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Showing posts from December, 2014

Moving to The Sunshine State

Somewhere in the new parenthood haze of sleeplessness and trying to remember when the last feeding was, The Captain turns to me and says "We should move to Florida." I will admit I originally dismissed the idea. We had a newborn and settled into our live in Chicago. Where would we live? Where would we work?

In support of how much this seemed to mean to him, I played along when a job in my field opened at a coveted resort -- with 1 click of a button, I'd applied and assumed that hundreds would have also done the same. A long shot at best, right?

Over a month goes by with no word from the employer, and the idea of moving began to subside as we were finally figuring out this parenting gig. Then the call came. Still not too vested in what might be, since, after 4 weeks of on and off communication, I was finally made an offer. Two days prior to my offer, The Captain received an offer of his own.

And just like that, we decided it was a great move for our new little family and …

Spanakopita Meatballs and Homemade Tzatziki Recipe

Sometimes when you combine favorite things, it just works. I give you the wonderful combination of Spanakopita and Meatballs! These were a fan favorite last night, great for making ahead, and freeze well.

1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic (or two cloves, minced)
1 lb. ground turkey (you can also use ground chicken or beef, if you prefer)
3 eggs
1 lb. frozen spinach, all water pressed out
1 c crumbled feta
1 tsp. Montreal or steak seasoning
2 T olive oil
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Saute onion for 3-4 minutes in 1 tsp. olive oil, remove from heat, and place in mixing bowl. Add garlic and toss together.

Squeeze all of the water out of the spinach. Add to onion mixture and separate the spinach as you mix. Add in raw ground turkey, steak seasoning, olive oil, eggs, salt and pepper.

Mix all ingredients well with a wooden spoon, breaking up the meat or spinach as needed, and well-incorporating the eggs.

Spray two cookie sheets…