Roasted Mushroom Pasta with Fresh Herbs

Bow tie pasta tossed with roasted mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and fresh herbs then lightly seasoned with a balsamic vinaigrette. This roasted mushroom pasta with fresh herbs is delicious and easy to make, perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Roasted Mushroom Pasta with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Just one more month until I leave for vacation. I’m so excited! Has anyone been to Ensenada in Baja California before? I’d love any tips or recommendations you might have, especially since it’s a cruise and I’m only there for a day. And in less than four months, I’m headed to Denver, and for the first time ever, I’ll be stepping beyond the airport. Any recommendations there will also be appreciated!

The last week has been so difficult. Whenever I’m sick, I take forever to get over it. It doesn’t matter if I’m drinking a ton of water, or if I’m consuming a crazy amount of Vitamin C, or if I’m taking a lot of medicines, or if I’m sleeping all day and doing nothing else. I generally take forever to recover. *sigh*

And cooking? Ha! Almost nonexistent.

Roasted Mushroom Pasta with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

So it’s kind of nice to have easy to make recipes on hand. Especially when it can double as dinner and lunch to bring to work the next day.

And this pasta is definitely perfect for both.

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Cranberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemony muffins filled with poppy seeds and tart cranberries. These cranberry lemon poppy seed muffins are the perfect morning pick me ups.

Cranberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I hope it was much better than mine.

I spent most of the weekend trying to recover from my cold. Except I seem to have gotten worse on Saturday. I went from a sore throat and the occasional cough to sniffles and lots and lots of sneezing. I am sooo over being sick!

But it didn’t stop me from wandering around the Campbell Farmer’s Market Sunday morning. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to this particular farmer’s market; I just couldn’t say no. So I bundled up and ventured to the farmer’s market with my cousin. Luckily, no rain this weekend!

Cranberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Cooking with a Wallflower

We need to talk about these cranberry lemon poppy seed muffins!

One of my all time favorite muffins is lemon poppy seed. The slight lemony citrus flavor is so delicious and refreshing. But to take these muffins to the next level, I wanted to add fresh cranberries. Well, they were fresh before I froze them to make them last longer anyway. If you’ve had cranberries before, you know that they’re super tart. But adding cranberries give these muffins an extra depth in flavor.

Cranberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Cooking with a Wallflower

So moist with a combination of sweet and tart, these cranberry lemon poppy seed muffins are the perfect way to start the day.

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 98

Happy Saturday!

It feels like this past week has been extra long.

First, the multiple rainstorms we’ve been having in the Bay Area, and then getting sick.

I’m just so glad that both are mostly over. All I ever wanted to do most of this week was sit at home wrapped in a blanket and eat chicken noodle soup.

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Spicy Root Vegetable Chili with Buttered Toast

Chili filled with diced red bell peppers, corn, diced parsnips, diced carrots, and black beans then served with warm buttered toast. This spicy root vegetable chili is chunky, spicy, and soo comforting especially on a cold day.
Spicy Root Vegetable Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s been so cold and rainy lately. Not just in San Francisco, but all over the Bay Area. Rivers and creeks have overflowed. Roads and homes flooded. Trees and power lines fell. It’s so crazy to think that just a little over a year ago, we were in the middle of a drought.

I really don’t like being out in the torrential rain when I don’t have to be. Especially now that I’m sick. Seriously, sore throats and dry coughs are the worst! I just want to stay in bed all day wrapped in blankets and eating chicken noodle soup. Any soup really.

Spicy Root Vegetable Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

But enough of that. We have to talk about this spicy root vegetable chili.

Winter is all about the root vegetables. When I browsed the farmer’s market a couple weeks ago, there were beets, turnips, radishes, and parsnips everywhere. So of course, I had to buy some. And well, turn them into chili.

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Scrambled Eggs Turkey Breakfast Quesadillas

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Large tortillas filled with thinly sliced honey smoked turkey, scrambled eggs, diced red peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and cheese. These Scrambled Eggs Turkey Breakfast Quesadillas are so delicious and filling, the perfect meal for your family.

Scrambled Eggs Turkey Breakfast Quesadillas | Cooking with a Wallflower

Oh my gosh. It’s been so cold, dark, and gloomy these past few days with heavy torrents of rain and strong gusty winds. I have absolutely no desire to venture out of bed much less out the doors to go to work or run errands. I love watching the rain from my windows, but I definitely don’t like being soaked to my knees from walking through huge puddles!

Scrambled Eggs Turkey Breakfast Quesadillas | Cooking with a Wallflower

But these scrambled eggs turkey breakfast quesadillas! These would totally completely convince me to leave my bed on a cold gloomy morning. Filled with simple ingredients like thinly sliced turkey, mushrooms, spinach, red bell peppers, melted cheese, and scrambled eggs, these quesadillas are so delicious and perfect for breakfast or brunch. And if you make extras, you can even pack them for lunch or eat leftovers for dinner. More delicious homemade meals even on a busy schedule rather than ordering out. Or be creative and have breakfast for dinner with your family!

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 97

It’s been raining soo much lately. If it’s not raining, it’s super cold, and dark, and gloomy. But, it’s said to be storming this weekend in the Bay Area. Which would be perfect for hot tea and a good book. Or maybe hot chocolate?

What are you doing this weekend?

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Popcorn, Nuts, and Rice Cracker Snack Mix

A combination of popcorn, various nuts, and rice crackers tossed in furikake rice seasoning. This popcorn, nuts, rice crackers snack mix is delicious and great as an afternoon snack or while traveling.

Popcorn Nuts Rice Cracker Snack Mix  | Cooking with a Wallflower

My sister is going to Disneyland this week without me! She’s celebrating her boyfriend’s birthday, but still! I can be jealous.

Honestly though, Disneyland isn’t worth it for me. Because I’m terrified of roller coasters. I don’t like the loops, the drops, or that feeling like my stomach is leaping everywhere. Which means roller coasters are out. Did I mention I don’t like heights? Yeah… Amusement parks are not worth it for me, especially since it’s over $100 per ticket these days. lol

But since the drive to Southern California is long, my sister is going to need something to snack on. Plus, in just a little over a month, I’ll be headed to Long Beach to go on a cruise to Ensenada. I’m sooo excited! 2017 = new adventures.

So it’s time to start planning. =)

Popcorn Nuts Rice Cracker Snack Mix  | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Delicious rice with the citrusy flavor of lime and refreshing taste of cilantro. This cilantro lime rice is perfect for your everyday meals or in your burritos.

 Cilantro Lime Rice | Cooking with a Wallflower

And just like that, we’re in 2017, and the holiday season is over.

I always think it’s a little sad when the new year starts. Mostly because the moment fall begins in late September, there’s so much to look forward to. So many holiday events to plan for: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Then when it hits January, it feels like there’s not much to look forward to. At least, not until it gets closer to summer. Maybe that’s just me.

And with January comes all these resolutions. I am so terrible at keeping my new year’s resolutions that I don’t even make them anymore. Instead, I set achievable goals for myself. Like traveling more, writing more, staying more organized. Things like that.

Do you make resolutions? Or do you create goals?

Cilantro Lime Rice | Cooking with a Wallflower

Today, I wanted to share with you a super easy recipe: cilantro lime rice.

Sometimes eating rice can be so boring, especially when it’s a staple in your household. Yes, it’s a side dish so it’s meant to be eaten with other dishes. But still! So I thought we could change it up a little bit.

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Celebrating 2017 with Apple Cider Mimosas

Fresh apple cider topped with bubbly champagne and cinnamon sticks. These apple cider mimosas are perfect for new year’s day brunch!
Apple Cider Mimosas | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy New Year!

May the new year bring you and your loved ones lots of laughter, joy, and fun surprises!

It’s 2017, and there’s so much to celebrate! New beginnings, endless possibilities, and exciting adventures!

Apple Cider Mimosas | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’m not really into creating new year’s resolutions, but I like to set goals for each new year. Nothing too crazy but always something that I’d enjoy trying to achieve. This year? Just traveling more. And those plans are already being set in motion. =)

What are your new year’s resolutions or goals? I would love to hear yours!

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Winter 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Only one more day left of 2016!

So much has happened over the last year.

Now, it’s time to wrap things up. And I wanted to share with you some of the things that we did over the past several days. Who would have thought that in one weekend, I could pack in so many different things?

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And now, let’s wrap up 2016, and say hello to 2017!

Winter 2016 | Cooking with a Wallflower

This snowman hot chocolate from Christmas in the Park <3

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