Category Archives: Yum Yum

Teriyaki Beef and Veggies

I’m sharing this not because it’s some amazing thing I’ve discovered and I think I’m basically Smitten Kitchen. No way. I’m sharing this because I’m NOT a good cook and I found something that is so damn easy that you’d have to be a real dud to mess it up. And that kind of thing should be shared.

So first: Get some steak. You guys, I know nothing about steak. I know what brisket is and I know what flank steak is. Show me a london broil (is that a thing?), a roast, a t-bone, or any other cut of beef and I’ll tell you it looks like beef but might be pork because…I know nothing. So basically from Safeway I grabbed one of the pre-cut, pre-packaged steak things with 6 steaks in it. It wasn’t horribly expensive so I know it must not have been top of the line.

So anyway, get the steak. Cut it into strips. Put it in a gallon ziplock with a bottle of teriyaki sauce, whatever is your pleasure. We used Panda Express and it was delicious. Let that marinade for an hour or so.

Buy the pack of stir fry veggies you see next to the pre packaged salads. I added potatoes too. Put them on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over them and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stick em in a 400 degree oven.

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Cook the steak strips in a pan over medium high heat until cooked through — just a few minutes each side. Cut into pieces.

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Make some white rice.

Watch the veggies – I never time anything I cook (one of the many reasons why I may not be the best cook), I just watch it and when it feels and looks done, I say it is.

There will be saucy juice in the pan after you cook the steak – don’t throw it out. Drizzle it over the steak pieces.

Put it all together into a bowl and HOLY CRAP you’ve just made dinner.

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*bow, bow*

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Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

These cookies. They’re everything.

 

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They’re gooey and soft and so freaking delicious.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 stick butter

1/4 cup white sugar

2 cups dark brown sugar

heaping 2 cups flour

1/2 t baking soda

1/4 t baking powder

1 egg plus 1 yolk

1 T vanilla extract

  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. melt 10 T butter in pan until it starts to brown (whisk constantly). Put it in a bowl with the remaining 4 T butter
  3. whisk together 1/4 C brown sugar, white sugar, flour, baking soda and powder
  4. Add the rest of the brown sugar to the butter mixture and mix, then add egg and yolk plus vanilla.
  5. roll into balls and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet
  6. bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until edges start to darken. The middle will appear to be raw but it will firm up a bit.

 

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Enjoy!

(adapted VERY slightly from Dinner then Dessert)

Cotton Candy and the Genius Who is Ruthie

A couple months ago at Hogans (our neighborhood bar that Danny and I frequent) I told Danny that I wanted a cotton candy machine.

“I mean, imagine just, like, making our own cotton candy. And we’d make amazing flavors. And maybe I’d do it at wedding receptions or parties or something. COTTON CANDY, DAN!” Lavender cocktails make me very creative.

I even found a cotton candy cart and organic sugar floss online. Because you can get anything online.

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And then it happened. He got me a cotton candy machine. And the moment that first bite of sugar melted in my mouth, I knew I was a genius. Cotton candy was a genius idea, even if I never once sell a single cone of it.

You heard it here first:

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It’s true, and you’ll all remember this moment.

And then I’ll have to give credit to my friend Leann who had a cotton candy machine in high school and sparked my obsession. Leann is the coolest.

So if you wanna go ahead and get yourself a cotton candy machine, do it. But don’t be surprised if you can’t make it as well as me because, I’m just saying, I’m boss with a cotton candy cone.

 

And if you want organic cotton candy (did you know there was such a thing?) you know who to ask. Drop by the boulevard, I’ll spin some up for ya.

 

Christmas Cookies: a lesson in patience

I am not patient. I am a great teacher’s helper because I can cut things out like a mofo and I’m so good at making copies. I can even sit with kids for 10 minutes at a time and I’m pretty good. But put me in charge of teaching young children to do something or facilitating arts and crafts for a mess of them and I turn into a nightmare.

“Uhhhh, just let me do that.”

“Don’t touch that. Why’d you do that?! That’s not how you’re supposed to do that. Are trees really purple? Uhhh….why don’t you go wash your hands. Also…you have snot coming out of your nose.”

So making Christmas cookies with my children was a lesson in patience and I think I’d give myself a C.

I let them decorate four cookies each and they were the burned ones.

Man, theirs were just messes.

But let’s talk about mine because mine were freaking incredible.

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Yep, I did it. I spelled out JOY. That did not define the experience of decorating Christmas cookies with my children, but Joy to the World, man.

Okay, I’m just kidding. I’m 90% kidding. Okay, I’m 60% kidding.

Making cookies with the kids was not as awful as I thought it would be, even though I would still give myself a C grade because I have got to mellow out. Next time, I’ll earn a B. But I’m giving myself extra credit and raising my grade to a C+ because of this:

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Worth it.

Pumpkin Patch

Another October, another trip to the pumpkin patch. Thank GOD the kids get to go with their classes because taking six children to a muddy pumpkin patch and having to tell them a million times that one is too big or rotten isn’t fun. But being a chaperone with a teacher and her class is awesome.

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[I seem to have the ability to create bad weather for any event, so of course it was wet and muddy]

Charlotte is pleased as punch when any routine gets interrupted, so this was just a perfect day for her.

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One of the farmers, Joe, showed the kids around. And while Joe was very nice I think perhaps this should be his last time manning a group of 5 year olds around a site that has lots of hard rules to follow.

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It’s hard to listen when there are puddles to jump in and worms to wrangle.

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But finally the tours were over and it was pumpkin hunting time: the best time of all.

They tasted some farm-made cider, ate some apples and pears, and in 45 minutes the field trip was over. Perfect.

Before I left, I snuck into the store and got some apples and caramel – you can guess what I’m doing today.

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Pre 4th of July Swag

Gift giving is my favorite and it’s even best when it’s a total surprise. We are going out of town for the 4th which we are super stoked about because we’ve never gone away. But we are also a little sad because we will miss the boulevard festivities and our favorite girls next door.

To ease the pain (on our end…gifting always makes me feel better) I went ahead and put together a cute little pail of 4th of July swag.

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I got that cute paint pail from….Home Depot. I know. I’ve spent more than $2 on the exact same type of pail at craft stores but now I know. At the bottom of that buck is your usual 4th of July stuff: red, white and blue necklaces, tattoos, headbands, glasses, glow sticks, etc. A WHOOOOOOLLLLEEEE lot of crap that Tara doesn’t want. Not even sorry a bit.

But peeking out are some treats.

 

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Store bought rice krispy treats dipped in candy melts.june-158

Candy popcorn: 3 T of melted butter, add 3 cups mini mallows and melt completely. Pour over popcorn and add sprinkles.

 

Packing is my specialty.

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Easy and cute and just what a pair of 2 year olds and their 5 year old sister need, right?

 

Ramen Night

It’s been two weeks + since I’ve posted and so much has happened.

I had another baby

We moved to Canada

We started an exotic pet business

Dan started a band and made it big

We had ramen night.

 

4 lies and a truth.

 

But we have, actually, been busy. The kids are coming up on the last days of school. We pulled Charlotte from her preschool program so she’s been on summer break early. Liz had her baby (Lucia) and I’ve been making excuse after excuse to sneak some snuggles in. Maria had her Spring dance performance and got pointe shoes and had her school Spring concert. Jamie has been researching paradoxes and schooling us on as many as he can. Alice had a birthday party and scored big. Franci has perfected her “no” and “hello” and is basically the cutest baby ever. Ollie has defended her title as happiest human on Earth with zillions of out-of-the-blue giggles throughout the day.

And we had ramen night.

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Okay, so you (probably) know this about me: I love a good party. Themes make them so much better. Not stupid and over the top themes (although I dabble in that as well) but subtle themes. Ya know, like ramen. In San Diego, Danny and I ate at Underbelly, this amazing ramen house. The food there was so delicious and I love dishes that can be customized to an individual’s liking without re-creating the entire dish. With ramen, you have your standard base and you mix in what you love. We decided we’d try it out. Also something about the Prasils: when we decide to do something, we do it.

Amazon happened to have legit ramen ingredients and materials so we utilized our Prime account. Dan made a broth (homemade broth is everything), we skimmed it and skimmed it some more, we smoked some ribs and made a delicious sauce

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soft-boiled some eggs, and arranged it all for the perfect ramen experience.

 

 

Oh, and fried rice. We made fried rice.

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We had drinks and hung out with friends. Of the 7 couples we invited, only three were able to come. There were fundraisers attended, sick kids to take care of, sick adults not able to party, and out-of-town commitments. We were disappointed of course but had a great time with our pals who were there.

 

How do you make ramen? Here:

 

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Ramen party not required.