Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tasty Tuesday {6} ~ Dulce De Leche Caramel Apples

Another EASY one for you! The best part about this treat (aside from taste) is that is seems like a lot more work than it is. It's a great party dish or anytime snack!

Making Dulce De Leche is unbelievably easy. You'll need one to four cans of sweetened condensed milk, a crock pot or large pot on the stove and water. All you need to do is peel the labels off your cans, place them in the pot, fill the pot with water making sure the cans are completely submerged and turn the crock pot on low for eight hours or high for 4 hours or boil on the stove for 4 hours and let cool. Now you have cans of Dulce De Leche Caramel!

Now for the apples. All you need is the apples, a knife and spoon. Selecting your largest apple, slice off the top half inch or so of the apple. Then with your knife, carefully cut a circle inside the apple being sure to leave about a half an inch between the edge of your circle and the skin of the apple. Using your spoon, scoop out the circle and carve the apple into a bowl. Fill the apple with caramel and surround with apple slices. Done! Easy right?

Monday, November 28, 2011

BeFunky Monday! {12}

Thanksgiving Dinner with Friends


The dogs were right there the
whole time I carved the turkey
Pile of puppies. Passed out
the day after Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tasty Tuesday {5} ~ Home-Made Fudge

WARNING: NOT A LOW CALORIE TREAT!! 
:)


As long as I can remember, every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving my mom has made this fudge. One of my favorite things about getting ready for the holidays was fighting with my siblings over who gets to "lick" the bowl. Now that I'm a grown up (*tear), I decided it's time I make my own. While out at my mom's on Saturday, I copied down a recipe written on an old, discolored post it note. The was the recipe she had written down years ago while her mom explained how to make it. I love traditions like this. 

Ok, enough nostalgia for one post. I'm sure you all just want to find out how to make this fudge anyways! It's really not too difficult. Most other fudge recipes seem daunting to me when they call for a candy thermometer and such. This was surprisingly easier than I had expected. So, here's how it's done!

Ingredients: 
4 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Can Evaporated Milk
2 Sticks of Butter or Margarine
1 Jar of Marshmallow Cream
18 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Teaspoon Vanilla















In a large pot, combine sugar and evaporated milk. Turn stove on medium and stir.  

Once sugar has dissolved into milk, add butter. Continue stirring and bring to a rolling boil. 

Continue boiling and stirring for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes of boiling remove from heat and add marshmallow cream. Stir in cream well. 

Once cream is mixed evenly, stir in chocolate chips. 

Add a teaspoon of Vanilla. Stir until evenly mixed.

Using the wrappers from your two sticks of butter, lightly grease the bottom and edges of your container (a 9x12 works well or a few loaf pans). 

Pour in the fudge and let it sit out to cool for a bit. Once it has cooled a bit slice the fudge into bite sized pieces. Then leave in the refrigerator for several hours to set. 

Then enjoy! (In moderation, unless you're hoping to go into a diabetic coma)

Monday, November 14, 2011

BeFunky Monday! {11}

Watson snuggled in between
the couch cushions
Dinner Saturday Night
Twice baked potatoes
Salad with tomatoes and cheese
Watson, all fluffy after his bath. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just me

No Tasty Tuesday today. Sorry, I've been busy and out of good ingredients. Today is more of a journal/goings on in my life post. I have so much on my mind I just need to get down in words so I can clear them off my chest.

Life, it seems, has been a constant uphill battle for the last few years. I feel like we're finally getting to a leveling out point. The hill has been less steep. Though I know I'll always be climbing, now it's more do-able. Jeff and I had a bit of a rough patch the past couple weeks. It through me into a pretty deep depression last week. I took a long warm bubble bath while he was working late, did some soul searching and I think we're over the rough patch. I know that I want to be with him forever and I need to stop stressing about possibilities of things going wrong in the future. I love him so much. Onto my next thought...


Babies, babies, babies... They're like everywhere. It seems like they're all over the media. Living in Utah, they're always a big focus, maybe I'm just growing more attuned to it. Johnson & Johnson's has these commercials on Hulu about babies changing everything... they're terrible... I'm already fighting this maternal urge with all my might. My sister is 8 months pregnant, my cousin just had her second baby with in a year of her first. A lot of my friends are having kids. I can't help but think about having a baby pretty much 24/7. Unfortunately, my husband wants to wait till our 30s. He barely even discusses the subject with me and when he does, he's always angry. If I even mention "the B word" (not a female dog, mind you), he gets a sour look on his face and ends our current conversation. I'm not really sure how to handle the situation. I've tried to talk and compromise but he won't talk about it any more. I don't necessarily want to get pregnant right now but I would like to have my first child around 25. We're 23 now. When I told him that, he freaked out about how 2 years is not enough time. I only want 2 kids and I want to space them out up to 5 years apart. I also don't want to be 40 with a 5 year old. He has this idea in his mind that he'll be through college by the time we have our first but he hasn't even started. *Sigh* I also want to plan our babies. If we try to wait 7 years, we'll probably have an "accident" before then anyways. Any advice on how to approach my husband in a less scary way about this would be much appreciated.
That's pretty much the heavy stuff I needed to get out. I already feel better having typed it down. On a lighter note, I'm loving the new hair color. Everyone at the office has been telling me they love it too. It might stick longer than initially planned.
Also, I'm getting very excited for the holidays. We're hosting our own Thanksgiving dinner at our place this year and I've been fighting the urge to decorate for Christmas and play Christmas music. Not till the 25th of this month! I took some picture of things around my house last night, I think they're a tad Christmasy... What do you think?

Well, if you read this far, I commend you, and thank you! I would love to hear feedback and thoughts on this!
~Anna

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tasty Tuesday {4} ~ Product Spot light ~ Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

I must confess, today's tasty-ness was not created by me. We recently got a Costco membership again. We were there on Sunday doing our grocery shopping when we came across Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce. We thought we'd give it a try. The lady checking our receipt on the way out raved about how great it was. We weren't so sure it would live up to her word.
I cooked it up and served over some cheese tortellini and boy was it amazing!? This stuff turns boring pasta into a fancy dish! Here's the description from the website:
"WINNER BEST PASTA SAUCE- NEW YORK FANCY FOOD SHOW 2009  The first of its  kind, our all-natural butternut-squash pasta sauce is made with squash ripened in Oregon's Willamette Valley.  Paired with fresh garlic, onions and roasted red pepper, the natural sweetness and delicate flavor of the butternut squash is enhanced to provide a delicious change of pace.  Tortellini, Ravioli, & Lasagna never knew they could taste so great!"
I was also thinking it might make a good dressing for meats. Maybe have it on your Thanksgiving Turkey? I am definitely going to incorporate this into my Thanksgiving menu! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Halloween re-cap

So here are a few pictures from last nights festivities! Jeff and I went as Shaggy and Velma from Scooby Do. How do you think we did?