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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Sauce

Baby Abbie Anne
The day I got my Yorkie, Abbie, I had told my parents that I was just browsing. I told my mom, "I just want to go look at the puppies. I don't have to get one, but I just want to look." Now name the last person who went "just to look" at puppies. It can't be done. Ever.

The Creels' dog, Lily, and her bff, Abbie when the girls were babies!
Abbie sticking her tongue out... what a mischievous one!
We met the breeder in a McDonald's parking lot in Denton in January of 2009. I had actually wanted to look at another puppy in the litter, but she was very hyper and frisky. I knew from "wanting the fun one" with our Beagle that the other pup would be quite the mischief maker.
She was so teeny!
Instead, I reached for the little one snuggled in the back of the crate. She had a circus blanket underneath her. My baby blanket also had circus animals on it. "Circy" (hard C sound) I called it, was my crutch and still lives under my bed in a drawer with my bear, Brownie. So a lovable, adorable little puppy curled up on a circus baby blanket- I figured it was meant to be. So my "just looking" turned into "just buying" and Abbie was all mine.

Yook how yittle my yittle baby was! Not much bigger than this baseball!
Another coincidence- her birthday is November 9th which is my little cousin, Ashlea's, birthday. Ashlea has always meant the world to me, so I doubly knew Abbie was going to be special.  I know everyone is partial to their dogs, but my little gal is 4 pounds of amazingness. She's the best cuddle buddy with the sweetest face and the funniest personality.

Andy, me, and Abbie at my 4th Annual Holiday Cocktail Party, Christmas 2011
What hasn't been so precious about my sweet girl lately has been her breath. Yuck! Lucky me, Abbie's health care plan (yes, she has a health care plan) includes an annual dental cleaning. So off to Banfield we went early one morning, and I dropped her off to have her teeth cleaned. The vet always tells me to plan to keep an eye on her for the night since she will be coming out of anesthesia, so I planned an easy dinner that I could cook inside.
Abbie is a Longhorn fan, duh
Well, we should have known our little munchkin wasn't going to let anesthesia get her down. Not much does. She was spinning in circles and leaping from the couch the minute I let her in the door. So much for having to nurse her back to health. Regardless, we were having an easy-bake meal in the oven that night, with Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Sauce on the side. Usually I grill asparagus- click for more asparagus recipes: Barbeque Grilled Asparagus and Garlic Lime Asparagus. This time, I thought I'd try something different and bake it. It definitely has a different flavor than grilling, but is really a great alternative. Even Abbie sat by me all of dinner begging for a piece to drop!

Abbie Christmas 2012

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Sauce
Servings: 2; Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value: 1

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Sauce

  • 1 lb asparagus
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet.
  3. Coat with cooking spray
  4. Season with salt and pepper, brush with soy sauce and balsamic.
  5. Bake asparagus 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tender.
Keep on cookin'!

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