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It’s certainly not every day that a meal turns out absolutely stunning enough to snap a photo and rave about it. But there are a few occasions in the kitchen when a meal looks picture perfect and tastes as good as it looks. These delectable culinary creations will hopefully make your mouth water. The images make my stomach growl, but it doesn’t take much to get a pregnant woman’s taste buds piqued!

The first savory dish is vegetable lasagna. This dish was inspired by having bought too many vegetables at the grocery store. I looked up a recipe to use them up and this was it!
 

The lasagna pan was almost overflowing and it was extremely dense! There are endless veggies and 4 kinds of cheese! Yes, 4! Parmesan, ricotta, cottage cheese and mozzarella! We enjoyed this lasagna for a few dinners and packed the rest away for lunches. I would definitely make it again!

Next up is a fruit smoothie that I made a few times prior to going to volleyball practice on Saturday mornings. It’s not your average smoothie either! The ingredients included:

  • Banana
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Frozen organic raspberries
  • A generous spoonful of organic Naturally Nutty Vanilla Peanut Butter
  • Orange juice (enough to give it a smoothie-like consistency)
  • Dash of cinnamon

And the smoothie result is below. Mmmmm…. this smoothie recipe makes for some truly satisfying fruit intake! The peanut butter and cinnamon give it a little extra pizzaz!

On one of the days this spring when we’ve been spared of rain and snow, we grilled out. The menu was simple: grilled potatoes, grilled asparagus and BBQ chicken. It tasted just like a hot summer day. Ahhhh.

The only pregnancy craving I’ve had so far has been for homemade popcorn. …and a few weekends ago, I indulged myself. I wasn’t planning on making two monster-sized bowls of popcorn, but it just kept a-poppin’! David was able to partake in my craving as well. (It’s always nice to share anyway.) Once the popcorn was popped and transferred into HUGE popcorn bowls, I heated up some butter in the hot pan to spread on top. It was finger-licking good!

Last but not least, I made my first chicken pot pie. It was a recipe that I got from a friend after she served this wonderful down-home-style dish at a dinner party. My attempt at the recipe yielded the same delicious results as my memory served from that long-ago dinner party. This sumptuous meal will be on the fall/winter menu for years to come in our household!

I hope you aren’t too hungry now! I sure am.

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It’s been great having my brother as a friend and neighbor in Traverse City especially since we are both so close in age. He lives in a fantastic apartment downtown that has a fully functioning kitchen!

For us, after making due with a makeshift kitchen for over a year and storming friend’s kitchens to use an oven now and then, it’s great to have a sibling to kitchen-crash on.

My brother has mastered the art of the homemade pizza. We have a standing Pizza Friday date at his place. He makes the dough and sauce from scratch and we’ve experimented with toppings.

Some of our favorites are:

  • Spinach, bell pepper, onion and garlic
  • Ham (fresh from Maxbauer’s Meat Market) and pineapple
  • Italian sausage and onion
  • Mushrooms, pepperoni, onions and garlic

The dough is rolled with a rolling-pin for a superb thin crust. Sometimes, he adds some minced garlic to the dough for a mild garlic crust flavor.

Next the sauce is spread over the dough, then cheese and toppings. We usually pair the 2-pizza meal with a salad and bookend it with a bowl of ice cream for dessert. Can’t beat that!

I’ve enjoyed coming over to his place during the lunch hour for homemade sandwiches once and a while. As someone who enjoys cooking myself, it’s gratifying to watch him embrace trying new things in the kitchen. We plan on taking a cooking class together at the local college. French Bistro cooking 101… here we come!

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