MIAMM: Wine Cubes

Ever run into the problem of having extra wine sitting around? I know, it’s a very rare occasion but it happened to us. After my roommate’s baby shower,we had a few of the big wine bottles open with varying amounts of wine.

Wine CubesSure, Greg and I enjoyed the wine while we relaxed from throwing the best baby shower ever but we barely put a dent in the open white wine (mostly due to us polishing off the red). I’m super picky about white wine as in I don’t like drinking it after it’s been open for a day or two.

So what’s a girl to do?

Freeze it! Grab an ice cube tray, pour in the wine, and pop it in the freezer.

Wine CubesOnce the wine ice cubes freeze, pop them out, and put them in a freezer bag.

If you’re asking– why? why? why? The reason is simple– you can use the ice cubed wine to chill other wine or add it to your cooking. Making sauteed vegetables– add a cube; crockpot stew time– throw in a few red cubes; or use as ice cubes in a sangria.

Enjoy!

MIAMM: Crabbies

I don’t know about you but we love munching on snacks during the Eagles games. Maybe it’s a fall football thing but there’s something right about having a snack while sitting on the couch (most likely with a beer). The other week, the grocery store had an amazing deal on English muffins which got me thinking about the little crab appetizers made with English muffins.

Cheese! Crab! Carbs!

Essentially, the snacks are crack like (if you enjoy seafood). So into the freezer went the muffins and on to Internet I went for the recipe. Sure, I could have called home up for the recipe but I got lazy (calling would have involved writing down the recipe and I’d probably lose it.) Along the way, I learned this delectable snack had a name– Crabbies and Silver Linings Playbook referenced them during one of the Eagles game scenes.

Umm fate, if you ask me. We needed to munch on the Crabbies during the game especially after all the support Bradley Cooper has given the Eagles.

Crabbies Recipe

 

English Muffin Crabbies

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of English Muffins (split)
  • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) butter
  • 1 jar Old English cheese spread
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 (7 oz.) can crabmeat (drained)
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1. Soften butter and cheese in a bowl.
2. Add mayonnaise, seasonings and crabmeat and stir with a fork.
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3. Have a few sips of beer, it took a bit of effort to blend everything.
4. Spread the mixture on split English muffins. I went light on the first few trying to gauge the amount of crab mixture per English muffin and then added more after all muffins had some.
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5. Place on cookie sheet.
6. Freeze the English muffins for 30 minutes minutes.
7. After removing them from the freezer, cut the muffins in quarters.
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Side note: At this point, you can refreeze all unused crabbies for another game.
8. Broil until bubbly and crisp (about 5-7 minutes.)
9. Enjoy!
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And The Walls Came A Tumblin’ Down

Cuddling can lead to a few things– falling asleep on the couch, more romantical moments, or thinking about putting a hole in the wall. Cuddling in our case definitely led to the latter.

Our family room shares a wall with our kitchen so one night we were cuddling on the couch and I started looking at the big expanse of wall. Of course, this being us, I broached the idea of a pass through window on the wall. A few hmmms and huhs later, the idea started to grow.

Neither one of us loves open floor plan because we like the designated spaces but liked the idea of a pass through window. The window would open up the family room more to the house while making it feel less like an addition to the original house plan.

We then spend two months randomly bringing the idea up while sitting on the couch. So after awhile, we taped up the window dimension on both walls and knew we needed it. One quick mock up later, it was love.

kitchenkitchen-2Then we started the process of finding a contractor because I knew we could not handle a project such as this with our marriage remaining intact. The longer the taped remained on the wall, the more confident Greg because in his wall cutting prowess.

kitchen-4Well, an episode of something on HGTV where they dealt with some homeowner who improperly installed a pass through window stopped all discussion of DIYing it.

$550 and one Saturday later, our lives completely changed.

The new pass through window completely changes the flow between the kitchen and family room for the better. More light reaches the family room and kitchen nook, nor does the nook feel as claustrophobic.

kitchen-5Plus it highlights the table we made over Labor Day (post coming sooner or later). Now we’re just questioning why it took us almost four years to think of it.

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It’s the Little Things

Two frames. That’s all we needed at Ikea . .  two frames. Somehow Ikea suckered us in with five ceramic vases for my roommates baby shower centerpieces, two frames, and a shoe caddy.

And a cup of coffee for Greg since today’s post discusses our inability to do anything without a cup coffee.

Just kidding, it’s about our new shoe cabinet.

Over the summer we visited our nice neighbors’ house and noticed a table in their hallway which we (ok, I) swooned over. The table completed the hall and didn’t over power it in the way I imagined it would. Greg agreed with my table lust but not to same level of enthusiasm.

Just look at the emptiness

Just look at the emptiness

Enter Ikea. We went earlier in the summer to look at shoe cabinets for the ridiculous amounts of shoes I own and needed to corral but the cabinets didn’t fit the measurement of our closet wall. Although, they did fit perfectly in our hallway table search.

We love adding storage to the house and our hall closet needed it due to keeping our hats, scarves, gloves in a yaffa block bin at on the top shelf (yes, the block is from my freshman year of college). By adding drawers in the hallway, cold days won’t involve me digging through a bin and leaving a trail on the stairs.

ikea storageIkea offered us two solutions: 6.75″ deep and 8.75″ deep. This might be one of the few times when smaller is better. For our hallway, two extra inches overpowered the space but it took an afternoon of me walking past with cardboard 8.75″ inches wide taped to the wall. Taping a piece of cardboard might sound silly but we’ve found by taping up the dimensions or depth of something, it truly helps us get a feeling for a project. By doing this, we’ve saved time and money by knowing what does/doesn’t work size wise.

Ikea storageWhich brings us back to the two frames. We went just to look at the cabinets and add one to our Christmas list. As you can clearly see from this post, we couldn’t wait for Christmas (darn you, Ikea!) Fast forward through us trying to locate the Stall cabinet and the hour spent building it to this–

ikea storageA new home for our keys and winter accessories! The depth works perfectly in the hallway, any deeper it would be intrusive. The drawers are dedicated to hats, gloves, and scarves just in time for the predicted bad winter.

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MIAMM: Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Bread

One of my all time, hands down, favorite vegetables is zucchini. Growing up, we’d get the torpedo sized zucchini’s from the garden and this year was no different. For weeks of the summer, we were swimming (figuratively, not literally) in massive zucchinis from my parent’s garden and our CSA. Not wanting them to go to waste, I spent several weekends making zucchini pies, zucchini tater tots, zucchini quiches, zucchini pizza crusts, and zucchini bread. I’m not kidding when tell you this, one zucchini produced six loaves of bread and one pizza crust.blueberry lemon zucchini bread

Our freezer is jam packed with food for the winter and this Blueberry Lemon bread is amazing– moist, delicious, and easy to make. I started doubling the recipe to make two at time and sharing the other with friends and family. If you’re like us and have a few zucchinis to use, consider this bread.

Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Bread (adapted from Lil’ Luna)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 TB lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 cup grated zucchini

*You can make buttermilk from regular milk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to a scant cup of milk.

1. Mix flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

2. Sigh when you realize how much there will be to clean up after.

3. Beat eggs in the mixer. Feel free to hum Beat It.

4. Add oil and sugar and blend.

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5. Add lemon juice and buttermilk, continue to blend.

6. Fold in zucchini until it is mixed well.

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7. Fold in blueberries.

8. Add all the dry ingredients to the mixer and blend.

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9. Pour batter into greased 9×5 loaf pan.

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10. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Test bread and it needs longer time, cover with fold and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

11. Enjoy!

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Five on Friday: Football Food

Can you believe the summer is over and football season has started? I refuse to accept the end of summer because I didn’t get nearly as many things accomplished as I wanted (I’m looking at you unread Game of Thrones book set).

But fall means pumpkins, sweaters, and no more mowing the lawn which I am eagerly anticipating. This Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles open the season at 1PM and we will be in front of television eating a tasty snack. If you are as excited for the season as Greg is, consider making one of these snacks to enjoy during the game.

Now on to the Five!

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

healthy buffalo chicken dip2. Lasagna Dip

lasagna dip recipe3. Mangasm Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno-Cream Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

bacon-wrapped-pork-loin-rec4.Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Crockpot sausage peppers & onions

 5. Sin Dip

Sin Dip Recipe