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Banana Bread @ Home

13 Jun

This past weekend was very relaxing.  Not much was accomplished except for Luis bringing home a Crock-Pot slow cooker, which has been on my kitchen gadget wish list since December.

 Luis threw in some carrots, squash, onions, chicken, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and switched the dial to 6 hours.  All that was needed was the rice, which Luis prepared a half an hour before I walked through the door.  It was very nice to come home and not have to stand in front of the stove.

Such a nice way to complete a crazy Monday; walk through door, eat food, and enjoy. All I need to do now is cross my fingers that the dishes will clean themselves.  How did we ever live without a slow cooker?

Which brings me to the title of this post.  No, I did not bake banana bread in the slow cooker, but I did unglue myself from the couch long enough this past weekend to bake some delicious banana bread for my hubby.

I just wanted to share my excitement about our new slow cooker.  I should have taken a picture of our awesome dinner that Luis put together for us, but we ate it too fast. Next time.

I think everyday of the work week will call for dinner being made from our slow cooker.  Could this be a new addiction?

Oh, and the banana was good too! So good that it is already gone.  Lemon poppy bread is next on the baking menu.

Making Sweet Pickles @ Home

11 Jun

One of the greatest things about visiting my family in the mountains is eating all that home grown and home made jellies and pickles. I have never pickled or jarred anything before, but I really love the idea of making something delicious from your own garden or from whatever fruit or vegetable is in season and be able to enjoy it all year.

My grandmother makes the best jam ever and whenever I finish that last spoonful, I crave it and wish I knew how to make it.  Another item I always miss when I leave my families house is their jarred sweet pickles.  Before Luis and I left to head back home, Gail left me two jars with the sweet pickle recipe inside for me to attempt my first jarring experience.

She assured me that this recipe was super easy and my father instructed me on the which of the cucumbers were the best to make pickles.  Easy recipe, check! Small, no wax cucumbers, check!  Courage to finally make my own pickles (as of this morning), Check! Plus, I always get excited to use my mandolin.

On my last cucumber, I sliced the knuckle of my middle finger on the mandolin. Geesh! I am always so careful, but luckily it was the last cucumber so I was able to add the salt to the mix and let it sit as the recipe said for 30 minutes so I could give my knuckle some love.

Once my knuckle was all wrapped up, I began to mix together the other ingredients in preparation for adding it to the salted cucumbers. The only item I changed from the original recipe was the sugar. Luis and I have been watching what we eat and working out so I substituted the refined white sugar for natural raw cane sugar.  You still get the sweetness that is needed for the pickles minus the actual sugar grams, which makes me happy and my target area happy; my tummy!

Look at all that yumminess in those jars! Now it just needs to sit in my refrigerator for 24 hours and they should be ready to eat! Super easy and quick.  It is already bringing back memories of my grandfather opening a jar of his sweet pickles, pulling out a fork full and shoving it into my mouth. “Here! Try these! Aren’t they tasty”? Shakes head in the yes motion as mouth is full.  I hope mine come out as good as theirs.

Bangkok @ Piedmont Ave

10 Jun

We are still trying to find a replacement Thai restaurant from the one we love and miss in Miami.

I like the dishes we ordered, but it still isn’t anything compared to our beloved Rock-a-Bangkok.

Good thing Atlanta is full of Thai restaurants for us to try.

Howell Mill Food Truck Park

8 Jun

Do you remember me saying that I was obsessed with the food truck coalition here in Atlanta? Well, now they have a park, err… empty lot just for food trucks.

This make me happy since most of the time the food trucks gather at a location too far from my job and usually during the work week.

The Howell Mill Food Truck Park gathers weekly and starts around 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Of course I had to have my favorite, Yumbii!  The usual fish tacos with sesame fries and chipotle ketchup.

We also tired out a new food truck that also serves up  tacos, Tex’s Tacos.

Luis had Pastor de Puerco taco; slow roasted pork marinated in chilies and pineapples, topped with grilled onions, pineapple, and cheese.  I had the Carne Asada; steak taco.  We really enjoyed  the tacos, but loved their tortilla chips that are dusted with homemade lime seasoning even more. Not going to lie, the main reason why I ordered from this food truck was just to have a Jarritos lime drink. Love that stuff!

My almost every weekend treat was there too, King of Pops, but we decided to try out a new dessert from Westside Creamery.

Luis had a scoop of the maple cinnamon ice cream while I had the salted butter caramel ice cream.  Both did not have a strong flavor and I kinda wished I had grabbed a popsicle from King of Pops instead.

Next time, I’m thinking Yum Yum Cupcake!

** Please excuse my blurry pictures as my Cyber-shot that I have had since forever is on it’s last leg, and has not been focusing properly.

Green Market @ Piedmont Park

6 Jun

I love living so close to Piedmont Park.

I love taking weekend walks to Piedmont Park.

I love the Green Market at Piedmont Park.

I love watching all the dogs at the dog park in Piedmont Park.

I love the edible gardens at Piedmont Park.

I love the curious squirrels at Piedmont Park.

I love feeding the ducks and baby ducks at Piedmont Park.

I love swinging on the swing with Luis at Piedmont Park.

Luis Made a Few New Friends

4 Jun

Meet Luis’ little buddies that he found while we were visiting with my family.

Aren’t they cute?

No worries, no animals were harmed and all were released in the same place they were found.