NaBloPoMo: Day 26


*gobble gobble*

But more importantly…

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY’S EVE!

After I eat my weight in turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie, I’ve got my eye on a tool set from Sears for Hubs, a Dyson vacuum from Target, a blu ray player from Best Buy for Hubs, a dutch oven from Macys and …

*happy sigh*

I love the holidays.

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November 26, 2009 at 7:35 am 1 comment

NaBloPoMo: Day 25

This will be the first year that I won’t be baking anything for Hubs’ family Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m usually in charge of dessert but considering I can’t find my springform pans and my glass pie pan broke during the move, I’m not in any position to bake. Looks like good ‘ol reliable Marie Calendar will be filling in this year instead. *sad face*

But here’s what I was planning to make. It’s the thought that counts right?


Cheesecake with Cranberry-Maple Topping from Cooking Light Magazine

Sorry Family. I’ll make it up to you for Christmas.

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November 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

NaBloPoMo: Day 24

I can’t believe I’ve been a first time (town)homeowner for 2 days now. Let me tell you. I have learned a few things in that short amount of time.

Get ready for a list. Remember I’m a listmaker. It was bound to happen (again).

1. I guess marking a box “fragile” doesn’t mean much at the end of a long moving day. I lost a few “glass” items during the move. I found the box at the bottom of a tower of boxes. The box on top was marked “books”. *smacks head*
2. You *CAN* have too much packing tape on a box. (My husband loves the packing tape.)
3. Set aside some band-aids b/c you will need them before, during and after. Last count was 13 box related cuts. Oh wait. There’s number 14 and 15 too.
4. Don’t be surprised if you are using a beach towel as a bathroom rug b/c you can’t find your “real” rugs. I mean. So I’ve heard.
5. Call the utilities ASAP. The builders will only foot the bill for so long. My neighbor learned that the hard way. Can you say… Light’s out!? They even padlocked her meter. Dayum.
6. The boxes start to multiple like rabbits.
7. You will have TONS of trash on your first trash pick up day. I think my trashman hates me right now.
8. You won’t be able to park in your garage for several weeks. (See #6)
9. You won’t know how you ever lived without your own washer and dryer before.
10. Acknowledge and appreciate all your friends and family. Without them this would not be possible.

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November 24, 2009 at 9:02 pm 4 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 23

It’s coming along. Slowly but surely…

(Sorry for the crappy lighting + iPhone picture. My digi camera is still packed in a box somewhere and I desperately need to go lamp shopping.)

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November 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm 4 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 22

Moving Day Part Deux

Welcome home Ginger Spice.

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November 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm 4 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 21

Moving Day Part Uno

I’m tired, my back hurts and I have a zillion paper/box cuts. You can ask me tomorrow if it’s all worth it. Right now I just wanna sleep.

Zzzzz…

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November 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

NaBloPoMo: Day 20

Welp. There’s no turning back now.
Out with the old. In with the new.
Eep. Scratch that. Double EEP.

November 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm 1 comment

NaBloPoMo: Day 19

Do you believe in signs? Fate? Things that are or aren’t meant to be?

My husband doesn’t.

I do.

At least I think I do.

I am/was really sad when Moose’s rescue decided that our home wasn’t the best match for him. They explained that “it’s not you, it’s Moose” kind of thing. He has separation anxiety and squeals… LOUDLY… for hours… until someone gives him attention and the rescue was afraid that living in a townhouse situation wouldn’t be the best environment for him or our neighbors. I guess now that it’s 2 days later I understand their concern but I still think it stinks.

How do you miss something that you never had? I’m a big dork.

Now I’m starting to think that maybe it’s a sign.

Maybe I’m not ready for a dog. I’m a first time home buyer. My townhouse isn’t very big. No yard. Just a little patio. Maybe a dog wouldn’t be happy with me. And to be honest I’m kind of afraid to put my heart out there again.

My husband just thinks I’m stressed out and feeling sorry for myself.

Um. Duh??

November 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm 6 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 18

I’ve been in a dinner rut for the past 2 weeks.

I think I’ve made every variation of pizza that I found on Food Blog Search (which is a fabulous website for any foodie btw). But don’t get me wrong. My husband’s not complaining. He LOVES pizza. As do I. Even though he wouldn’t mind if I made pizza everyday, tonight I decided to clear out my freezer and pantry and found some tilapia and pecans.

I have to admit that is one perk of moving – you find all sorts of things that you had previously shoved so far back that you forgot you had it. Like they say. Out of sight out of mind.

… And the rest is history in my husband’s satisfied tummy. Yum!


Pecan-Crusted Tilapia
Recipe from Mele Cote

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped (pulse in a food processor or hand chop)
1/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon Emeril Essence
1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup flour
2 tilapia fillets, each sliced down the center, lengthwise, to create 2 smaller fillets
Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly oil or coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the pecans, bread crumbs, brown sugar, and Emeril Essence in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, beat egg and water. Place the flour on a plate. Season the fish with additional salt and pepper. To bread the fillets, coat both sides with flour and shake off excess. Dip in the egg and then coat evenly with the nut mixture. Place each fillet on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

(I served with parmesan asparagus and baked potato.)

ENJOY!

Husband rating: A+
He’s usually a good non-picky eater and loves fish but I wasn’t sure he’d be down with the sweetness from the brown sugar for this recipe. Thankfully it only took one bite and he was sold. He even said next time I should double the recipe!

Wifey rating: A+
Ditto hubs. Also this is my first experience with Emeril Essence and I am loving the combination of spices! I already have so many ideas about how to use it for future meals. The amount of cayenne pepper didn’t bother me but my wussy husband said that maybe I could reduce the “hotness” next time. HA!

November 18, 2009 at 6:59 pm 3 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 17

I have some good news and some bad news.

Good news: Moose got adopted!

Bad news: It’s not by me.

Even though I’m really disappointed and sad, I’m glad that Moose found his forever home.

That’s all that matters.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

It’s crazy how much you could love something that you’ve only met twice. *sniff*

November 17, 2009 at 8:27 am 11 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 16

November 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm 1 comment

NaBloPoMo: Day 15

My little brother isn’t so little anymore. He’s a college boy now but to me he’ll always be a “little” brother. Since we’re a decade+ in age difference (Yes, he was the uh-oh baby!) sometimes I think of him more than just my brother. I use to change his diapers! So I’m actually kinda maternal about him.

I’m so thankful that we have a great relationship and he comes to visit me at least once a month if not more. I think he needs a calm place outside of his crazy dorm college life sometimes and I’m glad to provide it. This weekend wasn’t much different. He came to visit for dinner and watch the Laker game with Hubs. Usually he’s a very mellow boy. Doesn’t ask for much. Just likes to get a free meal and regale us of his college life. Hubs eats it up. Married life just isn’t as exciting. I think he’s living vicariously through my brother. It’s actually very cute.

But tonight, during his usual pantry raid, he saw my stash of Reese’s Pieces and commented that Reese’s Pieces cookies would be really awesome. Hint *wink* hint.

I read you loud and clear, Brother.


Soft and Chewy Reese’s Pieces Cookies
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Makes about 36 cookies

INGREDIENTS

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups of Reese’s Pieces

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda; set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater, beat the sugars and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Fold in the Reece’s Pieces.


Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

ENJOY!

Husband rating: A
He’s a peanut butter FA-REAK so you can imagine that his favorite candy is reese’s pb cups and reese’s pieces. He had nothing but good things to say about these cookies and recommends that you have a cup of milk on deck for the perfect combination. The only thing he mentioned was that he preferred a cookie that wasn’t quite that chewy.

Wifey rating: A
I love soft and chewy cookies and these were delicious if you are looking for your Reese’s Pieces fix but this dough is very “wet” to handle in my opinion. Next time I bake these I might add a little more flour or refrigerate the dough before baking. Note to self: Add cookie scoop to Xmas list.

Other rating: A+
My little brother loves reese’s pieces so he ate his weight in these cookies with a HUGE glass of milk. He also declared that I was the best sister in the world too. Ah shucks!

November 15, 2009 at 8:15 pm 4 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 14

I know it’s barely even November.

Heck we’re still 2+ weeks away from Thanksgiving but I’ve already got Christmas on the brain. But but but… in my defense it’s only a mere 6 weeks away. Holy Stocking Stuffers Batman! And let’s not forget that Black Friday is just around the corner too. I’m already stock piling the ads and making spreadsheets in anticipation. (Ok… I’m not that much of a freak but my friend, Arlene, is! No joke. Cuckoo cuckoo. Said with love of course.)


Black Friday 2009: If you look really close, I’m the 27th person from the back of the line.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

What’s on your foodie xmas list?

If you tell me yours, I’ll tell you mine.

PS- Did you actually count the number of people in the picture to find me? HA! Made ya look! I janked this picture off google images. But I do plan to stand in a similar line for Target at 4am this year to get a Dyson Animal. (Thanks for the heads up Kristi!) The things I do to clean my carpets. It’s not right (according to my husband aka Black Friday hater).

November 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm 6 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 13

No word from Moose’s rescue yet. *sad face*

The first picture is the same one I took last week with my iPhone.
The second picture is his newest from Petfinder.

Look at how much he’s grown in a week!

Do you think it would be too pushy of me to contact the rescue to get an update on his adoption status?

I can’t explain it. I just have this strong intense feeling that Moose is perfect for our family. I feel it in my gut! Hopefully his rescue thinks so too.

Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

November 13, 2009 at 8:06 pm 2 comments

NaBloPoMo: Day 12

Happy National Pomegranate Month, readers!

Check out my cupcake blog for the recipe.

November 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm 1 comment

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