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1. Cleaning - Last night I got the fry bug, ie. the insatiable urge to fry everything I could find. I should note that I don’t fry things. Well not often. The last thing I fried was tostones, and I think the time before that was two Christmas’s ago when I made Struffoli. There are two reasons I don’t fry things. 1. Fried food isn’t good for you. and 2. It makes my house smell like fried food and I hate it.
That said in 90+ degree weather we turned off the AC, opened up all the windows and put a box fan in front of the open back door, and I fried for a good two hours. I asked Bill to turn up the living room ceiling fan which usually remains on in the low setting. As soon as he turned it on our living room, Bill, myself and our poor Sam dog were covered in a light, puffy layer of dust. This is my cue that we need to deep clean our house, soon.
Also if you’re curious about what I fried, I made these “Chick-Fil-A” style nuggets, which were less like Chick-Fil-A than I had hoped, still good though. I also fried up some okra (slightly failed at this one) and french fries.
2. Niagara Falls - I’ve been slowly going through our photos from our tour of the Northeast. We did a short evening trip to Niagara Falls since Bill had only ever seen it in the winter. I’ve gone countless times but it never ceases to amaze me. It also proves for some very quality people watching. I shot tons of photos, but this one makes me very happy.
It reminded me of this photo which was taken in the winter, the last time we were in Buffalo together, before we were married, a completely different season.
3. Quilts - I am finally starting a new quilt. I’ve been collecting fabrics for it, most of them are from Paper Thread Fabrics, who I just love buying fabric from. It’s another strip quilt, like the grey one I’ve been working on, but smaller strips, more fabrics, and more colors. I’ll post pictures soon.
4. Fall Garden - Our tomatoes are just about done producing for the year, so I’ll be pulling them out soon. The peppers will probably continue to produce through the fall so they’ll stay put. In the mean time I’ve been trying to figure out what to plant. I really like this website, you can put in your zip code, it’ll tell you your planting zone and then it will tell you what you can plant and when. Amazing.
5. Life is kinda boring right now so I don’t have a number five.
I’m more excited for the holidays this year than I have ever been. I’m pretty sure the excitement started in July, yes, July. I’ve been doing a bit of Christmas shopping here and there. I’ve been planning holiday craft projects and gathering materials. I’ve also been testing out new cookie and brownie recipes (much to the delight of Bill’s coworkers). I’m way ahead of the game this year.
Sometimes I get an idea for a recipe stuck in my head. It festers there until I make it. Rocky road brownies were the latest.
I’m weird in the way I bake. I never fully follow a recipe, I use it as a guide, and every time I make something I change it up. That is until I’ve got it perfect (my chocolate chip cookie recipe is just about there). These Rocky Road Brownies are way in the beginning stages, I mean I used a boxed brownie mix.
Step 1: Follow the directions on the brownie mix (I used the one to make gooey brownies), spray a cupcake tin with non-stick spray, spoon the brownie mix into the pan (just like you’d do for cupcakes, minus the cupcake papers). Bake them for 5 minutes less than what is recommended.
Step 2: CHOP. I had a container of mixed nuts so I took a handful out and chopped em. I imagine a true rocky road would have more than a few kinds of rocks and definitely lots of different sizes, so I just applied that theory to the nuts.
Step 3: Marshmallows. I didn’t have mini ones so I chopped up some regular sized ones. I kind of liked the look of this in the end, more rough, more rocky road-esque.
Step 4: Chocolate chips. I’m very particular on my chocolate chips. I always use semi-sweet and I much prefer the ghirardelli brand because they are insane. Insanely delicious.
Step 5: Melt your caramel in the microwave (or if you’re super hard core on the stove).
NOTICE: Do not get distracted by chopping, your husband, or your dog. Stay by the microwave. Watch the carmel with a stern eye. If you don’t, this will happen.
Step 6: Pull those brownies out 5 minutes before they’re done. Sprinkle on the toppings (a little from each pile). And drizzle (whats left) of your caramel on top. Pop them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
I’m still working on this timing of this I’ve got a lot of variables.
1. My oven does not heat to the temp I set it at, it heats about 50 degrees below the setting.
2. My oven does not cook evenly (it’s from 1985, I don’t blame it entirely).
3. Different brownies cook at different temps.
The goal is you want the chocolate and caramel to melt and merge everything together. You also want the marshmallows to get a tad brown, not light on fire, just lightly brown.
So there are several things I’d change the next time I make these.
Less brownie mix and more toppings per cup.
Do not explode caramel all over the microwave.
Perfection of that oven heating business.
I haven’t done one of these in a while, and these were not actually from last weekend (im lame I know) but it was a sweet weekend so i thought I’d share. =)
This is my lovely friend Ann who married one of my childhood friends. I’m really glad she did because she’s so great. She introduced me to Dim Sum. I am in like with Dim Sum. (I took pictures of her family here.)
The end. =)
Thank you Six in the City I love this concept.
Trip to Ethan Allen on Post Oak and Westhimer:
-Wondering if I should carry the green in my dining/kitchen into the living room.
-Gray chair is not done justice by this photo.
-Bill tests the Everything Couch.
Trip to The Container Store on Post Oak and Westhimer (not pictured):
-Won a $25 gift card (WOO HOO).
-Planned out my dream closet and new laundry area.
Trip to La Madeline:
-Trying to figure out everything in their pasta salad so I can make it at home.
-Bill was a La Madeline virgin, he loved his Chicken Parisian.
Trip to Nundini, Italian Imports and Market:
-Take this NYC Little Italy, you got nothing on Nundini in Houston.
-Amaretti cookies will always remind me of my great grandmother.
-BEST prices on cheeses, meats, olives, and sun dried tomatoes EVER.
-LOVE the pic of Bill with the :-O face above him…heh heh heh.
This is the time of year where my sinuses start going crazy, at least they have for the last two years. I blame the massive amounts of pollen seen in the pic to the right. Yup, all that yellow, thats pollen. And all that yellow powder is making me feel like I’m walking around with a cinder block on my face. Below the lovely pollen is my dog Sam. I have a really hard time taking pictures of her, I think its mostly because she’s shiny and black, lighting her is a pain. This one is ok. Then, happy St. Patty’s Day, a little late, because I fail at updating daily. I promise I’ll do better from now on.
Tonight Bill made dinner. Bill is an amazing husband and does a lot of great things for me. Rarely does he cook dinner. Its more the thing I do. He makes a mean hot dog, and some fantastic tater tots, and I hear he can make scrambled eggs though I have yet to see it happen. But tonight I was really impressed. He made Philly Cheese Steaks from scratch. When he threw that meat down on that hot griddle he morphed into this super Philly Cheese Steak Chef. He melted the cheese right on the meat, then he did this crazy flip the meat, onions, and cheese all in one move right into the bun. I tried to catch it in action. It was quite a show, but…they were also DELICIOUS! I think he approved, see his face after the first bite.