Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recipe of the Week!

Greek Salad Skewers
So can you tell this was my first food photography with my new camera? It makes my food look so much more appetizing. I took these to a Labor Day picnic with the fabulous 5th grade team at my school. I think they are delicious and obviously they are super easy...the hardest part is getting the feta on the skewer without it crumbling to pieces. You can also put any leftovers on some lettuce and there you have a Greek salad. I made my own vinaigrette, but I'm sure you can buy some Greek dressing from the store if you want.


grape tomatoes
feta cheese, cut into (1/2-inch) cubes
pitted kalamata olives
red or sweet onion, cut into (1/2-inch) pieces
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
wood skewers

2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the Skewers: Thread the skewers starting with a tomato, then a piece of feta cheese, an olive, a piece of onion and finish with another tomato.

For the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, red wine vinegar and oregano. Whisk in the olive oil until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Arrange the skewers on a serving platter. Spoon the vinaigrette over the skewers and sprinkle with the chopped oregano.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Remember This?

This reminds me of that first grade teaching objective about yesterday and today. If you have followed my blog since the get go your may recall my occasional mention of the construction I live in the midst of every. single. day. Well it's finally coming to a close. I looked back through my blog and found a few pictures of the progress that I have accidentally documented. I feel like maybe my little blog might be featured in a history book someday of the evolution of the Dunn Loring-Merrifield area. 

From February 2011

May 2011
August 2011
August 2011

The pictures I have a from documenting the occasional weather event (what a snow day in VA looks like, the city garden, and that hurricane that came through last summer) on the blog. I have to say the construction has been ridiculously annoying being that it could be 2am, 7am, or 8pm and it would still be happening, but we will have bars and restaurants in our backyard now. And while this project is finishing up there is still much more going on... thankfully on the other side of the building. Apparently we are getting a grocery store and some other stuff over there. And then at the next intersection down a TARGET! I'm so excited about that one. That project will also be accompanied by more restaurants and some retail I believe. So my conclusion...I will be able to say I live in Merrifield when it only had an H-Mart and a Rite Aid. 

September 2012
September 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Recipe of the Week!

No Bake Granola
Here is a very low maintenance recipe. I made a whole bunch of these before we went to Hawaii. My intention for them was to serve as some travel snacks. Well...that worked for the way to the airport. These aren't exactly travel friendly and had I actually thought it all the way through I should have figured that out pre-travel halfway around the world. Anyway, these are pretty good and freeze very well. I would totally make them and eat them for snacks or breakfast at home.

Ingredients (for about 12):

2 large overripe bananas
1 cup oats
1/2 cup crunchy cereal
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp dried cranberries
2 – 4 tsp cocoa powder

Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Mash the bananas. Add wet ingredients and cocoa powder and mix well. Add all other ingredients, mix well then press into prepared muffin tin. Freeze at least 60 minutes before serving. Eat soft or frozen, or somewhere in between!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I'm Alive

Oh, September. You're back. Blogging has been scarce. I would say September has really hit me hard this year. It's always a little tough to get back in the swing of things, but after a whirlwind summer, a fabulous wedding, and a dream vacation, September is even harder. And you know who doesn't care? Public education.

We have been back for two weeks. The first two weeks are like herding kittens. At my day job I currently run, sweat, try not to yell, make sure people eat their lunch. It's glamourous, really. September at least usually comes with the fall air...something unforeseen the first week of school, and football. Well so far football has been slightly painful. There were some redeeming games this weekend, however. So maybe things are looking up.

Things are looking up here on my scarcely updated blog too. I will return with recipes of the week this week. I also have stories to share about my new found pastime...bowling. And I'm sure that I will have a fabulous BES story or two to share as well.

For now, though, I will tell you about my weekend adventure. Yesterday was my birthday. We went to Cirque Du Soleil's TOTEM. It was my first time to a Cirque Du Soleil performance. It was so cool! Those people can't be human. Afterward's we went to 2 Amy's for dinner. I got the margherita pizza which was awesome. Matt and I decided they have the best pizza crust. I thought the whole pizza was fab, though. Which leads me to my next discussion...who has the best pizza in DC? Matt and I had an enthralling conversation on the best pizzas. We LOVE Mad Fox's Fig and Balsamic Blues. And then the 2 Amy's, but what's your favorite?

Tell me what you think, and I will be back this week with a recipe (not pizza, though :)

Monday, September 3, 2012


View from our balcony.

How is summer over? So unfair. I guess I am trying to hang on to the last bit of it by posting about our honeymoon. Matt and I had a wonderful time on our honeymoon in Hawai'i. I wish there was somewhere like it closer so we could just go anytime we wanted. We had a good mix of adventure and relaxation. We also had some nearly serious mishaps. I lit myself on fire...sustaining only a burn on my arm and some seriously singed hair. Matt had an allergic what we still aren't really sure. And I lost the rental car keys, but luckily got them back soon thereafter.

Red Sand Beach on the Road to Hana
On to the more exciting things. We used the guidebook Maui Revealed all the time. I had never used a guidebook really, but this thing was AMAZING. It had tons of hidden spots mapped out, all the best places to eat (that actually ended up being the best), and literally covered everything. I would highly recommend Maui Revealed to everyone. The best meals we ate were local food. Seriously if I could have one thing from Hawaii it would be the food. Everything is so fresh and so delicious. I ate so much Ahi Poke, fresh fish in general, and Hawaiian lunch plates it was borderline out of control. It was hard to go back to cooking most nights when we got back.
Haleakala Summit
Haipau'ena Falls on the Road to Hana

As for adventures we drove to the summit of Haleakala for sunrise and traveled the Road to Hana. Definitely some of the most scenic parts of the trip as well as the most adventurous. We did a small drive around West Maui doing a couple of hikes and a lot of snorkeling. We actually did a lot of snorkeling in general...once with a whole bunch of sea turtles right outside our hotel. That was pretty awesome. They were huge! Of course we had a lot of beach time as well. I'm so sad it's over...I hope we can go back soon :)

Sunrise on Haleakala