Friday, March 7, 2008

the domestic ramblings of a sleepy lady

Hmmm...haven't blogged in a while. You may be wondering where I have been. Well, I can certainly tell you where I haven't been: the land of Nod.

Ugh. Insomnia. Getting. Worse.

But enough about that, life is plenty interesting even in a haze of fatigue. (Man, I'm pathetic; really I know I still get more sleep than a lot of people. I guess it is just frustrating laying awake when Mr. Head-hits-the-pillow-and-he's-out is fast asleep and sometimes snoring.)

Bug is walking more and more. He's currently at about 50/50, as we say around here: walking 50% of the time, crawling 50% of the time. Last night, he came to a turning point in mastering the skill of standing up independently. He must have done it 20+ times last night, when before it would only happen sporadically, maybe 5 times in a week. He has kept it up today, choosing to stand up and walk to me, instead of crawling. It's crazy fun to watch!

Gosh...I think just as I'm sitting here typing we're moving into 75/25 territory (walking 75% of the time). Oh my, interesting indeed.

I wanted to share a couple recipes today. As far as domestics go, cooking is probably my least honed skill. Baking I can do. Meals, on the other hand, are not my forte. I'm trying a lot more though. Have even had meals on the table a few nights this week when J got home...feeling so very Donna Reed.

Okay, so this picture is not the most appetizing, but I promise, these little cakes are very yummy.

I hope I'm not inadvertantly breaking any laws by sharing the recipe. I just got it out of Better Homes and Gardens, so I doubt it. Actually, it was on a page with an ad for McCormick Saigon Cinnamon. I know, Saigon Cinnamon. Hmmm...McCormick's stretching it a little with that one. Oh well, the little cakes are really yummy and really easy. Yes, Tara, you could totally make these (now where are your ramekins? HAHAHA).

Molten Spiced Chocolate {Cabernet} Cakes

4 oz. semisweet baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter (1 stick for the baking impaired, just teasing)
1 tbsp cabernet sauvignon or other wine (in my opinion, this is optional, I've made it without and with and liked it both ways)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
6 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp (McCormick Gourmet Collection Saigon) Cinnamon
1/4 tsp (McCormick Courmet Collection) Ground Ginger


Butter 4 (6 oz) custard cups or souffle dishes. Place on baking sheet. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high 1 minute or until butter is melted. Whish until choclate in completely melted. Stir in wine, vanilla, and sugar until blended. Whisk in eggs and yolk. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon evenly into prepared dishes.

Bake in preheated 425 degree oven 15 minutes or until sides are firm but centers are soft. Let stand 1 minute. Loosen edges with knife. Invert onto serving plates. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar if desired.

If you don't dig using the microwave (another thing we're trying to use less), I'm sure you can melt the butter and chocolate on the stove and make the recipe in the saucepan. That's one of the things I really love about this recipe, it is one bowl (or one pan). It's so easy to whip up. Plus, it is cake with a molten center so you've got a built-in sauce in lieu of frosting. Yummy get to baking people! ;)

This next recipe is for anyone interested in a fun way to work some beans into your diet. Beans. Rarely a food item people get excited about, but very good for you. Nice meat substitute too. This one is just a link. Black Bean Soft Tacos If you can't get your hands on a good avocado, don't worry. I know we're having trouble finding good ones right now. It's fine without it, of course. A big plus of this recipe, other than that it is yummy, is that with the left over bean mix, you can of course make tacos again, but you can also add them to scrambled eggs and make really delicious breakfast burritos. Or a yummy omlet.

Which brings me to the next picture. The cutest little yolk-only omlet:

I'll admit, the picture is totally staged, because we don't give Bug dishes on his tray. I just put it on there to get the shot. HAHA. Isn't that the cutest little fork though?! =) There's yummy bean mix (minus the tomatoes) tucked inside.

It's Friday night. I hope you all are gearing up for a fun weekend! Here's a few final pics. Bugga being silly with the ice cream scoop. Who needs toys?!

Paisley all cozied up on the lounger. What a brat! Of course, we allow the bratiness so I guess we can't really complain. And she's darn cute too, which makes it pretty hard to say no sometimes. Wish us luck with Bug right?!

I just realized today's post title might have made a good blog name. Hehe. Might be more fitting at least. ;)

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