Monday, December 31, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Kitty: His name is Pele, like after the soccer player. He is almost 5 months old. He has a brother who is super camera shy and I couldn't get a photo ): He loves outside..
Dying roses, but I love them.
I got this fantastic tablet, that I really recommend that photo lovers and editors should totally get. I'm actually starting to do some teaching tutorials or doing how to's on the blogs, what do you think?
Having a good Sunday? What do you have going on next week?
Thursday, December 13, 2012
we went to a perfume factory called Fragonard, and it was amazing. They're perfumes are very strong, have interesting names and are just wonderful. I bought one of every kind..
The wine over there, as you may guess, is as good as you thought. I got wine drunk more than once at lunch time. It'd be really bad because the places we would go would have white and red wine out and I would always have a glass of each, at least. White, I would say is my favorite.
Dessert was a necessity, all the time. Always is, always will be
Espresso. Always. I had to put a bit of sugar in it because it is a wee bit strong for me, but it definitely woke me from my wine drunk lunch slumber.
Italy. is. gorgeous.
Again, I repeat myself.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Such hard decisions. Hope everyone's night is good!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Anyways, it was super easier. I found a recipe online and I modified it a bit.
2 Cups mayo
6 1/2 fluid ounces of water
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 dash hot pepper sauce (the one in the picture isnt what I used, I changed my mind after I took it)
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
3/4 teapsoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of salt
Then, just put it all together in a bowl and whisk it (or a food processesor) until its really really mixed. Then, season to taste. Some people like it different ways.
With this white sauce I made Teryaki Beef and Zucchini.
The beef was seriously just cooked with oil and a bunch of teryaki sauce, I also added cilantro because I like it.
The zucchini was cooked in oil and garlic and it was delish. I definitely reccomend the zucchini, but don't let it cook too long so it wont be mushy. Mushy zucchini isn't good zucchini. (:
This weekend, my sister, my mom and I all ran a race. We, also all placed. I used to run races all the time and this was my first one in about a year. Honestly, I felt miserable. Haha, but I'll get better. I just want to be skinny again!
We also went to Universal! I drank too much Butter Bear, and I got too sick. But it was a fun time.
Cooking is just one of those things that I love and that I will post a lot about food. Love love love it
Have a fantastic week this week!
Monday, December 10, 2012
They made a White Chocolate and Nutella Truffles , which is where I took the recipe from, but, obviously, I have changed it.'
The only reason I tried making these is because my guy, LOVES them. He absolutely loves truffles. Also, my father loves them as well. And since, these were a success, I'm going to make them for Christmas!
7 ounces dark chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup Nutella
2 cups milk chocolate chips (you can use whatever chocolate you would prefer)
1 tablespoon oil (I used vegetable)
sprinkles (optional, used for garnish)
1.I don't own a double boiler so I used a glass bowl set over simmering water to melt together the first four ingredients (dark chocolate, butter, whipping cream and Nutella). Remove from heat and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, if you want to do it a . If you leave the mixture in the refrigerator for longer than 2 hours, it will likely become too firm to work with. So just allow it to soften at room temperature until it is easy to work with.
2. I powder my hands with cocoa, so the mixture is easier to work with and doesn't stick to everything. (You can use a spoon for this as well) I form the mixture into balls (and yes, even with cocoa powder it causes quite a mess). Once you have all the truffles formed, place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
3.In the mean time, get a microwave safe bowl and melt the oil and milk chocolate. I did it on high and every thirty seconds I stirred (it doesnt take too long to melt the chocolate, depending on how much you have). Once, it is melted, dip each truffle into the chocolate and place on a sheet of wax paper (or aluminum foil sprayed with pam). As you are working, put the sprinkles on, and if you prefer drizzle some extra chocolate on top for fun.
It's fun and easy and messy and one of my favorite things to make. Especially since my guy loved them! I love finding new treats to make, how about you?
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I love this dish, but i can't eat very much of it. Actually, my brother in law came up with the idea to eat it with tortilla chips, which Im going to try tomorrow with the leftovers.
1. Cooking spray
2. One pund large shrimp, peeled and deveined. (Not pictured)
3. 1 T. Olive Oil (not pictured)
4. 2 garlic cloves minced
5. 1 cup uncooked Arborio or other medium grained rice (not pictured)
6. 3/4 cup dry white wine (i used white cooking wine)
7. 4 cups chicken broth
8. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
9. 10oz of spinach
10. 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until done. Remove shrimp from pan and keep it warm!
2. Heat oil in pan. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add rice, cook for 1 min, stirring constantly. Stir in the wine, cook until liquid is almost completely absorbed, stir constantly.
3. 1/2 cup at a time, add broth...only when its almost completely absorbed (about 25 min). With the last 1/2 cup of broth add cilantro, spinach, cheese, and shrimp, stirring to combine.
It was really good. It was my brother in laws first time to eat it and he actually liked it. Also, i ran again today. And it was my friday at work, so now i have a three day weekend, which means working on my house and cooking more food. Ill be doing a home tour soon (: have a great weekend!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I get so ridiculously hungry at night. So, ive filled my fridge with healthy stuff. Of course there is some healthy stuff for the guys because they're guys and thats that. Anyways, i try. Ive been changing my lifestyle to be healthy. And Ive ended up getting an obsession with cheese, which is what I have been replacing junk food with. I just try different cheeses, i love cheese. The picture is of smoked goudam chesse. So stinking yum. I ad meat with it to balance myself, obviously. And, i run. Often. Actually im doing a 5k this weekend. Hope your having a fantastic day!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
So, let me do a little bit of explaining of what I'm all about. Don't worry, I won't bore you to death. I'll be brief. We just bought our first home together, so there is a lot of projects and DIY and trials that will be going on, and I will share some, of course. As well as a lot of cooking and photographing and memories that will be made, which I will share as well. Don't worry, this wont be too personal and I wont pour my heart out too you, but I will definitely share some things with you. I'm feeling I'm starting to ramble.