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Silliness

Dev found this whilst fiddling around on the internet the other day. I think it's pretty dirn funny.

It's kinda long, but if you have an extra 5 minutes, and want to add some pure spray cheese to your day, I've got your fix right here....

Does it get any slimier than William Shatner doing a dramatic reading of Elton John lyrics? I think not.

Summer!!!!!!!

School is finally out and summer is here!

Dev and I will be busy the first few weeks, going to job interviews, visiting schools and such.

My friend Diane is flying in from GA to stay for a week, so I'm REALLY excited about that!

And while she's here, Dev and I are finally going to tie the knot. We have decided to get married some time around June 17th. I'll fill you in on the details later...

We leave later today for an interview in Lake City, CO. After the interview, we're headed to Montrose to spend about a week visiting with his parents and looking at schools in the Grand Junction area. Should be a pleasant trip.

I'm not sure how often I'll be able to post, if at all. But when I get back, I'll put up some pics and tell you what happened!

Ice Cream Sandwiches...

It would seem after looking at the last few posts I've written, that I'm in a sandwich mood lately.

Dev and I have become really spoiled when it comes to ice cream. Sometime last year I purchased a cheap countertop ice cream maker. You know, the kind you have to store the barrel in the freezer til it's time to use it. I think ours has a 2 quart capacity.

Anyhoo, we now can have really good home made ice cream whenever we want.

The other day I had a batch of vanilla in the freezer, when suddenly I had a WICKED craving for an ice cream sandwich. The kind I usually buy at the store has a 2 chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream in between, so I thought, why not make a batch of home made cookies and then use the home made vanilla to make the sandwiches?

So that's what I did.

I used the sweet cream ice cream base recipe from my Ben and Jerry's book for the vanilla ice cream:

2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup whole milk

Whisk the eggs i…

Another Great Weekend Breakfast!

I have always loved breakfast sandwiches- specifically egg sandwiches. Now that I live out west, breakfast burritos are much more prevalent, but every once in a while, I need to get back to my roots.

The sandwich pictured above was actually Dev's. He only likes his eggs scrambled. My version of this sandwich had a fried egg and some hollandaise sauce on top (and, of course, the Canadian bacon). I guess you could call it a short cut Eggs Benedict sort of thing.

I highly recommend this as a lazy weekend meal, or wrapped in some parchment paper or foil as a meal on the go. And as far as possible toppings, the sky's the limit. Throw some hashbrowns on, or maybe even some strips of roasted green chile. If I'd had a lovely red tomato, you can bet that would have been on there, too.

What's not to love about breakfast??

Smores!

smores!, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. After we grilled some pork chops the other night, I had a craving for a smore.

So we broke out the bamboo skewers, the marshmellows and all the other fixins, and I got what I was after.

Here's a cute shot of Dev toasting his first marshmellow of the season.

I'm not sure why he makes faces like that when I take pictures. He knows these pictures will end up on the blog...

Ribs and Corn Salad

ribs and corn salad, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. Let grilling season begin!!!!

Earlier this week, Dev and I made one of the best dinners we've had in a long time. I love it when we both contribute something to the meal.

Dev made jalapeno jelly glazed ribs. I wish I could tell you the recipe, but it is filed away with the secret squirrel "wooing" recipes in a vault somewhere. I know that he braises them for a few hours in a highly seasoned liquid, then cools them, glazes them with his home made jalapeno jelly, and puts them under the broiler until they are crusty and delicious!!

My contribution was a corn salad.

I found the basic recipe in "Real Simple" magazine...



I substituted pecans for the walnuts, but other than that I made it just like the recipe read.

Oh my gosh was this good. Very spicy and sweet, with some saltiness from the feta and some crunch from the toasted pecans. This will definitely make it into the regular rotation!!!

Thin Crust Pizza Experiment

thin crust pizza 1, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi. It seems like most of my adult life has been spent in pursuit of a thin crust pizza dough recipe I can make at home, and pretend I'm sitting outside at Vinnies on a perfect spring day.

Well, the best run I've made at it so far was really nothing new. I just did something a little different.

I used Diane's recipe for quick pizza dough...

2 teaspoons of yeast
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of olive oil
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons of warm water

Work dough into a ball - let rest on lightly floured surface for 5
minutes - then just do whatever you do with other sauces - I do like to
pre-cook it for about 5 minutes before I add the toppings

But instead of rolling it out after 5 minutes like I normally do, I let it rest for about 30 minutes (while I made sauce and chopped toppings), then I cut the dough into 2 pieces. I rolled each piece out as thinly as I could. I managed to get …

We Lived Through Graduation!!!!

Yes, he's finally done it. Devin is the holder of an actual college degree! Doesn't he look handsome in this pic?? Try not to see the partial black eye and busted nose from his passing out while he had the stomach flu. Oh, and did I mention he gave that stomach flu to me just in time for his whole family to arrive at our apartment?? It was a long 3 days, folks.

But at least everyone ate well (except me, but I'm making up for that now, thanks).

I posted some photos from the weekend on my flickr page. So go have a look.

I'll post more later. This was my second day back to school after a 4 day bout with a really nasty stomach flu. People keep asking me if it was swine flu. I don't really know, but I would call it more like the "liquify everything and make it leave your body at very high velocities" flu. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, after 4 days of eating nothing but chicken broth and noodles, when you finally feel like eating real food aga…

No Rest For the Wicked...

This morning we arose and went about our normal Saturday routine....recycling, library and grocery shopping. I got the majority of the groceries for next weekends' revelry.

After returning home and starting on the triple batches of salsa and marinara for this weekend, I noticed Dev looking a little green around the gills. He is presently ensconced on the couch with a rag on his head and a glass of ice water at his side. Hopefully this is one of those 24 hour things and he'll be good as new Monday morning.