Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Day in Photos

I am in Shimelle's Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers class right now and earlier this week our prompt was our day in photos. I have had kind of a crazy week, so I didn't get to actually do this prompt on the day that everyone else did, but I did want to do it and today seemed to be the best day of the bunch!

So here is my day in photos...

Feel free to check out more photos here.

Peace out *g*

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

Around the holidays, or shortly thereafter, Pillsbury was running commercials for different things you could make with their crescent rolls. One of them was for pizza pockets and the husband was immediately interested. I got the stuff and made them and he was sold. I think since January I have made them at least once a week, and sometimes even twice a week. I figure it will last for a little while longer, until we start grilling out most nights and then it will probably be the fall/winter until the husband wants them again. They are super quick and easy to make, and who doesn't love stuff like that after working all day?

Crescent Pizza Pockets via Pillsbury

  • 1 can of crescent rolls
  • jar of pizza sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • various fillings

Go ahead and heat your oven to 375 degrees. I line my cookie sheet with parchment paper to make them easier to get off, but if you don't it's not the end of the world. I have done it both ways.

Unroll the dough and layout into four rectangles. You will want to press any perferations together (there should be a diagonal one that goes across the rectangle) to seal.

Next, place about a tablespoon of sauce on one half of the rectangle, about one inch from the edge. Mine is a little closer to the edge and sometimes the sauce and cheese wants to escape. It's okay though.

Then add a tablespoon or two of shredded cheese and any other toppings you would like. I usually do about 5 slices of pepperoni or one slice of canadian bacon, torn into pieces. I do that for the husband, as I am not a canadian bacon fan like him. You could probably just do sauce and cheese, or maybe some veggies! The sky is the limit! Or, at least the crescent roll dough is.

Once you have your toppings in you will want to fold over the one side diagonally. You will want to use   a fork to seal the edge and prick the top of each to let any steam escape. I don't do this every time and have never noticed a difference, but maybe you would.

Bake in the over for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.

Let them cool for a few minutes, because they will be hot, and then enjoy!

Hope everyone has fun with this one. We really enjoy it in our house.

Peace out *g*

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hoppy Easter

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. The hubster and I went to visit his parents, which was nice since we hadn't seen them in a while.

My mother-in-law had told us about a new sub place, Firehouse Subs, that has a very high tech Coke machine called Coca-Cola Freestyle. My husband, being the big Coke fan that he is, was intrigued and wanted to go.

Saturday night we headed on over for dinner. We ordered our food (it was hard to many choices) and then made our way over to the coke machine to make our choices.

They had all the coke products and anywhere from 5-7 flavors of each one (except Dr. Pepper, which didn't have any additional flavors, not even Cherry, which they sell in stores). My mother-in-law decided to go with Diet Raspberry coke, while both me and the husband decided to try some of the flavored Sprites. I chose Peach Sprite while he got Strawberry Sprite.

It was good and different and I wanted to try more of the flavors. They had Cherry Limeade, and Vanilla Coke (the husband did get this as well and it was SO much better than from the store), or one of the many Fantas. How is a girl to choose?

Well, as it turns out, we have a Firehouse Subs not far from where we live, so I will get my chance (hopefully they will have a cool machine as well) to try many more flavors. It might not be so good for my new healthy eating plans, but I guess I can try the various diet options.

Happy Easter to everyone and have a good week ahead!

Peace out *g*

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oh Life, You Funny Thing

Whew. Does it seem like to anyone else 75% of my posts lately have been Tasty Tuesday's? I mean, props to myself (do the kids still say props??) for at least being consistent with that, but gosh, there is actually other stuff going on in my life.

As I mentioned in this post, I am taking the Soul Restoration class over at Brave Girls Club. When I am not working on cards and stuff for my Etsy shop (yeah, I haven't forgot about that), I have been working on my lessons for this. Again, it's amazing and I highly recommend it the next time they do it.

The husband and I also enjoyed an evening out that didn't involve Steak and Shake and a movie (which is our normal go-to night out), and went and saw Jim Norton at a local comedy club. I have been a fan since I used to listen to him on Opie and Anthony back in 2001 on my drive to and from school every day (I drove about an hour each way to school my freshman year of college). Getting to meet him was very exciting, and we got his autograph and the husband got his pic taken!

I have started a new fitness/eating routine (after I made the brownies for this weeks Tasty Tuesday, ha ha ha) and I am debating about sharing my journey here. Would you be interested? Would you find it helpful on your own journey? It would be similar to Tasty Tuesday, one day a week, sharing my highlights and low points and where I am at. Maybe I'll even do it just for me. I mean, I am a scrapbooker. I have to document pretty much everything. 

The husband might be starting a new job, which is very exciting for us. He has kind of been in limbo, job-wise, for the last year and a half, so the idea of him finding a permanent home is thrilling for the both of us. It's amazing how much of your life you have to put on hold when your job is just "temporary".

I have a fun day with the girls planned next weekend that I am sure I will share parts of here, or maybe not, depending on how it all goes down, ha ha. We can cause quite a raucous when we get together, truth be told.

And that is also like my new favorite phrase, "truth be told", although it's hardly new, and I always say it like Steve Carrell does in 40 Year Old Virgin.

I am just rambling now, so it's probably time for bed.

Peace out *g*

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

It has been awhile since I did a dessert for Tasty Tuesday and I figured it was about time. I saw this recipe in a coupon ad back near the Super Bowl, but never got around to making it until now. 

Gooey Peanut Butter S'Mores Brownies courtesy of Skippy Peanut Butter.

- Boxed brownie mix (and the things you need for that, i.e. the oil and eggs)
- 1 cup chocolate frosting
- 1 cup peanut butter (yeah, I'm not using Skippy, sorry)
- 1 jar marshmallow cream

Prepare the brownie batter according to the directions on the box. Pretty simple

Once the brownies have cooked and cooled, evenly drop the marshmallow creme onto the brownies with a spoon. Microwave the chocolate frosting and peanut butter in microwave-safe bowls until they are smooth and melted. The frosting took about 30 seconds and the peanut butter took about 55 seconds. It might vary for you though.

Pour the chocolate frosting and then the peanut butter over the marshmallow creme and swirl with a butter knife, spreading all over the brownies.

I think I may have used a bit too much chocolate, because it is hard to see any of my marshmallow creme, but it is there, and they are delicious. This was a crazy simple recipe, with all things I happened to have on hand. It is an easy way to jazz up the simple boxed brownies. 

Hope everyone enjoys!

Peace out *g*

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sewing the Weekend Away

I told myself that this weekend, after running all the normal Saturday morning errands, I would whole-up in my scrapbooking room for the remainder of the weekend, only to come out when necessary, or when the husband needed something to eat. 

While my errands took a bit longer than planned (do to an impromptu, but much needed, haircut), once I was home I headed straight to my room to start working. 

I recently started taking the Soul Restoration class from Brave Girls Club. If you haven't checked this site out before, I highly recommend you do. I found it through a friend and I am really enjoying the class so far.  

For it, we need a mini-book for projects each week and I had a book originally for it, but after the first weeks lesson I changed my mind and decided I wanted to make a new one.

I went to one of my favorite fabric stores here in town, Sew to Speak, and picked up some fun fabrics to sew together and make pages for my book.

I might share more here as I go through the class, but that is all I have to show for the moment. 

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and good week ahead!!

Peace out *g*

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tasty Tuesday case you noticed, I haven't posted since the last Tasty Tuesday, and I am sorry about that. I started a post last night and then got distracted and well yeah. Sorry.

Anyways, here is this weeks Tasty Tuesday, I hope you like it!

Tangy Spiced Brisket, courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.

  • Beef Brisket (the original recipe called for 8-10 lbs, mine was around 3, I think)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

In a large skillet sauté sliced onions with olive oil over medium heat. You will want to stir them occasionally and until they are caramelized. 

Once are caramelized, you will want to add in the salt, garlic powder and black pepper. 

In a large bowl, you will want to mix the beef stock, ketchup, chili sauce and brown sugar.

Place the brisket in your slow cooker and cover with your onions and then pour over your sauce. You will then want to let it cook on low for 10 hours. I started mine at night before I went to bed and let it cook while I slept. 

This is what it was like when I got up the next morning. Mmmmm.

You will want to use a spoon to scrap off any large fat pieces. 

Move the brisket and sauce to a baking dish and cover. Let it set in the in the refrigrator until about an hour before you are ready to eat. 

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 300 degrees. When you take it out, you will want to remove any fat that has solidified with a slotted spoon. 

Take out the meat on a cutting board and slice in about 1/2 inch slices. You can take the sauce and mix it  in a blender to make the sauce smooth, or you can just put it into a bowl and mash up any of the onions. 

Put the meat back into your baking dish and pour the sauce over it. Cover tightly with foil and cook in the over for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling. 

This is the wonderful, brisket-deliciousness that you will have. Just try not eating it all. I dare you. I did that with my husband and I lost. There was no brisket for left overs. 

Hope everyone's week has been going well, make sure to check back here as I should actually have some posts between this weeks and next weeks Tasty Tuesday. Promise.

Peace out *g*

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

Most of my Tasty Tuesday's are recipes that I make. Well, all of them have been up until now. Life the last week or so has been a whirl wind, so say the least, so I haven't had much of  a chance to do any fun cooking or baking and have been mostly making some of my old stand-bys. I promise to be back next week with something fun and homemade, but for now, here is this weeks unusual Tasty Tuesday.

Nick and I will once in a while anticipate a movies release (theatrical or blu ray) so much that we will plan our meals/snacks around it. Today is one of those days, marking the release of Tron Legacy and the original Tron came out on Blu Ray. We decided to have some fun snacks, things you would get from an arcade or concession stand. I went and got us coke slushies as well as...

Not the best food every, but something fun to do. We have plenty of left overs for when we watch the original one, most likely tomorrow night (we just watched the new one tonight). It is sometimes fun to do something different for dinner and snacks and make it fun. 

Just wait till you see what we have in store for Harry Potter this summer!

Peace out *g*

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Best Thing

So, I was gonna do this more regularly and just got away from it, but I am back and ready to share some of the best things I have heard, watched and read in the last couple weeks.

Best thing I watched: Take Me Home Tonight

I loved it. While I was going into it hoping for a good time, I knew that it probably wouldn't be the funniest thing I had seen. I was glad to say that I was not disappointed. Lots of Topher Grace, just enough 80s references without going over the top. Good times indeed.

Best thing I heard: Mike and Tom Eat Snacks

I am rarely listening to the radio (unless I'm in the hubby's car and listening to our satellite radio), so, other than the brief new update I get from my local NPR station, I'm pretty much glued to my IPod. When I am not feeling in the mood for music, I turn to one of the many podcasts I subscribe to and Mike and Tom Eat Snacks in one of my favorites! I first discovered Michael Ian Black when I watched Ed and have been a fan ever since, so a chance to listen him team back up with Tom Cavanagh and chat about whatever snack they are eating this week, well, how could I say no? I'll sit in my car and listen during lunch and laugh until I cry, and probably scare away any of my co-workers that happen to catch me in the act. Oh well, it's totally worth it.

Best thing I read: Pride and Prejudice

I've never read it before. Is that like a crime somewhere? To be 27/28 and to have not read it? I was 27 when I started reading it, but I turned 28 this past week. I didn't know which age to pick so your getting a little background into me, my age, my birthday, and my lack of having read one of the "classics". It is considered a classic, right? See, that's how out of it I am, I don't even know. I am enjoying it so far. The husband got me a Kindle for my birthday and I found it under the free book section, since I am indecisive and haven't been able to buy something with the gift card my in-laws gave me yet. 

Well, even thought I slept in this morning (first time in months, no joke), I am going to turn in early and enjoy some more Pride and Prejudice. Hope everyone has a nice week!

Peace out *g*