We’ve come a long way!

Can you believe that Delights and Delectables turns one year old today??

It seems like just yesterday I said hello to the blog world for the first time.

My first blog posts were nothing spectacular (as if they are now!), and my only major readers were my mom and Luvy.  (Thanks you two!)

However, they believed in me, and so I kept on.  Slowly, more and more of you began to read.  It was therapeutic to write and interact with you all.

I feel like we have been through so much together!

We have celebrated the holidays with one another.

You all have suffered with me as I deal with my injured knee.  One day we will run again!

We have cried together through losses and celebrated new addtions to the family.

We have travelled together all over the world.

First, we went to Peru.

I took you on vacation to Hilton Head and Savannah– and you didn’t even have to wear sunscreen!

Our next stop was London (and I don’t mean London, KY).  🙂

Just a couple of weeks ago, we went to Seattle.

I have taught you the valuable lesson to never fly with me.

You all listen to me vent while I complain about school, and sometimes Luvy’s school.  You also tolerate me when I turn into my Brittany Monster.

You all have helped us to celebrate big life events as well.  Including our birthdays and special events like Luvy getting to speak at the national NAPCE conference!

Thanks for living life with us!  I love sharing with you all and you with us.  I also love how my sweet husband has lost his identity to being known as “Luvy”.  Sorry about that, honey!  🙂

Thank you for your continual support, encouragement, and love.

I love each and every one of you and I’m thankful to have you be a part of our lives for this past year and for many years to come.

Here’s to more holidays, travels, celebrations, and changes.  I hope you will stick around for them all!

Wanna Be

I wanna be anywhere but here right now.

I have been confined to my “office” aka kitchen table for the past two and half days.  I have three big assignments hanging over my head, and I have a feeling I had better get comfortable.  I’m thinking of investing in a nice soft cushion for my seat, because my hiney will be glued there until the end of the semester.

Luvy is in the middle of PhD seminars, so he has been writing and studying like a mad man as well.  It is nice to not be alone in this!  

We have both been a little under the weather this weekend.  Mine is allergies, but I don’t know what his is.  I have been drowning him in orange juice and healthy foods though.  We don’t have time to be sick.

Tonight I was craving comfort food.  All I could think about was how I wish Chaco Canyon could come to me from Seattle.  What does a girl do?  She recreats Chaco Canyon at home, of course!

I made lentil dal and turned it into a wanna be Lentil Dal warm grain bowl that I got at Chaco Canyon!

Wanna Be Chaco Canyon Lentil Dal (inspired by Chaco Canyon and this recipe)

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 2 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 Tbsp turmeric
  • 2 cups lentils (I mixed red and green, but I liked green best)
  • 4.5- 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped (or one can)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot or dutch oven, sauté your onion in cooking spray or olive oil over medium heat.

After it starts to soften, add in all ingredients up to lentils.  Stir and let it cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Do not let it burn.

Add in rest of ingredients and bring to a boil.  

If only using red lentils, cook about 20 minutes.  If using green lentils allow to cook for 30 min or until lentils are tender.  Add additional broth if necessary.  I started out with 4.5 cups and had to add in another 1/2 cup or so.  It should be thick- you do not want this soupy.

To make like Chaco Canyon, first add in your rice.

Then your spinach.  (or grated carrots)

Next comes the Dal topped with cilantro!

Now I wanna be asleep, but I MUST finish this paper before turning in for the night.

Hope you all are having a great Halloween weekend!!  I’m having to miss out on all the fun.

Come see me tomorrow in your costumes! I might treat ya!

Risking it for the Chowder

What a day!

By noon I had already accomplished so much!  I love getting lots of things accomplished in the mornings.  I definitely work best in the mornings.  Come the afternoon or evening, and I procrastinate and can’t get focused.

This morning I had appointments starting at 7am!

I was out the door early in oats in a jar in hand.  It was the end of my Nuttzo PF (peanut free).  I think I might cry.  However, I still have some Nuttzo Original left- it’s my favorite by far!  Maybe Santa is listening and will bring me more Nuttzo!  😉

Like I need more nut butters in my life!  I have made an agreement with myself to only allow 2 jars open at a time.  One peanut butter (that’s the only one Luvy eats) and one other nut butter.  I’m dying right now because I miss my sunflower butter.  However, absence will make the heart grow fonder right??

Anywho, after my appointments I decided to brave going to our new Trader Joe’s today.  Today was the grand opening.  

I should have thought again.  WHAS 11 news was there for all the action and everything.

This place was a MADHOUSE.  You couldn’t get down the aisles for anything.  However, everything looked great!  It was so nuts that you had to follow stalk people to their cars just to take their shopping buggy or basket.  The store didn’t have enough for everyone!

I thought about yelling fire so that I could just get my roasted corn for tonight’s dinner and some pumpkin ice cream for my friend.  Since I don’t have jail time in my time budget right now, I reconsidered and elbowed my way through the crowd.  The two ladies with rollers in their hair weren’t at all pleased with me.  🙂

I love Trader Joe’s and all, but enter at your own risk.  You might lose a limb or two in there.  I will be back… just in a few weeks when the craziness dies down!

After getting back safely in my car, I regained my senses and headed over to Whole Foods where the people didn’t try to trample me.

I was so frazzled at this point that I forgot the most important ingredient that I went in for!  Just like me…  If my hair wasn’t already curly, it would be from that!

I got home, unwound, wasted my afternoon, and made some vegan corn chowder- with my roasted corn!

YUM!  Fighting the crowd was worth it for my roasted corn.

Sorry about that elbow!