Monthly Archives: February 2013

Surprise day with J!

We had an…ice day? For the first time since I started my job, we had a snow/ice day-hooray! This meant an extra cup of coffee, a few hours on Pinterest and watching my favorite show ever- Boy Meets World.

Also? Lunch with J! Rather than making pb&j sandwiches, we decided to try out a new lunch recipe. We ate it warm, but you can also eat it cold.

Photo on 2-22-13 at 12.01 PM

Tuna & Arugula Pasta Salad

You’ll Need:

*box of pasta

*2 cans of tuna in water, drained

*2 red onions, thinly sliced

*olive oil

*salt and pepper

*lemon juice

*2 cloves of garlic



1. Cook pasta, drain.

2. Caramelize onions with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

3. Toss tuna, onion mixture, pasta, arugula together with lemon juice and pesto.

4. Eat.


Sooo good!

Looking forward to the rest of my surprise long weekend!



“Quesadilla,” Quesadilla

Happy Presidents Day!

Working in education, I had the privilege of having the day off! This meant spending the morning with J-yay! We had breakfast together (rare opportunity), went grocery shopping and worked on wedding stuff.

We can’t believe it, but our wedding is a little over 2 months away-eek!

One of the things still on our wedding to-do list was creating a “must play” and “do not play” list for our DJ, and friend, JM.

We had a good time putting together our list today, creating a good mix of our favorite music. This was actually a harder task than we expected, having to consider if it is “dance-able,” if people will want to dance to it, as well as put together our first dance song, father/daughter dance song, mother/son dance song, and what music will play when we enter the reception.

Bands we featured often? Queen, Electric Light Orchestra, Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, The Black Keys, M83, and Walk the Moon.

Small note: Walk the Moon played a mean show at our college before they made it big. One of the best concerts I have ever been to. One great song off of their album is titled “Quesadilla.”

Guess what is for dinner?


Cheesy-Corn-Black Bean Quesadillas:

You’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • 1/2 bag of frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 10 tortillas
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • s&p
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • some sour cream for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 (will keep quesadillas warm while others are cooking).
  2. In a pan with olive oil, toast corn until it starts to brown.
  3. While toasting, mash the rinsed beans in a bowl.
  4. Add corn to bowl and return pan to burner.
  5. Add onions and jalapeños to heat, cooking for a few minutes.
  6. Add garlic, and cook 2 more minutes.
  7. Add onion mixture to corn mixture to combine.
  8. Add shredded cheese.
  9. Take a tortilla, spread 1/2 cup of mixture in bottom half, and foldover.
  10. Place in pan and flip when brown.
  11. After the other side is cooked, place it on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven.
  12. When quesadillas are done, cut in wedges and serve with sour cream.


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Dinner for two…kinda.

So, J got a new job, which is awesome. However, the hours are opposite of mine. Therefore, he gets all of the food I make 12 hours or more later than I cook them…Tonight’s menu? Sweet and spicy pork tenderloin with mango salsa and cilantro lime rice. Photo on 2-5-13 at 6.46 PM

Seriously. How good does that look?

For meat:

*pork tenderloin

*garlic salt


*red chili sauce

*sriracha  (very little amount)


1. Roast tenderloin at 375 with garlic salt and ginger (40-45 minutes).

2. Mix together the last three ingredients (you make it as spicy as you want), and pour over pork. Roast 10ish more minutes.

For salsa:

*mango, diced


*lime juice

*clove of garlic

*jalapeno, seeded and minced (only a small amount)

3. Mix together in a bowl and refrigerate until dinner.

For rice:

*minute brown rice

*some olive oil


*lime juice


4. Cook rice according to package.

5. Mix oil, cilantro, lime juice and salt.

….Umm, eat.


So good! Let’s hope J likes it when he comes home!