Monday, August 31, 2009

Hot Child in the City

That's right, we went to the big city Friday night AND Saturday night for restaurant week this weekend. This is a very rare occasion for us so naturally I'm beat this beautiful Monday morning. First I will start with Saturday and work backwards, because I feel like being a little backwards to make things interesting. We went to Chamberlain's Fish Market... all is good in life.I had the Almond crusted flounder and a baked potato. Let me tell you, it was good eatin! That night went very smoothly, good drinks, nice dinner, nice company, nice night.

Friday night was a different story. We went to Tre Amici Friday night with a good friend of my husbands. I have no pictures at all, there is a funny story as to why. I was sporting a fabulous dress that I was wearing for the first time. Snug fit with a zipper down the side all the way to my hip. We sat down at our table and not ten minutes into dinner I all of the sudden felt a lot looser in my dress. That is when I realized that I was having the most MAJOR wardrobe malfunction of my life. My zipper had very slowly busted, I don't even know how a zipper can slowly bust. I looked at my husband, I must have had a look like I was dying, because he freaked as he asked what was wrong. I just looked down at the side of my dress, luckily he was sitting on the same side of my zipper. Of course he started laughing, I would have laughed too if it had not been me. We had not even had our salads yet so I had a while to sit there with all "the goods" showing. It was a good thing that I did not have time to switch to my little purse so I still had my bag lady purse. I walked straight to the bathroom with the purse on the side to cover my malfunctioning zipper. When I got to the bathroom I locked myself in a stall and began the real panic, which in turn made me sweat....a lot. I tried to pull the zipper down but it was stuck....more sweat. I had to completely take off my dress and almost break the zipper to get it down to where it started. I am completely freaking out at this point standing in a bathroom stall in underware and heals. I got the zipper down and put my dress back on and made a deal with God that if he would just please fix my zipper I promised that I would totally give up something good for lent this year and stick with it. I yanked my zipper up holding my breath and it worked! It was fixed! So after the twenty minute bathroom break I was back at the table with my husband and his friend looking at them as they tried to hold back their laughter. It's a good thing that I am not easily embarrassed. I made it through dinner!

The rest of the weekend was pretty boring compared to that. I helped a friend move yesterday which I can totally feel today. I was so tired last night that I didn't even watch True Blood (don't worry I will be watching tonight).

As promised here is the Mexican Casserole recipe from last week:

Mexican casserole :

4 cups unprepared white rice 4-5 tomatoes
4-5 cans low sodium chicken broth 1-2 onions
8 cloves garlic 2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 16 oz. bags of Mexican cheese 2 cans corn, drained
2 cans beans (your choice) 2 jars salsa verde (up to you)
1-2 jars enchilada sauce Taco seasoning (or chili powder, cumin, paprika)
Sour cream Cilantro
Butter 2 pkgs. flour tortillas

First prepare Rice with chicken broth. Chop up tomatoes, onions and garlic. Saute in pan with a tablespoon of butter. Add 3 tbsp. chili powder, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. of both paprika and cumin. Stir until combined. This is where you add your beans, if you like need to drain. Mix cooked rice together with tomato, onion, garlic mixture. Brown the ground beef using about 3 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 1/2 Tbsp. both paprika and cumin and salt to taste with about 4-6 oz. of water to create the taco beef.

Spread one jar of salsa verde in the bottom of a large casserole or baking dish. Layer on tortillas covering the salsa, there will be overlapping. Divide your rice mixture in half and spread it over the tortilla layer. Divide cheese in half and layer it on top of the rice layer. Add another layer of tortillas on top of your cheese layer. Pour enchilada sauce over the tortillas evenly. Add layer of browned ground beef. A cans of corn, drained, on top of beef. Then the remaining amount of rice, on top of corn, followed by the remaining jar of salsa verde. The final layer will be the remaining cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy.

(I got this particular recipe from The Pioneer Woman, I would try to use tortilla chips the next time I make this, the tortillas got a little soggy.)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fabulous Friday!

I am so glad it's Friday! Even the worst Friday is still fabulous because it means I can look foward to two days off! Then end of a busy week and the start of another busy weekend. Where does all of my time go? We are going out for restaurant week again tonight and tomorrow so I will have a full review ready on Monday :) I plan on doing a lot of this...
HA! I'm off for now! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lasagna Worth Trying!

I know I said that I would have the Mexican Lasagna recipe posted today, but time got away from me and the pictures aren't ready yet. So here is a great recipe for a regular lasagna that I made for a dinner with my neighbors that turned out fabulous. I got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman's website and made a few minor tweaks. I also made Bruschetta for an appetizer. Hope you like it!


What you need:

3 whole tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 package fresh mozzarella
1 loaf Ciabatta bread (French works too!)

Slice Ciabatta bread into 1/2" thick slices and lay out on a large cookie sheet. Mix chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil in a medium mixing bowl. Slice mozzarella into 1/4" thick slices and lat on bread slices. Spoon tomato mixture on top of cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. (You can also broil, but I have a history of burning bread so I stay away from anything that broils). Enjoy!

Lasagna Worth Trying (Sorry, no pictures of this one. But trust me, it's goooood)

What you need:
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 pound hot Italian sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar spaghetti sauce, your favorite
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
2 Tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. salt
3 cups low fat cottage cheese
2 beaten eggs
1/2 grated (not shredded) Parmesan
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 pound sliced mozzarella cheese (the pre-packaged kind)
1 10-ounce pkg. lasagna noodles (I use wheat)
(add 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. olive oil to pasta water)

Got all that? Good. Let's start.
Bring large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, Italian sausage, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain the fat (there will not be any if you use lean ground beef) Add spaghetti sauce, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil, and salt. Set aside

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and one more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside.
Cook lasagna until "al dente" (not all the way cooked).

To assemble:
Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping will occur.
Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over noodles. Spread evenly.
Cover cottage cheese with a single layer of mozzarella slices.
Spoon a little less than half the meat mixture on top.
Repeat, ending with meat mixture. Sprinkle top with Parmesan. (I used fresh grated Parmesan for the top)

Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until the top is bubbly. Then proceed to stuff yourself silly!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Just Another Manic Monday

I had a crazy busy, but fun weekend, which I will get to in a minute. First I wanted to wish this little guy a Happy Birthday...

He is 2 years old today! Ha! Happy Birthday to my sweet Dewey! And on to the more exciting weekend update... We took advantage of Restaurant Week and joined my parents and a few of their friends at Fedora on Saturday. It was really good Italian food. But the drinks were even better!

We had a great time at dinner and then met up with some friends for a drink after that. I am so tired today. When we stay out late on the weekends it always takes forever for me to catch up! I made a great "Mexican Lasagna" last night for dinner. I will have the recipe and pictures posted later. I'm off for now...have a great Monday!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Friday!

It has been a looooong week. I can't even tell you how HAPPY I am that it's FRIDAY! I have a jam-packed weekend ahead of me. Speaking of being super busy, I was looking at my calendar and I do not have a free weekend until December! I just think that it a little crazy. I know that it is that time of the year, but WOW. I don't know what I'm going to do when I have kids and I have to squeeze in their activities! Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wordless Wednesday....almost

This has been one of those days that I'm glad that I have this sweet face to go home to....

And my husband too! :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

A case of the Mondays.....

I definitely have a case of the Mondays today. My head hurts and my nose is stuffed up (and I have to be at work!) I wish it was still the weekend. I had a pretty relaxing weekend. I did a little painting on Saturday and then watched I love you Man Saturday night. I recommend that movie for anyone who needs a good laugh. It was pretty funny. I absolutely love Sundays, one because they are almost always lazy and two because True Blood is on! I layed by the pool Sunday afternoon, took a nap, and read the fourth book in the Twilight series for the second time (I think I have a problem, can we say obsessed?). I made some pinwheels that were worth sharing here. Great snack or lunch!

What you need:

1 piece of Flat Out! pita bread
8 oz. cream cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Dill
Pepper to taste
3 slices packaged ham
4 Dill pickle slices (the long ones)

Mix cream cheese, garlic powder, dill, and pepper in a medium bowl. Evenly spread cream cheese mixture on Flat Out bread. Use a paper towel to absorb the extra juices from the ham and pickles, if not it will make your Flat Out mushy. Layer with ham slices and pickles. Roll lengthwise. (I like to put a little of the cream cheese to seal the Flat Out after I roll it up) Cut into small slices and Enjoy! The pinwheels will last up to a day in the refrigerator.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Favorite Things

I thought that I would share with you one of my very favorite products. I recently became very domesticated. I find myself noticing things at Target besides the plethora of cosmetics and cute flip flops. I actually pay attention to things like cleaning supplies and the sale on cereal (I never new how expensive that stuff was!). One of the products that I came across one day was this:
I can't imagine my life without Veggie Wash. It really takes off the waxiness feel of your fruits and vegetables! And it is totally organic. Please for the love of chocolate cake the next time you are out pick up a bottle and try it. It will change your life.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hello There!

Hello to all of my fellow bloggers out there! I have been an avid reader of some very interesting blogs over the past couple of years. I always thought that it looked like fun to share your thoughts with anyone who cared to take the time to read them. So here goes. First, a little about me. I am a southern girl to the bone. I have been married to my wonderful husband for two years. We don't have any human babies but we do have a fury baby that is spoiled more than any dog should ever be. His name is Dewey. I will probably write about him more than you care to hear, deal with it! I work full time as a community event planner. I am an aspiring self-taught photographer. I have a new found (it that right?) love for cooking. I never thought that I liked to cook but it turns out that I really do love it and I'm not half bad either. I use cooking to de-stress. I will share all of the recipes that I try here. (Of course all of my cooking experiences will be complete with pictures. Didn't you just read the photographer part? duh). I love making things from scratch. I am going to attempt to make curtains next week, tune in for the results if you dare. My life is not perfect, it's acctually pretty messy. I should have named this blog "My Messy Life" HA! Just a girl trying to get the most out of life! Enough about me? Tell me something about you.