Sunday, April 29, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Today, I'm sharing one of our favorite meals. One of the best things about it, it's
cheap economical!! It tastes great and you can use pork or shrimp in place of the chicken ... or go meatless! You can also add pineapple for more of a Hawaiian-type rice. Sometimes, I also add a little ginger to the fried rice, just for a change. Feel free to experiment with things you know your family loves. This recipe is so versatile! We love this with homemade egg rolls or lumpia .... Make sure you use leftover rice for this recipe ... or cook your rice early enough in the day that it has time to chill. Seriously, that is the hardest part of this recipe.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Summer will be here before we know it! With that comes Memorial Day, graduation parties,
my birthday, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, family trips to the beach, picnics in the park, barbecues in the backyard ... you notice how many activities revolve around family, friends and food?!?
This Firecracker Cake is the perfect summer dessert. It looks fancy (like it took a lot of work), but it really couldn't be easier! People will "ooh and aah" and ask who brought/made this cake ... then want a copy of the recipe!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I have a feeling 2 years from now, I will still be unpacking from our move. Don't get me wrong, we're not "living out of boxes" or anything like that ... we have most of our "necessities" unpacked ... the rest is either 1. stuff I have no idea what to do with it or where to put it 2. clothes my older kids can't wear anymore and I'm saving for the younger ones - so I'm not in a "hurry" to go through it 3. stuff I know I should get rid of, but lack the motivation necessary to actually go through and sort it ....... When we first got here, I feel like I got a lot accomplished in the unpacking department ... now?!? Pshhhhhh ...... I really need
someone to come do it for me to just do it. I don't know how all these super-mom's do it .... having 2 kids homeschooled, a 3 yr. old and a 6 month old makes it nearly impossible to get stuff done - either from lack of time, the lack of having extra eyes to watch everyone while you do your "work", the constant need of someone wanting your attention .... ah, the joys. :) It's really not that bad I guess, just wish I had the energy of Shorty - the 3 yr. old!
Before we went on vacation, I made this Snickerdoodle Cake. I could eat this frosting by the cupfuls! Yum! If you enjoy the flavor of cinnamon, this is the cake for you!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
You wouldn't think a 3 hour time difference would be that big of deal ... but let me tell you, my body says otherwise. Somehow, going from the east coast to the west coast seemed a lot easier than coming from the California back to North Carolina. I'm hating it ... I feel like I got cheated out of time and I'm having a hard time readjusting - and we've been home since Friday night/Saturday morning. I don't know how people who fly a lot, do it?!? I'd be a mess.
During our trip, our dear little princess has figured out she can "get around" by doing the "inchworm" .... you know - the rocking on the hands and knees, then lunging forward and flopping back onto the floor. She repeats this numerous times to get to her "destination" - which usually leads to her being moved and having to start the whole process over. Hehehe. Our lives will never be the same now that she has figured out how to move by means other than rolling.
Anyways, onto the cheesecake ........ mmmm mmmhhmmmm! I love me some cheesecake. This one is perfect ... chocolate-y, without being over the top.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I'm not a native East North Carolinian .... but I do appreciate their pulled pork and BBQ. Mmmmm mhhmmm! Some good stuff right there! I grew up with the traditional thick, tomato-y, slightly spicy stuff you're probably accustomed to also. Out here, they do things different ... and believe me, it's a good thing! They use a spicy vinegar sauce and it's nothing like that stuff you buy in a bottle. It does something to the pork you can't even describe ... I love it. I love the spice. I love the tang. Trust me, if you've never had it, you need to experience it! You can eat it straight up - just the meat, sauce and a fork (or your hands if you're so inclined - hehe) ... or put your BBQ on a bun, top it with some coleslaw (because that's how they do it out here) and enjoy! Make sure you keep that sauce handy ... it's addicting!
Now, let me clarify something. Around these parts, they use the whole hog and smoke that bad-boy over hickory, oak or maple to perfection. I have had to modify that part slightly - a whole hog is a lot of pork ... and personally, I find the crockpot so much easier for us. It's probably BBQ blasphemy ... but it's still good :) Oh, and for the authentic NC taste, be sure to use "Texas Pete" brand hot sauce .... in case you didn't know, it's made here in NC. (For some reason that reminds me of the old Pace commercials - hehe - where the cowboys say, "Made in New York City?!?" .... "Get a rope") ... Here's the video in case you have no idea what I'm talking about :)
Just a note, the sauce is best made a day or two ahead, so the flavors have time to blend.