Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans with Rosemary and Thyme

Boil 'em, smash 'em, stick 'em in a stew. (five points to all our fellow nerds who get that) We love potatoes in this house. I prefer them smothered in spices, oils, and with a little crisp, usually by themselves. Brad prefers to eat them with meat. Yum, but this recipe has become our favorite rather quickly! I found a recipe in one of my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks for roasted veggies. It was for fennel, fingerlings, and asparagus. As it turns out, I'm not a fan of asparagus.... but I am a fan of roasted veggies and rosemary so this recipe was inspired. 

The best part of this recipe is that you can pop them in the pan and into the oven and leave them for 25 minutes. That's enough time to watch half an entire episode of Chopped on Netflix. Hit pause, flip the potatoes so they are nice and crispy on each side. Hit play and watch the rest of the episode. When Chopped is over you will realize the oven timer has been going off for two minutes... but hey you just learned how to turn popcorn and snow-cones into dessert. That was hard work, give yourself a break before the next episode and gobble up these potatoes and green beans. Sure, they may be slightly crispier, and your husband might make a joke about them being burnt, but you like them like that. 

One of our family goals this year is to cook together more. We are pretty good at cooking, but we want to prep and cook as a team more. Is there anything more attractive than a man in the kitchen? Not in my book, unless he's also pouring me wine while he's in there. Our goal is to cook dinner together once a week. We all know I am a *bit* of a perfectionist. Yes, that is a flaw. When we cook together we divide the meal. One person chops veggies, the other handles the meat. I usually do any chopping, slicing, etc. Brad handles the cooking of meat. I'm just not a real big fan of searing anything that might have blood on or it. Or even anything that might look like blood. ICK. Don't worry, I'm not about to get all PETA up in here. Meat is just gross when it's raw, and I'm not about that life. Now veggies, I can handle that. I've got mad knifing skills bruh. 

These potatoes and beans are a one man recipe, but pair them with a delicious grilled chicken or pork loin and you have a date night in the kitchen. Teamwork is vital in a marriage. And as per my previous statement, hot men in hot kitchens is hot. You're welcome. 

Ok, I know you didn't come here for marriage advice. Click the recipe to download. 

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Thanks for popping in guys! We appreciate you. Tell us in the comments, what would you pair with roasted red potatoes and green beans? Maybe we'll feature your idea next week!

unCORKed, unWINEd.

Life is SO fast right now! The Slocum to-do lists are overflowing! With this in mind, I am late to the party, well the linky party that is. 
Do you remember the wine parties floating around this blogland? Well they are back! 
The newly re-branded wine party, uncCORKed, was kicked off by Jessica, from Jessica Stout Design, in her beautiful town home! Seriously, not only is she a fabulous interior decorator, girl has some legit cooking skills! 

You know you just want to gobble up that cranberry-basil orzo salad! Thankfully Jessica is super sweet and is sharing her recipe on her blog. Find it here.

What I adore most about the wine parties (besides the wine) is the girl time. You know that whole "friendships are hard to make when you are over such and such age.." it is so true. It is even truer when you move to a new city. So getting together with these lovelies and sharing about blogging, life, flare jeans, and future plans is really dear to my heart. It was super nice to meet two new ladies this time around! Who says you have to be a blogger to join in on the fun? *side note: you don't have to be a blogger but we will try to convert you* 

I have been trying be more adventurous with my wine choices lately. Turns out I hate that idea. I picked up this bottle of malbec when I was in Denver last month. Denver has this little hidden gem downtown, The Infinite Monkey Theorem. "Back alley wine making at it's finest". That is a legit quote from the winery. Anyway, I brought this bottle back along with can of wine. Seriously have you ever seen a can of wine? I haven't. To be honest, I was not a fan of the malbec. I am, however, a big fan of moscato. My favorite of the night was the bottle Val brought, the Wine Sisterhood. I haven't been able to find it, but, to be honest, I have only looked as far as yeah

Continuing with the theme of "the Slocum's are always so busy" I had to leave the party early. :( 
Such a bummer. The girls watched American Blogger, which I had already seen and recommend. 

I absolutely loved that Jessica had to explain to her friends why we, Val, Kelly and myself, were taking pictures of everything from every angle. Oh to be an outsider watching crazy bloggers document life. I mean seriously it's a few minutes of hugs and hi how are ya's and then we whip out the camera phones. But who's  complaining? (my husband- that's a whole other post) 

The blogging crew. We were missing a handful of girls who couldn't make it to the party. 
Side note: if you were unaware of it- I am indeed three stories tall. 

Want to see more pictures, get recipes, and even see other parties? Check out these blogs! 

Val @ Chicken Scratch Blog

Kelly @ Sequins and Scissors

Jessica @ Jessica Stout Designs

Great news! The next link up is Monday September 29th!! 
Plan a party, unWINEd, and tell us about it! 


Happy Anniversary, Love.

So, I met a guy. Like, the cutest guy with the sweetest smile and the softest conversation. Then I started dating this guy. Dating of course lead to engagement which inevitably brought upon marriage. I can't believe it has been six years since I laid eyes this guy and two years, today, since we said "I Do". 
I don't have any words of marital wisdom. This isn't one of those popular posts about how my husband isn't my soul mate. This is just a post about moments in our lives that I wish to cherish forever, and about love. I love him. That guy I met on the sidewalk, playing corn hole in front his fraternity, I love him. The guy who was totally shirtless, so naturally I called dibs, I love him. The sensible engineering student with a romantic side, I am in love with him. We don't have a whirlwind romance story to tell or a big, romantic gesture of a proposal to relive. We met in June and started dating in July. We dated for two years and then got engaged. After a two year engagement we got married. 
Here is a quick recap of our love story. 
The past two years have taught me a lot about loving myself and showing kindness and grace to another person. I won't lie, we lived together before we got married, but marriage is totally different. I can't explain why. It just is. Everything changes when you are married. 
Our first date was so awkward. I had recently moved to Indiana from Southern California and was *partially* vegetarian at the time. I didn't eat red meats and it was seldom that I would eat poultry. I thought Brad was going to think I was some kind of tree hugging, animal saving nut job (I was, though). In an effort to show him I was normal (I'm still not normal)  I ordered a big ol'e bowl of chicken. Brad, bless his heart, wanted to be considerate of my choices so he ordered a little salad for his dinner. So here we sat at Applebee's with plates of dinner destined for the other person just to impress one another. Let's just say we are still completely awkward but now I have the salad and he has the meat. 
Our engagement was somewhat of a debacle. There was a lot of arguing that day not to mention Brad forgot to bring the ring. But that is another post all in itself. 
Marriage is like jumping off a cliff, but knowing your parachute will open. My husband is my parachute and no matter what sort of mess I get myself I am so blessed he is there to catch me. 

To the love of my life, 
What an adventure we are on. I am so blessed and grateful to have this gift of marriage to share with you. Thank you for the late night conversations, the early morning coffee kisses, and all the time we get to spend together in between. I feel like these last few years have been eternity. Like, when I look at you I can't shake the feeling that I have known you all of my life. Thank you for putting our little family first, for working so diligently, and for the grace you show me each day. Happy second anniversary! Marriage is pretty cool. 

(of course this is a photo montage....)