Monday, December 26, 2011

Warrior Dash

A few weeks ago, Bestie and I ran a 5K but not an ordinary 5K. We ran in a Warrior Dash. What the heck is a Warrior Dash you ask? Imagine what would happen if some fraternity and military guys decided to make a 5K run. There's lots of mud...

barb wire, beer, obstacles...

and people dressed up in crazy costumes.

As you can imagine, cleaning up after all the dirty fun is quite a challenge as well. Water trucks hose you down for a makeshift warrior wash.

We happily donated our shoes to be cleaned and passed on to someone in need.
 

Maybe it's not exactly good clean fun but we did have a blast in the muddy mayhem of Warrior Dash.
before
after











Thanks Bestie.  I can't wait to do it again!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Bunch Of Bananas

 Look at what I found at the grocery store, a big huge bag of...
bananas! (for $.99)
I'm the kind of person that sees a big, huge bag of bananas as a personal challenge. What can I do with all of these bananas?



and Banana Nut Ice Cream are a few 
of my favorite banana recipes.

 What banana recipes do you love?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cinnamon Vanilla Almonds

I first made these these almonds as a last minute hostess gift. Problem was I couldn't stop eating them, so I ended up making several more batches, perfecting the recipe... and scarfing down sampling a whole lot more.

What you need:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/8 cup imitation vanilla flavor (not vanilla extract)
  • 3 cups raw almonds
  • salt to taste
What you do:
In a skillet combine the first four ingredients.

Add the almonds and stir constantly over medium heat.

Keep stiring until the sugary liquid has crystalized onto the almonds. They are done when there is no liquid left in the pan.
 
Turn out almonds onto wax or parchment paper to cool. Sprinkle almonds with salt immediately.
 
Trust me, you must let them cool at least a few seconds before the sampling starts. These guys are hot, hot, hot!
 Bet you can't eat just one!
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Cranberry Vodka

I seem to be on an alcohol making kick this season. First Irish cream, now cranberry infused vodka... I'm thinking jalapeno tequila is next.

 What you need:
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 split vanilla bean
  • vodka
What you do:
Mix first three ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stir well. Continue to stir simmering mixture until the berries burst, about 5 minutes.

Divide half of the berry mixture between two large mason jars (800 ml.).

Pour enough vodka in the jars to cover the cranberries. Allow the jars to hangout/party/mingle in your fridge for 1 week.

Strain out the cranberries and store cranberry vodka in the refrigerator. Save the cranberry mash to garnish drinks... or just eat it (but beware it's completely saturated with alcohol).

Here's a great recipe for madras using cranberry vodka.
Madras
  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry vodka
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 cherry
Fill a glass with ice. Add ingredients and stir. Garnish with a few cranberries or cherries.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Irish Cream

A few years ago I started making Irish Cream for the holidays. My dad and Mr.Perfect love the stuff! And by love I mean they drink it straight from the bottle when I'm not looking.
What you need:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 1  2/3 cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
What you do:
Pour all ingredients in your blender. Blend until the mixture is well combined (about 20 seconds). 

Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Give a little shake before serving.
 








  
The Irish cream should keep for about 2 weeks in your refrigerator... although mine is usually all gone in a few days.
  I'm thinking Santa would love this with his cookies.
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