Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tasty Tuesday

A recipe from my mother-in-law

Mocha Ricotta Creme

Mocha Ricotta Crème (Phase 1)

Makes 1 serving


1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 package sugar substituteDash espresso powder (or instant decaf coffee)

5 mini chocolate chips


Mix the ricotta, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and sugar substitute in a dessert bowl. Serve chilled with a dusting of espresso powder and sprinkled with the mini chocolate chips.

Nutritional information

261 calories

14 g total fat (9 g sat)

42 mg cholesterol

17 g carbohydrate

15 g protein

0 g fiber

177 mg sodium

Friday, September 26, 2008

Movie Review-Nights in Rodanthe

It was a great movie minus the people that always tend to sit behind you and make remarks the whole movie...Hello you aren't a movie critic so zip it!

Anyways, all I have to say is bring tissues...you're gonna need them

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Girls Afternoon

I'm so excited for tomorrow afternoon. Me and the girls are going to the movie 'Nights in Rodanthe'. I've read the book by Nicholas Sparks which the movie is made about. It's a great book so I'm really looking forward to the movie. Plus I can't remember the last time I did something with just the girls...so excited!!

Plus the best part of going to the movies is the movie theater buttered popcorn. Yummy!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Free Ice Cream Tomorrow

World's Largest Ice Cream Social

Celebrate the 7th Annual World's Largest Ice Cream Social and Support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® with Cold Stone Creamery

Throughout the month of September, Cold Stone Creamery will be selling Make-A-Wish wall stars to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Be sure to visit your local Cold Stone Creamery to try two new flavors, Nutter Butter® and Marshmallow, and the very special “Make-A-Wish Creations” inspired by Jack and Emily, two Wish Children.

Jack's Creation - Marshmallow ice cream with OREO® Cookies, Chocolate Chips and Fudge

Emily's Creation - Nutter Butter® ice cream with White Chocolate Chips, Kit Kat® and Yellow Cake

To cap off this special month, don't miss the 7th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social at participating Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide, a special night to join together and share the simple pleasures of life with a FREE ice cream and family fun. On September 25th from 5:00 - 8:00PM, guests will be treated to a 3 oz. serving of Jack or Emily's Creation. All donations will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pro Pic Slideshow

I totally forgot our wedding package came with a slideshow until the photographer emailed it to me last night. Enjoy!!


Tasty Tuesday

Now that I've been doing these Tasty Tuesday recipes every week I've started having friends and family email me recipes. Today's recipe is from my cousin's fiancee, Deena.

Rigatoni with Pumpkin and Bacon


Serves 4

Coarse salt
8 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 sugar pumpkin (about 3 pounds), peeled and halved, seeds removed, and flesh cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Freshly ground pepper
1 pound rigatoni
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons hulled raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted, for garnish


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Put bacon into a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until bacon is almost crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels; let drain.

2. Add onion to skillet with bacon grease. Cook, stirring, until soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Add pumpkin, sage, 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the allspice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add stock and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to mediumlow, and simmer until pumpkin is soft and sauce has thickened slightly, about 25 minutes. Season with pepper.

3. Meanwhile, add pasta to boiling water, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and add to skillet. Add the bacon and Parmesan, and toss to combine. Divide among bowls. Serve with Parmesan on the side, and garnish with pepitas.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Our Weekend

Saturday it rained off and on all day long. We got some housework done and watched lots of TV. Talk about cabin fever. We were sooooooooooooo bored. Luckily on Sunday the rained cleared up and we headed to the beach. The ocean was really rough and there was tons of seaweed. I think Brian caught more seaweed than fish. Because of all the seaweed and rough seas, the ocean smelled so bad! When we got the the beach it was high tide and there was no beach. As soon as we got there Brian saw a shell that was quickly being taken out by the waves. He ran and grabbed it and it was the biggest, prettiest shell and it wasn't cracked or broken like many shells on the beach are.

After the beach we went home and caught up on football scores since we are both in football pools at our work. We then went grocery shopping and made tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. We were eating in the living room while watching football and I was holding my bowl of soup. I went to sit it back down on my plate and for some reason it slipped out of my hands and spilled. Luckily most of it spilled onto my plate and some on the rug and carpet. Gizmo quickly cleaned up the soup on the floor and the sandwich which I was dipping in the soup was now saturated with soup so I no longer needed to dip it :-) A quick fix to dipping!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

7 Things About Me

I saw this on another blog and thought it was a great idea. Here are 7 things about me that you may not have known.

1. I am adopted. I was adopted when I was only a few days old. How fortunate I am for that. I have the best parents in the world. I can't imagine my life any other way. My parents are so loving and so supportive. Where would I be without them-definitely not where I am today. My brother is also adopted.

2. I don't drink caffeine. I gave up caffeine a long time ago-high school days I think. I drink mainly water, sometimes milk and sometimes juice. Brian always says "How can you just drink water everyday-don't you want anything different" Nope-Love water!

3. I love cookie dough and rainbow sprinkles. Everytime I get ice cream it either has to have cookie dough and rainbow sprinkles on it or blended into it. I could eat cookie dough everyday. I remember as a child my mom would buy the big containers from Sam's of cookie dough and my brother and I would eat spoonfuls of it when our parents weren't home. My brother is a huge fan of cookie dough too.

4. I'm a dog person. I grew up with dogs and always loved their personality. Cats are okay but I don't think I'd ever own a cat.

5. I hate arriving late. I'm almost always arriving early. Nothing ruins my day more than having a plan for a long trip and getting a late start. You can be late all you want...I don't care...just don't make me late.

6. I love cooking. I cook dinner everynight of the week and Brian takes over cooking duties on the weekends. I rarely bake just because I try to stay away from sweets and Brian doesn't like sweets so if I did bake a cake I'd eat it all. Growing up my mom did lots of baking with my brother and I. We'd bake brownies, choc. chip cookies and my mom's infamous choc cake (her own recipe-cake and frosting made from scratch). Her cake is the most moist cake you'll ever taste!! She also makes the best monkey bread.

7. I grew up on a farm and lived there for seventeen years. We had cows, pigs, and I had a horse. I rode equestrian and did dressage, show jumping and cross country jumping. My horse's name was Moon Smoke and we called him "Smokey" The first time I ever rode him I fell off. He was a grey purebreed Arabian whose bloodlines traced back to the Arabian Desert. My brother and I also showed cows for 4-H. My favorite cow was "Babe." My grandparents raised chickens and had a dairy farm. Since my grandparents milked cows I grew up on cow's milk until my mom realized how much cream and fat was in it so she switched us to skim milk-that was a huge shock. I hated skim milk-after drinking cow's milk skim tasted like water.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tasty Tuesday

With fall fast approaching I keep thinking about recipes with pumpkin in them. I love pumpkin!! I found this recipe at allrecipes dot com.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons brown sugar

4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons chopped pecans

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour 18 muffin cups, or use paper liners.

2. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add egg, vanilla and brown sugar. Beat until smooth, then set aside.

3. For the streusel topping: In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.

4. For the muffin batter: In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and add eggs, pumpkin, olive oil and vanilla. Beat together until smooth.

5. Place pumpkin mixture in muffin cups about 1/2 full. Then add one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter. Try to keep cream cheese from touching the paper cup. Sprinkle on the streusel topping.

6. Bake at 375 degrees F (195 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Go Huskers!!

So my favorite college football team has won their first 3 football games. Even though their opponents so far haven't been big name teams I'm still excited. Go Huskers!! I miss being home for the games.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tasty Tuesday

Easy Greek Chicken

4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast halves
1 or 2 jars of Marinated Artichoke hearts
1 tub of Feta Cheese (with herbs okay)
4 cups fresh spinach leaves

1. Flatten chicken with tenderizing mallot.
2. Pour marinade juice from artichoke jar(s) into skillet.
3. Cook chicken in marinade until golden brown on medium.
4. Add artichoke hearts and feta cheese to skillet and cover until melted.
5. Add Spinach leaves and cover again until softened.
6. Salt and Pepper to taste.
7. Serve with whole grain rice.

I received this recipe from a fellow co-worker. I've made this a couple times and it turned out really good!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Quiet Weekend

We had a quiet and relaxing weekend. Saturday and Sunday we went to the beach. Brian caught alot of fish on Sunday. Saturday night we watched "The Departed" We had seen in it the movie theater and we bought the DVD a long time ago but I don't think we had watched the DVD since buying it. Brian of course watched the entire movie-I fell asleep during it :-)

Sunday we went grocery shopping. Brian came too which is a rarity because he hates shopping. I got out of carrying the groceries and unloading the car so I'm all for Brian coming to the store with me!! We grilled out on Saturday and Sunday night. Saturday we had grilled chicken breasts and last night Brian made lamb, shrimp and sausages on the grill. We also had some sushi rolls...yummy! We then watched Pearl Harbor...that's such a great movie...a definite tear jerker. And that was our exciting weekend.

Our good friends Kris and Ashley found out they are having a baby boy the end of January and are naming him Braxton Kristofor.

Our other good friends Jon and Jenn found out that they maybe having a girl. This is a bulletin that Jenn posted on her myspace: I went in for our 20 week ultrasound today and the tech and md said they "think" it may be a girl. They said not to paint the room or anything! Apparently, I have some cyst or something on my placenta that has to be checked in 6 weeks so they will let me know for sure then. I hate waiting. I was pretty confident I was having a boy, now I;m not confident at all.

Jenn and Ashley are due two days apart. Congrats to both of them!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


A weird coincidence I just figured out...Today is the 3rd of the month and Brian and I have been married for 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. Maybe 3 is our lucky number.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tasty Tuesday

I found this recipe on allrecipes dot com. We eat alot of chicken and I LOVE to use balsamic vinegar for cooking.

Braised Balsamic Chicken

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1. Season chicken breasts with ground black pepper and garlic salt. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet, and brown the onion and seasoned chicken breasts.

2. Pour tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken, and season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Brian's Home!

On Tuesday Brian went to Martha's Vineyard for six days to go fishing with his Dad and brother. He got home late last night. The first few days were nice to have to myself and get stuff done around the house but after the second day I was really missing him. He had a great time on his vacation but is thoroughly exhausted. Gizmo really missed Brian too. He didn't eat for the first two days Brian was gone and didn't drink any water the first day. Gizmo was so excited to see him when he got home last night that he pee'd on him (haha) and then pee'd on our carpet...ugh!

Anyways, here are a few photos he picture mailed me while he was there. He also brought me home a very cool Boston shirt.

Brian and Gizmo sleeping in this morning...how cute is Gizmo when he sleeps on his back...Awww....

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