Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February in Review

I loved doing a wrap up last month, so I'm doing it again! Hopefully, I'll do these every month.

The Recipes

Main Dishes

I reviewed a few cookbooks this month: Fix-It and Forget-It and Food Network Magazine's Great Easy Meals.

I participated in both the Crazy Cooking Challenge and Secret Recipe Club this month. I posted Triple Chocolate Cake for CCC and Hamantaschen for SRC.

I want to revisit my resolutions again and update on how well/awful I'm doing on them:
  • Drink more water - I went from 16 oz. a day in January to between 16 oz. and 32 oz. each day. Recently I've been downing 32 oz more regularly. For March, I want to try and get up to 40 oz. daily.
  • Eat more fruit - I still haven't done well with this one. I need to start utilizing my blender and make smoothies or something.
  • Exercise 5x a week - I started the 30 Day Shred on the 20th. You can follow my "journey" over on my personal blog.
  • Get on a schedule - I would like to be a little better about this one, but overall much better.
  • Read more - I read 9 books in February and would love to read even more in March!
  • **new** Catch up on adding the printable feature to old recipes.
  • **new** Keep organizing my recipe arsenal. I would like to at least finish the master recipe document that has all my favorite recipes that we've tried (or rather get it completely updated).

If you missed them, you can find Sunday Social, Oh, How Pinteresting Weds., and Twisted Thursdays by scrolling all the way down and finding the little label cloud. Click on whichever you want to see :) Some great recipes were shared this month, as usual. The foodie world never ceases to blow my mind!

Oven-Baked Steak

I've never been really good at making a steak that didn't turn out well-done. My husband prefers his medium, so I've been trying to get it right for him. This recipe worked out perfectly. I was able to make mine the way I like it...and coincidentally the way I'm good at cooking it: well-done and his the way he likes it. The marinade was the best I've ever had and Nick raved about it too.

(Printable Version)
Recipe from

What you need:
  • Steak
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning
  1. Mix your marinade together and put it with the steak into a baggie. I marinated mine most of the day. Take your steak out 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Bake at 450 for 10 to 12 minutes or bake at 325 for 25 to 30 minutes - this should bring it to a nice medium. You can cook it longer if you prefer a more well done steak (like me).

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Oh, How Pinteresting Weds. #33

Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Avocado, and Ham
 I still have yet to try avocado (other than guacamole Doritos which I don't think count) and I really would love to. These look so good!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Cheddar Chicken & Potatoes
Yummy! SnoWhite always has such good meals on her blog. This one looks fast and easy!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Cake Batter Muddy Buddies
I was on a super cake batter binge while searching for recipes...and muddy buddies binge too.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Chicken Tetrazzini
This is similar to the recipe I have with a few adjustments. I think it'll be much more successful and then I can finally have tetrazzini all the time again.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Milky Way Muddy Buddies
OMG. I have my mind going for 8 billion other types of Muddy Buddies.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Garlic Bread Pasta
I can't stop thinking about this looks super delicious!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Open Faced Hamburger Phillies
I'm really into phillies right now. I think these look awesome!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Cake Batter Popcorn
Mmmmmm! What's better than popcorn...and cake batter...together?!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Butter Pecan Popcorn Balls
Ahh! I love popcorn balls. I bet the butter pecan makes them extraordinary!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

S'mores Cake
This looks so cute - like a Little Debbie cake, right?

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Mint Chocolate Cookies 'n Cream Fudge
Perfect for St. Patty's Day...or any day!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Eggplant Parmesan
I really want to try eggplant. I've heard it's really good :)

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Old World Pumpkin Bars
I love that these have oatmeal and pecans in them.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Green Pomegranate Smoothies
I've never tried a smoothie with spinach, but I do enjoy spinach and pomegranates.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Cookie Dough Reese's Cups (GF)
Tell me that doesn't sound amazing?!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Double Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies
I think these look so delicious.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Berry Cookies
I don't know where to find cherry chips - but I think it's a great idea for a cookie.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Double Dipped Oreo Cheesecake Truffles
The only time it's okay to double dip...

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Creamy Hot Pasta
It's spicy, but not too spicy...aka right up my alley!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Frozen Slow Cooker Meals
A couple recipes + shopping lists...what a great idea!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Grilled Cabbage
I was really surprised when there were 5 repins almost immediately. 
I was starting to think I was the only one who liked cabbage!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thin Mint Muddy Buddies

I was in the middle of preparing my Pinterest post for tomorrow and I was thinking of how much I really want to make the muddy buddies I'll share {tomorrow}. I was brainstorming the different variations I could make...the first one that I thought of was Snickers and then it dawned on me....THIN MINTS! Almost had a Obi-Wan/Luke Skywalker moment, except Obi-Wan was telling me "Use the Thin Mints, Sarah!"

I used those Thin Mints..

Well..okay, not all of them. I only have one box left and I put half a sleeve in the freezer for later. Now on to how you make these yummy muddy buddies!

(Printable Version)
What you need:
  • 3/4 Thin Mints in one box (a sleeve and a half)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Chocolate Candiquik (I used half a package)
  • 6 cups Chex cereal

Crush Thin Mints with a rolling pin, hands, food processor, canned veggies, whatever you have in your cabinet! It helps if they are in a Ziploc bag first.

Add powdered sugar to the bag. Shake to combine.

Place your cereal in a large bowl.

Melt chocolate according to package directions.

Pour over your cereal and toss until coated.

Pour cereal into Ziploc bag with cookies and sugar.

And then devour :)
P.S. These are great if you have peanut allergies in your family, like we do!
P.P.S. I usually call these puppy chow. NOM.

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Philly Cheesesteak Omelets

Two things you may know from reading my blog: 1) I love to cook for my husband, even if I may not like what it is. 2) My husband loves Philly cheesesteaks and eggs. I decided to try and combine the two. The experiment was a success and it was delicious. I'm starting to come around to the whole cheesesteak thing.

(Printable Version)

What you need:
  • 1 small onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 small green bell, sliced into thin strips
  • Roast beef, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. A1 sauce
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 eggs
  • A splash of milk 
  • Sliced provolone cheese
Heat up a little vegetable oil, butter, or bacon grease in a skillet. 
Saute onion and pepper for 6 to 8 minutes.

Move vegetables over to the side of the skillet and add roast beef. Season with salt and pepper, garlic, Worcestershire, and A1. Heat through and then mix with vegetables.

In another skillet, melt butter. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and milk until fluffy.

Add eggs to skillet and cook until set, sliding a spatula underneath it every so often to let the uncooked eggs get under the cooked eggs.

Add a little of the meat mixture to one side of the eggs and then add cheese to it.

Flip other half over filling and let the cheese melt. Serve hot off the skillet!

~Fantastical Original~

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