Luke and I knew this weekend would be busy & chaotic with my grad school class final due on Monday and his needing to do some work for the Army. We ended up starting the weekend off right though, with a fun double date night on Friday with our good friends, Rachel and Kevin. We went to Your Pie and saw Pitch Perfect II, an awesome lighthearted date that everyone enjoyed (including the guys!) If you are looking for a funny date movie, this is definitely a good pick.
Saturday began with a LOT of work; but, I was able to cross two projects off my list by noon, and then we spent the rest of the day cleaning up around the apartment. We had not done a deep clean in a while, and so we were able to accomplish some neglected chores (Nothing too exciting, but with our busy schedules, we’ll take time together where we can get it!) Saturday night we enjoyed babysitting the three-year-old daughter of two of our good friends here in Phenix City. They went out for a date for their 12th anniversary, so we spent some time at the playground and watching Disney movies 🙂 It actually ended up being a LOT of fun, and I even learned how to change a pull up and some other helpful tips to store in my mind for down the road!
Today, we ended up missing church so that we could get some more of our work done, and I knocked out a solid 5-6 hours on my final while Luke went in to work. Then, he came home and cooked breakfast for dinner (the highlight of my day!) Another fun part of the day was finding the book Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequest, at the recommendation of another Army wife. I am one chapter in and am LOVING this book! Since I can remember, I have loved baking, cooking and entertaining. But the obstacles I have faced since our marriage have been a) finding time to cook at all since we are often on different schedules b) finding healthy recipes that don’t kill the budget c) finding recipes that meet criteria for Category B but don’t take all night to prepare. Bread & Wine seems like such a good fit for me so far. It is not a “cookbook,” but it contains tons of practical real-life recipes from the author’s family along with stories about how those recipes originated and played a role in her life as a child. The best part? They are healthy and her biggest criteria–EASY!
After purchasing the book today, I made a promise to “cook my way through it,” just like my fellow Army wife did, with the goal of making 1 recipe a week. Luke will tell you he’s a bit of a picky eater, especially when you exhaust the meat/potatoes categories, but I have made him PROMISE to try at least one bite of everything I prepare. I am hoping to find some new family favorites and maybe some dishes to prepare for entertaining as well 🙂
Without further ado, here is the Blueberry Crisp recipe I prepared this evening straight from Bread & Wine!
Prep Time: Less than 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
4 cups blueberries (or any other fruit you like)
1 cup old-fashioned oats (We messed up here by leaving these off the grocery list! There are many ways to make a crisp though, so I simply compensated with additional nuts and a touch of brown sugar.)
1/2 cup raw, unsalted pecans (chopped)
1/2 cup almond meal (rather than go to the specialty foods store, we simply bought almonds and made this ourselves in the food processor; it was SO EASY. You just stop before the almonds turn into almond butter.)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together the crisp ingredients.
Pour the berries into an 8X8 baking dish.
Layer the crisp topping over it. Bake at 35-40 minutes or up to 10 minutes longer if crisp topping or fruit was frozen.
We are eagerly awaiting for our dessert to finish baking, and then we will share how it tasted! I hope it tastes as good as it looks. The author recommends serving it warm with vanilla ice cream 🙂
Hope you all had a wonderful/productive weekend as well, or a relaxing one, which almost sounds even better right now! Best wishes for a productive week!