When at church with Ryne today, I found myself saying things like "A-men," while everyone else there says "AHH-men," and doing gestures that no one else does. Ah, the life of going from Catholic masses to Episcopalian services! :) Oh, and we were watching Ike (his mom's little Yorkie) this weekend. Lots of funny Ike moments - especially when we took him with us to see the triplets! :)
I'm such a chocolate lover, that I rarely make anything without it. Well, Bakerella has this recipe on her blog about pie pops, which of course made me think about the wonderful world of pie. I'm not super confident in my pie making skills, so I decided to give these little pie pops a whirl. They were pretty darn tasty (especially since I went with blackberry - a family favorite), and I'll definitely make another batch soon (since I still have a bunch of pie filling in the fridge)!
Each 9 inch pie crust will give you 8-9 circles, which results in 4 pops, so double it up!
I love using the Silpat, but in this instance, I ended up switching over to parchment paper for easy clean up.
The good stuff. :)
I used the handle off of a knife to "close" the pies. You could use just about anything. I need to use more egg white wash on them and bake maybe a minute or two longer next time.
Even though they're pretty light, they were done and super tasty!
As I mentioned before, I made soup for the first time. I'd been craving Chicken Tortilla soup for awhile (they have it at work, get me hooked, then never serve it again). I figured it was time I tried my hand at making it myself, and here are the photos from my little experiment. I'm calling it that since it didn't really taste anything like the kind I'm used to, and well, needs work. It was definitely worth making and eating, but just needs more ... oomph. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! :)
Ever since Bridget left for Honduras, Cierra, Bridget, Ryne, and I have done the "question of the day" via email on weekdays. Ryne does Monday-Wednesday, Cierra does Thursdays (when she remembers ;) ), and I do Fridays. Ryne's "q du jour" for today was, "What is your favorite cookie?" I was very happy to read that 2/3 voted my cookies to be their favorite! I was not expecting that at all, but it just brought a little smile to my face. Yay for baking success! :)
After Sunday's success, I decided to continue it on into Monday. I thought I'd finally give Chicken Parmesan a shot, as it has always seemed challenging to me. It's a favorite of Ryne's, so I was really worried about screwing it up, especially since I was making it at his house on Valentine's Day (read: no chance of us making it to a restaurant if I burned it). It turns out, other than me not being able to read (forgot to pound out the chicken to thin it down), I, too, can make this dish! Victory! It wasn't a masterpiece, but it definitely turned out to be a delicious dish (we each cleared our plates). I didn't have any wine to add to the sauce, so that + doing the meat correctly will hopefully result in an even tastier dish next time. Oh yes, there will be a next time! I need to take pictures, and it involves me making my own sauce ... pretty awesome. If you're interested in the recipe, here it is. The photo above was taken with my sweetie pie's iPhone.
Hope everyone had a very Happy Valentine's Day! :)
Today, I photographed a wedding, did the "big" grocery shopping trip (it's always a huge list or a run-in for milk), and polished off the first season of "Modern Family." Yet, I feel very relaxed. What a day!
I must admit, I'm pretty happy that I have a valentine this year. I know most single people strongly dislike the day, and others feel like it's just a commercial gimmick. However, if that means that my boyfriend wants to be extra romantic, so be it! ;) Also, does it really hurt anyone to tell their favorite people that they love them? I think not. :)
Monday night, Ryne and I successfully prepared pork chops. We didn't burn them or anything, haha! Three types of seasoning for variety (6 chops - 2 each). I don't know why I was so proud of our dinner, maybe because I rarely cook meat?
You know how people go window shopping when they can't do real shopping? Well, when I don't have an excuse (or time) to bake, I drool over baking blogs. Wanna see what I found this week? Here are a few keepers: