I have blogging issues.

I can’t seem to update this blog. I wanted to have this as a way to document all the great recipes I make and to keep up with me and Joe’s adventures, but I’ve found I’m a bit lazy. Woops. I’m not a total bum though, I do try a lot of new recipes, and Joe and I have fun adventures, I just don’t seem to have the energy to update the blogosphere afterwards! So to update, Joe and I have been married for just over six months! We’re basically marriage pro’s.

Last weekend we celebrated by going out to not one, but two different restaurants for brunch! I’m a huge fan of breakfast foods (specifically pancakes and french toast), so I’d found two really great places to try. Saturday we went to Gertrude’s, which is this awesome place inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. We wandered around the museum before our reservations. Once seated at the restaurant, I ordered the blueberry pancakes that were on the daily specials menu. Joe ordered a spicy black bean burger, and then added bacon on top to get rid of the vegetarian-ness of it. Ha.

While we were waiting on our breakfast, we had biscuits and corn muffins to munch on. Joe and I also got to color on the paper table cloth, which is always fun. Can anyone spot the bride in the background of the picture? As an added bonus to our lovely brunch, there was a wedding reception taking place in the garden of the museum! It was really neat to watch!

My very beautiful pancakes! They were perfect. Amazing. I wish I could have them every weekend!

Joe’s burger!

On Sunday we went to the renowned Milton Inn. It just so happened to be part of Baltimore’s Restaurant Week, so we got a really great deal! The restaurant was in an old house (I’ve been told it used to be a boy’s home) and was very cute!  We had biscuits and fruit drizzled with honey as an appetizer. Joe created his own omelette and I had the brioche french toast. They were both delicious! I didn’t get to take any pictures though, the place was busy and I was too embarrassed to start taking pictures! Ha.

Aside from our great restaurant outings, I have also been trying a few new recipes. Here are a few things that I have managed to get snapshots of:

These baked chicken tenders were awesome! Ignore the huge piece of corn on the cob, but look at how great the chicken tenders turned out! They were supposed to taste as good as fried chicken tenders, and it was pretty darn close! I loosely followed this recipe (found on Pinterest of course) http://thewondertwins.blogspot.com/2011/10/mondays-menu-baked-fried-chicken.html

This was another Pinterest find, and I’ve already lost the original recipe. It was an awesome, easy, great summer dish! Simply cooked pasta tossed with Italian salad dressing, fresh Parmesan cheese, diced tomatoes, diced red onion, and basil. It was a big hit.

I attempted to make stuffed red peppers, after seeing a zillion recipes on Pinterest. I love my crock pot, but I only made two little peppers in my big crock pot, and they kind of just fell over while cooking! My bad. The end result didn’t look very pretty, but they tasted pretty good! Mine were stuffed with the usual ground beef, chopped pepper, onion, rice, cheese, and the usual seasonings.

So yeah, there is proof that we don’t live off of restaurants and frozen dinners all the time! Ha. Don’t get me wrong, I do love those Bertolli frozen dinners after working all day! I’ve been trying to cut back on the sweets, but that doesn’t stop me from making popcorn a few nights a week!

Back to the six month wedding anniversary, I realize we are still newlyweds, but Joe and I really love being married! I’ve heard that the first year is the most difficult, but I really don’t see how that could be true. Maybe we’re just lucky, but I am so glad to be with him every day!

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3 months and counting!

It’s been a while since I last blogged, I keep meaning to but I’ve been lazy! So I’ve tried out a few new things in the past few weeks. I made my first batch of homemade rolls a while back.

They didn’t get as brown on the tops as I would have liked, but they seemed okay! They tasted kind of bland to me, but the recipe I used was very basic so I figured as much. I don’t know if I’ll go through all the trouble with the yeast and whatnot on a regular basis, but its nice to know I can whip them up if needed.

I made some delicious strawberry cupcakes with vanilla icing last weekend, but I totally cheated and used a box. My mom makes them as mini cupcakes during the summer, and I just had a craving for them! I made Joe take the majority of them to work so we wouldn’t have two dozen cupcakes at our apartment taunting us.

Some with sprinkles and some with out! I heard from Joe that the sprinkles went first, I’ll have to keep that in mind next time!

Joe and I have been married three months as of today! It feels like its been longer, but in a good way. Lately we’ve been doing some exploring around where we live. We take drives down random roads and find neat things along the way. Last weekend we stumbled across a neighborhood that had an open house to check out, and it just so happened to be our perfect dream home. With a price tag of 1.1 million. Wowza! But we can dream. Ha.

I lucked out and had today off, so Joe and I got out early-ish and drove around checking out some yard sales. No great finds, but we got to see some cute neighborhoods and trails. Joe had heard from some co-workers that there was a great bbq place nearby so we checked it out. It was literally in the middle of nowhere, and it was basically a run down looking house that was turned into a bbq joint. It was run by some super friendly guys that gave us our drinks for free because it was our first time there! I had a pulled pork sandwich and coleslaw, and Joe had a half rack of ribs and mac and cheese. It was super good! And a great price. Since today was so nice out we sat outside at a picnic table and had a picnic! It was great.

Joe was a really great husband and even went dress shopping with me this afternoon. We are going back to Tennessee in two weeks for one of my sister’s high school graduation. I don’t have any chick friends here and I am horrible at shopping by myself. Joe patiently went in and out of stores with me and let me try on bunches of dresses, and didn’t even mind that I took forever. He was very sweet. And eventually I found a great dress!

We rounded out our evening by hitting up this pizza place in Baltimore called Joe Squared. Guy went there on Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives, so we had to see it! Plus Joe and I could basically live off pizza so we have to make sure we know all the good places. And it was a huge hit! We had the Flag Pizza, it was one part pesto sauce with mozzarella, one part red sauce with mozzarella cheese, and one part white sauce with feta.

My favorite part was the pesto sauce, but it was all great! It was great anniversary dinner. Ha. Now we’re back home and Joe is playing Diablo 3 and I’ve got Everwood on! Life is good.