Hope you all have a fantastic evening.
Full of spooky, of course!
I was SO excited to not only find this IN the store (had only seen it online), BUT it was ALSO on sale. Sigh.
Speaking of shopping, last night Lisa Z. and I hit Ikea... finally... after months of talking about it! I had a gift card from my bday (thanks, Melissa and Doug!), so I was ready to buy some loot! We decided to go on a weeknight, and it was the perfect decision. Take my advice friends: Ikea during the week is THE way to go. Here are a few of my favoritest finds:
Cute as hell glasses. $6! Yes, that's a mushroom!Mini bowl set. $3. Hello? Sold.
Finally, I leave you with a quick dinner tip! We went to New Orleans what seems like a million years ago now, and since then I have been mad craving a real muffaletta. They have it at Fishbones, and the Quarter, and neither even come close. So I'm always on the lookout for something, anything, muffalettay... Sometime over the summer, I found a little jar of actual-titled-muffaletta spread. I snagged it up. Now, obviously, it's not going to be the same, but I thought I'd give it a whirl. I finally got the inkling to test it out tonight, but I didn't want to kill myself (or Brad, who's getting over the flu) with 300 grams of fat in cheese and lunch meat, so I made a chicken muffaletta.
I sauteed up some stir fry chicken with a little salt, pepper, and oregano. I sliced two cibatta rolls in half and put some swiss on the bottom. I layered the chicken next, then topped with the m. spread. Now... this is nothing like a real muffaletta. BUT I thought it was pretty damn tasty (and easy), and it gave me enough of a hint of the flavor to continue to tide me over until we can make it back to Central Grocery again. And if you can't find "muffaletta" spread, try it just an assortment of olives. Would still be a yummy dinner!
Even the insides are pretty!
Choppy lopy do.I was originally going to use my wok, but, in addition to nerdy chopping love, I also love to saute (I know I know). Something about the heat and the oil and the smooshing everything around... So multiple pans and cook time and cleanup be damned. The stove it was. Meanwhile, of course, I was cookin' up a big pot of rice. I'm still not touching meat, so I'd bought a pound of stir fry chicken. Threw this in the skillet with some oil and a ton of basil and oregano. The other skillet got all the peppers with a little oil and some salt. Once everything was done, I threw it all together, dropped in a few cherry tomatoes for good measure, and it was time to eat.
The morning after... I woke up this morning, and the entire house still smelt of wonderful, delicious pepper goodness. Ahhhh.
How can the nacho hut be out of cheese?
Waiting in line makes me crazeee.
Takin' a tub.
It was so nice to get out of town for a day, ride some rides, do some good people watching. All in all, an excellent weekend trip.
Sunday I decided to make a big fall meal as a thank you and send off to the in-laws. I FINALLY busted out the real pumpkin. And it wasn't so bad. ;) I won't go into all the gory details -- I covered this in a blog last fall, but I reran this recipe, adding the sausage this time (I substituted Italian chicken sausage).
A gal's two best friends.
I even made dessert -- an apple crisp with Michigan honey crisp apples (my new fave!). I wasn't thrilled with the results, so I'll skip the recipe. But with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt, it did the trick.
As for our own Halloweekends, I decided last year I was not to be outdone by the neighbors again regarding Halloween decorations. This was one battle I deserve to win. So Brad humored me and went shopping for supplies, and I've been slowly getting everything as I like it. I wish it were Halloween all year long.
Creepy spider pumpkin.
Yo. Check us out.
I stick my tongue out at your silly decorations.
And finally, since there is a creepy theme here.... An ode to the creepy mannequin in Aunt Sandy's dining room. Eek!
Kale is pretty.
The finished product.Yum.
I really liked this and will definitely make it again.
Speaking of dinner, we've been busting out some of my wine tour bottles to enjoy with dinner. Sunday, we had my Riesling from Blackstar Farms. This I wasn't sure about what to expect as I "loved" it at the end of the second day, after hours and hours of champagne drinking. I loved everything at that point!
First drink, I thought, hmm... I don't love it as much as the Gewurtztiwhatsit from last week... It tastes very similar but is less sweet. As I continued to enjoy the glass (and the remainder of the bottle...), it grew on me more and more. I would definitely drink this again. Good thing Plum carries Blackstar wine!
Now, just a quick recap of George's birthday excursion to Pet Supplies Plus today. I took Heidi there for her birthday, too, because they have bulk treats at dog level, so they can pick out a few things they like (in Heidi's case, that is everything). I wasn't sure how George would do, considering his scardycatness... But he charged right in there like a man on a mission!! He was a little skittish when a saleswoman came to visit, but after a few minutes of chit-chat and treat offerings, he calmed down and chomped down a few snacks. I was so proud of him! In public, in a store, around people, without Heidi... It was a big day for our little one-year-old.
Let's get this show on the road.
Are you my mummy?
I'm so happy.