Monday Musings on a Tuesday

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembron
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

1. Apparently WordPress has felt my absence and decided to pay me back by being resistant to a posting yesterday. So here we are with a Monday Musings post… on Tuesday!

2. It’s been nearly a month since my last post, and for that I apologize! Cuddling and playing with my sweet baby girl has occupied the majority of my time, though I have been cooking every now and then.

John has continued to offer his help in the kitchen, and one of his recent meals of note was an amazing buffalo chicken pizza. He breaded chicken tenders (technically “stir fry” chicken strips, I think) with panko breadcrumbs, pan-fried them, cut them into pieces, tossed ’em in buffalo sauce, and scattered them over whole wheat pizza dough with shredded mozzarella and cheddar. I tossed together a blue cheese dipping sauce consisting of Greek yogurt, olive oil mayo, crumbled blue cheese, and milk. I didn’t think to take a picture of the finished product – and it doesn’t really require a written recipe – but it was fan-flipping-tastic! Definitely my new favorite homemade pizza, and it will undoubtedly become a regular in the Friday Pizza Night rotation.

3. I turned the big 3-0 on February 27! For some reason being 30 makes me feel like more of an adult than I felt when buying a house or having a baby.

I’m pretty sure the third decade will be my best yet :).

My actual birthday was pretty low-key, but the weekend prior I test-drove and John bought me a brand-spankin’ new 2013 silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, which I am absolutely in love with! I’ve always driven sedans (though I learned how to drive in the family mini van), so driving an SUV is foreign territory for me. I’m really enjoying it!

4. I do have some recipe ideas brewing in the back of my mind, but I’ve found that my culinary creative juices have not been flowing like they used to. Brainstorming recipes just isn’t one of my priorities lately, so if you have any requests for healthified recipes you’d like me to experiment with, please let me know!

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