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Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I hope y’all had a Happy Labor Day.   It started out dark and stormy around here, but the sun came out just in time for Phoebe’s walk.

Zinnias from my back yard:

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Tuesday:  I was off today, but I vigilantly waited by the phone for The Call and it never came.

I ran a few errands and as a result I’m here with an official statement:  Enough with the pumpkins already.  People, it’s September, not October.  What about the humble apple?  Ever heard of Johnny Appleseed?  Why is everyone in such a rush for fall?  Sure, I love fall as much as the next person.  I mean, hello, it’s the beginning of holiday decorations and all.  But here I am thinking that I just got cheated out of a good summer because of excessive rainfall, so please keep your pumpkins to yourself.

Wednesday:  No work today.  All caught up; so no editing.  Here’s the question:  why haven’t I been in the kitchen?  I’m really not sure where my time has been going.  Unless you count the two hours I wasted today trying to figure out why my water wasn’t working.  Thank you, Useless HOA, for letting me know an inept crew was going to test the fire hydrants today.  Oh, and thanks to My Immortal Beloved for drinking all of the bottled water while I was in Nashville.

Thursday:  Here’s something you don’t want to hear while enjoying your morning latte with Kelly and Michael:  your tenant just moved out with no notice.   I guess it’s a good thing I had to work today.

Friday:  I finished reading Girl With a Pearl Earring and of course I had to watch the movie because Marnie and I are going to see the exhibit at the High Museum on Sunday.  As usual, the book was way better.  But no complaints about Colin Firth.

Saturday:   A while back Marnie told me that I would like Smitten Kitchen.  For some unknown reason I didn’t listen.  Recently I stumbled onto the site and discovered these Butterscotch Pudding Popsicles, and now I’m hooked.

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Um, yes, I took a couple of bites out of one.  So good.

Sunday:  I made Hungry Girl’s Caramel White Chocolate Brownies.

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Cake mix and a can of pumpkin = genius.

Marnie and I went to brunch at Another Broken Egg.  It was my first time there, but I’m obviously going to have to take Jake there some day.  It’s too cute and too close by.  And there are biscuits and gravy.

After that we headed down to Midtown and then turned around and came back.  There was some sort of something that caused the street to be closed down.  We would have had to walk two blocks to get to the High.  Perish the thought.  Let’s just say we didn’t have proper footwear.  The Girl With a Pearl Earring isn’t going anywhere for a few weeks.

Good Deed of the Week:  Become an organ donor.  Done.  I have been for a while now.  I’m not sure when I first signed up.  You would think something like that might be memorable.  For all I know it was because BJ gave her heart to Maxie on General Hospital.  And they say soaps don’t educate.  I’m mostly kidding, but I do tear up every year when they celebrate BJ’s birthday.

Eat Well and Savor.

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Tres Leches Boston Cream Cake

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If you think it looks gooey then you’re right.

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Yeah, there are a few lumps in the chocolate.  So what.

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Tres leches means three milks.  This is actually a cake mix that’s prepared with buttermilk; so if you ask me it’s four milks.  In my opinion, the sweetened condensed milk is the best milk.  Think about it.  Have you ever made anything with a can of that stuff that wasn’t freaking amazing.  Lately I’ve been putting it in my coffee.  Spread the word.

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The chocolate on top is just a bag of semi-sweet chips that’s melted with half-and-half.

This recipe calls for an 18.25 ounce white cake mix.  I don’t buy a lot of cake mixes; so can someone please tell me when they got downsized to 15 or 16 ounces.  My guess is that it was sometime after I pulled this out of Coastal Living back in 2009.

Eat Well and Savor.

Affogato

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I know.  This is supposed to be vanilla ice cream, but Giada is a bad influence.  She loves chocolate.  Personally, I wouldn’t turn down chocolate, but it’s not my go-to ice cream flavor.

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This version of the Italian dessert just might change my mind.  It’s actually chocolate gelato with espresso and a dollop of Cool Whip.  I’m sure many Italians are cringing right now, but if I have Cool Whip in the fridge I just can’t bring myself to go the extra mile with the heavy cream and the mixer.

Eat Well and Savor

Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I actually took this picture yesterday, but I made it my wallpaper today and it has made me smile several times.  I fancy myself a photographer sometimes.  I took about 1300 pictures when we went to France, I just never did anything with them.

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Just to give you some perspective on how artsy I am, here’s the actual flower pot.

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I had a little 4:00 to 6:00 job at Piedmont Hospital today.   It’s conveniently located near my house, so I had plenty of time to mix up this little salad for lunch.

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It’s just your everyday pear-goat-cheese-candied-walnut salad, but the important part is the lettuce from my garden.  You like how I act like no one else can grow vegetables?

Tuesday:   As much as I am not a morning person, it is nice to be done with work by noon.   I did  a little work on the couch and then I made this Basil-Pecan Freezer Pesto from Southern Living’s Little Jars, Big Flavors.

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I’m dying to toss this with some pasta.

Wednesday:  Today I had a little afternoon depo.  Every time I have a medical job I swear I come home with whatever symptoms are discussed.  Knee replacement?  Knee pain, check.  Eye injury?  Twitching eyelid, check.  Discectomy?  Low-back pain, check.  Today’s topic was incontinence.  Need I say more?

I made these awesome muffin/brownies from Hungry Girl.  If you have a cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and 20 minutes for the oven, then you can make these babies too.

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They are the perfect vehicle for my homemade cherry-vanilla ice cream.  And when I say homemade I mean that I put cherries in some vanilla ice cream and stirred them up.

Thursday:  Just your average fender-bender depo today, which is only important because it equals an easy day.

I got this awesome grater from Amazon today.  Looks like your average grater, you say.  What’s so special about it, you say.

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First, it’s made by Jacob Bromwell, which means it’s Made in America.  Second, it’s part of the order I placed with the $200 gift card that I won from the Pioneer Woman!  Not that I’m bragging or anything, but I’m totally bragging.

Also, I made Smoky Roasted Cherry Jam.  I actually got the recipe from Eating Well and it’s so easy I’m going to tell you how to do it:   Put 4 cups of halved pitted cherries, 1/2 c OJ, 1 TB of fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/4 tsp of salt into a 9×13 pan and roast at 450 for 35 to 45 minutes, stir a few times and you’re done.  Next time I make it I will also use the immersion blender on it.

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I’m very pleased that it only makes one jar; my fridge is overrun with little jars lately.

Friday:  I had to work again today.  I always dread the five-day workweek.  I guess it’s my own brand of paranoia since this is the first time it’s actually happened in over a year.

I had to make this Blackberry Chip Ice Cream that I saw in the Food Network Magazine.  Thank you, Pioneer Woman.  Here’s the recipe from her site.  Ironically, it doesn’t include the 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate that you throw in at the end.  I say ironically because, although I never discriminate against chocolate, I thought it would be better without it.

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Needless to say, I’m kind of into PW lately.

Saturday:  I made these Fresh Cherry Scones that I came across on Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.

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Obviously, I went rustic instead of following her directions.  The point was to get rid of the last of my cherries, not spend an hour folding dough like an envelope.

Sunday:  I didn’t leave the house today; my favorite kind of Sunday.  I did manage to make this Asparagus en Papillote from the new Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook.  I don’t follow the Points system anymore, but I couldn’t resist this book.  Besides, I had a coupon.  I really can’t wait to delve into it a little bit more; there’s a few snippets of history throughout.

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As for the asparagus, I always thought en papillote meant in paper.  I guess in this case it means in aluminum foil.  Eh, whatever works.  Perfectly steamed in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes and simply tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

All in all, a pretty low-key weekend.  I just ran a couple of errands, did some work, and watched Lonesome Dove on Netflix.    I’ll be going now as it’s time for Dexter.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

 

 

Sunday Summary

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Monday:  Just your average 10:00 to 2:00 workday today.   I was at an office that used to be a garage.   You know, like where mechanics work.  It was beautiful with the exposed brick and the cement floor, and it was impeccably decorated.  In the lobby alone there is an Alexi Torres painting of Abraham Lincoln and these superfab benches that are hairy.

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And I made this Almond-Raspberry Jam from Cooking Light’s 2006 Annual Recipes.

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Canning is not something I would normally attempt on a weekday.  However, this is only stored in the fridge for six weeks, so no processing necessary.  It has amaretto in it, so it may not last six days, if you know what I mean.  I do love this combo.  In fact, the top layer of our wedding cake was almond cake with raspberry filling.  Come to think of it, that didn’t last six days either; we ate it on the honeymoon.

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Obviously I wasn’t blogging back then.  If I was I surely would have made the photographer take a picture of the inside.

Tuesday:  I was supposed to work 10 to 5 today in Buckhead, but it canceled last night.   Oh, well.  Then the office tried to call me at 4:30 to race to some doctor’s office by 5:30.  Unfortunately, I missed the call.  But, fortunately, I was able to make these muffins:

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I had some raspberries left, so I think it was fate that I saw this post on theKitchn.  I knew I had to make these Jumbo Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction.   I love it when I have everything on hand for a recipe.  Sally said semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.  Dark sounded amazing, but I used semi-sweet; however, I can’t help but think that white chocolate would go perfectly with the raspberries.   I also feel that I should disclose that I am now addicted to Sally, but not in a creepy way.  I’m just after her recipes.

Wednesday:  I had my last dentist appointment today.  Well, for the foreseeable future, that is.

Then I went to my new favorite salon for a pedicure.  Sugarcoat in the Vinings Jubilee.

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So cute.

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And a bargain compared to the Remede spa.

And I made broiled bok choy.  I was inspired by the recipe in BHG’s Eat Well Lose Weight, but I didn’t have all the ingredients.

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Toss with a little oil and broil for six minutes then flip and broil for another seven or eight.  My version of the sauce has OJ, ginger, honey, and mirin.  Honestly, next time I will just give it a spritz of soy sauce and call it a day.

Thursday:  Lucky me.  I got to go to Gainesville today, and I don’t mean Florida.  Two hours in the car is not my favorite way to spend the day.

Friday:  We went to see Man of Steel today.  My new favorite way to see a movie is at noon on Friday.  There is usually only one or two other couples in the theater.   I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen the movie, but I will say it made me want to watch the Christopher Reeve version again.

I also made Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding from Cooking Light’s Crave!

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Saturday:  Before we set out on our one big chore for the day (going to the garden center) I made Lemon Crepes with Cherry-Ricotta Filling for breakfast.  I got the recipe from the Drop 10 Diet Cookbook by Lucy Danziger.   This was the first recipe I’ve made, but if the rest are like this I think I’ll be using it more.  Besides, there’s a lot of cherry recipes and I still can’t stop buying them.  I think my days are numbered, though.

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Also, my new centerpiece came from NapaStyle today.    I just couldn’t resist the chicken wire.

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I was hoping to put hydrangeas in them, but these little purple flowers still had some shine, so I settled for the vase from Whole Foods, which you can’t really see anyway.

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I’m proud to say that the hydrangeas are from my yard.

Sunday:  Today we went to the Grant Park Farmers Market.  I had ordered some bug spray from Small Batch Garden and they said I could save shipping if I picked it up.   I wish I could say we had a great time checking out all the vendors.  But we had a limited amount of time and of course we parked on the wrong side of the park to begin with, but I got my bug spray.

I made it home in time to plant my shade garden.

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I hope it doesn’t die.  I can’t help but think that we could have achieved the same result by burying a $100 bill in the clay.  I’m going to spruce it up some with a little more mulch and maybe a stone border.

I’m wiling away the time until Mad Men starts by watching Viva Las Vegas.  It’s nice to the old sights, and a lot that are still around, not counting Elvis, of course.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

 

 

 

Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I didn’t have a job today, which is the perfect way to start the week.  Around noon I decided to do a little work.  Well, actually I was going to google something while watching Live with Kelly.  That’s about the time I realized the Internet was down.  After spending 40 minutes trying to mess with my laptop I realized the cable was out too.  I spent another 40 minutes or so dealing with Charter’s automated system, which didn’t help me; a female agent, who couldn’t help me and scheduled a tech appointment for 3-5; and a male agent literally in the Philippines.  At 5:00 Charter called to say the tech would be 30 minutes late.  When I called at 6:10 Charter said the tech was on the way.  When I called around 7:00, and spent 45 minutes on hold, the agent told me they weren’t coming.  No kidding.

No cable?  No problem.  I watched Victor/Victoria on DVD.  I can’t believe I’ve lived my whole life without seeing it.

Tuesday:  I had a job today that lasted an hour and there was a bowl of mini candy bars on the conference room table.   That is a win-win in my book.

The supports for my garden came today.  It’s my own little version of modern art.

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I also spotted a couple of itty-bitty lemons on my lemon tree.

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Wednesday:  I was off again today.  I managed to score this pot from Macy’s for 75 bucks.  It was on sale from $185 and I had a $20 coupon.

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And I made Macaroni Alfredo with Pumpkin and Kale from Better Homes and Gardens’ Eat Well Lose Weight magazine.

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Thursday:  I was off again today!  But this time it’s because I had a dentist appointment, not fun.

The frame I ordered from Amazon came today.  For a year now I’ve been staring at two big screws in the wall above my mantle.  I’ve been wanting to get some real art, but it’s just not in the budget.  Recently I watched the African Queen on Netflix.  I remember seeing it as a kid on a CBS matinée and loving it.   Katherine Hepburn’s character is tenacious and headstrong and I’m convinced she influenced me.  When I saw the poster for 9 bucks on Amazon I thought it was the perfect solution.  Of course Michael’s doesn’t carry poster frames so I had to place one more order.

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I made a Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake Mug from Lisa Lillien’s new book:  Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts.  Man, that’s a mouthful.

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Friday:  I had a little job this morning and was home by noon.  I was feeling pretty unmotivated, but after an infusion of espresso, via my homemade latte, I managed to make some kale chips.

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I tossed my torn up bunch of kale with olive oil and sea salt and baked them in a 275 degree oven for 20 minutes, stirring once.  If your name happens to be Mandy and you have a dehydrator at home you should totally make some of these, and then serve them with that tofu spread.  Just saying.

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I also made some Snickers-licious Cupcakes from Hungry Girl’s new book.  Can you tell I’m on a little HG bender.

Saturday:  I made Cherry Cream Cheese.

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Just combine 1/2 cup of softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup of chopped cherries, 1.5 teaspoons of confectioners’ sugar, and a pinch of allspice.  It was my plan to put this on a bagel.  And when I say bagel I mean one of those 110 calorie bagel thins.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t had a real bagel since the ’90s.  Anyway, this was amazing on the graham cracker.  As usual, as simple as it is, I didn’t come up with it on my own.  I yanked a whole page of cherry recipes out of Eating Well’s May/June 2010 issue, so stay tuned.

I met Marnie for coffee today at Whole Foods and picked up some figs to make this Prosciutto and Fig Crostata.

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It tastes better than it looks.  Again, so simple, and not my idea.  I pulled it out of Country Living.  It’s just a Pillsbury pie crust with a layer of cream cheese and then topped with a mixture of figs pureed with lemon juice, garlic, salt, and thyme.  Add a layer of prosciutto and bake at 425 for 15 minutes.

I feel the need to report that both Marnie and I had the Honeyed Latte at WF.  I am hooked.

Sunday:  Last but not least, I made Brandied Cherries today.

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Somewhere along the way I picked up Edible DIY by Lucy Baker.  So far I’ve made Spicy Marinated Artichokes and Lemon Salt with Fennel and Red Pepper Flakes.  Both of those were a hit, but the cherries have to be refrigerated for a week before I can deliver a verdict.  For the record, I have no idea what I’m going to do with all of these brandied cherries, but LB says you can drink the brandy afterwards, so at least that’s covered.

Eat Well and Savor.

Chocolate Comfort Cake

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With Creamy Chocolate Frosting.

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Extra super melt-in-your-mouth creamy is more like it.  I can only assume that is a direct result of using heavy cream.

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Lisa Yockelson has Baking Style for sure.  The cake and the frosting calls for unsweetened chocolate.   I used a bar of SCHARFFEN BERGER.  I’ve used this brand many times before, but this is the first time I noticed the goat.

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At least I think it’s a goat.  My first instinct is that the goat was happy and dancing.

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Which made me think of my little naked dancing Indian tattoo.   No, it’s not the devil or King Neptune.

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Back to the cake.  This recipe makes a 13×9 cake which is supposed to be 20 servings; so of course I cut it into 16.  I’ve actually been cutting those pieces in half and having a little taste every day with my coffee.  LY says to keep this in the fridge, but I highly recommend bringing it to room temperature.

One last thing:  I decorated my mixer.

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It makes me smile, so I recommend you do it too.

Eat Well and Savor.