Saturday 9: Gidget
Saturday 9: Love Is All Around

Sunday Stealing: Food, Glorious Food

Well, look at that: you came back! Thanks for that; I missed last week and so I missed all of you, too. 

Link up here if you want to play along this weekend. Let's go!


1.  Do you like pie?

Image result for apple cream pie

love pie!!! My favorite is what I grew up calling Dutch Apple Cream Pie, although I've seen it with different names. So, so good.

2.  Italian or Mexican?

Image result for lasagna

I never really liked Mexican food until I got married, but it's among my husband's favourite cuisines, so I've learned to eat it more. I love that Mexican restaurants always have a vegetarian section, so that's what I look for first on the menu. I adore Italian food and try to eat mostly a combo of Mediterranean and SE Asian diets when I can. My husband's and daughters' favourite meal that I cook is lasagna, but I hardly ever cook it anymore since I lost my best recipe! I know it almost by heart, though, so that's really no excuse. I prefer to make manicotti, even though, like, what's the difference? It's more challenging, and I like a challenge. I have never once put meat in either dish, yet I have never attempted a vegetarian lasagna. I'm afraid no one else will like it. Holy crap, I babbled a lot for this answer, eh?

3.  Can you bake? If so, what are your favorite things to bake?


Oh, I love to bake! In fact, I had this little baking business when we still lived in Virginia Beach. I loved doing it, but one time I had an epic fail in the summer, when I had gone to great lengths to make a really elaborate cake, and it was beautiful. I went to deliver it, and by the time I arrived at my destination - even with the AC on full blast - it had melted completely. What a disaster. I quit doing it after that.

4.  Do you use cook books or do you try to find recipes online?

Image result for the joy of cooking book

The first year we were married, in Panama City, Florida, in 2001, my sister-in-law Gail gave my husband this book for his birthday or Christmas. I think. I devoured that book; I really love cookbooks and have a small collection. But I do find I tend to look things up online more often than not.

5.  Do you own a KitchenAid mixer?

Image result for valentine red kitchenaid mixer

Yes, I do! My husband gave it to me for Valentine's Day one year when we lived in Virginia Beach; maybe around 2010. I've got this red one. I've broken that glass bowl and replaced it two or three times - usually by warranty so no charge - and we finally just switched me over to the stainless steel one! lol

6.  Ever cooked a meal for more than 15 people at one time?

Image result for beautiful manicotti

Well, if you count a potluck or "share a dish" party, then yes, I have done that. Otherwise, I think the most I have cooked for was nine, manicotti actually, last summer for our friends and us.

7.  Do you like hospital food?

Related image

This is hospital food in Japan, not mine. I love the little bento box style tray! I'd love that... Here in Boise, at St. Luke's, the food is not so bad when I've actually been able to eat it over the five times I've been admitted in the 16 months we've lived here. In Homestead, FL, it was quite terrible.

8.  Favorite fast food restaurant?

Image result for yummy Panera food

I know it's more like fast casual than fast food, but Panera's broccoli cheddar cheese soup in a bread bowl is my favorite - my girls', too!

9.  Any picky eaters in your family?


We all are, myself included, except for my husband. He'll pretty much eat anything. I like that about him.

10.  Soda or Tea?

Image result for splash of diet coke

I'm trying to quit again (again!), but I basically survive on Diet Coke (or Kroger's version of it), crunchy ice chips, and chocolate protein shakes. Eating is kind of a horribly difficult situation for me lately. I hate doing it anymore. :(

11.  Hot chocolate?

Image result for perfect hot chocolate

I can only have the sugar-free kind now, but my three kids adore the regular. If it's there, they want it. Two cups, please, with marshmallows or whipped cream!

12.  Favorite holiday dish?


This guy! 

Related imageRelated imageRelated image

13.  What is the most tasteful strangest looking thing you have ever tasted?

Image result for sea urchin sushi

Uni (sea urchin). Rob and I went out for an anniversary dinner to a new sushi restaurant in town (Virginia Beach town center), and we ordered a bunch of things including the uni. We both agree, to this day, it was hands-down the worst thing we'd ever eaten!

14.  Fries or tater tots?

Related image

I'm kind of over French fries. They don't love me, and I'm very picky particular about what fries I'll actually eat, so I usually try not to indulge. We don't get tater tots too often, either in to cook our take-out or whatevs, but I prefer them.

15.  Do you like cheese? If so what kind?

Image result for gourmet cheeses


I like every kind of cheese I've ever tried except Limburger. My mother-in-law liked limburger, and she had it once on a visit to our house in Virginia. She let me try some... and I was not a fan!

16.  Homemade or can soup?

Image result for HOMEMADE chicken and dumplings soup

When I need the protein and am willing to eat meat, there's nothing in the world like Rob's homemade chicken and dumplings. No can can touch that! The first year we were married, I watched Martha Stewart's show every day, and I came out of it with so many good recipes and ideas. Rob's soup recipe was one of those. Thanks, Martha!

17.  Do you like to eat out?

Image result for beautiful cruise ship buffet pictures

I definitely do, and when we're somewhere nice, I'm one of "those" people who likes to Instagram the food, too! :P

18.  What kind of food is popular where you are?

Image result for gorgeous Idaho potato dishes

Well, we do live in Idaho, and it is kind of world-famous for its potatoes, as my daughter Chloë pointed out. Would you believe, I had to ask my family this question because I couldn't think of anything?!! #BrainFog

19.  Do you like cotton candy?

Related image

Neither Rob nor I ever really have liked it, but our three kids love it. Go figure!

20.  Turkey or Chicken?

Image result for beautiful fish dinner

Neither - fish! Yes? Or shrimp. Or crab. Or even Krab. But not chicken or turkey much anymore; I can't eat it.

21.  Hamburger or tuna helper?

Image result for hamburger helper

Gross. No. But my kids would love it if I made it more! Weirdos.

22.  Raw or cooked veggies?

Related image

Either, depending on how it's served. I like raw carrots and cukes and stuff, but I don't enjoy (and can't really eat) raw cruciferous veggies. Those have to be cooked, for me.

23.  Do you like salad? If so, what is your favorite kind of salad?

Related image

Caesar salad is my favorite, and Cardini's dressing is the best!

24.  Favorite pizza topping?

Related image

Pineapple! (Or if we're sharing and you can't handle that, just cheese is fine too.)

25.  Do you like meat loaf?

Image result for beautiful meatloaf

No. Obviously, since I don't eat meat. Rob really likes it, but I've only made it exactly once since we got married. I feel guilty now! LOL... Right now, because of this post, it's a huge family discussion!


I don't think I did a single funny meme-ish picture on this post, did I? Apparently I'm serious about food! 

Thanks for stopping by!