How to Stay In on a Saturday Night…and Not be Super Lame

2012 is all but gone at this point. Tomorrow in New Years Eve. Yikes. That went by real fast right? The thing about this NYE is that its on a Monday…ugh. As it happens, Monday comes right AFTER the weekend. I’ll be the first to admit that while my body may be 25, my mind-body connection is like 65. There’s just no way I could handle ‘going-out’ over the weekend and still be able to function for any semblance of a NYE function. But also, the part of me that knows I’m 25 feels super lame staying in both Friday and Saturday nights.

SPOILER ALERT: I came up with a solution. (Because fortunately I surround myself with friends whose bodies are also no longer 22 and don’t want to rage for 3 nights so close together). I decided to throw a ladies night at my place. I invited a bunch of my gal pals over for some snacks, some booze, and a showing of Pitch Perfect….I also encouraged everyone to wear sweatpants…because thats how I roll.

Punch

 

I was pumped for the opportunity to use my punch bowl that I got back in November. I made a simple budget friendly punch of Svedka Tangerine, pomegranate juice, Sprite and Raspberry Sherbet. So yummy…and also quite boozy so it all works out.

Check out the sweet new triple pot crockpot set I got for Christmas!

Check out the sweet new triple pot crockpot set I got for Christmas! Do you SEE how the lids can hook like that!! and ALL 3 pots have individual controls! Party perfect.

You can’t throw a party without snacks. I made my party a pot-luckish type thing, but I also whipped up a few faves. For something more substancial I made a crockpot full of my lentil chili. I also made this AMAZING dip that I had at my sis’s place about a month ago…Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Now the thing about this dip…and this is going to sound weird so just go with it…is that its almost like you can’t tell what you’re eating. Its super delicious and easy to make. Its creamy and cheesy and is very much like a cheese dip, but its totally not…its chalk full of chicken.

Simple Chocolate Fondue with all the Fixings.

Simple Chocolate Fondue with all the Fixings.

You can’t have a proper ladies night without some sort of chocolate. As I have a fondue pot that’s been itching to be used again, I decided on making a quick chocolate fondue. I also chopped up some strawberries, angel food cake, bananas, and pretzels to dip.

My gal pals also brought a TON of yummy treats to share and I can’t possibly tell you what those were or how to make them right now lol. Needless to say we were STUFFED by the end of the night.

Buffalo Chicken Dip:

3 cans canned chicken (1 large 2 small)
~2/3 bottle Frank’s Biffalo Sauce
~1/2 bottle Blue Cheese Dressing
1 8 0z block cream cheese
~1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheese (to top the dip)

Mix all ingredients together, minus the cheese for the top. Bake for around 30 mins on 350, then top with cheese and bake another 5 mins until cheese is melted.

Chocolate Fondue:

2 bags Giradelli chocolate (Bitter-sweet I think)
~2 cups cream

Melt all this in your fondue pot (or over a double boiler if you don’t have one) and EAT IT.

Overall, I had a super fun time with my lady friends sipping on punch, stuffing my face with snacks, and laughing my butt off at Fat Amy.

Fat Amy

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Sometimes I Try Home Remedies from the Internet.

Here’s the thing…I’m fairly prone to accidents. I wrote a post about it before. Given this fact you’d think that I would have a stocked first aid kit. Welp I’m poor. So I don’ t.

This pretty much sums it up.

This pretty much sums it up.

So it was particularly unfortunate when I hurt myself making dinner last night. Don’t worry it was no big deal or anything…just one of those everyday kind of boo-boos that hurt like crazy but aren’t really anything. I was cutting into my baked chicken to see if it was cooked all the way through…and silly me didn’t realize I was totally resting my thumb against the rim of the hot pan. Smart move right? It took me a solid 15 seconds to even notice. Ugh. Needless to say I was less than thrilled. The last time a burned my finger (on a stupid molten chocolate chip while making pancakes) I had to ice it for over 6 hours until I used some of my friend’s burn cream. Which I neglected to buy.

So what’s a girl to do? Obviously I called my mom first lol…but mostly just to have her ask my Gram because I don’t trust anything she suggests. But my Gram was at a party so that plan failed. On a related note: my Gram was out partying on a Tuesday night and 25 year old me was watching Jeopardy…

I had to resort to to my go to for answers: Google. But this is one of those times where you have to be skeptical because people post some weirdness on home remedy sites.

Mustard and Flour

So after ignoring the crazy ones…one jerk said suck it up, another said touch it to your earlobe…I settled on the mustard treatment. You combine yellow mustard and flour and make a paste.

the pasteThere were no proportions so I just  guessed and made it a paste consistency.

slather it onThen you apply it to the burn and wrap in some bandaids….

I’m on the fence about this remedy. I mean it worked sort of…it helped ease that miserable sting you feel when you take it off ice. So that’s good. In the interest of full disclosure I did actually try the earlobe thing…it was only successful in making me feel ridiculous. In reality I should just buy some burn cream.

All patched up

So in the end I really did put mustard on my burn…then covered it in neon orange bandaids and rested it on an Iron Man booboo pack–because I’m an adult. I may have also drank a little wine….

 

 

DIY Painted Glasses…aka The Epic Craft Fail

Ugh…the wounds are still fresh on this one folks…

So you all know how I spend lots of time surfing the depths of Pinterest. I’ve found tons of super cool craft ideas on there. Its great. I had found this one project that I was totally psyched to try out. They were these knock of Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers. So cute. Also the blog its from, Radical Possibility, is HILARIOUS and awesome. Totally check it out. The girl is super funny and has some excellent ideas!

Anyways…when I was home for Thanksgiving I stopped by the dollar store and picked up four stemless wine glasses so I could make my own confetti glasses.

Stemless Wine Glass

I was all set to start confetti-ing the crap out of these guys…and I started…and I sucked at it and gave up lol. I really didn’t like how the paint looked sort of transparent (I was using my own Basics brand acrylic paints from Michaels). So I washed ’em off and started again…attempting a type of ombre-esque feel using a paint sponge.

Painting with a sponge

I was so-so about the sponge, but I liked the coverage and texture much better than the dots looked. So I painted them different colors.

Painted Glasses

I was feeling like something was missing. So I decided to mix up lighter versions of the colors and lightly sponge it over the glasses (except I used yellow on the orange one to make sure it didn’t look too much like the red one). I used a flash on my camera to show the overlay colors better (in regular light it creates a sort of frosted look).

This is with a flash...in regular light it looks 'frosted'

This is with a flash…in regular light it looks ‘frosted’

DIY Painted Glasses

In the end, I was happy with the final product! I sprayed it with a couple coats of Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer and thought I was good to go.

this is the spray I used for reference

this is the spray I used for reference

Turns out…I was NOT good to go. I let them dry for 4 days. And when I went to give them a quick wash so I could drink out of them, DISASTER STRUCK.  The paint cam right off! 😦 I was…and AM…SUPER bummed about it! I really don’t know what went wrong.

FAIL. Ruined Glasses

I’m hoping that some of you super crafters might be able to shed some light on what exactly caused this tragedy. I think next time I attempt to re-do these glasses I might just spring for some paints specifically made for painting on glass…maybe the Martha ones.

Meat and Po’tater Casserole

When you read the title, imagine it with a southern accent…because that’s how I hear it haha…

So last week I went over to a friends house and we whipped up a tasty meal. She had found a recipe for Meat and Potato Casserole online so we figured it was worth a try. We did however make a few changes….namely that we used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.

Its actually pretty simple to prepare and doesn’t cost a fortune to put together…so clearly I’m a fan. I WILL however point out some key things that you’ll likely miss if, like me, you read and prepare one step at a time.

Meat and Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Now before you read ahead, Note: YOU COOK THE POTATOES FIRST. After you peel, slice, and butter’em up you have to bake them for about 20 minutes! We sort of missed that part and it set us back time-wise so I thought I would tell you guys up front.

Directions

  • Toss potatoes with butter and salt; arrange on the bottom and up the sides of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Sprinkle beef and corn over potatoes. Combine the soup, milk, garlic powder, pepper, onion and 1/2 cup cheese; pour over beef mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

It was super yummy and you can spice it up by adding other spices or veggies. And it all totally holds up when you take it for lunch the next day!

Note for vegetarians: This recipe can totally work with meat substitutes like lentils and soy-fake meat (sorry I can’t remember the actual name)

On an unrelated note: Its holiday fair season! woohoo! I can not express how much I love a good fair/yard sale. I happened to get a MAJOR steal when I went with my fam the other weekend! I got this AMAZING crystal cut punch bowl set complete with 12 glasses and stand bowl for….wait for it…..SIX DOLLARS. I basically died. I love it so much and CAN NOT wait to use it!

Punch Bowl Set!

 

How have the rest of fared at these fairs?…see what I did there…college money well spent.