Pork Tenderloin Roast with Apples

Ok. In truth, making dinner every night can feel like a chore.  On occasion, I have moments entire weeks when, I really just want to make eggs or a veggie scramble and call it a day.  Of course by “on occasion,” I really am referring to most of December.  The parties we went to in Demember meant a lot of baking.  And after baking all day, making dinner sounds about as much fun as being on an airplane next to a screaming child.  I’m not a big fan of screaming children, if you can’t tell. But, since, its new years, I’m clearing out the cobwebs of my brain and remembering some…

Vegetarian Faux Pho

New year?  New start?  It sounds so strange to my ears to say this in January.  After years in school and working in industries where our fiscal calendar followed suit, it felt like the “new year” commenced in September.  Declaring the a fresh start and a new year in January still feels a bit arbitrary.  Maybe thats why I correct myself when writing the date for so long after a new calendar year begins.  January/September or otherwise, everyone loves feeling like they can have a fresh start. I was reading a book recently about correcting and shaping behaviors of children with complex backgrounds.  The author was talking about offering “do-overs,”…

Creamy Wild Rice, Mushroom, and Sausage Soup

Why hello there, winter weather.  I see you are back in the Seattle area this week.  No problem.  I see your 20 degree days, and I raise you this creamy wild rice, mushroom, and italian sausage soup.  Because, I come prepared.   This soup is thick and creamy, ridiculously flavorful, and full of hearty goodness like wild rice, mushrooms sautéed in butter and white wine, italian sausage, herbs, potatoes, and other flavorful veggies.  Its basically the food equivalent of a down jacket and warm mittens on a cold day. I won’t mess around with some story or a list of five reasons why you should make it.  Its delicious and…

Morning Metabolism Boosting Tea

Its a new year, and conventional wisdom tells us that now is the time to make new habits and break old ones.  I’ll be honest, I am not much of a new years resolution gal.  I am more of an “In 2017, I would like to accomplish ______.” kind of goal setter.  Luckily, my husband is wired the same way.  Thankfully, I have yet to begin a new year with some funky fad diet or a doomed-to-fail daily activity.  And, as great as building new habits is, I am not about to make 2017 the year where I break my perfect record of successful non-resolutions. So instead, I want to…

Honey Dijon Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Happppy new year!! I want to thank everyone for giving Almost Properly such a warm welcome in 2016!  I have learned a ton and undoubtedly have loads more to learn.  2017 here we go!! If you had to venture a guess as to what the most popular recipe on this blog has been thus far, I don’t know if anyone including me would have expected the answer to be Roasted Honey Balsamic Brussel Sprouts.  They are delicious, don’t get me wrong.  We eat a lot of brussel sprouts at home and that recipe is the most common way we make them at home!  And, apparently Almost Properly readers love their…
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