Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This room is so not Caroline with all this blue and yellow, plus her favorite pastime last year was stripping off the wallpaper off while she was supposed to be napping! The room is in tough shape (I will post a "before" pic later)
I think it will be really cute, if I can pull it off like I have it in my mind!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Salad with pears, Gorgonzola, and candied walnuts (recipe compliments of Keely :)
I used a mix of lettuce for this. 1 pkg of spring greens and 1 head of boston bibb
2 bosc pears, crumbled gorgonzola and candied walnuts (by emerald nuts located in the produce aisle and also the baking aisle at my grocery store)
1/2 cup of fig balsamic vinegar
2 tsp of honey
fresh juice of one squeezed lemon
(put these in the blender and blend) with the blender running slowly add 1 cup of olive oil
Lasagna Rolls - Recipe below courtesy of Food Network and Giada De Laurentiis
These were easy and delicious! I had hoped to make a few over 12 just to have extra but the filling mix will definitely only make 12. I dried my lasagna noodles on a clean dry dish towel and rolled them up from there - I think it made it easier! Here is what it looked like before it went in the oven! It was great!
Complete recipe can be found here
and for dessert Frozen Key Lime Pie with recipe courtesy of Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) and The Food Network
I don't love regular key lime pie, but this one is completely delicious! It tastes like a great sorbet with whipped cream and graham cracker crust - yum! If the thought of the raw egg kind of freaks you out (like me!) there are side directions to slowly heat them to 140 degrees. I can't stop pulling this out of the freezer and nibbling on it.
Recipe can be found Here
I hope you'll try these because I think you will love them!
My first recipe here is for spinach dip. I kind of made it up myself trying to make it like "Houston's" (a restaurant we loved in DC). It really doesn't taste like Houston's but it has morphed into something we all really like, I make it every time we have people over. I bring it with me whenever I am invited somewhere. It always goes completely so I am guessing others like it too :) Sorry I don't have a pic or exact measurements but I will give you the recipe roughly be warned though, it's full of delicious dairy calories and therefore incredible!
1 pkg of chopped frozen spinach (no sauce) defrost in a colander in the sink
1 onion chopped
1/2 stick of butter
3/4 - 1 cup of heavy cream
5 slices of swiss cheese
salt and pepper
I make this whole thing in a nonstick frying pan right on the stove top. Melt the butter first and add the chopped onion (about 10 min). Really squeeze all water from the spinach and add to the onions in the pan. Continue to cook and incorporate about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper (be generous with the salt - you may have to keep tasting it b/c spinach really absorbs it for some reason) Add the heavy cream and heat through and just put your swiss cheese right on top and continue to stir until melted and soupy. You want it soupy, but not too soupy. You don't want it too dry either b/c it will break the chips when you go to dip. If it gets too thick, add a little more cream to thin it out. Totally delicious served with tortilla chips. My personal favorite are these:
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Bring this to your Super Bowl party or this is a good one too (just use a rotisserie chicken if you would like to save time)
Kids are home from school now, so I'll post the rest later! Do try these dips though, they are great! Enjoy! xo, Brie
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Our dinner party was a lot of fun last night. It always makes wonder why I don't do these things more regularly. Dinner was really yummy, I will post some pics tomorrow along with some recipes. We had 6 adults attend along with 12 kids (we ordered them pizza). It was great fun and I feel lucky to have found such nice friends to hang out with :)
As tired as I am feeling today, good Keeks and Brie ideas keep coming to me (not sure but it good ideas tend to hit me when I am exhausted). I am writing them down and heading into the "studio" to start something now. There may be a fun contest in the near future and the prize may be a beautiful new handbag for Spring, so please check back! Happy Sunday! xo, Brie
Friday, January 25, 2008
Have a great weekend!! We are hosting a little dinner party and I am making tasty food, I will tell you all about it Monday. xo, Brie
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
- boneless chicken breasts (4)
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 2 or 3 lemons (depends on the size)
- 1/3 cup of sherry (I cheated and used "cooking sherry" but I bet the real deal would be even better!)
- lemon zest from 2 of the lemons
clean and trim up your chicken, pound it out a bit to make it flatter (I just like it thinner and it saves on cooking time) Melt your butter in the frying pan and add the chicken. Cook for 6 minutes on each side or so (I like it to get kind of brown). Remove chicken and set to the side. Add you zest, juice, and sherry to the frying pan and whisk it around a bit scraping up the brown bits etc. Let it bubble for a minute or 2 until slightly reduced. Return your chicken to the pan and coat to slightly reheat and serve.
I served this with a pastina (teeny stars) pasta and a little "I can't believe it's not butter" (I can't believe I LIKE I can't believe it's not butter, but I do!) and some green giant broccoli in cheese sauce. I thought the kids would like this broccoli but they hated it. Mr. KB and I loved it :D
Don't expect any great shakes for tonight, we have a basketball game so I may be doing a blt or something and will probably take the night off. I have big plans for the rest of the week though! Stay tuned! xo, Brie
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This is not an old recipe, this is not a terribly original recipe, but it is something I do not make ALL that often, it's very easy and most importantly, it's something we all like!
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion chopped
1 minced clove of garlic (just use the press)
1-2 tbsp of olive oil
1/4 cup of sugar
maybe a splash of red wine if you have some open
saute onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent (approx 10 min)
mix in everything else in and simmer on low
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They are currently working on some html for me so I can post my "Brie Gal" (I like her b/c she is skinnier than me) along with my sis Keeks right here on the blog! Hopefully sometime today!
Last but not least.... 30% sale (today is the LAST day) you have to order TWO things (that will not be hard) and use promo code: ITEMS2 at checkout. Have fun! xo, Brie
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time."
This is one of my favorite movie quotes.... this was also my day today ;) Can you name the movie?
We just got back from a nice little weekend trip to Costco (with all 4 kids no less) We hosted a small soiree last night and are all dragging to say the least - why we decided to take this on I seriously have no idea!
Costco on the weekends is just a bad idea for so many reasons, I realized the moment I flashed my membership card and crossed that thresh hold that I had made a tremendous mistake.
First off it appears as if everyone in the state of NJ has decided to shop here today. Are we expecting a blizzard? Is it Super Bowl Sunday? What the heck is going on??? The parking lot is completely jammed and it's like playing frogger to get safely to the front door with all the parking madness.
The samplers - I once read a hilarious article about the 4 types of costco samplers, if I can find it I will post it later. Each and everyone of them were out in full force and ready to trample me and my young children in order to get 1/6 of a nuked chicken mcnugget in a paper cupcake wrapper.
The great mental debaters - should I get these Colgate toothbrushes? Let me turn my cart sideways so as to block incoming and outgoing traffic and ponder it a bit, I will read the package thoroughly, I will count how many come in the package, wait are these the ones I have a coupon for?? Just buy them, they are toothbrushes!!!
The line - you will have to start jockeying for a position somewhere around the book section to get into a line. Even walking without a cart is difficult to maneuver around, and with a cart??? Impossible!
The loading and unloading of the car - this is where your tetris skills can really pay off! Esp if you drive a minivan like me with zero trunk space to speak of.
All of this being said - I seriously LOVE Costco! I just don't recommend it on the weekends :) You are taking your life into your hands. Thankfully this ordeal is now over and we have a lifetime supply of Tide, Cascade, and snack sized Doritos! Now if that doesn't give you a feeling of security, I don't know what will! xo, Brie
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Kayla's birthday was fun, I think she had a good time and liked her gifts. 11 year olds are a lot harder to buy for than 3 year olds, that's for sure!
We went to bed excited to wake up to lots of snow! Our real first biggie of the winter season! They predicted 5-10 inches for our area. They said it would start as rain and promised we'd wake up to a winter wonderland! Would we have our first "for real"snow day and no school? Would we get a 90 minute delay? I didn't care... as long as I can sleep past my usual 6:45 am I'll be happy. I woke up about 4:30 and am eager to see all that snow, whipped open the shade to find it still RAINING! Then I layed in bed obsessing over why isn't it snowing, fret over how I have to go to Dunkin Donuts first thing in the morning to get Kayla's birthday treats since I threw caution to the wind and didn't bake the cupcakes. Continue to obsess until around 6:30, fall asleep, alarm rings at 6:45 am. Hello meterologists, you are killing me.
Despite all of our disappointment that there is no snow, the kids got over it quickly and seemed to have a great day, I however am exhausted! My parents are visiting for the birthday weekend and we had a nice chat about some fun new Keeks and Brie products (they have great ideas). I did some test samples today, they are not fully ready for the shelves, but do seem promising!! Stay tuned..... xo Brie
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
- rotisserie chicken
- one small/medium onion diced
- 1 larger can of crushed tomato
- 1 smaller can of diced tomato
- 1 can of pink beans
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 small can of corn
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 packet of chili mix (taco season also works great if you like it more spicy)
- salt and pepper to taste
Dice up your onion and saute until soft in a skillet. I have been just kind of spritzing it in pam cooking spray to save on calories. In your crock pot put crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, sugar, chili packet, and salt and pepper and give it a little stir. Drain both cans of beans and corn and throw that in, shred up your rotisserie (I only use the breast meat, but use whatever you like!) don't forget your onion in the skillet, put that in there too. Give it a few more stirs to mix, set your crock pot to low, put on the lid and forget it until dinner. Enjoy, xo Brie
ETA: Keeks feels she should receive some credit for the recipe as it is a collaboration between her and my Aunt Rosemary! So sorry.....my darling!
PS I am no weight watchers expert but I have a feeling 1 cup of this will be low in points! Save the leftovers (if there are any!) for lunch :)
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Housekeeping has never really been my "thing". I have been working on it diligently for the last 3 years and I AM getting better at it if I do say so myself. There are some tricks to this with a few things I need to do DAILY to stay on top of things. The most important being:
- a load of laundry a day (this means the whole 9 yards, including putting it away which I detest!)
- vacuuming my family room/sweeping kitchen (they are kind of connected) at least once a day
- making all the beds - RIGHT AWAY in the morning. If I put it off, I never get back up there. My oldest daughter is a gem and makes her own. The boys should make their own but I cut them a little break b/c they are in bunk beds, so the pay off is they keep their room picked up.
- Start dinner (even if its only in your mind) first thing in the morning
These tips have helped me along tremendously! Hope they help you too :) If you need more help try http://www.flylady.com/ she's hard core, but does in a manageable way. Good luck! xo, Brie
PS I almost forgot to mention my FAVORITE counter spray - method cucumber (the green one) environmentally friendly and smells so good! You'll even notice it continuing to smell good upon returning home from errands. Available at Target and Stop and Shop :)
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Surprisingly contains no spirits! A quick disclaimer before I reveal the secret recipe....
- I never drink it out of this fancy glass mug. Usually more like a leftover supersize McD's cup!
- I never put the fancy lime on the side either! That would require way too much effort and is a bit ridiculous, no?
Just made for a more attractive photo, thats all!
Here's the recipe:
- big cup of ice (I prefer crushed for this one)
- lots of plain seltzer (flavored could work too though)
- splash of cranberry juice (just a teeny bit)
- 1/3 of a lime squeezed on the top (I use my favorite squeezer thingy from Williams Sonoma
Here is my squeezer, its on my top 10 favorite kitchen gadgets!
So good and healthy too! Way better than a soda :) xo Brie
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Well, not really it is actually really freezing (3 degrees F!) it feels so far from Spring.... but I just completed our first new handbag for Spring! Still no official name, I need to sit and think on that. Suggestions are welcome!! Isn't is cute though? I really love it! xo, Brie