Day 316: Sundaes

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My ice cream sundaes may not have been three cute little mounds with a dollop each god different flavoring, but it was all going to the same place.

Setting up an ice cream toppings bar at home is so much fun. We had homemade chocolate syrup and homemade strawberry topping, caramel, sprinkles, whipped cream, bananas, and cherries.

I took everything but the caramel and shortly afterwords went into giggle fits playing Sega games with my brother.

Kat’s V-Day 2013

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This Valentine’s Day went pretty well. I was very pleased that Kit and I decided to stay at home. I hate the stress of going out for a fancy dinner only to find every restaurant over-packed with other noisy people. Besides our food was better. First, we got semi-dressed up and were witnesses at a friend’s wedding. We had lunch with the happy couple and then went trudging to do the V-day shopping we should have done days before.
I was surprised how many men were snatching flowers with a desperate look in their eyes and how many folk there were in the grocery store.

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This is a hugely popular DIY gift on Pinterest. The project is called 52 Things I Love About You. On each card I wrote something that I love about Kit. I copied some from another crafter, but I found that the ones that meant more were the personal ones. My Kit rarely wears pants. He is a shorts-man. Because of that fact I wanted him to wear shorts for our wedding. The phrase “Two Wild Banshees” is one of those things I catch him saying all the time.

cardsWhen Kit looked through the cards on Vday, he was chuckling and smiling all the way through. Because I wrote on the face of the cards, they can still be played with normally.

wineSupper started the only way it could; with wine. I bought a bottle of the same wine we had for our wedding (a peach chardonnay) and threw some frozen peaches into it. Perfecto.

kabobsHonestly, the first thing I did was begin marinating the shrimp and steak. The shrimp was medium, fully-cooked and frozen. I used a lemon ginger marinade that I should have started the night before, but the hours run away from me. The marinade for 1 pound of shrimp is:

  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/8 onion, chopped
  • 5/8 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro leaves (I used cubed bouillon style cilantro)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (dash)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (dash)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (dash)

I cubed up a steak and threw it into a gallon bag and tried to follow this steak marinade recipe: (I didn’t have W-sauce, oops!)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • dash of pepper

As you can see in the photo above, I skewered quartered small sweet onions, whole mushrooms (baby portabellas were on sale), whole grape tomatoes, and fat slices of red and green bell peppers. I baked these kabobs on a cookie sheet (I recommend putting aluminum foil on the trays to help with cleanup). Bake them for 10-12 minutes at 450F, flip them over and bake an additional 7-8 minutes. Thanks for the oven kabobs recipe, Sarra!

cccakeI made coca-cola cake for dessert. I failed to check my stock of butter and only had enough to make the cake and not the glaze that went on top. What makes coca-cola cake special or different from a regular chocolate cake? I honestly have no clue. Google is not helping a sister out either. It was a good recipe that I have to try again when I can do the glaze as well. I honestly love my mom’s recipe for crazy cake. This was more moist…almost like a light brownie.

The rest of the evening was spent enjoying our present that we gave to each other. Our Roku is so much better than jewelry I may never wear. Tons of Netflix TV shows at our fingertips. In one month, the Roku has already paid for itself several times over because we were frequent users of Redbox.

Day 290: Pineapple Angel Cake {Recipe Revealed!!}

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Made myself some cake!
It’s not gluten free, sugar free or in any way healthy. Move along, healthy folk, this is for people who enjoy being fatties.

Ingredients
1 box angel food cake
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in its own juice

Directions
Throw everything in a bowl and combine well. Enjoy the awesome foaming.
Scrape/fold into a 9×13 pan and bake 350°F for 30-35 minutes.

I must admit that I ate most of the pan. My hubster was lucky to get a few pieces. The crushed pineapple is perfect in this cake mix because you get little juicy bits between bites of fluffy, moist angel food cake.

I ate cubes of Cheddar cheese with the cake and was surprised with the results. The sharp cheese mellowed the sweetness. I didn’t eat them in the same bite, rather I traded bites back and forth. I know it sounds weird but it was quite good.

—thank you, Pinterest—

Special Post! Organic Dog Treats

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My buddy Abigail has opened up an etsy shop today and wants as many people as possible to hear about it!

Abigail’s business is called Organigoodies. Currently she has three flavors of dog treats all made with organic ingredients; chicken liver, beef and rice, and peanut butter.

Why is she doing this?
She has to beagle puppies. She loves to teach them tricks and treat them to yummy snack but she noticed more and more the pet food/treat recalls. Abigail decided instead that she would gather ingredients and bake them herself so she knew what her pups were really ingesting.

How can you keep up with Abigail, her business and her dogs?
Twitter @organigoodies
Facebook
WordPress

Day 232: One Pot Meal

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Same old foods but in a new way.
I begged my friends to tell me what to cook and briefly went over the few things I had in my cupboard. They came through.

This is one of those Mash foods or one pot meals. I associate it with foods eaten on trail because we typically kept dumping ingredients into a pot until we had a relatively balanced meal.

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What I ended up using:
1 lb sausage, browned
1 box of Zataran’s Spanish rice, cooked
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can yellow whole kernel corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained (in addition to the one I added to the rice box).

This was very, very yummy. Even Kit liked it and he is a little more skeptical of recipes that I can’t label with a proper name.