Archive | September, 2011

Who Knew?

5 Sep

First things first… have you “liked” For the Sake of Cake on facebook yet?! 😉 If not, what are you waiting for?

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Who knew that I could put away so much red meat? Steak was on the menu for dinner tonight again (just like last night), but let’s back up a bit, shall we?

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Like (most of) the rest of the world, I had off from work today. Even still, I was up at about 6:30, but laid in bed until 7:00. The early wake up call was a combination of dogs wanting to go out & feeling all congested. 😦 I’m not sure if I have a cold, or it’s just allergies, but either way I couldn’t really breathe & in turn, couldn’t really sleep.

Eventually, I rolled out of bed, took Stewie for a quick walk, & headed to the gym.

I had a long to do list for today because I wanted to get a “jump start” on the week ahead. Around 10:30, I texted my mom asking if she’d be interested in grabbing some frozen yogurt for lunch. (Hey, we’ve been known to eat frozen treats as meals before!)

Our closest frozen yogurt place is a good 25 minutes away, but we made the trip & I think we’d both agree it was worth it, right mom?

Kiwi Frozen Yogurt opened recently, but we’ve already been there once before. Today, I loaded up my cup with 3 different types of yogurt plus lots of yummy toppings!

In the mix —

  • Peanut butter yogurt
  • White chocolate mousse yogurt
  • Cookies n’ cream yogurt
  • Reese’s pb cup topping
  • Cookie dough topping
  • Rainbow sprinkles

It was really, really delicious & even though it wasn’t the healthiest lunch, we felt surprisingly full afterwards!

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Chris & I had plans to finally use the grill he got for his birthday this evening. Remember what happened last week? Well sadly, this week didn’t turn out much better. We couldn’t get the grill to light for some reason, so we’ll have to figure out what the deal is. In the meantime, I heated up our grill pan!

I used this recipe from Campbell’s to make our marinade. (Seriously, what would I do without these Campbell’s recipes?!)

I followed the recipe exactly & Chris & I both couldn’t stop raving about the marinade!

I grilled the steaks for about 10 minutes (5 on each side), coating it with the marinade frequently.

On the side, I cooked up some Trader Joe’s harvest grain blend that I picked up on Friday. It included Israeli-style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, & red quinoa. This side dish was by far my favorite part of the meal!

I also steamed some broccoli. Even though I wasn’t feeling it, I figured it’d be good to get a veggie in there.

As we were eating, I asked Chris if it was bad that we were eating steak for the second night in a row. His reply? “Yeah, we’ll back off for a little.” Probably a good idea! 😉 Growing up I hated steak, but I’ve come to enjoy it as long as it’s cooked the right way!

Off to go relax & get ready for the season premiere of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! 🙂

Are there any foods that you disliked as a kid, but enjoy now?

Puppy Playtime

4 Sep

My parents invited Chris & I up for dinner tonight & we happily accepted. It was also a good opportunity to get all of our dogs together for some puppy playtime!

Tonight’s menu? Grilled steak kabobs (with peppers & onions), potato salad & dinner rolls. I also brought my apple cake for dessert!

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My dad took care of grilling the kabobs, & my mom made the potato salad using a recipe from Kraft Foods Magazine. I ate most of my kabob (they were more filling than I expected), a serving of potato salad & two rolls.

One of the best things about my parents’ house is their large, fenced-in yard; this is especially important since we are surrounded by dogs! After dinner, we watched the dogs run around & play together.

Soon it was time for dessert, & I enjoyed my piece of apple cake ala mode (again!); this time with some fudge swirl ice cream – yum! I think this cake is even better a day later.

Now it’s time to relax for a little. Even though tomorrow is Labor Day, I’ll definitely be laboring – trying to get a jump start on the week ahead!

Hope you’re making the most of this long weekend!

Are you a dog person, or a cat person (or a fish/bird/turtle/etc. person ;-))? I think it’s pretty obvious where my heart lies. 🙂

Baking Break

4 Sep

I love to bake, but I haven’t had a chance to do too much of it lately. I’ve been busy with back-to-school & cooking dinner every night, so there isn’t much time to break out the mixer & bake my favorite cookies/cakes/cupcakes/etc.

Well this afternoon I was working on stuff for school & got the urge to take a break & bake! I figured I deserved the break, seeing as I have a long weekend, & there isn’t too much to do for school just yet. I better get some baking in now, because things will start to get crazy-busy soon.

At my bridal shower this past June, I received a cookbook compiled by a local church, filled with members’ of the women’s society recipes!

I flipped through the desserts section, looking for something that I had all the ingredients for. I’m so excited to pass this recipe along because it is simple, perfect for fall, & turned out to be delicious. (And thank you to Carol Travers, whoever you are, for this awesome recipe!)

Fresh Apple Cake

Yields 12-18 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups diced apples
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts.)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

 Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350*.
  • Mix the sugar, apples, & eggs together.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the oil, vanilla, & nuts together. Add to the sugar, apples, & eggs.
  • Mix the flour, cinnamon, salt, & baking soda together. Add to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan & bake for 50-60 minutes. You want the top to be golden brown. (Mine took exactly 50 minutes.)

Like I said before, I think this recipe is perfect for the fall season! It’s also a great base recipe; you could easily sub in another fruit (I’m thinking blueberries or peaches!) for the apples.

I enjoyed mine ala mode, with some Phillies Graham Slam!

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What’s your favorite “fall food”? I know so many people get seriously pumped for pumpkin this time of year!

PS – You can now “like” For the Sake of Cake on facebook! Just click on the facebook button on the right sidebar! 🙂

Long Weekend

2 Sep

I’m lucky enough to have had today off, as well as Monday. If only every week could consist of 4 days of work & 4 days of vacation… the world would be a much happier place, don’t you think? 😉

I kicked off my long weekend with a nail appointment first thing this morning! Afterwards, I made a trip to the closest Trader Joe’s, which unfortunately for me is about a 30 minute trip.

I was able to stock up on lots of goodies:

I purchased a few new-to-me items, including these dark chocolate covered peanut butter wafer cookies:

And got some old favorites, like my beloved soft peanut brittle:

Remember this recipe?

After my little shopping trip, I did some cleaning around the apartment, caught up on my DVR, & mustered up some energy to hit the gym. I really, really didn’t feel like going (& can’t say that I worked up much of a sweat) but at least I got there & did something, right?

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Eventually it was time to get dinner going. On the menu tonight – turkey burgers!

No Measure Turkey Burgers

Makes 6 burgers

(All ingredient measurements were “eye-balled”.)

Ingredients:

  • About 1 pound lean, ground turkey
  • About 1/2 c. (I used two palmfulls) of bread crumbs
  • About 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • Chopped peppers & onions
  • Sprinkle of poultry seasoning
  • Sprinkle of garlic salt
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Heat a large grill pan or griddle to medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray.
  • Cook turkey burgers through, flipping every few minutes. (I didn’t time exactly how long each burger took… whoops! I just cooked until I didn’t see any more pink!)

I served these burgers up with a side of Alexia Waffle Cut Sweet Potato Fries. This was my first time trying any Alexia product, & I was very pleased. These frozen fries tasted fresh & had a nice “kick” to them (they’re seasoned with salt, onion, garlic, & a chili/black/red pepper combo).

   This was the perfect end-of-summer meal!

After dinner, Stewie started whining about how he hasn’t gotten much blog attention the last few days. I told him I’d be sure to post a really cute picture of him tonight! 😉

Do you have any fun plans for the long, holiday weekend?

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a burger?

Foil-Baked Tilapia

1 Sep

I’ve been wanting to try a foil-baked fish recipe for a while now. To be honest, I was mostly intrigued by the easy clean up factor!

I purchased two tilapia filets at the store this past weekend, & my recipe for foil-baked tilapia was born!

Foil-Baked Tilapia

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 tilapia filets
  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • Lemon juice (save a few lemon slices for baking!)
  • Parsley
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400*.
  • Place each tilapia filet on a sheet of foil.
  • Spray with cooking spray (or drizzle with olive oil).
  • Drizzle with fresh lemon juice.
  • Sprinkle a combination of parsley, garlic powder, & black pepper on top.
  • Finally, top with a slice of lemon.
  • Close the foil packet completely & bake for 15-20 minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out! I like fish, but I hate when it comes out very oily, or “overly fishy” tasting. This was neither!

I served the tilapia alongside whole grain rice & steamed broccoli.

What’s your favorite dinner side dish?