Monday, October 18, 2010

The Sneaky Chef Part 2

I've tried two more recipes since my last post about The Sneaky Chef.

I didn't want to give a whole lot of details in my last post because the recipes aren't mine and I think everyone should just go buy the book instead.  But, I was browsing the website earlier and found that she has some of the recipes online for free so I am going to post a link to the ones that I have done.

Here is the recipe for the Orange Puree that I used for the grilled cheese and the Power Pizza.  I didn't end up using the White Puree because my blender wouldn't blend it as much as it needed to be.  I only put one can of beans like you are supposed to but because my blender is so big and the amount of beans was so little the kept getting underneath the blades and therefore not blending.  So I only used the orange puree.  And I also used spaghetti sauce instead of just tomato sauce.  Shh!  Don't tell!  Anyway, I tried a piece too and it was really good!  Belli a whole piece too!

The book also has some recipes to make different concentrated juices to mix with applesauce or use in some of the recipes.  I tried a strawberry sorbet today and Belli at it up!

And the best part (other than all the vitamins and stuff) is that it has really helped her issues with lack of pooping.  Which makes her happy.  Which makes me happy.

Hooray for The Sneaky Chef!

Friday, October 15, 2010

5 Question Friday

Time for Five Question Friday!  Make sure to visit Mama M's blog to join in!

1.  What is your favorite Halloween candy?
I'm not a huge candy eater but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Twix.  I do love some candy corn too though.

2.  Do you fold your socks?
Nope.  I don't see any reason to go through the trouble of folding my socks when I am just going to unfold them to put them on.  It's not like a shirt or something that can get wrinkles if you don't fold it.  Pure silliness to me.

3.  What is something that you wish you had been warned about?
I wish I had been warned about how much I would enjoy watching Disney movies with Belli.  I'm pretty sure I like them more than she does.  Except it's really no fun to watch them with her because she won't let me sing.

4.  What is the most significant difference between you and your significant other?
Hopefully one day I will be able to answer that question!

5.  What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Open-minded, caring, irritable.  Yeah those three words probably don't go well together but I really am open-minded and caring...until you irritate me.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Belliisms 6

Sorry I've been such a blog slacker lately.  I thought I would make it up to you with a good post of Belliisms.

But first I want to let those of you in the Birmingham area know that The Bell Center is selling poinsettias again this year so let me know if you want one.  They are $17 and come in pink, red, or white!

Now for the Belliisms...

After repeatedly telling Belli that she needed to clean up her stuff in the living room I told her that I was going to the bathroom and by the time I got back if she didn't have her toys cleaned up she was going to time out.  So I leave and go to the bathroom and I can hear her in the living room saying, "Come on Elmo and Abby, you better get in her before mom comes back."

Belli:  Mommy!  That hurts!
Me:  What hurts?
Belli:  When I sit on my hand like this!!!!!
Me:  Well quit sitting on your hand.
Belli:  Oh!  Ok!

Before the weather turned cooler Belli wanted to do sidewalk chalk and I told her that we would do it once it turned cooler.  A few weeks later (after having not talked about it since then) on the first cool day we had had since the Spring we walk outside and Belli says, "Oh, it's so cooooold out here.  That means....we can do chalk!"

My mom:  Belli, you are about to push your momma over the edge.
Belli:  What edge?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Sneaky Chef

Have any of you tried any of the recipes from The Sneaky Chef?

I bought the recipe book a week or so ago and finally got around to trying some of the recipes.  I did the Guerrilla Grilled Cheese yesterday.  You use the orange puree (carrots and sweet potatoes) and just spread some of it on the inside of the bread.  And you use extra virgin olive oil and less butter.  Belli had NO IDEA there were carrots and sweet potatoes on her sandwich.  I actually think she liked it better because the olive oil made it a little crunchier.

Right now I'm trying the tortilla chips.  All you do it get corn tortillas brush olive oil on both sides, cut them into triangles, spread them on a cookie sheet and then bake them.  I just took them out of the oven.  They look pretty good.  You can also put a little cheese on them too.  FYI- If you try this recipe I wouldn't cook them for the full ten minutes before turning them over.  Mine almost burned.

Has anyone else tried any of these recipes?  How did you kids likes them?  Honestly, some of them look pretty gross so I might have to pass on a few.

**This just in.  I just taste tested the chips and Oh. My. Gosh.  They are REALLY good!  If I hadn't almost burned them they would be better.  But still, very good!**

Friday, October 1, 2010

Conversations With Stupid People-Part Two

Conversation One
Me:  Thank you for calling ______ ______ Apartments this is Amanda how can I help you?

Caller A (a woman):  Yes, how much are your two bed two bath apartments?

Me:  The ones we have available now range from $699 to $830 just depending on the floor plan.

Caller A:  Ok, well my husband and I have both gotten jobs in the area.  How far are your apartments from City A and City B.

Me:  Oh, actually those aren't really that close.  Probably around 45 minutes just depending on the traffic.

(Caller A precedes to ask a lot of really stupid questions and I answer them)

Caller A:  Hang on just a second so I can get pen to write down directions so I can Mapquest it.

Me: (thinking that if you are going to Mapquest something all you need is the address which you already have but whatever) Ok, sure.

Caller A:  (lots of noise, kids screaming, rustling on paper for about two minutes)

Me:  Still waiting...

Caller B (a man this time):  Hello?

Me:  Yes...

Caller B:  Who is this?

Me:  Amanda.

Caller B:  What apartments are these?

Me: ________  _________ Apartments.

Caller B:  Oh.  How much do your two bedroom two bath apartments cost?

Me:  ...Right now they range from $699-$830 just depending on the floorplan.

Caller B then precedes to ask me the same exact questions as Caller A did five minutes ok.  Idiots. 

Conversation 2
This isn't actually a conversation, just something I saw posted on our neighborhood's online message board.

"Does anyone know where the _______ _________ Art Show is going to be?  I keep seeing signs on the roads with arrows pointing where to go if you are driving but if you want to walk to it where is it located?"

Seriously?  I mean I'm pretty sure that those arrows that show you how to get there if you are driving you can still use to get there if you walk.