Monday, August 30, 2010

Sometimes This Just Hits the Spot....

Breakfast for dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pancakes, bacon, homemade fried potatoes, and fried polenta (aka mush). All sooooo good!

Friday, August 27, 2010

S's Birthday Bash!

This past weekend, my family and I celebrated S's birthday party! Due to the birthday girl's favorite color, we threw a pink themed bash. It was a pretty hot/humid day, but all in all a very fun party!

The birthday banner I made for her.
Scene of the fiesta.
I etched her name in glasses, then dyed the water pink and floated flowers in them as a centerpiece.
My favorite cake yet! I used strawberry cake mix. Made two 9 inch cakes. To get the even look I used a serrated knife to cut off cake that baked uneven. Iced in pink icing and did dark pink piping around the sides. The castle towers are upside down waffle cones. The cones are iced in pink icing and rolled in pink and purple sprinkles. I was going to write happy birthday on the cake, but I felt it took away from the castle look.
We also served cake balls (recipe to come at a later date) and carrot cake (it was also my Grandpa's bday and carrot cake is his fav! Happy birthday Grandpa!!!!).
Our birthday girl!
S and her daddy.
The gift Chad and I got her!
She loved it! Isn't a huge fan of pedaling yet, but really enjoys to be pushed on her new bike. She also likes standing to the side and watching someone push an empty bike around. Kids!
What a great day!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Strawberry Ice Cream

What you need:
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream
3 cups fresh hulled strawberries

Step 1) Process the strawberries in a blender or food processor til smooth.
Step 2) Whisk together milk and sugar til sugar is dissolved.
Step 3) Add the heavy cream and strawberries and stir til well mixed.
Step 4) Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tiramisu Ice Cream = Heaven on Earth

Since summer is slowly coming to an end, I decided to put my ice cream maker to good use. I've only made a few batches all summer.

What you need:
2 cups milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder (I couldn't find at the store so I used instant coffee)
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1/2 cup Marsala
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
1-2 oz melted dark chocolate (Was in a lazy mood so I just used chocolate syrup)

Step 1. Heat the milk in a saucepan to almost a boil. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar til thick and light yellow.

Step 2. Ladle milk slowly into the egg yolks while constantly stirring. I placed mixing bowl on a wet paper towel to keep from sliding around. Continue until all milk is mixed with egg mixture. Return the mixture to a saucepan and heat til mixture is thick and coats the back of the spoon. Continually stir and scrape the bottom with a spatula or spoon.

Step 3. Remove from heat and whisk in the espresso powder and cream. I mixed together in advance to give coffee time to dissolve. Whisk in the custard mixture and chill in the fridge. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4. Melt chocolate in the last few minutes of churning, pour a thin stream of chocolate into the ice cream through the hole in the top. If no hole in the top, fold the chocolate in with a spatula after freezing process is done.
Sorry this picture kind of sucks!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Pretty Freaking Delish Chicken Salad

What you need:
1 (8oz) can sliced water chestnuts
 1 1/2 cup seedless red grapes
2/3 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup mayo (I used light)
1/2 teas curry powder
3 cups cubed or shredded chicken

Combine chicken, water chestnuts, grapes and pecans. Toss with mayo and curry powder. I also added salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. I served on silver dollar rolls. Yum yum yum!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Homemade Cream Sauce

What you need:
8oz of cream cheese (cubed)
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter
Garlic cloves optional (I added three because I <3 garlic)

Step 1) Add all ingredients to a small pot and stir over low to medium low til smooth.

Step 2) Pour over pasta and add meat of choice.

I used sun-dried tomato linguine and Chad sauteed scallops in lots of butter. We also added Cajun seasoning the dish as well. This meal was so yummy, but definitely very filling. I also felt like a fat ass for the rest of the night.

Chad cooking the scallops. :-)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Westview Wine Cellar and Bistro

Last week Mom, Betty, and I decided to have a girls night out to the new wine bar that opened within walking distance of my apartment. We had a blast! The wine bar is in this newly remodeled condo building with a killer view of the St. Louis skyline. We got there early with the idea that we'd have a bite to eat and a glass or two of wine. Well all of a sudden we had had several glasses plus a bottle of wine, appetizers, and a pizza. We decided to head out to the patio to watch the sunset and enjoy the rest of our drinks before heading home. That's when we spotted the pool. The pool that had nothing to do with the wine bar at all. The pool that was for use by the condo owners only. The pool that looked so irresistible in the Midwest humidity. The pool that we just HAD to wade in. The plan of action was to slowly walk over to the gate while admiring the sunset in hopes of not aalerting the bar staff. Mission accomplished!!!!! We hung out by the pool for close to a half hour (I spent ten of those minutes trying to push my mom in the deep end fully clothed) when Joann (part owner of wine bar) came hauling ass to said pool saying that we were not allowed in it. Well here's a heads up, Joann. Maybe they should lock the damn gate. I can pretty much guarantee that we weren't the only people who thought it seemed like a good idea and we certainly won't be the last. I can't make any promises that I won't try the exact same thing next time I'm there either. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of actual people, but here is the scenery pics....

We were the only people there for the majority of the evening. It was a random Wednesday though. I'm hoping business picks up because I loved this place!

Free appetizers with a wine purchase that day!
View from our table inside.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

What you need:
Frozen presliced philly meat
2 sliced bell peppers (I like to use orange and yellow)
1 sliced yellow onion (I like to use vidalia when in season)
Sliced cheese (I used Swiss)
Whatever spices you like (I used Cajun seasoning this time)
Sliced bread or rolls to serve (I used a chili pepper ciabatta roll I got from work)

Step 1) Saute the onion in butter til caramelized.
Step 2) When onion starts to become translucent and is beginning to have that sticky look of a caramelized onion add the bell peppers to cook til tender.
Step 3) Toast the bread in a toaster or of too large to fit in a toaster use a cookie sheet in the oven set to 400. Cook til toasty. I brushed mine with melted butter before toasting.
Step 4) Cook the meat in a dry, hot skillet. I cut the sheets of meat into small pieces. When cooked all the way through drain the grease before serving.
Step 5) Build your sandwiches and enjoy!

Monday, August 16, 2010

I'm Famous!!!!!!.... Edward Says So!

My modest little hometown is now famous which means I'm famous which means Edward WILL come for me!!! Maybe I should back up a bit. I grew up in a small town that's biggest claims to fame was the world's largest ketchup bottle and the horseradish capital of the world. Yes we are in the "Guinness Book of World Records." Yes, you are probably way jealous at this point. Well I don't know if any of you have seen that little unheard of movie "Eclipse," but I believe it was Bella's mom who mentioned the world's largest ketchup bottle. It wasn't just a stupid movie joke.... it really does exist!!!! And I pass the damn thing twice a day. Getting back to my point. Now that Edward knows of the ketchup bottle then he will one day come for me! Right? Right. Can't wait!!!!!!!!

XO!!! The soon to be Mrs. Cullen