|There is peppery goodness running all through that steak.|
September 11, 2013
September 10, 2013
Some things just go together: yin & yang, Batman & Robin, skull & bones, Hall & Oates and of course, meat & potatoes. Even though I’m limiting my carbs (okay, okay, TRYING to limit. Sheesh.), every once in a while, I just need a steak and an honest to goodness potato (the steak and marinade recipe are coming up tomorrow). And when I’m going all in with a potato, I’m going to go All. IN. ON. A. POTATO. And that means mixing the baked fluffy insides of potatoes with creamy good things and using shameless amounts of cheese to blanket it all. Oh yeah.
Now, let’s be honest here. You probably know how to make twice baked potatoes already so I’m not going to blow your mind here with this recipe. As a matter of fact, it’s not really a “real” recipe at all. It’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that and, um, a lot of cheese. But simple, basic recipes like this are really the cornerstone of my cooking and I think they are definitely blog-worthy. I can make all kinds of fancy things but at the end of the
meltdown day, it’s unfussy goodness like these that make
me (and my guests/family) the happiest.
Hopefully, you’ll find a little something in these twice baked potatoes
that you’ll think is worthy enough to add to your own beloved recipe. The measurements I’ve given are really just
guidelines. I plop, slug, dollop and sprinkle until it tastes just right.
September 9, 2013
|Before I attacked the box contents!|
Whew! What a busy month August has been! It was full of weddings, birthdays, out-of-town guests and a million other fun, but time consuming, good times. One of my fave things of the month was once again participating in the Cara Box Swap, hosted by Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals. Although previous swaps have all had a theme, for August, Kaitlyn had us just get to know one another and base the box on our partner. It was so fun! Building friendships with both my partners – Kristal, who I sent a box out to and Lori, over at Perfect Is Boring, who sent me my box – was an absolute highlight of the month! Lori and I both have a love for books and share a common teenage heroine – Nancy Drew! I’m a huge Nancy Drew fan and began collecting the series – especially any first editions I could find – back when I was a much younger girl. Needless to say, being Nancy Drew is an unfulfilled dream. Here’s how the awesome Lori was able to get me a little closer to that dream and then some:
|As you can see, Lori even went above and beyond by sending her notes on Nancy Drew stationary!|
Caramel Macchiato K Cups – I recently joined the rest of the known Universe and bought a Kuerig coffee maker. Lori, being the saint that she is, sent me these yummy k cups in my favorite flavor – caramel. It is the perfect way to start the day!
Live, Laugh, Love coffee cup – Do you have a favorite coffee/tea mug? I do and this is it. It’s the perfect size – it’s large enough to hold enough coffee to wake me up without it being so big that the coffee gets cold. I hate it when that happens. Plus, look how fun and cheery it is! I love it!
Café Escapes Café Caramel K Cups – I forgot to snap a pic of these. L Lori packed them in the cutest little burlap bag and sent them with the coffee cup. So tasty!!!
BBQ Lays Chips – If you are even an occasional reader of this blog, you’re pretty familiar with my love of BBQ chips and these classic babies are some of my favorites. I heart them.
Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz – This book comes highly recommended by Lori and I can’t wait to dive in to it! I peeked and started on the first chapter already – making myself finish my current book first!
The Lost Files of Nancy Drew – This book literally brought tears to my eyes. It was like I was 11 all over again as I poured pve this part pop-up, part interactive book – it is so amazing. There’s a ton of little goodies tucked inside and every page is a just a ton of wonderment and fun. If you have a Nancy Drew fan in your life, no matter what her age, this is the book to get her! My mom, also a ND fan and the one that got me started on her books in the first place, had a BALL thumbing through the pages too – I think she’s a little jealous she doesn't have one!
Snausages for Apollo! – Lori was so super sweet to remember my furry baby! He *loved* these and whined when they were all gone!
Labels: Cara Box Reveal
August 30, 2013
Yay! It’s Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day!!
For those of you that aren't familiar with the program, the Foodie Pen Pal program is run by the awesome Lindsay, over at The Lean Green Bean and is a fantastic pen pal program that connects bloggers from all over the country (and Canada!) with different swap partners in a once-a-month goodie box swap. She sends out the swap lists on the 5th of each month so hurry and scoot on over and get yourself signed up for September’s lists! It really is so much fun to get to know your partner and do the shopping (be creative!)! Of course, getting your own box of tasty treats is fantastic too! And don’t worry if you don’t have a blog, you don’t need one to sign up! If your partner has a blog you can always do a guest post on theirs for Reveal Day!
Okay, on to the goodie box!
This month I was paired with Kristy over at Baking, Photography and Sarcasm and she CLEARLY knew that I had been um, shall we say, fudging my diet lately (mmMMMm, fudge…) because she sent me a box of the tastiest healthy treats! Who knew eating right could be so yummy?!? Here’s the scoop:
Funley’s Super Crackers, Cornbread N’ Stuff – My fave from the box, for sure! These are packed with goodness (sweet potatoes!) and are super yummy. There’s 6 snack packs per box, again, awesome, because I will plow through an entire box of crackers, and I’m fairly certain they lose their healthfulness if you eat the entire thing. I keep them in my office so I have a healthy crunch to go with my daily Subway salad or sub!
Brother’s All Natural Strawberry and Banana Crisps – Omg, I loooove these! We used to get the Apple Crisps as a kid and these took me right back to my childhood. They were gone about 30 seconds after I opened the box!
Galil Roasted Chestnuts – I have never had a chestnut. Ever. But I’ve always wanted to try them so these are very exciting! I haven’t opened them yet – something about eating what I always think of as a Christmas food while it’s 104 out just doesn't seem right! But I’m gonna chow down on these the minute we get a cold snap. You know, like when it’s only 95 out.
Glutino Gluten-Free Lemon Wafers – I’m very blessed to not have to deal with issues regarding gluten, but it is something I try and be aware of, for sure. So to get a yummy dessert bar without having the gluten bloat? Sign me up! These were a huge hit!
Tiger Tiger Mango Chutney – I haven’t tried this yet – I’ve got a Jerk Shrimp recipe I’m working on that I think will be the perfect way to get my mango chutney ON!
Back To Nature Microwavable Mac & Cheese – This is also an office eat now, as I don’t have a microwave at home any longer. I think this will be part of next week’s lunch!
This was an AWESOME box, thank you Kristy!!!!!
Labels: Foodie Pen Pals
August 19, 2013
I know, I know. It’s been awhile (well, except for the FPP Reveal Posts) and I promise, it’s not you, it’s me and I’m sorry for neglecting you. There has a been a ton of change happening in my world – all good, but all time consuming and my cooking – and blogging – has suffered, unfortunately. But, things have slowed down and the cooking has started again and the blogging will follow soon, I promise!
Now, on to the good stuff! I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggers, both here in the States and across the pond, to give you the chance win a $200 Amazon gift card – how great is that?? You get a TON of easy ways to enter so check out the Rafflecopter below and hurry and get your entries in – the contest closes at the end of week!