Friday, May 28, 2010

favorite things friday

sorry about last week, we left friday at 6 am to san diego, and i remembered in the car that i didn't do a ftf. woopsies. my fave thing this week is SUGAR IN THE RAW it has become a staple in the kitchen. it has a grittyness, that refined sugar cannot provide.
i put it on any type of fruit, and started implementing it into recipes.
raw sugar

here is one the best chocolate chip cookies i've ever had.
recipe:bobby flay

prep time: 15 min
cook time: 9-11 min
makes about: 2 dozen

2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup raw sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 (5oz block semisweet chocolate , chopped into chunks
1 (5oz block milk chocolate , chopped into chunks (if you don't have block, just use choc chips)

(i don't use that much chocolate, but that's just me)

preheat oven to 375 degrees
line baking sheet with parchment paper

whisk together flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.

place butter in the bowl on an electric stand mixer. beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
add the sugars, and continue mixing, scraping sides, about 2 minutes longer.
add the eggs, 1 at a time, then add vanilla extract, until incorporated.

slowly add the flour until all incorporated. hand stir in the chocolate.

use a small ice cream scoop, spoon onto baking sheet 2 inches apart. bake until lightly golden brown, and still soft in the middle. when done transfer to baking rack.


what's my least favorite thing this week? puking from being pregnant, and then getting the flu, and puking from that. no more puke please.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

bday and trips

papa jim (father in law) made me my favorite cake. strawberry shortcake
birthday cake
joe's farmgrill for my FREE lunch
birthday lunch2
i get weird cravings. (pb. & choc. strawberry banana sandwich)
birthday lunch
keepin it classy for dinner at peter piper
birthday dinner
birthday dinner
there were loads more peeps there, but didn't make the pics.. acey parker shannil presley stella brynlee amy cole jake ellie lyla chad and paris

san diego was a lovely trip
san diego
bein happy
san diego
bein cute
san diego
these seals do it right. full. time. snuggle.
san diego
on the way home, there was lots of this.
san diego

Friday, May 14, 2010

favorite things friday

New Moon and Eclipse Pictures

(who put this on there?!?!!)

this week is surrounded around me. what?! tomorrow is my birthday. turning the big 23. so today i'm sharing some fun places to go to get free stuff, or discounts on your bday.

krispy kreme- free half dozen donuts

benihana- during your birthday month you receive $30 off your meal. you just have to sign up here.

wendy's- free frosty on your b-day

dairy queen- free blizzard on your bday, just sign up here.

sephora- they have a little gift behind the counter (you have to be part of their beauty club which is free. go to the store to sign up)

o and if you pay the $10 fee for body shop a year (so gay), you get a free $10 gift on your birthday.

these were just some on my favs. if these don't tickle your fancy, you can go here to find one that is just your size!

happy weekend!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

future mom. check.

there really is a baby (fetus that is) in there. for 4 weeks i really thought that pregnancy stick was lying, and morning sickness was a 4 week flu, and i'm tired from my allergies. but when i saw that little lentil bean with the smallest dot in the world beating at 170 bpm, it finally was real. tears, lots of happy tears. dave calls me katie catastrophe because i think the worst possible. and having a baby in there, and my hormones jumping to the moon and back, it's been just a bit elevated. like almost fighting people in zumba cause they took my spot, or crying at radio commercials. i cried like that before, but now it's a daily basis. and why am i convinced it's a girl? cause i just am. that's why i bought some pink 9 mth shoes. they were on sale. is it way to soon to tell people? yep it sure is. like i can hold it in any longer.

would you have passed up these shoes?

Friday, May 7, 2010

favorite things friday

my favorite thing this week was found by chance. when dave was in a band, (was he really in a band?) band practice was at his house. not his garage, his front, where you have home teachers over room. when they would have shows, they would take their gear, and then bring it back on the the WHITE carpet. (we weren't married by then, i had no say) so who knows what was on the carpet. so when they got the boot, our carpet had like 3-5 foot streaks of black covering the entire carpet. if you ever were at my old house, you would remember. every cleaning product i used didn't even budge the stains. i found this stuff from under the sink, no idea where it came from. i sprayed that sucker on the carpet, and the heavens opened. it took 5 bottles worth to clean my whole carpet, but it was worth it. stains? grease, pee, poop, blood. this is the stuff. "blue magic" carpet and stain lifter. i've only found it at auto zone. $5.99. oh, and it's for cars too.

blue magic

do you know what's not my favorite thing this week? leaving laundry in the wash for 24 hours, so it smells nice and moldy. i gagged.