Strawberry Peanut Butter Quesadillas

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  • corn tortillas
  • creamy peanut butter (sm. amount for each side)
  • thinly sliced strawberries, to taste
  • thinly sliced bananas, to taste

Make a “sandwich” w/ two corn tortillas, w/ peanut butter spread on the insides of both and a filling of strawberries and bananas. Then, fry the quesadillas on each side until golden.

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Pressure Cooker Brown Sugar Carrots

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  • 2 lbs. baby carrots
  • ½ cup veg. broth
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ stick of butter
  • ½ tsp. salt

Place carrots in pressure cooker, followed by butter, brown sugar, and salt. Pour veg. broth over ingredients. Place on Fish/Veg. Steam for 4 min. After the steam release, stir the carrots before serving.

The Blank Pages of a Broken Man

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You know how I realized you were dead inside?

When you treated me like every other meaningless affair…

When your words stopped cold,

Making way for self-loathing and mindless ideations.

You tore apart before me, so many years ago.

I watched your eyes dim then,

After our adventures and dreams lit them on fire and taught them to sparkle.

I broke away to save you from everything that I was becoming

Because I knew that your soul deserved so much more

Than the train wreck that I had to offer.

But, I never forgot the way that I closed the pages on our story.

I wanted to read it again,

The familiar tale of something so great that it had scared me away.

But, years later, I waded through the ashes to find those verses,

Burned away by my own carelessness.

You lend your heart out now,

like the blank sheets of paper that it has become.

For, you’ve forgotten the meaning of filling the pages.

And, I shattered the pen.

Naked Cover-Up

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I saw the way you looked at me

Before your eyes turned down.

I heard the quiver in your voice

Before its steadied sound.

I read your hesitation

Before your quickened pace.

I felt the extra seconds

Of your “casual” embrace.

 

You’ve learned to cover feelings

And tie them down with steel.

But, as long as your heart beats for me,

Neither one of us will heal.

Keeper of Memories

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26219624_10155548990033096_427875176022327390_nI’m still here, my soul shouted.

Though my light has grown dim.

I’m that thought in your head,

The emotional whim.

I’m still here, all but whispered…

That girl you once knew,

Meshed together with dreams we felt sure we’d once do.

I’m still here, I reminded.

All the crazy risks embraced.

Tell me I’m not the only one.

Who hasn’t forgotten the taste.

Those years we welcomed chaos

For the lives we chose carefree.

All the pacts we made to stay intact

And results we’d never see.

The fire burning heartbreaks,

The string of harsh regret.

All the nightmares we refused to see

From the very day we met.

So I’ll safe-keep our chaos

And every chance we took.

I’ll remember how we planned and dreamed

And how our future looked.

I’ll even bank the downfall

And every single tear.

I’ll record it all inside these words

As we waste away the years.

Now, this is why I’m shouting;

This is why I’m lost.

Those memories are agony,

And their keeper pays the cost.

Tomato Basil Gnocchi Soup

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  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 sm. onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups veg. broth
  • ¼- ½ tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. gnocchi

Sauté onions and garlic in the oil until onions are soft. Add all but the last ingredient, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 30-40 min. When the soup mixture is almost finished, cook and drain the gnocchi. Puree the soup mixture w/ an immersion blender, and add the gnocchi.

Pasta in Paprika White Wine Sauce

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  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lg. sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz. fettucine, cooked and drained
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup Riesling
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 bag spinach

Sautee the onions in oil for about 15 min., or until golden. Add spices, and cook another couple of minutes. Add remaining ingredients, and simmer until spinach is wilted and wine is reduced as desired.