Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Grillhouse - Bethlehem, PA

Blue Grillhouse features prime steaks and chops, as well as fresh seafood, all prepared to your liking.
Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna Tartare - Blue Grillhouse - Bethlehem, PA

Although Stephen and I live just up the way from Blue Grillhouse in Bethlehem, we never seem to remember to eat there unless we're popping in for Happy Hour (pre-pregnancy, of course) or having dinner for a special occasion. This meal was no exception, as we came here for dinner after attending a concert at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh back in April. (Well, I attended it... Stephen was one of the performers and a guest conductor!)

It was a sunny afternoon, so we requested a table on their heated outdoor patio. I can remember thinking how much I had missed the sun after enduring one of the roughest winters the Lehigh Valley's seen in a long time. Plus, I always love how sitting outside can lend itself well to people-watching.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Slow-Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes and Artichokes

This simple slow-cooker chicken dish makes the perfect weeknight meal when served over a fluffy pile of rice or some lightly buttered egg noodles.
Slow-Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes and Artichokes

The pain I was feeling after Saturday's marching adventures with the Lehigh Alumni Band is still plaguing me, making the simple acts of standing, sitting, and laying down my newest forms of torture. At first I thought I was feeling the effects of not having marched since last fall, but now I realize that the pain was brought on by the need to relive my college days and the fact that my body is adjusting to my growing belly. My hips and lower back hate me right now, and, in hindsight, I wish I had just made the decision to sit this year out and watch the game from the stands.

Of course, the pain I'm feeling has turned my dinner-making responsibilities into a real chore. But I know that getting up and moving around when I can is a good thing, so I'm trying not to feel too annoyed about being in the kitchen in the evening. Relying on leftovers and creating simple meals.

In the spirit of making meals that require minimal prep and active attention, I've decided that it's time to share my recipe for Slow-Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes and Artichokes that I first made back in the beginning of the summer. Most of the cooking is done in the slow-cooker (with just a bit of stove-top cooking at the start), and it makes a thoroughly satisfying meal when paired with some rice and some crusty bread for dipping into the sauce.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Menu Plan: October 26 - November 1

Sharing our Menu Plan for October 26 - November 1, 2014

I don't know what the weather has been like this weekend where you live, but it has been the absolute perfect fall weekend here in the Lehigh Valley. Stephen and I spent the day yesterday at the Lehigh football game, tailgating and partaking in our annual tradition of marching and performing with Lehigh's Alumni Band. It's always fun being able to reunite with old friends and relive our marching band days, especially for Stephen, who spent three years leading the band as the drum major during his year's at Lehigh.

Unfortunately, we're not as young as we once were and we're both a little sore today. Especially me, who probably overdid it... I had a horrible night's sleep last night (back and hip pain), and today isn't much better. I finally resorted to taking some Tylenol, and I'm finally starting to feel some relief.

Because it hurts to move around, I'm grateful that we have a refrigerator full of leftovers that we can pick on for dinner tonight. So much easier than cooking a full meal!

While I won't be cooking dinner tonight, I do plan on cooking later on... so are you ready to see what's on deck for dinner for us for the rest of the week?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feed Me Friday: October 24th

On "Feed Me Friday," I share the items in my feed reader that have inspired me or have caused me to pause and think.

It's been several months since my last Feed Me Friday post, and I've decided that I'm going to try and share these types of posts more regularly. I love sharing the things that I have been reading -- whether food-related or not -- that have sparked inspiration or motivation. After all, as a writer, it's imperative that I read anything and everything to stay on top of my own writing and to help me keep going when I've reached a point of writer's block or frustration. The simple act of reading can be just the thing to get me back on track.

Plus, I have a feeling that you guys enjoy these posts because they allow me to step outside of my own blog and share things I've found on other websites. ;-)

At any rate, here's what's been inspiring me lately.