All day yesterday I thought it was Friday! I woke up thinking it was Friday, I kept checking my Friday appointments at work, I was sooooo ready for Friday. Oh well, TODAY is Friday and I am excited for the weekend because my whole family is going out to dinner and then to see West Side Story. Yahooo!
And it also means it’s time for our Friday Recipe!
You can read the full recipe at Plain Chicken (click here) but I’ll give you a quick run down:
Take a triangle of premade crescent roll dough and lay it out flat. Lay down 4-5 slices of pepperoni (I prefer salami, make it your way), overlapping them onto the crescent roll starting at the widest part of the roll. Take a hunk of string cheese and place it on top of the pepperoni. Roll up your dough, covering up your pepperoni and cheese. Sprinkle with garlic powder and bake. Serve with marinara sauce on the side as a dip.
With the Superbowl coming up, these could win you some mondo brownie points!
Hope you have a great weekend, I’m going to be singing “Maria, Maria, Maria!!!” all weekend.
I haven’t shared one of these with you in a long time: things I just “gotta have”. Sometimes it’s a kitchen item, sometimes it’s music or another small but important thingy that makes my life easier. Once again, my Gotta Have It item is a lip balm, but this time with a spin.
My best-buddy LeiLani is a makeup artist extraordinaire and one of the perks to having a makeup-artist-friend is that she has her ear to the ground on all the newest cosmetic products. Plus she knows that I’m obsessed with lip balms & glosses. I choose my friends wisely.
So one day last year she brought me a gift, a Clinique Chubby Stick in the shade “Graped-Up”. The weird thing about the Chubby Stick is that unlike a regular lip balm, this balm comes in a pushup-pencil-like container. When you open it up, it looks more like a lipstick or lip pencil than a lip balm.
Ohhh but then you try it on and it goes on so smooth, so subtle, so dewy, just like a lip balm. It has a touch more color than your average tube of grocery store lip balm but it is so light. You don’t feel like you are wearing thick, heavy lipstick.
And talk about moisturizing! According to Clinique the Chubby Stick is “loaded with mango and shea butters”, perfect for supplying silky moisture to your winter-dry lips.
The color is pretty sheer but you can make it darker by applying a little more. I have 2 colors, Graped-Up and Whole Lotta Honey, both fairly neutral:
But as you can see there are some brighter, spring shades if that’s what you go for.
One last thing about the Chubby Stick, it has great staying power, especially for a lip balm. One application lasts me a couple of hours. This is an important selling point for me because I don’t like re-applying makeup.
Like most cosmetic-counter items, it’s a little pricier: $16. But I use it all the time and I am still working on my first tube. So I think it’s well worth the price. It’s the perfect “kiss” of color and moisture.
Next time you are looking for something new for your makeup bag, give Chubby Sticks a try!
I meant to do a little blog-iversary post in the fall when we hit our 1 year mark together, but I was so busy with 31 Days of the Simple Things that the anniversary came and went. But it’s still the new year so now is as good a time as any to stop and take a look back over the past year here at ATC.
WordPress (our host) sends out a nifty little report at the end of the year to show you some interesting stats about your site. For instance:
2011 was a crazy, crazy year. 2012 is looking to be even crazier. But one thing I will continue to do is share with y’all here because I do truly love it. I do get a little overly busy from time to time, and I have to take a couple days off but I always miss sharing with you when I’m away and I have some great things in store for the coming year.
Thanks for coming along with me on this journey!
It’s raining, the first rain of 2012. California really needs the rain so I won’t complain but it is making me crave comfort foods. Soup, hot chocolate, macaroni & cheese, pot roast… all good choices for this rainy weekend. But you know what else would be comforting? Some warm, homemade bread. I know what you are thinking, making bread is a bit time consuming. Maybe a little too time consuming for a lazy, rainy weekend. I think The Kitchn might have a solution that will give me the satisfaction of warm, homemade bread and keep me from spending all day in the kitchen wrestling a big wad of dough.
I saw this recipe as I was speeding through my reader and it caught my eye because it mentioned “buttermilk.” I am always looking for ways to use up buttermilk because when I make my angel biscuits the recipe calls for 1 cup of buttermilk but the stores in my area only sell it by the quart. So I’m left with all this extra buttermilk and I just hate to throw it out, but sadly that’s usually what happens.
The only other things I make with buttermilk are salad dressings: Mom’s Bleu Cheese and Grandma’s Ranch dressings. I haven’t shared those with you yet, have I? Hmmm… maybe I can make those soon for ya. Any-who….
The other great thing about this bread recipe from The Kitchn is that there is no kneading involved. These are what you call “quick breads” or in other words “dump it all in a bowl, slap it in a loaf pan and after a short bake you’ve got bread.”
Yet one more plus about this recipe is that it’s a base recipe, with unlimited options for either sweet or savory. Craving something sweet? Make it into an cinnamon-scented Apple-Cinnamon Loaf. Want something savory to go with your meal? A couple slight adjustments and you can make Pesto Loaf. The base gives you a great textured quick bread and the add-ins help you make it what you need it to be. And use up any extra buttermilk. Win-win!
It’s cold and rainy but I hope we can all enjoy the weekend anyway! I get to fill out FEC reports for my brother’s congressional campaign. That should be fun.
Right before Christmas I stopped in at the Carwash. This particular Carwash has a gift shop, just a mish-mosh of cute items that you don't really need but you find yourself drawn to since you have nothing else to do while waiting for your cleaned vehicle.
Anyway, while browsing all the trinkets I saw not one, not two, but three squirrel items!
And that was my trip to the Carwash.
I'm not sure if this matters to anyone but me, since I have to check it periodically to make sure it's working all right, but did you know you can add ATC to your home screen on your Iphone. It's really simple too!
Just open Safari and go to accordingtocarey.com. See the little button at the bottom of your screen, the one with the square and arrow? Tap that button.
Next it will give you a list of options, choose "Add To Home Screen."
Next my little crown icon will come up and you are given the option to name the button whatever you wish. ATC, According2Carey, CAREY, The Queen, Her Majesty... all good choices. Tap "Add".
Ta-Dah! Anytime you tap that button you will be taken straight to the website, via your browser. The website is automatically formatted for Iphone viewing, but you can switch to normal viewing if you wish. You won't miss a thing that goes on around here. Standing bored in a grocery line? Come on over to ATC and see if there are any new recipes. Sitting in traffic school just trying to stay awake? Click over to the website and learn how to do gel medium transfers, you already know how to drive
(I know some of you are looking at my mail app and wondering why I have 42 unread emails. Mind your own business, I'm a busy girl!)
Sorry I’ve been so quiet this week. I knew it was going to be a crazy-busy week, but it was even worse than I had planned. Oh well, maybe next week will be better, right?
One thing I did get a chance to see this week was a “pin” by my sister Amy about a food site called SkinnyTaste.com that looked intriguing… so I clicked over to it and wow! The food looked so yummy and then I realized it was weight-conscious food, complete with calorie counts and everything. I hesitate to call it “diet food” because that evokes some pretty tasteless memories. But she (Gina) tries to do smart veggie “swaps” and use smaller amounts of the good stuff like bacon to get the flavor but not all the fat. Plus, she lists the calories, fat, fiber, carbs and protein for each serving AND if you are a Weight Watchers follower she even lists the points right there on the recipe.
Most of the recipes I previewed looked really easy (and tasty) but this crockpot bolognese recipe looked especially simple. I love the idea of cooking something slowly all day, letting all the flavors marry and intensify. But I really don’t want to have to babysit it on the stove all day, I’m a busy girl. You could do all the prep the night before and set it to cook before you leave for work the next day. When you came home from work your sauce would be done and all you would have to do is boil up some pasta. I would love to get better at using a crockpot and this recipe just might help with that. I’m sure one of you will get to it before I do so let me know what you think.
And be sure to check out the rest of the recipes over at SkinnyTaste.com!
Happy Weekend, friends!
Had to take an unexpected break for the last couple days, just a lot on my plate this week. I'll be back Friday with our Friday Recipe!