Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
(via The Party Dress)
Friday, November 20, 2009
- 1 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
- 1 bag pre-washed baby spinach
- 1 bag shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 10 large flour tortillas
- 12 oz. store-bought fresh salsa
- 1 avocado, diced (optional)
- 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)
- Heat skillet to medium. Sprinkle cheese, chicken and spinach evenly over a tortilla. Cover with another tortilla.
- Heat the quesadillas until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the avocado, salsa, and sour cream.
My sister-in-law just sent me this photo of Jobie from 2006. She was only a few months old and terribly cute! The photo below was taken last week when the SIL was in town for a visit. She was trying to duplicate the pose in picture #1. Doesn't she look so different? I told you she isn't photogenic! Her nose isn't actually so huge!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
[photos from marthastewart.com]
I bought a couple of these white cabinet shelves for my plates and bowls.
And this is the double shelf for the platters and punch bowl. The photo below is of the other side of the same cabinet. I'm definitely liking how the shelves are making use of the vertical space. My corner cabinets are kind of oddly shaped. I have to stick my whole torso in to reach anything in the back...after I've taken everything out in the front of the cabinet. The shelves make life a bit easier.I bought a few more shelves for my other cabinets, but you get the gist of it. No need to show anymore poorly-taken photos. I don't get much natural light in there. =) Oh, I also went to Bed, Bath & Beyond for some shelves, and took advantage of those awesome 20% off coupons. I love how they accept expired coupons!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Then you have the fingerless glove option where your fingers and thumbs are fully exposed to the elements. Burr...I say. My fingertips are what I need to protect from frostbite. Now that won't work. No siree Bob!
I finally found the best option EVER yesterday. I mean, INGENIOUS! I was getting ready to check out at Target when I quickly scanned the winter accessories section. I must say, they have some cute stuff. Then I found them... These gloves allow you to expose just the index finger and the thumb up to the first knuckle. You just button them back (the picture doesn't show that for some reason.) How simply ingenious is that??
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
- 1 Boboli pizza crust
- 2 links Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 small bunch of spinach (I used a bag of pre-washed spinach)
- 1/2 lb thinly sliced provolone (I love Jewel's provolone. It's light, not strong like Dominick's.)
- vegetables of your choice
Please excuse the partially cooked spinach. These photos are from the first time I made this. I added a few extra leaves of spinach right before popping it into the oven...thinking they would cook. Umm...that didn't quite work out. But it still tasted yummy!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 large egg, plus 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup low-fat milk
Using an ice cream scoop, fill cupcake pans lined with muffin cups. The batter should fill 2/3 the way up. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.
Cream Cheese-Mascarpone Frosting
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Cream the mascarpone, cream cheese, and vanilla in electric mixer on medium speed until light and well combined. Turn speed down to low and add the powdered sugar. Spread a generous amount over cupcakes.
:TIP: To make a chocolate spider web, melt 6 oz of chocolate in the microwave for 1 min or until melted well. With a piping bag, draw a pea-sized dot in the center of the cupcake, then 2 rings around it. With a toothpick, drag the tip through the chocolate from the center dot to the edge. It is best to do this immediately when frosting the cupcakes… if you let the frosting sit too long the chocolate will not smoothly spread and the frosting with have crystallized and become chunky.Ta-DA!!