Monday, September 28, 2009

Autumn Snow

HAPPY (belated) AUTUMN!!!!!!

Wow! On the First Day of Fall, 2009, Vail got TONS of snow!!

I had to unpack the winter clothes it seems like I just packed away!

Vail is SO BEAUTIFUL! I mean, it has yellow, orange, green and red trees and when it snowed, it  also had white!  Everyday the leaves are changing different hues and the scenery is always different!

Here are some pictures to prove it happened!

Babyshower Time!

AWWW!!! I guess it is something in the water but I have three friends that are having babies in December, January AND February!

The First Babyshower is coming up October 10th, so I decided to start making baby Julieta her presents! Oh, and don't think I forgot about Mommy, after nannying for so many years, I know mommy needs a gift herself when there is a newborn in the house!

Julieta's Presents:
  • Fleece Beanie with Pretty Girly Stuff
  • Good & Plenty themed Crocheted Beanie with PomPom
  • Onesie w/Ruffle Skirt on bum
Mommy's Present:
  • A Lavender Rice Eye Mask, 
You can heat it for a minute in the microwave
to soothe any aches and you can put it in the freezer
to use it as either an ice pack
or to put on your eyes to calm them and reduce bags!

Down Home with Mike And Yolanda

Mike and I were watching 'Down Home with the Neely's' Sunday morning and all day, we KNEW what we were having for dinner!

We made 'Pat's Old School Onion Rings' and the 'Memphis Beale Street Burger' and they were mmm mmmm good!

Recipe Amendies:
We made the recipe pretty much exactly how it states but we:
  •  Used Lettuce to wrap our burgers
  • Nixed the bacon (I don't dine on swine)
  • Substituted Pepper Jack cheese for Cheddar
  • Used RED HOT hot sauce
  • Substituted the cayenne powder for the Red Hot, same amounts
  • Used TONY CHICARONNI'S as our seasoned salt
  • Didn't have any dry rub 
  • Nixed the Cole Slaw 
  • Patted any excess oil off the Onion Rings

Warning, Forego the diet for the night ladies, It is ABSOLUTELY worth it. But, I'll tell you, wrapping the burgers in lettuce makes it feel really light in your belly and the Onion rings weren't heavy or too greasy either.

Our Dinner went from this:

To This:


OOH... and some pics of the Master Chefs! Yes, I was wearing my Game Day Tom Brady Jersey!

Easy Winter Soup

This is a recipe my Bulgarian friends taught me.  It is a really easy recipe to make when you are not feeling well and it is great for warming you as it is already Autumn and Winter is fast approaching.

4 Potatoes
A Handful of baby carrots
1/4 cup of Cilantro or Parsley

Peel potatoes
Boil potatoes and carrots until very well done
Drain Water
Return to pot
Add cilantro
Using a hand held blender, blend the potatoes & carrots
Add salt to your liking
Slowly add water until it is the consistency that you like ( I prefer a creamier consistency, so I don't add too much water)


Homemade Nacho's

Well, Mike and I have been eating lots of chicken enchiladas lately and we'll find that we always have a few leftover tortillas. So, we made homemade nachos! I didnt have to buy a thing, I had all the ingredients at home!

Tin Tomatoes
1/4 Onion
Garlic Powder
Chili Powder

Put in food processor
Add Powders and Salt to season

2 Tortillas
Olive Oil

Pre-heat oven to 350
Cut tortillas into 8 slices
Sprinkle salt & oil over each side of tortilla slices
Lay flat on baking sheet
Cook each side for 5-7 minutes
Add cheese to melt and ENJOY!

More Donuts

Awhile back, I posted a topic about Yummy Homemade Donuts that I had found on  Ashley's Busy blog.
Well, we made them again but used confectionery sugar as a powdered donut topping. For chocolate powdered topping, I mixed the confectionery sugar with some cocoa powder.

It was YUMMY!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

College Football is the best!

Now go be a fan and support Sebastian the Ibis!


Saturday, September 5, 2009

What To Make for My Labor Day BBQ

Ok. I typed that exact phrase into a google search engine and then realized 'Wait a minute, What am I doing!? I know what to make, why am I asking google?'

It happens a lot. I just type things into google and wonder about what will pop up - in that 1.9 seconds it takes.

Well, I know what I'm making! Lets get at it!

Salad:   Summer Salad.

    Ingredients for summer salad:
    • Fresh Mozzarella
    • Cilantro
    • Italian Dressing ( I prefer Zesty Italian or Olive Garden's Italian)
    • Onion
    • Tomatoes
    • Mix all ingredients together. Amount is up to you. I prefer a lot of cilantro and lite onion.
    • Chill 
    Dinner and all of its accoutrements:
    Sides:  Roasted Potatoes with Cilantro Dipping Sauce (thanks to Meg):

    Ingredients for the Roasted Potatoes:
    • 6 potatoes (made approx. 36 wedges)- I used red potatoes
    • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
    • 1 tspn Cumin
    • 1 tspn Oregano
    • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
    • Cut potatoes in  half and then in thirds (Did that make sense?)
    • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss it well, so the potatoes are covered in oil well
    • Lay on cooking sheet for 30-40 minutes, depending on how crisp you like your potatoes
    Ingredients for Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup of light mayo
    • 1/2 cup of light sour cream (you can sneak in the light because the boys will never notice!)
    • dash of lime zest
    • dash of lime juice 
    • 1/2 cup cut cilantro (Can you tell, I am a cilantro lover?)
    • Mix the mayo, sour cream and cilantro in a food processor until blended
    • Add to a bowl and add lime zest and lime juice to taste and mix with a spoon
    Ingredients for Balsamic Onion Marmalade (Burger Topping):
    (I changed up the recipe I found on and made it less onion-y)
    • 1 tbspn Vegetable Oil
    • 1/2 onion (thinly sliced)
    • 1/3 cup of sugar
    • 2/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
    • salt and pepper
    • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it slides easily across the pan. Add the onion, stirring occassionally, for about 20 minutes
    • Add the sugar and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, and keep stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes
    • Add the vinegar and reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes, until the onions are soft and dry
    • Keep on the skillet at a low temp until you glaze the burgers with them
    Main Course:  BURGERS! ( I mean this is a labor day bbq after all!)
      • Lipton Onion Soup Mix - 1/2 packet
      • Ground Meat - 1 lb. makes about 6 good size burgers
      • Lots of Cheese: Blue Cheese, Cheddar and Camembert are the faves over here
      • Mix ground meat and onion mix packet in a separate bowl.
      • Make patties with hand (careful not to pat too tightly)
      • Put patties on skillet over medium heat
      • Turn every few minutes until cooked
      • Add a dribble of Balsamic Glaze over it
      Burgers are easy but adding that mix is like heaven! Everyone thinks you worked your magic! Also, We have been eating ours like a lettuce wrap, so to do that, you take a big piece of lettuce and wrap your burger in it. It provides a cold, crisp taste to the burger and is awesome! I mean save the carbs for the potatoes, right? BTW- my very anti-"rabbit-food eating" boyfriend LOVES the lettuce wrap!

      Drink of Choice:     Frozen Margaritas

      • 3 parts of tequila
      • 2 parts of orange flavored liqueur
      • 1 part of fresh lime juice
      • Lime wedge 
      • Ice cubes 
      • Put all wet ingredients into a powerful blender and mix
      • Garnish with Lime Wedge
      • To save calories, keep it simple, don't add syrups and the salt on the rim-then you can afford yourself more!
      Desserts:   Yummy Strawberry Yogurt Pie

      • 2-8 oz. containers of strawberry flavored yogurt
      • 1-8 oz. tub Cool Whip 
      • 1 graham cracker pie crust
      • Stir yogurt into Cool Whip until well blended.
      • Spoon into pie crust - I am going to try to make a granola pie crust next time
      • Freeze overnight then put into refrigerator until pie can be cut
      This dessert is easy and so yummy! My tia Rina and mom make it and it is good!

      EXTRA!!! Corn on the Cob Cupcakes!!!
      A dessert from the Martha

      • Vanilla Frosting
      • Yellow liquid food coloring
      • 24 Vanilla Cupcakes, baked in white paper liners
      • 3 1/2 cups small yellow, cream, or white jelly beans, such as Jelly Belly
      • 4 pieces yellow fruit chews, such as Laffy Taffys or Starbursts
      • 1 tablespoon black decorating sugar
      • 1 tablespoon white decorating sugar
      • 8 sets of corn holders (optional)
      • Color the frosting pale yellow with food coloring.
      • Working with 3 cupcakes at a time, frost cupcakes with yellow frosting. Arrange 5 rows of jelly beans, close together, on each cupcake. Place the 3 cupcakes side by side on a corn dish or serving platter to resemble an ear of corn. Repeat process with remaining cupcakes, frosting, and jelly beans.
      • Cut the fruit chews into eight 1-inch squares. Soften the edges slightly by hand so that they look like melted butter. Place 1 square on top of each ear of corn. Sprinkle with sugars. Insert a corn holder in the end of each ear of corn, if using. Serve.
      I mean how cute are those!!

      Alright, well you have my Labor Day BBQ  meal plan for this great long weekend!

      Eat, Drink and pour a little bit of our 40's you keep on hand to say 'thanks' to you and all the hard working people in the labor force!

      Enjoy your day!

      ...till next time, xx

      we ate this so fast, I took no pictures of the food, so these are 'borrowed' from the WWW. If they are your images, let me know and I'll pay respect where respect is due.