Thursday, June 24, 2010

I am an over packer.

I'm leaving right after work to head to the lake for my parents wedding! Can't wait!!!!!! I seemed to have packed around 18 sundresses and 8 pairs of shoes for a 4 day trip. Why do I always do this?!?!?! It comes time to pack for even a day trip and suddenly I can't choose between outfits so I just pack everything I want to wear at that minute. I spent 2 hours packing yesterday. Chad kept yelling up the stairs asking how in the hell can you still be packing after 2 hours. Um hi Chad. Have you ever met me? He packed right before he went to bed and it took him all of 5 mins. And when I casually suggested that he bring 3 pairs of flops just in case he kinda freaked out. Apparently guys don't think they need more than one pair of shoes for a long weekend. And on top of all the packing nonsense I now have to write my toast. Yikes! I hate hate hate giving speeches. Wish me luck.....    XO!

Monday, June 21, 2010

I Scream, You Scream

I have been promising Chad's grandma that I would make her a batch of homemade ice cream for months. Yesterday I finally kept that promise. She loves to eat cake and ice cream before bed every night so I decided cake batter ice cream would be perfect for her!

Cake Batter Ice Cream
You need:
3/4 cup of classic yellow cake mix
1 teas vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Oh and an ice cream maker :-)
 Whisk together the granulated sugar with the milk. My recipe says to use whole milk. I use 2% and it works just fine. Whisk in the vanilla and the heavy cream. Then whisk in the cake mix. Add to the freezer bowl of the ice cream maker and let freeze for 25-30 mins. Transfer to tupperware and put in the freezer to continue to harden. Then enjoy!

This ice cream is the best I have ever had. If you have an ice cream maker give it a try... you will love it!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fish Don't Fry in the Kitchen

Yesterday was Chad's family's 2nd annual fish fry. Chad's dad Allen is the host and the fryer of the fish. We had a feast of fried fish (bass and crappie), fried potatoes, fried cauliflower, onion rings, macaroni, pasta salad, corn on the cob, pasta salad, potato salad, buffalo chicken dip, taco dip, a parfait, and cupcakes (made by yours truly). I'm still stuffed! Allen started frying around 1:00 and kept on going all day. Fried the last batch of fish around 9!! We got stalled by a quick thunderstorm, but it only lasted about 15 mins. Before the storm the temp was between 95 and 100. The storm helped cool things down which was a blessing. We're shooting for another fish fry late September or early October and I am already excited for round two. Here are my pictures from the day....

Chad's niece Riley.
My niece Sophie being silly.
Nick and Chad.
Sophie blowing bubbles.
Chad with his dad and brothers and sister.
Girl picture.
Chad's niece Charlee.
Chad and Riley.
Me and Chad.
And my cupcakes!!! I love how they turned out!

The fish fry was a wonderful way to celebrate Father's Day! Happy Father's Day to my soon to be stepdad, Greg! My mom and Greg were at the lake getting ready for their wedding next Saturday. Greg is going to officially be my dad, even though I have considered him a dad for the past thirteen years. We are all so excited for the wedding!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

And This Day Has Finally Arrived... My First Food Post! Double Feature!

I cook. Alot. I started this blog to share my experiences cooking. The good, bad and the funny mistakes that happen in the kitchen. Well last night's dinner was delish!

Eggplant Parmesan
You need:
1 egg (beaten)
olive oil (for frying)
bread crumbs
1 large eggplant
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 package fresh mozzarella (sliced)
parmesan cheese to top
1 jar red sauce (I prefer one with roasted garlic)
2 cloves fresh chopped garlic (optional)
 Step 1: Slice eggplant into 1/4 inch slices. Put one layer of eggplant in a pasta strainer in the sink and sprinkle with salt. Keep layering til all the eggplant has been salted. Put a bowl or plate on top of eggplant with something heavy pushing it down. Let sit for about an hour. The salt is used to pull out all the bitter juice. Rinse with water and pat dry when finished.
Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of water to the beaten egg and stir. Dredge eggplant piece by piece through the flour and then the egg and then the breadcrumbs. Layer on a plate and let sit in the fridge for a half hour or so. This allows the breadcrumbs to set and the finished product looks more restaurant quality.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350. Use a large frying pan filled with about 1/4 inch of olive oil. Let the oil get hot and then add the eggplant. Don't overcrowd the skillet. Also add the chopped garlic if desired. Fry til golden brown turning once. Place finished eggplant on a paper towel to soak up excess grease. 

Step 4: In a 9 inch casserole dish layer 1/3 of the red sauce. Top with 1/3 of the eggplant and 1/2 of the sliced fresh mozzarella. 
Step 5: Top the mozzarella with 1/2 of the remaining red sauce. Add 1/2 of the remaining eggplant and all of the remaining mozzarella. 
Step 6: Add the rest of the eggplant and top with the remaining red sauce. Sprinkle the top with the shredded mozzarella.

Step 7:Bake at 350 for 30 min or until all cheese is melted.  Top with parmesan and enjoy!!!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheese Ball
You need:
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 cups chopped pecans
17.5 oz box or pouch chocolate chip cookie dough mix
vanilla wafers for serving
Step 1: Mix cream cheese, cookie mix, and butter together. It worked easiest with my KitchenAid stand mixer. Transfer to the fridge for 1 hour to harden.
Step 2: Using hands form mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped pecans.
Step 3: Serve with vanilla wafers and enjoy!!!!

Couple of notes:
I prepped the whole casserole a day in advance. If you do this just let stand room temp for about 15 mins before cooking.
This time I used Japanese bread crumbs. I wouldn't recommend doing this. The eggplant turned out too crunchy. Just stick with regular bread crumbs.
The pictures of the casserole show a double batch.
And lastly, I forgot to take a picture of the cookie dough cheese ball. Bummer!

Hope you guys liked my first food post! XO!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Because She's the F&@king Bride

We had my mom's bachlorette party last night. It was seriously the most fun ever!!!!!!!! We started the evening at Springer's Creek Winery which is on the historic Route 66. The theme of the party was liquor and lingerie and boy did Mom get alot of both!!!! After the winery we went to a couple local bars. The evening didn't end til 3! The only ones left standing were me, Mom, our friend Betty, and Nick. Nick had just gotten off work and came to say hi on his way home. I am so glad I bought a camera because we got alot of fun pictures from it. And here they are....
This is at the winery.
Our first bottle of wine.
My Aunt Amy getting ready to sing us some songs.
Betty, Jo, and my mom Lisa.
Amy and Mom.
Amy, Mom, and Me.
This is my favorite picture from the party!
Group shot.
Me, LeeAnn, and Dawn.
Mom and Cindy.
Me, LeeAnn, and Dawn again.
Still standing! Nick, Mom, and Me.
The fucking bride and me. I love you Mom!!!!!! Hope the party was everything you wanted and more!
What a night!!!! My mom has some of the best girlfriends and its just always so much fun to get together with them. As much fun as the party was, I am exhausted. Night all!!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I NEED a Camera

Whenever I started this blog it was with the idea to post alot about meals I make because I cook ALOT. Which is why I named this blog what I did. Well I broke my camera on St. Patty's Day after one a few too many green beers. I have taken my sweet time in getting a new camera because I was secretly hoping that someone (read Chad) would buy me one. I asked him to get me one for Mother's Day because I'm a great kitty mommy, but he flat out refused. Apparently he likes not having to pose for pictures all the time. Anyway the point to my story is that without a camera it is hard to post about food. Just reading about food is boring... food posts need pictures!!!! I want to write about food!!!!!!!!! I also have alot of important events coming up which need to be documented with pictures. My mom's bachlorette party is tomorrow and I would love to have tons of pictures from our fiesta. I have a sand volleyball game in a couple hours, but am planning on stopping and purchasing a camera on my way! Wish me luck! And also wish Sets on the Beach good luck at tonights game!
XO! -

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Furbabies

This is Aldo.
Aldo is a mommy's girl. She loves to meow and is just plain spoiled rotten. We got her at the beginning of March from a lady who could no longer keep her. She is a little over a year old. Aldo is pretty much an easy cat. She is happy as long as she has lots of attention and a spot to sleep above my pillow at night.
Furbert so far is the complete opposite.
This is Furbert before her haircut.

And this is her after her haircut.
We got Furbert a few weeks ago. A girl I used to work with has had her for two years. This girl just had a baby who is allergic so she could no longer keep her. She brought Furbert over to meet us and the cat ran under the couch and wouldn't come out for a few days til we finally had to just pull her out. She is sooooo scared of us and of Aldo. She is finally starting to come around though! She still spends the majority of her time under the couch, but she does come out at night! As soon as we are settling in for bed she comes to the top of the stairs and starts peeking around. This morning she actually jumped in bed w/ me and Aldo after Chad left for work. Fingers crossed she keeps getting better with us!!!! Oh and I'm not really a fan of the name Furbert. I'd prefer to rename her Aerie after she gets used to us. Aldo was renamed too... I can't remember what her name was before. Hope you liked meeting my furbabies.

Monday, June 7, 2010

It's a marathon... not a sprint.

Hey guys!!! Some of my family and I spent Memorial Day weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. We had a blast!!!! Some highlights were eating Hooter's chicken wings while floating in the lake, singing T-Pain's "I'm on a Boat" after too much to drink, and all the stories my brother Nick and his friend gave us. Here's the weekend in pictures...

Nick is the one in the light blue trunks and his friend Scott is the other one passed out. Scott turned a 3 hour drive into a 6 hour one. He also managed to get pulled over on his way down. In two days time they somehow manged to lose Scott's keys, get accused of stealing money from a prostitute (sooo didn't happen), and have not one, but two run ins w/ the Osage Beach police. Turns out the police at the lake are some nice guys. The second night I woke up at 6a.m. and Nick and Scott still weren't back at the hotel. I roamed around the parking lot looking for them in my pajamas and eventually gave up and went back to bed. They strolled in around 7 giggling like school girls. I ignored them and tried to sleep some more. I learned two things that weekend.1) I'm never sharing a hotel room w/ my little brother EVER again. 2) It's a marathon not a sprint. 
Exhibit A.
Exhibit B.

Exhibit C.
Hope you guys had as much fun Memorial Day weekend as Nick and Scott clearly did!!!