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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…

Cherry Gratin..and a winner!

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Little Miss helps me with my super-scientific way of getting a winner (ie post-its in a jar!-and yes..you CAN be jealous of my really good 1 gallon Ball jar my Dad gave me..go ahead!) Ta-daaahhhh! Kara! You won!!! Email me your mailing address and I'll get the prize pack out to you!! I can't wait to see what cool popsicles you come up with!! So here's the story (of a lovely lady..wait...nope..wrong song!) of another one of my mis-adventures in cleaning out the fridge OR cooking with what you've got. Honestly..I think cooking with what you've got is a VERY important thing to do. Sure saves money, and cuts down on stuff that ends up in the trash can. Little Miss is a fruit fly...she LOVES fruit..therefore my Dad is always buying her fruit. Last time around it was blueberries and cherries (Rainier and Bing). The blueberries were getting shrively and the cherries needed some help too. So...I pitted, and then I thought about it. I could just eat these cherries. But …

Insight, Goals, and Help (hopefully!)

I awesome trend I am seeing are the 'healthy' blogs...I'd introduced you to a couple before that I love. I'm addicted to them..they are full of women who are exactly what I want to be! Healthy, smart, etc! I love Kara-her blog is a DAILY stop for me and she's doing 30 days of Insight, and I've decided to jump on the bandwagon as well. Because bandwagons are fun. And I have a little catching up to do: Day 1-Guilty pleasure *sigh* Food. Especially fast food and junk food. Seriously..I'm an emotional eater and whenever the stress hits me the FIRST place I think of and want to go is McDonald's. And no, not for a small fry, or a hamburger-plain. I'm a 'if you are gonna go..go all out' and I get the DOUBLE Quarter Pounder, LARGE with a coke. B/c I can't go to McDonald's and NOT get a Coke, even though I don't habitually drink soda. I'm also a HUGE fan of potato chips and doughnuts. Yes, sometimes together. See, I'm a sick sick…

All about the sauce

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Alfredo sauce isn't always forgiving. I think that unlike it's counterpart-Marinara you can really ruin a meal if you don't get it right. You see..Marinara..or in our house "Spaghetti sauce" is really easy. Because it comes in a can and it's good. Even throwing it together on your own is fairly easy. It's ok if it's sweeter, or if it's spicier. You don't care so much if it's on the thin side, or on the thick side. But Alfredo...it needs to be the right consistency...one of my food peeves...THICK GLOOPY Alfredo. *shudders* and on the other end of that spectrum THIN WATERY Alfredo. Really...if you are gonna serve me those...just give me a breadstick and I'll be gone, thankssomuch.. I'm guilty of making BOTH the TG version and the TW version of what is one of my favorite sauces. Is it healthy...no. But at an Italian restaurant I'll take white over red any day..I'm the same on wine just so ya know. I'm also guilty of makin…

Giveaway!

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It's been a little too long since I did a giveaway hasn't it? And it's about time! This summer I have been the VERY LUCKY recipient of a few giveaways! I won over at Moogie and Pap over the 4th of July! Two new cookbooks..and it's all cookies and Magnolia bakery Babies!! And an adorable apron that has a chalkboard on it...yes ON it! It's so much fun! Then I snagged some awesome mini cupcake liners from Ivy, they are SO cute! I was feeling generous..but couldn't really think of anything I had around here that anyone else would like when I got an email from MyBlogSpark with this giveaway opportunity that I knew you all would LOVE!! All of the stuff above in the picture I received (and you can to!) courtesy of MyBlogSpark and Yoplait! My issues with yogurt aren't a new blog topic...you guys know I have an issue with texture...you guys also know that Yoplait is my favorite brand! I just recently tried the Whips...what can I tell ya..I was nervous! It's lik…

It's beef, baby!

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What do you call it? Italian beef? Drip beef? Heaven on a bun? It's good...I know that much! We're not italian...my husband has a cousin that thinks she is-and honestly since she married a full blooded italian, she's closer than the rest of us. Most of the time I rely on my favorite restaurants (both authentic and commercialized) for my fix...but on occassion I try my hands on 'classics'. Italian beef....juicy, flavorful, just a smidge spicy....yes, yes, please. I try to save money by cooking at home more...and this recipe mushed together from co-workers really works...REALLY works..yes..it needs to be said twice. Italian style drip beef 2-3lb chuck roast OR sirloin roast 1 pkg onion soup mix 1 pkg Au Jus mix 2T italian seasoning 2 beef bouillion cubes 2 cups water 1/2 stick butter 1/2 onion, chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 jar of sliced pepperocini peppers and the juice I mix everything (cept the roast) in a bowl then pour it over and put it in low a…

Egg Salad, 66, and resisting temptation

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My breakfast today was a cup of coffee...this was 'brunch'-I have a terrible habit when I'm off from work NOT eating breakfast. Which is terrible...my Dad chastizes me about it b/c what? OH it's the 'most important meal of the day'. But then my brain kicks in with 'you aren't supposed to eat if you aren't hungry'. See...alot of things work AGAINST one another don't they? So..my first cup of coffee gets guzzled.. (damn you Keurig for making it SOOOOO easy). My second cup gets sipped along with my 'brunch'..which I usually eat around 10 or so. After I posted last week about my 'birthday goal' I made these. I went to a bunch of different websites for quotes and thought if I had a little tear off, quote a day thing, I'd get into it more. I haven't...but it was a good idea right? This morning I woke up more resolved. Fueled by pictures that were taken of me over the weekend (barf.) I knew I had to change. I know NOW I HAV…