Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Secret Resource

I just thought I would share this site with you... Everyone loves Williams Sonoma, but some people may not realize that you can get most of the wonderful recipes from their books on their website. Here is the link. It has everything from breads to desserts to brunch. Check out the website and make something delicious tonight!

Here are some of my favorites:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chicken Saltimbocca

Baked Brie

Peach and Yogurt Soup

Baby Spinach

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pretzel Cones...The best thing since sliced bread

I have been on the hunt for these pretzel cones for some time.
They are so amazingly delicious! I do not really even like pretzels, but the cone itself is perfect. Mix those little salty bites of bliss with sweet dreaminess of ice cream, and you receive the easiest, most scrumptious dessert imaginable. Easy is the operative word! Well, I was driving around St. Matthews yesterday, and I noticed that Graeters has them! They were being advertised in the window. I highly recommend that you make your way there and try these cones, and if your Graeters doesn't have them, I don't think you'll be too disappointed. Graeters is great any way you eat it. If you don't live near a Graeters, you can order them here.

Jubilee Events

Hi Friends! I'm excited to announce that I have officially created a blog for our (JoEllyn and mine) event coordinating "business." We are trying to get some clients, so check out Jubilee Events, and if you know anyone that needs an event planner send them our way! Or check it out just for fun... I'll be updating it with real weddings (some that we have planned and some that we just love) for your viewing pleasure.You can contact us at if you're interested!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Happy Accident

The other night for dinner, I was going to make Tonga Toast from my "Cooking with the Disney Chefs" cookbook. Tonga Toast is like french toast except it can be described as deep fried deliciousness. Much to my chagrin, Scott walked in and frowned upon the idea of having such a dinner. So instead I made stuffed french toast (I still dipped it in the sugar, and that made it soo tasty!) Here is what you will need:

-1 8 inch loaf sourdough bread (cut into 2" pieces)
-1/2 bar of cream cheese
-1-2 tablespoons of orange marmalade, depending on your liking
-5 eggs (beaten)
-1/3 cup sugar
-1 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl; set aside. Mix the cream cheese and orange marmalade; set aside.
Slice a slit into the bread, and spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons (or as much as you can stuff) into the bread.
Coat each piece of bread in the egg, and cook over medium heat until lightly browned. Immediately dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

And it's ready to eat. This was so tasty and very easy. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What a Deal!!

I came home from school today, and had the house to myself. Scott is volunteering at a clinic, and I needed some down time before I started dinner. I picked up my Real Simple and what before my wondering eyes did appear? Discounts! I thought I would share them with you because they are all workout related, and if you are anything like me, you're thinking it's about time to get back in tip top shape. Here are the goods:

Plank Canvas Tote: Original Price $205 Discount: $164 Enter Code: SIMPLEFEBDEALS

Athleta Whirlwind Jacket: Original Price: $79 Discount Price: $63.20 Enter Code: WHIRLWIND20

Barefoot Environmental Yoga Mat Original Price: $40 Discount Price: $32
Enter Code: RSMAG10

New Balance 758 Shoes Original Price: $90 Discount Price: $76.50
Enter Code: 15OFFNB758

Larabar Nutrition Bars: Original Price: $27 for 16 Discount: $21 for 16
Enter Code: RS210 larabar.comKlean Kanteen Water Bottle: Original Price $18-$20. (Can purchase in red or silver) Enter Code: REALSIMPLE

Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

So here is the next recipe from "Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs" that I want to share with you. It was a tasty and filling vegetarian meal. It wasn't spectacular, but it really did the trick on a cold winter night (and days to follow.) Here is what you need:*1/3 cup olive oil
*2 cups diced yellow onion
*1 cup diced green pepper
*1 cup diced carrot
*1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
*1 cup diced celery
*1 tablespoon cumin powder
*dash of dried oregano
*2 teaspoons paprika
*3 dashes hot sauce
*1 bay leaf
*2 sprigs chopped cilantro
*1 tablespoon coarse salt
*dash of freshly ground black pepper
*1/4 cup tomato paste
*2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
*2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans (including liquid)
*2 cups water

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, peppers, carrots, garlic, and celery and saute until vegetables are soft.
Add cumin, oregano, paprika, hot sauce, bay leaf, cilantro, salt and pepper.
Add tomato paste, vinegar, black beans, and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 20 minutes.
**Yields 6-8 servings or 2 quarts**

Of course you must have corn bread with this, and a "dollop of sour cream, a squeeze of fresh lime and fresh cilantro." Yum!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bathroom Remodel

At some point in the future, probably not near, I am going to help my uncle remodel his bathroom. (It's so much more fun to spend other people's money, and paint other people's homes.) My uncle lives next door in a house similar to mine. His bath is fairly small, well really small, and I like the idea of a neutral for him. Here are some ideas that I was thinking about. Let me know which is your favorite...please! He might be selling his house soonish, so also keep that in mind.
I really like the subway tile.
And the mahogany.

The gray and white color combo is lovely.
Take out the mirror (totally not functional) and the table with the tree thing (who wants a table like that in their bathroom?) and maybe even the yellow. I don't know... what do you think about this?
This is really simple, but it's clean, and I think super budget friendly.
This looks expensive, but I bet you could really do it on a budget.
Ditto to this one.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Snow Days...

Ahh... the text message that made my day. School is closed today. I was happy to have school yesterday because I had a KTIP observation, but today, I had no real objection to missing; in fact a three day weekend sounded rather nice.
And so, I slept in, made some icing for the lemon-cranberry cupcakes I had made yesterday, and set-up dinner (south western pulled brisket) in the crock pot. All of this cooking and baking made me realize how much I really love to make food. I don't even have to eat it, but I love to create it. I love the process and seeing a final product that others can enjoy. I think I need to be a home-ec. teacher or a culinary school instructor! I could also open a bakery; this would have to be later in life, but I can certainly think about it now. If I could do that, here is what my bakery would look like:

Monday, January 4, 2010

Basil and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Oh my goodness... just when I thought mashed potatoes could not be any better, I found this recipe. For Christmas I received this cookbook: Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs. This is only one of my Disney cookbooks (I received four this year for Christmas), but this is the first recipe that I will share with you. (My plan is to work my way through the books, and I will strategically give you the best.) So this leads me to exhibit A: Basil and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes.Here's what you need:
3/4 pound or 2 large baking potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons milk (I added a little more to make them creamy)
1 garlic bulb roasted (Just cut the top off, rub olive oil all over the bulb, wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes...mmm.)
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Peel and quarter potatoes and place in a large pot of water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20-25 minutes, until fork tender. Drain and return to the pot. Mash with butter and milk. (I also used the hand mixer to make them a little creamier.)
2. Remove the soft parts of the garlic from the roasted bulb and add with basil to potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Seriously. These are delicious. :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Yay UK!!!!

Mad For Plaid

I am just really starting to appreciate plaid. It can be dressed up or dressed down, and it no longer screams western wear. Here are some stylish and fun plaid prints that you could add to your wardrobe.Shirt : LL Bean