Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Gift for a "Domestic Goddess"

...which isn't ME..
but I really did need a new vacuum cleaner, so I was excited !

It cleans both carpet and tile..

Here is my old vacuum
it is not a dyson **heavy sigh***
it was $40 at Walmart when I bought it 2 years ago.
I loved it at the time - but who doesn't LOVE a new vacuum cleaner?

Now it clogs up and picks stuff up and moves it to other parts of the floor
but the worse thing..
it overheats which means you have to "vacuum" fast or you might not get one room completed..
(or at least have the dirt distributed equally across the floor - giving the appearance of clean since it has the "vacuumed" tread marks)
If you are looking for such a vacuum, let me know.. but hurry fast
I might put it on craigslist.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What To Get A "Foodie"

Rachael Ray's Expandable Lasagna Lugger
 in Green

It has 2 insulated levels.
This is the bottom...

...and this is the top...
I also got the lasagna dish as well.
Perfect Christmas present!

Another Great "Foodie" Gift

A Microplane "zester"...
This is one of those things I've been wanting.. and just never bought myself.
Well, I got it for Christmas
My life is now complete.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Strike a Pose

Is it a Gap Commercial?

No, just my son being a goofball.
Although, I believe everything he is wearing is from the Gap..

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Day - PW's Potato Salad

We had Christmas dinner at my house
My stepsister brought the ham and my neighbors brought the pork

This is Pioneer Woman's (PW) Perfect Potato salad.
It is one of the best I have ever tried.

Click here  to go to PW's site for the recipe.

I made it exactly as directed.
I didn't have a fresh dill from the garden or a potato ricer
so I just mashed them the old fashion way
they were very creamy
(BTW - I do want a potato ricer now!)

Christmas Day - Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

I made this on Christmas Day.

The recipe is courtesy of "chaos in the kitchen"

Click here for the recipe.

It is the best broccoli-cheese recipe I've made yet.

I was leery of the onion and celery,
I will forever use onion and celery from now on
I did change things up a little
I used a can of cream of chicken-mushroom soup and a can of cream of mushroom soup.
(I accidentally picked up a can of "Light Italian Wedding Soup" instead of the Chicken Mushroom..
Thank goodness, I had one of the staple cream soups in my pantry.)

I used also fresh broccoli
I ended up with more broccoli and rice than the recipe called for
I compensated with extra milk and extra colby jack cheese
(because you can NEVER have enough cheese)

 To stay true to my love of cheese,
I even topped it off with more SHARP cheddar cheese

Christmas Day - Simple Spinach & Strawberry Salad

Forgot to take a picture of the pretty holiday salad

imagine red sliced strawberries on a bed of green spinach leaves

 click here
to get the recipe from Whole Foods
It is easy and colorful and delicious!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Test Kitchen - PW's Enchiladas Experience

PW's Beef Enchiladas

This is the first recipe I made out of The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook.

It was actually at the request of my son!
Test Kitchen consensus - Pretty Good!

I just let the corn tortillas get too soggy when I cooked them in oil and dunked them in the sauce, so they basically disintegrated into the dish - making this an enchilada casserole.

The following week, I have made PW's White Chicken Enchiladas!

I have been on a quest to discover the best Chicken Enchilada recipe.
This one is a keeper.

The last recipe I tried called for flour tortillas... and the "test kitchen" feedback confirmed that flour tortillas are just too thick and gooey for chicken enchiladas.

 I was so excited about this cream sauce, I had to take a picture.
Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture of the finished product.

If you click the link above the picture, you'll see PW's beautiful picture.

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast