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Halloween in the new house!!

by J.S. on October 2, 2011

in Handmade,Parties

Halloween!!! I’m super excited. It’s my first Halloween in our new house (rental…cause you know, the whole poor thing). We started decorating this weekend and I’ll began stock piling the candy soon. I found these cool light up branches at Home Goods. They’re battery operated and were $13 for a set. I bought foam pumpkins for $10 each and drilled holes into them using a 5/8 drill bit. I weighted the pumpkins with some stones and then inserted the branches, added a couple of crows and voila cute door decor for under $50.

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Coconut Keylime Cupcakes

by J.S. on March 10, 2011

in Parties,Recipes

I made these for a friends birthday. I’m from Florida and Key Limes are like a religion but fear not, you can probably find them anywhere or just use regular old limes. If your west coast, I found mine at Fresh n’ Easy. A bag of them was under a $1.

I decided to make life easy and doctor up a box cake mix. You can make these from scratch if you’re feeling feisty.

1 box of yellow or white cake mix

1 cup of buttermilk

3 eggs

Oil – use the amount called for on the box.

1/4 cup Key lime juice

1/8 cup key lime zest

For the frosting:

1 8oz pack of cream cheese – room temperature

2 sticks of room temperature butter

1 box of powdered sugar

1/8 cup key lime juice

1/2 shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 milk (add as needed to thin the frosting)

Bake as directed on the box. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

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My lovely sister-in-law is in charge of bringing a cake to her grandmother’s birthday this year. Making a cake yourself is almost always cheaper than buying one and usually better. Plus you totally get points for doing your best Martha impression for a relative. But, not all cakes are  created equal and you don’t need a lot of decorating skills to pull off a cool look.

Cupcake Fondu

Bake it Pretty

The Old Standby

Smitten Kitchen

Milkshake Cupcakes

Bakerella

Flourless Chocolate Cake (one of my favorites)

Triple Chocolate Trifle

Bakerella

Now I’m hungry! Happy birthday, Nanny!

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I have a theme for this New Years; gluttony. Actually that may be the theme for this whole holiday. I have stuffed my face with everything I could get my hands on since November, so it seems fitting to continue the trend. My Fiesta of eating carries on today and continue until I drag my pudgy self to the gym on Monday. That will be a truly horrid experience.

Anyways, back to the matter at hand, New Years and food. I’m making a smorgasbord of seafood this year. I think a lot of people steer clear of it because seafood always sounds pricey. And it is, for normal people, but you are poor girls and you can make magic happen with a lobster and some mayo. Not a fan of fish? Well then, today isn’t your day. Stick around and well talk dessert later.

First up, Andi’s Tuna Tar-tare

Ingredients

1/2 lb Ahi Tuna

1 Cucumbers

2 Avocados

1 tsp Lime Zest

Juice from half a lime

For the sauce (note, you’ll need to do this based on taste and your preference, the measurements below are just a guide):

1/4 cup good quality  mayo

2 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp peanut or sesame oil

1/2 tsp Srirach *spicy

1/2 Wasbi paste * spicy

Directions

Chop the tuna, cucumbers and avocado in small bite size pieces. Squeeze the lime juice on the tuna. Set aside. Mix up the sauce adding a little of the spices at a time. Once you get the sauce where you want it, add a few teaspoons of the sauce to the tuna and mix. To get the stacked appearance, place the tuna in a cup, add the cucumbers, then add the avocado. Flip the cup upside down on a plate and gently pull to remove the ingredients. Serve with good quality chips or fried won-tons. Devour.

Mama G’s Clam Chowder


Ingredients

1 lb of small white or red potatoes chopped, not peeled.

6 celery ribs chopped

6 carrots, peeled and chopped

1/2 a white onion chopped

1 clove of garlic finely chopped

3 strips of bacon

1 tbs Old Bay Seasoning

1 bottle of V8 Tomato Juice

1 can of beer

3 cups of clam juice

2 cups of clams ( I use the cheap canned ones at the grocery store, but you can go to the fish market and get the real deal, be fancy if you want.)

Tabasco sauce to taste

Directions

In a large stock pot cook the bacon. Once bacon is fully cooked, remove from the pan and remove half of the dripping. Keeping the other half of the drippings in the pan, add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and cook until soften and slightly translucent. Add the potatoes and the clam juice and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 min and then lower heat to a simmer. Add Tomato juice, cooked bacon, Old Bay, salt and Pepper and cook until potatoes are soft, about 25 min. Add clams and cook for an additional 5 min.

A word of advice, this is ALWAYS better the next day. If you make it today, like I will, you can be lazy tomorrow and everyone will think you’re a genius.

Lobster Rolls!

Ingredients

2 lb Lobster – cooked and chopped

1 tbs good quality mayo

2 celery stalks finely chopped

1/2 tsp celery seeds

1 tsp lemon juice

New England Style Hot Dogs rolls (or the normal kind if you can’t get the good stuff)

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together and spoon into toasted hot dog buns. (note, if you hate mayo, you can substitute melted butter. It will be just as bad for you.)

photos: Tuna from google, here. Chowder here, Lobster rolls, here.

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Good, Clean Fun

by J.S. on December 22, 2010

in Food Porn,Handmade,Parties

Looking to add some wholesome fun to your next dinner party? Whip out the frosting!

A few friends stopped by a few days ago for a last minute dinner party. I threw together beef tenderloin, some hash thing I saw on TV and a berry trifle. I think the dinner cost about $30. I was happy with that and figured to add excitement we’d just drink a bunch of cheap wine (as usual). To my shock and  total surprise a couple of the guys brought over a huge plate of cookies and three different frostings in pipping bags! (Ladies, one of the guys is single…) The cookie spectacular added another $10 to the bill. A really fun night for under $50, perfect for Christmas.

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Finally…Halloween Dinner!

by J.S. on November 2, 2010

in Parties

The food was good. The “Ghoulash” was a hit, and tasted even better the next day. How about those caramel apples? I have to say this was one of the least stressful dinners I’ve done so far. If you’ve yet to throw your own dinner party I urge you to try it.

All the food plus the decor for place settings plus candy for the treat bags came to a grand total of…

$107.14!

I’ll go ahead and say it, I’m impressed!


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Technical Difficulties

by J.S. on November 1, 2010

in Parties

 

from google

Happy Monday! I’m having some issues with my camera, please stay tuned for the photos from Saturday.

 

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Party Time!

by J.S. on October 30, 2010

in Parties

Good morning my lovelies (or good afternoon to my East Coasters)! I hope those are you throwing a shindig are well under way getting ready. I over slept and I’m now waiting for coffee to be injected into my arm.

I’ll try to update today as I can. I’m around if you have questions or want to share a good idea or two.

Good Luck Poor Girls, make me proud!

xo, J

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Last Minute Costume Ideas

by J.S. on October 28, 2010

in Parties

Before I rush off to shop I wanted to give you some ideas for last-minute inexpensive costumes.

First Up:

That Darn Cat (released in 1965, starring Hayley Mills (Patti Randall), Dean Jones (Zeke Kelso))

from the film, That Darn Cat

Or

Hitchcock’s The Birds

From Flickr

Mad Men

Don’t forget the “Lucky Strikes”

 

from Textually.org

Clark Kent

 

from Fox News

Spider Lady

from Martha Stewart

 

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from Flickr

I have finally decided on the complete menu, I wavered a little yesterday but now I’m committed.

Apps:

Savory Hand pies

Pre-made/frozen items from the store

Cheese and crackers

Dinner:

Beet Salad with candied pecans and blue cheese

Martha’s “Ghoulash”

Garlicky Mashed Potatoes

Rolls

Dessert Buffet:

Caramel Apples

Cupcakes

Sugar Cookies

Assorted Candy

Cocktails:

Eyeball Punch – my own recipe, I’ll share tomorrow.

And I have to spend under $100 (I lowered it).

So, what do you think? Send me some pics of your Halloween gatherings!

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