August 22, 2016

I never want to leave here. {video blog}

Gooday, my lovely Internet family, and happy Monday morning!

You may have seen on my Instagram (*cough* you should find me there if you haven't already) that I spent half a week in my favorite place in Michigan earlier this month. Amalie came with me, and our men drove up on Friday evening after work. It really was a fantastic week. I never get tired of this place. Never. I love it.

I know my vlogging consistency trailed off toward the end of the trip - for that I apologize - but I hope you enjoyed it just the same. Once my guy arrived, I was too busy enjoying him and the time with him to consider bringing out the camera. Also, it rained for almost two days, so I didn't want to get my fancy new camera wet. It's an expensive toy.

August 15, 2016

Swedish Meatballs (Gluten & Dairy Free Options)

Hey there, Hanlin family!

I love meatballs. This is no secret to anyone who knows me well. Usually I default to Amalie's Italian-style meatballs, but I recently stumbled upon a recipe for Swedish meatballs, and decided to try them out. A scrumptious blend of ground beef, sautéed onion, garlic, and mushrooms with a rich and creamy gravy... must I say more? Let's jump right in.

Ingredients for meatballs:

August 8, 2016

73 Questions

Hey there, Hanlin family!

I was bored and lonely on 4th of July weekend, so I decided to sit down and film this video. Annnnnnd promptly forgot about it until last week. Hope you enjoy!

August 1, 2016

Lemon Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo-Safe)

Cheers, Hanlin Family!

Lemon bars. I love them.

In a moment of weakness a month or so ago, I nabbed some Kroger-made lemon bars from the store's bakery, and was thoroughly disappointed. They were pretty bland and unimpressive, so I turned to one of my cookbooks to make some of my own. Success! I've eaten too many already. Oh well. Anyway, without further ado... here is the recipe I used. And loved.

*This product has been tested on boyfriend and roommate, with good reactions and no adverse side effects.

Ingredients for crust:

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

1. What I Eat in a Day

*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

Broasted 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!