Saturday, November 9, 2013

Mc Donalds Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Pumpkin Pie Review
I am currently still attempting to finish this latte and pie, and as I said in a previous post "I love all things pumpkin."

Let's begin with the latte. The only thing that was missing was PUMPKIN flavor. Seriously, there was no way of knowing that this was pumpkin if not for the name. It had a very artificial taste to it as well. It is rich and a tad to sweet for me. This is coming from a person that dumps a pound of sugar in her coffee. Somehow it got better the more I continued to drink it but I would definitely not order this again.

The pie...I couldn't even finish it. I'm grateful I only ordered one instead of 2 like I was inclined to do. It did taste like pumpkin but there was a lingering after taste that didn't taste quite....right. It was almost a plastic like residue. Im not trying to be a tough critic here. I genuinely did not enjoy either of these. The pie was even worse than the latte.

My conclusion, mediocre at best. Then again what can you expect from McDonalds? 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Weekday Meatloaf

Meatloaf is great when you don't have a lot of time to prepare something. Its quick, its tasty, and very economical to make. I read several top rated recipes and took notes on the positive reviews. This is what I came up with...

To make this meatloaf you will need...

1 lb ground beef (90% lean recommended)
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup diced sauteed onion
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
garlic salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl take your ground beef..

Add all the other ingredients except the ketchup

Mix it very well! It wont look very appetizing at this point but trust me it will turn out great!

Then smooth it out in an oven proof container. I like using glass because it does not stick as much and it is easier to clean. This container is about 9x9 inches. Add enough ketchup to cover the surface. Some people like mixing brown sugar into the ketchup but the ketchup alone is sweet enough for me.

Cover your dish with aluminum foil and bake it for 1 hour at 350 F. Then remove the foil and bake for about another 15 min.

Cut your slices and serve it next to mashed potatoes.You're done with practically no effort.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale Vs Dogfish Head Punkin Ale


Let it be known that I am a hardcore pumpkin aficionado. I mean that with all seriousness. I love all things that are pumpkin making Fall my favorite season. Yet, I have never tried pumpkin beer. I do not consider myself an avid beer drinker, but this was something I had to try.

Anyway, after a short road trip to San Francisco the hubs and I stopped by Bevmo and I treated myself to a Blue Moon Sampler and the Pumpkin Ale surpassed the other flavors by FAR.

Its full bodied flavor with subtle hints of spices, and pumpkin notes wooed me in a way I have never felt about beer before. I am happy to have found you my new love.

I was so vocal about this infatuation my husband felt moved to buy me more pumpkin beer. This was how I came to try Dogfish Head’s "Pumkin Ale."
That's right, it’s not a typo its spelled p-u-m-k-i-n on the label. I do not make this stuff up.

Dogfish Head...despite your grotesque name, you were not grotesque at all. This beer unlike Blue Moon was heavier with spices and had a distinct nutty flavor. This is not a beer for the faint of heart. 

Let's get down to the nitty gritty.

If you are in the market to try just one of these seasonal beers, go with the Blue Moon! The Dogfish Head is not bad at all I just enjoyed blue moon about twice as much. Whatever your choice is, these are two great options.


Friday, August 3, 2012

My cat my muse

Ok so it's not like I have problem or anything. I promise I don't have like a million cats at my house. I have ONE cat! One awesome cat named Niko. I think he is two years old. I recently painted a picture of him. When I thought I was done, I thought it looked kind of sad and boring, so I jazzed it up by drawing a keyboard under his paws. What cat doesn't want to play the piano right? This was the end result. I litterally have no idea what to do with this. Where am I gonna put this this? Haha. If you have any suggestions I would be glad to hear them. In the meantime...enjoy my Niko concert pianist.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cindy's Awesome Mini Sliders

Who doesn't like a burger? Or who doesn't like Hawaiian Sweet Rolls? So I thought, "what if, I use my favorite sweet rolls to make awesome hamburger sliders?" THEN I DID IT. The result was so epic I was forced to share.

 To make these heavenly creations you will need:

16 HAWAIIAN SWEET ROLLS! (don't buy any other brand)
4 slices American cheese (or cheddar)
2 lbs ground beef
1 bag of breaded crispy onions
a couple of strips of bacon chopped about 2 in pieces
salt n peppa
your choice of fixins'
(I like mayo on mine)

Yield: 16 mini burgers

This is super simple. First start cooking your bacon because you want that sucker crispy.


Take your ground beef, evenly divide it into 16 equal parts. If you have two 1 pound packages divide each package into eight equal parts. Then to make pretty uniform mini-patties, stuff them in cupcake pans and flip them upside down to take the patties out of the pan. 


Next sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of each patty. I used garlic salt because garlic rocks.
You can cook these in a pan or grill em or even in the oven if you want. 
I've done all three and I like using this griddle the best. 
Oil It lightly before putting your burgers on there and keep the flame low.


Check on that bacon.


So now that you have your potatoes sliced and ready...


Pour a ridiculous amount of oil in a pot and attempt a dangerous deep frying maneuver. Make sure that sucker is bubbling.


Make sure they are decently browned. This needs a more time.

Unfortunately I was too excited about getting these suckers in my belly that I forgot to take more pictures of the procedure here.

In a nut shell once you have all components ready, you assemble you burgers and you lock your doors so that your mooching friends can't have any of these delicious heavenly bites.

I really hope you are less confused now than at the beginning of this post! ;)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

McDonalds Shamrock Shake (review)


shamrock shake

Lately I've heard a lot of buzz about the limited time Mc Donald's "shamrock shake." Let me tell you I usually don't buy into dumb promotions like this (I've never even had a mc rib) but I heard a lot of good feedback so I made it my mission to try one. Why would it be bad?

I called up my local Mc Donald's and I asked if they still carried the shake due to St. Patrick's Day being over. Once they confirmed that they indeed carried said minty beverage I raced over there as fast as I could....the next day. I'm kind of glad I did.

So the husband and I caught an "In n Out" burger before driving a few feet to the adjacent Mc Donald's. When the drive thru guy showed us our shakes the presentation was decent. It was basically a plain vanilla shake with some mint flavored syrup topped with whipped cream and a red maraschino cherry. We handed him $4 and some odd cents for two small shakes and he handed them to us....

I took the first sip, and got a straw full of whipped cream. Yuck. Ok, lets give it a second try. Then I got a straw full of mint sugar syrup which was at the bottom of the cup. BARF. It was like some terrible, minty, store brand, cough syrup! Ok, maybe the shake without the syrup will taste better (it was the plain vanilla at the top). Twas, simply mediocre at best. Finally I thought, OK what if it just needs to be stired?! Nope. Nope. Nope! It was still just terrible. I wish I had just bought four chocolate sundaes instead. But I just HAD to try the talked about "shamrock shake." It makes perfect sense why Mc Donalds still had the promotional St. Patricks Day beverage three days after it was over.

Lesson learned. Maybe Mc Donald's just sucks at mint shakes? Maybe if I made a homemade version it would taste better? Sounds like an experiment waiting to happen...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Broccoli and Cheddah Soup

  broco ched soup

Many moons ago I worked at a small popular sandwich shop and one of the most cherished items on the menu was the broccoli and cheddar soup. I never really gave this soup much thought until recently I decided that I DO love this cheesy concoction. Before I start, let me give you my disclaimer. If you are looking for a light and health soup, do not make this one. This soup is rich, creamy and loaded with TONS of delicious calories :)

If you want healthy, go eat a piece of celery.

So gather up:

  • 1/2 an onion finely chopped
  • 2/3 stick of butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 finely chopped broccoli
  • 8 oz grated mild cheddar

Make a roux by sauteing your onions with the butter then adding the flour and cooking for about 2-3 min. Stir constantly. Add all your liquids, spices and whisk to dissolve the flour bits. Cook until sauce is thickened, whisking often. 

Zap your veggies in the microwave for about 5 min or until soft (cover your microwave dish with a plate to keep the steam in).

Gradually whisk in cheese until your soup is smooth, then stir in your veggies.