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101 In 1001: New Recipe

I have been working up my confidence in the kitchen. One of our favorite recipes is for an enchilada casserole that involves frying the tortillas which ends up taking forever. After finding a recipe for what seemed like a slight variation of our family favorite casserole I decided to give it a try last night. Essentially the casserole was the same flavors but no labor intensive frying. It was a success.

My goal when going to the grocery store this week was to be smarter and plan meals that use the same ingredients so that they don’t go bad or become wasted on just one recipe. Since one of the menu items was the chicken casserole from last night I decided to try chicken pot pie. The recipe came from Pinterest but I used a pre frozen crust. Overall it turned out really good, even though the juice oozed out a little bit. Here is my finished pie.


Taste of San Jose

For the second part of my trip to San Jose we take a look at the food.


I was told that a trip to California would not be complete unless I went to In n Out Burger. Luckily there was one right next to the airport. Truthfully it was not as glorious as I has expected it to be. Yes there was a secret menu and secret way of ordering things, however the food was less than extraordinary. The burger had a special sauce, much like the Big Mac sauce or thousand island dressing. I got my fries “well done” with cheese but they tasted like cardboard. Bummer that the food wasn’t as good as I expected. At least I experienced the In n Out burger but I think I will stick to Five Guys.


My favorite meal by far was the San Jose Mexicalli burger that I mentioned last time.


I did find a little cupcake shop to enjoy a mini cupcake experience.



That wraps up my food experience in San Jose and my trip to the West Coast.

Do you know the way to San Jose?

This week I have been in San Jose for a trade show for work. I was a little nervous, as I typically am when visiting new places, however overall the experience was a good one. A story is only as good as the pictures that go with it so I will let my camera do the talking…


I spent most of my first day getting myself acclimated to San Jose and soaked up as much of the surroundings as possible. Most of the downtown area was in a state of transition as they were beginning to decorate for the upcoming holiday season after thanksgiving.


The main mode of my transportation for the week was by foot as well as with the public transportation.


There was also a cute flower shop on the corner along with an old theater.



One of my favorite was this little cafe across from the convention center. I pretty much die for anything striped, and the black and white awnings were beautiful to me.

Of course there were a ton of great places to eat but I figured I should wait and do that in a post by itself. For now, here’s a teaser of the best burger I had in California. It was the Mexicali burger and had mango guacamole, Swiss cheese, toasted bun, and home made potato chips. Freaking delicious!


101 in 1001 Update: October

During October I accomplished the following goals:

#73: Date a month: Conner and I went on a Date night to dinner and a movie. Fall is very hard for us to take a break for date nights with school, work and football. Luckily we had a double date night in the fact that we only had a few hours on multiple nights so we just split up our activities for the weekend. One night was the dinner, the next was the movie.

#10: Invite people over for dinner: We had the inlaws come over for a fall themed dinner a few weeks ago. Conner cooked up some chicken and I made an apple dumpling reciepe that I found on Pinterest. The apples were awesome, filled with brown sugar/butter goodness.

#12: Girls Night: This past weekend was my sororities 100 year celebration of being chartered. Truthfully the whole weekend was girls weekend, but especially Friday night when we went for margs at our college Mexican restaurant. Spending 4 years with those ladies, and then fostering relationships with them even after graduation makes me so happy. I am so glad I went Greek and I will always have such fond memories of my time in school. I love even more that being Greek doesn’t stop at Graduation but rather continues afterwards into more of a volunteering and advisory role.

#52: Volunteer 101 hours: This month I volunteered with both the Junior League at the Nearly New Thrift Store and for Alpha Chi.

#67: Try 30 new recipes. I made the Banana Bread as I mentioned earlier as well as the apple dumplings. I am not very good at cooking, but I do love to bake.

That is it for October. On to November, the month of family, business, travel, and holiday prep.

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