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Adam has really been getting into stir fry recently. He even made a tofu marinade yesterday instead of just frying the tofu plain.

Other things regularly added to stir fry are bell peppers, onions and broccoli. This time we also tried some thin wheat noodles (like soba) and a stir fry sauce. Adam doesn’t use any certain recipe he did look up some basic techniques. My job is to cut and prep everything.

At the last minute Adam decided to add egg. I don’t think it was the best choice because it made everything a little mushy but I think that with less veggies and the addition of rice instead of noodles the egg addition would work. I am pretty excited about our future stir frying adventures.

Do you stir fry? Are you scared of being horribly scarred by the hot oil?

I made Cake Pops again this weekend.

The turned out pretty sweet (literally and figuratively). I especially like the chocolate covered ones dipped in the rainbow sprinkles. They have such lovely contrast and make me happy when I look at them. These cake pops are made of yellow cake mixed with vanilla frosting. They were super sweet. I’m usually ok with that but after I ate 4 I was reconsidering. I think I will try chocolate next.

I had a really difficult time with the coating at first. I was trying to use regular chocolate and white chocolate baking melts. The white chocolate was not melting well in the microwave so I tried a homemade double boiler. Both chocolates kept separating and just making a mess. I decided to set aside the entire project till I could get to Michaels and buy some Wilton Candy melts. I love using these. They melted perfectly and even though I did not get the consistency quite thin enough they still worked really well on the pops.

I love sprinkles so much!

My SIL sent me an Amazon gift card and I am totally going to buy the Cake Pops book with it.

I was just complaining to Spring on Tuesday that I rarely had an opportunity to dress up anymore. I don’t work in an office with many people (try two others) so there is not much of a point. But then I check my email and saw that my girlfriend U had invited me to a networking party she was attending Wednesday evening. It was being held at the University Club in the penthouse suite of Symphony Towers and was free to members and two guests. Yeah I signed up!

Do I look like I work downtown?

I got there early and ended up sharing the elevator with the head of the networking group that was using the space that night. This was particularly good because U had signed up some random names on the guest list and I was worried that I would not be able to get into the party. Walking in along with the main coordinator fixed that.

U showed up and we snagged a 4 seater near the window (wait, the whole place was windows!)

I had a lot of fantastic finger food (amazing coconut shrimp) and way to much chardonnay (good thing my amazing husband was nice enough to drop me off AND pick me up after the party.

check out the view!

One of the best parts of the party happened when some land developer was trying to chat me up. He asked if I would join him for happy hour downtown sometime. I politely informed him that I was married and prefered to attend happy hour with my HUSBAND. Yes!! Shot Down!

I love to go to Mexico, Baja Mexico to be exact. I like to go at a specific time and do specific things. I’m open to mixing it up of course but this is my fall back itinerary.

1. Breakfast

I like to go Sunday mornings and eat at this restaurant. It’s on the beach and breakfast costs maybe 6 dollars each. My sister was visiting this last weekend and we somehow convinced our downstairs neighbor T to go with us. As you can see, breakfast was pretty sweet.

Don’t we look happy?

2. Ride a horse

Horseback riding in Mexico is SOOOO cheap. I mean super cheap. I even checked out how much it would cost to go riding on the beach on the US side of the border. Happy Trails Rentals has a pretty sweet looking deal and you can cantor on the beach, however it costs over 75$. I like to go horseback riding at least once a month and that is too expensive for me. That is why Mexico is so great. There are guys all up and down the beach and they will let you ride 1/2-1hr for 8-20$ !!

 Now the horses are trained to walk quietly down the beach in a line and are not always that spry. I try to ask for a fast one in my broken Spanish. Sometimes it takes a little work.

Giddy-yup!

But I get them to gallop eventually.

I’m sorry, but there are few things as awesome as riding really fast on a beach in Mexico. It’s something you have to try someday, even if you don’t get faster than a trot you are still on a horse, on a beach, in MEXICO!!

3. Check out GardenHaus

Ahhhh Garden Haus! You are so hip and modern and pretty. I love to tour your show rooms and daydream about the day I might have one of you for myself.

Sigh….

Do you ever go down to Baja? What do you like to do?

Baking

Posted on: August 11, 2010

Though I have never considered myself much of a baker I can follow directions pretty darn well. Check out my Homemade Snicker Bars!

I found these babies randomly in the suggested feeds folder on my Google Reader. It was an instructables.com post and I discovered it a week before we had a desert contest at our church. I just ran over to Vons that evening and whipped these up that night. Good thing they still tasted great a few days later. I won the contest and yes, I will be (lightly) gloating about that for a year. I even got asked to make a batch for a 20/20 even a few weeks later.

This is my latest baking achievement. Cake Pops!

After no less than three blogs discussing Cake Pops showed up in my recommended feed I had to get on Bakerella.com and check these out. I invited Erika from Crabby Rangoon over to help out. Between watching the first two episodes of Project Runway we made a batch of red velvet & cream cheese icing Cake Pops & Cupcake Bites. I brought a batch to church and want to bring more

I think I will make these again this weekend for the church potluck only this time using classic vanilla cake and white frosting.

What sweet stuff did you make recently?

Things I have successfully cooked recently.

Vegetarian Taco Pievegetarian

 I use this along with taco seasoning and a generous heap of toppings. I add lettuce, Tostinos Salsa, shredded Mexican-mix cheese, sour cream and avocado. Adam thinks it is pretty unhealthy so we only have this once in a while (plus he keeps eating my tortilla chips grrrr).

Wow! Doesn’t this look great! They are stuffed bell peppers. I love to use the yellow ones because the color is so striking on a plate. I used this recipe here as a guide. I use a can of Prego instead of cans of sauce and I do not use Worcestershire sauce. I do use the same fake meat mentioned above in this. I made this meal on Monday night for my new downstairs neighbors

I was in a super hurry and did not have time to cook the peppers a full hour. Since the rice and meat were already cooked and the sauce only needed to be heated up, I was able to serve this after 30 minutes and it still tasted great. Adam wants me to add more veggies to the stuffing next time, perhaps chopped onions. I think I will also season it more. I love that salad. It has a spinach mix, almonds, dried cranberries, sliced green apples and a red wine vinaigrette dressing.

So that is what I have cooked up recently, what about you?

I am in a pretty awesome mood today.

1. I only have three days of work and then I am off to Florida for a wedding. This is VERY exciting because I LUV all the people I will be seeing at the wedding. I am also excited because I am going to surprise-gift the happy couple. I did this when another member of their family got married and I think it went over well. I got excited on the drive to work today thinking about how I could wrap said package. Like glossy black wrapping paper and a sexy red bow?

Anyway, getting ready for this wedding has given me the excuse to get a mani-pedi and buy a ‘few’ new clothes and that always makes a girl feel better (is that sexist to say? Whatever).

2. I had a long chat conversation with my little sister who lives in another country. She is visiting me this summer and I have ALL SORTS of plans. Pretty exciting. I also found a great computer for her to buy and even though I insisted she buy it RIGHT THEN she decided to wait a day or two when she was not on a shady computer and make the purchase. I hope that the computer was still available. Of course looking at computers for her got me started on looking at computers for me because my PowerBook is like 5 years old and very sad.

3. It’s my birthday this month! I make my birthday a BIG DEAL and try to get everyone around me to make it a BIG DEAL as well. This year we have friends in town so it will be pretty exciting to have actual people show up to my Birthday and actually be there for me, unlike last year where I (gratefully) shared my birthday celebration with another friend (she invited me to share her party) but none of my other (though they were few) friends showed up. I sat in the corner of the bar, drank mojitos and looked sad. 

Adam has been pestering me about what I want for my birthday.  I said a necklace with a baby elephant hanging from it.  Adam thinks I REALLY need a new computer (remember I said the Power Book is sad). I think we will head out to the Apple store in the next few weeks to really make a decision.

4. I had some coffee this morning. Usually I do not drink coffee at all and I ESPECIALLY try not to drink it when I am very tired. Instead of waking me up it makes me crazy. I feel horrible and cannot focus on any once task. However today I had coffee on a not-so-tired morning and felt AWESOME. The coffee made me excited about my lunch of Burger King chicken fries which do a lot less to my belly than the yummy Jr Whopper with bacon and cheese.