Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

This past weekend something amazing and terrible and sad and great happened: Matt made cookies! I wanted to make cookies to take to church and after making one flavor, the blueberry chocolate chip, I went to bed with a migraine with plans to wake up early to make another flavor. When I woke up there was a container FULL of white chocolate cranberry cookies! Isn't he a sweetheart?! Here's the terrible part: not only was this his first time to ever make cookies from scratch, he won't give me the recipe, and they are WAY better than mine! Seriously. I took them to church and we brought home only two of his that we fought over and there are over two dozen of mine left over! So, I apologize in advance. There is no recipe here for the magical, wonderful cookies that Matt made. No picture. None left.

I, however, think that blueberry chocolate chip cookies were a unique blend and very good. The flavors were smooth and I enjoy them. Matt, though, still has not even tasted them! I asked him to teach me how to bake cookies and all he did was laugh! Hopefully, maybe, one day in the future, there will be a blog post of Matt teaching me how to make cookies like him. Until then, all I can do is tell you how to make the blueberry chocolate chip cookies:

For these cookies I used my classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Instead of adding in 2 cups of chips I added in 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of dried blueberries. Even with "losing" the half a cup there was still plenty of extras in each bite; mini chips spread that way. And blueberries have such a strong taste, I think, that you don't want too many or else you want really taste anything else.

Even though Matt's cookies were better, there is no longer any cookie, recipe, photo, or any other proof left of his cookies to compare. So unless he's willing to repeat the occasion, that makes these cookies special! Enjoy your blueberry chocolate chip cookies and let me know what you think! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Regrow Green Onions

I have found that green onions are a food that I enjoy to eat but I always end to throw some away. But I just found a way to never have to buy green onions again! Seriously! I bought green onions and cut them up for salads.

Once you cut off all your onions then leave your bottom tied together and put it in some water. I used a small dipping sized tupperware container and placed it on a windowsill to get sunlight everyday. 

See how much it's grown? That was overnight. This is a very fast process. You'll have more green onions than you know what to do with after buying just one bunch of green onions! 

This is about two days of growing green onions. Aren't they pretty fresh and green? I love it!

And here's the good news if you get too many green onions on your hands: you can freeze them! Either fill a water bottle in your freezer door or a small baggie. Then pull them out whenever you want to use some. With just the one bunch of green onions you can fill up for a whole winter without your fresh green onions! 

Here's a tip: once or twice a week I would dump out the water and put clean water in. It will get murky. 

Enjoy your endless supply of green onions! 

Nilla Nanner Sandwiches

Nilla Nanner Sandwiches are so good! They're a fun snack to make. A little messy to make because you get banana all over yourself. But once you have a bowl of treats they are not messy and very yummy to eat! For size it works way better to have normal Nilla Wafers because they are the same size as bananas. 

Just slice bananas up and squish them in between two vanilla wafers. Fast and easy! Enjoy! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pork Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker

I think pot roast is a classic crock pot recipe that everyone loves! Substituting beef for pork makes it a lot healthier, just not as pretty because all those whites blend together. But this meal is really easy and in the crock pot there's really no way to ruin it, trust me! I would have found it by now.

I don't really like any of the pot roast seasoning packets, and whenever I pick and choose seasonings in my cabinets bad things happen, so I've always bought a package of onion soup or dip mix. It's really good and adds nice flavor to the roast. 

Add your meat first with the fat up then dump all the season on it. I added about 1/4 cup of water for extra juice because pork isn't as juicy as beef is. Next add whatever chopped up veggies you would like. I added two potatoes, one onion, and about four carrots (mostly for color because I hate soggy carrots). 

The fun part about a crock pot is you can just leave it cooking and it will just keep simmering and simmering. Now, if you let it simmer too long you'll have mush for dinner, but at least it won't burn. 

Depending on how many pounds your roast is, I'd cook it on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8. As long as it doesn't dry out though, you should be fine to keep cooking it. 

I check if it's done the same way I check fish: I stick a fork in it and turn the fork to see if them meat falls apart easily. I could also see that the pork was very white inside so I knew it was good. You can tell how white and mushy all the veggies were, too. Before serving I used a ladle and poured juice up on the veggies. 

You can see what I mean about a "white dinner" but it tastes fantastic and was really easy to make because my crock pot did all the work for me! I even took a nap and woke up to the yummy smells of dinner. How often does a woman get to do that?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Doctor Who Night

Yes, I realize I'm way behind on realizing how much I love Doctor Who, so to make myself feel better I found one person who was a little more behind than I was and I shared the love! Once I was done with the whole first season and moved on I invited a friend over and in 1 night we watched almost half of the season with the Ninth Doctor. We probably could have watched more but it's as if the universe was trying to keep us from watching Doctor Who together. She hit tons of traffic and a few accidents and I had someone stay in Hallmark after close then it took me 40 minutes to take my 5 minute drive home. Crazy! We finally started to watch nearly 2 hours after we wanted to.

Matt was essential to the night by being awesome, for one, and also by bringing us fish and chips for dinner so our night could be themed!

Molly's being living plastic and I'm just excited that I have a plate of food! It was super fun to share the "sickness" and to have someone to argue with about which Doctor we love more, except we already agree!