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MondayMeals- Shepard’s Pie

So good!

Monday Meals!  Monday Meals!

So last week I finally got to try the recipe I’ve been wanting to do for a while- Shepard’s Pie. 

I was excited to try this one, not only because it is so yummy, but because I would also get to kill 2 birds with one stone.  1. I’ve never made Shepard’s pie before, and 2. I’ve never made mashed potatoes before!  For those of you who may not know (for whatever reason), Shepard’s pie is a 3 layer masterpiece- bottom layer of beef, then veggies, then mashed potatoes.  Mmmmm!

This week, I don’t think I’ll go through the whole recipe- you can look at it yourself if you click here!  BUT I will say this- here are a couple of things to be aware of when making this meal.

1.  I didn’t make enough mashed potatoes.  I mean I could have just used the first round, and it would have looked budget, but still tasted good.  I just didn’t want my first Shepard’s pie to go out like that though.  So after I had piled all the beef, then corn, then the potatoes I had into the dish, I left it to sit for like 30 minutes while I again, boiled water, then cooked the potatoes, then mashed them.  Ugh.  Was it worth it?  YES!  the 2nd round of potatoes were much mashier, and creamier, and better all together. (the first round were more clumpy than anything, but blended in none the less.)

2.  The recipe lied about the number of potatoes needed to make this pie. (See number 1.)

3.  Guinness tastes sooooooooooooooooooo much better when it is cooked with, rather than drinking it straight!  Ahhhhhhhhhh!  I know!  I’m Irish, but I just don’t like to drink the stuff.  Truth be told, when I visited the Guinness brewery, I wasted my whole glass of Guinness.  Didn’t really drink more than one sip!  Anywho, back to the pie- you’re probably thinking, Erin- Guinness isn’t even on the list of ingredients!  No, it’s not you’re right!  BUT I always read the suggestions or comments to the recipes, and in this case someone suggested using Guinness while cooking the beef to thicken it up.  Well, it didn’t really thicken anything up in my case (I also might not have done it correctly though), but boy did it ever smell and taste delicious!  Try it for real! Oh, I also added mushrooms and onions to the beef (not the carrots and peas).  Also, my pie was built like so (in case you didn’t figure it out already!) : bottom layer was beef, then corn, then mashed potatoes! (Just like Dad used to make!)

4.  It’s really hard to mess this up! 🙂

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Alright.  That’s it for tonight.  And yes, I do know it isn’t Monday any longer, but I started writing this last night in hopes of making it before midnight and didn’t get it done!  Deal with it!

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Wedding Wednesday- DIY Picture Frame Seating “Chart”

All of these photos are courtesy of Jayme Van Geest.

Hey y’all!

So, I realized that there were still a bunch of DIY projects that I didn’t blog about from the wedding!  Yay!  Soooooooo, this week I will be blogging about our guest seating “chart”.  Chart is in quotations because we didn’t really have a chart.  I knew I wanted something a little different (shocking!), so I really started going crazy googling ideas. 

I ended up at a Flea Market in search of window panes for Sandra’s wedding,  so I took that time to search around for stuff that I could use.  No such luck (though Sandra found her panes!).  That’s when Sandra gave me the idea for frames.  I was already using frames for menus (I had originally wanted chalk boards, but those were too expensive), so why not continue that frame theme for the seating chart?  Great idea.  I ran with it, and made it my own.

Here’s what I did- I got tons of  different colour, and different sized picture frames.  Some I had to purchase, some I took from our house.  (We have a large mismatched picture wall in our living room!)  I tried to stay in the purpley, greeny,  and neutral families.  If you take some time you can find cheap frames everywhere!  Bouclair, Ikea, the dollar store, Homesense….EVERYWHERE!

Anywho, so I have all these frames.

Next, I started typing out the list of guest tables.  I started using all one font, and all one colour, but that was too boring for me.  Soooooooooo I changed everything up!  I changed the font- every frame had a different font, and changed up the font colour- most frames had a different font colour too. 

If I do say so myself, they looked wicked. 

All sorts of frames and fonts.

 

And they weren’t just lined up all neat, and prim and proper.  Why would they be?!  Since they were all different sizes, some were standing up, some were laying down.  Some were in front, some were in back.  I was really impressed with how they turned out.  Sooooo easy, and pretty cheap.  You really just need some good quality paper, and frames.  Oh, a printer might be helpful! 🙂

Voila!  An awesomely unique seating “chart”.

Click here to see more of Jayme’s photos.

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Dinner of Champions

Alright! E-Bai is back in the blog saddle! How was your day? Mine was AWFUL! 8am – 8pm today! Now I know what you’re thinking, “But Bai, you worked a twelve hour day, how did you have time to make dinner?” Well my friends, I’m going to share with you a FANTASTIC dinner, that is not only delicious, but incredibly easy to make!

What you need:

  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Bowl
  • Beer
  • Bottle opener
  • Glass Baby Boot – Chilled (May also be substituted with a mug, stein, or brown paper bag)

Your tool of destruction:

  • Spoon

The Dinner of Champions

Now that you have everything you need, we may begin. You’ll start off by opening the box of cereal (if you haven’t already). As you can see, for your viewing entertainment, I have a brand new box of Cookie Crisp. Does anyone know when the Cookie Cop and Criminal disappeared?! Who’s that Cookie Coyote? Anyways, after opening the box, you’re going to want to pour the desired amount of cereal into the bowl. I’m a fan of the 3/4th bowl of cereal.

Next, and this part is key … the milk:cereal ratio.

For those of you wanting an even milk:cereal ratio, you’re going to want to fill the bowl about halfway with milk as shown:

The Half-Half

However, if you’re a milk lover like yours truly, you’re going to go all in. “But Bai, that’s SO much milk, when do I stop?!” I’m glad you asked! The key to the milk lovers bowl of cereal lies in the pouring of milk until the first piece (in this case – cookie) falls out of the bowl. Now in case you couldn’t see it in the photo, I’ve carefully pointed it out for you …

 

The Milk Lover's Bowl

Notice the cookie …

Next comes the beer. Now, depending on your tastes, the beer may be poured into the boot prior to the pouring of the cereal and milk. Some people don’t want the cereal to soak too long. Hey man, it’s your world, and you can have as soggy or as crunchy cereal as you’d like. Anywho, I couldn’t pour the beer, hold the boot and take a pic at the same time, so make sure your boot’s angle is proper before making the poor from the bottle (or tap) so you don’t get too much head.

 

It’s almost time! Now before you dig in, you need to remember that it’s been a long day, and a person needs to be comfortable when partaking in the Dinner of Champions. This “eat at the kitchen table” stuff just won’t do. Park that fine fanny of yours down in your favourite sittin’ chair, or if you’re like me, you prefer the nook of the couch, where the only table I know, is the arm. Coaster up though, you don’t want a mark on that nice end table of yours!

 

Dinner is served!

Yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Right on! Give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve just made the Dinner of Champions! Am I right?! Of course I am! What did I tell you? Simple!

 

Hell Yeah! The Dinner of Champions!

Here’s a note for all you milk lovers out there … there will be a moment in your dinner enjoyment when all you are left with, is your beer and milk. Now, this is known as The Crossroads. You’ve got two choices:

  1. Add more cereal
  2. Drink all the milk

The best part is … you win no matter what you choose! 😀

The Crossroads

Whoa whoa WHOA Bai … I’m concerned … is this nutritious?

AB-SO-LUTELY! Look, don’t be a Nancy Boy (or girl). Let me read the box for you … “WholeGrain & Calcium … Guaranteed” Do you think they would make that claim if it weren’t true? Don’t forget, there are nutritious hops in your beer too. Still not convinced? I’ll even read some highlights from the side of the box … “Nutrition FACTS” (emphasis added), “Vitamin“, “Iron“, “Zinc” (ZINC! Where would we be without zinc?!), “CONTAINS WHEAT AND SOY INGREDIENTS” – That shit is in caps yo! That’s serious business! I’m convinced.

What if my kids don’t like Beer X and Cereal Y?

Look, I’m mentally not much older than your kids, but seriously, variety is the spice of life. Give them options. Tonight was a Cookie Crisp/Sierra Nevada night for me. Maybe tomorrow is a Special K/Guinness evening. Who knows?! All I know is that kids love choices, so buy them the cereal and beer they like. Oh and don’t forget to watch your favourite show!

Why limit yourself?!

Thundercats HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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relish today, ketchup tomorrow…

mmmmm hot dogs!

… get it? ketchup tomorrow- haha

what does this have to do with today’s blogging post you ask?  well my friends a lot.

1. this week’s meal is hotdogs.  already know how to cook hotdogs?  yea me too, but here’s the thing i had never done which did make it a valid weekly meal- i had never ever used a barbecue before.  seriously.  my dad thoroughly enjoyed bbqing while growing up, so did my mom, brother, and now matt.  i’ve never really had a reason to learn how when there were so many other people around who wanted to do it.  so when we decided last sunday that we would bbq some hotdogs on what could be the last good weather barbecuing day of the year, i wanted to do it.

2. for those of you who have had the fortunate experience of growing up with me, you should know that i really really really like relish.  so much that last year while at costco, i purchased a GINORMOUS container of relish.  you know what i mean the kind that really only a restaurant or hotdog vendor would need.  not really sure what came over me, but the running joke over the last year was that we should give out relish as our favours at the wedding.  haha.  hilarious.  fyi- we are half way through the container.  so there.  i’m predicting a full finish next summer.

3. i just thought the comment was funny.  and guess where i came up with it?  i actually googled “sayings about hotdogs” in hopes to find a catchy title for this post.  did you know there is actually a company that specializes in hotdog paraphernalia.  you could purchase a mouse pad, t-shirt, pin, shoes, mug or apron if your heart so desires.

alright, back to the experience.  first, i almost set matt’s eye brows on fire- i didn’t realize that you really needed to be quick lighting the barbecue, once you’ve turned on the gas switch.  from there it was pretty uneventful.  the hotdogs weren’t frozen, so they were ready in no time.  i did end up using silver salad tongs because we couldn’t find our normal bbq tongs, and they ended up kind of ripping the hotdogs a bit.  other than that it was fine 🙂  yay hot dogs!  yay bbqs!

ohhhh, don't these look delicious?! perhaps i'll try making these!

Since it was such an “easy” “meal” i’ll see if i can make/post something else little this week to add to it like a dessert i’ve never done….

mmmm dessert.  ohhhhhhhhhh how about a pumpkin dessert of some kind in honour of halloween?!?!  yeaaaaa!

tune in tomorrow- same bat time, same bat channel.

yours truly,

epf. 😛

PS our camera died this weekend, and i can’t find our usb cord…so none of our own pictures for now 😦

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ok blue jays let’s play ball!

circa nineteen ninety-something!

the summer is winding down (sadly!), and i’m getting busier and busier trying to jam in friend time, and wedding time.  monday meals is again going to have to wait until tomorrow, as i’m off to see the jays cream the yankees tonight! (that’s right heather, you heard me!) 

haven’t 100% decided what to make yet, but it might be something easier than the last 2 weeks….and with less mess- which i know matt will appreciate.

see y’all tomorrow.

flattery out.

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