Black Sheep Dancing

Why be like everyone else when you can be yourself?


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Sunday brunch and gorgeous days

Last week it was 80 degrees and sunny. It was awesome. It was lovely out, and inspired me, so Munchkin and I made some super yummy chocolate bananas foster. Mmmmmm! It may taste more like dessert, but who cares? It was awesome.

Chocolate Bananas Foster

  • Pancakes with chocolate chips in them (I use the 1950’s Betty Crocker Cookbook pancakes, page 72.)
  • 3 bananas, cut to your preference. I enjoy slices
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • walnuts

Directions:

  1. Make your pancakes. Stir the chocolate chips directly into the batter. Keep warm in oven.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Cook until bubbly
  3. Add in walnuts and bananas and cook until heated
  4. Place heaping spoonfuls on top of pancakes. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with whipped cream


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Amateur Hour

So, this weekend I got to play my  French horn in a talent show. It was the first time I had performed since my son was born nearly five years ago. And I have two degrees in music performance. It was long over due. It was lovely. It was great. The kid who has played with the Moscow Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival totally stole our thunder. (I kid Рhe was awesome!)

After I played I sat to watch and Munchkin was playing games on my iphone. I got a text message so I went to clear it and he says REALLY loud “No mommy! Don’t take it away! I’m playing Angry Birds!” Nice.

Anywho, I got to meet CBear’s mom for the first time, so of course I had to cook a yummy meal for her, CBear, and my aunt and uncle. It was an All Recipe Extravaganza!

For Dinner:

Taco Casserole

Honey Cornbread

– Salad

Spiced Baked Apples served with ice cream and whipped topping

For the Taco Casserole I substituted the beef for half a bag of veggie burger crumbles and a drained can of black beans and just a bit of cayenne pepper. You know, since I’m a veggie. It was yummy and very homey feeling. I think next time I may add a can of corn, or even some hot peppers. And even better, the whole dinner was pretty cheap to make.

I think the best part about making yummy dinner, is you have a yummy lunch the next day. ALWAYS make extra.


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I should be _______.

I have guests coming for dinner tomorrow AND I still have to unpack from my trips this week. I should be cleaning. I should be doing laundry. I should be doings lots of things, but instead, today I did this:

The super yummy Apple Pie Muffins. Yuuummmmm!

And then I played on the computer to find more recipes, played with the munchkin, went to the store. Do you think if I serve my guests super yummy muffins they won’t notice the mess? Maybe??


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A “Whoops!” turns out yummy

So, I had this butternut squash that has been sitting around for awhile, and it needed to go. I looked up some recipes and I found a recipe for a squash casserole, but it was for yellow squash. I could sub butternut, right? However, after realizing I had lots of moments where I thought I had something and really didn’t, I made a completely new dish. And then I had some left over apples from some muffins I was making, so I threw those in too. And it turned out to be good!

Savory Butternut Squash Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/2-1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs. Butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 stack of buttery crackers, crushed

Directions:

  • Warm a large skillet with the butter. Put in squash and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. After five minutes add in onion and water and continue to cook until tender
  • When cooked, remove from heat. Add in milk, sour cream and apples. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish
  • Top with crushed crackers and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until bubbly and top is brown.


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Back from Seattle – Did you miss me?

I’m back from Seattle…about four days actually, but my suitcase is still unpacked, I need to go grocery shopping, and my body has no idea what time zone I am in. I got to go for work, but squeezed in some fun time so I could experience Seattle. I thought it was my first time there, but my parents informed me I had been there when I was 7. I have no remembrance of this event, so we’ll pretend it was the first time.

I think anytime I travel, my favorite part is always the food. It really defines an area, and let’s face it, that’s the memories that you seem to hold onto the most. When I asked people about what to do prior to my trip, the only things I got were “The beer is great!”, “You will LOVE the fresh seafood!” and “Don’t waste your time going to the top of the Space Needle.” I agree with all those.

So, here are a few photos from the trip.

This was lunch the first day at a grocery store near Pike’s Market. Locally made bread with local veggies and an apple beer manufactured in WA.

The famous fish throwing at Pike’s Market. I’m not a fan of meat, but it was fun. The market itself was awesome. Everything fresh and locally grown! Yummy!

The drinks were great too! Moscow Mule is refreshing, and the bar had these great windows for people watching!

We happened to be there for VegFest 2011. For $8 you got to sample tons of various vegetarian and vegan samples, plus lots of samples, coupons, and other goodies to take home. Some things were good, some were bad, and some were just downright awful!

Fresh donuts for breakfast. You can see them pulling them out and tossing in cinnamon!

My sister tried a bacon truffle. She claims it was totally awesome. I thought it was gross.

In Chinatown/International District we went to a Vietnamese restaurant for some Pho and an avacado smoothie!

And, finally, my sister talked me into trying an oyster. I LOVED the fresh sauce. The oyster? Not so much. It tastes like the sea smells. I also had chicken for dinner. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 12, and boy was my tummy hurting!

And finally, here are some more photos to scroll through…


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Waste of Irish Cream

So, on St. Patrick’s Day we had a party at work, and it included a munchie contest. I was so pumped! I remembered a recipe from All Recipes I had made a couple of years ago, making brownies with Irish cream. How yummy, right?

The last time I made it, all I remember is not letting the brownies cool before putting on the frosting and it being a big yucky mess. That’s all I remember.

So, it was time for the party and everyone’s food looked so yummy.

 

 

 

Cookies

 

 

 

 

Oreo Truffles

 

 

 

 

Some sort of salsa thing.

And then there were my Irish Cream Brownies. The brownies that sounded so good.

I thought I would make them cute and cook them in mini cupcake pans. They got stuck. CBear dug them out and then sorta smushed them back together. The remaining ones I baked in a pan, but it still didn’t turn out. The frosting was just okay. Rating for this recipe? FAIL. I could have found so many other things to use my Bailey’s in…like my iced coffee I’m enjoying while writing this post. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Tortilla!

So, I’ve become a fan of a lot of blogs lately, including Heavenly Homemakers. In her blog, she talks about ‘soaking’ grains. This always intrigued me, and as I become more and more obsessed with healthy foods and making things from scratch, I wanted more and more to try this. But, I was a little intimidated. I really hate screwing something up and wasting all that food.

Then, the other day I found a recipe for making your own whole wheat tortillas AND it included in the recipe to use coconut oil (like the kind I got the other day…) so I went for it! Thanks Kitchen Stewardship!

So, in the morning I made my dough and tonight I cooked them up. First, you get your exercise with these! It’s a lot of work rolling these suckers super thin! I don’t have an electric griddle or a cast iron skillet (although I want both) so I just used a frying pan. It took a couple of trys to get the temperature correct. Well, I think it is correct. I got the brown spots, but it didn’t look like it was all the way cooked all over, but I didn’t want a tortilla cracker either! Of course I can’t remember having a whole wheat tortillas EVER, so maybe I just don’t know what it really looks like?

Here’s the result:

I’m hoping to use these for breakfast tomorrow for some breakfast burritos. I guess we’ll find out then how they taste. Anyone else ever make their own tortillas? Thoughts?

I’ll tell you what, a good baker is a talent. Muffins, they’re easy, but breads haunt me. They’re so finicky!

Toodles,

Emily