Hello my fellow WordPressers. We are in such a crazy time right now. Like, we are actually going through a worldwide pandemic, aren’t we??

I thought these kind of crises could and *would* only happen in films or fiction novels but, “the Rona” has proved me wrong. I keep wondering when the heck I’ll wake up from this terrible nightmare… then, I realize… this is real life.

Someone please tell me it will all be over soon. 😭

I’ve been stressed, panicked, sad, angry etc. and I even thought about ditching my blog altogether. It just seemed fake to continue writing like normal when nothing in my life will ever be again. Or at least, that’s how it feels at the moment. Hopefully, I am just being dramatic, right?

Well, anyways, it’s obvious I couldn’t live without my blog and talking/sharing with YOU so, I came back today with an all new Recipe Reviews. I know ingredients are hard to find at the moment and I want to make it clear, they have been for me as well. The dishes below were meals we had back in Nov. 2019.

You can bookmark this for after the apocalypse, I guess.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp


Recipe found on Closet Cooking
My Rating: 2 out of 5

My Review

I’m not sure if it was just the specific Creole seasoning we used or if the recipe calls for way too much but, the saltiness from it was a bit overpowering. A few veggies could’ve been added in, too. I’m also not sure why “BBQ” is even in the name. The shrimps were plump and juicy, though (probably more thanks to boyfriend than the recipe).

We served it with… white jasmine rice

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons butter (we used Earth Balance Original)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup beer, wine or broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (again, we used Earth Balance)
  • salt to taste

Beef Goulash


Recipe found on Cozi
My Rating: 2 out of 5

My Review

If you’re a regular reader of my Recipe Reviews, you have to have noticed that we like to try all these different goulashes. We now know what we like and what we’re looking for in them. Sadly, we ended up being really disappointed in this one. The sauce was so bland– it honestly tasted like tomato water instead of a flavorful sauce and I didn’t like the green peppers. They just didn’t work well with everything else.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken


Recipe found on Clean Food Crush
My Rating: 4 out of 5

My Review

Mmm, the homemade teriyaki sauce had the perfect sweet and salty combination going. It was light and felt healthy yet still tasted absolutely delicious. There was a fun mixture of veggies and textures and the sauce soaked into the huge noodles beautifully.

We served it with… Mrs. Miller’s Old Fashioned Extra Wide Egg Noodles

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 large carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium broccoli head, broken into small florets
  • 1.5 cups snow peas
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds

For the homemade teriyaki sauce

  • 3 Tbsps coconut aminos, Bragg’s liquid aminos, or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp gluten free flour

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50 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #102

  1. Unfortunately the entire world is in crisis right now and like you I can’t wait to wake up and see everything is gone and we’re back to “normal” life…
    What we can do is too stay home and stay safe! Take care!

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  2. I am glad you didn’t ditch your blog. We need to hear from you. Yeah, things kind of suck now, but I would miss your blog if you gave it up.
    I write about Today’s Perfect Moment…but those are in rather short supply right now. I am not giving up, but I am not blogging at full capacity. Hopefully I will find a few things to bring a bit of joy to some people out there.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anthony ❤ that means more than you know that you'd actually miss my blog if I quit writing!! I'm so glad I decided to come back. 🙂

      "Perfect moments" are definitely in short supply right now but I know they are still there. I'm so happy you're still writing, your posts always cheer me up!

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  3. What is happening isn’t normal but I think the majority of people will try and keep things as normal as can be. It would be a shame if you stopped blogging, but your readers will understand. Look after yourself ❤

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  4. Lately, I haven’t had the motivation to write any new content even though I have time now. I too feel a wave of various emotions which I never thought I could feel all at once. It is a very confusing time for all of us, and I think you made the right decision to keep your blog! Reading your blog posts cheers me up, and one of these days I really should try some of your recipes! Do you have any dessert recipe reviews?

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    1. Aw Hilary, you have no idea how happy it makes me to know that my blog cheers you up! ❤ It truly is a confusing time for all of us right now & I completely understand the lack of motivation to write. I'm sorry you're going through these waves of emotions, too. We will push through it together! ❤

      & I don't have any posts dedicated to dessert reviews but, I think I've shared a couple in random journal entries in the past. I'll have to search for them and compile a post for you. There probably aren't too many though since we rarely bake around here! 😛


  5. Are you still wiping your ass with restaurant napkins? 😬

    Definitely don’t ditch your blog! We all need the bonus entertainment right now. I don’t plan on discussing the pandemic much in the coming weeks. I figure people would prefer to read about the best trip I’ve had on magic mushrooms or look at photos of my chonky cat.

    As for you:

    Write about your childhood!
    What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?
    Criticize Kate Middleton’s outfits.
    Criticize the royal family in general.
    Share photos of your past fashion flops.
    Share photos of your non-chonky cats.
    Write a review on Being John Malkovich!

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    1. LOL well, I have been using baby wipes for my ass since before this pandemic but, boyfriend was using those square napkins that we found a couple packs of at the store since it all started. 😛 Luckily, we found a tiny 4-pack of TP just yesterday at the grocery store for him, though.

      I don’t think I *can* ditch my blog! I missed it so much while I was “away.” & oh my gosh, I would absolutely love to read about the best trip you had on ‘shrooms & YES to photos of your cat!!! ❤

      I have to admit I kind of like the royal family's clothing LOL & I wishwishwish I could find Being John Malkovich somewhere to watch for free! I will share more photos of my kitties in coming posts, too. 🙂 Thank you for all your ideas, support, & motivation!! ❤


  6. I am choosing hopeful this situation will end soon, but am quite anxious about it regardless. I am less scared of getting sick and more afraid of the other ramifications this is having.

    I’m glad you didn’t give up on your blog during this time. For me, blogging has been one of the few comforting things / ways to spend my time in doors.

    It’s a bummer that 2/3 recipes didn’t turn out as hoped. The teriyaki chicken sounds fantastic though!

    Stay safe! 💜

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    1. At first, I was more scared of the ramifications, too but, seeing how serious this virus is, I’ve been starting to worry about my health/catching it, too. 😦 But I am def trying my best to stay hopeful instead!

      I’m really glad I decided to come back to blogging. It has actually relieved a lot of my stress. Just how normal it feels & how the community is still here. ❤ I love it!!

      & hey, 2 out of 3 recipes isn't so bad. 🙂

      Thank you, LP, you stay safe as well! ❤


  7. The Rona!!! OMG I love that!!!!

    Noooooooooooooooooo you can’t leave us! I know how much I look forward to your posts and would be majorly sad if you disappeared.

    I think that 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce had a lot to do with the saltyness of that shrimp dish..

    LOL-ing at the person who asked if you’re still wiping your ass with napkins from restaurants!!! OMG I’m dying.

    Hang in there! We will get through this together!

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    1. Lol I’ve seen people calling it, “Ms. Rona” too. 😛 You know me… always trying to find the humor in a serious situation!!

      & I wooon’t! Being gone from the blogosphere for the past week and half was enough! I miss you all so much! ❤ I don't know what I was thinking!

      Lol yes she is a funny one. 😛 & yes, we *will* get through this. Thank you, Jinjer! ❤

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  8. I love your recipe reviews! Keep writing woman! You can’t leave the blogosphere! I would miss reading your posts toooo much! We all need each other to get through these times, stay positive and know I’m always here to chat if you need it!

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    1. Aw thank you so much, sweet Amanda ❤ I am def here to stay! I was just going crazy for a bit there, I think lol. I would miss you too much too! ❤ & you're right– we do all need each other & I'm trying my best to stay positive! ❤ Thank you again!!

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  9. I hear you – the world has gone mental and I can’t believe this is happening to us all. I also understand the conflict with the blog – do you continue like everything around us isn’t crashing down? It’s a conversation I’ve had with myself too. But I think having something in our lives that gives us a sense of normalcy, and doing what we love to do, is gonna help us remain sane throughout this all. I’m glad you decided to keep up with your blog 😉❤️.

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    1. I know, it’s seriously crazy. Everyday I wake up hoping it’s a nightmare! 😦

      & exactly. I’m so glad you understand how I was feeling about blogging but you’re right, having this space & a bit of schedule, normalcy, and most of all, community is definitely something I need to keep me sane right now. ❤ I'm so happy I came back! ❤ ❤

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    1. That dish was awesome! & I realized I would miss blogging way too much if I ditched it forever. That makes me so happy to hear that you look forward to my posts, Allie. It means more to me than you’ll ever know!

      We *will* get through this together. Thank you!! ❤


  10. I thought the first dish looked good then I saw your 2 star rating… LOL! Oh dear, the last dish however looks good and has a good rating, so we celebrate! It’s so colourful and looks and sounds so satisfying and feel good, I love it!!!

    Hunida, just sending my reassurance over here btw!Taking the time to send you love, happiness, safety and security! Feel it in your heart, you got this ❤ all my love!

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    1. Lol it wasn’t bad but, the sauce was SO salty. I couldn’t rate it any higher. 😛 The last dish was really lovely though! It does look super colorful, doesn’t it?! ❤

      You are the best, love!!! Thank you so so much for taking the time to reassure me. ❤ I needed it more than you know!! ❤

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  11. Girl I’ve been feeling the exact same way I’ve been feeling another wave of anxiety and mild depression coming my way. I noticed it a few days ago when I didn’t wanna get out of bed. Personally, I choose to keep blogging for the simple reason that it serves as a distraction, not just for myself but for others. At times like these is when I need to be entertained more. It’s not that I’m pretending that nothing is happening but I so badly need that for my mental stability. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, if you quit blogging I would be very sad to see you go but would understand and support you regardless. ❤ I’m a text away if you ever wanna vent to me.

    The name of the first dish is….misleading I feel like? Lol
    I’ve tasted creole before and was not a fan…but don’t understand why bbq is the name either lol.
    Is goulash like a casserole kind of dish??
    At least one recipe worked! Sheet pans are not only easy but usually don’t disappoint. 🤗🤗

    I hope you are doing well at the moment, if not, we definitely should chat or video chat idk 💙

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    1. Ahh, I think I am about to have my period so my hormones are making me all upset again. Ugh. I’m sorry that you’ve been having anxiety & mild depression again. 😦 Boyfriend & I have been sleeping in so late these days. I think we need to start setting an alarm because it may be making us worse.

      Thank you for continuing to blog! I scrolled through my Reader & saw quite a bit of your posts. It makes me excited!! ❤ I cannot wait to read them all & I def need them for a distraction during all this. I'm glad I didn't just quit lol, I was going crazy. I don't think I ever could actually not blog. I'd miss writing & the community WAY too much!

      I totally get that you're not pretending that nothing is happening. It makes a lot of sense & you need to do whatever to keep your mental health stable. ❤

      & same to you, babes, I am just a text away if you ever need me!!

      The shrimp had no BBQ flavor so I don't know what was up with the name. I've liked creole flavoring on a lot of things but, meh. This was SALTY lol.

      Goulash is usually made in one pot on the stove. It's like a mix of stuff, same as a casserole but those are usually made in the oven! 🙂

      I'm glad the stir-fry saved our week from being a complete fail!

      ❤ love you!!! Hope you are doing well, too!!!

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      1. Really? I’m still waiting on mind I’m late and feeling all stressed isnt gonna make it come any faster 😖
        And yeah, not having a set routine or proper sleep schedule can definitely make you feel even worse. I know that usually affects me so I’ve been trying my best to get quality sleep but it’s been hard this week. I’m hoping I can start again tomorrow morning.
        Sameee!! Blogging is officially an integral part of my life now lol
        Maybe I should try more creole things but idk, I feel like it’s not the kind of flavor my taste buds like 😅

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        1. Ahh stress always messes with my period, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if mine didn’t come at all this month. Especially with all the changes in my diet & activity. I hope yours comes eventually! I think you’ll feel a bit better when it does. ❤

          I've been waking up at 5 PM & falling asleep around 8 AM lol. Ugh I don't even want to give myself a routine but I prob should!

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  12. Hang in there love! It’s a hard time but we’ll get through it. I had some scheduled posts on the blog and felt unsure if I should just get rid of it or keep it and ended up keeping them because I think we all need a bit of normalcy. Reading and watching YouTube, Netflix, etc are keeping me sane and giving my mind a break from everything. Sending you hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Jess!! I hope you have been staying safe!! ❤ We will get through this.

      Thank you for keeping your scheduled posts. They really are needed as a distraction during this time. ❤

      I'm so glad you've found things to keep you sane. I've been gaming like nobody's business lol. *hugs back!!*

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  13. Oh my I really thought the shrimp would be the best! DAMN! Surprise surprise the teriyaki and veggie chicken is the best! Thanks for sharing this! I know, its freaking bonkers how the pandemic has taken over! Please don’t stop blogging Hunida, if not you are gonna have to personally update me on how your life is going! Stay strong okay, we will weather this weird dire times together!

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    1. I was so shocked by the saltiness of that shrimp, it was strong & wouldn’t have even been edible without the white rice to balance it out a bit. 😛 The teriyaki chicken was pretty nice! & yeah, this pandemic is actually freaking me out but, I won’t quit blogging! ❤ ❤ I'd miss you way too much!! & I can't wait for this all to be over, we *will* get through this together. Thank you, Cordelia!! ❤

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  14. I’m glad you’re not abandoning your blog! ❤ My life hasn't changed much throughout this pandemic so far, although my anxiety levels are definitely up. I'm scared my mom will get sick since she's in her 60's and probably can't fight it off as well as I can. I'm considered an essential employee, so I'm still working like usual. They even have everyone working overtime, which personally I don't think should be allowed right now. I feel like I'm bound to catch it at some point because there are hundreds of people who work in the same building each day, so things are easily spread there. My mom lives with me, but she also works at the same place I do, so I kinda feel like we're bound to get it, but hopefully not.

    The New Orleans BBQ shrimp looks the best out of these, so that sucks that it was disappointing. I don't like when things are too salty either because that can definitely ruin it. I'm such a shrimp lover though.

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    1. I’m really glad I came back to blogging, too. I was just having a real freak out moment when I thought I’d just ditch it. 😛 I’m sorry that you & your mom have still been working so much! Crazy that they are still making you guys do overtime. I hope they’re at least making the work environment more clean & practicing safe distancing rules? I hate that you could so easily get it. 😦

      I am such a shrimp lover, too, lol we still ate them all even though they were so salty. 😛

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      1. They’re definitely not practicing distancing rules. 😒 There are hundreds of people that work there, and most of us sit about 3 feet from each other, as opposed to 6 ft. Plus, it seems the virus is airborne so I doubt that makes a difference regardless. They are spraying Lysol around in the evenings though, but I’m not sure what good it will do. I just found out tonight that our company’s rival (another data processing processing company in town) has had an employee test positive. I feel it’s only a matter of time before someone at ours tests positive too. I’m glad to still have money coming in, but I wish my mom and I could just stay home and be safe.

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        1. Oh my gosh, they need to keep you guys way further apart. I heard it can be passed on from just breathing & talking. I know that money seems important right now & trust me, not having an income right now is truly tough but, debt will work itself out & will always be better than getting sick. I hope your company will let you guys stay home soon & continue to pay you anyways. ❤

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