Well… It’s been a while.

Hello again.

Yea, yea… I know.  I fail.  Again.  So just like last school year I am having problems posting on here.  A ton has been happening with wedding planning, school work, and attempts at selling things on Etsy.

Really at this point I want to promote my Etsy shop- Oak Leaf Crafts.  I have posted several new items and would LOVE for people to check them out! Stay tuned for more posts…. but for now…. SHOP!!

Eat Food. Series Bowls

Ceramic Tumblers Set

Small Cappuccino Bowls

Black Bean Soup

One of my go-to dinners is black bean soup.  I always mix it up a little bit, but it is always delicious!

I always start with black beans (I recommend using canned if you are in a hurry… dry bagged beans take quite some time to cook).  I usually use two cans of black beans so that I will have left overs.  I also add about a can of water to the beans once they are in the pot. I chop up baby carrots, about a quarter of a yellow onion, a clove of garlic, and maybe some potato or I use canned corn.  Like I said, it really varies depending on what I have in the fridge or pantry.  I mix all of these ingredients together in the pot along with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chili powder (to taste).  I bring these all to a boil and let simmer for 5- 10 mins.  (If you don’t like the crunch of the small pieces of carrots, you can always boil these first before you add them to the soup to make them squishy.)

I always make corn bread to go along with the soup.  My go-to for corn bread is Jiffy (I don’t make home-made corn bread).  I was raised with Jiffy, so I of course love it!  When the soup and corn bread are both ready I spoon the soup into bowls (made by yours truely) and put some cheddar cheese on the tops of the soup.  Corn Bread gets a little bit of butter.  So Yummy!!!

What’s for Dinner?

This question never fails… especially in our house.  I usually have some idea of what I am going to do, but tonight was a little bit different.  Dan went to the movies with friends and I had just finished drawing our wedding oak tree, so I didn’t really have dinner on my mind.  (Moose kind of reminded me that it was dinner time when she started whining…. I got lost in the drawing. Whoops.)

After feeding Moose I basically pulled out all of our left over food tid bits and veggies from the fridge.  Once again I was left trying to figure out how to combine these in some kind of yummy way.  So I ended up with chili lime marinated portabella mushroom, avocado, and a mexican fried rice.



One large Portabella Mushroom Cap

Chili Lime Marinade (Target)


Basmati Rice (cooked)


Canned Corn


Garlic Salt (optional)



Taco Seasoning

Vegetable Oil

I marinated the mushroom cap in the chili lime marinade for about 10-15 mins.  I then baked that in the oven on 350 degrees for 15 mins.  I finely chopped the onion and used a garlic press for the fresh garlic.  When the oven timer was at 10 mins remaining for the mushroom, I started up my pan with about a tablespoon of oil.  When  it was heated I added my onion and fresh garlic and sautéed that for a couple of minutes.  I then added my left over basmati rice, a tablespoon of taco seasoning, and a pinch of garlic salt, salt, and pepper.  I mixed these together and turned the heat to medium.  After the mixture seems fried, add the corn and keep mixing for another couple of minutes (the mushroom should be done by now).  I mashed the avocado and added salt and pepper to taste.

Great option for left over tid bits and really yummy!!

Tilapia, Basmati, and Green Beans

ImageAfter my Ikea adventures today, I worked up quite the appetite.  For dinner I decided to use our green beans and tilapia that we bought at Wegman’s in Columbia.  When the store opened in June they gave away a good amount of merchandise.  A couple of the free items that we got were organic lemon and garlic marinade and basting oil with garlic and herbs.  We hadn’t tried either of them yet, so tonight we went all out.  I marinated the tilapia in the lemon and garlic and the green beans got the basting oil.  I also made basmati rice in my rice cooker… one of our favorite sides. It was very tasty!!

About Me.

Oh hi.

My name is Allison.

I am an art teacher based in Maryland.

I enjoy art, ceramics, sketchbooking, dancing when no one is around, singing in the car, decorating.. and redecorating, cooking, people-watching, and random music.

I am engaged to the love of my life... I can't wait to be married to him.

I like learning about new things.

I find people to be interesting.

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