Just stuff I want to talk about...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Low Fat Honey Graham Pops

For everyone who loves cake pops, brownie pops, Oreo ball pops, and the like!

Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops

LOW FAT Honey Graham Pops
1 Tub Cool Whip Free
18 Low Fat Honey Graham Crackers
Coating & Toppings of your choice

Just put the graham crackers in a bag, smash them up really tiny, and mix with the softened whip cream!  Use a spoon to form balls on pop sticks and put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer to firm up a bit before dipping them in your melted coating of choice (almond bark, melted chocolate, candy melts, etc.).  After the coating, dip in any additional toppings you want for festive looks, then back to the freezer until time to serve!
**These must be kept cool until serving bc of the whip cream.**

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Paula Deen's Beef Stroganoff & Ham-Hash Casserole

So, I'm still making my way through the recipe box.  Tonight we tried Paula Deen's Beef Stroganoff.

It was pretty good, if a little salty (but that's my fault).  Definitely a step above the Hamburger Helper version Joey & I grew up on.  The only problem was that I'm not sure it's worth the cost.  At home meals are suppose to be significantly cheaper, but steak isn't necessarily cheap.  I mean, it's not super expensive or anything.  But when it's half your meal price (at apprx $5.50), that's not something I'll be cooking in the regular rotation.  It *is* making it into the recipe box, though, because we did actually like it.  I could always sub out ground turkey for the beef to save a little cash, but I have a feeling it wouldn't taste as good, and since it isn't *amazing* to begin with, why bother?

I also made a Ham-Hash Casserole the other day, but forgot to snag a pic, sorry!  It's basically a pound of hashbrowns, mixed with broccoli, red bell peppers, diced ham, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and cream of celery soup.  It's really good, and I totally recommend it.  As usual, let me know if you want the recipe.  I would post them, but I get bored with typing them all out just for no one who is interested in making it to "read"...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Food and Such...

I have made it my mission to cook more.  So I finally tried out some recipes that had been sitting under my "to try" tab in my recipe box for awhile. 

First up was Triple Mac w/Ham.

Personally, I wasn't a fan.  Joey liked it ok, but it will not be officially incorporated into my recipe box.  The texture was grainy (due to the recipe calling for flour, I suppose), and the unusual types of cheese used (white cheddar, monty jack, and asiago) didn't really seem to suit mac and cheese to me.

Next up was Confetti Salad, with pineapple sausage. 

This is much more of a summer dish, but I have been really wanting to try it, so I made it anyway.  It uses black eyed peas, which I'm not a fan of.  But I loved this salad.  It has every color from brown to green- black eyed pease, tomatoes, carrots, yellow bell pepper, celery- and a honey vinegar dressing.  Yum!  Definitely stays in the recipe box.

Third was a cheesy onion mash.

This was *really* good.  It's basically a mashed baby gold potato with caramelized onions and cheeses mixed throughout.  In the box!

Last was the dish I made today, which unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of.  It was called Pasta e Ceci soup.  It contained tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, rosemary, thyme, and tiny pasta.  Sadly, this was a major disappointment.  It ended up being really bland, in my opinion.  Poor Joey is stuck with the leftovers for at least 2 more meals, but he seemed to think it tasted ok, so no worries. This recipe is not staying in the box, though.  I mean, shouldn't we both have to like it???  ;)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas List

EDIT: Check with Joey before getting me things off of this list... I've been told some items are purchased, but I don't know which ones... 

Angela told me I needed to post my Christmas list.  This will, of course, undergo modifications as more and more neat stuff comes out during the shopping Christmas season.  Also, see additional wishlists at Amazon.com.

New Items Added 11/15/11

- I WANT A NEW FREAKING TOASTER!!!  Stainless steel/brushed nickel color.  Smallish.  Boxy.  Nothing too fancy.  SIMPLE.  Like this:
Delonghi Brushed Stainless Steel 2-Slice Toaster

- Christmas CDs:  "A Very She & Him Christmas";  "Christmas, Michael Buble"

- Frittata pan - NON-STICK ONLY!!!

- House DVDs - season 3 or 7

-  A smallish (no biggger than 12"x12") silver (in color, not necessarily actual silver LOL) serving tray

- Subscriptions to any of the following magazines:  Veranda, D Home, Redbook

- Wonder Woman DVD (the cartoon, yes I'm that lame)

- Glass Beverage Dispenser(s)
   Ex: (these are all from Bed, Bath & Beyond)

  Godinger Dublin Beverage Dispenser Bianca 192-Ounce Beverage Dispenser - White Williamsburg Glass Dispenser Set with Stand

- Orville Redenbacher's™ Gourmet® Hot Air Popper by Presto®
  (get it at  Bed Bath & Beyond and use a coupon!)
Orville Redenbacher's™ 
Gourmet® Hot Air Popper by Presto®

 - Any of my china that I'm still missing (see list here )



Monday, October 17, 2011

A Lesson from Project Runway:

Your drive, your passion, how hard you've worked...


if you don't have the


to pull off what you're trying to do.

L'Oreal Commercials Are Awful.

So, the artist in me is addicted to Project Runway, and the drama/gossip lover isn't complaining about it. 
I watch it online bc Joey & I have decided paying for cable is ridiculous. 

Seriously, though, the thing that kills me are these damn L'Oreal commercials with Gwen Stefani.  The red lipstick one and now this mascara one are driving me CRAZY. They are so erratic.  They have no story or style.  They are just graphic shots shuffling by as quickly as possible.  It's like they stick in as many different scenes as possible in thirty seconds and I feel like I am going to have a seizure.

When will ppl learn... EDIT.