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Monday Madness

I’m thirsty.

Too much ham will do that to you, I guess. And ham gravy. And mashed potatoes.

Check this bad boy out.

Mmmmmm, come to Mama.

Amelia got a special treat for Easter, too. A whole carrot!

“Are yall sure I should eats dis?”

But just the carrot wasn’t enough. She wanted the camera too. “I’ll eat the carrot if you gives me the camera.”

Silly baby. She did enjoy that carrot, though. But even without teeth she managed to break off tiny bits that her mama was afraid she would choke on. It’s so dangerous being a baby.

But we made it through the weekend in one piece. Overeating and all.

Please forgive me

You’re going to hate me for this. You’ll love me first, then you’ll hate me.

Do you know what that is? How about this?

If you guessed that it was a glazed donut that’s been pan fried in butter then covered in ice cream, you’re right. You also might want to go eat a salad – your arteries just clogged a little.

Dave’s dad used to make these for us years ago. I guess they were a specialty of his. One recent Sunday afternoon found us with too many donuts that were beginning to go stale. So we did the only thing we could do – we fried ’em up in a little butter, doused them in ice cream, and prayed not to die of happiness.

The outside of the donut was crispy and sticky and chewy and caramelly. The inside was moist and tender and sweet. The ice cream was smooth and melty.

Our hearts were slow and cloggy.

But it was worth it.

If you find yourself at Krispy Kreme later today, don’t blame me. But also don’t forget to stop and get some ice cream and butter to dress up that donut.

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.

I like to brag that I never brag, but this time I’m going to brag.

I made Prime Rib for dinner last night. Oh baby. Sauteed Snow Peas, Smashed Potatoes, Prime Rib. Just an average Monday night dinner here at HuYoung Heaven.


While they were here over Christmas, my in-laws left us lots of goodies in our freezer. Spicy beef tendon, almond cookies, homemade dumplings, prime rib.

I’ve been intimidated by that hunk of meat for the last 3 months, but yesterday Mother Hubbard’s cupboards were bare. It was Prime Rib or peanut butter and jelly for dinner. And we didn’t have any bread. So Prime Rib it was.

I used this recipe from, and although we both thought it could use a little more salt, the end result was fantastic. Juicy and tender and everything you imagine prime rib will be. If you sit around dreaming about stuff like that.

With the price of groceries these days, I can’t say that Prime Rib will be on the menu often around here, but it sure was a nice break from the norm.

Spinach, anyone?

That’s a pretty appealing title, eh? I do what I can.

Today, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day (and as a nod to the golden arches) I made myself a special shamrock shake. Well, smoothie. I had kind of gotten out of the habit of putting spinach in smoothies, but today was a good day to start again.

Hello, spinach. Hello, yogurt. Hello, wonderful stick blender.

spinach smoothie


All good smoothies (at HuYoung Heaven) start with plain yogurt, a banana, and a splash of milk. Most good smoothies also include frozen fruit. Some good smoothies include peanut butter, but not this one. Not with the frozen pineapple and mango. That’s sick, why would you think that?

This good smoothie had a healthy dose of spinach in it. Peep out that awesome green color!


stick blender smoothie

So, easy healthy smoothie: Yogurt, banana, milk, handful of frozen fruit mix, spinach. Did I forget anything? Uh, no.

Deliciousness. I love how you can’t even taste the spinach. Although, if you don’t blend it up well enough, you can chew the spinach. Lesson learned. Blend away.

So since I had spinach in my snack today, does that mean I can count the green peppers and onions on my homemade pizza as my vegetable for dinner? Oh, what if there were spinach on the pizza too? Bonus! And double bonus, there was spinach in the Tuscan Soup I had for lunch. Wow, perhaps I should look into some variety for my vegetables. But what’s a girl to do when her bargain shopping husband brings home a giant box of organic spinach for $1? Channel your inner Popeye, that’s what.

Here’s a little bonus Amelia pic for you. Helping Mama make a smoothie.

Blend, Mama, blend!


I tried to resist. I really did. Nutella, you say? Over-rated.

Ummmm….not so much.

I am addicted to the stuff right now. Bought if for Dave a few weeks ago as a special treat, but I’ve eaten most of it.

Side note alert. Did you know you can buy Nutella on Amazon? Haha, me either. But when I was searching for a picture to put here…that’s what I found. You can buy cases of it! As if anyone could eat that much Nutella. Ha.

I first tried it on Chinese pancakes. Yum. Then on whole wheat toast, because hey, according to the jar, Nutella can be part of a balanced breakfast if eaten on whole wheat toast. Part of a balanced breakfast, they say. Oops. Then I tried it on Ritz crackers. Heaven. Today I dipped honey-wheat pretzels twists straight into the jar. Nutella, git in my belly!

I think I’ve finally gotten my sweet tooth back. I didn’t really care for sweets at all while I was pregnant, but I definitely don’t have that problem anymore.

What are you craving lately?

Recipe: Peanut Butter Granola

Oh man, you are gonna thank me for this recipe. It is, quite simply, the best. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, in which case….that sucks.

I don’t know where my mom found this recipe, but find it she did, and we’ve been enjoying it ever since. Dave requested ‘peanut butter nola’ about 5 times in the last 2 days, so I made him a batch yesterday.


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 7 cups oats

Melt the butter, peanut butter and honey together in a large pot.

peanut butter granola

I have no idea why it looks like there is milk in there. I swear there isn’t. Side note: I substituted 1 cup of sugar + 1/4 cup water for the honey. Honey is expensive, yo. Mama’s on a budget.

Remove from heat and stir in the oats.

peanut butter granola

Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 20ish minutes, stirring once. We like our ‘nola soft and chewy so 20 minutes is just right for us. See how it’s just starting to get dry around the edges? Feel free to bake yours longer if you like a crunchier granola.

peanut butter granola

In addition to chewy, we like it clumpy, so I stir veeerrry gently. Now you can eat it hot out of the oven, or let it cool it cool a bit and store in an airtight container. Try some with milk for breakfast. Or throw in some dried fruit and call it trail mix. You can’t go wrong either way. Give some to your husband, sister, mother, grandfather, or tax accountant…they’ll love you forever. I promise.