My first Pot Roast. Legit.

A couple of weeks ago, I made my first pot roast.  In a Crock Pot and it was awesome.  My friend, Michele gave me the low down on a quick recipe: rump roast, potatoes, carrots, onions, one packet of french onion soup mix, and beef broth –justIMG_1532 enough to cover the roast.  In my version, I added celery, and used a vegetable stock instead.  I had to make it quickly, and it only took me 15 minutes –it was mostly chopping– to throw everything in the Crock Pot.  It cooked for about seven hours for a 3.5 lbs roast and was awesome.  Such an easy meal that brings so much comfort.  🙂  Maybe the winter season isn’t all that bad.  Just kidding!

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Friends that cook!

Inviting me for dinner, I knew my friend Amea would make something delicious.  She made a chicken white chili, cornbread, and I brought over some veggies and dill dip.  The chili was amazing:  perfectly seasoned, warm, and hearty.  An added bonus was the cornbread, and between Amea, Soloman, and me, it got demolished. It was great to eat, catch up, and laugh.  Good times!

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Mmmmmmm.

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Omg. Who put all that butter on my cornbread?

Unexpected warmth.

During the football season, I was invited to one of the Kansas City Chief’s game.  The game fell on one of the coldest days –the start of winter.  Despite the fun the atmosphere, and the sun shining, it was difficult, at times to stay warm during the tailgate. We had chorizo breakfast burritos, pan fried potatoes, fruit, chips, cookies, etc.   It was so good, but then another fellow tailgater asked if we wanted some homemade jumbalaya.  Of course, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Real life going on here.

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Shrimp, sausage, chicken… warmed us right up!

Q39

During Kanas City’s Restaurant Week, my friends and I had a difficult time choosing a meeting place.  From the long list of participating restaurants in the area, we knew it would take some time to look at the menu and settle –so many great places! We decided to meet at Q39 and it was the best choice ever!  Not only was the bbq really good, but we got try a lot of their menu items for a great price because of restaurant week.  I chose the platter with three meets: sausage, pulled pork, and smoked chicken.  Sides were potato salad and cole slaw.  Also, we started with onion straws, salad, and fries.  We did everything right.  🙂

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Sorry the pics have been smaller, but lately I’ve been using my phone and not the Nikon! Wish you were here!

It’s lovely times like these, where I really take in the moments.  As a foodie, I appreciate the culinary aspect, but I really enjoy spending time with my friends.  I am thankful for the opportunities that I am able to experience- my heart is full.  As I’ve explored the Kansas City area for the past two years, it’s times like these that make it hard to even think about moving to a different place.

Oh, and we also had dessert.  🙂

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Warm apple cobbler with legit ice cream. Thankful!

Coffee on campus

When receiving my latte from The Roasterie on campus, I was very surprised, but pleased.  He had decorated it with a little leaf on top and I had two thoughts: 1) This is a coffee shop on a college campus.  Why would they take the time to do this?  2) I loved it!  I expressed my thankfulness to the barista, letting him know that I thought it was too pretty to put a lid on it.  As I drank it, I would lift the lid sometimes to see if the leaf was still there.  🙂  IMG_1395 Usually when I get coffee, the lid is already on it and even if the barista did something cool, I would never know.  The Roasterie has a great presentation and I love stopping there to get a tasty treat.  It’s the little details that put spice in my day and make me thankful.