Tonight is the Night

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Since Elijah is officially a football player now, he is discovering all sorts of ‘perks’, if you will, with this new┬ástatus. He was most looking forward to being in the town’s Homecoming Parade. What little boy wouldn’t want to walk down the main street of town, wearing his jersey, walking with his buddies, AND wailing candy at the people on the sidelines? Personally, that’s my dream.

Warning: May be used as projectiles.

That was by far the most exciting thing for him this year. Finally making it to the parade. It’s like he hit the big time. Next stop- Hollywood!

The next thing that excited him was the fact he got to wear his jersey to school on the Friday before each game. I’m not gonna lie, he does look pretty cute in that jersey though ­čśë

Finally, he is looking forward to tonight. Tonight all the youth football players get to walk around the stadium at the high school game. Granted, they will walk the track like 40 minutes before the game starts, so really the only people watching are their own parents, but they are EXCITED. It’s possible the band might be out there to see them too, but I haven’t been to a high school football game in like 16 years- I forget all those details.

I may kid about his excitement with these things. But in all reality, he LOVES playing football. I’m pleasantly surprised that he enjoys it as much as he does. I think it’s great he wants to be involved in sports, and I am even beginning to enjoy the sport more. He used to want to go to Harvard and open his own video game design store. This was his dream about 6 months ago. His new dream? To go all the way

Potatoes, Potatoes, and MORE Potatoes!

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OK, so I bought a mandolin slicer about two months ago, and let it sit unopened in my cabinet. I finally decided to pull it out the other day. I immediately fell in love, and was ridiculously upset with myself for not getting it out sooner. It wasn’t a real expensive one, just one I happened upon on Amazon. But it is definitely my new best friend. I’d date it if I could.

Nevermind the dirty cutting board under, or the junk behind- isn’t he beautiful?

I even like the little house he came in ­čÖé

I know it’s a little ridiculous that in all the years I’ve been around, I have JUST recently purchased one of these bad boys. Once I tried it, I couldn’t stop. And the only edible┬áthing in my house I had to slice was potatoes. So I’ve sliced the crap out of all the potatoes in my house over┬áthe last couple days. I made fried potatoes and two types of chips- the “healthier” in the microwave version and of course I fried some in oil. I don’t like to discriminate.

I got this amazing recipe for Fried Potatoes at Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen┬áand decided I had to try them that night! There were a few differences between mine and hers. Differences which I will not do again. Rather then cube mine, I sliced them thinly.

This is how everything I made started out. Sliced perfection.

I didn’t have any rosemary, so that was left out as well.┬á I added black pepper, paprika, dill weed and garlic powder. And a smidge of olive oil to the pan.

Spices. Obviously.

Then I cut up some green onions and added them as well. This is the masterpiece I had before I cooked them up.

Before

After

I am certain the next time I make them, I will not deviate from her recipe. Although mine were good, her’s looked much better.

After those, I decided to make some chips. I made a batch in the microwave (shook them in a bag with a bit of olive oil, placed them on a paper towel on a microwave safe plate for 5-7 minutes. Obviously  your times could vary- check after 5 minutes, and add time in small increments)

Microwaved chips

and a batch several fried in oil.

Mmmm… fried.

Elijah enjoyed the chips from the microwave just fine. However, he prefered the chips I fried. I mean, who doesn’t like something cooked in near boiling oil? It makes everything taste better.

So there you have it. My obsession with my slicer. And potatoes. And all things fattening.

Reviews??

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I’ve seen on several blogs that people do reviews for products. Sometimes they get paid to do it, sometimes not. I just received an offer via private message to do one; however, I’m curious how people find these offers. Do people contact you, is there a way to find these ‘offers’ online? I’d love to get in to doing these, but I don’t know how to go about getting there. Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated! ­čÖé

Caramel Oatmeal Chewies Recipe

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Another recipe from my girlfriend Steph. She had an insane amount of food at her house last Friday night, and this was another favorite. I whipped this up for her while she was working on something else- it literally took less than 5 minutes. So easy, so good, so sweet! Here’s what you’ll need:

1- 3/4 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)

1- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1-1/2 sticks of butter, melted

1- 12-oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1 cup caramel ice cream topping

 

Heat oven to 350* F. Grease bottom of 13×9-inch pan.

In large bowl combine oats, 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter and mix well. Hold 1 cup of oat mixture to use later, pres remaining into bottom of pan.

Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Sprinkle with chips and nuts. Mix caramel topping with flour and drizzle over nuts and chips. Sprinkle that with remaining oat mixture. Bake for another 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until form. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Look at that gooey deliciousness ­čÖé

 

Sausage Cups- Recipe

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Here’s a yummy recipe from my girlfriend Stephenie. She made this for a get-together she had at her house last Friday night, and they were AMAZING! They were quick, and gone in minutes.

Ingredients:

1 package won-ton wrappers

1 lb sausage roll (she used Bob Evans Original)

1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded

1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

1/2 cup ranch dressing

 

Preheat oven to 350* F. Crumble sausage into a medium-sized skillet. Cook over medium heat until sausage is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Drain. Spray mini muffin tins and insert won-ton wrappers to form a small cup. Bake 5 minutes in preheated oven. Allow wrappers to cool. Mix sausage, cheeses and ranch dressing together and fill won-ton wrappers. Bake for 10 minutes, until bubbly. Enjoy!

Mmm- delicious!