Monday: Thankfully, I had today off. I decided to take a trip to IKEA. Am I the only one who finds that place overwhelming? I was looking for some rectangular planters and they didn’t have them. Of course that didn’t stop me from picking up a few bargains. And when I say bargains you should know that I bought five items and my total bill was $8.91.
I also made some Peach Iced Tea. In case you’re wondering, the peach has currently replaced cherries in my house. I got the recipe from Kelly Alexander’s book, Peaches. Honestly, the tea flavor wasn’t very strong and neither was the peach flavor.
Tuesday: I was home from work by 1:00 today. I didn’t really accomplish too much, unless you count this ice cream.
Peach Cobbler Ice Cream from Cooking Light: Cool Whip, sweetened condensed milk, and peach schnapps? Count me in. Don’t forget the Bourbon-Caramel Sauce.
Wednesday: I had to do some top-secret transcription this morning and then I was lucky enough to drive home in the pouring rain. I did manage to snag this awesome tray at Williams-Sonoma, though. On sale and another 20% off.
And I made these Butter-Roasted Carrots from Cooking Light’s Pick Fresh Cookbook.
Just roast in the oven for 15 minutes at 425.
Thursday: Happy Independence Day! Jake wanted me to make sure to pass along that the 4th of July is just the date. And he recommends that you read the Declaration of Independence.
I recommend that you make your own Barbecue Potato Chips.
I followed the recipe in Edible DIY by Lucy Baker. I’ve made baked chips before and been unimpressed. These were deep-fried, amazing, and worth every minute of prep, but it’s something I won’t repeat on a regular basis; frying in batches is time-consuming. Still, two potatoes made a lot. And I had some of the barbecue mixture leftover, so I coated a strip steak with it for Jake’s dinner. I think the little bit of brown sugar in it made a nice caramelization resulting in a crust that Jake was over the moon about.
Friday: Look what came today.
That’s right. I got a dehydrator with the Amazon card I won from Pioneer Woman. Thanks again, PW. I haven’t used it yet. Honestly, I’m a little intimidated. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Cooking Light’s Crave! is quickly becoming a Friday night fave. Hmm, I feel like I’ve made this rhyme before.
Anyway, Apricot and Prosciutto Thin-Crust Pizza was a hit with my non-fruit-loving husband. I suppose the prosciutto had a little something to do with it.
Saturday: Jake and I were going to go to the movies today. He was unmotivated by my choice of the Lone Ranger and I was unmotivated by the extremely rainy weather. We went to Costco instead. I can’t help but think that the movie would have been cheaper.
Here’s the Drink of the Week:
Cherry Pucker: 2 ounces cherry brandy, 1 ounce vodka, 1 ounce amaretto, and 2 ounces of cranberry juice. I’m so happy I found something tasty to use up those little jars of cherry brandy leftover from my Brandied Cherries.
Sunday: I made whoopie pies today. What’s the occasion you ask. Well, me, of course. I love to celebrate me. Today is my three-year anniversary at my job and I’m going to take treats to the office tomorrow. I made the Classic Chocolate Whoopie and the Coconut Cream filling from Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell.
They’re not so pretty once they’re wrapped up, but it is necessary to keep the obscene amount of filling that I put in there from oozing out.
Eat Well and Savor.