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"if you can read, you can cook" -my momma

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Sugar Dish Me Relocated…

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…a few months back.

Check it out!!!

http://www.sugardishme.com/

Lots of new recipes, a decent amount of sarcasm, and pretty stuff.

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Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

January 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

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Sugar Dish Me Moved!!

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So… by some default of my own (because i am the complete opposite of techno-savvy), some of – actually A GOOD CHUNK of – my traffic keeps landing here at WordPress.com.

And I’ve made SOOOOOOOO many new things since those Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffins.

I moved Sugar Dish Me and it would make me so so happy if you’d make the jump with me (if you haven’t already).

To see allllll the new goodies CLICK THIS LINK!!!!

And when you get there you can subscribe at the right-hand side of the page.

Here is a quick look at a few of the things you’ve been missing (you can click the photos for the recipes)…






If you’re already following at the new site THANK YOU!!! I appreciate you so much! I really truly do.

And if you’re new here, I look forward to hearing from you!!

Until then…

~Heather

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

November 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Gratitude

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One year ago today I started Sugar Dish Me.

At least I think it was one year ago today. What had happened was… Sugar Dish actually started out on another host site. I hated it. So I managed to wrap my technologically challenged brain around migrating my material here. But when I got here, sugardish.com was not an available URL. Figures. In my opinion, naming a blog is completely difficult. Like naming a book before you write it. Or naming your car before you drive it. Or naming your puppy before it ever licks your face. But naming your blog is the very freaking first thing you’re asked to do. So I was sitting there in front of my dinosaur desktop computer (velociraptor to be exact, complete with a very annoying high-pitched, consistent whining noise and a tendency to sneak attack), the one that my children have long since sent up in a puff of Minecraft smoke, with all of my recipes and poor attempts at writing in total LIMBO, while I tried to rename my blog.

I am sooooo creative that I added “Me” onto the end of “Sugar Dish”, and whaddoyaknow, that URL was available! Probably because it sucks.

At the time I really wasn’t very worried about it because I honestly didn’t think very many people would be inclined to see what I have to say, or read what I have to write besides, you know, my mom and my sisters and the ever-faithful Shasta-Cola. But here I am one year later with 180-some loyal followers and more daily traffic than I ever expected.

I know that by “professional blog standards”, 180 readers might not be much. But MY 180 readers are AWESOME.

This post is to express my deepest gratitude to those of you that left thoughtful comments on crappy photos I took with my cell phone camera. Heartfelt thanks to all of you that read my rambling nonsense thrice weekly and decide not to judge me when I freak out at the grocery store. Hugs to those of you that did judge me and then kept it to yourselves. Because sometimes I’m a loose cannon.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you that consistently visit and comment and interact and lend me your eyeballs day after day.

Thank you for giving me recipes.

And thanks for making mine.

I reeeeeally like it when your likes and comments are numbered in my notifications as soon as I log in to Facebook. If you would like to stay updated on goodies that don’t make it to my blog, or see photos of my tiny kitty with her head stuffed in my water glass, you can follow me on Instagram. It’s super fun. So if you follow me here and there, then thanks for that, too.

Thanks for tolerating my nonsensical blog name… because I’m already this far in. No going back now.

One year ago today I would not have ever guessed that I would make so many friends. Friends that send happy birthday wishes. Friends that sympathize when my kids have a bad day or get on my nerves. Friends that appreciate my neverending sarcasm and sour sort of humor. Friends that encourage and share and say just the most exactly right things. I love you all – I really, really do.

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

September 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

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7 Things to Do When You’re Stressed

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When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or lemon cake. Or lemony blueberry muffins.


The last week has yielded, for me, a metaphorical 5-gallon bucket of lemons. In order to maintain a level of relative calm in this sour hurricane of a storm, I have adapted a few practices that have made it bearable; things I do when I’m stressed that I really thought I should share.

#1 Find an ink pen and doodle all over a pad of paper while you spill all your guts to your mom (or your sister, or your best friend, or all of the above) on the phone. Acceptable doodles include all manner of hearts and swirlies, the names of all your loved ones, including your cats and dogs, and polka dots.

#2 Clean something. I know that this does not sound nearly as fun as drawing swirlies with a hot pink pen, but mindlessly scrubbing things lets you focus on a simple task while exerting an unreasonable amount of force on inanimate objects like bath tubs or ceiling fans. Plus the results are totally satisfying. Tip: avoid cleaning products that boast “Scrub Free!!!” or “Works like Magic!!!” labels. These are not going to help you.

#3 Bake bread. I find baking to be waaaay theraputic anyway, but baking bread is simple and it can go on for awhile. Slapping dough down on your floured table and kneading your little heart out is a super duper stress reliever. And when the baking is done you have big thick slices of warm bread to slather with blueberry butter. THAT is comfort.

homemade honey wheat loaf with blueberry butter

#4 Find the Kenpo X video from the P-90X work out series, put on your sweats, get a big bottle of water, and then pretend to punch the daylights out of the source of your stress. It’s like pillow punching, except you can work on your fitness. And you’ll feel like a badass. Oh! And if you keep it up you’ll look like a badass, too. Perks.

#5 Give yourself a pedicure. Soak your feet in warm water, epsom salts, and a little milk. Make a scrub with some kosker salt and a few glugs of olive oil. Pick the happiest nail polish… your favorite summery pink or red, a girly soft pinky white, a juicy melon color, or go crazy with stripes of green and blue. Whatever you do, stay away from navy or brown or deep dark purple. Save those for November. Right now you need pretty colors and peep toe shoes. Yes yes yes.

olive oil scrub

#6 Go to your favorite coffee shop. Order your favorite drink. The full fat version. Indulge in baked goods. Curl up in one of those huge fluffy arm chairs with your beverage, tuck your feet under you, and just BE.

#7 Hug the ones you love the most. Hug them tight. Don’t let go.

me & my babies; Andrew's been eating blue candy. Can you tell?

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

August 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

The Return

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ocean waves at Oak Island
There are lots of things I miss about being on vacation. This view from a lounge chair in the sand is one of them. I also miss early morning coffee with my whole family at the kitchen table with a pile of waffles.

I’m missing the fact that no one thinks twice when there’s more vodka than juice in your cup at 11 am or that beer is totally acceptable well before noon. Vacation tip of the week: Buy THESE. You’ll thank me later.

Junk food was an integral part of our 8 day hiatus in Oak Island, North Carolina. This included Doritoes piled with leftover chicken & rice, root beer floats at any hour of the day, homemade pizzas, tacos, brownie sundaes and s’mores.

OH. The S’mores.



I learned something new about my sweetheart while vacationing… he had never before in his life eaten a s’more. What the what?!

We very quickly remedied that problem. I have pictures, but I think he would not speak to me for a week if I posted them. So I’ll just leave that marshmallowy and slightly inebriated mess to your imaginations.

We also had a birthday… Happy Birthday, Momma!


Besides the insane amount of vacation foods we consumed, there was a lot of this fierce competition…


And this little boy in the ocean…


This one nursing the sunburn of the century…

And the construction and subsequent all-day defense of this sandcastle. Yes, it has a soccer field.

And a hot tub.

I’m really missing this view behind the house…


And having my mom and sisters around for the best company while we all clean up the mess that comes from feeding 11 people.


I did miss this blog, though! To all the readers at Sugar Dish Me, I sincerely apologize for spending a week in the only house on the East Coast without wireless internet access. I’m sorry.


But I actually wouldn’t change a thing.

Recipes to follow…

–Heather

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

July 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Well… You Asked.

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These are fish tacos. Aren’t they lovely?

It is 163 degrees here in our corner of North Carolina, which means that if I don’t work out before 7 am I am suffering. SUFFERING. It also means that I only want two things: Latin-inspired food and margaritas. On the rocks. With salt.

This heat means that there is no need to wear make-up. There is no point in fixing my hair (because it is a humidified curl-a-rama disaster). I have abandoned shoes completely ( I DO wear them in public, ya’ll. Don’t freak out. Does anyone remember Britney Spears parading around a gas station a few years back all barefooted and proud? That is no. NO.). Tank tops are the only shirts in my wardrobe for the next three months.

I am going through an entire bunch of cilantro on the daily because I want it on everything. Evuuuurrrrreeeeeething.


During the last few weeks I’ve been passed a few awards from readers that found me award-worthy. Thank You!!! Awards do come with a few strings attached — answering questions and telling you little things about me are requirements of acceptance AND I have to nominate some of my favorite blogs to pass the awards on to (that is the best part). Terri at A Time to Be Inspired gave me the Versatile Blog Award. It asks for seven things about me.

There are seven things about me in the few lines of randomness beginning this post, BUT! If you would like to know seven more things click HERE.

Deanna over at A Year of Healthier Living presented me with the Sunshine Blogger’s Award. It asks about my favorite things. You can read about that AND Tyrannosaurus Rex HERE.

Hot Rod Cowgirl gave me the One Lovely Blog Award. That’s a new one for me. It asks seven MORE things about me. I really feel like I’m talking an awful lot about myself here, but, well… you asked.

1. True Romance is my favorite movie. Alabama Worley is the greatest character ever. Period.
2. I love a coloring book and a new box of Crayola crayons. Sheer awesomeness.
3. I just finished the first month of the Insanity workout this morning. I’ve lost fifteen pounds AND I still eat brownies. In the words of Tina Fey, “BLAM-O!!!”
4. I think I want to cut my hair. And then I think I don’t. Too much indecision there.
5. In my humble opinion, celery is just a vehicle for bleu cheese dressing or peanut butter.
6. I can’t stand it when people use the incorrect versions of “to” and “too”. Or “there”, “their”, and “they’re”. Come ON!
7. I can drive the rail buggy, but only if Chad shifts the gears. For some reason me and that transmission just don’t get along.


Enough about me. Let’s talk about the blogs I’d like to nominate. And this avacado.

Since the last time I received some of these awards the rules have changed a little bit. If I were to nominate the set number of blogs for each of these three awards I’d have to list you 40 right here. I think that completely dilutes the purpose. So I’m breaking that rule and giving you five awesome picks. Read them!

  • The Burlesque Baker – is full of Gil Elvgren pin-ups, homemade body scrubs, and kahlua cake. One of my new favorites!
  • Erin’s DC Kitchen – s’more’s ice cream and oven fried chicken; need I say more?
  • Dinner With Aura – beautiful photos AND pizza in a cast iron skillet. Wowser.
  • thepinkrachael – is an artist and teacher that lives in Madrid and posts beautiful photo journals and happy thoughts. She is so super.
  • A Window Into the Woods – amazing wildlife photography. A baby raccoon, horses, and squirrels!!

If you have any questions about the awards or need the badges to post on your own blog, check out my Awards and Recognition page. It’s all there.

Make a margarita, a plate of fish tacos, and sit in the shade with a few new reads.


Spicy Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cream (from Can You Stay for Dinner?)

Ingredients

Pico de Gallo (or chunky fresh salsa)

Guacamole

small corn tortillas

shredded lettuce

Cilantro Lime Cream:
~ 1/2 cup sour cream
~ 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
~ 1 teaspoon lime juice
~ 2 cloves garlic, minced
~ 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
~ 1/4 teaspoon salt
~ 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped

1 pound flaky white fish (I used tilapia)seasoned with :
~ 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
~ 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
~ 1 teaspoon cumin
~ 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
~ 3 cloves garlic, very finely minced
~ 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons oil

To Make

Mix together all the ingredients for the Cilantro Lime Cream, cover tightly, and refrigerate. In a large-ish bowl mix together all of the seasonings for the fish. Add in the fish and then toss to evenly coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 20 minutes. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Put the marinating fish and sauce in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on one side without turning. Flip the pieces of fish and cook for about 3 more minutes. Flake the fish with a fork.

To assemble the tacos, spread each corn tortilla with guacamole. Add a few pieces of fish, a bit of shredded lettuce, a heap of pico or fresh salsa, and the Cilantro Lime Cream.

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

June 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

If You Can Read, You Can Cook

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When I started writing this blog I had approximately a zillion and one ideas about what direction it should go in. I thought about meal planning, and being budget conscious. I thought about my strange kitchen experiments that often yield pretty great results (and sometimes not so great…). I thought about the foods we enjoy as a family and how to incorporate things I just plain old like. I did a lot of mulling it all over and working it all out, and after several pots of coffee I finally decided that what I hoped to accomplish was this:

I WANT PEOPLE TO COOK.

I have always spent a great deal of time in the kitchen – out of necessity, enjoyment, holidays, and employment. I’ve always been the girl that brings baked goods to work, just because I like to share and make people smile (and also because I don’t need to eat it all). I look forward to birthdays and occassions when I get lots of requests and I have extra special reasons to try new things and feed the masses. I get a kick out of trying to reproduce flavors and feelings, and I find the best therapy in measuring ingredients, chopping, dicing, and stirring with my wooden spoon.


What I have learned through my food sharing ventures, though, is that there are two distinct categories of people : those that cook, and those that don’t. The people that fall into the “don’t” category fit there for many reasons, but the reason I come across most often is that they really think they CAN’T.

And to that my reply is, “NONSENSE!”

I learned my way around the kitchen when I was about 9. I can distinctly remember spinning the lazy-susan round and round until I found all the ingredients listed for banana bread on the batter-splattered pages of my mom’s church cookbook. I probably asked a gajillion questions and I learned as I went. It’s true what my momma told me: if you can read, you can cook.


The prospect of blogging about cooking for me was probably as daunting as the actual cooking is for the “don’t” cookers. When you read pages of amazingness in places like Smitten Kitchen, Joy the Baker, or Can You Stay for Dinner, it’s very easy to be intimidated by the writing, the photography, the sheer volume of clever talent.

At first I thought, “I can’t do this. I don’t have pretty dishes, table linens, or marble countertops. I cannot afford a $1500 camera. I don’t have the extra budget to buy fancy cupcake liners, or candy melts. I don’t have time to drive to 15 stores on the quest for green shoestring gummies.”


Then I remembered my first apartment and making “grilled” cheese on a cookie sheet in the oven because I didn’t have butter or a skillet to put on the stove. I thought about the fact that we all have to eat everyday. I considered the things I’m able to pull off in the kitchen even though I don’t own a food processor or a bundt pan or a fancy stand mixer.


So I decided to forge ahead using my cell phone camera, Google (in place of any actual knowledge about computers or web design), and recipes I’ve been making for so long that I have to slow down to judge the measurements.

Sometimes I post recipes calling for prepared tomato sauce or boxed cake mix. I think we can all agree that homemade sauce or from-scratch cakes will win out on taste every time. But in the real world, people love Classico. They don’t always have time to stew their own tomatoes. They don’t know what a food mill is and definitely don’t have one. Almond extract does not live in their pantries.

They do still need to eat, though. Recipes that call for 48 ingredients you don’t currently have in the cupboard seem daunting. It’s easier to hit the drive-thru or buy some Tuna Helper.


I wanted this to be a place for recipes that are plain old useful. Not intimidating or fancy or out of reach. I wanted to use ingredients that people can ACTUALLY find… even when they are forced to shop at the worst grocery store on the planet way out in the boonies. Once I read a chicken recipe that called for fines herbes. I searched high and low, came up empty, decided to make my own, and discovered that unless I grow my own by tomorrow, chervil and tarragon do not exist in my zip code. I had to scrap that recipe and move along. It was sad.

But Chicken Gyros? That I can do.


And I make a mean egg salad.


And if you take a few minutes to read a few recipes, try maybe just one new thing, you can, too!

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

June 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

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