Sunday, January 31, 2010

# 66 - Host a fondue party, chocolate fondue and all...

Last night I had a few friends over for fondue. I got a nice fondue set for Christmas, and though I have been to fondues before, this was my first done on our own. Everything turned out great, we had chicken, marinated beef, potatoes, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. Because it takes so long to cook the food, I also made a garden salad and some garlic butter rice. Everything turned out amazing! We played a game, called ‘Loaded Questions- Adult’ after fondue, and we laughed and we laughed and we laughed, it was so much fun. Then we brought out the chocolate fondue, which goes without saying is delicious. Look forward to having another fondue night!

Unfortunately, I had my flash screwed up so the pictures didn't turn out too great :(

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Book 4 ...

I am on a roll, if I can get 4 books done a month I might just make my goal of 50 this year! The book that I am about to start is A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. This book is supposedly a recovery memoir on James Frey’s alcoholism, crack addiction, and his weeks spent in rehab. He later confessed on an aired Oprah show that he fabricated several large parts of this book. Even though this book may not be fully truthful, it is still supposed to be an amazing book, and has been recommended to me by a friend.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

# 10 - Have a candle lite party...

This has been quite hard to book, but I finally managed to book a party for January 15th with some people from work, and it was successful… Except for the fact that I completely forgot to take pictures!!!! Errr… But I will take pictures of all my lovely products instead. I had seven lovely people from work show up and lots of yummy food, it was a very good time. Being the hostess also got me some amazing deals, so I am definitely stocked up on candles for the next zillion years, which is fine with me! One more task off my list :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Book # 3

Decided for a light quick read, and I have never not enjoyed a Sophia Kinsella book, always make me laugh!

Grilled Salmon with Maple & Dill

Last week I was looking for a healthy and yummy recipe when I stumbled upon this recipe – grilled salmon with Maple and Dill… I love all the ingredients in it except next time I would exclude the dill. Maple syrup, garlic and balsamic vinegar, how can it not taste good?
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) dijon mustard
2 tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup (50 mL) maple syrup
1/2 tsp (2 mL) finely minced garlic
1 tsp (5 mL) dill weed
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
2 tbsp (30 mL) CRISCO® Canola Oil
16 ounces (500 g) salmon fillets, rinsed and patted dry
16 ounces (500 g) frozen mixed vegetables

1. Whisk together mustard, vinegar, syrup, garlic, dill weed and salt in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Place 3 tablespoons (45 mL) glaze in a resealable food storage bag with salmon. Marinate 1 hour in refrigerator.
2. Brush grill pan or skillet with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Once grill is hot, place fillets, skin side up, in pan. Cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning once or until fish is opaque throughout. Place 3 tablespoons (45 mL) glaze in a small bowl. Brush the fillets with glaze during the last few minutes of cooking.
3. Cook mixed vegetables according to package directions. Drain if necessary. Divide vegetables evenly onto 4 dinner plates. Center fillets over vegetables. Serve drizzled with remaining warmed glaze.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Book # 2.. 48 more to go!

This book was recommended from a people magazine, as a true story about abuse and love. I checked up the reviews online, and read what is was supposed to be about, and decided to go and buy it. Starting it sometime today, so hopefully I will enjoy it.

Grilled Halibut Pineapple

I was expecting this recipe to much better. It was still good, but I found it a little on the salty side, and I did mine on a grill, I think it would have been much better on the barbecue. I also found that the sweetness of the pineapple really made the recipe. I think with a few altercations this recipe has potential.
1 tbsp lime zest
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp ginger root, grated
1 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 halibuts
1/2 medium pineapple, or one can

1.) Coat grill with cooking spray. Preheat. Place zest, lime juice, 1 tbsp brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in ziploc bag. Shake to combine, add fish and let marinate 20 min.
2.) In a second bag, place remaining brown sugar, ginger, and pineapple, allow to marinate 5 minutes. Remove pineapple and add remaining juices to fish.
3.) Grill pineapple until heated through, turning once (8min). Remove and cover with foil to keep warm. Cook fish brushing with marinade, over direct heat until cooked through.

Tomato Chicken & Pasta Bake

Very good… lots of sodium :( . I found this recipe on the back of a tomato soup cooking box. Like I said, it was very good and easy. Being 10 minutes to prepare and 45 – 50 in the oven. You can find the recipe under the recipe tab.

1 box tomato cooking mix
2 cups uncooked penne noodles
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 cups chopped red pepper
2 – 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups shredded cheese

1.) Mix together the first 5 ingredients. Cover with red pepper, place chicken breasts over top, sprinkle with more pepper. Put the shredded cheese on top and bake @ 400 for 50 minutes.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Read 50 books in one year...

So bring on the 50 books for 2010!! This is the first one I am reading, and so far it is amazing! Can’t wait to see the movie, I know I will cry like a baby… Love Jodi Picoult’s writing.. will let you know how I like it when I’m done!

Friday, January 1, 2010

# 69 - Find a romantic poem, and leave it somewhere for Ryan to find

So, for my second poem, I had more fun with! Ryan’s parents bought me a scrapbooking machine for Christmas that cuts shapes and letters out of paper, so I got to have fun playing with it. I had it wresting on a can of beer for him when he got home, I know I’m such a romantic, haha. You can find the words to the poem under Poems for Ryan.