The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 178 & 179

June 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  Sorry I’m slacking off again, but this whole working and writing and being a mom and being crafty thing is just getting to be a little too much I guess.  I just can’t keep up with everything every day!

So, first things first, news of the family!  I had a really good week at work, then I decided to have a little “me” time today.

I had to go get some blood work done for my doctor’s appointment on Monday, so I made an appointment for that for this morning, got up a little early (around 8) for a Saturday.  Got there, they couldn’t do one of my tests, it can only be done on a weekday, which sucks because now I’ll have to wait until I have a day off to get that one done.  Oh well, got the rest, hopefully they won’t take too long to get the results to the doctors.  Bought myself breakfast at McD’s when that was done.

Then, I thought I would drop all my used sharps at the hospital office that collects those.  Turns out they only take them Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.  So, now that I’m working, I guess that’s completely out of the question, unless I happen to have a day off.  Supposedly, Humira has a program where you can mail them in, but I have to call next week and see if that’s something I can use.

Then, I still have pocket money left from last week, plus what I got this week…  see, Mike and I decided we each needed some “mad” money, something that wasn’t tied to bills or allowances or gas money, something we could just spend on ourselves.  Neither of us is actually very good at that any more, so it’s taking some getting used to.  Seems he’s getting better at it than I am!  He goes to the comic shop almost every week now, William goes with him usually.  I, on the other hand, usually end up giving some of mine to William as his allowance, or buying food for the family with mine.  Not this time!

So today I went to the bead store, spent a whopping $6.01 on myself!  If I had known she was going to give me an extra 25% off, I would have picked up more!  But by the time I had spent an hour there sifting through the “cheap” bins, I was ready to leave anyway, nothing else really caught my eye.  Haven’t actually made anything with the beads yet, but there’s still tomorrow.  I did make myself a pair of earrings, but not with the new beads.  I’ll have to take a photo for you I guess…

Then, I gave myself a real manicure, something I haven’t done in literally years.  Cut, filed, clipped cuticles, polished, even decorated.  Felt good, but now my nails feel weird because I haven’t done this in so long.  Reorganized my nail supplies, too, put them in a cool case I had emptied of craft stuff recently, so that worked out well.  I did mess up a line or two, so I’ll have to do a touch-up, but that’s for another day I think.

So, William spent the afternoon with a friend, Mike napped a few hours away, James is at work, and I’m here writing between loads of laundry.  So on to the cooking!

Thursday night, after I made dinner, I baked, thought I would share that with you.

Bisquick Coffee Cake Muffins

Dough

2 Cups Bisquick mix

2/3 cup milk or water

1 egg

2 Tbsp sugar

Topping

1/3 Cup Bisquick

1/3 Cup packed brown sugar

1/4 Tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp butter, melted

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease muffin pan, I used the Texas sized muffin pan this time.

Mix together dough ingredients, spread into prepared pan.

Mix together topping ingredients with a fork.  If you want it a little drier, add a little more brown sugar and Bisquick.  I like it moist rather than crumbly.  Drop small pieces of topping all over cake, press into cake, or drag a knife through topping and dough to mix in a little.  For this, I wish now I had knifed them in rather than just patting them on top.  The crumblies all fell off every time we ate a muffin!

Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Mine was EXACTLY 20 minutes.

Allow to cool about 5 minutes, then remove from pan and serve warm, or put into zipper bags and refrigerate.

Friday night, I meant to cook, but forgot to thaw anything.  So I went to the store to get odds and ends to get through until pay day, figured I would remember to pick up something for dinner, I was hungry after all, but no, I completely forgot until I was on my way home from Walmart.  So, I pulled in to McD’s and got two 20 pieces McNuggets and two large fries, which Mike, William and I split.  Not a very healthy meal, I know, but we ate, and I was a lot less grumpy after we ate.

And on to tonight…

Bacon Spinach Quiche

1 refrigerated pie crust

5 eggs

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

4 slices Swiss cheese

1/2 pound bacon cut into small pieces and cooked until crisp

1 cup fresh spinach, cooked in bacon grease just until wilted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix eggs, half and half, and spices in a medium bowl.  Place cheese, bacon and spinach in the bottom of your pie crust, cover with egg mixture.  Cook at 425 degrees 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook 30-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve!

Bacon Quiche

1 refrigerated pie crust

5 eggs

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

4 slices cheddar cheese

1/2 pound bacon cut into small pieces and cooked until crisp

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix eggs, half and half, and spices in a medium bowl.  Place cheese and bacon in the bottom of your pie crust, cover with egg mixture.  Cook at 425 degrees 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook 30-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

1 box tri-color rotini, cooked to package directions

About 1 cup ranch dressing

About 1/4 cup bacon bits, either real or imitation, that’s up to you

About 1/4 cup Heinz 57 sauce

Cook, rinse and cool your pasta.  Mix ranch dressing, Heinz sauce and bacon bits together, mix into pasta.  Serve!

Garlic Butter Popcorn

Pop about 1/3 cup kernels in vegetable oil, allow to cool slightly.

Melt about 1/2 stick of butter, mix in about 1/2 tsp garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Allow to cool slightly.  Drizzle over popcorn, mix very well, serve!

I have to say, we weren’t crazy about this.  It was OK, but it just wasn’t really “us”.  It was a little greasy, and the garlic was overwhelming, even though I didn’t put in that much.  I think I want to try an herb mixture next time, just not sure which herbs I want to try!

So, that’s it for tonight.  I think it’s time to watch a movie and then head to bed.  Got another busy day tomorrow!

Until then, eat well, love well, live well!

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