Sashimi Ahi Tuna Steaks

Hello!! I can’t believe I am already on DAY 4 of Whole30! Is it sad that I’m semi-surprised that I have lasted this long? Maybe. But is it an awesome feeling knowing I have accomplished 4 days? YES. Only 26 left to go!!! (sigh)…

SO my first night of cooking dinner for my husband Whole30 style was great. I think it was so great because this is something we would usually eat for dinner, which made everything seem normal… but really we can’t have sugar, bread, dairy, candy, soda, milkshakes… EVERYTHING MY HEART LOVES.

We meal planned out 3 days (yes, the most I could do) and went to Fresh Market to pick up our “supplies”. I decided I would stick with something simple, fish, because YES they were only 2 for $10! YAY

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I am usually not-so-good at cooking fish. But WHATEVER my husband would eat cardboard and tell me it was delicious. I have to be my own worst critic, which is good and bad. Anyway, I popped these babies in the oven at 450 for 6 minutes and they were cooked to perfection!!

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I did marinate them for about an hour in the fridge with some lemon juice, rosemary (weird, I know. I was freaked out a little until I tasted the heaven!), some garlic, salt, and pepper.

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No, I do not know how much because HELLO I am not a chef. A little bit here and a little bit there and it tasted UH-MAZ-ING.

I added some asparagus and fingerling potatoes (which are allowed) and HERE YA GO IT IS DINNER TIME!!

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If only every dinner could be like this one- the Whole30 would be so easy!! The hardest thing for me has been lunch because it is hard to get creative when you have a husband who eats like a horse 24/7. I HAVE TO feed him. Anyone have any good lunch ideas they are willing to share? I have been scouring the internet for quick, delicious meals and to my surprise have found some that are tempting my pallet. Can’t wait to post some more of my favorite Whole30 meals!!

P.S. Please pray for me. I am craving red skittles so hard right now. BYE.

Erica

Chocolate Lava Nutella Cookies

Yes. This tastes exactly how it sounds- AMAZING.

Let’s just cut to the chase…

INGREDIENTS:

1 stick of unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup of sugar

1 egg

1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 CUP OF NUTELLA, MELTED YES YES YES YES

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 12-cup standard-sized muffin pan with cooking spray or floured cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, Nutella, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined.IMG_7803 IMG_7804
  4. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  5. Using your hands, form approximately 12 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly against muffin pan.
  6. Stuff one tablespoon of GLORIOUS NUTELLA in the center of each cookie.
  7. Create a ‘cookie top’ by flattening a small ball and placing on top of each muffin hole.IMG_7807
  8. Bake for about 11 to 12 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set (I bake for 11 minutes exactly); don’t overbake. Cookies will rise in the oven, but fall as they cool.
  9. Allow cookies to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before carefully removing. They should pop out easily but if they don’t, rim each muffin cavity with a table knife to help dislodge. Cookies will have a tendency to flatten and break apart somewhat after being removed from muffin pan.

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Cookies are best warm and fresh but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I usually eat immediately with a huge glass of milk. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

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Love,

Erica

On the way!

As college football season begins this weekend I am now more than ever looking forward to fall.
Colors, smells, foods….
I am so thankful that my husband is not a college football fanatic. I know, I know… Rare is this type of man. We do enjoy the occasional college game, but we would rather shout GO FALCONS than any other team. No offense to anyone who has extreme enthusiasm for their alma mater!!

Fall just brings on all kinds of warm fuzzies for me. It’s the best kind of snuggling weather, season of baked goods and extreme seasonal decor, and best fire pit hangs. Cheers to you, cold weather to come. And cheers to the abundant amount of leggings I’ll wear.

Erica

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Best friends forever

HAPPY NATIONAL DOG DAY!!!

My two pups have changed my life for the better… They are always happy to see me and know just how to put me in a good mood! Rex is the goofiest, sweetest cuddle giver and Bella is the complete opposite… Smarter than any dog I know and unwilling to snuggle (unless she is sleepy). I love being their caretaker and I can’t imagine my life without them!! Cheers to many more years! And here’s a couple of my favorite pictures of them 🙂

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Guest room ready!

Another huge project we started this weekend was working on painting our guest bedroom! When we first bought the house, the room was covered in grasscloth. That’s nice and all, but this was street cone orange grasscloth…. I wasn’t a fan.

I had to go through the longest process to take this stuff down. In order to remove it from the wall, I had to score it using a tool (so the spray would soak through to the adhesive), spray it with an adhesive remover (my hand was sore for days), pull off the grasscloth, scrap off any remaining adhesive, sand the ENTIRE ROOM, wipe the walls of all of the dust, then finally paint.

Phew.

I dread painting. I used to think it looked like a cute lil fun bonding experience. No. Not after 7 rooms. It’s not fun anymore. However, the guest room was the quickest room I’ve painted so far thanks to my super helpful husband!! He decided to chip in with this room making the process less tedious for me.
We haven’t picked out the furniture yet, but I am so thrilled that the hard part is finally over and we can walk by this room and not see orange or sheet rock walls!! Yippeee!!

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Bathroom Reno

We are finally tackling the daunting task of finishing our bathroom!! We have a new toilet but we are hoping to replace the sink with a vanity and get rid of the outdated lights for something more modern. Can’t wait to post the “after” pictures, but here are some “befores”!

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We have been avoiding doing this for a while… And even though we can’t afford to do all of it right now, we are excited to finally have the motivation to start!

Erica