Monday, December 04, 2006

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The weather has suddenly grown cold. I really thought that we would have a very mild late Autumn and winter. But alas it is not to be. And it even might snow today. But I guess since most of the country is having snow storms the East Coast is due for one.

Niel and I started off our weekend going to a trivia challenge event at newly opened Borders in the next town. We even heard some Christmas music being blared in the streets. And of course the stores. The questions at the game were ridiculously easy. And for each answer you would receive a bag of gifts. We each stopped at one bag each so other people could have a chance. Then we stayed around to listen to the band for the evening. They even had a groupie. A one year old girl was dancing in her own way to their music. It was very cute. Borders also houses a Seattle Coffee Company. They make excellent mochas and sell yummy peppermint bark but melted in pretzels. They were amazing. We then came home and decorated our tree and the apartment.

The rest of the weekend was spent running errands and cooking. After one of our errands we had lunch and spotted Carmine Angelo. That is Victoria Gotti's eldest son. The only reason we know is because we used to watch the now cancelled A & E show Growing Up Gotti.

I had a burst of energy and I cooked all the dinners for this week in addition to a new breakfast and dessert recipes I found. Its very enjoyable and relaxing for me. That's what happens when you have extra weekend time. But the extra time still never seems enough for some reason. I made shepherds pie with the left over Turkey and finished off the Turkey in an enchiladas dish, also made broccoli spaghetti frittata, and a hunters stew. The one dish I sampled (the fourth one I made)is incredibly delicious and you have to try it. It's called Dauphinois Au Gratin (Potatoes au Gratin). The new breakfast recipe is German Pancakes. You will never have to stand over a stove flipping pancakes or crepes again. It bakes in the oven. It's so ridiculously easy that I questioned the taste for a moment, but it was so very yummy. Another must try! Both these delicious recipes made up for the one crummy dessert recipe I tried. I won't link or mention the site, but I will have to rework the recipe. I was surprised the recipe was so poor. But the free time after work I will have this week that I usually spend cooking doesn't mean I won't be busy. I was thinking of trying my hand at making these sweet little soft trees and perhaps the button wreath.

Song Stuck in My Head: Shipoopi from Family Guy(Thanks Niel!)


9 comments:

Jesser said...

Glad you had such a nice weekend. It's always good to have a slower one here or there. I'm envious that you have all your meals for the week done!! Not that I really mind cooking so much in theory ... it's just a bit tedious some days when I get home and I'm totally wiped out. Hehe.

How cool that you've discovered German Pancakes!! :) My (100% German) grandma used to make them for us all the time. Aren't they lovely? I don't think I've ever made them cuz that was always *her thing* in my mind anyhow. I should really do some myself, especially now that she's gone. Well Happy Monday! :)

foodiechickie said...

Thank you:) Yes I agree its nice to have a slow one here and there. I had never cooked all the meals for the week in one day before. My mom did it all the time. I can understand for you it is a little tough to have to cook after work. Yes totally make German Pancakes. It will be a great way of remembering her! Happy Monday to you too:)!

Shannon said...

in scotland those pancakes are known as puff... jeremy' family has it every christmas morning...

Anonymous said...

You always try the coolest food. I wanna try some German pancakes.
Your weekends are always so full of interesting things and celebrity sightings!

foodiechickie said...

Ooooh I wonder how different they are Shannon O then the German ones? Must do some investigating. Heh heh.

Shannon R. Really? You think so? I though it was a pretty slow weekend. That is very kind of you to say. I think you have very interesting blog posts yourself. I enjoy your stories. The last celebrity siting was years ago though. It was the dad from the O.C.

Mike said...

Cool, trivia at Borders? Ill have to ask Rachel if they have that at her Borders. When we were on our cruise they had a lot of trivia/pop culture type quizzes. I loved it.

foodiechickie said...

It was for their grand opening. Although they had been open for a few weeks. They had festivities the entire weekend. I read about it in a local paper and thought Niel might enjoy it.

niel said...

I only wish there were more questions!

foodiechickie said...

I know it was a lot of fun!