Some Random Spring Break Adventures!

Hey everyone!

So last Friday there was an unexpected & decent sized snowstorm to cause me to have a snow day! Woo! Oh how I love New England! Instead, I thought I would fill you in on what my spring break has been like. Oh and a seedling update from a visit to my internship today!

My weekend started with a house warming party Saturday night for a friend I haven’t seen in ages so it was great to see her again and meet some new people. 🙂 For the house warming party I made a COOKIE DOUGH DIP which was a big hit…. The best part is that people had no idea it had CHICKPEAS in it! I also made infused vodka with pineapple, cantaloupe, clementines, and a few strawberries. It was delicious mixed with orange juice. If you’re interested in the cookie dough dip head over to http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/23/want-to-eat-an-entire-bowl-of-cookie-dough/. You can google vodka infusions for hundreds of recipes if that is your fancy too. (But in the US only if you are at least 21 y.o.)

A picture of my friend and I reunited after months of not seeing her! Yay!

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Now onto some cooking adventures! This past week I made a roasted vegetable pureed soup. It was absolute heaven in my eyes, so warm, creamy smooth, and rich without even a drop of cream added. Oh how I love blended soups. I’m pretty sure I roasted everything but the kitchen sink and then popped them in the oven until they got nice and golden&tender. Here’s a picture of everything that went into the soup!

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I roasted a head of cauliflower, ~1 cup broccoli, a few asparagus, pearl onions, sweet peppers, carrots, 5-6 garlic cloves, and used an already cooked sweet potato. The roasted veggies all had a drizzle of olive oil on them as well. Super easy, so healthy, and very filling! After the veggies were roasted I tossed them in the blender and added a quart of chicken broth. A minute later, the soup was done! I wish I remembered to take a picture, it resembled a butternut squash color from all of the carrots and sweet peppers. So pretty.

Next on the agenda this week was a trip to my favorite cafe in Salem called Gulu Gulu. The staff is awesome and it’s just a really unique place to hangout. It is also a great people watching cafe. I love going with one of my friends to get lunch along with their new dessert….wait for it…chocolate fondue! It wasn’t an excessive amount and perfect for 2 to split. You probably had about 2-3 tablespoons of fondue for each person. It was served with apples, strawberries, bananas, and a few graham crackers. Again, delicious! Image

Today I stopped by my internship site for a little bit to touch base with my preceptor. While I was there I also checked out my babies.(Yup, I just referred to the seedlings as my babies) They are already sprouting and doing well. ImageImage

The seed disks seem to be doing the best due to having so many seeds in an area, but even some of the lettuces are sprouting right up! I love gardening and feeling the satisfaction of making something grow. I do have to say that this is my first experience with starting from seed. So it will definitely be interesting to see what happens.

Well, on that note I’m ending this post with a picture I found via pinterest and believe to be so true, near, and dear to my heart.

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Happy Early St.Patrick’s Day!

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