Sunday, October 17, 2010

What's goin' on in the kitchen??

 After a full day of cooking, cleaning, and planning for a fun wedding celebration for my sis-in-law, we were given the news that they wouldn't be able to make it after all.  I decided that good food need not go to waste.  So I reached for my phone and didn't have any trouble finding instant takers.  On the menu of appetizers, a delicious Jalanpeno dip.  I served mine with Sea Salt Kettle chips.  (Recipe linked, because what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't share? Hmm?  A lousy one, that's what kind.)
Next up... (but only because I got a screaming deal on a pack of jalapenos) Jalapeno poppers.  I used Pioneer Woman's recipe, because I love her, and nothing will ever change that.  Ever.  In a million years.  No matter what.  (I like to carry things to their extreme.  I don't really know why.) I didn't wrap mine in bacon... or brush it with jam... I just put some bacon in the filling and called it good.  (And it was.) 
 Then we ate the best, thickest, top sirloin steaks, grilled to absolute perfection by a tall, handsome, broad-shouldered man.  (I think I'll keep him.)  I served a loaded baked potato alongside.  That was my big contribution.  A potato.  Loaded with everything.  For dessert came this pinwheel cake. 
 The only tweak I added, was that I used pumpkin cream cheese instead of regular.  I found it at Trader Joe's and thought to myself, "Hey, why not?"  It was a good choice.  A last-minute change of plans can be a good thing! 
 And because I wasn't only cleaning and cooking I wanted to show you what else I was doing that day. I spent my morning creating a pattern, and a look-alike American Girl Doll costume, for Halloween, complete with bloomers and bonnet, that nearly killed me.  I will never sew again.  Ever.  As long as I live. (foot stomp.)  I say that every time I complete a project, don't I? 
 But isn't she the most precious thing you've ever seen?

(Also, someone asked where I found the checkered napkins, on my previous post.  The answer-Target.  (In the before-Halloween-Christmas section.) I had a gift card which made everything that much sweeter, and they came in a two pack. I adore Target.)

How was your weekend? 

28 comments:

  1. Recently found your blog through blog surfing, I guess. LOVE it! Your dinner looked and sounded devine! The new SIL missed out, poor thing.
    Blessings,
    Christy

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  2. okay i saw the pinwheel cake but was reading about the sirloin steaks and was thinking, "i've gotta find out where i can get steaks like those!" ha ha
    wish i could have eaten at your house tonight. looks delish!

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  3. LOL about Kristine's post as I too thought the pinwheel cake was steaks at first as well - HA! However, I must say, I WILL be borrowing the recipe for the cake and the Jalepeno poppers - YUMMERS! The foods all look absolutely delicious and I'm sorry your SIL had to cancel on you - however, the baby girl's costume is absolutely precious and she looked adorable! Great job on everything and I love, love, love Target too! Have a great day Sasha! :o) xoxoxo

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  4. Two of my most favorite things: PW's poppers and pumpkin roll! YUM! If only we lived closer...

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  5. Sounds like a fun weekend to me! Great recipes, and your little girl's dress turned out so cute! Hope you're having a wonderful Monday so far...

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  6. Yes, my dear, Ava is the most adorable thing I ever did see. Oh, wait, you meant the labor of love she was wearing. Why, yes, that is fantastic too. I am stunned by what must have gone into making it. You da bomb.

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  7. What time is dinner?? YUMMMMMM!!!! That is a brilliant halloween costume idea. LOVE it. Of course only you could pull it off. Sewing clothes will never happen here.

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  8. Your daughter is adorable! Love your blog, the food looks so yummy!

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful, spur of the moment party.

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  10. Well, now I'm drooling on my keyboard and I only have you to blame.

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  11. Now I'm REALLY hungry! I love that costume, but no sewing happening over here!

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  12. Love the outfit you made your daughter adorable.
    One year I made a Snow White dress it was a bunch of work and my girl loved it. That pinwheel cake looks yummy I love Trader Joes!!

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  13. so, how do you keep your house so clean? seriously! i need you to teach me!

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  14. Your daughter looks adorable - we love Kirsten at our house too :-).

    And the pumpkin roll...oh my!

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  15. Dinner sounds and looks amazing!

    My daughter wants to be Molly for Halloween. Unlike you, I am not gifted with the sewing talent. I have been looking for pieces to put together to pull Molly's look off. Your daughter is precious!

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  16. Oh. My. Goodness. It's past 10pm, and I just deperately want to make pepper poppers now!!
    Looks delish, all of it.

    That outfit turned out amazing. Just amazing. Your effort was not in vain! And I'm sure she'll remember it for the rest of her life!

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  17. I found your blog recently while I was blog surfing! That dip sounds amazing, and I will be trying it for a Halloween party I am going to next weekend!

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  18. How cute are you? Making that adorable costume for your adorable little girl...love it!

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  19. girl, you should so be a photographer for a foodie blog....or you should become a foodie blog....but if you do, keep your fun cutie always makes me smile blog gig going on too

    fab ensemble in your little one! way to go!

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  20. hey mama! I want one of those jalapenos! YUM!

    and that COSTUME!!!! my girls are going to BOTH be spider girl. it's so NOT like me but when they pulled out the costume at FRed Meyer's and I saw that it was only 11 dollars I said SoLD! My mom thinks I'm weird! I would like to say I'm financially smart. :)

    see you SOON~

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  21. You seriously pulled all that together in a day? I can barely sew a pillow and brush my teeth in the same day.

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  22. I want an American Girl Doll. I would also like to put in an order for a matching outfit for her. I have wanted an american girl doll for a really long time. My Molly wanted Kit...not my favorite and Emily got a just like me doll...not my favorite. I want Felicity..and I want her bloomers!!
    Lisa

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  23. I love all PW's recipes....everything is so real.

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  24. so so SO cute! This was my oldest daughter's dream to have a "Kirsten" dress. She was cast as Kirsten/Kit for 3 years at American Girl Theater in Chicago. Great memories, but wished I would have done anything to get a dress like this made. Way to go, mom! :)
    (Found you from the LPM blog - Glad I did!)

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  25. You could do what my mom did after she made a similar costume for me: force your daughter to wear it 3 Halloweens in a row.
    I promise she will never ask you to make her another costume EVER.

    :)

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  26. I love the costume... if they were casting for a re-make of Little House on the Prairie... she's a shoe in!

    The jalapeno poppers and the pumpkin pinwheel... OMGoodness... a trip to the grocery store is in order when I get off work in a few hours.
    Add those to the potato soup recipe I got from a friend and... dinner tomorrow night will be awesome!
    Thanks for the ideas and the insights... remember to let God be your guide... or your conscience... it's the same thing only one looks like cricket! :)

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  27. all I have to say is.

    pumpkin cream cheese.

    yum.

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  28. I adore your daughter's costume! I SO WISH my daughter were dressing up as an American Girl for Halloween. So cute.

    Your dinner looks like perfection. Mmmm...
    -FringeGirl

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