Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin (& working)

I’ve been fully self-employed for a little over a month now.

Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

Obviously, there’s been quite a learning curve. I’ve never owned a business before, never been my own boss. There have been victories (magazine cover coming soon!) and I have been defeated (lost a major client). On the whole, though, I’d say there have been more positives than negatives and even the negatives have been great learning experiences. (Or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself with the new tools I’m learning in therapy.)  

Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

For instance, I think my videos are getting better and better. To the point where I’m actually proud of them!

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Pan Roasted Veggies (& ease)

This is one of those “Not-A-Recipe-Recipes.” There’s not a ton of prep involved, it doesn’t require any special equipment, and it’s entirely customizable to suit individual tastes!

Pan Roasted Vegetables | Midwest Nice

It’s also one of the most delicious non-recipes ever. It’s my favorite way to get the appropriate serving of veggies in the colder months with the least amount of work possible. What could be better?!

Pan Roasted Vegetables | Midwest Nice
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are a Midwestern staple.

Hearty. Filling. Cheap.

That’s what we’re all about here.

However, it took me moving down South to really learn how to harness the power of the potato. After three years there I have finally honed the art of the mashed potato. They are simple yet flavorful, and the results are do largely to the technique more than the ingredients.

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Sesame Garlic Green Beans (& talking)

I’m a talker.

A Chatty Cathy.

A blabber mouth.

Report cards used to say things like, “Amanda is an excellent student but she tends to be a social butterfly.” Took me a long time to realize that it wasn’t the praise I originally thought.

Luckily, this talent/gift/personality flaw comes in handy from time to time. Like this last weekend when my bff Alex came into town.

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Classic Wedge Salad (& keepsakes)

I have a few treasured items that have been passed down to me from family members.

An old wooden box from my grandmother’s childhood, used to store trinkets and treasures.

My mom’s mom’s cookbooks with hand-written notes in the margins and a full set of formal table linens.

The plastic container my dad stored iceberg lettuce in the entire time my sister and I were growing up.

This final item may be the most precious. This Tupperware was around long before I was and, most likely, will be around long after me, as is the nature of those lovely containers made decades and decades ago.

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