Things I Didn’t Share- 2013

I can’t believe the last time I posted on here was way back in September.  That’s just ridiculous. There have been quite a few things I missed out on sharing with you in the last few months. So, instead of doing a year-end re-cap of favorite posts or list of 2014 resolutions I’m going to do a down and dirty photo re-cap of things I wish I’d shared.

First up was a week-long trip to Managua, Nicaragua.  The trip was for work, but there was a lot of new foods to be had as well.  I can’t remember or pronounce most of the names for these things so just sit back and enjoy the photos.  Side note: the plastic bags in the photos below are filled with fruit juice.  I was told they’re tasty but not meant for out of towners.


Next was a week long road trip around the east coast.  We tried to get something local on each of the stops including; tours of Ben and Jerry’s, Cabot Creamery, maple farms, and breweries.  We had our biggest treat visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Maine who put together a New England Shore Dinner for us, complete with homemade biscuits with whipped cream and garden grown blueberries.  Needless to say, my jeans felt a little tight by the end of the week.


Some other random events that happened: Roasting and freezing the last of the tomatoes, lasagna with ricotta and mozzarella made from scratch, digging up our carrots in November (yes, November), making apple pie for Thanksgiving and caramels for Christmas.



I hope you all have had a happy start to the new year.  Any food related resolutions out there?  One of my goals this year is to get back on track with teaching myself new techniques.  I also got a bread machine for Christmas, so I’m hoping I can stop buying bread at the grocery store, or at least minimize it.  I’m also going to play around with some new things on here as well as get back to some old ideas that have gone by the way side.  Anyone remember my dessert and drink of the month posts?  Yeah, it’s been awhile.  Hopefully, I can get back at it!

Frozen Goods in Action

Remember how I started freezing vegetables and made these fun little olive oil and herb ice cubes?  Well I’ve been digging in to them lately.  Earlier this week I used a couple of the olive oil and rosemary cubes to make pork chops.

olive oil cubes

They didn’t melt down as quickly as I thought they would, and went from bright oil yellow to almost white in the freezer.

oil cubes and pork chops

I was a little afraid I’d end up with burnt pieces of rosemary but as it melted down and got going it smelled so good!

pork chops and roasted veggies

On the flip side, I pulled some frozen asparagus out of our deep freeze to make as just an easy, weeknight side.

frozen asparagus

I was a little sad when I dropped them in the dish before the microwave.  The ends of the stalks were looking a little brown and the frozen solid clump was less than appealing.

sad asparagus

After I nuked them they still looked and smelled like asparagus but were a little limp and over cooked.  They tasted fine but wasn’t as exciting or tasty as the fresh we get in the spring.  I think it’ll make me that much more hopeful for ours to start sprouting this spring (fingers crossed).  I’m glad we’re making an effort to keep using what we’ve spent the time preserving. Even with the rocky asparagus experience, it makes me want to figure out better methods for the coming year.