First of all I must start this post by wishing my best friend Stephanie Oreck a Happy Happy Birthday! We celebrated her birthday this past Friday by going to see Sex and the City 2! We started the celebration off by dinner and cosmopolitans at Crave. (
After dinner we headed over to the new theater. I love this movie theater because you can purchase your seat ahead of time so when you enter the movie you are not scrambling to get a perfect seat. (it is exactly like purchasing a seat on an airplane) I have read a couple of movie reviews of Sex and the City 2 and I do not agree with them. I thought this movie did not disappoint at all. I loved all the fashion, the music, and the scenery. I would love to hear what you thought. Make it a girls night and go see this with your girlfriends!
Here is a couple of pictures from our night.
I officially made it through my first Minnesota winter! I decided what better way to reward myself than with a new swimsuit. I don’t love swimsuit shopping but decided that it would be best to try a new store. I went to the Lands End in Minnetonka. (what a fabulous store!) They had a huge selection of swimsuits in a variety of styles! They are also having a SALE ONLINE AND IN STORE! I highly suggest you check it out or order online if you do not have one in your area.(www.landsend.com) I am super excited now to work on my tan this summer.
I bought this in navy!
I love this swim skirt. I bought it in navy and it has a bottom attached to it.
One of my new friends in Minnesota, Kat is also a blogger…. check out her site!
I love learning new things and I bet you will learn something new too! In the picture below are all my friends that did the Get In Gear 10k and 5k in April with me!
Pasta dinner before the Get In Gear Run
Also an update it was 90 degrees in Minnesota today… don’t worry fellow Alabamians I did not complain about the humidity… I told everyone I was quite used to it.
How better to spend a Saturday morning then going to a new cupcake boutique with a good friend. Allison and I walked into Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique at 10 this morning. The place is absolutely adorable with pink embellishments all throughout the store. Allison had the Cookies N Cream cupcake and I had the S’mores. Both were delicous and not too rich tasting. We also really liked the size of the cupcakes because they were not too big or too small. We both would definitely recommend that our fellow Minnesotans try this place! It is located ON 50th & FRANCE IN EDINA.
Allison and I love that you can watch the cupcakes being made.
- Cookies N Cream Cupcake
Happy Birthday to my dad!
I am posting something that I know he will love. Since moving to Minnesota I have learned more and more about the fascination with a hamburger here called the “Juicy Lucy.” Everyone claims they have the best one. A Juicy Lucy is a hamburger that has cheese on the inside rather than the traditional hamburger with cheese on the top. When you bite into a Juicy Lucy the cheese sometimes oozes out and you need to be careful because it is very very hot!
My dad is coming to visit in a couple of months. He has had the Juicy Lucy at Matt’s Bar which he liked a lot. When he comes back we are going to pick another place to take him to. Here is a bit of info on a couple different places that serve the Juicy Lucy.
1. Matt’s Bar-opened in 1954. They claim to have invented the Jucy Lucy ( no I did not make a typo they spell theres without the i). Justin and I have been here multiple times. (Sorry no picture of the Juicy Lucy) In a Food Wars episode on the travel channel they beat 5-8 Club.
5-8 Club Juicy Lucy
2. 5-8 Club- opened in 1928 and operated as a speakeasy. They also claim to have invented the Juicy Lucy. Justin and I went there this past Sunday. We thought the hamburger tasted good but the cheese was not oozing out of the hamburger like the one at Matt’s Bar or The Nook.
The Nook's Juicy Nookie Burger
3. The Nook- Justin and I have been here a couple of times. Guess who else loves it? Guy Fieri went here on his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Justin and I still can’t decide our favorite. If you have an opinion please post and let me know.
Everyone has their favorite family recipes. I have great memories of this chocolate cake from birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. My Aunt finally shared the recipe with me at my wedding shower. I have put off making this cake for 3 years because I thought it was too hard. I finally decided to try it out today and learned that there are some steps but once you master them this cake is pretty easy. Thanks Aunt Bobbye for letting me share this with everyone.
Aunt Bobbye’s Chocolate Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
Dash of salt
Sift the ingredients listed above in a bowl
Melt in a double boiler:
1 ½ stick margarine
½ cup cocoa powder
Pull out and have ready: 2 eggs, 1 pint buttermilk (non fat), and 1 teaspoon vanilla
In a kitchen aid or mix master: Alternate flour mixture, margarine/cocoa mixture, eggs, and buttermilk. Add vanilla. Make sure to blend thoroughly.
Pour in a greased 13×9 baking pan and cook for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. (My Aunts oven and my oven took about 33 minutes) I checked my cake at 30 minutes and realized it was still a pit loose so I put it back in the oven.
Icing- start making it about 10 minutes before the cake is ready to come out of the oven
In a double boiler melt:
¾ stick of margarine
½ cup cocoa
3 cups confectioners sugar that has been sifted
Add sugar gradually and add about ¼ cup of milk (maybe a little more than that) to make the icing more pourable. The double boiler must be on high heat and must be stirred constantly. Pour on cake when it comes out of the oven. (The icing will start getting hard when it is removed from the heat so pour it all on quickly in the middle of the cake and then spread it to all the sides.)
I still need to work on my icing skills.
Serve with a big glass of milk!
I haven’t made lasagna in a while so I thought I would pull out my favorite recipe and update it a bit. I make it in a 9 by 13 glass dish. It makes a ton for the two of us but Justin will gladly take it for lunch tomorrow.
2 cups part skim ricotta
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil
1 large egg
4 cups chopped zucchini
½ cup chopped onion
2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce ( we like lots of sauce in our lasagna, alternate if you want)
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
9 oven-ready lasagna noodles (such as Barilla)
1 ½ cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Heat large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in spaghetti sauce; remove from heat. In another skillet brown the ground beef or turkey in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. When you can no longer see any pink combine with spaghetti sauce mixture.
- Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Spread ¼ cup spaghetti sauce mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Arrange 3 noodles over spaghetti sauce mixture; top with one-third ricotta mixture, one-third spaghetti sauce mixture, and one-third mozzarella. Repeat layers with remaining noodles, ricotta mixture, spaghetti sauce mixture and mozzarella.
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until lasagna is thoroughly heated.
Tonight I decided to try making Buffalo Wings. I wanted a recipe that my husband would like. He doesn’t like spicy food. I found a great recipe on All Recipes. I decided to tweak it. I thought they were perfect… not too spicy and not bland!
Baked Buffalo Wings
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
15 chicken wings
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot)
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt in a plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings and zip bag closed. Toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F . Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and crispy on the outside, about 40 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.
Serve with your favorite blue cheese or ranch dressing
Thanks for reading my first post! I am fairly new to blogging and am excited to dive in. I’m certain that I will get the hang of this but bear with me.