But yeah, other than the big tree and all the decorations going away I didn't do much. Nothing worth blogging about, anyway.
Then yesterday I was off work again. This time for an actual holiday. I swear I'm getting SO SPOILED. Between Christmas, illness, snow and MLK Day, I haven't worked a full week in over a month.
Not that I'm complaining. ;)
I used my MLK Day off to futz around with some things around the house. Crafty stuff (no photo yet--it's currently a mess). Cooking. Napping. Reading.
I finally got around to trying out two of my favorite Christmas presents--A cookbook stand and ramekins.
While I solved the whole single page recipe delimma with my magnetic white board, I still had a hard time trying to read out of actual cookbooks while trying recipes. During the Christmas open house event downtown, though, Mama and I spied the most perfect cookbook stand ever and I told her that's all I wanted for Christmas.
So ain't I glad she got it for me?!
Sis1 got my a set of ramekins and they are just the cutest things ever.
Anyway, yesterday I had everything I needed to finally try a recipe from Joy the Baker Cookbook that I've been drooling over since I got the book several months ago. I mean, look at it! Doesn't it look scrumptious? It's like a chocolate lava cake for one. PERFECT.
She has a few "single girl" recipes in here, btw, which is kinda awesome.
I was so excited for this treat. The bookstand was a lifesaver--worked like a charm and get a load of this stuff--
I mean, COME ON. Yum!
Until I inverted it on a plate as instructed.
Womp, womp, womp!
Not sure what went wrong except for maybe my slight mistake in the amount of sugar I added. I was three tablespoons in before I realized the recipe called for four TEAspoons. *sigh* But if anything, that should have just made it better, right?
Needless to say, failure or not, I still ate it. haha
I'm going to try it again soon, I swearz. Maybe tonight if I feel like it. :-D
You'd think after this mess I'd have sworn off cooking the rest of the day. But alas, I had a new recipe to try at supper.
Seriously, ya'll. I have GOT to stop reading food blogs. *dramatic sigh*
I printed out the recipe from Heather's Dish for Creamy Enchilada Bake which is basically a veggie and turkey burger enchilada casserole. It looked SO GOOD on her site and seemed so EASY and healthy. So I bought the stuff for it and made it for supper last night.
Mine was just...meh. For one thing, I guess when a recipe calls for CORN tortillas, one should use corn instead of whole wheat. In my defense, I was trying to be healthy AND the one time I tried corn tortillas I didn't like them. But I can see where they may have stood up better in this kind of casserole than whole wheat did.
Don't get me wrong--it still had awesome flavor but was a little mushier than I expected.
It was actually better at lunch today--which is what I love about cooking casseroles and the like...Leftovers!
If that weren't enough, though, while the casserole was baking I went ahead and cooked up the sloppy joes I'm having for supper tonight. It made sense even if it all that cooking did wear me out.
See, I buy turkey burger in the 1lb roll package and split it to get two meals out of it--meaning I only used half a pound in the enchilada recipe and half the pound for the Sloppy Joes--which is a quartered version of Jen's recipe--which I LOVE. So easy and delicious. So, while I had the turkey burger out and halved, it made sense to go ahead and cook it. Which means I don't have to cook more than a side or two tonight when I get home. SCORE! haha
Anyway, I still recommend the Enchilada Bake recipe. It's chock full of good veggies like squash and zuchinni and I added some diced onion to it because I love onions and basically think onions make good things better. ;-)
OH! One other thing I did...I bought a lime and squeezed a couple of wedges into the sour cream I topped the enchilada with. I hadn't ever tried lime before but ya'll...it's soooooo good.
Ugh. Okay, I'm done talking about food. Promise.
Actually, I'm done, period. Off to finish out a day's work. "See" ya'll tomorrow.