I needed this weekend! It was a very busy week at work and throughout all of the craziness I knew that this weekend would be about getting organized and recharging the battery. Justin is in Bismarck, North Dakota this weekend so the pup (Leo) and I have had a lot of time to bond. This weekend I did a bunch of different things: dinner with Alli, Muppet movie with friends, tons of trips to Target, lesson planning, dyed pasta green for school, had the girls over for a movie night, went to a bris, and hosted a latke making program!
One of my favorite things I did this weekend was make these S’more bars! I’m giving you a link to a blog because I followed her recipe to a t! I know I tell y’all to make the recipes but seriously make this one like….NOW! They taste exactly like a s’more which is great for when you lack a fireplace and it looks like a winter wonderland outside.
I had to change the tree for winter!
How was your weekend?
Hello weekend… hello first snow for the season… I know we were warned but really I did not expect it. I realized I was quite unprepared when I stepped out of the car this afternoon at the outdoor shopping area in Maple Grove. I have decided to use this as a learning experience. Uggs+ a light fleece= no good in 28 degrees!
I am jet setting off to upper 60′s in a couple of days and I could not be more excited! Hello sunshine, the fam, and Chickfila.
Now you know who was prepared for the snow? This little fella…
Explaining to my family and friends what it’s like to live in Minnesota right now can best be described as living in a giant snow globe. Some days there is not a snow flake in the sky and others it seems like it is never going to stop snowing. Well, apparently everyone is into snow globes right now and not just me. I stumbled upon this site which you should definitely check out. http://www.snowglobemaker.com/
I love that Real Simple has a snow globe on the cover this month and I’m also crazy about the Coca Cola commercials right now that have snow globes in them. The song that Coke has in the commercial is by Train and I adore it. Apparently Apple is also featuring the iPad in a snow globe.
One of my favorite Hanukkah Presents (2000) . I still haven’t been to New York but am hoping to go soon!
I leave you with a special recipe that reminds me of my family… PARTY MIX (most people call this chex mix but to me it will always be PARTY MIX) Whenever we have this stuff it feels like a party. My mom is the party mix queen and makes this stuff by like the truck loads. Justin can literally inhale a bag of this in one sitting. It is that addictive to him.
1 box Corn Chex, 1 box Rice Chex, 1 box Wheat Chex, 1 box cheeze its, 1 bag pretzels, 2 sticks salted butter, Lawry’s seasoned salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce
1. Take two foil pans and put one stick of salted butter in each pan.
2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
3. Put pans in oven and let butter melt.
4. Add Worcestershire sauce about 1/2 cup maybe a bit more to each pan.
5. Cover bottom of each pan with garlic powder and Lawry’s seasoned salt.
6. Mix each pan around with spoon
7. Add 1/2 a box of corn chex, rice chex, wheat chex, cheeze it, and pretzels in each pan and stir around till evenly combined.
11. Put in oven for 20 minutes uncovered
12. Pull out and dump into empty pan and put back in oven for 20 minutes .
13. Pull out after another 20 minutes and dump in another pan and put back in oven for 20 more minutes.
total time is (3) 20 minute increments or 1 hour
Alli, me, and Amy
I know I have some readers that might not know what kugel is so let me explain. Kugel is “A traditional Jewish dessert or side dish. The word is Yiddish for ball, but it is sometimes translated as pudding or casserole.” (this website is really interesting http://www.jewishrecipes.org/jewish-foods/kugel.html )
I love a little history lesson, don’t you? But moving on to a twist on a traditional classic. My friend, Amy keeps joking with me that she doesn’t know what it takes to get mentioned on the blog… well Amy, here is your gold star that you wanted. Amy made this Kugel for me recently and I could not get over how amazing it was. I begged her for the recipe and promised her a post with picture. Make this kugel… you will be amazed with not only how easy but how delish it is.
Amy’s Sweet Kugel
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) salted butter or margarine
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup pecans, halved
1 pound wide noodles
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. Melt half the butter in a 12 cup bundt pan. Swirl it around the bottom and up the sides.
2. Press the brown sugar into the bottom and press the pecans into the sugar.
3. Boil the noodles according to the package directions and then drain. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, the remaining melted butter, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Next pour into the bowl that has the noodles and mix. Then pour into bundt pan.
4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until the top is brown. Let sit for 15 minutes before unmolding. The top will become slightly hard like a praline. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Side note: tomorrow is my last day of school and then begins winter break! I have a feeling that I will be pretty bored so expect some super fun blog entries to follow
I wanted to make cake balls this past weekend and I wanted to jazz them up. I spied an unopened bag of mini m&ms and thought why not. This could not be easier and I would definitely suggest you make it with/ for kids. I brought half a batch to the people at work and the other half to family dinner.
1 nine by thirteen Betty Crocker cake ( I did a yellow cake)
1 container of frosting ( I chose chocolate)
1 bag mini m&ms
2 bags white chocolate melts.
Crumble cake into bowl and mix in 3 quarters of the container of frosting. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Melt the two packages of white chocolate in the microwave in thirty second increments. Make sure to stir with a spoon after each time.
Dip balls in white chocolate and place on wax paper or parchment paper. Carefully stick on m&ms before white chocolate dries. Store in air tight container in fridge.
What desserts have you made this month?
Any suggestions for another topping for the cake balls?
Surviving in a giant snow globe
First let me tell all of you that for the next couple of posts you are going to have to bear with me…. Apparently something has happened to the router at home and I am having to blog from my phone which I do not love for so many reasons ( blogging and skyping with my mom and dad are probably two of my favorite things that are being interrupted by this stupid router). No prob though my mom (my editor) will send me emails and I will fix any mistakes that you may see this week.
Ok so now that I have cleared that up let me fill you in on a dessert that has way too many memories connected to it and is amazing and not too hard to make…drum roll…. White Chocolate Bread Pudding!
This recipe I thought I would never have but unfortunately “the fams” favorite restaurant in Birmingham closed down and they sent out the recipe to the most ordered/most loved dessert their White Chocolate Bread Pudding. I made it this weekend for Justin and he gave me his stamp of approval.
Make this dessert for your family and friends! I promise you they will love it.
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
12 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/2 quart heavy cream
18 ounces white chocolate chips
1 1/2 loaves challah (cut off crust)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 quart half and half
1/2 cup butter
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Grease a 9 by 13 baking dish. Layer bread into 3 layers. Cut and trim as necessary to get good coverage. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until bright yellow. Heat the cream, half and half and vanilla until it begins to boil. Add white chocolate chips to egg mixture and stir in the hot cream until all the chocolate is melted. Pour this pudding mixture over the bread making sure to manipulate the bread soaking every layer with the pudding mixture.
Blend 1/2 cup butter and then mix in all ingredients until well blended. Apply the topping by spreading it out evenly over the surface. Let the bread pudding stand for 15 minutes before putting it in the oven.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. ( I put mine on a cookie sheet when I baked it because I was worried it might overflow.)
What is your favorite restaurant?
Do you have a similar story of a restaurant you miss that has closed?
Do you have a great bread pudding recipe?
I have to admit as I was typing out the title of this post I immediately thought of the song from the Jungle Book, The Bare Necessities that Baloo sings to Mowgli (it must be the teacher in me). Winter Weather is hitting Minnesota and I must say quite hard. I mean below zero temperatures with wind chill makes staying inside super tempting. Lately when I leave the house the only thing not wrapped up in cashmere, fleece, down, or wool is my face. I decided what better way to celebrate the cold then a post dedicated to snow/ winter survival. Here is a list of some things that make my winter more bearable.
1. Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion- Now I have tried many different lotions and right now this one is my favorite. One of my favorite slogans its cheap and it keeps me cheerful and not itching dry skin.
2. Mulling Spices- This is a winter staple and I hate to tell you that I don’t have any at home right now. I need to get over to Williams Sonoma and get some. All you need is a jar of the mulling spices and apple juice to make the best apple cider ever. My mom used to make me this all the time for me in the winter.
3. Movies- Now one of my new favorite movies came out today and I just had to write about it. Despicable Me is animated and here is the story line from imdb: “In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world’s greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.” This movie has Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Kristin Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove in it.
On the subject of renting movies… because that is definitely something we do in Minnesota (not having to attempt the layer upon layer of clothing is fantastic) I know lots of people are doing netflix. Justin and I have not been too tempted to do this because next to where we live is a redbox which makes life quite convenient. One dollar for a dvd is simply wonderful!
What are some of your winter staples/ necessities/ must haves?
Not sure exactly how much snow we had this weekend but thanks to the wonderful snow plows it did not put a damper on the family Hanukkah party tonight (Sunday).
I ended up making snowman cake pops with Alli yesterday. I had high hopes for these and was a bit disappointed with the final product. I could not find the right sprinkles for buttons and my edible markers were giving us some trouble but life goes on and at least they tasted yummy.
I got the cutest key chain tonight from Justin’s aunt. Everyone knows that when the cold weather rolls around you can find me in one of my many pairs of uggs so… this was a perfect gift for me.
Surviving in a giant snow globe is bearable because of a great puffy coat, warm gloves, and a cashmere scarf!
How was your weekend?
The news here (Minneapolis) has been 15-20 inches of snow for today (Saturday) for the last couple of days. (i.e.- I’m starting to get a bit stir crazy) Justin always works on Saturdays and the last time that they predicted a big snow storm a couple of weeks ago it was delivered and I did not appreciate it. So the conclusion was to make myself a play date for today because I was not going to be stuck at home alone.
I called Alli on Thursday and told her that I was in desperate need of a girls day! She agreed so we decided what better way to spend a snowy day then making cake pops and watching movies.
Here are a couple pictures that I thought I would share with y’all from a snowy Saturday in Minneapolis.
Molly sent me this picture of her dog Roxy in the snow.
We couldn't believe how much snow had fallen.