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This Week in Yummies

27 Sep

It’s so nice to be able to cook and bake again.  I’ve only baked once since moving here.  I tired to make chocolate molten mini cakes, and it was a disaster.  To spare you the ugliness, I did not post them.

Here are the yummies that made the cut this week, most found on Pinterest.

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Kings Hawaiian Rolls with ham and swiss, found here. If you are on Pinterest, you have probably seen these pop up a few times. They are perfect for lunch, a party, or a picnic.

I made a simple cold rigatoni pasta with every veggie I had on hand with a light garlic infused oil dressing as the side.

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Another one you have probably seen pinned is the soba noodles with sweet ginger scallion sauce, found here.

This dish is one of Luis’ favorites and very quick to make, which means I love this dish too. This sauce is one of my favorites I often use to dip my hot pot goodies in.  The best part about this dish is that it is good hot or cold, again, another great idea for a picnic.

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Per Luis’ request, blackened tuna steak with mashed cauliflower. No recipe used, just what was in my head.

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Since Vegas, I had been craving these red curry mussels that I had at Wicked Spoon.  It was the best thing I ate there, so good.

I tired my best to imitate it, kinda going off of a recipe I found here.

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Now, this is the best thing ever!  During our winery tour in Traverse City, Cherry Republic had these cherry cheese balls out for everyone to try. Luis fell in love and thankfully they had recipe cards nearby.  It is sooooo good, even if it is missing the crushed nuts on the outside.  I didn’t have any on hand and Luis wasn’t waiting any longer so we did without.

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Roasted shrimp enchiladas with jalapeño cream sauce found here.  This was a win for me since I love anything shrimp or anything with jalapeño cream sauce.

I was excited to see huge beets in our grocery store.  I had been pinning recipes like crazy while in Georgia, just waiting for the moment to be able to actually make some dishes with beets.

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They don’t look very pretty, but these beets smelled so good roasting in the oven for almost an hour.

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I decided to try to make one of my favorite restaurant’s, JCT’s beet salad.  It is roasted beets (roasted with sugar, oil, and a pinch of salt),  avocado, and goat cheese with a tiny bit of dressing that consisted of chopped onions, a good brand of balsamic vinegar, and agave/honey.

It’s the best thing ever. I could eat it everyday.

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Buffalo garbage bread found here. Oh yea, it is good and super filling. It’s the type of dish that makes you wanna run after eating it.  At first I didn’t think I would be able to make this dish because I couldn’t find pizza dough anywhere. Finally, after the third store, I found it!  Such a small town…

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Turmeric chicken with sautéed  ginger and garlic vegetables found here. The sauce in the front is a sweet mango chutney we found at a local Indian grocery store. Another dish I really enjoyed. It’s light and satisfying.

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This was one of my favorite dishes of the week, and if you follow me on Pinterest, you probably have seen me pin it recently. It’s a spicy indo chinese style dish called; mushroom manchurian found here.  If I had my wok with me, this dish would have been much easier to make, but with the pots given to us by the company housing, the mushrooms kept sticking to the bottom, which sucked. And it took almost 2 hours to make, which it shouldn’t.

Luis can not complain.  Not only do I make him dinner and have it ready as he walks through the door, but I have been making him a fresh new lunch that is also ready as he walks through the door.

I think he is enjoying the luxury of working only 5 minutes away from our apartment.

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Happy Fall!

22 Sep

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Perfect weather to go pick some apples!

What are you doing for the first day of Fall?

Bayside Gallery @ Suttons Bay,Michigan

12 Sep

While we toured wineries in Suttons Bay, we stopped into the downtown area where a very colorful corner store caught my eye.

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Don’t they look like they are signing to you?  Or is that just me? Such happy glass flowers.

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Wouldn’t all those colors catch your eye too if you were driving by?  And see those cute little owl rocks? Darn, thinking about it now, I should have grabbed one.

I fell in love with Bayside Gallery and could not leave without my very own glass flowers. We opted for the smaller glass flowers even though those 4 to 5 foot flowers had my heart, but it would probably be better to wait until we actually stop moving around and buy a house for those.  I would hate to have them break on me.

As soon as we returned home, I quickly stuck the glass flowers in the potted Mums we have on our deck.

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Wonder how they will look when snow is all over our deck… ?

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How cute is this London style telephone booth that was sitting in the corner of Bayside Gallery? Everything in the downtown area was super cute and colorful.  I really wouldn’t mind living in Suttons Bay.  Maybe one day…

Suttons Bay @ Michigan

10 Sep

The little photo shoot we had in between winery hopping this past weekend.

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Kinda neat to see how the sky changed or how the camera captured the sky throughout the session, eh?

Back by Popular Demand

7 Sep

I’ve been asked, err, told to update my blog.  We didn’t do much while we were home for the summer in Georgia and before we knew it, it was time to move again.

It’s been awhile since my last post and even though I am not in Georgia at the moment, but instead living in Michigan, and this blog is still called 1460 Days of Georgia, here is my story so far while in Michigan.

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After a long road trip, stopping to see family in North Carolina, Washington D.C., and Ohio,  we finally made it to our new location this past weekend.  We are now in Midland, Michigan  for Luis’ second co-op with Dow Chemical.  We will be here until mid-December and like usual I have made a long list of things to do and see while we are here.

Midland is considered a mid-sized community with a population of a little over 42,000.  Compared to Atlanta or Miami’s population this seems like a pretty small town to me.  Particularly when you show up for $1.00 tacos and trivia at a nearby bar on a Tuesday night and it seems as though the whole town is there too.

Here is a shot of the main street in downtown Midland, where most of the restaurants and shops are.

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This nicely detailed long road reminds me of Miracle Mile in Miami or the Virginia Highlands in Atlanta.

Every street light has hanging flower planters and there are a variety of cute sculptures of snowmen that have been placed on corners or in flower beds along Main Street, very cute.

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A block away from Main Street, is The Tridge, which is on my list. So, after our dinner at Sam’s Pizza on Main Street tonight, Luis and I took a walk to The Tridge to take a look.

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The Tridge is a three way pedestrian footbridge built in 1981 over the Tittabawassee and Chippewa rivers, The Tridge marks the spot where the two rivers meet.

We are planning on another trip to The Tridge sometime this weekend and visit the Chippewa Nature Center and enjoy the center before it gets too cold. Tonight was in the upper 60’s, which was nicer than this morning when it was in the 50’s.  And it’s not even fall yet.

I didn’t know moving to Georgia would lead me to living in so many other places other than Georgia, or else this blog would have a different title. I guess this blog can still be called 1460 Days of Georgia because, I will return to Georgia and if it wasn’t for Georgia, I wouldn’t be where I am today. So, as long as you don’t mind the confusing title as Luis and I venture around the U.S., please continue to read and continue to inspire me as you have.

Have a great Friday night!