Two years gone by

Hi friends, Happy Easter Monday! I hope you had a memorable day and weekend with your families. I spent Easter with some of my favorite people.
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We were missing a few other favorites (furry friends included) but one in particular was constantly on my mind:
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Today’s the day that I (along with his family and friends) have been waiting for for over two years now: today Brandon comes home FOR GOOD! It’s hard to believe that two years have gone by, but somehow they have. And now we can officially kiss our long distance relationship goodbye…AMEN! I’m headed to the airport tonight with his family and oh.my.gosh. the butterflies in my stomach are out of control. I swear I will have a permanent smile plastered on my face for the next year.  When I knew he was boarding his plane last night, the smiles just didn’t stop. Someone pinch me, I can’t believe it’s finally here! 
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I couldn’t be prouder of my love for his accomplishments over the last two years. In that time, he made lifelong friends and a lifetime of memories. I am so happy we were able to share part of his Australian journey together.
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Anyway, I have so much to share but for now, here’s the recipe I promised last week. I made this way too many times last week…literally for 3 out of 7 days this was on my dinner plate. Whoops. I guess you could call me an incredibly boring eater, but like I said, it’s just too good to stop! And yes, I have a cauliflower problem.

Cauliflower Poppers
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Ingredients:
3/4-1 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Directions:
1) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a large mixing bowl, mix olive oil, nutritional yeast, and garlic salt together.
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2) Wash and chop cauliflower into florets; then place in mixing bowl with the other ingredients.
3) Stir all together until the cauliflower is mostly covered with the yellowish mixture.
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4) Place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, then turn each piece over with a fork and bake for another 25-30 minutes, until browned.
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5) Try not to eat the entire batch…good luck! 
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This dish is gluten-free, dairy-free, and relatively low in calories, too. It has quickly become my staple side-dish… I am hooked!  I suggest making a double batch if you are serving four or more people, otherwise, you might run out too quickly. Just a tip!

Counting the hours until we’re off to the airport tonight, yay! Wish me luck : –)
Also, best of luck to all of the Boston Marathon runners today, I’m cheering for you. And to my dear friend Michelle, who continues to be my inspiration day-in and day-out, I’m thinking of you. Love you, girl xoxo

How was your Easter?
Do you like cooking with nutritional yeast?
I was a bit afraid at first, but now I love it!
What’s your favorite cauliflower recipe?

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17 thoughts on “Two years gone by

  1. I can’t help but smile from ear to ear as I see how excited and happy you all are! I can’t believe it has been two years, but so glad this day is finally here! Can’t wait to see you in just under two weeks to spend the weekend together celebrating Kim and can’t wait to see you Brandon! Love you all So So much!

  2. YAY!!! How exciting?!?! I cannot believe it’s been 2 years- so much has happened! So happy that he’s going to be home with you :) I haven’t cooked with nutritional yeast, but want to! And I love cauliflower so these would totally be something I would love! xoxo

  3. Super cute Easter pics – someone has a real bunny?? LOL! Precious.
    OMG YAY FOR BRANDON BEING HERE OMG! I know you have been so patient and you absolutely deserve all the happiness that comes your way when you two reunite for good! :) I’m sure I’d be smiling permanently for a whole year if I were you too! :) YAY!
    And I MUST get my hands on some nutritional yeast ASAP I keep hearing it’s so good with things and I can’t find any! I had amazing cauliflower last night for Easter so I don’t blame you for keeping that dish on repeat!

  4. I can practically FEEL your happiness coming through the keyboard! How exciting!! There’s no better feeling than when long distance is finally, totally, completely over! On a whole other note, I really need to get some nutritional yeast! That looks delicious!

  5. Welcome home Brandon!! I bet you were bouncing off the walls last weekend! Hope you have some time off of school to spend time with him. You have a lot of catching up to do. Sorry I missed you in Boston last weekend :( We’re already on board for 2015, so next year! Can we start a countdown to that?? xoxo

  6. It sounds like it’s been an incredible 2 year journey for you guys! I didn’t realize he was going to be back stateside for good. So excited for you and hope you are celebrating all week long!

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