Badly Behaved

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I told you yesterday that our lab, Jake, has some issues with his face leaking, yes?IMG_1160 Yes.  

That picture is super cute and funny, but it’s also NOT EVEN THE WORST that the drool gets.  It’s totally grody, and I LOVE that our other dog is a mix and hardly drools.  

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Turkey Swiss Mega Sub w/ Ranch Aioli

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Ok, I lied.  Not aioli.  Just kind of a ranch spread that I whipped up that is super fresh and practically healthy due to all the herbs I crammed in it?IMG_1155

Practically being the operative word, of course. 

Do you realize that we hardly ever make sandwiches?   This site is a really accurate representation of our lives – we just aren’t really sandwich people.  Maybe Jay is and he’s just never told me?  When I DO make a sandwich, it’s because I’m feeling guilty about the lack of sandwiches here, truthfully.  I wonder if I had a negative experience as a child with food between bread and just kind of stopped being into them?

Likely not.  I’m projecting.  

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Soup and a Poll

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Funny because poll kind of rhymes with bowl and you eat soup in a bowl?IMG_0558

Anyway.  Tuesday.  Its raining and chilly here and I’m seeing on the social medias that it’s SNOWING some places?  

Go home April, you’re drunk.  IMG_1005

Since it’s grody grody GRODY, I think you should make some soup because just YES.  I love lighter soups this time of year when it’s chilly but also you might be thinking that looking not so lumpy in a bathing suit might be ok?  

Maybe.  

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Walnut Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

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We don’t always eat pork….IMG_1091

….but when we do, it’s super delicious.

No but really.  We don’t eat a lot of pork!  Bacon obviously doesn’t count.  I think a lot of people eat pork chops on the reg, but we just aren’t one of those families.  Maybe because my parents didn’t cook them a lot growing up?  I don’t know.  

I found some pork chops on sale, though, and Jay had been badgering me for some kind of stuffed meat.  That’s how it goes around here – he thinks of random foods and then pesters me until I create something from the fragmented thoughts he provides me with.  It’s fun!

So today, I give you:  Blue cheese walnut stuffed pork chops with beer reduction.  Yep.  Take that, fragmented food thoughts.  

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1 Video + 1 Fun Fact

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TGIF!

Or, in my case, TG in 24 hours the NCE will be over!

I’m a little bit ready to either pass or fail, but just be done, if that wasn’t evident.  If I fail I’ll take ‘er again in October and it’ll be fine, right?

RIGHT?

Anyway, I was all gonna write something about food or the Master’s, but my brain just really isn’t there.  So, today, we have a fun therapy fact and a funny video, k?

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My Mental Health Issue

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Someone else stabbed some people in a school and now their community will be in a shambles forever and ever and the stabber (?)’s life is basically over and the victim’s lives are forever altered.  

The news coverage is of course awful, and we will watch and judge and analyze and talk about his family and how he might have been a bad kid and THOSE POOR VICTIMS and it will go on and on for several days and then just kind of…stop. 

As these things do.  

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Chicken Taco Chopped Salad w/ Salsa Vinaigrette

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HUMP day.  IMG_1113

Since I’m talking about so many quick meals that we’re forced to eat this week (hayyyyyy licensure qualification exam on Saturday!), I thought it only fair that I share with you one of our new favorites:  Chicken Taco Salad with Salsa Vinaigrette.  I put it on Instagram last night!

Ridonkulously easy, y’all.  The chicken method is actually one that I use with ANY meat that I want to taste Mexicanified, and the vinaigrette starts with store bought salsa, so THERE.  The rest of the dish is just salad junk, and how hard is that?  You can change this every time based on your mood or what’s languishing in the fridge, and it’s super delicious no matter what.

It’s healthy, too!  And look, if you decide that you’re having a hard week where PMS and hard exams and too much work are happening all at once and decide to eat chips and store bought queso with this salad I won’t judge AT ALL.  

Not that I know anything about all that nonsense.  

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Thoughts for Today

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Well, the monsoon has passed and the sun is out-ish, so today is definitely better than yesterday.  I still fee like I know nothing for the exam on Saturday, but at least it’s not raining?

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No-Recipe Cooking

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This is the week!  IMG_0617

The week I take the exam that determines if I get to pursue licensure as a counselor.  

Not nerve-wracking at all!  Basically I’m spending every spare second studying, and trying to keep up with the 9,282 other things that we have going on while not screaming at anyone, staying up all night, or just breaking down in tears.  

No one likes that girl.  

On weeks like this, I do LOTS with leftovers and random bits of nonsense that we have hanging around our house, but I also like to have an arsenal of ideas in my brain to create balanced, healthy, FAST meals. 

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Seared Cod with Almond Saffron Butter

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Guys we made it.  Did anyone have a MARATHON of a week?  I did.  IMG_0987

Also my dogs got sick from both ends at a time when I thought I’d have an hour to catch up and dig in and get my act together and ALL THE THINGS but then of course none of that happened.  

Also I’m working all weekend!  

You’re not though, right?  Don’t.  Be free.  

Make this!  It’s the final component of our fun weekend meal, and you. will. love. it.  Cod is totes one of my favorite fishes, and this preparation is EASY.  Be careful – if you love PRETTY fish you gotta get the skin on to hold this shiz together.  Cod is FLAKY, which is what I love about it, but sometimes some falling apart can happen.  That’s ok!  It looks the same after you chew it!  

Sorry about that imagery.  See above.  I gots poo on the brain.  

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