Sunday, September 27, 2009
The air is a little crisper and cooler here which of course threw me into a fall frenzy. This resulted in me making my first wreath (with precious little yellow and orange flowers), decorating the house with fall decor and of course making something with pumpkin in it...this time it was pumpkin muffins. This may come as a surprise to ya'll but I get intimidated by long ingredient lists and usually skip over the recipe, however this recipe was super simple...plllease try it, it is light, yummy and a perfect fall treat. Enjoy!
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/3 cup fat-free milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- Cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through salt) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture.
Combine pumpkin and next 6 ingredients (pumpkin through egg white); add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon the batter into 18 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.
Combine 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and brown sugar; sprinkle over muffins.
Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; cool on a wire rack.
(recipe and photo courtesy of cookinglight.com)
This is what we had for dinner tonight and it was YUMMY!!!
- 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 (3-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp, coarsely chopped
- Cooking spray
- Hot pepper sauce (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Combine milk and broth in a medium heavy saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually add grits and salt to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan, butter, and cream cheese. Stir in parsley and next 4 ingredients (through shrimp). Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until set. Serve with hot pepper sauce, if desired.
(recipe courtesy of cookinglight.com)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Julie & Julia:
I love, love, LOVED this movie, it was so stinkin cute that I would like to own it! Basically Julie decides to take on Julia Child's famous cookbook: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and make all of the recipes (I believe that there were over 500) in a year. Plus it also goes back and forth between Julie and Julia's lives (at the point in Julia's life when she was writing the cookbook). Its really, really cute and if you enjoy cooking (or eating) you should definitely see it!
This is your basic cutesy love story...although there is a little sad element to it so don't be blindsighted when that comes about. I thought it was cute, definitely worth the $5 I paid to see it but I don't know if I would see it again. However, Jennifer Aniston was stunning as always and I left the theater with plenty of cute outfit ideas thanks to her fab wardrobe!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
John showed me this picture Friday and I just wanted to share it with ya'll, doesn't this sweet little animal/possible monster look pitiful? I feel sorry for how much wool it has on it, I mean you know that little rabbit has to be really hot under there. But on the other hand it is kinda funny lookin...
- 8 cups water
- 6 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 8 ounces uncooked small seashell pasta
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup finely chopped green onions
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
- 2 teaspoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400°.
Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan; add cauliflower and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boiling water, and cook 4 minutes or until tender. Remove cauliflower with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking liquid; set cauliflower aside. Bring cooking liquid to a rolling boil. Add pasta, and cook 7 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour and milk in a saucepan, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in thyme and garlic; cook over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, cheeses, onions, mustard, and pepper. Combine cauliflower, pasta, and cheese sauce in a large bowl. Spoon the cauliflower mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Place bread in food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1 cup. Combine breadcrumbs with butter; sprinkle evenly over cauliflower mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
This is one of John's favorite desserts (he says that his Aunt Brenda's is the best) so I decided that I would make an attempt at creating one of my own. I chose a CookingLight recipe to keep the fat and calories to a minimum and let me just say that it was delicious!! Here's the recipe:
- 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, drained
- Cooking spray
- 1/3 cup fat-free caramel topping
- 9 maraschino cherries, drained
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°.
Press 9 pineapple slices between paper towels until barely moist; set aside. Reserve the remaining pineapple for another use.
Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; drizzle caramel topping over bottom of pan. Arrange prepared pineapple slices in a single layer over caramel; place 1 cherry in the center of each slice.
Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at high 1 minute or until the butter melts. Add sugar, stirring with a whisk. Add eggs, and stir well. Stir in low-fat buttermilk and next 4 ingredients (buttermilk through baking soda). Lightly spoon 1 1/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Add flour, stirring just until blended (do not overstir). Pour the batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 1 minute in pan on a wire rack. Place a plate upside down on top of the cake, and invert onto plate. Cool completely. Cut cake into squares.
- I LOVE celebrity gossip!
- I truly want to help make the world a better place...whether that's by being a recycling Nazi and/or by devoting my life to those in need...every little bit helps
- I have crazy, vivid dreams every night...I sometimes confuse them with my day to day life
- I have finally reached a point in my life where I can feel beautiful just the way I am
- I can eat a Chipotle burrito in less than 5 minutes...who I am kidding, less than 3 minutes, its kind of disgusting but I'm kind of proud
- I am a nosy person, I like to call it being well informed :)
- I would like to travel all by myself one day, truly travel, some place that I've never been. (Don't worry, John and I have already talked about this and he said that he would like to live in the wilderness by himself for a month....ok honey, you said wilderness I say Paris...)
- I want to achieve something incredible, absolutely amazing in my life and I have no idea what that may be
- I would like to own a pair of Manolo Blahniks just once in my life
- In this moment my soul is at peace, where I've been, where I am and where I'm going...its at peace.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I'm sure that you've all heard about Kanye West's stupid little stunt the other night at the VMA's. Well for those of you who live under a rock (yes, I would be in this category if not for my sister and her texting updates)...my sweet, favorite country singer, Taylor Swift was accepting the Best Female Video award at the VMA's (her first VMA to be exact) and stupid Kanye jumped up on stage and said...and I quote: “I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos ever.”
What a jerk. Poor Tay Sway. Well being the class act that she is, Beyonce later invited Tay up on the stage after she (Beyonce) won Best Video of the Year so that Tay could enjoy her moment.
Moral of the story: Beyonce and Taylor are awesome. Kanye is an idiot.
Cut the eggplant in half, lengthwise and carve the insides out. Chop up a handful of the insides into hefty chunks. Chop up a half of a squash, half of a zucchini, part of an onion, some mushrooms and throw in some minced garlic (and add whatever spices you wish). Saute veggies for about 5ish minutes until they look good. Now dump veggies equally in the eggplant boats. If you have fresh mozzarella, cut off little chunks of it and stick in the eggplant boat. Cover with marinara sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes and viola! You have a yummy eggplant boat!! Note to eaters: don't eat the actual eggplant, just the yummy mixture inside. Oh and if you like meat, you can cook up some chicken or whatever you prefer and mix with veggies.
Creation by jkelly :)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
- Gaelic rock-call me a dork, call me a loser, it doesn't matter...this music is freakin awesome...check out this band (Gaelic Storm) that we heard yesterday, and I dare you to tell me that you don't enjoy their music
- Sweet Potatoes made like baked potatoes with some butter (just a tad) and some brown sugar...mmm mmmm
- Corn bread, I finally tried my Momma's recipe and man, do I love it (so does John, which is a plus)!
- New accessories...when I went shopping with Mom and Katie I bought some new earrings, head bands (with flowers attached) and cute bobby pins with flowers attached and they are so fun to pair with an outfit
- Babies, no none of my own, but I volunteered yesterday for a function for an unplanned pregnancy center and I plan to keep volunteering there, and those babies are freaking adorable!!
- Mushroom risotto--this is an incredible recipe that my aunt Cissy made at the beach and it is hands down one of the best dishes I've ever eaten and re-created...I've made it 3 times since we were at the beach...find the recipe here
- Target, I've gone ummm only 3 times in the last week (hey, it was all stuff that we needed!) and I still looooove that store!
That's right, it's that time of the year, wahoo! I love the fall of the year, there's nothing else quite like the crisp, cool air and the beautiful multi-colored leaves. I also love all of the smells and foods that come with fall! I have already lit my multiple pumpkin spice candles and baked a pumpkin pie Friday night, yummy!! Now we can start having heartier meals that just warm your body all over. Yay for fall!