NATI LVN

Yes, it’s me. I am back, so watch out my loyal readers! We are starting to settle in here in The Queen City, and I have got the cooking bug once again. It makes me feel normal, wherever I am.
Adjusting to life here has been pretty smooth. Since we have resided in these parts before we have many friends left around. Even better, we have family here as well. This makes all of the changes feel a little less like tight jeans I can’t zip up, and more like a warm velour sweat suit that I can grow into.
I have to admit though, things here in Cincinnati are certainly different in Chicago in some ways. People actually drive the speed limit for the most part, so coming from the Windy City’s highways, I am looking like Mario Andretti. Also, A LOT of people have personalized license plates here. I asked some people if the service was free to explain this. They informed me that no, it is not free just super cheap.
Some good ones I have seen so far:
I Recre8
SWM VAN
DA WITCH (She sounds nice.)
BLK A4 (On a black Audi A4. Isn’t this like writing your own name on your hand to remember?)
WRU HERE (Um, because I am driving behind you.)
MINI HZL (On a Mini Cooper driven by a small women named Hazel.)
Although cheesy, they have provided me some humor on the road.
I haven’t gotten my plates yet. If I were to personalize mine, here are some ideas I had:
DRTY VAN
ISIT5YET
QWNS SLVE
Honestly though, I’ll probably just take what they give me. I don’t ever want to be recognized speeding down the highway like a bat out of Hell.
It’s summertime, which means everyone is in need of a good side to bring to the next BBQ they attend. I love me some asparagus, so I decided to grill it and toss it up like a salad. Not bad, friends. Not Bad.
Grilled Asparagus Salad
serves 6
2 bunches of Asparagus
2 Tb Olive Oil
1 Tsp Ground Pepper
1/2 cup Walnuts
2 Tb Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
3 Tb soft goat cheese
Preheat grill. If you have a vegetable attachment for your grill place it on the grates so stalks do not slip through. If not, cover with tin foil. Prep Asparagus by snapping off the bottom of each stalk. Toss stalks in Olive Oil.
When grill is heated, place Asparagus in it and close the lid. Let cook for about 3-4 minutes. Open lid and turn stalks on other side. Let cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool.
Place a large piece of tin foil on the grill and pour on walnuts. Let cook until nicely roasted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool.
Chop asparagus and walnuts. Toss with Balsamic Dressing and Pepper. Crumble goat cheese over salad and serve.

2 thoughts on “NATI LVN

  1. siriusleesweet

    That looks delicious!

    I was thinking about getting 11SK887 haha… but i have my plate memorized already so it’s okay. The letters and numbers the state gave me kinda rhyme when you say them which makes it easier for me to remember. That’s how I remember my student IDs too.. By kinda singing them in my head.

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  2. Erin & Marc

    You are hilarious Erin! I saw your blog address on Facebook and wanted to check it out (I have one too, so I might copy some of what you do!). Welcome back to Ohio!

    BTW — Growing up my stepdad and I would play a game where we’d try to figure out what the personalized plates meant. So, I guess there are a lot around!

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