Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Girls Trip to the Wineries

LeeAnn, Dawn, Katie, and I had a girl's day out Augusta, MO. We started at Augusta Brewery and had a few drinks and lunch. Then we went to Montelle Winery and had a couple bottles of wine. Then somehow we found a biker bar in the middle of freaking nowhere. Classic.
My yummy brisket sandwich.
Strawberry wine drinkers.
Dry red wine drinkers.
My loves.
Because this is always a good idea....
I wasn't kidding when I said biker bar.
And because this is how I feel the need to act in biker bars.
My favorite picture of the day.
Quote of the day award goes to me.
 Me-"OMG! We are not from around here because we are tourists. We love this place!!!!!" to a random biker guy at the random biker bar.
Random Biker guy- "......" Blank stare.
I think its safe to say that the bikers hated us.

Monday, September 27, 2010

S Makes Dinner!

S and I decided to make some quesadillas the other night for dinner. S is a great cook!!!!

First she had an appetizer of queso dip.
Then she made some jalapeno quesadilla sauce:
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons jalapeno juice
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
dash salt
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
                                                        $3 garage sale quesadilla maker
Can you tell someone was sick of all the pictures?

Love this kid so much!
And since she ate all her quesadillas, I took her out for ice cream!

XO!!!!and S!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Country Fried Steak

What you need:
4 cubed steaks
corn oil
seasoning salt (to taste)
2-3 tablespoons red wine
2 cups Bisquick
1/4 lb butter or margarine (melted)
1/3 cup cooking oil

Step 1) The night before, put the steaks in a dish in a single layer. Rub with corn oil and drizzle with the red wine. Sprinkle with the seasoning salt. Seal the dish in doubled foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about 24 hours prior to preparing the final dish.
Step 2) Coat the steaks generously in the Bisquick.
Step 3) Combine butter and cooking oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until butter is melted. Brown both sides of each steak until crispy.
Step 4) Transfer right back to the same baking dish and seal in foil. Bake at 375 about 30 minutes. Serve with gravy.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Meet Clive

Clive is the rooster that sits on top of my fridge next to our indoor grill and my hot pink water pitcher. I heart him!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Belgian Waffles

What you need:
1 packet yeast
3 cups warm milk
2 sticks melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoons salt
4 cups flour

Dissolve 1 packet yeast in warm milk. Whisk in melted butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, salt and flour. Cover and let rise 1 1/2 hours. Stir. Beat 3 egg whites until stiff, then fold into the batter. Cook in a waffle iron until crisp.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Banana Pudding

You need:
1 large box instant vanilla pudding (6 oz)
Large tub of whipped cream (16 oz)
2 1/2 cups milk
3 large bananas
30 vanilla wafers
Can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
 Mix pudding with 2 1/2 cups milk. Wait until pudding mixture thickens then add condensed milk and 1/2 of the tub of whipped cream. Chill to ready to use. Layer in a trifle dish 1/3 of pudding mix. Cover pudding with bananas in a single layer then wafers in a single layer. Add half of the rest of the pudding mix. Then 1/2 of the remaining bananas and 1/2 of the remaining wafers. Top with the rest of the pudding mix, bananas, and wafers. Top that with the rest of the whipped cream. Chill overnight.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My First Hotdog

I have been disgusted by hot dogs ever since I was approximately 7 and my Great Aunt Nancy forced me to take a bite of one. I was such a picky eater as a kid and believe me, this was traumatizing! Flash forward til I was approximately 12 and I was on my future Dad's boat with my future sister, Angie. This is before our parents started dating and Angie and I were bff's and often referred to each other as sisters. Little did we know that one day we would be!!!! Greg (Dad) made us hot dogs for lunch and to avoid eating it, I threw it overboard into the lake water. I was STARVING, but was too shy to admit that I hated hot dogs with a passion and couldn't make myself stomach the thought of eating one. I am not nearly as picky as I used to be an will try almost everything once. I saw a hot dog being cooked on the food network the other day and it actually looked pretty tasty. I decided it was time to try one!!!!!! And S's birthday party was the day for it.

Greg grilling the hot dog.
My first one! I requested that it be cut down the middle for maximum grill to dog ratio.
Annnddd the first bite. This is pretty much the worst picture ever, but I'm keeping it real here at Cheese Grater in Paradise.
And the verdict.... loved it!!!!! Texture definitely freaked me out. And I had to ease my way into it. I'd say this small little dog took me about an hour to eat. I can't wait for my first baseball game hot dog now!!!!!!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Crab Shack

Mom and I had a girls day recently. Went shopping and had lunch and drinks at Joe's Crab Shack. They were running a promotion where they served several bar drinks in souvenir mason jars. My drink was on the left. Sweet Tea vodka! Delish! Mom's is the one on the right and it was some concoction of Southern Comfort and Bacardi Limon. We shared calamari for an appetizer and a steam pot for our entree. The steam pot had Dungeness crab, shrimp, corn, nasty sausage and potatoes. We requested more shrimp instead of that gross hunk of sausage.
See that nasty sausage on the right. Gag.
The bibs really made the experience.
Our server, also named Jessica.
And this seemed like an appropriate thing to do with our leftovers. We were thinking of bringing our cob and potatoes home to Chad, but decided that it was more of a slap in the face after sending him pictures of our cocktails and of the crab.
I would definitely go back to Joe's Crab Shack. Food was good and the service was as well!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Amaze Balls, Cake Balls

What you need:
1 box cake mix and whatever ingredients needed to bake according to box directions
1 tube cream cheese icing
Melting chocolate
Step 1) Follow cake box directions and pour into a greased 13x9 cake pan.
Step 2) When cake is finished baking and completely cooled, crumble into very fine crumbs. I just used my hands to do all the crumbling.
Step 3) Mix the cream cheese icing into the cake crumbs. Form into a ball. I used my hands again. Made it pretty easy! Once formed into a ball, chill in the refrigerator for several hours. I left mine in there several days til I was ready to finish making the balls.
Step 4) Roll into quarter sized balls with your hands. Freeze til ready to use.
Step 5) Dip balls into melted chocolate (I used white chocolate). It helps if the balls are frozen because they stay formed easier. Sprinkle with sprinkles immediately. Only melt a little chocolate at a time because it gets hard fast. To get the balls hardened after dipping, I placed in the freezer til I was ready to eat them. It takes some practice to get a decent looking finished product.

These taste like a dream come true. Kind of a pain in the ass to make, but worth it!