Sunday, November 4, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make This

I was bummed when I realized that it was the first Thursday of the month, I had no groceries after being away with dad's funeral, and I had nothing for the Pintertest Kitchen.
Then I looked at the length of time that I had to post, and decided that I wanted to make this.  I love all things lemon.
There are so many fun things to rant about with this recipe.  Learn from my tales of woe as we go.  I promise, the final results are worth it.  Even if you've never worked with yeast dough, I would say this is worth a shot.  Even if you have to throw the first attempt in the garbage like I did.  Yeah.  It was a fun afternoon.
I present to you now The Whimsical Cupcake's Lemon Scented Pull-Apart Coffee Cake:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Things to Put in Things: Unfried Refried Beans

J and I love Mexican.  We eat it a lot when we go to visit his family in the States.  You know, where people eat Mexican food.  As opposed to where we live where there is no Mexican.  As a result, we eat tacos and their ilk at home on a fairly regular basis.  I buy Rotel and Pace picante sauce to bring home and help in my quest for yummy Mexican.  I think I have some enchilada sauce as well right now after not being able to find it for the enchilada soup earlier this year.
So on one of my many cruises of Pinterest, I found a pin for Unfried Refried beans in the crockpot.  You know, ones that taste waaaay better than those that come out of a can and smell'm not even sure.
Then I was cruising Pinterest and I discovered the blog Budget Bytes and her black bean quesadillas.  Upon further poking around, I found her recipe for the same.  Today, I made them.
I present to you now my hybrid of Six Sisters and Budget Bytes Unfried Refried Beans in the Crockpot:

Friday, November 2, 2012

Planning: November 2-9, 2012

I haven't been cooking much recently.  We've been busy.  I've been busy.  My dad died.  Cancer Sucks.
Yeah, that.  We've been away for most of the past week for the visitation, memorial service, and interment.  But, we're back!  I've had a couple of days to prepare, and today we went to the grocery store.  Tomorrow is football, and we're staying in.  I've declared tomorrow Pajama Day.  It's also cooking day. 
Here's the plan:

Friday:  Broiled salmon, mashed potatoes and broccoli.  We still have leftover Halloween chocolate too.

Saturday:  I want to make the pull apart lemon bread.  I missed the Pintertest Kitchen.  I can still post.  Unfried refried beans for dinner as a part of burritos, along with nacho cheese dip and a veggie tray.  We bought everything for gorgeous sandwiches for lunch too so we don't have to go to Subway.

Sunday:  Pork fried rice with the leftover smoked pork loin we brought home after the memorial service, and won ton soup for dinner.  Apparently it's Food Inspired by the Far East day.

Monday:  Tuscan Chicken Stew, Salad, and whole wheat rolls

Tuesday:  Leftovers.  I have School Council.

Wednesday:  Not quite sure.  There are choices.  We'll see what I come up with. 

Thursday:  We're getting the winter tires put on the car, so we're going out - Southern Style BBQ.  Southern Fried Chicken, here I come!

Friday:   Leaving for football.  Something quick on the road.

So, it looks like a good week.  Let's see how it goes.