July 25, 2016

Easy Mushroom & Egg Breakfast Scramble

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Howdy, Hanlin Family! I promise you this is much more delicious than it looks. By golly, it's difficult to photograph scrambled eggs.

I'm not typically one to eat breakfast food for breakfast (I'm a breakfast for dinner kind and vice versa of gal), but while walking back from a morning run/walk/hobble a few weeks ago, I somehow developed a craving for an omelette. I had some leftover mushrooms from when I made the Creamy Mushroom Soup and Swedish Meatballs (to be published 8/8/16), and scrounged around in the fridge for a few other simple additions. My exorbitant love of mushrooms and garlic was satisfied for the day, and it was simply delectable. I must say that I was quite pleased, and I've whipped up the same recipe for post-workout breakfast a handful of times since then.

By the way, this happens every time I step foot in the kitchen. Every time. Baby just wants some love... at the most inconvenient times. (#lifewithcats, am I right?)

July 18, 2016

Currently (July 2016)

Salutations, Hanlin Family!

I've been too busy playing Pókemon Go! last week to write anything substantial - just kidding... actually wait, no, I'm not kidding. It's so fun.
Anyway, I have a wee daybook for y'all today.

This is what I'm...


July 11, 2016

Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe

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Hey there, Hanlin Family!

I don't know about y'all, but I love me some creamy mushroom soup. Every Wednesday, the café down the hall from where I work has mushroom bisque as their soupe du jour. So rich and creamy and delicious. I rarely eat down there, but that soup is always my first choice if I ever happen to be working late on a Wednesday. I found myself craving that mushroom soup recently, so I decided to make some for dinner, and was very pleased with how it turned out. Fortunately, I ended up having enough left over to separate into portion-sized containers and put in the freezer for later. 

Hope y'all like it.

July 8, 2016

some good left

Every morning, like everyone else in the world right now, I wake up to another tragedy.

More people dead. Another ludicrous, senseless act of violence that with any thought on the part of the perpetrators, could have just... not happened. All the evidence suggests that the world believes violence is the only way to solve any problem now. I try to keep this blog a happy place, ignoring the insane politics and economics and violence of the world, and try to bring a little joy to the folks who come here. But these things start to weigh on a person.

"What can man do against such reckless hate?" How are we supposed to react? What are we supposed to do?

Here's what I think.

July 7, 2016

What I Eat in a Day #1

*Written Friday, 1 July 2016

Happy Thursday, Hanlin Family!

I usually only write something for Mondays, but, well... I've been doing some pondering about this here blog of mine. There are a few ideas rolling around in my head, including posting on both Mondays and Thursdays, depending on the week. We shall see. Anyway.

Welcome to the first What I Eat in a Day on this blog. I mentioned this idea in a video blog a few weeks ago, so I figured I'd haul off and write one and see what y'all think of it. Hopefully you'll come away with a few new ideas for easy daily meals! Let me know what you think, and if you'd like to see more. Maybe a video next time?

Breakfast (7:15 a.m.)
broiled Alaskan salmon (recipe here) + overeasy egg cooked in coconut oil with a little salt & pepper

Once a week, I pick up a giant filet of fresh Alaskan salmon, broil it as I usually do, and eat it with an egg or two every morning until it's gone. This is one of my all-time favorite and most satisfying breakfasts. My roommate and I usually walk down to the gym around 6 a.m., and by the time we're finished with our various exercises, I am completely ravenous. Both of these things are excellent on their own, but when you break the fresh hot egg yolk over the fish and let it seep into all the little crevices... it's just amazing.

Lunch (1:00 p.m.)

July 4, 2016

Quick, Easy, & Light ~ Summer Meal Ideas

Happy Independence Day, Hanlin family!

Here are some light, summery recipes you might enjoy this week.

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June 27, 2016

Garlic Butter Salmon {recipe}

Slaínte, Hanlin family!

 Ready for another delicious recipe? Good, because I just happen to have one for you today.

Fresh salmon is one form of protein that is always, always in my kitchen. I buy a decently sized piece almost every week, broil it up using my traditional recipe (which you can find by clicking here), and eat it piece by piece with an over-easy egg or two for breakfast until it's gone. So delicious. The other day though, I came across this recipe on Pinterest, and realized that apart from one other recipe that I'll share here at some point in the future, I don't really branch out when it comes to salmon. So, I decided to switch up and give this new recipe a try, and was quite pleased with how it turned out. I'm sure you have already gathered from the title of this blog post, garlic and butter are involved, so, I mean... heaven on a plate!

This recipe is absolutely scrumptious, and shows off the tender creaminess that comes naturally to the fish. It's also super simple (yay), and cleanup is a cinch since the fish is baked in foil (double yay).

Serves 3 - 4 (depending on how much fish you want to use)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 - 25 minutes
Cleanup time: 10 minutes


June 20, 2016

Broiled Brussels Sprouts {recipe}

Greetings and salutations, Hanlin family! Thanks for coming back, and welcome if you're new around these parts.

Today, I present Brussels sprouts. Growing up, I never understood how or why seemingly so many people can't stand them (I still don't understand it)... in my opinion, they're tiny capsules of heaven - my favorite snack, side, or even a meal all on their own.

So, here's my favorite recipe for luscious, tender Brussels sprouts. I hope y'all like it!


June 17, 2016

Versatile Blogger Award

Hey there, Hanlin Family!

Just popping in on a Friday because my high school friend Stephanie (Sincerely, Stephanie) nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! This is an award which focuses on bloggers who are trying to grow their following, and the chain award things are always a fun way for bloggers to get to know each other, and for readers to discover some other blogs.
So, I thought, "why not?" I'll jump on this bandwagon. Thanks, Steph!

June 13, 2016

MY BROTHER GOT MARRIED! | Adventures in Washington State ~ Vlog

Salutations, Hanlin family!

At the end of May, my parents and I spent a week in beautiful Washington State - downtown Seattle and Vashon Island (where we spent the majority of our time). The main purpose of our trip was to attend my older brother's wedding, which was just absolutely delightful.
We spent a few extra days on that side of the country too, so we had a change to explore a little. We hiked up a mountain trail, wandered through a few downtowns, and saw a spectacular waterfall.
Dat scenery doh. It takes my breath away.

June 6, 2016

Guilt-Free Almond Pancakes + Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Compote {recipe}

*Still working on the vlog from my trip to Washington State. Stay tuned. It'll be here next Monday morning.
My mom makes the best pancakes, and I fondly recall many a childhood and teenage-hood Sunday morning in the family kitchen, chowing down hotcakes fresh off the skillet, and not even worrying about being graceful about it. Oh, good times.

May 30, 2016

Mother Mary

Salutations, Hanlin family!

I am just returning from a week in Washington State (Seattle & Vashon Island) for my big bother's wedding! I video blogged the whole trip, so there is an extra-long video in production at the moment. It will be published next Monday, but here is something to hold you over.