Monthly Archives: August 2012

Work It Wednesday: GOTC Invitations

When I got married, I painstakingly made my invitations. I had a little help from a friend (Jasmine, sis in law/bridesmaid extraordinaire), especially on the centering. Between the two of us we made 80 pocket fold invitations along with the inserts and the wraps and the reply post cards.

To put it simply: I love to craft, especially with an end goal in mind.

This love of making invitations has yet to cease and I just love spending hours cutting and folding and gluing, all to create something for someone else to get to enjoy. For the past 3 years, I’ve assisted Girls of the Con with their calendar release invites. Last year, although I didn’t make them, it was my wonderful brainchild that came to life as they turned their invites into little comic books. The year before it was corset tied invitations.

This year, we went with a little bit of a classier look. I scoured the internet for inspiration, and this was our end result

If anyone is interested in going to the calendar release party to pick up an amazingly crafted Girls of the Con Calendar, it’s this Thursday night at the Marriott in Atlanta, where DragonCon is going on, at the Pulse Bar starting at 6:30.

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Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Banana Smoothie

I’ve never been a huge fan of breakfast. Even as a child, it wasn’t typically my thing. In fact, it wasn’t until I started to get to work earlier that I started eating it every day and that was only so I had something to tide me over until lunch. Joseph is actually kind enough to make eggs and bacon whenever I ask him but most days that’s a lot of food for me to eat.

My favorite breakfast is a smoothie. I pretty much love all smoothies, whether they have lots of fruit or are more decadent. I prefer my morning smoothies to have protein of some sort whether it comes from a powder or from almond butter or peanut butter, etc. However, as I mentioned here, I’ve been waiting on my replacement blender.

I’m so glad to be able to share the fact that I’m happily back to drinking my breakfast. I actually wanted to share this recipe a few weeks ago, but on the very day I planned to share it was when the blender broke. I guess it wasn’t meant to be that week.

The original recipe can be found here, but I’ve made a number of small tweaks to create what I consider Perfection. This smoothie is fulfilling, delicious, decadent and perfect for a hot Georgia morning. It’s also a snap to throw together.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 Frozen Bananas, sliced up
1.5 cups Coconut Milk (I use the Silk Brand)
2 t Cocoa Powder
3-4 T Almond Butter
1 t Honey (or a squirt)
Cinnamon to taste
2 cup Ice

Directions:

In a good blender, add all ingredients. Slowly turn the blender speed up until fully blended. Add extra coconut milk if necessary. To help me in the morning make this quicker, I measure out the milk first in my blender because it has the cups marked.

Pour into two cups (the SOLO brand preferred). Stab it with a straw and head out the door with your yummy and delicious breakfast.

This makes a nice and thick smoothie. The bananas being frozen are key.

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Guy Talk: What’s your Fantasy

A 2006 Study shows more than 1 in 5 males from ages 18 to 49 (with internet) are consumed by the same thing.  What is it that I’m talking about?  Sports!!! Not just any type of sport… Fantasy Sports. 

With Baseball season winding down, and NFL Season starting up, Fantasy Sports are in full swing.  It’s not just baseball and football either;  Basketball, Hockey, Nascar, Golf , MMA and even Professional Wrestling all have respective fantasy leagues. 

It seems that most people used to think fantasy sports was ‘a bunch of math nerds pretending they were good at sports’, but then something happened and EVERYONE started playing fantasy sports.  So in the past 12 years I’ve seen leagues grow and grow.  The amazing thing is even though she’s not a huge sports fan, Mrs. B now look forward to football season each year. 

 

A few of my Teams have been named:

Rollin’ Thunder (The only name I’ve ever won a league with)

Flying Octopi

Elfin’ Beaneaters

And Braggilicous

Other Names that I’ve seen and liked a lot are

 “Favre Dollar Footlong”  and “Brady Gaga” 

I’m curious though, to all the AB2BA readers how many of you guys play fantasy sports and if you do, what sports are you playing and you team names?

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Five Things Friday

1. This weekend, Joseph and I not only get to see Little Big Town, but we get the meet & greet passes. I’m super excited!

2. This weekend, Stephen and Jasmine go to try and attempt to get certified for Cross Fit. Keep your fingers crossed for them and say a little prayer that they pass.

This is what three (?) months of Crossfit has done for Stephen. Check them out here

3. If you are 100% content with your house and how it’s decorated, don’t read this blog. Because all this blog will make you do is want to change EVERYTHING. I’m now obsessed with them and their house and all their awesome ideas. I’ve also determined that I can totally add a backsplash in my kitchen, regardless of any actual skill or talent involved.

4. Primal be damned. I want to make these cookies so bad! They are called Boyfriend Cookies. I have neither a boyfriend nor plans to share them with my husband and I’m pretty sure they should be called: Will Never Be Sad with One of These Cookies

They have:

Milk Chocolate Chips
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate Chips
M&Ms
Reese’s Pieces
And who are we kidding, I’d ditch the white chocolate and add Peanut Butter Chips.

5. Seriously, watch this video. Rhett & Link discuss how to properly pronounce things. More than likely you’re saying it wrong.

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Rave: Kitchen Aid & Joseph

A couple of weeks ago I was having the hardest time blending up a smoothie. This smoothie is one I had made a number of times, so it really made no sense why my blender wouldn’t cooperate. I was getting BEYOND frustrated with it and I threw a mini temper tantrum. Enough of one to get Joseph to come try his luck.

After a couple more minutes I just said “fine, I’ll use the crappy ninja” and pulled it out of the cabinet. (Side note, while I LOVE my ninja for prep, it makes TERRIBLE smoothies) As I’m pouring my smoothie into the ninja pitcher, I see the problem. The blade for my blender had literally snapped in two.

The metal blade had snapped IN TWO. That’s bananas.

I assumed I was destined to have to buy a new pitcher. This was the second pitcher I had broken with this blender, breaking about one a year at this point. Kitchen Aid had already been kind enough to replace the pitcher the first time since it was under warranty, so I assumed that this time I was out of luck.

This is where Joseph MAJORLY stepped up to the plate. He took it upon himself to contact Kitchen Aid. He emailed back and forth with a representative and gave her the story of what happened and the problem we had been having. In a very timely manner, she let Joseph know they would be sending out a new unit.

A NEW UNIT

(Amber, I got a birthday present in honor of you it seems)

This is what greeted me when I got home today. A BRAND NEW RED KITCHEN AID BLENDER. A blender that’s a better model then what I had to begin with. Free of charge because Kitchen Aid’s customer service is, as I recall, the best customer service I’ve dealt with thus far in my short life.

(Ignore the mess)

So, this is a rave about not only how amazing and awesome Joseph is for dealing with them and doing all the work but for Kitchen Aid and how AMAZING they are. Sure the pitcher has broken twice, but with customer service like this, I will gladly spend a little more on a Kitchen Aid product in the future.

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Tasty Tuesday: Kitchen Sink Quiche

Or, How to make a Quiche out of anything.

Whenever a recipe has “Kitchen Sink” in the name it’s usually just referring to the fact that the recipe is using up odds and ends in the pantry or fridge before they go bad. This weekend, I had a number of odds and ends to use up; already chopped up onions & peppers, partially used bags of ham and cheese, bacon that needed to be cooked up and a partially used pint of half and half.  So, if you want to make a quiche but don’t necessarily have or want what is going into mine, no big deal… well, as long as you do have eggs. Those aren’t optional.

I planned to make mini frittatas but after running the cupcake pan through the dishwasher and seeing all the egg I had still to scrub out, I changed my mind and borrowed the cooking instructions from my Crustless Chorizo Quiche.

The great thing about quiche, is that it is a total blank slate. While eggs are necessary, you don’t have to use a specific milk but use whatever you have on hand. Although, to be honest, I wouldn’t recommend vanilla or chocolate flavored anything.

The additions are virtually limitless between different meats, cheeses, vegetables and spices it really is up to whatever you have on hand. Keep in mind that a lot of the vegetables you will want to cook beforehand so that they are tender or so that they release extra water. Additionally, your meat should be fully cooked before you add it to the dish as well.

The only ingredients I really measure out are my eggs and milk and I even added 2 eggs to the recipe today so that I could use up the rest of my half & half because otherwise it would probably get thrown out in a couple of weeks because I never had a need for the quarter cup of it I had left.

Clearly, I prefer a quiche without crust. Another variation from a typical pie crust would be to use shredded hashbrowns. Press the hashbrowns into the pie plate and cook for 10-15 minutes before adding all the other ingredients.

Kitchen Sink Quiche

Ingredients:

1.25 cups of Half & Half
10 Eggs
1 cup cheese
Diced Onion, Bell Pepper, Green Onion, Cilantro
Diced Ham
Crumbled Bacon

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400

In a greased pie dish or casserole dish (depending on size of quiche) layer the meat and vegetables. Sprinkle cheese on top.

Whisk eggs and half & half together. Season with Salt & Pepper and whatever else sounds good.

Pour egg mixture into dish.

Bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is cooked through and eggs are set.

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Pinterested? I Know You Are

Ask Joseph and he will tell you that I’ve been obsessed with pinterest lately. I mean, to be fair, I’ve been obsessed with it for forever now. But the past week, while I’ve been a sick invalid, I’ve been SUPER obsessed.

What did people even do on the internet before pinterest? Probably wrote emails or farmed or something…

I am that super annoying person who pins things and then makes them or does them or uses them for inspiration to do something else. I’m also that super annoying person who refuses to pin “Dream House” or anything related to what my one day dream is because I want to make my life my dream.

I have a whole board for things I’ve done, which is drastically lacking and needing updating. I pin all sorts of delicious foods, easy crafts and fun adventures to go on.

I just love how pinterest is this huge idea board. Sure, there can be a ton of horrible and stupid ideas, but there are so many more amazing things on there. And since I’m such a visual creature, it really speaks to me.

Isn’t it pretty and visual?

So, if you are interested in how interesting all my pins are, follow me here

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