the garlic and place them in a garlic roaster. If you don’t have a roaster, you can put them in a pouch of tin foil! Drizzle the garlic with olive oil. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper.IMG_0197

While the garlic is roasting, slice up the bread. Coat each side with nonstick spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can use a grill pan if you don’t have an indoor grill. Just cook them for about 3 minutes on each side until they get nice grill marks and are a bit crisp.IMG_0201The garlic should roast at 350° for about an hour. It will come out looking brown and will be very soft to the touch! You can always sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper if you want. Plate it up and enjoy!IMG_0206

Roasted Garlic –Serves 8-10

5 heads of garlic

1 baguette

olive oil

Nonstick spray

salt

pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the tops off the garlic and place them in a garlic roaster. If you don’t have a roaster, you can put them in a pouch of tin foil! Drizzle the garlic with olive oil. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place the garlic in the oven for about an hour, or until the garlic is brown and starts to pop out of its skin. It should be very tender to the touch.

While the garlic is roasting, slice the bread into 1/4 inch slices. Coat each side with nonstick spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can use a grill pan if you don’t have an indoor grill. Cook them for about 3 minutes on each side until they get nice grill marks and are a bit crisp. Serve the bread alongside the garlic. Use a small butter knife to scoop out the garlic and spread onto the bread. Bon Appétit!

Stew’s Birthday

Today was quite a big day for us! We started our morning as usual, feeding Turner while we sat in bed drinking our coffee. While Turner napped, we got everything ready to spend the day in Summerville since we would be celebrating STEW’S 30TH BIRTHDAY at my mom’s later that night. Once Turner woke up, we got him dressed and headed out the door for church. This was Turner’s first official trip to church! He couldn’t wait to meet Pastor Mike.IMG_0122

Family portrait! IMG_0137After church we went to my mom’s house for lunch. It was delicious. Grilled cheese and salad…Gigi knows how to make a mean grilled cheese.IMG_0125

After lunch we hung out and got things ready for supper! We had lots of great photo ops with my new camera!IMG_0140Then, everyone passed Turner around like a he was a hot potato. He didn’t seem to mind though! Here’s Gigi (my mom) with Turner.
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And then his Nona held him (my grandmother).
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Then it was Uncle Jesse’s turn (my brother).

IMG_0226Finally, it was time for dessert! Turner got comfy in his PJs and had his bottle while we sang to Stew and ate cake!IMG_0239

Needless to say, Turner was pooped by the end of the day! IMG_0256

We had so much fun celebrating Daddy’s birthday today! There is so much more celebrating to do! His birthday week has only just begun, and I have a feeling 30 will be his best year yet!

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

I’m back! I know it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted anything. For those of you who don’t know, I had a baby 3 months ago! He’s been keeping me very occupied along with the blog I have for him!

In other exciting news, I got a new camera for my birthday! It’s the Canon Rebel which I’m so obsessed with! I’ve been doing a lot of research, and this seems to have the most bang for my buck.

Now, back to the food! As you may know, having a newborn is a LOT of work. Those first few weeks are a blur. I don’t even remember what I ate half the time. I would just grab the closest thing with the most protein  (usually a spoonful of almond butter or a handful of nuts) and be on my way.

Stew was home with me in the mornings for the first few weeks, so I was actually able to eat a good breakfast. My go-to-meal was some variation of an egg sandwich. I figured it had protein and would keep me full until the next time I was able to eat! I finally had time to take a decent picture of it, so I can actually share it with you!!

This particular sandwich has turkey bacon, brie, egg, and lettuce on it. My plan ahead trick is to cook all the turkey bacon in the beginning of the week and keep it in a ziplock bag so it’s ready for me! All I really have to do is cook the egg. I also like to switch it up and put spinach, mozzarella or cheddar, and avocado on there. The sky is the limit when it comes to sandwiches!! I hope you enjoy!IMG_0291

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

cooking spray

2 slices whole grain bread

1 egg

1 slice turkey bacon, halved

1 slice brie cheese

lettuce

salt and pepper

Coat the bottom of a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Cook the egg to your liking (mine was over medium). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

To assemble the sandwich, place some lettuce, the two halves of bacon, brie, and egg on the bottom slice of bread. Top with the other slice of bread.

Spray the same skillet with cooking spray and put the sandwich in the pan (much like a grilled cheese). Cook until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Spray the top piece of bread with cooking spray and flip. Cook until the cheese is melted and the bottom piece of bread is golden brown, about another minute. Feel free to switch out ingredients! You can always use a different kind of cheese, spinach, and pork bacon instead. Enjoy!

Emily Bowl

Every year we celebrate my birthday and the Super Bowl together at my grandparents’ house. It’s always a fun time with amazing food! This year was even more special, because I was able to dress up my little pumpkin! Here are some pictures of the festivities!

Daddy with his little man! Turner is 11 weeks old in this picture. Although he looks like a little boy!We started the celebration at my mom’s house so Stew could shoot his new gun in the backyard. It was the perfect day for shooting! IMG_0684IMG_0702
Then, it was off to Nanny and Pops’ for Emily Bowl! My mom got me a tiara…I was so excited!!IMG_0720

 

Nanny and Mom surprised me with the Magic Baby Bullet! I can’t wait to start making baby food. It’s hard to believe we’re almost to that phase of Turner’s life! He’s growing right before my eyes. IMG_0723

Turner started getting sleepy, so we parked him on Nanny’s lap. He was so relaxed and happy. We were making him laugh and laugh!! IMG_0724

Turner ended the night hangin with the guys watching the game! He had the best seat in the house…all snuggled up on Daddy’s lap! Overall, it was a great night. It was the best birthday celebration I could have asked for!IMG_0725