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Social Distancing 2020

In the time of a novel virus we have been tasked with flattening the curve. Have we all seen Contagion (2011)? I just watched it for the first time yesterday. Whether or not it was a good idea is still to be determined. Social distancing is how we flatten the curve.


I was talking to an associate who seemed to be asking to come and wait this thing out at my house but without actually asking. If I'm being honest, if I weren't me, I would want to be at my house too. However, my daughter and I are in the high risk category and I'm not willing to risk our health. We have not yet started to experience cabin fever and I think that is 100% because of the amount of snacking we are doing. We are eating all the snacks!

From the conversation though, I started to think about the reasons I don't really want to share our space, with our health being at the forefront. Before you invite yourself to be socially distant at someone else's home, take these things into consideration:

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Baking the Shrimp Boil

Today I don't have any stories to tell, I just want to share a recipe. A recipe for a meal so delicious and flavorful that I think you will appreciate it. We know how you feel about long stories before the recipe anyway!

By now you know that one of my favorite food blogs is Damn Delicious. And so far, everything I've made from this blog has been DELICIOUS!

This Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil was no different. I didn't want to call it a shrimp boil since you aren't actually boiling the shrimp, but you do boil some of the stuff so, okay.






Here are the instructions from Damn Delicious:

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound baby Dutch yellow potatoes3 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 6 pieces1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted4 cloves garlic, minced1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced1 lemon, cut into wedges2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leavesDIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking…

A Quick Trip to Disney World!

*Disclaimer*

I do not recommend doing this! This will be a long, probably too detailed post. The links in this post are not affiliate links.

Last month, I took Baby Magic on a quick trip to Disney World. Why was it a quick trip? She has/had a thing about people in costumes with heads...think Mickey and Minnie. Those types of costumes. We can't even go to Chuck E. Cheese's. Granted, the new Chuck is a bit creepy.

For Christmas, I gave her tickets to Disney. If you follow my personal page on IG (@everybody_loves_ro) you most likely saw this video and chuckled a bit at her saying she doesn't think she's "quite ready" for the trip. She was not at all excited. In fact, she asked me to cancel the trip and take her to the movies. Sigh.

The time finally came and she seemed more excited to go. We went over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Timeline
We drove down on Friday, planned to be at Magic Kingdom all day Saturday, and would have breakfast and leave on Sunday.…

Sometimes You Just Have To Get It Out

Emotions make you cry some times. 
So far this has been a tough year for me in several different areas of my life. I’m usually very calm and pulled together. Lately I have been completely losing my shit. While I’m not at the point that I want to discuss any of the madness I have going on, I will say that showing your children you are not a machine is important. At the end of last year, I probably could count the number of times my daughter actually saw me cry. That has changed.

In raising little humans, we have to be sure to let them know that all days will not be filled with sunshine and rainbows. There will be hard times. Learning how to process your emotions will make you a better person. I had not been doing that for my daughter.
Over this past weekend, she went to spend some time with her grandparents and I spent time cleaning her playroom. I probably went a little overboard. Ok, a lot overboard. When she got home and saw how “clean” it was, she had a mild panic attack and went …

For the Love of Lemons!

Lemon has long been on my list of favorite flavors. There is just something about the brightness of a lemon that can make the Sun seem to appear on the dreariest of days.

Over the Christmas/New Year holidays, I opened up my schedule to take a few cake orders. I was off from my full time job, but did not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I ended up making 4 of these cakes in about a week's time. You will want to make this cake! You won't be disappointed!

I had another recipe for a beloved lemon pound cake that I lost. It was hand written somewhere and I can't find it. So I scoured Al Gore's Internet until I found another recipe. I did not taste it before I sent the first order out. I didn't have time. I usually never do this. I got rave reviews for it and breathed a breath of relief. Just based off the pictures, I received 2 more orders. Ok, I can do this!

This isn't the easiest of recipes, but it's not too difficult either. You will need a zester! Do…

Hello 2020!

Happy New Year!
I hope that this reaches you in the best of health and spirit! I look forward to what the new year has to bring! 
My blog resolution is to share more. Recipes and experiences. I need to venture into sharing my OWN recipes.

My personal resolution is to continue to be better. Physically, spiritually and mentally. I just want to live well. If I take care of myself, everything else will fall into place. 
Cheers to having an amazing year!

XOXO, RoJo

Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Have you ever seen a recipe pop up in an ad or be so random in your social media feed that it catches your eye? That happens to me every time I say I want a steak. I'm not playing. Every. Single. Time.

I've been cutting back on pork and beef, so when I crave it, I tend to go for it. I like to say that my body is trying to tell me I need some nutrient from it, but the truth is I LOVE STEAK. Usually when I crave pork it's bacon that I want.

BACOOOOOONNNNNNNNN!!!!!!

This recipe for Garlic Steak Bites keeps showing up in my Pinterest feed. Like every time I log in. https://myincrediblerecipes.com/juicy-garlic-butter-steak-bites/


I decided to make it. I wasn't terribly disappointed.


Mine looks nothing like the picture in the original post. It hardly ever does. You never know what goes on in recipe development and the photography of it. Trickery. Just kidding, I'm sure this author's food is always as amazing as it looks!
There are several reasons for mine not being a…