Thursday, January 8, 2009

I'm still working on my photography skills...
this is defiantly better then the ones before :)

Puppy Chow

When do we give up our childhood dream?

At what age does life become all about money or lifestyle. Who is the winner in life the people that live their lives with blinders on, pursuing the only thing they know that makes the happy and feel worthwhile, or people who spend there life deciding what they want out of it and choose their job solely based on what it can buy them. When I grow up I want to be happy!


Blast from the past…


Any time i need to bring something for a class party my mom pulled out the puppy chow. It's Simple, easy, and delicious!

Puppy Chow

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup butterscotch morsels
8 cups Crispix cereal
Powered sugar to coating
In a sauce pan, melt peanut butter and butterscotch together over low heat until smooth. Add to a bowl with lid with Crispix cereal, gentle coat. Add powered sugar, put on lid and shake until coated.

Chow Down!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mac n' Cheese

After a hankering for something comforting and cheesy (which in my mind are one and the same), I decided to find a homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe. This one is full of ewe gooey goodness! *even better as leftovers

Southern Style Baked Macaroni and Cheese


4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3 cups elbow macaroni
2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk
1/3 cup skim milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 (8-ounce) packages extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 (8-ounce) package Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Paprika, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain, and return to pot. Add butter, and toss until pasta is coated and butter has melted; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, skim milk, and eggs. Add seasoned salt, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; set aside. In another medium bowl, combine cheeses; set aside.
Place 1/3 macaroni in an even layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish; cover evenly with 1/3 cheese. Repeat with remaining macaroni and cheese mixture. Pour milk mixture evenly over contents of baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake until top layer is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving


Bon app├ętit!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Cheesecake!

Two days into 2009 and the year has been so far uneventful. I dread the day I have to start classes. Back to textbooks, pulling all-nighters, and stressful assignments. I’m trying to make these last few days of break last as long as possible.

Regardless of the fact that I have been eating horribly over the holidays, I decided to bake a cheesecake today. I have a wonderful recipe from my mothers classic Women’s Club cookbook, full of all things southern and delicious.

Creamy vanilla
5 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 ½ c. sugar
3 eggs
2 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Cookie crust (recipe follows)

Cookie crust: crush 30 pecan shortbread cookies (any brand)with rolling pin and stir together with 3 tablespoons melted butter until well blended. Firmly press mixture evenly on bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 10 inch spring form pan. Bake at 350˚ for 5 minutes.

Vanilla Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese at high speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add Eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla. Bake at 350˚ for 40 minutes; turn oven off and partially open oven door. Leave cheesecake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Garnish with strawberry sauce if desired. Yield: 12 servings.


Strawberry sauce: Put a one pound bag of the frozen berries in a saucepan and mixed it with about 1/3 cup sugar and bring it to a boil. Then turned the heat off and let the berries sit to cool.
Enjoy!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009

After waking up from my vodka induced coma this morning I decided to take this new year head on. I vow to live each day to the fullest and stop becoming a zombie just going through the motions. I want my life to become something remarkable and interesting. I want my memories of 2009 to be wonderful.
So I decided to start this blog. This is more for me then for the people reading it...