Folks, I totally thought Recreating Happiness was going to be put on hold for awhile. As you probably know I’ve moved to a new house. And it’s super great and awesome and I love it so far….
Uh, but the oven is 21 years old. So far I have burned black the bottoms of a few rows of muffins, I’ve burned the top of a loaf of my favorite Honey Oat Bread, and I had to bake my Sandwich Bread for well over an hour to get it fully cooked. Yesterday I tried making Orzo Pasta Salad but after waiting nearly 30 minutes to get my water to boil I gave up and just sort of steamed my orzo (did not really work all that well btw).
Needless to say recipe creation involving an oven or stove is on hold until I get a new one (any suggestions?). Thankfully a kitchen reno is in the plans but it’s still several weeks or maybe even months before it’s all done.
Thankfully it’s summer time and my fab husband bought me a grill for my birthday, hooray!
Look at these beauties waiting to go on the grill!
I did go ahead and peel them because they slipped off so easily. However you can leave the peels on if you’d like – once they cook they’ll come right off, but then of course you’ll lose some of your “grilly-ness.”
Once grilled they’re even more gorgeous:
We made it!
Overall it was a good move and it mostly went as planned!
One piece of advice: always get a way bigger U-haul than what their website suggests. ALWAYS. Lesson learned on that one!
The new neighbors have been super nice. The kids are already finding new friends. There’s even a lady down the street who also has celiac’s disease. Everyone, and I do mean every single person, upon hearing we moved here to Indiana from Florida immediately responds, “why?!?!” Haha. I would have had the same response eons ago before I’d traveled and moved from state to state.
A “pro” to moving so often is we’ve learned the things we really really like about a place and the things we want to avoid. For us, we’re more “open air” people. We want some trees, grass, forests. We can deal with not so nice weather as long as it’s not year-round. And no matter how “heavenly” a place may seem (hello Destin, Florida) if there’s tons of traffic we’ll do just about anything to claw ourselves away to a new city.
Ok so no matter how smoothly moving goes it still sucks. It just does. It’s so exciting and bittersweet. Exciting and sad. Physically and emotionally exhausting.
And how do we deal with emotional turmoil? Food of course. We’re not supposed to say that out loud you gasp! We all know it’s true though. May as well admit it.
Nothing satisfies the emotional soul more than these soft homemade gluten free cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookies….
The clock is ticking as I head towards “recreating happiness” from a different angle. My husband and I are taking life by the horns and despite having 2 kids, a well paying job, and being generally considered “well established” for our mid-30′s, we’re chasing the dream.
Ever have that fantasy of saying, “screw it, let’s turn this whole life upside down. Do over! It’s a do-over everyone!”?
And we’re acting on it. Neither of us are risk-takers by nature yet here we are throwing much of our “security” away and aiming high.
Jim Carrey recently gave a commencement speech that’s being touted as one of the best. This 1-minute section sums up why we’re doing what we’re doing.
In essence: you can fail at doing something you don’t love so you might as well go big chasing something you do.
So here we are. I’m packing up the house. We move in less than 2 weeks. We bought a house, we’re laying down roots, all while “following the dream.” Both of us going back to school. I haven’t set foot in a college classroom for 13 years. 13. Wow. I am almost 12 years older than the average undergrad student at Purdue university. Purdue being where I went my freshman year back when I was 18 years old and where I’ll finally graduate in a few years when I’m 36 years old.
In our mid & upper-30′s we’ll start entirely new careers, at the bottom of course. And we cannot wait. We are so excited!! I have never been so excited for a pay cut in all my life.
Back to food since this is a food blog and all. I’m moving and need to use up everything! Thus this awesome noodle and vegetable, sort of asian dish was created. I think I could call it “asian fusion” and then it’d be trendy or something.
If you don’t love asian food, you might like this dish. It’s quite subtle. If you do love asian food go into it thinking “american-asian fusion” and you should be all good