DPP: Day 15

December Photo Project: Day 15

DPP: Day 14

December Photo Project: Day 14

Modified taco salad for dinner last night. Essentially just made a bean dip (black beans, refried beans, olives, cream cheese, ground beef, taco seasoning, cheddar, monterey jack, green onions, all mixed together, baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes) on a bed of lettuce and avocado. T’was awesome. And there was plenty for leftovers!

More Pie

I’ve been watching too much Pushing Daisies, I think.

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve had a sudden domestic urge lately to make a lot of pies. This one was a triple berry pie. It was pretty good topped with vanilla ice cream.

Week in review

Vacation blogging is never as fun for the readers, and for that I apologize. I’ve mostly just been lounging about my parents house, soaking in the wonder of unemployment. Crazy having all this free time. It’s kind of nice. And then on Tuesday we leave for Texas for Pablo’s sisters wedding and Thanksgiving. I’ve never been to Texas before, I’m kind of excited.

I’ve still been a little bit crafty, even though I’m not home. I did make a turtle, 3/4ths of a fish and a whole starfish. No pictures yet, since they still need faces, but I forgot to bring the black embroidery thread to finish them off, so pictures of those are forthcoming. However, I did make an apple galette again, although it looks like it’s been shot.

It was a little leaky, but I think it looks like blood. Kind of gross, yes. It still tasted good, so whatever.

Also, some obligatory pictures of my adorable nephew, with whom I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with this week.

I love this picture, because I caught his tongue in action!

Also, I’ve been tossing around the idea of making these for my married friends for Christmas, pretty funny, no?

They’re called Smittens! I am not sure if anyone would actually think they are funny but me, but I still think they’re hilarious.

I’ll be back in Idaho tomorrow, so hopefully regular blogging will resume soon!

Saturdays are for pie.

We’re going to have a potluck dinner with some good friends this evening, and I (as usual) request to bring dessert. It felt like a good day for pie.

Also, after last weeks Apple Pie Pop extravaganza, let me just say, I am totally over baking pie crusts. I totally bought some pre-made ones at the store, which put the actual time of work I put into this at about 15 minutes.

Blueberry Peach pie! It was all Paul’s idea.

Always got to make it nice and shiny with the egg whites


Apple Pie Pops

I made some apple pie pops! They were insanely delicious.

(butter, lots of butter)

(lots of apples)

(Cinnamon deliciousness)

(halfway done)

(just before baking)

(Paul did the little pie-pop display)

The perfect 2 bite dessert.

(Apple Pie Pops, finished)

Apple Galette

This was a fantastically easy recipe, guys. And tasty, oh so tasty! So the crust looks a little weird, but that’s the beauty of galette.. it doesn’t matter what the crust looks like!

Used this simple (awesome) recipe. Go make it, for reals, so much easier than pie!

Had a little accident tipping over a cookie sheet covered in flour.

The moral of the story, kids, Don’t bake in your boots.


Weekend Visits

My friend Autumn and her husband got to come visit us for a (short) trip out here this weekend, and while they were here we did a little birthday celebration.

Everyone loves a little funfetti.

The Birthday Girl!

It was a very fun visit, but I am sad they had to leave so soon. But we did get a pretty good game of Bocce Ball in, before they left.

What we did with all those peppers…

Thanks, you guys! I never knew that having a blog could be so helpful. Got lots of ideas on how to prepare and eat up those yummy peppers! We still have a few more, and farmers market is only 3 days away, so I will definitely be buying more to try some more of your recipes!

We ended up making Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (yum!)

Uh, this looks kind of gross, but it wasn’t. It’s a super-duper easy recipe.
Saute 2 stalks celery and 1 medium onion in olive oil for about 5 min
Add 1 can of drained black beans (or any kind of beans, really, I suppose)
1 large diced tomato
Add 2 cups water and 3/4 cup quinoa (or you could substitute rice, couscous, even groundbeef or sausage, but if you add meat don’t add the water)
Bring to boil, let simmer for 20 minutes, or until quinoa is soft and most of the water is absorbed

Then, gut your peppers! The poor yellow one had to go sideways because he was not able to stand on his own.

Then, stuff them! I used a ladle to get it in there, but I did end up spilling all over the edges…

Then add some shredded cheese to the top, if you want. (Cheese is always a yes in this household)

Then bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. (I cheated and baked them at 375 for 45 minutes, we were starving at that point since we didn’t start making it until around 5:30, and it was bordering 7:00pm….)

They weren’t super filling, so next time I might add more quinoa, or possibly some ground beef (that might make the husband happy) just to make them stick with you a bit longer. But I thought they were really, really tasty!