Black Bean Mango Rice Bowl

After finally finishing all my vegetarian spicy jambalaya leftovers, I decided to make the next meal I had planned for the week: black bean mango rice bowl.

I was super excited to make this dish because it looks absolutely gorgeous in the website picture.

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Mint Green Tea

I will be the first to admit that the best thing about Sonic is their happy hour. Recently they’ve added green tea to their menu with different flavors you can add in. One of them is mint and as soon as I saw that on their menu, I immediately ordered a mint green tea. It was amazing!

The only problem is that I can’t afford to constantly drive to a Sonic during their happy hour (or any other time) just to get a mint green tea. I looked online for a mint simple syrup recipe to mix in with some fresh-brewed green tea. The recipe I finally found that I thought would work came from none other than Food Network.

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Spicy Vegetarian Jambalaya

I have seriously been neglecting this blog since I started it. After making the Peach Upside Down Cake I didn’t make anything else while I was at home. I could come up with an excuse such as the kitchen is being remodeled, I was busy with other things, etc. Plain and simple, I just didn’t make anything.

Now! On to the food.

I searched and searched on Pinterest and Google for quick, easy meals to make. Tomorrow marks the first day of summer classes for me so I needed to find dishes that were simple but delicious, especially since I have hardly any time between classes to eat. In my search I came across this website and found a recipe for Spicy Vegetarian Jambalaya. The reason I wanted to make a vegetarian dish is because I personally feel like I’ve been eating too much meat lately.

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Well, here I am

To me, the first post of a blog is the hardest one to make. What do I write about? How should I start this?

My passion for cooking and baking started in high school when I signed up for a home economics class. The class was split into two halves in one semester. Half the semester was spent learning how to sew and the other half was spent learning how to cook. The first year I took the class, we ended up learning to sew first. It was interesting but I was ready to get to the kitchen and cook something! By the time we finally made it to that half of the semester, I was beyond ready to cook. However, with it being the first class of three, we had to learn the basics. Then FINALLY we started to cook! I was so excited and brought the recipes home with me so I could make them for my parents. The second class we learned about international foods and the third class we learned more about desserts. That third class was my favorite of the three. I figured out my passion for baking in that class and I owe it all to Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Tidwell. They inspired me and taught me the basics so I could continue them throughout my life.

I am now a Hotel and Restaurant Management student at Auburn University (although a majority of us think it should be renamed to Hospitality Management) and I’m getting a minor in sustainability. When I finish college in May (fingers crossed), I will take an internship and then find a job. There are many opportunities for me out there and I want to get the best experience possible learning how to effectively run a bakery so I can open my own one day. It will have sustainable fixtures such as water- and electricity-saving appliances as well as reusable dishes and silverware. I will also compost what leftovers I can and purchase as often as possible from local farmers. It is also a hope of mine to hold children’s cooking classes on the weekends to get them interested in creating food from scratch and helping local farmers. I also want to make dog treats for people who love their dog(s) as much as I love mine!

This blog is a way for me to show you my food and the steps I take to find and plan a meal, shop, and prepare the food. I hope it inspires you as much as my home economics class inspired me!Image