My life has been a complete shambles the past two weeks- hence my solitary blogging hiatus. Let’s see.. Packing: check. Moving: check. Unpacking: check. New 45 minute commute to work: check. Preparing for homebound status due to the fact that I am carrying twin baby girls: check. Training RD to cover my leave: check.
To sum it all up for you?
Decide to tackle multiple major life changes all at once..? check. I tell you, while I am apologetic to let a week go by without a peep from CB, I couldn’t help it. But- seeing that I’ll be home full-time from now until the babies come in December- I’ll have no excuse to give if I decide to take a blogging break. I have created recipes over the past month or so and have lined them up to try out on my Fireman’s tastebuds and share with all my readers here.
I have a feeling blogging will be my saving grace over the next three months while I am sentenced to being at home. You would think that I would be jumping in glee about the fact I can sleep in and lounge around in my PJs all day- but I really love my job, so this last week of work has been bittersweet. I adore each and every person I work with, so getting out of my regular routine of seeing them every day will be tough to transition to. But my time at home will be short lived, and before I know it, I’ll be back to work as usual.. except for the slight change in life that I’ll have TWO babies now residing in the CB house. Me and the Fireman Daddy cannot wait.
In the meantime, I’ll share this delicious recipe I cooked up in our new kitchen this past week.
Twice Baked Potatoes. You would think it was seriously Fall already- but even though today is September 3rd (already) there will still be 90 degree days to deal with here in Texas. But, even if the thermometer reads 97, I can still dream about my Fall/Winter comfort foods, cinnamon and nutmeg smelling candles, and of course sweaters, leg warmers, and knee-high boots. I took the classic twice baked potatoes and put a bit of a summer spin on it by adding fresh basil, lemon, and artichoke. The result was a delicious blend of potato-y goodness that my Fireman raved about.
Finished them off with a dash of parmesan for the crispy crunch at first bite, and perfection was accomplished right before my eyes.
Not to mention the steakhouse inspired potato skin shell- here’s tip for getting that crispy skin on the outside- do not wrap your potatoes in foil during baking. You’ll end up steaming them, resulting in a moist and soft skin. Poke with a fork, drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt- bake at 400 degrees for about and hour to an hour and 15 minutes- and perfectly fluffy baked potatoes with crispy skin will be in your future.
Today marks a couple things: Labor Day- which means fall is upon us (unless you live in Texas, than this is a distant dream..), Meatless Monday (which has been so poorly ignored over the past month or so..) and officially my first day of modified bed rest. Life is about to slow down for this baby momma, and after looking back at the past couple months of hectic craziness, me and these baby girls are pretty excited about it.