Consolidation of Social Media

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I hereby admit the following, this exact posting will be reposted as a new post to a couple of blogs and I am horrible at managing a multitude of social media outlets for various projects at the same time.  I am consolidating the social media circles to one twitter feed, one facebook feed, one pinterest feed, and one Google plus feed.  Consolidation lets me manage all of my blogs, my Avon business, and the things that make me a complete human being more simply and concisely.

I decided to do this for a couple of reasons.  First, trying to manage and maintain multiple social networks was taking over my life and certain ones were neglected in preference to more active ones.  Secondly, a girl needs time to herself so that important activities like gardening, scrapping, stitching, gaming, or reading can actually happen!  It’s very difficult to write about what’s happening in the kitchen or the garden if I’m never making cookies or picking flowers and vegetables.  And lastly, having so many separate social feeds is beginning to make me feel like many one dimensional people all at the same time.  I am SO over that feeling!

So, please update your links or add links as necessary.  Existing separate accounts separate from the above listed sites will be deleted at the end of next week.  Hope to see all of you on the new sites!

S’more experiment

So recently we have been tortured by the oft-repeating Hershey commercial featuring s’mores. Since we aren’t going camping any time in the foreseeable future, hubby suggested trying to duplicate the taste in a pie format.  It is a brilliant idea and one I should have thought of sooner.  When we went shopping this week I picked up the ingredients to begin the experiment with, pictured above.

Last night the experiment bore fruit when I capped off the wonderful BBQ dinner we had, nothing compares with beautifully smoked pork spareribs.  For the first experiment I wanted to try a pre-made pie shell to determine if it would make a decent lazy days dessert.  I grabbed the crust, marshmallows, and our favorite chocolate bar.

I’d like to say it was complicated but honestly, it is far from complicated.  Throw marshmallows in the crust, break up chocolate to cover, and place in the oven.

About two minutes before I pulled it out of the oven, I crumbled a graham cracker over the top of the melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows.  It worked well to simulate the graham cracker goodness of a s’more.

The pie was warm, ooey, gooey, and sweet.  The warm chocolate and marshmallow treat sliced beautifully and was a delicious end to the evening.

There will be definite changes to future iterations of the dish.  A whole pie is too much for just the two of us, the pre-made crust was not nearly as good as mine, and there needs to be more chocolate for my preferences.  I think making s’more cupcakes in a silicone baking pan will be much more efficient for just the two of us.  The chocolate bar had almonds in it and they were the perfect addition to a traditional s’more for adults.  They were crunchy and sweet.

I will definitely make this again with some modifications. 

Fingerling Potatoes

We went grocery shopping last weekend and DH picked up a 5lb bag of fingerling potatoes. The skinny potatoes range in color from white to purple.  Not being a potato lover myself, I figured these were a great and quick way to make potatoes in small batches and wouldn’t sit unused for weeks on end in the house.

With the weather starting to warm up, ever so slowly for Arizona I might add, we grilled ribs this week.  I pulled the purple fingerlings out and decided to make mashed potatoes.  I will be perfectly blunt, the thought of purple potatoes is completely unappealing to me.  The potatoes are so small that I did not peel them before tossing them in the water.

Imagine my surprise when deep purple potatoes begin to boil in bright green water. 064  For a small as the potatoes are, they took a surprising amount of time to boil to fork tender and if I’m honest, they look completely unappetizing boiling away.

Boil complete, I made mashed potatoes as usual.  065   The color of the final product was utterly appropriate for Easter Sunday!  I couldn’t bring myself to eat them to be honest, I don’t truly like mashed potatoes and the color was in stark contrast to my plump, red beefsteak tomato sliced and peppered with crumbled blue cheese waiting for me. 

Hubby loved them!  He said they tasted just like potatoes and the color made no difference.  Still, couldn’t bring myself to taste them but I promise I will when I convert the leftover to potato pancakes this weekend.  I promise to update on the taste and recipe if successful.

I Biffed a CAKE

Seriously, I biffed making a cake this week! Sad smile  In my defense, I’ve been fighting a cold for the last week and have been out of it but still, it was a cake!  Hubby had been craving something sweet and so I decided to make him a vanilla cherry cake.  It smelled great in the mixer and oven, but it was TOUGH and dry.  I know what I did wrong, over mixed it by a lot unfortunately.