A Low-Key Night

Hi lovelies! Thank you for all your sweet comments on my Father’s day post, I really had a great time making sure my Daddy Jeff felt extra special. And in the process, it seems like the cooking bug bit me again. I tend to go through phases with cooking as there are times that I’m really into it and excited to make new recipes, and others when takeout salads become a nightly occurrence. But since I have a stocked refrigerator and was in the mood, I took advantage and made another Mama Pea recipe that I’ve been wanting to try- Spaghetti Squash Casserole. With the headline of “Crazy fast. Crazy Easy. Crazy good.” I knew this was a recipe that I wanted to make. Plus, I was determined not to let my spaghetti squash go to waste. I’ve thrown out the past 2 I’ve bought because I was scared of cutting them (my past attempt was here) but I did it all by myself tonight and with a knife not a saw this time!

I was very proud and even more so when this delicious meal came out of the oven…

I followed the recipe almost exactly but made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand. Since I didn’t have any cream cheese (I never think to buy it since I only have bagels at Noahs) I used goat cheese medallions instead from Trader Joes. It melted perfectly in the sauce, and let’s get real, when is more cheese ever a bad thing? I also used fresh basil instead of dried since I had it on hand.

After this delicious, filling meal, I turned on the tv and was looking for my usual shows when I landed on the U.S. Olympic Trials. I usually only watch gymnastics during the Olympics, but when I saw the Men’s Diving trials I was glued to the tv. It was incredible watching these men dive from a platform that’s 33 feet in the air! (Confession: I cannot even do a baby dive from the edge of the pool, no matter how hard I try.) These men were doing full handstands on the diving board and then 2 1/2 twists and somersaults. It was truly awe-inspiring and I can only imagine all of the years of hard work and dedication that it has taken them to make it to this point. These are truly incredible athletes! Oh and the fact that they look like this certainly doesn’t hurt…

David Boudia, currently in 1st after the Olympic Trials Semi-finals

Questions:

-Do you go through cooking phases?

-What Olympic sports do you enjoy watching?

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7 thoughts on “A Low-Key Night

  1. Congrats on successfully conquering the spaghetti squash! It sounds like it was worth it too–the casserole looks delicious! I bet the exchange of goat cheese for cream cheese really enhanced the flavor. Yum!

    Oh, I definitely go through cooking phases! When I’m in school, I “cook” half the time, but I make speedy budget meals like eggs + cheese + spinach and more eggs + cheese + spinach (I know, your *favorite*! ;-p). I usually come home from class starving and don’t have the patience to wait any longer than 5 minutes to eat. Thank goodness for take out, right?!

    I am SO excited for the Olympics! And double excited because they’re in London (one of my favorite cities)! I truly enjoy watching all the events, but my favorites are gymnastics, track and soccer.

    Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Emily! xoxo <3

  2. I *definitely* go through cooking phases! And baking :) Sometimes you can’t get me out of the kitchen, but sometimes I’m just like ‘cereal? Microwave dinners? WF salad bar? Yes, please.’ I have no idea why, but somehow my domestic impulses aren’t very consistent. :P

    xx,
    LLE

  3. Yep, I definitely go through cooking phases! Making a spaghetti squash dish definitely takes commitment — I have to be in a serious cooking phase to cut one of those babies! Maybe your casserole will inspire me, yummm!

    And I LOVE watching the Olympics! I was taking the bar exam during the last winter olympics, so it’s all a blur for me as I was hardly able to watch any of it. Summer Olympics is where it’s at though — I’m excited! :)

  4. I also caught the diving trials a few weeks back. I’ll admit their twists and spins were captivating, but I was reeeeeeally a fan of their outfits ;) I watched some of the track and gymanstics highlights and cannot wait for the games to begin!!

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