Monday, November 7, 2011

Makings of Breakfast

Sunday morning big breakfast has become a sort of tradition at our house.

During the week everyone is so busy with work, school and extracurriculars we barely make it to the dinner table together!

But Sundays! After early service, we usually climb back into our pajamas, B grabs a book or the comic strip while E reads the paper or they may play video games together while I whip up breakfast.

I love those mornings relaxing and enjoying time with my family.

Then we get the "itis" and go take a nap somewhere!   LOLOLOL

Have a great week!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Food (and other) Randoms

Love this picture of B

Hey ya’ll!! Did you have a good week?? What was the best part of your week?

B has decided the colors for her in-room Christmas tree: Black tree, gold ornaments

I purchased Avocado Oil this week...have no idea what I am going to use it for or thinks it will be awesome in a salad dressing in place of olive oil, or on my skin, or on my hair.....

Speaking of avocado...over the summer I made grilled salmon tacos with fresh pico that I made from my farmers market haul...chile please...awesomeness

I also made some hummus out of white beans...the kid in my house who doesn't eat beans? KilT that stuff with some pita bread pieces brushed with some garlic infused olive oil.  I mean I may have lied and told her it was regular old hummus though...#SneakyMommy

White Bean Hummus Puree

This right here? Sucked, tasted like kool-aid...

but when you had a couple or four splashes of this...
Official Cocktail Hour!

Stop the presses! My oven stopped working!! Like, that joka refuses to get hot. At. All. The broiler works, the top of the stove still works but that oven? Nothing. Thanksgiving is coming!

*Now I got ta cut cha* That movie is sooooooooo funny!

E is going to pick up my new-to-me one tomorrow!! Talked that sucka down to a mere $300 from $ I bought a washer that is one year old *IN YO FACE broken stuff!

Praise God for provisions!

I don't believe in paying full price for appliances...I'm on the hunt for a French Door fridge for the low now

Speaking of Thanksgiving, what’s on your menu? I haven’t thought of one single thing yet. Not a menu plan, a morsel or nothing! iSlack

E wants to break tradition and have a seafood buffet…I’on know about that yet

I enjoy the entire planning, prepping, cooking process...a lot.

I am going to bust out this coconut cream cake I've been dying to make...that will be the new item on our table. Also, instead of full pies, I am going to do tarts: pecan and sweet potato

Maybe I have thought about the menu.

These cupcake were full of awesome sauce...chocolate cake with browned butter frosting...

Oh and those little plates, my fantastic cousin found them for me at Target for the insane price of like .25. She copped ALL of them for a playa...the liquored cupcakes I have planned for my birthday celebration will look great on these

Speaking of cupcakes...Sprin.kles here in Houston....suuuuuuccccckkkksss! There I said it.

My W will be here in December for 2 entire weeks! I can’t wait…the best part? B doesn’t have a clue! We've been playing her all season talking about how the "tickets are too much", how we "wish we could see them"....Do you even know how excited she is going to be when W strolls in her school to meet her for lunch! I LOVE good surprises!

E is going to work my nerves about this bathroom remodel. I am ready to take a sledge hammer to that joint but E wants to wait….he gon come home from work one day and that joker gonna be done! #NotJoking...MakingPlansNOW!

The Twelve Days of Tarsha are right around the corner *insert giddy girl squeal* For the first twelve days of my birth month I do extra special random acts of kindness....BEST.TIME.of the year!!!!

Do people still play DJ Hero 2? No matter I am definitely buying two turntables, microphone and game for $30 from Bi.g Lot.s this weekend.

My Rea.der is off the chain right now (do the kids still say “off the chain”). I am going to take time this weekend to read and comment all up and through ya’lls blogs! OK?

What's been going on random with you?

Have a great weekend hear!?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Quick and Easy - Creamy Italian Dressing

Creamy Italian Dressing
Cuisine at Home eRecipes, March 24, 2011
Makes about 3/4 cup

What you need:
1/2 cup light or regular mayonnaise
3 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp grated onion
1Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/8 tsp EACH, sugar, garlic powder, salt and black pepper

What to do:
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. If thinner consistency is desired stir in a little more milk as needed

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Browned Butter Brownies

I love chocolate.
I love chocolate.
Yes I do
Yes I do
I'd like to eat it daily
I'd like to eat it daily
But then I'd have "the sugar"
But then I'd have "the sugar"

Browned Butter Brownies
Bon Appetit, February 2011

What you need:
  •  Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, chilled
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnut pieces

What to do:
  • Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 325°F. Line 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, pressing foil firmly against pan sides and leaving 2-inch overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray.
  • Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking until butter stops foaming and browned bits form at bottom of pan, stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; immediately add sugar, cocoa, 2 teaspoons water, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt. Stir to blend. Let cool 5 minutes (mixture will still be hot).
  • Add eggs to hot mixture 1 at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition.
  • When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended.
  • Stir in nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  • Bake brownies until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs attached), about 25 minutes.
  • Cool in pan on rack. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan.