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Food Journal Recipes

A Must-Share Pasta Recipe and Random Life Updates

Pasta alla Norcina

I will kick off this post with a fantastic recipe I made last night because that’s probably why you are here.

If you want to read my boring life update (because it’s been MONTHS since I’ve blogged), it’s below the recipe card.

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Food Menus

A Japanese-Inspired Sommelier Deathmatch

FINALLY! I’ve been trying to share the details of my latest dinner party all week, but it’s been crazy around here. You’d think after classes end, I’d be a bit less swamped but nope. I got myself involved in too many projects at work, and they are all coming to a head right now.

Anyway, who wants to talk about work when we can talk about food?! For this month’s dinner party menu, I took inspiration from Japanese flavors or, at least, what I think of when I think Japanese. After a little bit of research, I settled on this:

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Food Journal

Out With the Old

What a fantastic weekend!

We didn’t do anything special.
No big events or outings.
No plans with friends.
Not even a sporting or school event.

This weekend we just played it by ear, and it was glorious!

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Food Journal Recipes

Weekend Cooking and Geocaching Adventures

I would have loved to write this last night but come Sunday nights, I’m exhausted! Especially now that the weather is finally starting to break and we are doing more outside.

This weekend two things dominated my time, cooking and geocaching.

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Food Journal

Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Poblanos

I’m trying to make this a weekly series because it’s so fun!

As a family, we meal plan dinner Monday through Thursday, for the most part. I try to involve the family as much as possible. Each kid picks a day they will cook or help, and they choose the meal. We go through stages, of course. It all depends on how busy we are and what’s going on.

Friday, however, I like to have a little fun and celebrate the weekend.

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Food Journal Teaching

Catching Snatches and Throwing Avocados

Wednesdays are my busy days. I have three face-to-face classes back to back, and it’s exhausting, in a good way!

I’d much rather be engaged all day than work solo in my office. Plus, the students have more work than I do with the semester wrapping up. My role shifts to more of a help desk position. Teaching technical classes and introduction to programming means I’m constantly problem-solving.

Wednesday is also one of my favorite days at the gym. We call it Weightifint Wednesday, and today was snatch day!

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Food Journal

You Like Me, You Really Like Me!

I. Am. Blown. Away.

On a whim today, I decided to reactivate my old blog Facebook page. I did NOT expect to reconnect with so many people who used to read my blog!

I felt a little like Sally Fields. (Only you fellow old people will get that reference.)

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Food Journal

Finding My Voice (Again)

Nearly fifteen years ago, I was teaching full-time, chasing around a toddler, and managing two blogs. It was a different time then, blogging was just starting to be popular, and I enjoyed sharing and connecting online.

Now, I’m back in the classroom and trying to motivate a teenager while preparing his little brother for middle school. Life is just as crazy but different. The boys have their own hobbies, and the time we spend together is not as exhausting as it once was. We play games and talk about our days.

It’s nice and hard in a completely different way.

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Food

Friday Fridge Clean-Out (video)

A few days ago I got this email from YouTube…

We noticed you haven’t posted any content to your YouTube channel, Roni’s Recipes, for several months, and have fallen below the eligibility criteria for YouTube Partner Program (YPP). We know monetization is important to you as a creator, so we want to let you know that unless you meet the YPP eligibility threshold in the next 30 days, we will disable monetization on Roni’s Recipes. After that, we will cancel your contract and you will need to reapply for YPP.

Well, that put a fire under my ass.

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Food

A Blind Sommelier Deathmatch!

I wanted to share the details of our latest Dinner Party all week, but somehow, I’m even busier when I’m NOT working. How is that even possible?

It’s spring break in these parts, and I’ve been taking advantage as per my monthly goals. I’ve gotten lots of stuff accomplished around the house. I’ve taken The 11-Year-Old to the Aquarium and the Science Center. And I’ve been working on a few other things I can’t share quite yet. I’ll just leave you with this link.

Anyways, on to the dinner party!