August 26, 2011

Pinterest Round-up

So...have you joined Pinterest yet??  If not...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!
My husband makes fun of me since I'm a little bit obsessed.  
There's just something about clicking the "Pin" button:)
If you are on Pinterest...don't forget to follow me!! 

Ok...so on to the good stuff.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from Pinterest this week.
Hope you enjoy and get get a few good ideas!
 I am TOTALLY in love with this Argyle Blanket!  It is so fab!  It looks so simple to do and would make a GREAT gift!  The holidays are coming...start thinking:)  This came from Craft Stylish.
 I want to do this so bad.  But...A.  I don't have an awesome PALLET.
and B.  I don't know where to get an awesome PALLET.  
So it looks like I am on the hunt for one!
There is a tutorial on That Village House.

I have big plans for this project...(It seems I have lots of projects...hopefully I can get to them all and have a place for them all!!)
I think it is such a good idea for a small space.
Tutorial is here.
All's I gotta say is YUM!  I love how the pie is in the jar.  Everything is cuter in a jar.
But Pumpkin Cream Pie!??  It just has to be good!  

And last, but not least...is this cute monogrammed letter.  You can put whatever words around the letter you want.  Or you could just have the initial and the name and flower...that would be so cute!  Love it all!
Tutorial is here.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We are going to a Baseball game...at the hottest part of the day...in Texas.  I can't wait:)  I think its only supposed to be like 107 degrees.  Totally doable...right??  

August 18, 2011

Sloppy Joes

I know what your thinking...Sloppy Joes...really?
Yeah...I went there!
If you are like my kids...you cringe at the thought of Sloppy Joes...that and Meatloaf.
The second you bite into it...you forgot how much you loved it:)  
That's how it works in my house at least.  They chowed down on this meal!  All picky eaters loved them!
I found this recipe on Allrecipes awhile ago and have changed it a bit to my liking.
One thing I do to make it that much better...Toast those buns!!  And add cheese, of course:)

 This recipe is so quick and easy...you probably always have the ingredients on hand.
Just brown your meat with onion and green pepper...then add everything else!
 Hope you enjoy!  Do you have a meal your family complains about and then they end up loving it??

Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Allrecipes

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. BBQ sauce
3 tsp. brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

In skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, onion and green pepper; drain off liquids.  Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve on toasted hamburger buns and put cheese on top.

August 9, 2011

Cacio e Pepe

Last year I was lucky enough to go to Rome.
I still dream about the beauty there.  I dream about the gelato mostly.  Totally Amazing!
Most of the places we ate at tasted like Chef Boyardee...no lie.  It was kind of a disappointment.
Then we talked to real Italians who know Rome and they gave the advice that you have to go off the beaten path to get the good places.  So they told us where to go...and we went there.
Now that meal is what I dream about.  
It lasted about 3 hours long because that's how they roll...but it was the best 3 hours of my life.
I had this dish called Cacio e Pepe, then the best chicken of my life.  Drool worthy.  
Cacio e Pepe is basically made up of a few ingredients: pasta, pasta water, Pecorino Romano cheese, pepper.  That's it!
Now...I don't think I can ever make the chicken...but I can make the 
Cacio e Pepe...and I can make it well:)

So...here is some Italian food to be proud of!
 I made a Parmesan Bowl to serve with the pasta...not necessary...but totally worth it!!

 For the bowl...sprinkle some Fresh Parmesan cheese on a skillet...it will look like it does above.
 When it gets nice and toasty, you know it is done...this one may be too toasty..

Put a spatula around the edges to loosen it a bit and then start to peel it off the pan. 

Then you put it on top of a small bowl to let it cool and harden. 

It will look all pretty and lacy.  It will for sure impress people:) 

Then you make the Cacio e Pepe...and plop it perfectly into your bowl.  Best. Meal. Ever!!
I found several recipes all over blog land, but I liked this one best.

Cacio e Pepe

1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound dried spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
1 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
Salt (optional)

Cook spaghetti in well-salted water to your al dente tastes in a large, wide-bottomed pot. (You’ll have fewer dishes to wash if you use this pot to assemble the dish as well.) Drain spaghetti, reserving 1 1/2 cups of pasta cooking water.

Dry out your pot, then heat the olive oil over high heat until almost smoking. Add drained spaghetti and 1 cup of reserved pasta water.

Add butter, 3 ounces cheese and ground pepper and toss together with tongs. Taste, adding more pasta water, cheese, pepper or salt (which should not be neccessary, as Romano is very salty) to taste.
Serve immediately, sprinkling with reserved cheese and an extra grind or two of black pepper.