A lot to say

Red velvet and white chocolate chip cookies

One long post of a couple shorter ones? Eh, tough decision. I just wanted to share some updates, so here goes. (Also, this is my 200th post. I’m not sure if that’s good or just a little sad.)

Recipes.

Yesterday we had a housewarming party (thanks to everyone who came!). We cooked up some homemade BBQ. It was our first attempt at such a feat.

the sauce

We were cooking pretty much all day. Or maybe I should say the husband was cooking all day.

Five pounds of pork.

We debated all the different methods of cooking (smoking on the grill, crockpot, stove). We settled on this recipe. We had to modify a little because we had more meat and more people to serve. Although, in the end we still have tons left over.

I made the red velvet and white chocolate chip cookies above since it was essentially a Gamecock watching party.

I can’t believe how many Gamecock parties/tailgates I’ve hosted through the years and I’ve never thought about how to make foods that really go with the Gamecock theme.

Such and easy recipe and really yummy cookies. When I make them again I’ll use way less chips. I actually had to pick out chips because there were too many. I’m not sure why this recipe calls for TWO cups. That is craziness.

Then today the husband and I have been having a typical relaxing Sunday with sleeping in, awesome Jamaican coffee and football. I wanted to whip up something quick and delicious since he did so much cooking yesterday. (He actually says I have to cook and clean up dinner too. So we’ll see how that goes. Leftover anyone?)

I’d seen this post on Big Apple Nosh that essentially puts whatever ingredients you want in a corning ware cup and bakes it with an egg. So that’s what I did. I call them egg cups.

Tomato and spinach leftovers

This was kind of on a whim and I was in the middle of watching Law & Order so I didn’t want to pull out the official recipe. Instead I just put some leftover tomatoes and fresh spinach into the bowls, topped with a couple of eggs, salt and pepper, fresh mozzarella (also leftover from the homemade caprese sandwiches we made) and a sprinkle of bread crumbs.

But, like I said, the great thing about this is that you could put whatever you wanted in the bowl. I’m envisioning tomatoes and feta with spinach.

Since I was winging this I tried 350 degrees, but that wasn’t working. So I upped the temperature to 415 degrees. Overall it baked for about 15 minutes. Note: Big Apple Nosh’s recipe calls for 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

The eggs were a little too cooked but it was perfectly delicious. The husband raved. Next time I’ll actually use BAN’s temperature & timing and hope for some runny yolks.

Books.

Now, I’ll spend the rest of my lazy Sunday (SNL, anyone?) reading and then following through with my new workout plan (that probably does deserve a separate post).

I recently finished Mark Adam’s “Turn Right At Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time.”

Source

I really wish the book had a ton of photos since as I read I wanted to really see what he was describing. He was good at the descriptions, but you just need to SEE it. This might have been the downside to reading it on Kindle, rather in print.

So I asked a friend who worked at NatGeo what she knew about the book and Machu Picchu since Adams worked there. She sent me this link with tons of information and PHOTOS of the lost city and Peru.

Here’s my review:

Tough one. I liked it. I didn’t know a lot or well anything about Machu Picchu or Hiram Bingham before reading this book. In fact, I started reading it because I saw Mark Adams on Jon Stewart.

It was interesting and a good format for writing a historical text. I like that Adams interweaves his own story (and his own trek through Peru) into Bingham’s and the Inca’s story.

Because Machu Picchu is such a mystery, it is the kind of story that has to be told from a first person point-of-view. The format was effective. Essentially it is a historical adventure and travel book. I think someone traveling to Peru would find it helpful in their plans. Adams and his guides certainly are in the know about what Peru and the Inca historical sites are all about.

It was well written, funny, informative. Although, at times it was a little dry. It took me a lot longer to read than other nonfiction histories.

So I’m glad I read it. I learned a lot of new things. But I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone unless you are going to Peru or really enjoy Inca history.

Here’s Adams on Jon Stewart, which made me want to read the book in the first place. (Stupid Comedy Central embed doesn’t work!)

So now I’m starting “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which several friends have suggested reading. More updates on that later.

Well, looks like this is a pretty long post already so I’ll skedaddle and post more later.

Share some of your favorite recipes and books please! K? Thanks. Bye.

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3 Responses to “A lot to say”
  1. Alexis says:

    Perks is one of my all-time favorite books! I keep my copy on the nightstand…enjoy!!

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