Posted in October 2012

Another Female Pop Star Halloween – 2012

Another Female Pop Star Halloween – 2012

I LOVE Halloween! And while I am sitting here waiting for the kiddos to come ring my door bell and shout “trick or treat,” I thought I’d tell you about my Halloweekend this year. For the past four years, I knew exactly what I wanted to be for Halloween months in advance. In 2008, I … Continue reading

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Continuing my weekly weekend baking kick, this weekend I utilized a novel ingredient that I happened to have on hand – coconut! I have seafood-related plans in mind for the rest of this bag later this week, but this weekend I combined the coconut with something even better: semi-sweet chocolate! Any other Mounds fans out … Continue reading

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Chiles Rellenos are probably my favorite Mexican dish. If they are on the menu at a restaurant, I will probably order them! (Evidence: see here and here). For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Chiles Rellenos, the dish typically consists of battered and fried poblano peppers that have been roasted and stuffed with … Continue reading

Meal Planning for the Week of October 27–November 2

Meal Planning for the Week of October 27–November 2

Last Week: Dinner Meal Plan for the Week of October 20-26: Saturday: Beef Carnitas Tacos Sunday: Out – Sidetrack Monday: Out – Happy Hour at Mélange Tuesday: Chiles Rellenos Casserole – recipe coming soon! Wednesday: Kielbasa & Kidney Beans Thursday: Biercamp Brats, Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts Friday: Out – Blue Tractor. I had the … Continue reading

Beef Carnitas Tacos

Beef Carnitas Tacos

How does this plate look? Not too shabsters, methinks. Saturday I made Beef Carnitas, using beef stew meat, seasonings, and Cooking Light’s recipe, which involved an hour and a half of low-and-slow simmering in my French oven. After 90 minutes of simmering, I achieved tender, falling-apart chunks of beef. I did run a knife through … Continue reading

Chocolate Espresso Crinkles

Chocolate Espresso Crinkles

I am on a baking kick. Two weeks ago it was Pumpkin Cookies. Last week it was Lemon Bars. And today, the best of the trio, were the Chocolate Espresso Crinkles! Saturday morning I prepared the dough and let it hang out in the fridge for a couple hours. The recipe uses both unsweetened melted … Continue reading

Meal Planning for the Week of October 20-26

Meal Planning for the Week of October 20-26

Last Week: Dinner Meal Plan for the Week of October 13-19: Saturday: Grilled Brats, Roasted Potatoes, Grapes Sunday: Garlic Roasted Salmon and Brussels Sprouts Monday: Early birthday dinner for sis at Pizza House with fam – Crispy Chicken Salad for me Tuesday: Spaghetti Pie + salad Wednesday: Leftover Spaghetti Pie   Thursday: Cheese Ravioli with … Continue reading

Europe 2012: Day 9–Cinque Terre Trek

Europe 2012: Day 9–Cinque Terre Trek

I hope you are ready for a picture-heavy post. I absolutely could not help myself this time! Our ninth day of vacation in Europe was certainly our most adventurous! Actually it was one of the most adventurous days not only of our trip, but also of my life! I took so many amazing pictures (well, … Continue reading

Coffee House Creamery & Lemon Bars

Coffee House Creamery & Lemon Bars

It’s been a while since I’ve redeemed any Groupons. But this past weekend, I redeemed TWO! First up, lunch at Coffee House Creamery, located in a small strip mall by the Quality 16 movie theater on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. This small, locally owned business is somewhat like a Panera, but with ice cream! … Continue reading