Archive for October, 2013

This past weekend was thisclose to being the perfect football weekend. Gamecocks? Check. Bears? Check. Anything resembling a win? ::crickets::

Not only did both teams lose, they lost in an extremely painful fashion. A little piece of us died at the end of both games, and it’s entirely possible we ate our feelings.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

Verdict

Nailed it. Delicious and adorable. I think these are my new favorite way to eat tacos. I also like that they’re incredibly easy to pull together and would make a great (i.e. less messy/awkward) alternative to nachos or dip at a festive event.

Alterations

I skipped the beans so my layers were: wonton, meat, cheese, wonton, meat, cheese. I then topped mine with salsamole while the husband ate his one layer at a time with guac on the side.

 

 

Original recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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Things the husband will not touch: meatloaf

Things the husband cannot get enough of: meatballs

Naturally I had to point out meatballs are really nothing more than mini meatloaf. His response was a suspicious look followed by, “No.” (That was then followed by a winded explanation about what forms he likes his meat in. If you think that sentence sounds bad, you should have heard the whole conversation.)

I think it’s abundantly clear at this point that I’m dealing with a 31 year old toddler. But right now I kind of don’t care because I figured out a loophole to get meatloaf back in my life.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Chicken, Spinach, and Feta Meatballs

Verdict

Nailed it. I’ve made this twice, and the husband has willingly eaten the leftovers both times (he’s not the only one). The first time, I served them in pitas with sweet potato fries on the side and ate the leftovers as a salad. The second time, I served them sans pita with smashed red potatoes and roasted broccoli on the side (yep – meatloaf style).

Alterations

I sauteed the spinach in olive oil until it wilted.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Healthy. Delicious.

Real talk – don’t tell your husband you’re thinking about making pumpkin donuts unless you actually make pumpkin donuts within the next 15 minutes. Otherwise you’ll get distracted by football, the donuts will never make an appearance, and you’ll have to hear, “You know what sounds really good? Pumpkin donuts,” for the rest of the day.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Verdict

I’ll be honest – I thought these were more like pumpkin bread in donut formation than actual donuts. However, his recipe made 12 pumpkin donuts and they were gone in 2 days sooooooooo I’m gonna have to go with nailed it.

Alterations

I wasn’t about to go buy butter olive oil for one recipe so I melted 1/3 cup of butter and called it good. I also used the equivalent of pumpkin pie spice for all the spices (1/2 tsp cinnamon = 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, etc.). And when it came to the cinnamon sugar coating, I couldn’t bring myself to dunk the donuts in butter since they already had 1/3 cup of melted butter in them. So I sprinkled the tops with cinnamon sugar before baking them. I’m pretty sure they’d also be amazing drizzled with maple syrup.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Eat. Drink. Love.