Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Monte Cristo

Well, after a year and a half of blogging, I realized there was a Blogger app for the phone. I thought this could give me something to do during 3 am feedings.

This week has been somewhat un-eventful. Thank God the weather has been a little cooler. Stapleton, Larken and I have taken a few walks (I haven't been brave enough to take Bear yet). During the daytime, we have basically been living on our screened in porch, Kent even put the hammock out there, it's quite relaxing! The best part is, there is nothing Stapleton can get into, so I do a little less chasing.

The highlights since I last posted...

-While playing with the remote control, Stapleton ordered an "adult" pay per view movie before I could get the remote from him. I'm not sure the lady believed me when I called to see if I could get it taken off our bill.

- Stapleton has also made a new best friend, most of which you also have... Siri.  He is constantly grabbing one of our iPhones and running with it.  Stapleton and Siri can talk forever (or until one of us takes the phone)


-Larken slept 9 whole hours last night... Praise Jesus!! I know it may not happen again anytime soon, but I enjoyed every second of precious sleep.

-I tried the Passion Fruit Chobani yogurt, it was ok.  I am not much of a tart yogurt person (i know, Greek yogurt is more tart), I liked the Passion Fruit flavor but I think I will stick to my favorite which is Brown Cow.  Kent liked it though, he said it reminded him of Guava.  So if you like tart, I would recommend it!

I actually cooked dinner last night, for some reason I was craving a Monte Cristo, one of my favorite sandwiches. A couple of years ago, I had one at Chelsea's Tea Room, in Biltmore Village, NC that was quit memorable! Their Monte Cristo is basically where french toast meets a hot ham/turkey and cheese. It was not battered and deep fried like most, it was grilled. So, naturally, I tried my best to duplicate it.

Here is what you will need:

Bread (sliced), I used English muffin bread, any will do though.
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash of salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter
Ham (I used honey ham)
Smoked turkey
Swiss cheese
Maple Syrup
Powdered sugar

Combine eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Stir until well blended.

Make sandwiches with the bread, cheese, ham and turkey.

Turn burner on medium heat, let griddle get nice and hot. Put butter on griddle and let melt.

Dip one side of sandwich in mixture, turn over and dip other side. Put on griddle. 

Cook until golden brown and flip over. When other side is golden brown, turn burner on low until cheese is nice and melted.

Take off burner, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup (or you can be more traditional and use raspberry jam).

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and New Favorite foods

Well, life has definitely been busy.  Things are definitely more difficult with two kids than just one.  We are trying to get on some type of schedule or routine, but it's been tough! On top of two kids, I have poor Bear, who always wants to go outside and always has cabin fever.  I truly feel like I am living out the movie, Marley and Me… every time the doorbell rings, both kids happen to be asleep and what do you know, Bear barks and nap time (my serenity) is abruptly ended. 

It is hard to believe Larken is now a little over a month old, time has flown! Stapleton is somewhat adjusting to her, he loves to hold her, feed her a bottle and tries to give her her wubba nub when she is crying (sometimes forcefully).  

Since it has been so hot (too hot to even play outside), Stapleton and I have been going on “field trips” in the afternoon, to break up the monotony of the day, we have been to Sam’s, PetsMart (the free zoo) ,Lowe’s (which was a nightmare…he took his shoes off and was throwing them in other people’s baskets), Green Acres Market (new organic grocery store in Jenks) and Target on multiple occasions. 

One of my favorite things to do is try new foods, on our field trips, I have found a couple of new things that are really good. 

From Sam’s, I got a jar of pesto and the grilled chicken and four cheese ravioli, both Artisan Fresh brand.  They were both very good, I was surprised how flavorful the pesto was (definitely the best store bought pesto I have found.  It’s very quick and an easy meal if you combine the two. 

We have also found we really like Terra chips.  They are all vegetable chips, supposed to be healthier than regular potato chips, the Mediterranean flavor is our favorite so far. 

At the Green Acres Market they carry local baked goods, I happened to impulsively grab “the Ultimate Pound Cake” from Farrell Family Breads… Divine.  It is a plain pound cake that puts Sara Lee to shame.  It is moist and very flavorful (has rum and amaretto in it).  It was great with peaches and vanilla ice cream. 

At The Fresh Market, right when you walk in is a table of baked pound cakes, all different flavors.  I happened to see peach raspberry pound cake…Oh my goodness.   It was so good, I may have eaten it in 2 days (Kent did have a slice).  It was more like a muffin loaf… I have a feeling I will be making a trip back shortly to get another.   They have recipes on their site, I saw a peach pound cake, I may have to experiment with the recipe and see if I can get the raspberry peach pound cake. 

I have also found a dangerously good chocolate bar.  Dangerous for 2 reasons, it's about $6 and it's really really good.  Sweet and Salty meet chocolate and they dance! I savor it, it lasts me a good 4 or 5 days.  
I have been cooking some, but nothing major.  My dad’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago.  My parents came down for dinner and instead of making a cake, I went with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.  My dad is a big peanut butter lover.  So I found a couple different recipes, and made up my own version. 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Here is what you will need:

1/2 C peanut butter
20 Oreos (finely crushed)
1/2 C powdered sugar
2 tbsp butter melted
1 pkg cream cheese softened
1 pkg Oreo pudding
2 C milk
1 container Cool whip

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine half of the oreos (or enough to cover the bottom of the pan) and butter in a pie pan.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  Set aside and let cool. 
In a medium bowl, combine oreo pudding mix and milk.  Set aside.

In a mixer, whip the softened cream cheese.  Add the powdered sugar, then add the peanut butter, scrape sides and bottom and mix again. 

He stirred the pudding for me.  Yes, he has on his fish apron.  
Make sure the crust has cooled.  Spread the oreo pudding mix over the crust. 

Then evenly spread the peanut butter cream cheese mixture on top of that.  

Spread the cool whip on top and sprinkle the remaining crushed oreos on top.  Put in fridge (or freezer) and let chill. 

If you like chocolate and peanut butter, this is a dessert you will love!! It was very good, but very rich!!

Stapleton and the birthday boy, blowing out the candle!