Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
- Worked on two great stories for the paper at work
- After I finished the day, I stopped by the Service League Thrift Store in downtown. After doing a story about this place I had to go back. Picked up about five pairs of earrings and a necklace for $5.50. You can't beat that price
- Got a haircut to match my new auburn hair color! Decided to go with a short bob style
- Had dinner with my in-laws
- Continued to play LA Noir. Really enjoy the game because it is more like a choose your own adventure movie rather than an action game
- Made Pumpkin Spice Pancakes for breakfast
- Visited our friends in the City
- Went to Handmade Arcade and picked up a couple pairs of earrings, headband and a poster for our bathroom
- Ate at a great restaurant called Spice Island Tea House and had Singapore Rice Noodles and Jasmine Iced Tea
- Because we are old people, we came home and went straight to bed. I was asleep at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night. I know, sign me up for AARP
- Had brunch with my parents
- Went to Target to pick up a few things and looked at all of the fun Christmas decorations
- Didn't have to do any laundry this Sunday
- Kevin made Walt Disney World's Cheddar Cheese Soup. It was so yummy
- Worked a little bit more on crocheting our Afghan.
Things that I am looking forward to this week:
- I don't have any meetings to cover the week so my evenings will be pretty open.
- Can't wait for my shipment of ELF (Eyes Lips Face) to arrive sometime during the week
- Going shopping to fill our Christmas Shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse
- I really want to go to Bingo on Thursday.
- Going to put my new goal into action of shutting off the computer and my phone at 8 p.m. I hope this will help me sleep better at night and help my mind shut off.
How was your weekend?
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
After you are finished halving the peaches, start making your simple syrup. If you have never made a simple syrup it is actually, well, pretty simple. We decided to make a lighter calorie version where we combined 1 cup of sugar with 3 cups of water. (If you want a more sugary syrup then do a 1-to-1 ratio). You stir until the sugar is dissolved, bring to a boil and then turn down the heat.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Let's pretend that I haven't been a horrible blogger and haven't posted since the ice age. (The reason for not posting is because I had just started two part-time jobs and was continuing to write for our local paper.)
But, in the form of a peace offering, I want to introduce a new feature here on The Daring Domesticate called "Sunday Supperclub."
I want to try to focus on yummy homemade meals that take a little extra time and TLC to prepare.
So, in this first edition, I want to share with you one of my favorite comfort food meals: tomato soup and grilled cheese. But, because it is Sunday Supperclub, we have to make things a little more fancy than just slapping some American Cheese on some Wonderbread and opening up a can of Campbell's tomato soup.
As some of you know, I am a complete Disney nut! My husband and I have been going to Disney for five years now and are addicted. One of my favorite things to do is to try and bring a little Disney pixie dust home. A simple way to do this, has to been to recreate delicious Disney dinners at home.
This recipe is for Tomato Bisque from Sunshine Seasons restaurant at The Land pavilion located in Epcot. I found the recipe from All Ears , a great resource for anything Disney!
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 cans of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh basil
1/4 cup chicken broth
8 cups of water
pepper to taste
salt to taste
1/4 cup heavy cream
1. In a large soup pot, Melt butter.
2. Saute onion, tomatoes, garlic, sugar and basil and blend until smooth. (A stick blender works really well for this. Just watch out for splatters!)
3. Add chicken broth and water.
4. If needed, make a corn starch and water slurry to thicken soup. (We had to do this step.)
5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
6. Add heavy cream.
What is tomato soup with out it's partner in crime; grilled cheese?
Grown-up Grilled Cheese
1 loaf of a nice and crusty artisan style bread (we used simple neo-Tuscan boule)
4 slices of provolone cheese
1 smallish wedges of brie cheese
Some EVOO to brush on the bread to toast it
1. Heat up your pan/skillet/panini press and spray with cooking spray.
2. Grab your bread and cut into slices.
3. Spread on EVOO both sides of each slice of bread.
4. Law down two pieces of provolone cheese on two pieces of bread.
5. Cut off two hunks of brie for each sandwich. (Yes, a hunk is a form of scientific measurement.)
6. Put the last piece of bread on top, and toss the baby into the pan or press. (We used the press which made this whole process really easy. If, you are using a pan don't forget to flip your bread over.)
7. Keep cooking until the cheese starts to ooze out of the sides of the sandwich.
It doesn't matter if you are a "dunker", or a "separatist" with your tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich, it will still be a wonder supper for any Sunday!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
As soon as the ball drops in New York City, every one's New Year's resolutions start to kick in. A lot of people resolve to quit smoking, be nicer to people or to even stop swearing. But, the number one promise for the new year, is to lose weight. (This is how places like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers stay in business.)
Personally, I have learned from past experience to not even attempt making a resolution. I never stick to them and it almost sets me up for failure. So I continue to try and eat better without setting a goal for myself.
If you have read my blog in the past, you know that I am trying to follow Weight Watchers (WW). One particular website that has been my beacon of hope against the tyrants of chocolate cake and peanut butter straight from the jar is Hungry Girl. Her recipes are simple, and more importantly delicious.
Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way because Cooking Television (a sister station of the Food Network) has decided to give her a show.
She had her first episode last Saturday at 4 p.m. and was all about pizza. Pizza while being one of the favorite foods of dieters everywhere, is often loaded with tons of fat, calories and carbs.
One recipe I really loved involved flour tortillas.
1 large flour tortilla (around 100 calories)
Pizza Sauce ( I really love the kind that comes in the squeeze bottle)
Turkey Peperoni (It tastes like the real thing and at only 70 calories for 17 slices it is a calorie bargain)
Any spices you like (I use fresh ground pepper, oregano and garlic powder.)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Put tortilla on a cookie sheet and place in oven for three minutes, flip, bake for another three minutes.
3. Pull the cookie sheet out and top the tortilla with your pizza sauce and other goodies.
4. Pop back into the oven for five minutes.
5. Slice and enjoy.
Like I said you can put whatever you want on top and have a delicious yummy pizza for around 200 calories. Add a side salad and you have a delicious lunch full of pizzeria flavor but not full of the fat.
This recipe is courtesy of Hungry Girl. Go to hungrygirl.com for more yummy recipes.