Friday, January 30, 2009
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
OK, OK....so it isn't quite that bad...but almost. It was a long, fun weekend and I didn't get a lot of things done except putting away Christmas, and hanging out with friends. (There was a LOT of hanging out with friends.) So I am playing catch up. I don't have a new recipe to share, but in honor of the cold weather AND of BUNCO tomorrow night I am just gonna give you a link to a post about the most awesome soup ever, and you'll have to deal with it. Broccoli Cheese Soup I am now off to sweep the kitchen floor and see if Colin wants to write Valentine's. UGH!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
A Fine Frenzy. Just listen to "Lifesize" over on the right....check out last.fm or Groove Shark (thanks Shannon!) to hear some of their tunes. I like them (love the lead singer's hair) and I thought I would share them with you....although some of you might already know them (Nicole). AND.....last weeks "contest" didn't go so well.....only one person emailed me for the video I made (Katie) but she got it wrong on the first guess, then googled to listen to another song. One other person didn't ask for the video, found She & Him on the Internet, guessed who it was, didn't comment, then googled to make sure she was right! (Holly) So...what do I do, not give a prize? Send one to everyone that commented, even if they didn't leave an answer (Shannon)? Give me your thoughts...the ones about A Fine Frenzy AND about the prize from last week.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Because all my kids usually eat are chicken nuggets, corn dogs, hot dogs, mac & cheese and pizza, I try at least once a week to have what my son calls "A Family Night" where we all sit down for dinner at the same time and have an actual meal. This is when I try to either introduce new foods to them, or introduce a new recipe I wanted to try. Last week not only did we try that Amazing Pork Tenderloin but we also ate Pioneer Woman's Mom's Califlower soup. Go ahead, take a look at the recipe, here. This soup was fairly easy to make, if you are OK with chopping. Since there was only 1 carrot, and 1 stalk of celery, it was simple for me. It took me a little longer to make it, but that usually happens when there are two kids underfoot. Next time will go smoother, since I will know what to do. We all ate it, Colin even had seconds! The addition of the cauliflower is different, but if you don't like it, I'm pretty sure you can use broccoli. I wanted to eat it with a loaf of crusty bread, but the bread was too crusty before I got the chance to make the recipe, but I think the soup would be wonderful with Pioneer Woman's Buttery Thyme Bread. (Isn't it cool how you can mix and match all of her meals? A Pioneer Woman Cooks themed party would be fun!) Try it out...if you try it with broccoli, let me know...I'd love a new broccoli soup recipe! (Sorry Janice, but I am not sure how to make this recipe gluten free...maybe use rice flour instead of regular in the white sauce? Although, you don't do dairy either do you? *UGH* OK just ignore this post....I'll try something different next week!)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This is the first time I have spent the whole day (well, most of the day...there were a few breaks for driving) with the Presidential Inauguration on the TV. As soon as I turned the TV on this AM, I watched the inauguration hubbub all day (it's still on in the bedroom). Thanks to Holly, a bunch of us spent the morning sharing the historic moment with friends ready for change and ready for the challenges at hand (see I really DID listen to the President's speech). Hopefully I will have a few pics of us whooping it up soon. There are multiple things about this inauguration that I haven't noticed in the past....most of them steeped in tradition. The coffee/brunch (you all know there had to be a huge spread) President Bush and President-elect Obama (he hadn't been sworn in yet) had before the swearing in (Wow, really? I am sure that may have been a forced conversation). The note left in the oval office by the former President for the new President to read (I am wondering what was written in that note) and last but not least (this is the BEST part) how the now former President Bush and his wife left the White House and Presidency behind right after the swearing in ceremony was finished (whoo hoo! no lingering for the Bush's.) I think that no matter what happens in 4 years (please let President Obama be re-elected!) I will make it a point to spend the day watching the Presidential Inauguration festivities. The whole day has been full of history (both past and the making of) and tradition that makes our great nation what it is. I've really enjoyed being as much of a part of it as I can be from out here in Utah. Hope you were able to enjoy some of it too!
Posted by Anjie at 5:10 PM
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Done with Christmas music, loving my new Killers CD, but still want to find some new music to listen to. My go to man for music (Seth) told me I needed to listen to a fairly new duo called "She & Him". My go to music web site (last.fm) didn't have any songs from them, but once I found the profile on them, I knew I had to have their CD "Volume One". I made a simple video with just the album art and one of their songs. I tried to upload it, but it didn't work, so if you want to watch the video and take a guess at who "She" is, let me know and I will email it to you (there might be a prize for the first correct un-Googled answer, please be honest!).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
With the Holiday's being over, I have gotten back to trying out new recipes. Last time I went to the grocery store pork loin was on sale, so I got one that was about 6 lbs. I knew I was going to freeze some of it, but I had no idea what to do with the rest. I could have done Pioneer Woman's Spicy Shredded Pork with it, but that is the only recipe I have been using when I cook pork these days. So I searched my "go to" site All Recipes until I found a slow cooker recipe that I had all the ingredients for. The Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker was just that AMAZING! (take a look at the recipe now....it'll only take you a minute) OK now that you are back here is my review: It only cooked for 5 hours (I had about 3lbs of roast so I upped the cooking time) and most kitchen's have all the ingredients for it. I am not very good at remembering to plan for a slow cooker meal so those were both huge pluses in my book. For those of you that might not have red wine on hand, substitute equal amounts of red wine vinegar and it should give you the same flavor. Truthfully, if you just make sure you have 2 cups of liquid (red wine, red wine vinegar, beef stock, water whatever) you'll be fine. I know it looks like a ton of garlic (it is) but obviously you can scrape it off the top of the roast before you eat it, if you'd like. For those of you looking to make it gluten-free, you are gonna have to make your own onion soup mix with gluten free beef bouillon (I found multiple recipes for it out there, so I know it exists) and dried minced onion. You might even be able to just use beef stock and minced onion. I don't know much about gluten free foods...so I'll try to do the best I can for my gluten-free readers (OK, so just one reader, Hi Janice!) I served my roast with mashed potatoes and gravy made from the liquid left in the crock pot, and some cornstarch to thicken it. I also had some canned green beans and it made a pretty decent Sunday dinner. The kids ate it...without the gravy, and Seth made a lunch or two out of the leftovers. Go ahead and try it...I think you'll like it! PS New feature..."What's For Dinner?" on the right hand side...I saw it somewhere on the interwebs (Katie's blog possibly??) and thought I might try it. Let me know what you think!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Ham Ring before it was covered (don't mind the chocolates in the left corner)
Ham Ring pre-baked
Baked Ham Ring
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I know I was supposed to share my New Year's Goals with everyone a few days ago, but this year I have been really thinking hard about what I want my goals to be. A lot of people don't make goals just at the New Year, they are strong enough to make and keep goals all year long. I think with the start of a New Year, comes a cleanish slate and chance to work on things that will make the year a great one. And in 2009 I don't want to make the same resolutions I make and break every year, so I actually took my time.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Happy New Year! I hope your 2009 is better than your 2008 (even if 2008 was a great year, you all deserve an even greater year in 2009). I know it is a time for a fresh start, and a time to start making goals you want to meet and resolutions you want to keep throughout the next year. I have read quite a few blogs with unrealistic resolutions, and a few with tips on how to meet your goals or keep your resolutions. I'd like to hear how you keep the goals you make. Even if you don't make New Year's Resolutions, I am sure you make goals during different times of the year. How do you make sure you remember them? Do you print a huge copy of it then hang it on the fridge? Do you share your goal with other's that will be able to help you out? Do you blog about it then look back afterwards and realize you didn't even come close? Let me know how you keep your goals, and I might just do some research on tips for keeping your goals simple, or for remembering what those goals are. I may even share my goals for the upcoming year with you....just for a little moral support!
Posted by Anjie at 12:01 AM