The One in which my Husband Eats a Whole Habanero at Once

Y’all – my husband is crazy. He loves anything and everything spicy, no matter how much heat it’s packing. So, when he came home one day and asked me to take a video of him eating a habanero, I wasn’t surprised at all. And you guys? He did it in ONE BITE. That’s a whole lot of pepper!

You know you want to see it? Right?? Here it is! Side note: You can hear our 3-year-old laughing at him in the background. Feel free to join in!

Joe gave a lecture today at work on the science behind spicy foods and showed this video during his presentation. It was a hit! And now? He’s looking for an even hotter pepper to eat!

What’s Cooking Wednesday: Salty Baked Potatoes and Garlic Broccoli

I love baked potatoes. They’re low in calories and pretty filling, making them a good lunch or dinner option when paired with some veggies. My favorite baked potatoes are the ones you get at restaurants with salt all over the outside and, although I eat potatoes a LOT, I had never figured out how to do that — until now.

I can’t believe I didn’t figure out how to do this before because it is SO SIMPLE. After scrubbing your potatoes, dab them in some canola oil, and rub the oil all over them. Then, you roll them in salt and put them directly into the oven — don’t wrap them in foil. This makes the potatoes a bit crispier AND makes the outside nice and salty.

I paired the potatoes with fresh broccoli, which I sauted with garlic. SO GOOD! My garlic burned, but that’s how we like it. I also added some Morningstar Farms buffalo wings for protein. This is a simple yet YUMMY meal! My husband is still raving about it.

Salty Baked Potatoes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scrub baked potatoes and pierce with fork. Dab them in canola oil, and rub oil all over. Roll in sea salt. Place in oven, and bake for one hour.

Garlic Broccoli
Dice 5-6 cloves of garlic, and break apart one head of broccoli. Saute garlic in pan to release flavor, and then add broccoli. Saute together for 5-6 minutes.

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The Beginning: Starting Preschool

IMAG3402Last week was Lucy’s first week of preschool. And, let me tell you, she LOVES school. There are 10 kids in her class, and she has a wonderful teacher whom Lucy adores.

The first day was hard for both me and Joe. We were strong, though, and neither of us shed a tear. I was pretty proud of myself. Joe took the day off, and we both took Lucy to school. Then, we headed to Chick-fil-A for a breakfast date – the first time we’ve done that in a LONG time. It was really nice. Then, we ran errands until it was time to pick up our girl.

I think it was good to have a busy day. I needed distraction. And, every day since has been easier. Some days, I am even grateful for the 3 hours she’s in school because I’m able to work in peace. That rarely happens when she’s home.

The first couple of weeks has also been full of traumatic experiences for Lucy; you know – kids taking her cookies at snack time and her blocks at play time. Typical 3-year-old drama. It’s tough being a preschooler!

And then, there was this – Joe took Lucy to school yesterday, and a girl in her class was walking in ahead of them with her dad. Want to hear how this went down? Trust me, you do.

Joe: Is she in your class?
Lucy: Yeah. But, she’s not my best friend. SHE STOLE MY COOKIES.
Joe: Lucy. Shhh.
Lucy: But, Daddy, SHE STOLE MY COOKIES.

That happened the first day. My kid holds a grudge like no one’s business. Seriously.

I’m grateful for all these funny stories. I’m grateful for all the artwork she brings home. And, most of all, I’m grateful for the experiences she’s having that are helping her grow. It’s going to be a great year!

What’s Cooking Wednesday: Sloppy Joe’s

I never used to be a big fan of Sloppy Joe’s, but now? Now, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Seriously. I don’t know WHAT it is, but we eat them at least once a week (plus, you know, leftovers for lunch the next day).

We like our Sloppy Joe’s a little on the spicy side, so we add in onions and jalapenos. Yum! OK, now I’m craving one! What do you like to add to yours??

Ingredients:
1 bag MorningStar Griller Crumbles
1 can Sloppy Joe sauce
1/2 onion
15 jalapeno slices (we used the jarred jalapenos)

Directions:
Brown the Griller crumbles in a pan. Add the Sloppy Joe sauce, onion and jalapenos, and cook until hot.

Next time we may use more jalapenos to give it more spice. It was SO yummy, though! As always, if you try out this recipe, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

What’s Cooking Wednesday: Veggie Pasta

We have one restaurant in town that is our absolute favorite. It’s a locally-owned place, and they make the BEST pasta with veggies. I could eat it every day. But, since it’s kind of pricey to eat there — especially at dinner — I thought that I could probably recreate that dish. And, I did. And, it was fantastic. I mean, I know I’m biased, but I think it can rival the restaurant’s dish. :)

It’s really very simple. First, make your pasta according to the directions on the box. I usually use penne, but this time we used spaghetti. While your pasta is cooking, chop up the veggies you want to use (we used zucchini, squash, onions and mushrooms) and saute.

When your pasta is done, drain and rinse it, and then add it to your pan with the veggies to toss.

Then, plate and serve! It’s a simple yet yummy meal!