holy mole pork fajitas

a wonderful christmas present was given to me…….a six pack of mother’s brewery holy mole beer!

holy mole full of grace

holy mole full of grace

i got excited, when i get excited i like to create wonderful things.  thus was born the concept to cook fajita meat using the holy mole brew.   in my slow cooker i cooked a pork tenderloin in the mother’s brew along with some onions and a package of taco seasoning.

i probably could have just eaten the meat off the cutting board but i stuck with my plan.



i used the meat to make up some tacos.  in the tacos was a mix of mexican millet, black beans my holy moly fajita meat all topped with some guacamole.  lets just say it was yummy!


National Pie Day 2013


National Pie day rolled around this year and I decided to have pie all day once again. I stretched lunch a little, but I think it still counts!

Breakfast: Apple tart with cheddar cheese.


I spread a little pie love with a free pie stand at work.


Lunch: Leftover cold pizza pie


Dinner: Spaghetti Pie


Dessert: Chocolate Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert.


Happy Pie to All!


meatless monday — everything but the kitchen sink soup

goodness in a bowl

goodness in a bowl

when its 20 degrees out all ya kind of want is warm goodness, fast and preferable in a bowl.  that was monday’s dinner.  i got myself a bear creek soup mix and then turned into a clean out the vegetable draw collection spot.  a handful of carrots, the last of some broccoli, half a jar of beans, and one lonely potato all found their way into my soup.  topped with a little pepperjack cheese mix and some white wine, this the way to end a monday.

Pizza Night with Emily

Our Friday night routine is to make homemade pizza. As a Farris, I love my themed cooking nights! I use to make the crust from scratch, but then I discovered Whole Foods bulk pizza dough and you really can’t beat it.

A couple of Fridays ago our dear friend Emily came over to join us.

Emily had peppers, mushrooms, spinach and olives on her pizza.


John and his pizza- cheese as always.


And I had all of the above plus roasted spicy brussel sprouts- you’ve got to try it if you like brussel sprouts.


She brought us our nifty Union Jack napkins that I will only use for special British occasions to make the last as long as possible!


Thanks Emily!

god save the king and some pb&b too

decorations are a must

decorations are a must

all hail the king of rock and roll that is!  for years i have wanted to have an elvis birthday bash, i mean what is a better way to have fun on a january night?!  now i have not always been an elvis fan.  my conversion to elvis-ism happened on a family vacation to graceland.  dad declared we were doing the platinum tour because we were never coming back again, little did he realize he was turning mom and i into down right die-hard elvis fans.  we went to mecca and came back crazied!

the king joined us at the table

the king joined us at the table

for the birthday party the king’s favorite sandwich was on the menu a pb&b (peanut butter and banana) but knowing everyone has their own way of making a classic sandwich i took orders of how everyone wanted their sandwiches.

order #1 ingrid —- open-faced on toast with peanut butter, banana and grape jelly

ingrid's version of "the king"

ingrid’s version of “the king”

order #2 mom — a traditionalist her sandwich consisted of peanut butter and banana on oatmeal wheat bread

mom's yummy sandwich

mom’s yummy sandwich

order #3 me — peanut butter and banana with blackberry jam grilled to perfection



along with sandwiches i made some elvis mac & cheese, although it would probably not be up to elvis’ standard’s because it was vegan mac & cheese but it was still yummy.  but the best part of the meal was a creation of mine……blue suede cupcakes, not only yummy but also entertaining as they turned your mouth blue. its my take on a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting but instead of chocolate and red my cupcakes were white chocolate cupcakes and blue for elvis’ favorite shoes of course!

beware it turns you mouth blue!!

beware it turns you mouth blue!!

i do believe even the king himself would find this meal worthy of graceland!



makes a baker’s dozen (15)


1 box white cake mix

1 pkg white chocolate instant pudding mix

1 oz blue food coloring


1 TBSP butter – softened

80z cream cheese – softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup cool whip – thawed out

* make cake mix according to package directions.  add in box of instant pudding mix, beat well.  gradually add in blue food coloring.  bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. cool completely before frosting

* for frosting mix together the softened butter and cream cheese and in powdered sugar one cup at a time.  when all three ingredients are well blended fold in cool whip.

*  to frost cupcakes make a hole in the center of each cupcake (about the size of your finger), use a pastry bag filled with the frosting, fill hole with frosting and finish off the top with as much frosting as you like!






Comfy Saturady


This winter day just called for being curled up on the couch all day. What do you eat when you chose to do nothing but snuggle in?

A toad in the hole for breakfast of course.


A bowl of cozy Italian bean vegetable soup for lunch.


And finally another round dish of baked spaghetti with kale and fresh tomatoes.


Now if I could only fit inside a bowl, the day would come full circle!

new years eve aka the best party for one ever!!!!

a few days before new years eve i was discussing my plans with my mother.  her conclusion “wow you really know how to through a party for one!”  so why was i hosting a party for one?  because for the last 6 or so years i have gone out for new years eve and frankly its never as much fun as when i used to stay home and kept my tradition of watching the beatles movie “help.”

here’s my rant…..often you are in skimpy dresses freezing your butt off, dealing with drunken riff-raff, bad weather, drinking too much, pushing making-out couples off your dj table, so on and so on.  then to validate my rant i read an article in martha stewart where a girl was preaching the same thing.  after years of crying over lost pairs of high heels and failed attempts at midnight kisses,  she decided to return to her family tradition of staying in with her parents, eating caviar, and watching some sort of epic on tv. as i read this article, i felt validation for my feelings towards new years, my plans for the best night ever started to formulate……………..

on the menu…cashew chicken (or as my sis and i now refer to it as springfield caviar), champagne (pink of course), and chocolate cake and the epic event i chose to watch for the night….season 2 of downtown abbey, oh there is something so satisfying when selecting “play all”!  home is now my happening new years spot for years to come!

canton inn

canton inn

mom even provided me with a mystery dinner guest for the night (this also was one of my stocking stuffers)

who will it be ????

who will it be ????

daammmnn straight

daammmnn straight

double chocolate chip bundt cake

double chocolate chip bundt cake