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German Chocolate Baklava

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Here is the thing about Baklava. I was terrified of it. I'd heard horror stories of just 'how hard' and 'so many steps'. But then I ended up with some Phyllo dough and I wanted to take on the dragon...and I did.

Oh, I did big time.

The batch you see pictured? Yeah, it's the second batch. The revamp. The studly younger son of Big Daddy Baklava.
It's Keifer to Donald, Scott to James, Alexander to Stellan...you get what I'm saying? I mean if there were ANY way to improve upon the original. You get me?

See I made a tray of regular..and it was gone...as in...I cut it and it was out the door. But I had left over syrup and some more phyllo..so what was a girl to do? Well, I had a little on some ice cream. And I had a little in my coffee..don't judge. And then I knew I just had to make more.

Now I will tell you, there are a few steps.
There is some wait time.
But you will be rewarded.
We're going to pretend with the recipe that I did a whole batch o…

Quinoa Turkey Alfredo Bake

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I like quinoa, don't get me wrong, but alot of times I don't exactly know WHAT to do with it. We aren't really a side dish family, so I try to incorporate it when I can. And this dinner was very tasty, and in true Suzy fashion utilized things I happened to have on hand. I'd like to call it healthy since it's got both quinoa AND broccoli in it, but the alfredo sauce and cream cheese might beg to differ, either way...the kids were impressed and ate like little pigs. Neither commenting on the healthy stuff they were eating, just going to town on the cheesy goodness.

1 cup of quinoa-cooked..I'm guessing it turned out to be about 2 cups cooked.
1 lb of ground turkey, browned
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 bunch of broccoli, blanched
1 jar of alfredo sauce
1 block of cream cheese
mozzerella cheese to top, however much you want
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook your quinoa and put it aside. I cooked mine in a microwave rice cooker. It's the same ratio as rice 2 cup wat…

10 Day You Challenge-10 secrets.

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I saw this, and thought..."why not?" Part of my 30s Resolution is to get back out there, and how else would I if I don't share a bit?
I'll start today, although I think others started a few days ago-
So, 10 secrets...hrmm....

1. I have an allergy to alcohol. It's both a good and a bad thing. It's a good thing b/c it keeps me from drinking (and there are days I could seriously become an alcoholic). But it's an annoying thing because in some social situations I feel like I'm just boring.

2. I have a terrible, emotional connection to stuffed animals. I blame it on watching The Velveteen Rabbit too much when I was little. Even now, I know that I have an old stuffed horse in a trash can down stairs, and I'm tempted to go get him out, sew him up, and toss him in the wash, because I can't bear to think of him being tossed away into the trash...not given another chance. Ugh.

3. I suck at dieting. Ok, you might have figured that out…

Turning 30 happens

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It is a number that I'm claiming as a New Year's Resolution. It's a new 'year' of life for me after all.
And I did spend so much of 29 anxious, sad, and just not 'ok'. It's not that 29 was a BAD year, it just wasn't great for me. 
I still struggle daily with not having a 'leave the house and go to work-job' and yet feel as though I am failing miserably at times at my job of being a Stay at Home Mom. The laundry, the dishes, the daily up keep of daily life, fell by the wayside while I would just sit and do nothing.
The other job of property manager takes it's daily toll as tenants continually lie to me, screw me out of money, and mess up my properties...it grates on my already frazzled nerves.
I spent a good amount agonizing more and more over how I was so miserable with my body and my looks, and yet I did nothing about it. One thing I did try to do was not complain so loudly about it, as to not damage my own little girl with the hurtf…

Banana Bread Crepe Cake

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It was my birthday, so I made myself a cake...my 4 year old Little Miss put on the candles. I picked an intentionally 'difficult' (at least in my mind) cake..to say Goodbye to what I thought was a difficult year. Oh, and I looked online, and a bakery that sells a cake similar charges like $75 plus shipping, so I decided to go easy on the Husband and just make it myself.
 I usually stand by the "things taste better when someone else cooks them" phrase. But not in this case. In this case, no one could have done my cake better. Call it boasting, call it pride, heck, you might make the cake yourself and not even like it. But it was exactly what I needed. It was a stress relief and an act of Love for one person....me. A completely selfish endeavor for my birthday and I deserved it....and I enjoyed every caramel dripping, sweet bite of it!
The crepe part:
Banana crepes (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

4 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 cup whole milk
1-1 1/2 banana*