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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Quick Update

Just a quick update from me since I've been neglecting the blog... My acute care rotation is well under way and, so far, I am really enjoying it! I can't believe I'm saying that since I thought this one would be the most daunting. My preceptor is teaching me a lot and doesn't make me feel stupid when I don't know something. It does require some work, but it's really gratifying to know that you have such a positive effect on patient outcomes. And it's neat to apply all the things I learned in school to actual cases! Too bad I don't want to do a residency because being a clinical pharmacist is pretty awesome. 


I hope to share my experience with freezer meals sometime before/over the weekend. That has really been a life saver this week, but more on that later. Over and out! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cookies and Cream Homemade Ice Cream


What is better on a hot summer's day (or night) than homemade ice cream?? Not much! After having this recipe at my friend Analise's house, Luke and I knew it was time to buy a homemade ice cream maker. This recipe makes creamy, yummy vanilla ice cream that would be perfect with almost any mix-in you choose, although I highly recommend the Oreos.  And it's so simple, just 4 ingredients! You may have to adjust the amounts a little bit, I think that my ice cream maker is on the small size. It only makes 1 quart of ice cream, but that's perfect for me and Luke. This is a recipe I will be making over and over again for sure, but I'm excited to try out other ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes too! And just a reminder, Father's Day is just a couple days away- why not whip up a batch for Dad? This is definitely right up my Dad's alley :)


Cookies and Cream Homemade Ice Cream


Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 10 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 12 Oreos, crushed

Directions:
In a bowl, mix together half and half, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour into ice cream maker, and make ice cream as directed. When the ice cream is just about ready, add in the crushed Oreos. Serve and enjoy!!


Recipe from my great friend Analise.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pizza Bagels



Pizza bagels are one of those foods that just reminds me of summertime. I think it's because growing up, during the summer we would eat a lot of Bagel Bites and Pizza Rolls for lunch or snacks. So when I was thinking of some meal ideas, I decided to try making a homemade version. They are simple and straight forward, and you can easily alter the toppings. These are also nice because you can make as many or as few as you need. I used regular sized bagels but I've made them with mini bagels before for a snack or appetizer, just remember you may have to decrease the cook time a little. I hope this recipe makes you feel like a kid again! 


On another note, I start rotations next week (!!!). I have decided to try putting together some complete meals and freezing them for easy weeknight cooking. I am looking forward to sharing this experience on the blog so stay tuned!


Pizza Bagels


Ingredients:

  • Bagels, halved
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Choice of toppings (pictured are pepperoni)

Directions:

Turn the oven broiler to low and broil bagels face up for approximately 3 minutes, or until slightly toasted. Remove from oven and set the oven to bake at 350 degrees F. Top bagels with pizza sauce, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, toppings, and Parmesan cheese. Place back into oven to bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese melts and bubbles. 



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning


I've seen recipes for homemade taco seasonings floating around Pinterest for a while now and decided to give one a try. We thought it turned out way better than the store bought version, plus you can easily adjust the seasoning to fit your heat preference. All of ingredients are just common spices, and all you do is mix them together. It's great to know exactly what is going into your food- no yucky preservatives or additives. Next time I will triple the recipe to have more left over. Try this next time you are making tacos rather than buying the store bought stuff!




Homemade Taco Seasoning


Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Directions:

Mix all spices together until well combined. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cabinet and use as needed.

To make tacos: Brown meat and drain fat. Add 3 Tbsp of mixture, 1/4 cup water. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes. 


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Back To Blogging!

Well I'm finally back to blogging! My 2 week break from blogging turned into nearly a month, whoops! But it has been an awesome break from the norm. Here are some things that we've done:

Right after finals Luke and I jetted off to Florida. We spent the first three days in Orlando and visited Disney world and relaxed at the hotel. We went to Epcot and had a wonderful day! Apparently May is the time to go if you want to avoid the crowds, lucky us!


We sampled all kinds of food from around world at the International Showcase. 
Fish and Chips from England were Luke's favorite.

Napoleon from the French bakery- now on my list of recipes to try!

Next we ventured to Ormond beach where we spent the following week. 

We:

     Played on the beach


     Went to St. Augustine 




     Went sea kayaking



     Went on lots of long beach walks




     Watched the sunrise


     And played at the beach some more


So that was our Florida trip! After that we spent time unpacking and cleaning, Luke went to a wedding in Canada while my friend Brianna visited me in the Lou. 

We celebrated our one year anniversary this past week (wahoo!). Luke planned a lovely date complete with roses, dinner (The Wildflower) and a movie (Snow White and The Huntsman), all of which I highly recommend. Sorry no pictures, I forgot the camera :( 

We did have our one year old wedding cake- which was not so good tasting (or looking!). 


 Since Luke and I really only had the last two weeks of summer off together we have been trying to make the most of it. We've gone floating on the Current River, went hiking, and had a picnic at a nearby park (Abby loved chasing all the ducks there!).  

(Wearing the shirt I got him for our anniversary!)




Well, that's all for now! I'll get back to cooking ASAP! Happy, happy summertime everyone!!