Tuesday, July 31, 2012

delicious.

Sometimes I scroll through foodgawker just for fun bookmarking recipes. Sometimes they're great weeknight recipes, sometimes they're party menu items, but far too often they are delicious looking seasonal desserts that I need to make right that moment. This was one of those desserts.
I made them twice and the second time was so much better. I think I let my oil get a bit too hot the first time so they burned before the filling got cooked.


Peach Wontons
(very slightly adapted from She Wears Many Hats)
2 medium, very ripe peaches
2 tablespoons flour
a sprinkle granulated sugar, more if needed*
Wonton wrappers**
Vegetable oil
Powdered sugar

Peel and chop the peaches into a very fine dice. I found that they tasted best and were easiest to fill the wonton wrappers when the peach pieces were very tiny. In a medium bowl mix the peach, flour and sugar together. Lay out 10-12 wonton wrappers and dampen edges with a bit of water. Put about a teaspoon worth of filling in the center. Fold wontons into triangles and meet the outside edges together in the middle. Heat oil to about 300-325 degrees. Drop wontons into oil and fry 3-4 minutes until light golden brown.
Allow to cool, just a bit and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Eat all of them...oh wait, that's just me, you'd probably be able to share!

*The original recipe uses 3 tablespoons of sugar, my peaches were very ripe and sweet so I dramatically decreased the amount. The result was a tiny bit tart but with the powdered sugar on top and the fried crunch, I thought it was delicious. For a sweeter filling, use 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.

**Wonton wrappers can be found in the produce section by the tofu section.

Monday, July 30, 2012

i have an addiction.

The Olympics have taken over in my house and I'm thrilled. So instead of reading a blog post by me today, go watch some online footage! View what NBC has available live. But most of all, go adorn yourself in red white and blue and cheer on our amazing athletes as they participate in sports you'd never typically watch. For instance, right now, as I'm typing this I'm watching equestrian races! Go USA!


Friday, July 27, 2012

raspberry mojito

There are some days that just require a cocktail. Unfortunately, it's 8am and having that drink this early would probably mess with the rest of my day.
I'm spending my morning at the hospital with my cousin, Derek, while he get his final chemo treatment for this week. Today is the last day of his first week of chemo and while he is getting chemo today, his girlfriend is finding out if she has to have surgery to remove the pressure off her brain. This young, amazing couple could use some prayers if you wouldn't mind.


Since neither of them can drink, I'll have a cocktail in their honor. A mojito to be exact. Even more specifically, a raspberry mojito. That is my favorite summer cocktail and my theme for Friday Fancies this week!

raspberry mojito


Thursday, July 26, 2012

chalk festival

In my weekend recap/Mike's birthday recap I mentioned that we went to a chalk festival. It was a spur of the moment decision on our part and I am SO glad we went. Definitely not your average Sunday afternoon plan. It was the first time they had held the it and I think it was pretty darn successful. Can't wait to see how they raise the bar next year because the drawings this year were fabulous.
Enough talk about them - here are some of my favorites!








My favorite thing about this one is that it was a father/son group project. The dad was instructing the sons
on how/where to add different colors. What an amazingly talented family!


Amazing, right?!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ohp - dedication

I'm dedicating my OHP this week to my cousin Derek. He's 21 and was diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks ago. He has already undergone surgery to remove the tumor and he started chemotherapy on Monday. Today is day 3. From everything the doctors have said and everything that I've read on the subject, day 3 is the hardest.


No one deserves cancer. No parent should ever have to watch their kid go through chemo. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, let alone a cousin that I have grown up very close with. My family is huge, but we are very close. This is only the second instance of cancer at all in my family, so we are a little bit dumbfounded on how to handle it. Any suggestions, advice, or even a shared story would be lovely. I'm trying to do everything I can to help Derek and my Aunt Tink (his mom). We've figured out ways to bring dinner to them and to take care of any responsibilities she has with the house or her other 3 kids.
I'm sure he'd greatly appreciate any good vibes or prayers you'd like to send his way too.





Source: facebook.com via Naluh on Pinterest




After his first day of chemo, he was doing pretty well. Unfortunately there was a woman in the room who wasn't doing as well as he was. She was very sick and looked run down. That kind of freaked him out a lot. He kept strong and powered through the rest of the day. On the way home, he broke the silence in the car ride with his mom and girlfriend just to ask, "it's going to get worse, isn't it?" He knows he has a long road ahead of him, but I think he's ready to conquer it.


Source: google.com via Jenni on Pinterest

Seriously.



What they said. Another one of my Aunts had support bracelets made for Derek. They say "Team Derek" on one side and "We Are Family" on the other. I can't wait to get one and sport it everywhere I go.



The livestrong foundation has a ton of support for people going through his situation. The sheer amount of information they supply is incredible, but they also offer a ton of support in terms of financial needs for people who are facing infertility because of cancer or chemo.


Source: via Annabelle on Pinterest

This one may not apply directly to Derek, but it's a fabulous reminder.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

nom nom nom


Pizza pizza! Sometimes after a long day, the only thing that sounds good is pizza. I don't know about for you, but for me when I get home after that long day, the last thing I want to do is go back out to pick it up and I live in the boondocks where no one delivers pizza (DEFINITELY something I miss about living in Boston).

This is when it is awesome to keep certain ingredients in your pantry/fridge. I usually keep a couple pounds of homemade pizza dough in my freezer (but bought is delicious too! - more on that later) and who doesn't have sauce and cheese? That's the best thing about pizza, it can be anything!

Pizza dough is super easy to make. If you throw together a batch, it makes 2-3 pounds worth (depending on your recipe) and then you have some to freeze. However, if you don't want to do it yourself or if you have a feud with yeast dough (that's what my aunt has told me...), my favorite secret here is to go to a pizza place and buy their dough! It's genius. The dough is normally a pound and a half and it is always delicious. The best part about it is that it freezes beautifully!


My Favorite Pizza

Ingredients:
1 ball of pizza dough
pizza sauce
pesto
shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Heat your oven as hot as it gets. For me, that's 550 degrees.
If you have a pizza stone, put that in the oven and let it heat. If you don't, take a cookie sheet, turn it upside down and preheat it in the oven.

Form the balls of dough into round disks and place on a well floured or cornmealed surface. This will allow the pizza to slide from one surface to another. I use a cookie sheet to slide the pizza onto my pizza stone. Spread with pizza sauce, dollop with pesto and generously sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 7-8 minutes. If your oven only gets to 500 it may take a few more minutes, just keep your eye on it!
Nom nom nom.

Monday, July 23, 2012

double 3's

This man turned a great big 33 yesterday!!


Our day was pretty fantastic. We started out by sleeping far too late, which by the way was glorious, and then I made him the least healthy breakfast I'd ever make for him. We hung out for a little bit, he played on his computer, I played Super Mario for Wii and then we got ready and went to Cold Stone.



 That was really his only birthday request. He wanted a ginormous Cold Stone hot fudge sundae in a waffle bowl. He's an easy man to please. While we were there, we also picked up some cupcakes to sing to after dinner.





We stopped at a farmers market to get some freshly picked (the corn just came from the field!) and then we were off to a Chalk Festival in New Paltz. It was pretty fabulous.

Friday, July 20, 2012

summer nights

Ok, quick poll, how many of us are going to see the new Batman movie today/tonight?? I'm heading there this afternoon with Mike. It is part 1 of his birthday weekend extravaganza! I have a few more surprises in store for him, but there are a few things we have planned. We're doing a movie this afternoon, lunch tomorrow and then beach day all day Sunday!


This outfit isn't really on theme for this week, but I saw this dress and just fell in love with it.

summer nights


Thursday, July 19, 2012

kick some tush

I've been working hard on getting back into the gym. There were a few weeks there that I was a little bit of a slacker and was busy doing other things (like smushing my favorite new nephew!) but I'm back and kicking some major butt.
My plan was to jump right into it. No easy light workouts to get my body acclimated, I was going hard core (there may have even been glitter on the floor). The best way to do that for me was to go to The Fitnessista's site and pick out her newest long workout and do it. If you aren't familiar with Gina or her workouts, stop reading my blog and go directly to hers. She kicks my ass. Every. Single. Time.



I decided on the July Schweaty workout and let me tell you, I drenched my clothes. It was definitely a great workout and the best way to throw myself back into it.




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ohp

Happy Wednesday! The projected high for us today is right around 100degrees with thunderstorms later...So hopefully this afternoon/evening will be delightfully rainy so I can get some stuff done inside and not get distracted by how beautiful it is outside!
I have some cleaning to do and I keep putting it off...Cleaning is seriously just no fun.
You know what is fun?
Linking up with Michelle from The Vintage Apple for OHP Wednesdays....






I have a small obsession with printed paper goods. They're kind of my favorite. The obsession only grows when it they are wedding paper goods.


Source: polyvore.com via Maura on Pinterest

I have some serious love for grey this year! There have been so many great grey/color combos. My favorite is probably still the grey/yellow, but this coral is kind of fab!



Chalkboard paint place mats are fabulous. I love the simple rustic look of them...


Source: google.com via Courtney on Pinterest

I mean really. Just look at them.



This dress is gorgeous. I'm in love with the back and the bow. Plus the soft yellow is just so happy!



I think we might have to have some mason dixons at our next party!



I'm in love. And I want to have a picture of Molly's baby just like this on her daddy's navy gear. <3

Hope your Wednesday is awesome!