10/16/17

We Went West

I am still positively reeling from 12 days spent with my 2 favorite people in uncharted territory…

And by “uncharted”, I mean, at least places we have never been either individually, or as a family.

We began in San Francisco and followed US 101, the Coastal Pacific Highway, all the way up the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline to our final destination of Seattle, WA. It was honestly and truly one of those “trips of a lifetime” with so many bucket list scratch-offs that I lost count.

Chief Seattle, for whom the emerald city was named, once said “Take only memories, and leave only footprints.” and I’d say, we accomplished just that.

My suitcase wasn’t piled heavy with gifts and mementos and souvenirs like it can usually be when I travel, and don’t get me wrong, I did buy a few things, but what I am returning with are more memories and moments than anything else.

Some of those memories are hard to adequately describe or even capture on film, but I did my very best, and I’d love to share a few of them with you, if you’ll indulge me.

One of the highlights for me was certainly the Oregon Coastline. And we spent about 5 days of our trip on this coastline, so I soaked it up day after day.

I could look out the window at it all day.

The craggy cliffs, wide flat beaches, natural beach grasses, perfect blue skies. Just breath-taking! And so different from our East Coast beaches.

Looking back over the pictures, I can almost hear the waves crashing.


It was spectacular!

As the sun comes out… 

And as it goes down…

And, we even did a little whale-watching… and we spotted a few!

And it was completely thrilling the first time you saw one spout out of the water.

It was like Sea World, but 1,000 times better!

Such a spectacular world we live in and such a creative Creator we serve!

Can’t wait to show you even more in the days ahead…

xoxo

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10/02/17

Sheet Pan Suppers

Why did someone not think of this ingenious idea even sooner?

I grew up on casseroles and one-pot meals, but a dinner all on 1 sheet pan… it’s the updated version of the 1 pan meal.

Easy to make. Easy to clean. And very easy to enjoy with the ones you love.

Or just for you!

That’s the beauty of the sheet pan. You can pile as much or as little as needed, throw in the oven to roast away, and the Voila! Dinner is served.

Here are a few of my favorites…

A Sheet Pan full of a few of my favorite things: crispy, tender chicken, green beans, and sweet potatoes. This Sheet Pan Chicken with Green Beans and Roasted Sweet Potatoes is sure to become a fast favorite.

The Noshery | The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Sheet Pan Chicken with Green Beans…

Delicious, and one I have made more than just a few times. And, I have made substitutions and it turned out just as delicious- swapping a whole bird for chicken breasts with bone removed and skin still on, and small red potatoes in place of the sweet potatoes. Just cut the small reds in half and throw on the sheet tray!

I love her use of Italian seasoning and fresh lemon juice. Such a simple and delicious combination and under-used, in my opinion.

Work this one into your weekly rotation. You’ll thank me later.

Sheet Pan Spicy Sausage with Potatoes & Veggies is sure to please the men in your life!

Sheet Pan Andouille Sausage with Potatoes and Veggies - Deliciously seasoned andouille sausage, potatoes, and veggies, all prepared in one pan and ready in just 30 minutes!

I literally have never met a man that didn’t love sausage.

Sheet Pan Andouille Sausage with Potatoes and Veggies - Deliciously seasoned andouille sausage, potatoes, and veggies, all prepared in one pan and ready in just 30 minutes!

And the flavor combination in this simple meal is dynamite! Packs a punch and is a complete meal all on its own.

That’s what I love about Sheet Pan Suppers. It’s main course, side items and all! Just set the table, pour a glass of water or team, and pull up a chair and eat family-style right off the sheet pan. Nothing fancy here!

How about some hot and spicy fajitas straight off the sheet pan? Just warm some flour, corn, or grain-free tortillas in a foil packet alongside the pan, for the last few minutes of cooking, and you are ready for your fiesta!

This One-Sheet Shrimp Fajitas is a great variation on the classic and it’s ready so quick!

One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas - tender juicy shrimp with roasted bell pepper and onion served in a soft warm tortilla. Perfect easy dinner idea!

Ready for the table in literally 30 minutes, prep and all.

Got to love that!

Love the idea of cooking salmon fillets this method as well.

Not only is this fast and easy to make, but the flavours in this salmon are incredible. With a base of lime juice, a hint of cumin and garlic, and the subtleness of red chili flakes, this is one amazing recipe!!

This Sheet Pan Chili Lime Salmon would be perfectly delightful!

But, I have also roasted salmon fillets alongside halved or quartered brussell sprouts tossed in nothing fancier than olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then finish the entire dish off with a healthy splash of balsamic vinegar. I love that flavor combination, and it’s so colorful and healthful.

Or maybe you are in the mood for a little Italiano? This Pesto Chicken would definitely hit the spot!

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Dinner

And, I don’t know about the kumquats listed in this recipe and I find them to be difficult to find, but I think that potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, red onion, grape tomatoes, or even radishes would make a delicious combination!

I love that this recipe’s pesto incorporates fresh spinach for an extra vegetable to the dish. I would top mind with Goat Mozzarella (because I am cow-dairy free) for an extra cheesy finish. But, Parmesan is a classic for a reason!

I hope some of these ideas at least spurs you into thought when you are met with the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma. Get creative, check your produce drawer and your freezer for veggies and proteins, raid your spice cabinet, and build your own sheet pan suppers.

Enjoy!

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