Meatloaf 3 Ways on TODAY


If you watched the Today Show this morning, well, then you probably know that my real name isn't Siri.  It's Bingo.  It's just, Bingously Delicious sounds weird, and makes no sense, and I really enjoy Starbuck's baristas making iPhone jokes when I say my name is Siri.  Ok, ok, you got me, I'm lying... my real name is Pam.  Lie!  I'm lying.  But, if you did watch, then you learned the origin of the nickname Carson and I call each other: Bingo.  And you probably witnessed me trying hard not to tell Christian Slater how many times I've seen Untamed Heart and Bed of Roses.  (Also, Heathers was the first rated-R movie I ever saw, true story.)    

If you missed it, you can check out the segment and find all the recipes by clicking here.  I have so much fun cooking with Carson (Bingo) on Today, so thanks for watching!

Mini Chipwich's


I am exhausted.  Like, beyond.  I spend all night in my 7 month-old's room, trying to coax and nurse her tiny, teething body back to sleep (because she's all, HELL NO to this sleep training rubbish).  I spend all day negotiating with my 2 year-old who is on a very productive hunger strike... have one ITSY BITSY bite of food to MAKE MOMMY HAPPY BECAUSE MOMMY IS SAD (it doesn't work).  As I type this, I have asked my 6 year-old to go potty and get dressed for school 17 TIMES and I've even threatened that our neighbor with his scary dog will have to drive him if he misses the bus.  I'm exhausted.  There used to be room in my brain to think about food.  Now, I'll realize it's 10am and I haven't eaten a thing yet and I'll drive my minivan into the wall of a Starbucks and buy every breakfast sandwich they have.  I'm sooooo tired.  But, then I'll read an article like this one, and I'll laugh and ugly cry simultaneously, and I'll remember... these are the days I'm going to miss.

(And then I chant that over and over again like a lunatic)

So, until my brain regains some sense of normalcy, all I have for you are these Mini Chipwich's I brought to a dinner party last night (because an "adult dessert" is waaaaay beyond my comprehension right now).  I used this recipe for a "cafe-style" cookie, made them as small as I could, flattened them prior to baking, smushed some vanilla ice cream in between the cooled cookies and rolled the sides in mini chocolate chips.  I may be brain dead, but they were delicious.  

Life Lately


Oh my gosh you guys, I haven't blogged in a long while.  I can't really point to an excuse, besides my three children.  You know, the baby who doesn't sleep and the toddler who doesn't eat and the big kid who just turned 6.  Every year I make a gigantic deal about his cake (as seen here) but I just didn't have it in me this time.  He was like, "mom can you make it half Skylanders and half Minecraft" and I was like, "no."  So instead I turned to another favorite of his at the moment, High School Musical (I know every song by heart).  East High's colors are red and white, so a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting made sense.  And then I made some chocolate piano keys with a piping bag on parchment paper to line half of the cake.  Easy peasy - go Wildcats!  (I'm an adult)

Easter fun with Rachael


I had a blast on the Rachael Ray Show today!  Sure, we made out with eggs and broke a few (okay, Rach broke a few), but it was so much fun to try out three crafty, Easter-inspired treats and crafts that we found online.  Check out the segment here.  And, if you ever come across something on the World Wide Web that makes you say, "SIRI-ously, can I really make that?" please send it my way!  

(Because I am Siri.) 

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

How were your weekends?  I spent mine eating green bagels and Red Velvet High School Musical Birthday Cake, but more on that later this week.  For now, here are some ideas for your Irish celebration tomorrow night, if you're having one.  It will be magically delicious!  

*And don't forget to watch The Rachael Ray Show today :)      

Andes Mint Chunk Cookies


Two things:  

First, my little man is almost six.  SIX!  I have been a mom for six years.  Which pretty much makes me an expert (even though I have no idea what I'm doing).  Jackson is pure joy, and I'm so lucky that he chose me to be his mama.  At school, they get to bring in birthday treats, and he chose these Andes Mint Chunk Cookies.  Good boy, right?  "Mama, I'm Irish, and we Irish like mint."  That's probably a gigantic stereotype, but who can argue with a 6 year-old choosing his birthday treat?!  So we made these cookies yesterday, and swapped chocolate chips for chopped up Andes Mints.  They are YUM.  

Second thing: I'm so happy to announce that I'll be back on the Rachael Ray Show this Monday, March 16th!  If you like to plan ahead for holidays when it comes to crafts and treats like me, because you have obsessive compulsive traits, again, like me, then you won't want to miss this show! Rachael and I are going to test out a few Easter ideas we found online that led us to say, "SIRIously, is that possible?!"  Oh puns, you're fun.  Things get a little messy, so please tune in to see :)

Also, Andes Mint Brownies here.

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies


Coconut.  Can't stop won't stop.  Found this recipe and made these cookies faster than you can put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up.  I also drizzled dark chocolate all over them because why not.  They are delicious!  AND, it's going to be 59 degrees here tomorrow!!!!!  I'm going to wander around my neighborhood in my swimsuit singing, "DOCTOR! Is there nothing I can take, I said, DOCTOR! To relieve this bellyache..."

Vanilla Snow Cream!


Is it snowing where you are?  Are you stuck at home with your kids because school was cancelled (again)?  STOP EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING, go outside, scoop up some fresh (clean) snow and make Vanilla Snow Cream!  Ice cream made of snow!  It takes 3 ingredients!  You might not have sweetened condensed milk, in which case you might want to make a harrowing, 5 mph drive to your supermarket like I did, but it will be worth it.  Snow, vanilla extract and a can of sweetened condensed milk.  It's superb, I tell you, SUPERB!  Recipe here.  

Coconut Rice

While I sit here and watch the snow gently fall on top of all the other snow from all those other snow storms, I'm day dreaming of the sound of bongo drums, the smell of sunscreen and the taste of coconut.  "You put the lime in the co-co-nut and shake it all up."  I can't stop.  In fact, I'm going to make coconut cookies later on today, and the other night, I made this delicious sweet and savory Coconut Rice.  Go ahead and fill your house with this tropical flavor as well, because guess what?  This is the last snow storm of the season.  It's true.  Al Roker told Carson and Carson told me.

Coconut Rice
(Serves 4)

1 cup jasmine rice
2 cups coconut milk
1 T butter
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, bring rice, butter and coconut milk to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.  In the meantime, toast coconut in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often to prevent burning.  Once rice is cooked, toss with coconut and peas.  Cover until peas have warmed, then serve!

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