May 15, 2010

A little sewing project

I’m no Betty Seamstress. But I do know how to put my foot to the pedal and sew some stitches. I saw a fabric  memory game on etsy and thought “I can do this.”

so I did. and you can too!

1. find a fabric of which you can make identical pieces. I chose this animal pattern so it would easy for little little kids.

2. cut the shapes out! i used pinking shears as it’s a little less hassle in the long run.

3. Find a felt (or any fabric, really) to use as a back. i used this lovely, gender neutral orange.

4. Sew

5. You’re done!

I’m setting a set (5 pairs) to Jessica’s kids next week…she’ll have to post some pictures for us to see!

May 14, 2010

Bridal Brunch

In April I hosted a bridal shower brunch for my lovely friend Jennifer, soon to be Jennifer Hren. I love brunch so I thought this was a great thing to dive right on in.

As this was my first solo shower I have ever hosted, I learned a TON. My biscuits were flat as I didn’t cut them thick enough. Oh well, lesson learned. The most important lesson that I learned is what a great helper my fabulous husband is. He helped me prep into the weeee hours of the morning and then woke up at the crack of dawn with me to bake/clean for our guests!

My Menu consisted of

Cheese Quiche

Sausage Quiche

Broccoli Quiche

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Bacon Biscuits

Regular Biscuits

Strawberry and Whipped Cream Cups

Bread with Nutella or butter

Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball with Graham Crackers

I’ll post the recipes throughout the summer.

May 14, 2010

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

I know you will be gracious with me and excuse my complete lack of postings for this week.

For another grand new recipe adventure, I made a nice twist on an old favorite. I love banana muffins. I love them so much, in fact, I served them at my wedding. YUM. I came across a recipe for a chocolate chip banana cake from Good Things Catered. Yes and Yes.

  1. anything with chocolate chips in it gets made in our house.
  2. I love the chocolate and banana combo. Yes yes yes.

I didn’t remember to take a picture when I baked it but I took one of the single remaining slice. Which will get eaten, I’m quite positive, as soon as the husband gets home from the office.

The recipe makes a single 9″ layer and suggests you top it with buttercream frosting. Which, I am sure, is delicious but I didn’t have time to whip that up so I opened the can of chocolate frosting that was staring me in the face and went at it.

So good. I suggest making it for a brunch or some sort of morning affair.

May 14, 2010

Tomato Herb Flatbread

Last night we had a few friends over for dinner for a little pizza party. The husband was in charge of the pizza,  I was in charge of “other.” I love other, lots of flexibility there. My favorite food blog, Annie’s Eats, the source of all my food inspiration, posted a lovely Tomato Herb Flatbread, which fits quite nicely into “other.”

If you have never made a bread, this is a nice place to start.

  1. it’s easy (in the instructions she uses fresh herbs, while this is preferable, it’s not necessary, just use whatever you have in your cabinet)
  2. it’s delicious.

Annie’s has never failed me. They have detailed instructions (you can tell she’s a doctor) and they are always delicious.

Ok, back to Tomato Herb Flatbread. I made it and it was a hit.

May 7, 2010

Why plan your menu

Honestly, i didn’t do this until I got married. Mostly because I can survive on cereal and salad. Most men, however, can’t. And though Jason loves to cook, without a definite plan of what we will cook we’re likely to end up at Chick-fil-a.

I wanted to write a quick something-something about why we menu plan. Planning a menu is the best way to avoid the 5.30 “i have no idea what we are going to eat today, let’s just go to Mcdonalds.” Okay, sidenote, we love McDonalds and Chick-fil-a and every other take out place. We do, trust us. However, our bank accounts don’t love them. Nor do our cardiologists. So menu planning it is.

“Menu Planning” is just thinking, ahead of time, about what you will eat. LIke ahead of time enough so you can buy what you need to make it. Jess and Gail usually talk about it on Mondays for M-F but you can do it anytime.

Since neither Gail nor Jessica are millionaires (which, we wont’ lie, we would love to be) or cardiologist (though we did get A’s in Mr. Berwager’s 9th grade science class) we need to rein in the spending/heart defects. As an added benefit to saving money and your figure, there are all kinds of studies about how eating as a family is good for you. (i’ll link later, but trust us on this). So menu planning saves you money, saves your health and it just may save your sanity.

BONUS: Jessica is a coupon queen so she’s likely to posts TONS about couponing. Gail is  a nerd so she is likely to post nerdy things about food.

May 7, 2010

From the Start

Jessica and Gail were once enemies. Well, not so much enemies as “frenemies.” Okay, so we were in 4th grade, what more do you expect? We bonded over lunch back then, in our school cafeteria, which ironically Gail got married in 18 years later. We thought we were so cool by brining in our lunches each day…more specifically by bringing in salads. Oh how we loved our salads and our 10 containers of bacon bits, cheese, carrots and whatever else we could steal from our fridge.
Over the years we changed, we moved, we got married, we are career women and one of us is a mom. Still, we remain bonded over lunch and talk to each other each day about what is on our menu for this all important meal. More than lunch, we now talk about our menu at home. What to feed the husband, ourselves and the kids for dinner. We want to bring you on our adventure of food, of friendship and of bonding over a table with your loved ones…or frenemies.

May 7, 2010

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