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Chili in a bread bowl...

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It's freakin' cold outside...it's time for chili!! Back in October I made some awesome chili. No really..I made it up myself, and Husband proclaimed it "best". Now being a bit of an inventor in the kitchen, I didn't write it down..and the next time I made chili it wasn't half as good. So I racked my brain (ouch, right?) and tried to remember HOW I made the 'good' chili. I made it again and wrote EVERYTHING down. Yay me! I also made bread bowls..but I'm not taking the credit for them..you can get the recipe for them here!
Suzy's Chili
1lb 80/20 ground beef-browned
1 can (12oz) V8
1 Qt tomato juice
3T chili powder
2T granulated garlic
1T cumin
2t black pepper
1t salt
1T ranch powder
1 can El Pato
2 chipotles in adobo + 1T sauce from can
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 can chili beans
1 small white onion-diced
1/2 green bell pepper-diced
In a large soup pot-brown your meat (do not drain) add V8 and spices cook for a…

Beer battered fish and chips

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It was a HAPPY day in my house when I found the plug in to my Fry-Daddy. I'd been craving something laden with homemade greasiness..no really. The fish in my freezer..Tilapia the Skinny girl in me quietly spoke "put lemon pepper on me and broil me, I'm healthy" ..and I(the Fat girl) answered it with a resounding "Shut up! You are getting dipped in beer battered and fried!" The Fat girl won...was there really a debate about who would? Now...to toot my own, I'll just say..I make damn good beer battered fish. But I can't say that it's because of some hidden battering talent I have, or some penache for dropping things in 350 degree oil. No...I'll thank the beer. Two quick notes... 1) I am allergic to alcohol. No really. I didn't use to be. I used to drink with reckless abandon, relishing that fuzzy headed buzzed feeling, and not even minding really when I'd have to throw up suddenly b/c I'd just go back to drinking...ah..to be youn…

A little help...

Hello again today! Sad, well pathetic, story for ya... My house that smells like dogs, cats, and kids (unless I am cooking something) needed help..so I had a Scentsy party..and um..no one showed. So...I'm reaching out to my bloggy friends with this...maybe you are thinking of someone who is hard to buy for...like in-laws, or teachers. Maybe you got chosen for secret Santa at work and have NO clue what to get. Maybe your family drew names and you got your weird cousin...now you know what to get!! Scentsy products are GREAT..if they weren't I wouldn't BOTHER trying to get some for myself! Right now on my friend Tracy's site, I'm her open party...you'll see my name. I know most of us don't live close...but you can get it shipped right to you, wherever you may be! I'll keep this post up for a couple days so you can have access to the site... There are SOOOOO many great scents, and it's awesome because the wax doesn't get hot enough to burn little f…

Buttermilk Pumpkin Trifle

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I know Thanksgiving was a couple weeks ago..but I thought I'd share my meager contribution. But really it was hardly meager b/c it was very tasty. :) Crumbled gingersnaps for crunch and spice Pumpkin layer- can of pumpkin 8oz block of cream cheese 1tsp of pumpkin pie spice 2T sugar beat into yummy submission The Buttermilk layer was a Buttermilk pie that didn't set up that I ran through the food processor. Fresh whipped cream between the layers. topped with more gingersnap crunchy bits! Lots of layers of Yum!! I think the 'pie' layer would be good with ANY pie...imagine an apple pie crumbled up in there, or a blueberry, or oooh...a pecan! Yum!

Distractions

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Lately I've become fully obsessed with two things... 1) Bitchin' Kitchen. Seriously. She's gorgeous, she's crude, she cooks amazing food, and she makes funny faces at the camera. I LOVE Nadia G! She makes me wish I was canadian...and italian...and thin with always matching pumps and fingernails. And I l.o.v.e. her kitchen...esp the vintage knobs on her cabinets. I DVR every episode and watch it a few times through...and I always find something new that makes me laugh. I'm even thinking of starting Hans' training that he never quite gets into-but it has SOMETHING to do with 5 sets of 15! He's exactly what I imagine Quinn in the Sookie Stackhouse series would look like! Anyway...we get the cheapest option on our Dish network, so we only get Cooking channel like every other month-but if you get Cooking Channel..WATCH her. You'll love her! source 2) Our new family member. Beauty. I wanted to change her name, but nothing else fits..because she is abso…

How about High School?

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I'm going to go back to how I ate in High School. Sounds weird right? But no, really. I've heard people say to teenagers "you can't eat like that forever!" And yet, here I am...28 years old and thinking that's the way to go! Why? Well.... -high school lunches: premade portions + daily salad='s I ate a salad EVERY day. And most of the time I'd move whatever was in the big spot on the tray to a smaller spot and get a bigger salad. I also had at least ONE serving of low-fat milk daily with my lunch. I say daily...but weekdays is what I mean. -sweets ONLY on a rare occassion. Birthdays-yes. Random high school spirit day-yes. Even though I worked at the local grease pit that had ice cream..I didn't eat it everyday! This, my friends, is why I'm pushing Husband to let me open a bakery-because THAT way I'd be able to be around baking everyday and wouldn't need to bake to eat. I could bake to feed OTHER people. :) I know there was more to my …

Golden Chicken Stroganoff

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Really..ONE of these days I'll get a camera that actually makes my food look appealing...because THIS meal...ROCKED. And rocked hard!
Golden Chicken Stroganoff
2 chicken breasts, butterflied then cut into thin strips
1 onion-chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms (or any probably would do)
some oil
seasoning salt black pepper
3/4 cup sour cream
Very quick and easy... oil in a pan onions in oil until soft (but not colored)-add mushrooms-add black pepper-cook until golden.
Remove veggies and add a little more oil season chicken with seasoning salt put in pan and cook until golden Add mushrooms and onions back to pan Add 3/4 cup of sour cream...mixy mixy.
And yea...that's it. No really...that's it. I served ours over brown rice, and along side some cheesy broccoli, and a simple salad.

 Even though Dad hasn't seen any results on his scale (they have an old school black doctor's scale) I can tell by looking at him that he's lost some weight. It come…

the start of something...

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Am I the only one that saw faces in my breakfast??So my venture into ONE-derland was short lived...b/c the scale said 205.8 this morning. *gulps* Obviously October was NOT my month. It's the first and it's a Monday so my initial mentality is to jump on some bandwagon...and I'm going to. 70lbs is NOT a small number. But it can be broken INTO smaller numbers...so that is what I'm aiming for. I've got a wedding in May to get ready for, and another next October. I know it's ambitious to want to lose weight in November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas)-but I'm gonna try. I'm gonna try the journalling thing this time around. Writing down EVERYTHING I eat and drink. I'm still breastfeeding a certain blue eyed boy, so I can't be as gung ho with cutting calories as I 'need' to-but we'll see how it goes! It's harder to post lately because this.... demands alot of attention..this is a shot of what happens when I'm on the compu…

Dear,

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Dear Next Door Neighbor, Right now I have TWO sick kids, you don't know that, but I do. I try my best to be a courteous neighbor and I lock my dogs up by 8 (so they won't bark and wake your kids) and I don't let them out until at least 9 (so they won't bark and wake your kids) SO when you are whacking, slamming, banging on your truck until 11pm and then flipping a bookcase in your driveway end over end and dragging crap out of your house at 7:30AM, which causes my indoor dogs to bark, which then causes my 7mo old to wake up when he has only slept mere minutes...I hope you enjoy my present of letting my coonhound out so he can bark until his little heart is content. Dear Giveaway Gods, I know I was lucky enough to win an AWESOME giveaway this morning...but please, please, oh please...let me win the Scooby-Doo giveaway for Lil Miss. Dear Dish Network, I think it's total and complete CRAP that you are dropping Fox. It really pisses me off that I won't be able to…

Chicken A La Bonne Femme

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at least that's what it's called in the cookbook...but either way..it was good! I can't remember where I read it/heard it/whatevered it-but the other day it was asked "Do people READ cookbooks anymore?". Um...I do..all the time! Then again when I was a kid I liked flipping through the encyclopedia (I still do actually). When I'm out at the farm I snoop through my parent's kitchen cabinets-my Mom calls it shopping. They are bulk buyers and graciously take me along for the shopping trip (Friday-yay!!) AND give me free range of all their freezers (2 deep freeze), fridges (2 standard) and plentiful cabinets. When it's the end of the month and we're out of groceries..I shop at Mom and Dad's first! So when I was 'shopping' the other day I opened a cabinet and there were cookbooks staring back at me...a bright yellow one with a green binder seemed to pulsate and call out an eerie "yuuuuuuum" to me. I tenderly plucked it from it&#…

A little bit of help, please

Two seconds..seriously...just click, click..done..and you can vote for Little Miss! Please oh please?? Also if you could ask everyone you know to vote too? That would be awesome! xo

Dear,

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I had so much fun doing my "Dear" post..I'm gonna make it a weekly thing? You mind? Hope not! Let's have fun with it! It will have to be a mix of serious and silly, b/c that's what I am...let me start with the serious- Dear Cancer, I HATE you. I know hate is a strong word, but I really do. Last week I got the news that my friend Joanna lost her fight with you. Does it really make you feel good that she's leaving her 4 children (all under 10 btw), her sweet husband, and all her friends that loved her crazy personality? I know, I KNOW that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us. I KNOW that when it's time for us to go home to him, we'll go. But in the meantime, you are making our brief earthly existence even more heartbreaking than it needs to be. Dear Hayfever, You suck. You make it impossible for me to enjoy this luscious fall weather we're having without the foggy, drug haze of an allergy pill so I can breathe in said fall air. You make it impossi…

A weighty matter...

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I know it's not impressive to any of you....but it was a HUGE deal for me. UNDER 200. I know, right? You might have been thinking I was mortified to see that my weight had gotten to 199...no..I'm relieved..happy..thrilled..that it is DOWN. Do I still have about 60lbs to lose before I'm where I want to be? Yes. Did I make my birthday goal of losing 20lbs? No Did I lose about 11 by that time? Yes Do even my feet look fat? Yes..blech. Weight is a weird thing. There are lots of things for me to consider...so stick with me a sec- 1. BOTH of my parents are overweight-they have NEVER been critical of my weight..ever. My Mom is the first to offer to take me shopping when I need a bigger size. And my Dad will be the first to tell me when I've gained weight, but he would never tell me to lose it. 2. I purposefully didn't try to lose weight between pregnancies and I used being pregnant as a food excuse. BAD. 3. I constantly use the kids as an excuse to NOT exercise-but real…

Chile-Cheesy-Chini-Casserole

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So the other day I was with my Dad and Little Miss at this roadside stand for pumpkins and I spied some zucchini...I love zucchini (Husby..not so much)-they were 3 for a buck and the PERFECT cooking size. You know what I mean right? Just like eh...and inch and a half in diameter and not gigantic but not tiny. And zucchini season is quickly ending. Sad. That and strawberries are my summer loves! But what to do with them? I was at a loss for dinner the other night..so I played on Swagbucks a little while looking for zucchini recipes and found one at About.com (btw...both about and swag are awesome sights, just sayin'). However, I didn't have the recipe components that I needed...I had most of the them...but not all of them. AND I had my in-laws to feed too. So what does Suzy do? IMPROVISE with what you have! And I did..and it was goooooood! 1 package Roasted Poblano turkey sausage 3 smallish-medium zucchinis-cut in half moons Cheddar Cheese (shredded) Pepper-Jack cheese (I had sli…

The Great Green Pumpkin

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Have you ever seen a wooly worm THAT tiny?! Hades dread steeds...I'm in love! (If you didn't pick that up..it's a reference to PC Cast's Goddess of Spring) Holy smackerelli...Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars the ONLY things I did differently was I subbed honey roasted peanut butter, didn't put in the peanut butter chips (b/c I didn't have them)-I used honey roasted peanuts..about 3/4 cup and the same amount of chocolate chips. Good right out of the oven, better the day after! Gut-bomb...or Chili 5 way..and chili that I REALLY should have written down exactly what I put into it b/c it was AWESOME! And..the Great Green Pumpkin Monster! the pumpkin/greek yogurt mix from the parfait two handfuls of baby spinach a pumpkin spice coffee that I'd already added 2 sweeteners and some half and half to 1 frozen pumpkin ='s DEEEEEELISH!! I've been running back and forth to the farm this week helping out my parents. They've got a new set of triplet baby go…

You know what else has layers?

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Parfait. Errbody likes parfait. You ever met a person you say "hey let's go get some parfait" and they say, "Hell, no I don't like no parfait." I got the inspiration here. Pumpkin Quinoa Parfaits (very loosley adapted from the above link) 16oz vanilla greek yogurt 2/3 cup canned pumpkin 1t cinnamon 1/4 t ginger 1/4 t nutmeg 3 packets of sweetener cooked quinoa 'crumbly stuff' Layer and devour! Now...let's discuss the crumbly stuff for a second. The original recipe calls for graham cracker crumbs..then I thought that gingersnaps would be good...then I remember that I had a bag of oat/gingersnap/pretzel crumbs from a Strawberry Pie this summer (for the record the pie was AMAZING-but fugly. seriously..my Dad said it tasted great once he got past the fact that it looked like dog puke-thanks Dad.) So my crumbs at the bottom was oats, gingersnaps (for the life of me I keep trying to type gingerspans...geez), and pretzels that got zipped in the …

Cat hate...

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Soooo a couple weeks ago my cats (we have two) were acting like complete jerks. Typically they get a little food in the morning and a little food at night when they get put away downstairs (we put them up at night b/c my cat-Tapioca is a hellion at night and had a tendancy for breaking things at 1am). Well...again I say they started being jerks. When it came time for bedtime, they wouldn't go. They'd scoot under the bed, they'd avoid us at all costs...and when we could finally catch them they'd scratch and fight.. not typical behavior of them. So I nixed the a.m. feeding so that way they'd be ready to go to bed when it was time b/c bed would equal feeding time. However Trump-my husband's cat..continues to act like a douche. Example....grabbing random things off the counter and dragging them about the house. Today's victim? My half full bag of powdered sugar I didn't put up. Trail from the kitchen to the hallway..and that white thing? That's my dau…

Dear,

Dear Body, I know I've put you through alot these past few years. I mean Hell, two babies in two years, it's not easy. However I don't really think it's fair for you to retaliate in the form of Stomach Flu, a Head Cold, a week off, then Stomach Flu again. I get that I need to sleep more, I get that I should take better care of you, but you aren't making it any easier. Dear Monday, You don't mean anything to me anymore really. We used to be enemies you and I...now I silently long for the daily work grind that I no longer have. Dear New Neighbors (x3), I really preferred living on this street before you moved in. Dear Kids, Mama is sick. So if there is any chance that you guys could be quiet and sleepy today I'd love it. Really. My body won't cut me a break...maybe you will? No, ok..just thought I'd ask. Dear Mother in Law, Thanks for the incoming drop off of Pepto....and handling a business call for me. Do you guys have any "Dears" for…

Mocha Tiramisu

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Mocha just means 'chocolate', right? Mocha Frappe is alot more fun to say than Chocolate Frappe..or Latte or whatever-te. Husband-who could eat spaghetti 7 days a week mentioned he'd like that for dinner. *sigh* It's quickly becoming meatloaf to me. Meaning...my Mom made meatloaf ALOT when I was younger and now..I don't really like meatloaf...ie spaghetti='s meatloaf. So..since I knew I wasn't going to love the main course...I had to make sure I'd like dessert, right? I love me some tiramisu. And honestly..the last couple of times I've had it out at restaurants...I've been disappointed. So yesterday I took to the internet...searched out some recipes...tweaked them a bit and made my OWN. It's better that way anyway right? Chocolate Lady Fingers-the easy way (adapted from here) 2 eggs separated 1/3 cup white sugar 1/4 cup + 1T ap flour 2T dark cocoa powder 1/2 t baking powder Oven at 400 Parchment line (and spray with cooking spray) a baki…

Petite Pierogis

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Carb fest eh? Mashed potatoes wrapped in dough? Um..not the healthiest dish..but dang..soooo good. And ALOT easier than I thought it would be! My 'line up' -dough in the silver bowl, masher mix in the bowl with the spatula, extra flour for dusting, biscuit cutter and wax paper lined pan. I rolled the dough out supa thin...like really thin. My goal was to be able to see my table design through it, but it didn't get THAT thin. But I'm guessing it was at least 1/8 inch thick..if not less. Little Miss (who is 2) took this pic of my petite pierogis! Mmmm....dinner... Sour Cream Pierogi Dough-(adapted from about.com) 4 cups ap flour 1 cup water 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 t salt 1 egg In your mixing bowl put 3 cups flour and all the other ingredients. Add the remaining 1 cup flour until you get a smooth dough. Cover and set aside for at least an hour. My filling was leftover mashed potatoes (about 1 1/2 cups) + about 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used the 'melts' shredded …

My battle with biscuits

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I spent a good amount of my childhood in the south. My Daddy was born and raised in Arkansas. And I don't like biscuits. *hangs head* Dry, crumbly, dry, flavorless, did I mention dry? Generally..I'm not a fan. In fact I'll choose ANY other breakfast carbohydrate OVER a biscuit. Egg Mcmuffin, yes please! Croissant-wich, double yes! Even toast..that's right...TOAST, Hell....I'll take a piece of UN-toasted bread BEFORE I'd take a biscuit. I remember summers I spent in Indiana with my Granny and Papaw. I LOVED Granny's gravy..but she always made biscuits with it. So Papaw (who only had one hand btw) would wait until she left the room and would frisbee me a piece of loaf bread across the table in exchange for my biscuit. Loved that Man! When it comes to biscuits..homemade just wasn't for me. I gladly revolted against any semblance of heritage and bought them in cans. My Dad was horrified. He makes biscuits almost daily (probably another reason I don't re…

Things I cannot make...

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It's ok to admit that you can't do some things. I mean we can't be perfect at everything...and that's ok. But this place...does ALOT of things perfect. It's this little Mennonite bakery (just outside of Richmond, Missouri) and if you don't know where to look, you'll miss it. And you will miss out. It's a small little building and you walk in and your nose is instantly romanced by smells of yeast breads and fresh pies. They have a deli case full of meats and cheeses. They have shelves full of homemade pickles, jams, jellies, and marinated mushrooms. They sell saffron..like the actual little threads. But I go there for these... in the unassuming cellophane bag, they don't look that impressive. That's the tricky thing about this place...everything is packaged so simply that you don't expect much...and everything exceeds expectations. Behold! The chocolate crinkle cookie between my non-manicured fingers. It's my favorite cookie. And…

Reubens and blueberry bars

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Not usually two things that go together...and that's ok..b/c I didn't even make them the same day! But I'm happy to give you guys something savory AND something sweet in one post! Reubens are at least a once a month thing at our house. There isn't any special trick to them-but they are sure yummy! Rye bread pastrami or corned beef (from the deli) big eye swiss thousand island dressing bavarian kraut-I used bavarian instead of traditional b/c it's sweeter..and I like it better. When I do my reubens I use alot of foil....a foil lined baking dish to keep the finished sandwiches warm in a 200 degree oven. And a foil lined bottom of a just smaller pan to squish my working sandwiches. I don't have a panini maker..but this way works too! I put them together like a grilled cheese... butter the bread then add the meat then cheese then dressing then kraut then the other buttered bread. You just use however much of the fillings that you want. I usually use one piece o…

honey scented memories

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A pretty sad sight huh? But one day--hopefully soon...she'll be beautiful again. The last remnant of my Mom's first marriage. She was rescued from the Ex's inlaws laundromat (say that 5 times fast). This buffet has been a staple of my existence. It's been moved from state to state, house to house, room to room, and it's always been one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Then a couple years ago my brother and sister in law bought a house and took this with them. I was pissed. There, I said it. Pissed. This piece of history hadn't even been OFFERED to me, and boom...there it was..in their house...with a terrible dark stain job. I wasn't happy. However fate had a different idea...from my last post you guys know I fully believe in fate...my brother and sister in law are downsizing and it 'didn't fit in the storage unit'-and the poor baby was dumped, literally in the back of my Dad's pick up truck. He called me-semi distraught b/c he can't …

Finally, right?

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It's me. I'm back. With some yumm-yumms and traditional Suzanne-randomness that you all so crave and admire *coughs* Have you been keeping up with my WLB blog? Meh..me neither really. I got hit with the stomach flu last week, then this week a head cold..wah..wah...wo is me. I'm sick of being sick. I was doing SO well..getting on the treadmill and such then WHAMMO...sick+sick..boo. My energy is slowing showing up again..it's like that party that you went to in high school, and the ONLY reason you went is b/c that 'guy' might show up..but he didn't show up until the VERY End of the party...'guy'='s my energy at this point. BUT I have lost almost 10lbs. Woot for me! Yes..it's after 10. Yes..it's after my bedtime. But I'm full of thoughts...so I'm letting it fly. Also...I'm going to change up the blog a bit..so be ready. I won a giveaway for a blog makeover..so I need to jump on that...Aaaannnndddd.... I figure my brain is…

Breakfast + Fruit ='s Happy

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I'm trying really hard to incorporate fresh fruit into everything I eat lately. Mainly b/c my parents keep our fridge full of it for Little Miss (yes..we're spoiled like that). It should be simple right? And it is...really. Raspberry Cream Malt o Meal with a sprinkle of Cloves... yes..cloves...yes I know this is a VERY strong spice, and yes I just used a tiny bit...it was really good. I'm usually a cinnamon girl...but cloves are a nice change and still in that same family. Oh...ha..and um..a healthy pat of butter. This however...might just be my new obsession. Aarti calls it Quinoa Porridge, I can't call it anything b/c when I'm eating it I'm without words and my eyes roll back in my head. I didn't make it the same way she did...I cheated... 2 cups of water 1 cup quinoa into the microwave rice cooker and into the micro for 15 minutes and you have PERFECT quinoa. My medium saucepan was still dirty from making Malt o Meal the day before *shrugs* but it worke…

time to work...

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on working THESE babies off! Ok...I did only have ONE...but it might have been the second hardest thing in my life. The first being childbirth. My blogging buddy Heather is who posted the recipe...eep a couple years ago and it's been on my 'to make' list. Well..the wedding anniversary was last week and instead of a cake or cookies...I made cinnamon rolls. This recipe...will now be my go to recipe! They are pretty quick and VERY deceiving...what do I mean? well..I mean that mine didn't proof in the pan that much..so I was scared that we'd be having cinnamon hockey pucks (sadly it's happened to me MANY times before b/c I have no patience)-but it's like these babies were just waiting for the comforting, warm hug of the oven..because once inside...they grew! And they were divine! :) I made two 8X8 pans full....Husband had 2, I had 1. I took a pan over to a friend's house (she's less than 2 weeks from baby time-yay! and he's our go-to guy), and the …

a long linky post!

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Have you all missed me? Hopefully a little, right? I haven't been doing a TON of cooking...no really..I haven't. Because I'm trying to lose (a ton) weight...I got chosen for Season 2 of Win, Lose, or Blog! But I have cooked up a couple things... My Ma's birthday was the 17th...so I baked her up some banana cupcakes with honey-cinnamon frosting! I took inspiration from Martha and didn't change up much..cept for more cinnamon b/c my Ma is a cinna-holic. I did allow myself ONE cupcake...and actually..only ate half (self control was hard on this one!)-the cupcakes have the banana bread taste,but not the dense heavy texture..they have the nice light cakey texture. Also, my Dad praised me that the frosting really didn't overpower the cake...yes! I'm a Food Network addict and one of my new favorite faces is Marcela on Mexican Made Easy. Husband has a MAD crush on her-totally understandable b/c she's a babe. He loves listening to her talk-I can fake it to …

Pukked Porl.

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That's pronounced "pucked" for clarification...and my fingers wanted to type "Pulled Pork" b/c that's what this is/was. But my mashed potato brains typed Pukked Porl..so there you go. Um...have you got a whole day?? B/c you need one. You guys know how I am about my bbq. VERY picky. So is Husband. He's pickier than I am, but in a different way. I'm picky about flavor, he's picky about texture and if there is any fat on the meat..he won't touch it. Therefore usually at a BBQ restaurant he'll get turkey. Boring. We both like pulled pork. But I think 'fat' comes in two disappointing ways 1)brisket, 2) pulled pork. This pork...was FAAAAAANTASTIC! It tasted smoked..although it wasn't...BUT...it did take ALL day. Pulled pork should FALL apart....you need to cook it all day for it to fall apart So around eh...10am I put it in the oven on 300...and it went until about 10 that night. You'll need- a big ol butt *snickers* B…