I mixed instant coffee with a packet of hot chocolate… the result was a yummy mochaccino type drink. mmm. Plus, the warm mug warms your hands while you drink it. Bonus. Did I mention that I’m ready for spring?
I made some cinnamon rolls from scratch for the first time tonight. Wow, what a process it was, but it was well worth it. I used a RECIPE from the “Pioneer Woman Cooks!” website. I just happened across it today and enjoyed reading the recipes and I liked that she uses such common ingredients. I ran into a few complications throughout the process. First off, I think I rolled the dough too thin, so I had a hard time rolling the dough to make the cinnamon rolls because it wouldn’t stay round as I rolled it… it would just become… well, kinda flat. Also, while I was rolling, it seemed like ALL the stuff (cinnamon, melted butter, and sugar) I had spread on the dough was squishing out, so I was afraid there would be no more filling left inside. The squishing out of the filling was very messy… I think i used up a half a roll of paper towels to keep from dripping on the floor. I think instead of melted butter in the filling, I’ll use softened butter so that it’s spreadable, and less squishy as I roll the dough. Aside from those problems, it was pretty fun to make them. Nathan and Sean really liked them, so that’s a plus. Oh, another thing, if you’re not wanting to make a ton of rolls, cut the recipe in half. I made about 2 dozen rolls from only half the dough. Then I ran out of cinnamon, so I need to get more cinnamon so I can use the rest of the dough. Thankfully, the dough can go into the refrigerator for a day or two. Oh, and by the way… there was still more than enough filling left in the rolls, even after so much squished out. They were delicious!
Sean and I went to pick some apples at a lady’s house today. She put up a free ad on Craigslist for free apples, and she let us pick to our hearts content. I got over 50 apples, I’d say. Nathan and Sean will be happy to have some homemade apple pie. Maybe I’ll try my hand at apple cobbler. Maybe even some apple cake… hmmm, that sounds good.
I really miss going berry picking. We used to do that every summer when I lived in Virginia. Anyone know of some places in NM where you can pick some berries?
Nathan IM’ed me this article today… sick! Thank goodness we live in a country where there is a little more regulation of the food service industry. But still, it makes me want to start cooking things from scratch more often… who knows what might be in all those pre-packaged products we buy off the shelves! I don’t want to think of it.
I’ve been on a long quest to lose weight the past few years. I’m glad to say that I’m back to the weight I was when Nathan and I fist started dating. I recently found a website called Traineo.com. You can log in your workouts, your diet, and weight and the site graphs it so you can see your progress. It also calculates your calories burned during your workout, and it tells you how far to your goal and how long you have to get there. You can also add “motivators”… these are people who can see your progress and leave you messages and comments to keep you motivated and hold you accountable. I don’t have any motivators yet… anyone want to volunteer? 🙂
I tried a new thing tonight… stir-fried iceberg lettuce. I made a stir-fry with summer squash, broccoli, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and iceberg lettuce. I added some Asian Vinagrette, salt and pepper to it while it was cooking. The lettuce acts just like other greens… doesn’t really add any flavor, just soaks up the flavor of the sauce. It turned out pretty good. Apparently, cooking lettuce is a popular thing to do in some Chinese dishes.
Just had to let everyone know… Rainier Cherries are in the stores right now… these are sooooooooo yummy! I think I might eat the whole bag.
Not many (non-filipino) people I know like Spam. Perhaps I need to move to Hawaii? Nathan pointed me to this article. I grew up eating Spam with scrambled eggs and white rice for breakfast. Also, Spam with fried rice is yummy too. Mmmmm, I wonder if they sell Spam at Costco… that would be a TON of Spam… might last me a whole week! 🙂 I haven’t had Spam since before I got married. *sigh*
Grandma Peny bought some sugarcane at Ta Lin World Market today. It’s kinda fun to eat. You put some in your mouth, chew it and suck out the sweet juice, then you spit out the pulpy part. It’s very yummy, and thirst quenching too, if you store it in the refrigerator.
We also bought some blue crabs while we were there. Those are sooooo yummy! And eating them takes me back to my childhood in Virginia. The smell of them cooking makes me think of summer days at the beach with a raw chicken neck tied to a string and a net in my hand. That’s how we caught crabs… no traps for us. You throw out the chicken into the water, wait a few minutes and enjoy the ocean. Then you pull the string in slowly, and when it’s close enough, you scoop up the chicken into the net, and usually along with it come a few crabs. Crabbing is one of the many wonderful memories I have of the ocean.
Heard of Craigslist? If not, check it out! It’s one of the best places to find deals locally on things people near you are selling. Today I picked up a 5 qt.KitchenAid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer for $25! Those retail for over $230 new! This one is a few years old, but in fabulous working order! I’ll need to order replacement parts for it, but the ones I need only cost about $30 total. Sweet! I can hardly tell you how excited I was to see the ad in Craigslist! My palms were starting to sweat when I was replying to the ad cause I was so excited and was really hoping to be the one to get to purchase it. Yay! This means fresh honey wheat bread! Booyah!
Sounds scary? Well, I was a little scared, but I bought some anyways. I had some for lunch today on top of steamed rice, and it’s surprisingly tasty. Yum! I can hardly wait to try the other dishes they have. This will be a great remedy for when I have a hankering for Indian food… I love Indian food, but Nathan… not so much. Now I’ll just have to learn to make my own raita and naan to go along with the instant stuff. Mmmmmmmmm!