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‘Twas a Year of Firsts….

So, I started this blog just over a year ago, and my goal was to blog about making things, or doing things I’ve never done before.  I think I’ve been somewhat successful non?

Let’s look back and see shall we?

  • I created this blog. (Sweet!)
  • All our wedding stuff was DIY’ed and boy am I glad that is over!  (Though secretly I loved it!) 😛
  • I played on a dodgeball team! (AND am going to play again!!)
  • Tried Sushi for the first time. (Sooooooooooo good!)
  • Traveled to New Orleans and San Francisco.
  • Tried a Chip Buddy.  (If you’ve never had it, look it up.  It’s quite tasty, and yet so simple!)
  • Completed my first AQ for teaching.
  • Created a heck of a lot of Monday Meals! (All were recipes I’ve never tried before!)
  • Held an ugly sweater party! (Which I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do!) (Which got real hot real quick)
  • Walked in a 10 mile “race“.  (Race is in quotations simply because it’s clear myself, Kathy, and Eileen were not racing.)
  • Created my first hair piece for someone! (And I don’t even have pictures…)
  • Ate a bug.  Gross.  Does not taste like nothing.  Tastes like gross.
  • Drank beer out of a glass boot.
  • Got married.  (Definitely something I’ve never done before! :P)
  • Took a Bollywood class (then taught the dance to about a hundred kids!)
  • Took a Belly dance class.
  • Chose the colours for, and painted a whole room by myself.  Nope, never done this before.  Might not be 100% finished yet, but still painted none the less!
  • Went to an NKOTB concert! Woot woot! (not to mention BSB too!)

Ummmmm….I feel like I’ve done more, or made more.  It’s actually quite hard to sum up your accomplishments/actions from a whole year.

Oh yes one more for sure…

If you’ve never been, then what are you waiting for?!?

It’s super big, full of super fun rides, super awesome fair food to eat, super neat booths to see,  it’s just super period.  And I get to blog about it!

Needless to say I’m really excited- when I started this blog it was really just to share the fun and crazy things I get up to, or talk about getting up to.  But the more I do it, the more I realize I quite enjoy writing and really enjoy reading people’s reactions to them.  I love seeing that I have an email to tell me that someone has commented -It kind of makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Wow that got kinda emosh.

Anywho, I’m super excited about the contest win, and VERY flattered to be chosen!

Here’s to another year of silly projects, new experiences, and hopefully entertained readers! 🙂

PS

For your viewing pleasure, here are some pics from the last year that you might enjoy!

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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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Tuesday Meals…Mardi Gras Edition!

Mardi Gras Parade!

So as you all know (if you’ve been reading the blog!) I visited New Orleans just about a month ago.  Well, today is Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Pancake Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday.  In honour of today, I decided to go all out and make pancakes! 

Pancakes=easy right?  Well I guess it depends on what kind of pancakes you’re making.  Since I decided to make pancakes for dinner, I tried to recreate a favourite recipe of my gramma’s (and yes I know I spelled grandma wrong, but that’s just how I spell it!)- potato pancakes.  It’s never really been a super fave of mine…I’m a texture person, and frankly pancakes in general are just a tad too mushy for me.  HOWEVER, when I was in San Fran- blog about that still to come (I’m in the process of writing it!), we went to a German restaurant/bar, and we had the BEST potato pancakes EVER!  They weren’t even really pancakes, they were more like cakes.  Super good potato cakes.  Mmmmmm!

So, I looked up some recipes, and they all basically said you have to grate potatoes, and all of them basically said that grating them sucked.

I don’t really know what kind of potatoes they were grating, but it look like 4 minutes total, and it was pretty fricken easy.  Take that potato pancake recipe writers!

Ok, so you basically grate potatoes, then…. well to be honest I didn’t really follow a recipe.  As per usual I guess!  Matt came home and got on the computer, and wouldn’t get off it, so I kind of remembered what was in most of the recipes, and just went from memory. 

Here’s what I did put in them:

  • grated potato
  • an egg
  • about 2 table spoons of flour
  • chopped onion

I think that’s it.  Oh- I did use seasoned salt.  But that’s it.  I basically just mushed them into balls, put them in a frying pan, and waited until they looked brown.  Mine didn’t really ever get brown.  In fact, while cooking I got really disappointed because they looked almost green.  I think it might have been the EVOO I used in the pan, but I can’t really be sure- I’ve never made these before!

fry 'em up!

Anywho, I only made 4 because I wasn’t sure about them, but they were actually really good, and Matt was sad I didn’t make more.

Because we were still hungry………

I ALSO MADE CREPES! 

I was very ambitious tonight!

So a little side story here…. when I was little my gramma used to make me “pancakes”.  I loved them.  She’d put apples, or blue berries in them, or just make them plain with a bit of sugar.  They were delicious!  She still makes them today and I love them.  However, she was making crepes.  I did not know this.  Then one day I slept over at a friend’s house, and her mom said she was making us pancakes for breakfast.  Well they were much different from my gramma’s, and I didn’t like how mushy they were.  Those were real pancakes.  😛  So tonight my friends, I also attempted to make apple cinnamon crepes!

I did follow a recipe.  But really it’s just all about a good balance between flour, milk, eggs and water.  Seriously.  Matt was shocked that there was nothing really special about the ingredients.

Here’s how I made them:

  1. Mix 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter until it’s smooth.  (Use a whisk!)
  2. Whisk in 1 cup of flour until it’s smooth.
  3. Cut up an apple into tiny pieces.  Add them to the mixture.
  4. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste. 
  5. Cook in a frying pan, or griddle like I did!!! (We got it as a wedding gift, and it was so handy and awesome!)

Gooey-appley crepey goodness!

Not sure why, but I didn't actually take a picture of the crepes cooking. None the less, here's the griddle!

Mmmmmmm!

That’s it yo.  If you want them thinner, add more liquid, if you like them thicker, do a tiny bit less water/milk.

Yay to pancake Tuesday!  Now I have pancakes for lunch tomorrow too! 🙂  Woot woot!

PS  I’ve been following a blog lately called One Wild and Precious Life.  The writer lives in NOLA, and blogs about everyday life there.  For the past couple weeks she has written about the days leading up to Mardi Gras.  It’s really pretty interesting.  Especially if you’ve never been to Mardi Gras!  Check it out fo sho!

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Monday Meals live from NOLA!

….ok so when I say live, I mean like 2 weeks ago.  It was live when I took the pictures though.

Soooooooooooo, this whole thing started when on the second day in NOLA, we (Sandra, Derek and I), went out for breakfast.  Sandra was excited for this bagel/cheese/egg thing BUT it was no longer on their menu.  Hence our Monday Meal!

Our Monday Meal today (on Tuesday/almost Wednesday) is an eggel.  Well, that’s what I’m calling it.  It’s basically a bagel cut in half with an egg cracked in the hole, then covered in cheese, and broiled so it’s all cheesy, eggy, goodness!

ingredients

Grate some cheese.

Next, cut the bagles in half, and place them flat side down. Oh, wait- first grease the pan! Next actually crack 2 eggs into a bowl, and stir. Then pour a bit of egg mixture into each bagel hole.

Let it fry for a bit so all the egg is cooked. It may leak out the bottom, but that's ok, it will still stick to the bagel.

After egg is fully cooked, put bagels on cookie sheet and cover with cheese. Broil until cheese has melted!

 

There ya have it folks.  Eggels.  Delicious!  I promise!  I ended up making these for Bai in San Fran, and he loved it!

Ok, that’s it for now yo. 

Check ya later.

PS- Trip photos to come, food photos to come (I’ve tried lots of new things!), and hopefully  some more crafting to come really soon!

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Monday meals….

Ok Monday meals is delayed due to a missing cord that connects my camera to the computer. :@

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tuesday meal (again) #4

"before"

i’m thinking of changing the title of monday meals to weekly meals. haha  i always seem to have something going on, on mondays!  last night was not an exception- i worked the dreaded overnight shift at work….and it was ok.  i was however feeling like i was drunk for the first hour after waking up at 2pm today, but that’s cool.

today’s meal is according to the kraft website,  budget wi$e.  and for the most part it was.  again, i chose an easy recipe.

oh wait- i’m watching the office, and the one where dwight creates a  fake fire is on- who has seen it? for reals it’s the funniest thing on tv i’ve ever seen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9snplN0ZITs&feature=related

ok, i digress. back to the meal!

i decided to do a foil pack meal… where you basically throw everything in a foil pack, and bake it in the oven.  never done one before, and thought it looked neat.  i will link the recipe below in case you want to attempt it yourself as well.

http://www.kraftcanada.com/en/recipes/recipedetail.aspx?recipe_id=88764

it’s basically chicken, rice, artichoke, tomatoes, pesto, and italian dressing.  honestly, it was mega easy.  you really just throw the rice, chicken, artichoke, and tomatoes into a foil piece for each serving, and combing the dressing and pesto, and pour it onto each serving.  that my friends didn’t look appetizing, but what raw food does?  am i right?

"during"

once it’s all in the pack, you fold it up, leaving room for “circulation”?!, then 35 minutes later you take it out of the oven.

OH- i almost forgot!  i found that i have learned something from making these weekly meals- never over fill whatever you are making!  when i started wrapping up the first pack, i realized it was too full, and it started leaking everywhere.  instead of just dabbing it up, and cooking anyways, i repacked it so it wouldn’t F-up the oven again.  yea to learning something this week! 😛

booya.  dinner done.

conclusion:   tastes pretty good.  the clean up was definitely easy, as there were really no dishes to clean up.  it did taste a little tangy almost, which could have come from a number of ingredients- the pesto, the artichokes, or the fact that the tomatoes were marinated in garlic.  over all great, but i think i would go with another kind of flavour next time.

"after"

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monday/tuesday meal #3

what it SHOULD look like

there’s a reason they create recipes.  i think it must be so the people who don’t know how to cook, can actually create something somewhat edible.  right?

i learned 2 major things from attempting this week’s meal- 1. try to follow the recipe.  if they say melt the cheese, THEN add in other mixture, there’s probably a reason for it, and 2. cheese sauce is hard to make.

for this week’s meal I chose to do a kraft cooking with philly recipe!  “Creamy PHILLY pesto chicken”, with baked green beans.  Again, not a lot of ingredients, not a huge cook time, so it looked pretty easy.  and essentially it was.

http://www.cookingwithphilly.ca/philadelphia2/page?PagecRef=609&currpage=1&rid=15948

you take your chicken, and you cook it up in a frying pan until done.  easy.

next you are supposed to take the cream cheese and cook it on medium heat until melted.  surprisingly enough, it takes a little while for it to actually melt.  first it got kind of gloopy, and it stuck to my spoon quite a bit.  i got tired of waiting for the cream cheese to melt, so i threw in the next ingredients right away.  and so the not following the recipe begins.

gloopy grossness

i added the pesto, and broth all together with the clumpy cheese, and stirred.  i stopped stirring a couple of times to talk to matt, and to take pictures, and realized i should have been whisking instead of stirring.  does it make a difference i wondered?  who knows.  i do know however, that it wasn’t really a sauce as much as it was a clumpy stew-like mess.  realizing it wasn’t really as saucy as it should be, i added more broth.  did that help?  not really.  it evaporated pretty quickly…and i swear i had it on low- not even medium!

anyways, let’s talk about the green beans.  they were super easy.  like really really easy.  and for this, i didn’t follow a recipe at all, i just threw them in a dish, put some oil on them, seasoning, lemon juice, then baked them for a half hour or so.  they turned out really good.  oh, i also sprinkled some bread crumbs on the top hoping to add a bit of a crunchy crust, but i didn’t put enough on it.  they turned out really well anyways!

mmmmmm

so, chicken with clumpy cheese topping, and baked green beans in oil, seasoning and lemon juice.  great tuesday meal if i do say so myself! 🙂

how it turned out!

whisk count for tuesday/monday meals: 2 recipes so far! 😛 (that count is for you lyndsay!)

and don’t worry laura- i haven’t forgotten about the recipe  you sent me! can’t wait to try it!

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