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This and That [Photos Not Included]

I couldn’t just let Pi Day go by without wishing you a happy one. Hope you nerds celebrated in style! We feasted on chicken turnovers for dinner, followed by Apple Pie Pops.

Here’s a tip I’ll give you for free: When the recipe says to seal the edges, go ahead and crimp them twice for good measure. I had a couple of oozers, but most of them turned out just fine. Tasty little two-bite pie!

While we’re on the subject of treats on sticks, I made a few of these for the shower on Saturday (but my cookies were star-shaped.) And here’s another tip: Pack your patience before you start trying to insert the sticks into the dough, and just go ahead and patch the back for good measure, even if it looks like it’ll hold. I about lost my mind trying to get them to work, but in the end every one of them baked up nicely and stayed on its stick — we’ll list that in the “success!” column. Oh, and don’t be skimpy when you roll out the dough; you want it to be a good 1/4-inch thickness.

In other tasty dessert news, this is my new favorite frosting recipe (the chocolate version, specifically.) Glorious Treats is a new-to-me blog, but I’ll definitely be going back when I get a minute to check out her other recipes.

On a lighter but still delicious note, please try this super good Balsamic Vinaigrette on your next salad. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve whipped up this dressing since stumbling upon the recipe a couple of months ago — many jars — and it still hasn’t lost its flavor-of-the-month status. Swirling that crushed clove of garlic around just makes it!  I’m pretty sure that I’ve almost figured out how to doctor it up to resemble my other favorite dressing, which is what passes for exciting around here.

Sorry for the lack of mediocre pictures to go along with all of these tasty links, but the batteries in my camera ran out of juice and we’re actually out of AAs. Imagine my surprise when I went to the cupboard for more, and found only one replacement floating amongst a sea of … 9 volts? Who has a bunch of 9 volts lying around?

That would be us, the same crew gleefully celebrating Pi Day.

 

Flavors of the Month, Pt. 2: Scraptacular

 

Remnantific? Scraptastic? Well, whatever — I love my new blankie! It’s one part fleece-my-mom-didn’t-need bound with a myriad of prized pieces from the overflowing scrap bin. As I was digging through said bin, trying to figure out how to join them all together into something pretty, I had one of those flashes of “haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” Indeed I had, in the form of the Patchwork-Trimmed Baby Blanket in Weekend Sewing. I love the way instructions for making the patchwork binding! Of course, since this was a bigger piece, Dummy Dumbhead here had to redo all of the math and ended up with way more than I needed. Doh! Better than too little, at least. Also, I added some extra rows of stitching to the binding, just to add a little texture.

Even including the week-long cooling off period while I talked myself into tackling attaching the binding (which turned out to be no big deal, which I was pretty sure would turn out to be the case, so why waste the time? dunno), this was such a fun little project that I’d like to make more more MORE! Also, it came in mighty handy during our bout with the flu, especially on the cold, cold night I spent on the couch because my girl decided no bed would do ‘cept for Mommy’s torso. Good times.

Flavors of the Month, Part 1: Popcorn!

Once again, it is March, and I find myself spinning my wheels a bit. My brain is kind of all over the place; lots of stuff is in various stages of doneness.

What better time, then, to empty out said brain a little by sharing some of the stuff I keep meaning to talk about? That’s my thinking.

We begin with popcorn. I happen to love the stuff. Unfortunately, my boy does not — he’s a complete abstainer. He won’t even try it! Sadly, that was my favorite afterschool snack when I was a kid, especially in the winter. My mom would make it at least once a week, and sometimes we even had hot chocolate to go with it. Good stuff. But…not for some people, so no popcorn afterschool snack in this house. So, heat up a big ol’ pan and pop up corn for one? No, thanks. And I don’t care for the taste of microwave popcorn that much…or do I?

 

I was flipping through the Food Matters Cookbook, and came across instructions for cooking popcorn in the microwave in a brown lunch bag. Well, say! You just dump 1/4 cup of kernels in the bag with a 1/4 tsp of salt, fold over the top a couple of times, and pop it up in the microwave. (The “popcorn” button on my oven is just about perfect, so I have no idea how long it takes. Probably 2-3 minutes.) So easy!! I have to say, it’s not the first time that I’ve seen this idea, but it’s the first time that a staple of some sort wasn’t involved. That’s supposed to be perfectly safe, but there’s no way I’m going to put metal of any kind in the microwave. I was just positive that I’d try it, blow the door off the oven and start a small fire, and then find out that it was supposed to be some sort of special extra-thin staple, because what kind of fool would put a regular one in the microwave? (That last part is what they’d say after reading my complaint about the dangers of popping corn on the cheap.)

Anyway, I’m sure you can eat it plain and feel all super-healthy and clean, but I wouldn’t know about that. If loving a hint (or maybe a tablespoon or so) or melted butter on your freshly popped/thrifty nickel popcorn is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Yum yum yum.