Thursday, February 26, 2009
Last night I dreamt that I was at a grocery store with Kate Gosling (from Jon & Kate Plus 8) and her children. Except some of them were teenage boys. Weird. I know. We were getting into their van but it wouldn't start. So I volunteered to rent a van for them and I would take them home. So I went into the grocery store (apparently it was one you could rent vans at) but had to take a quick trip to the bathroom. Well I got locked in (or something like that... this is where things start to get a little fuzzy) and wasn't able to help them.
I think I woke up around this time as that is all I remember.
Any insights as to what this means? Please share.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
German Apple Pancakes from Martha Stewart
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for tin)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter-melted
5 Tablespoons granulated sugar (plus more for tin)
2 Granny Smith apples (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 450◦.
Butter inside each muffin cup of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin; coat with granulated sugar.
Peel, core, and slice apples into 12 wedges, then cut wedges into 3 pieces.
In a medium bowl, toss apples with brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apples and saute, turning occasionally, until caramelized (10 - 12 minutes). Remove pan from stove; let cool 5 minutes. Divide caramelized apples among prepared muffin cups. Set aside.
Pour batter over apples.
Bake until pancakes puff up, about 15 minutes.
Dust with confectioners' sugar; serve immediately.
Caramel spread*?!?! It says it is great on toast & hot rolls. Pancakes were not mentioned but I gave it a try.
Oh my. They are tasty. I highly recommend this recipe. They aren't too healthy though. You could maybe do whole wheat flour and less sugar. 5 Tablespoons seemed like a LOT of sugar. So I only put in 4. Try them. Today. mmmmm.
The other day I was in the grocery store with no real purpose (I had some time to kill during my lunch break). As I roamed the aisles I found some fun products that I had never seen before. One of which was-
All I can say is Be still my soul. I don't think I will put syrup on my pancakes again. So yummy. I don't know how different it is from the caramel you put on ice cream or dip apples in. But it is gooey. And delicious. And can be drizzled on the German Apple Pancakes. Hello!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Especially when I need alot of help with succeeding in my social life!
As I perused the pages, I found some gems. As true today as they were in 1954 (or at least they should be).
What to do in public; on a bus.
"A girl boards the bus before her date does, but the boy gets off ahead of her. This is so he can help her alight- and also catch her pocketbook, scarf, or gloves, should they fall.
Have your fare ready when you get on. Naturally, a boy pays both his own fare and his date's but a girl who accidentally meets a boy she knows at the bus stop should not expect him to pay her fare. If he insists, though, she should let him pay. Such a small amount isn't worth a traffic-blocking argument. The girl stands aside while the boy takes care of money matters and waits for him. If the bus is very crowded, though, it's better for her to move back and let him join her later.
As a "healthy young thing" in a crowded bus, you should be glad to offer your seat to an older person who is standing- especially to a woman accompanied by a small child. And, sweet Sue, if a husky Hank beside you stays right where he is, that's all the more reason for you to offer your seat to an elderly person. Hank deserves to be embarrassed when you do!"
Well, I know what I will be doing this weekend. Waiting to "accidentally" meet my husky Hank at the bus stop.
Happy bus riding!
After finding out you can make hash browns in a waffle maker, I HAD to try it.
Hash browns have always been a struggle for me. I am too impatient and stir them too much, which makes them gluey.
So the waffle maker is perfect.
You put them in.
And let them cook- both sides at the same time.
It does take awhile so you do need to be patient- but there is no stirring involved!
I was tempted to try to cook an egg in there, too... but didn't.
One day I might have to though.
p.s. Don't forget tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday!! So put away your waffle makers until Wednesday... and make some yummy pancakes.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
So as promised- I made a lip cake. Mmmm. Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. With a few cupcakes on the side in case the cake doesn't feed all of the 26 people in our family. I was so excited to use these cute heart sprinkles. I almost forgot that I had them. I found them at my local Grocery store in Virginia- Harris Teeter. I had shopped there for 3 years before I discovered them. They were on a stand in the bakery section where they sold giant chocolate cookies, tubs of icing and sprinkles (for you to decorate yourself at home). They had other cute selections too. And reasonably priced. (it's a big tub) Much better than what you get at some craft stores. So check out your local grocery store and see what they have to offer. And let me know so I can buy some too!!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
1) Shelley needs some help.
2) Shelley needs help. (I am seeing a theme here...)
3) Shelley needs to go.
4) Shelley needs a mega. (??)
5) Shelley needs cocoa and cookies. And Prozac.
6) Shelley needs parts to put used bikes back on the road to usefulness.
7) Shelley needs your vote.
8) Shelley needs a new roommate. (hmmm... interesting)
9) Shelley needs to be house trained.
10) Shelley needs to pull out all her playmate tricks and give them a crash course in the ways of makeup and men.
Oh my, that was funny. Give it a try. And let me know when you do, so I can read it and laugh!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
While googling "waffle irons" I found something about making hashbrowns in a waffle iron. Genius. I am going to try it.
What have YOU made in a waffle iron?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I have seen this on a couple of blogs... and have been quite disappointed with the response. So come on people. Step it up. Be a man. Take some pepto bismal and leave a comment. (name that movie... changed for my usage, of course)
This is how we roll: The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a handmade gift from me during this year—when and what will be a surprise.
There’s a small catch. But a good, loving, caring, sharing catch...
Post this on your blog and then come back and leave a comment telling me you’re in. Fun, huh? Remember, only the first 3 comments receive the gift.
It might be a big bowl of popcorn. Because that is what I am going to go make me right now. Mmmmm. But likely not. Unless you really want popcorn... then we will work out a deal.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Happy Valentine's Day.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Makes 12 cookies (I only got 9??)
Delicious AND Nutritious AND so easy. Well I don't know how nutritous. But they have cereal in them, so they have to be healthy. Right?