It is the chocolate and kisses of life that make us rich. Enjoy what brings a smile to my face and love to my life.....

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin

I have spent the past six months on a journey to a healthier life. While I have not been perfect all the time, I have found many substitutes using healthier ingredients to make dishes that I can only describe as pure comfort.

I will also say that no matter what my journey, unless I am highly allergic- I WILL NEVER GIVE UP CHEESE! Especially if the end product tastes like a loaded baked potato! Just add a dab of sour cream, hot sauce and some crumbled bacon! Yum yum!

That being said, I bring to you my Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin!

Ingredients
1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into large chunks
4 oz of cream cheese, cubed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
6 oz of shredded cheese (your choice)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chopped cauliflower into sauce pan and fill with enough water to cover cauliflower. Boil cauliflower on high heat until just fork tender. Strain cauliflower and add back into pan. Mash with a fork or a potato masher to smaller pieces. Add cubes of cream cheese allowing to melt and mix with cauliflower well. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spray a small sized baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer half of the cauliflower onto bottom of dish. Layer half of the shredded cheese on top and then add second layer of cauliflower, spreading evenly. Add remaining cheese to top of cauliflower. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn oven to broil for 3-5 minutes to allow cheese to become bubbly and lightly browned to perfection!



                                                                      Enjoy!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Six Months Later

I often have a hard time figuring out what I want out of the escape I call this blog. I think a huge part of that uncertainty is that my mind is currently all over the place. About 90% of my life is focused on a subject that I'm not quite sure I am ready to share with this world. I have a hard enough time sharing the emotional struggle with people I know.

I have missed writing though. I have missed documenting the wonderful life I lead. Struggles and all, I am happy.

I started this blog because I love to write. That doesn't mean I am good at it, but it's an outlet for me. Whether it be about my forever journey to be healthier, my love for cooking and baking, or to share the shenanigans of my life- it is my story to tell.

I don't know if even one person looks at this minuscule blog, and that doesn't really matter to me. I do it for me, and I need to make the time to continue doing this. It would be nice to look back in ten years and see all the wonderful things I have done. To have my words forever out there, for anyone to read and most importantly, for me to remember.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thankful

As the holidays approach, the days in which we all celebrate with our loved ones and give thanks, I smile to myself. Not only because I am excited to have wonderful food surrounded by the ones I love, but because I am extremely grateful for many great things. I feel many blessings surrounding me, and while holidays are wonderful, I am thankful that I am able to be grateful every day for what I have been given.

I am blessed with this incredible life, my health, and the love of the most beautiful people.

There are many gifts that I have been given that I love, but there is one that I cherish the most. I have been given the gift of my husband. A man I can't even begin to describe. He is selfless, loving, compassionate, intelligent, and so unaware of what he brings to so many of our lives. He is the perfect son, the most loving husband, and those who are blessed to know him, know what a kind soul he has. My life is better because his presence has made me a better person. I am forever grateful for what he has taught me and how I've been shown what love really is.

I wouldn't be able to love my husband with my whole heart, if I wasn't shown how by the most beautiful woman in my life. I am beyond thankful for my momma. She has always been and will always be my reason for life. She gave me my first breath, she has been my strength when I have been at my weakest, she is my very best friend. I am the person I am today because she has always shown me how to treat people, how to love, and how to be strong through the hardships. I have never met someone with such a selfless drive to help others, to open her heart for those in need, to always give more to people than she even has, without expectations. She fills my life with beauty, hope, and endless amounts of love. I am not only grateful for my momma, I am proud and honored to say that she is MY mom.

Along with having a mother that I am forever blessed with, she has also given me someone who I was able to grow up with, and continue to as the years pass by. We go through so many different stages in life and if you are lucky, you have a sister to experience these moments with. While not all our moments in our childhood were spent in perfect harmony, nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than the mischief and adolescent fights we got into. That was the start of the most beautiful friendship, one that I hold dear to my heart and continue to cherish in our adulthood. We have seen each other through dark times, and been there right by each others sides as we embark on life's most beautiful moments, marriage and the birth of my first nephew. I could not imagine a better older sister to look up to and hope that there are many more laughs and memories to be made in our future.

While I look to the future for hopefully more blessings, I can't help but reminisce about the past. I am so thankful for my grandparents, who were a huge part of my childhood. Not a day goes by that I don't remember them or picture their beautiful faces. They always showered me with so much love and affection, supporting me in all my endeavors. I miss them terribly every day and often find when I'm struggling, that their faces pop into my mind when I close my eyes tight, without even trying. They comfort me even though they are not here, and I can't describe how grateful that makes me.

I have pictured them a lot over the past 2 1/2 years, having been given a struggle I never imagined. While at first I couldn't find my strength or poise, I now am able to say that I am thankful for our struggles. It has made me realize how blessed I truly am, it has humbled me and it has allowed me to grow into a better person. As my husband and I travel this journey together, not all days are easy. Some days I feel I am losing my way, but I remind myself all the time, that in his time, all things are made beautiful. I am able to look to my husband for the strength I may not feel, and know that through every obstacle our relationship grows and gets stronger. I cannot ask for anything more than what I am already blessed with.

I look forward to what this life has to offer me, and hope that I can always see the beauty that is surrounding me.
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