Coming up with different dinners every night can be challenging. This is something I’m sure we can all relate to. Especially after a long day, spending an hour in the kitchen cooking can be the last thing we want to do. I am all for simple, yet tasty homemade meals. Within the last few weeks, I’ve made a goal to make two new dinners every night, trying out recipes I’ve saved over the years that have taken a backburner. Some of them get followed exactly as written, and others get tweaked and adjusted to make another variation.
Spring is here. At least, according to the calendar, it is. In reality, not so much, In the past week alone, Ohio has seen just about every weather event possible, from a nearly 80-degree day, sunshine, rain, thunderstorms, tornados, snow, sleet….you get the picture. It may be April, but some days still feel like February, and on those days comfort food is craved.
Life has been crazy lately. Between work, keeping up with stuff around the house, and everything else that needs to be done, it seems like the days just don’t have enough hours to get everything done and still have time to relax. I haven’t had the chance to try out any new baking recipes lately, either. I usually default to my chocolate chip cookies or banana bread if we have some banana’s that have been left ignored and unloved for a little too long.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t take vacations as often as I should. Usually, time off work is spent catching up on stuff around the house. In fact, the last real vacation that my husband and I went on was in 2012. Life happens, time slips away. So when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a girls trip, I was ecstatic! A good friend’s birthday was coming up, and she wanted to go to Saint Louis for a long weekend away. From where we live, Saint Louis is just over a six-hour drive, which is very manageable. She did most of the work in finding activities for us to do once we arrived and had everybody chose one thing that they wanted to do while we were there. Since my thing is baking, all I wanted was to find a good bakery. After all, desserts equal happiness.
My good friend, Jenn, and her wife went to Iceland for their honeymoon earlier this year. I’ve asked her to write about their experience as my first guest poster. Although it has taken me entirely too long to get this posted, here is what she had to say: