I need to lose Lukah… and Riley.

Ok, not really but I need to lose almost the equivalent of their weight in order for me to be back to what I was before them.  I don’t think I’ll ever get down to the low 100’s again so I’ve set a new goal of 125 lbs put more important a 25” waist.  Should be doable as I use to have a 23” waist before kids. :P  We’ll see what happens. 

Thai it! You’ll like it!

So about two weeks about now I decided I would do a Thai inspired dinner for Riley, Tim and I.  I love Thai and we go for it occasionally.  Now let me tell you I have a new appreciation for the person in the kitchen at that place because I tried to make salad rolls and what the hell is up with them being so sticky that they are just like balls of goo that you can’t spread out because they are so hot and you are now missing the tips of your fingers from dipping them in the broth.

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Daring Bakers – Cookies!

I’m here, I’m here!!!  Don’t forget me!!!  Ok, so I really fucked up and missed the deadline by about almost 5 days.  Whoops is all I can say.  I could tell you my excuses (ranging from my children needing a lot of attention to it’s been way to  hot here to cook cookies) but I won’t.  I missed the deadline my fellow daring bakers…  is there any way you can forgive me?  I’ll stop rambling now and save that for another post, on to the cookies!

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

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Daring Bakers – Bakewell Tart!

The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart... er... pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800's in England.
I’d never made a bakewell tart before.  I had heard of it from Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver but never made one or really even thought about making one.  I’d have to say though it was a great success!  I made it for Father’s day dinner and boy did my Father in-law-love it!  He was thrilled with it and even continued to finish it off when he came over to help Tim with the garage fir the next two days!  I’d make this again although I think I would try different jams.  Nothing wrong with homemade strawberry but just to jazz it up a little I might try marmalade or blueberry just for something different.  Great challenge! 

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Unleashing my inner Asian Momma!

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m jealous of my next door neighbors.  No, not the fact they play thumpy music and it drives me insane or that the tree in the front yard is completely dead.  I’m jealous of the fact that my very nice next door neighbor's mother comes over to look after their little boy.  He’s a year older than Riley and is quite cute.  Grandma is there almost everyday to take care of him and when she’s there the smells that come from their house.  Oh my, they are wonderful.  I wish she would chase me around the yard

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Daring Bakers & Ricotta Gnocchi

I’d actually never heard of Ricotta Gnocchi till I saw it on the daring cooks message board.  But now that I’m a daring cook I have to be up to try anything, right?!  So in the true spirit of being daring I thought I would make the cheese as well.  Which I thought was really easy and worked great!  It made some of the richest ricotta cheese I’ve ever had.  I don’t know if that worked against me though when I was making the Gnocchi.  It was so rich I couldn’t eat a lot of it so we had it more as an appetizer before a birthday party

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Yummy yum!

For Mother’s Day I wanted to be able to try some recipes that I’d been looking at for a long time and finally got the chance!  Tim and I started off by making some of the most delicious pretzels I’d ever had.  Smitten Kitchen has the best recipe and I recommend trying it if you ever have a craving or just want to give it a try!

 

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