Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cappuccino Chocoate Bites

Okay, gripes. I hate cookies that I have to roll out. My rolling skills are less than desireable. And ones you need to roll out between two sheets of parchment paper and put in the freezer and cut with a 1 and 1/4 inch cookie cutter. Blah. Since the dough is 50 percent butter, it's sticky. So the roll out technique was not working, so I formed into tiny balls and squished into rounds. Also, recipe says will yield 30 cookies. I got 14 cookies. I think maybe Martha was counting each half of the cookie as one. But they were a pretty good deal of work for 14 measily cookies. I did not have esspresso beans, so I used coffee beans. Which were not ground fine enough, and were a little chunky in the cookie. They are tasty, very tasty. But make like a triple batch or something to make it worth your time! I couldn't find the recipe on Martha's site, so you'll have to buy the book if you wanna try it!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Physician's Formula Organic Wear

Talk about extreme bummer. Physician's Formula Organic Wear mascara is a disappointment for me. I loved PF's blushes, powders, concealers, bronzers.....but those weren't organic. This mascara was running and did not last. It gives an extremely natural look - read: doesn't do anything! There is no clumping, no dried out brittle lashes....but that's probably because it doesn't stay on your lashes. Depress. I have contacted the company, maybe I just had a bad batch, but this stuff was crap. Keep your $8 or whatever it cost.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used all margarine instead of any butter in these, and you can tell. I am not into these very much, they are definitely "cakey", and that just isn't my style. I like them chewy. The recipe is on Martha's site, but there aren't even any pictures of it! So, maybe she wasn't impressed either.

Cheese and Bean Quesadilla

  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes/green chilis mix
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed, drained, slightly mashed (use a potato masher)
  • chili powder
  • 8 ounces of shredded cheese (I used a jack/colby mix)
  • cilantro
  • 8 flour tortillas, I used whole wheat

Drain the tomatoes, extremely well. Warm them up in a pan for a few minutes, then put in the mashed black beans and a decent sprinkle of chili powder. Cook together for 3 minutes. Spray a skillet pan, put down on tortilla. Put 1/4 of the bean mixture on it, spread it out evenly. Cover it with cheese, then sprinkle on some cilantro, cover with another tortilla. Flip it over after it begins to brown, 2 minutes on medium heat. Cook the other side till the cheese melts. I cut them into six pieces, using a pizza cutter.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Buttery Pecan Rounds

I had not been baking lately. With the death of Reggie, I just have not been up to it. But I am back now. These were pretty tasty. The recipe said it would make 36, but made 20. I think my cookie scoop was bigger than the recommended size, so they spread out further and ended up all touching on the sheets. I need to get a smaller scoop, but waiting till the next Pamper Chef party I go to. I did 50/50 margarine/butter.

The recipe called for 2/3 cup toasted finely chopped pecans. I chopped them up in a mini-food processor then put them into a fry pan, and stirred them for about 10 minutes. On medium heat.

Check out the recipe on Martha's site.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Walgreen's Trip

Even after tax, I still made nine cents on all this, plus a coupon for more free toothpaste.
Toothpaste + Mouthwash: $4.29 (coupon for free paste from Nikki)
Bayer Meter: $14.99 (coupon for free, I give these to the hospital. This purchase caused a free toothpaste coupon to print)
Degree: $1.09 (coupon for 75 cents off, 3-1RP)
Chapstick: $1.99 ($2 register rewards print)
Scunci Hair ties: $2 ($2 register rewards print)
Toothbrush: $3.29 (coupon for 75 cents off, $3.50 register reward print)

Nice haul, just for popping in while returning a Redbox Movie!