July 11, 2012

Newlywed Life: Cooking

One of the most talked about aspects of becoming a wife is cooking for the husband. Don't people know that I like to eat more than Kevin?! haha!

But seriously, yes, I am excited to cook for Kevin. What most people don't know is that I probably only cooked for him a handful of times before we were married. So, no, he wasn't marrying me for my cooking skills! {it was the cleaning skills he was marrying me for} Thankfully, he would love me even if I didn't do those things. :) But I will, and I am, doing those things. And, yes, I am enjoying it, because it's not just for me.

I have never learned to cook. Probably because I haven't really tried that much. Sure, I've seen my parents, and helped them out, but that's different. They guided and directed everything. I do love to bake delicious items such as cookies and cupcakes. But I guess we can't always eat cookies and cupcakes... {What a shame} During the past few years I've relied on highly nutritious foods such as quesadillas and sandwiches. As much as Kevin enjoys a good quesadilla, I am not planning on making that one of our staple meals. Therefore, I am now learning to cook for us, and I know it will be a trial and error process! I have already had to learn that you need side dishes to go with your main dishes. {shocking right? Thankfully Kevin is not picky..}

Here is what we have had the past two nights. {Recipes below} When you are cooking for two and don't want constant leftovers, you have to adapt. I even made my own recipe last night! 

Brown Sugar Meatloaf
Adapted from All Recipes

1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup of milk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Ketchup to taste
Brown Sugar to taste
1/4 cup finely crushed crackers (optional)
Onion to taste (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Lightly grease a 5x9 loaf pan.

2. Set aside brown sugar and ketchup. Mix all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Shape into a loaf and place in loaf pan.

3. Sprinkle brown sugar over loaf to cover. {No measurements, cooking is an art right?!}

4. Drizzle ketchup over that and bake in the oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear. {It only took my loaf 45 minutes}

Lauren's Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

2-3 thawed chicken breasts
1 can of pineapple
BBQ Sauce {to taste}

1. Chop chicken breasts into small cubes {or shred} I think next time I will try shredding the chicken.

2. Place chicken in the crock pot and cover with pineapple {drain most of the juice, but not all so that it absorbs into the chicken}

3. Cover in BBQ sauce

4. You can let it go on low for a couple of hours, or speed up the chicken by putting it on high for 1 hour. 

Great to serve over rice and you can add extra BBQ sauce if you wish when you are eating it.
Yeah, side note...I don't know how anyone takes all these amazing photos of their food...


  1. That meatloaf looks SOOOOOOO delish! I'm drooling already! :)

  2. Yum thanks for these recipes - my hubby didn't marry me for my cooking skills either...but I'm trying ;)

    PS- I am having to enter these CAPTCHAS for the 4th time now... I CANNOT read them - argh!!

    1. OHMYGOSH! So sorry! Still new to this blogging thing so I had no idea that it automatically had the settings there! That has been fixed. Thank you for letting me know! I hate those things! haha.


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