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Fish and Chips  — December 7, 2015

Fish and Chips 

One weekend morning, I woke up and checked my Facebook page and saw my friend was in England having Fish and Chips.  I was very upset by this since the closest place for me to get Fish and Chips is The Red Lion Pub in Houston. By the time I would get dressed and head that way a few hours would already go by.  Plus, at $22.00 per plate, it would take some convincing to the Hubs.

I remembered I had some fish in the fridge so I started googling recipes.  Of course my man Alton Brown is always my first choice.  Here is his recipe.  As always, he never disappoints.

Of course, I had to cut up an onion and try that out also. I used the same batter I used for the fish.  I swear I will never pay $22.00 per plate again.  Besides double frying the fries, everything was pretty quick.

I was so proud when the first batch turned out like it should!

 

Don’t forget the Malt Vinegar!!!

 

Now isn’t this a healthy breakfast!  I don’t know why I can’t lose weight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cauliflower pizza  —

Cauliflower pizza 

 

I haven’t jumped on the crazy Cauliflower craze full heartedly but I have tried a few things.

My favorite thing I have tried has been the Cauliflower biscuits.  Those were great.  I don’t have any pictures of them but I do recommend them.  It isn’t like you can pour some gravy on them and you’ll never know but you could make a breakfast sandwich with them easily and have a healthy on the go breakfast.

Another thing I have tried is the cauliflower tortillas .  Surprisingly, they were pretty good.

I tried both of the above recipes before watching Chef Buck’s video .  Before, I just strained the cauliflower with a bunch of paper towels which was extremely messy.  I followed his recipe in the video and the pizzas came out great.  Now the people saying you can’t tell a difference…………  they’re lying!!!!  You can tell a difference !!!  If you’re craving pizza though and you are watching your carbs this is a great alternative though. It really isn’t bad at all.  I have made it several times since then and we enjoy it each time.  I did try another recipe since using the tea towel draining method and this technique worked better for me for the pizza.  It does take some patience but its’ still quicker than making real homemade dough.

 
  

Pumpkin Pie Moonshine   —

Pumpkin Pie Moonshine  

Last year I was on Pinterest and saw a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Moonshine. Well, everyone loves Pumpkin everything so I had to try it.

And what better excuse to make a big batch and Boo the neighborhood?!?! However, this year I decided to change things up and actually Booze the hood instead.  What do you know??? It actually took off !  By the end of the season, over half the neighborhood had participated in my little experiment.  Funny how I had Booed three years in a row and it never spread but put some alcohol on someone’s porch and everyone plays along!

Here is the recipe I use.  Everyone enjoyed it so much last year, I have made it several times since and have given it as gifts as well.  The only thing I do different is I cook everything to dissolve the sugar before adding the alcohol.  Also, I usually double the recipe so I add an extra cup of everclear in case I have a spill or something.  And of course you will see below that happens sometimes. 🙂

And yes I know this isn’t “real moonshine” but it tastes a lot better and you may (depending on how much you have) remember what you did the next day.  I personally like to refer to it as No carb pumpkin pie.

Here are all the spices ready to be mixed in


I love my magnalite pot !  It is the best thing my mother ever gave me!  Like I said, I double my recipe and this is a roaster full without the alcohol added yet.  Crap!  How am I going to fix this issue?

Guest of Honor

Ah Hah!!!!  I will transfer it all to my cooler then add the booze!  I am so brilliant!!!

Maybe Brilliant is a strong word???

Note to self:  check the spout thingy next time before you start adding things to a cooler.  Thankfully I put the extra cup of Everclear in. 

Its’ almost like the cooler was made to make moonshine don’t you think?

 

 

My finished product!  I also boil the jars after to seal the lids so it will last longer.  Plus, when I give them as gifts, it looks more professional after I “pretty them up” with material or ribbons or whatever I have around the house.

 

 

Who ya gonna call ?  —

Who ya gonna call ? 

Ever since my Wonder Woman Costume I hadn’t been able to come up with a cute costume idea. This year, I wanted The Hubs and I to do the couple thing. Yes, I know its’ cheezy but its’ fun. Plus, he isn’t creative at all and he is more cheap than me (if you can believe that)! I mean, when I was Wonder Woman that year, I told him he could be on his own thing and there would be no theme.

Do you know what he did? He went to Dollar General on the way to the party and bought a plastic cowboy set for a kid. Nobody knew what he was!!!! It was quite embarrassing. He thought it was hilarious but nobody “got it”.

Weeks before Halloween, I will give him some of my ideas. Of course, he comes up with a reason for every one why it won’t work. I decided to head down to Montrose to all the resale shops and see if something stuck out. I walked in one of them and saw the Ghostbuster jump suit for $10!!!!! I remembered seeing this on Pinterest so I grabbed it !

Of course I am not a cute college girl so I had to alter it and make it Collette friendly.  It still isn’t my favorite costume of mine but I think it was cute.  She didn’t have any specific directions so I had to wing it but I think I did okay.  Especially since I didn’t even know how to thread my machine.  Taking it out of the box and figuring it out was the most difficult part 🙂

Here is a summary of how I did it:

ARMS AND LEGS:

I used white satin since I am a girl and because it was cheaper than cotton.  I got three yards since I knew I would probably have a couple of mistakes.

Took the material and wrapped it around my calves leaving about three extra inches knowing the foam would take up some of the width.  Well, that wasn’t enough!!!  I am thinking at least five inches was what I ended up with.

Put the ugly sides together and sewed three sides then turned it inside out where the shiny side would be out

Sewed four lines along the width leaving an inch at each end.

Stuffed each “tube” then sewed the ends shut.  The first leg I did on the sewing machine but it was a pain in the butt with such little material and being so puffy making sure the fraying ends were inside when sewing so I ended up doing all the rest by hand. It probably took less time quite honestly.

Sewed Velcro on each end by hand.  Actually, I bought the little circles and sewed one circle in each section making sure they matched up.

BIB

This was actually the hardest part. I won’t give any directions because I honestly don’t remember what I did. I had to go back to the store three times to buy more material. Yes, I know, it should be very easy! I wanted it to be double sided though and was trying to make it look professional. By the time I was done, I was so excited I didn’t realize until the day AFTER Halloween that I forgot the white ribbon.

BOW

I was quite proud of myself for this one. I just sewed a piece of ribbon about an inch above the bottom of the bib and slid the red material through and tied a knot. Crazy cause that was the part I was stressed about most on how to do!

HAT

I cut the smooth part of a Fanta bottle and covered it with left over blue material using a hot glue gun. The letters are done with stencils and some paint I had sitting around.

For the white part, I got a pretty big piece of scrap material and just put polyfil in the middle of it all. I tied a rubber band at the bottom and it fit perfectly! I had to hot glue it to the blue part but that’s it!

Now I should’ve put more consideration into how to keep the hat on I do have to say! For the most part, it stayed on though but fell off while playing Hungry Hungry Humans!

I think hers did turn out cuter. After I finished the first leg, I had a realization that white pillow cases would’ve done the trick! All I would’ve had to do was sew the lines down and stuff them. Probably would’ve been cheaper too if I had found them at Ross or something! I am definitely going to use this idea for my Rainbow Brite Costume next year! I just have to figure out what The Hubs can be !

All together, our costumes combined were under $50.  I actually want to say $40 but I may be lying since I had to make three trips for the blue material.


There were a lot of Ghosts out!

Every Picture I have of him he is on his phone LOL!