Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pepperoni pizza puffs

Another Pinterest find, originally found here. Will was impressed that this wasn't made with any kind of pre-bought dough. Here's my slightly adjusted version (credit still goes to, though):

-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-3/4 cup milk
-1 egg
-4 (or 5 or 6!) oz shredded mozzarella cheese
-3 (or so) oz mini turkey pepperoni
-pizza sauce (you may need a lot if you share with a sauce hog like I do!)

Pre-heat oven to 375. Grease muffin pan. Mine wasn't mini, but it wasn't quite full-size muffins either. Either should work though. 

Whisk together flour, baking powder and garlic powder. Whisk in milk and egg. Stir in cheese and pepperonis. It says to let it stand for 10 minutes. Don't ask why; just do it! 

Stir and pour into the muffin pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Dip in pizza sauce and devour.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Birthday weekend

I am no longer in the desirable 18-24 year old demographic. I've crossed over. I turned 25 Saturday. Commence quarter-life crisis and car-renting shenanigans.

Friday, I got just the right amount of attention from co-workers and then Will bought me cupcakes from Celebrity Cupcakes.

Saturday was nice and low-key; it ended up being one of my best birthdays in a while. And that's saying a lot since I spent my birthday weekend in Paris last year. We had lunch in Hermann Park, and did a crossword (fine, 1/4 a crossword) in Miller Outdoor Theater in awesome weather. Then we watched some kids kill each other (not the ones below).

I've been wanting a maxi dress for a while now, so I bought this dress in navy as a present to myself and wore it to dinner on Saturday night. We went to The Grove in Discovery Green and walked around the park a bit afterward. All in all a great night.
The Grove. Image source

I know some of you have been holding onto my birthday gifts, waiting for the right moment. Well, that moment is now. Send 'em along! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Goodbye, Houston Rodeo!

Every night for the past few weeks, the streets around my apartment have been full of idling buses and people carrying giant stuffed animals. It's been frustrating to get anywhere since the rodeo apparently gives everyone the idea that it's okay to stop in the middle of the road and turn left from right lanes. But it's finally over!

Will and I went after work a week and a half ago and saw Blake Shelton. But we enjoyed the fried foods and rodeo events more. Mutton bustin' is absolutely my favorite spectator sport. We also rode a scary ferris wheel. Someone, not naming any names, was a little scared we were going to fall out. Last week, though, a little girl DID fall out of one of the rides, so I guess it's not that insane.

Fried Oreo (we also tried fried Snickers), probably all stuck in Will's teeth.

It's hard to say how it stacks up against the State Fair. I'd say the State Fair could use a calf scramble and more impressive concerts, and the Rodeo could use more creativity in their fried foods (and more common sense from the people who attend).

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cheesy enchilada casserole

This casserole has made it into Will's top 5 favorite things I cook. I don't know if that's a testament to how good the recipe is or just how bad my cooking is. In fact, I think he only named 4 things, so it's probably the latter. (If you're interested, the list goes Crunchy Onion Chicken, Salisbury Steak, this casserole, and Southwestern Casserole. They are all really hard to screw up).

I found this casserole on Pinterest, of course, and it's super easy. A lot of ingredients, but nothing very complicated.
Ugly, but so good. Just like most things in life. 

You can go here for better photos and a better description of how to make it.

- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
- A large onion diced, but I used onion powder. My eyes appreciated the substitution.
- 2 1/2 cups salsa. I didn't buy enough so it was more like... 1 1/2
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning (reduced-sodium so you can pretend you're being healthy)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- A few 8-in tortillas. I used flour, the ruler of all tortillas.
- A can of drained corn. They say small can, I just used part of a big can and ate the rest while I waited for it all to cook.
- 3/4 cup sour cream ... or whatever suits your fancy.
- Shredded Mexican cheese. They say 2 cups, but err on the side of way too much.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I didn't do this and had an agonizing wait for dinner.
2. Brown the beef/turkey, drain.
3. Stir in salsa, beans, corn, dressing, sour cream, taco seasoning and cumin.
4. Spoon a layer of meat mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Put a tortilla on top. (Side note: The woman from the link above cut off the edges of her tortillas and fried them and added cinnamon and sugar. I hate frying, but it sounded like a good idea, so I buttered my leftovers, sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on them, and baked them on a cookie sheet with the casserole until they were crisp.)
5. Repeat the layering a time or two and then top it all with a whole bunch of cheese.
6. Cover (they say foil, but I just used the baking dish glass cover) and bake for 25 minutes-ish.
7. Ta-da! Bring the leftovers to my house (seriously, that's a very important part of the recipe).

Friday, March 16, 2012

One more baby tasting a lemon

But this one's a special one! I visited the family a couple weekends ago and we fed Jonas his first citrus. And he loved it! He kept bringing my dad's hand back to his mouth so he could have more. He barely even made a face, but here it is.

And of course, some non-lemon photos because he's just too cute (and too big) to ignore.

Lured over by the iPhone.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New rug

Bought this rug from Urban Outfitters. It serves absolutely no purpose in my bedroom besides making me look cooler than I am. I would've taken a picture of the actual thing, but that would've required picking up all the dirty laundry on my floor, and I'm just not that invested in this blog post. I reserve that kind of effort for actual in-person visitors. So come visit my new rug!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Shameless self-promotion

Sorry for the lack of posts, Mom ... er, I mean, readers. I haven't been busy, unless busy being lazy counts. But I'm on my game right now, so be prepared for an onslaught of posts, followed by an inevitable lull, and then hopefully another deluge. It's just how I work, people.

First up, here are some articles I've done for work. I've been doing a lot of boring ones lately, so I'm reminding myself that I occasionally research interesting topics.
Famous people with boring twins: I'm glad my siblings are normal.
College secret societies: Using every chance I get to mention the NoZe Brothers.
Foreign remakes of American shows: I'd rather watch these Russian episodes of The Nanny and Married with Children than the originals.
Best Valentine's TV episodes: Yeah, I know. I'm a holiday late.
Undeserving Oscar winners: This was written before this year's Oscars. Are there any to add now?