Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monogrammed Rice Krispie treats

I made these wedding color Rice Krispie treats in addition to the bride and groom ones. Leslie's wedding colors are green, blue, and yellow, so I opted for green melts and royal blue melts. The yellow really wasn't dark enough to show up against the color of the cereal.

For the monograms: you can use any font and style you want. I practiced with my squeeze bottle and settled on a cursive "D" and a heart. I've seen people pipe the lettering on parchment and transfer it to the surface, but I'm lazy and did it straight on the bars.

6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
10 ounces (one small bag) of small marshmallows
3 tbsp. of butter
2 bags of green candy melts
2 bags of royal blue candy melts
1 bag of white chocolate candy melts
1 mini squeeze bottle

Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave safe dish. Stir in Rice Krispies until coated. Line 9x13 pan with parchment paper and spread Rice Krispies evenly. Cut into bars. Melt candy melts in separate bowls. Dip half of each bar in chocolate. Let chocolate harden. Pour half a cup of white chocolate into squeeze bottle. Pipe letters and monograms onto each bar.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bride and groom Rice Krispie treats

One wedding tradition in the Pittsburgh area is a cookie table. Family and friends bake lots of cookies and treats to serve along with wedding cake (or wedding pie as Leslie and Adam are having). My mom and I were talking about what sort of cookies to make, and we were looking at different flavors and mouthfeels. We came up with a bunch of different ideas, and I contributed Rice Krispie treats.


6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
10 ounces (one small bag) of small marshmallows
4 tbsp. of butter
2 bags of milk chocolate candy melts
2 bags of white chocolate candy melts
1 mini squeeze bottle

Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave safe dish. Stir in Rice Krispies until coated. Line 9x13 pan with parchment paper and spread Rice Krispies evenly. Cut into bars. Melt milk and white chocolate candy melts in separate bowls. Dip half of each bar in chocolate. Smooth out chocolate and cool until hardened. Pour half a cup of white chocolate into squeeze bottle.

For bride: pipe the top of a heart shape (or a bird shape) across the top of the dipped bar. Fill in and smooth with knife. Sprinkle with pearl sugar.

For groom: pipe one straight line of white chocolate about one third of way from left side. Zig zag chocolate up to the top right, then straight down, then zig zag to the top left corner to form a bow tie. Fill in with chocolate and pipe two small buttons below the tie.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Leslie's wedding

This weekend was a complete and total blur. We drove up to PA on Friday afternoon. After grabbing lunch, we headed over to the reception venue to set up. Adam's dad arrived with the bar equipment, and we were the only ones there. My family isn't known for being late, so I called Leslie. Turns out she was in a bit of a fender bender en route to the facility. No worries: her trailer hitch took 90% of the damage, and she was fine. We set up, changed, headed over to the rehearsal, and then went to the rehearsal dinner.

Saturday morning came very early. Leslie originally told me we were leaving for the salon at 8:15 and then came in at 7:40 to wake me up by telling me we were leaving in 10 minutes. I made it over to the salon before out 8:30 appointment time, and we got our hair and makeup done. We went back to our parents' house to hang out and eat lunch before getting dressed.

We headed over to the church for the 1 pm ceremony. Leslie and Adam opted for a full wedding mass which I had never encountered before. The ceremony went smoothly and was beautiful. It was definitely a very quick hour plus. I was a spaz and forgot my camera, so we don't have any ceremony photos yet (just the formal portrait ones I took on my phone and the photographers' teasers).

There was a gap between the ceremony and reception, so Mac and I went home to pack an overnight bag. One of the major wedding snafus occurred when the hotel with the room block lost all of the reservations and refused to guarantee anyone a room. We were hoping to snag a last minute room but to no avail.

We rode the shuttle over to the reception and took some more pictures before introductions. We were introduced then sat down for toasts. My dad went first, then me, then Adam's older brother, Jerry. Leslie's godfather (a retired Air Force O6 and dear friend of our dad) also made a toast to Mac and the military (which really embarrassed him because everyone kept coming up and thanking him for his service). We ate dinner, and the party started. Leslie and Adam cut the cake, danced, and threw the bouquet. Then pretty much everyone (not us) drank way too much and got incredibly ridiculous. For example: one of my mom's BFFs was so drunk, she got out of my mom's car to get her cookie bag from the shuttle, she walked around my mom's car and then got in the car of Adam's sister's boyfriend.

Friday, July 25, 2014

High Five for Friday: WEDDING edition

1. Y'all. Leslie's wedding is tomorrow. What.

Sadly, I don't have any good embarrassing photos of us on my computer.

2. Speaking of which, I haven't even started my speech.

3. Wedding dreams and nightmares apparently come back even if it's not your wedding. Last night, I dreamed that Mac and I were getting married in London, were flying out the night before, my flight information was saved on a basket that looked like a seashell, and we were only seeing our venue once before the ceremony.

4. Mac was putting his uniform together last night. Each MOS (job branch) of the Army has a color they use for their insignia. Artillery is red, while signal is orange. Seeing all of the orange really made me miss artillery.
My face describes my feelings towards Signal Corps orange.
5. Because I'm really good at multitasking, Mac and I are stopping at Antietam and going outlet shopping on the way home.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kitchen must-haves

Mac and I cleaned out lots of stuff before we moved to minimize the boxes we were putting in storage. A decent amount of kitchen gear went to Goodwill because we'd had it for over three years, and we decided to replace it on the flipside. Alex over at Munchkins and the Military shared a brilliant idea: she was registering for baby stuff even though she wasn't having a full baby shower to keep track of what she wanted to buy and to get coupons. So I'm going to make a new registry for us when we move again. Here's what's going on it.

Kitchenaid stand mixer and attachments. Right now, we don't have any attachments but will be buying a few.

High quality cookie and baking sheets. I love airbake cookie sheets and am going to invest in a few true half sheet pans.

Knife set and block. Our first knife set was from Wal-Mart, and buying a cheap Cuisinart set was a major upgrade. Those wore out, so I'll be upgrading once more.

Cutting boards. I love the color coded cutting boards. They're great for preventing cross-contamination.

What are you kitchen must-haves?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

That time I lost my shoes and found them in my husband's bag

Are y'all getting tired of my humorous tales of losing things? No? Good. Here's another one. Way back on New Years Eve, Mac, Ashley, and I headed over to Clarendon for a party. We got a hotel room because we're cool, so Mac and I packed one bag. I threw in my trusty Nine West leather pumps, and off we went.

We ate Five Guys, we partied, we decided we were old and would rather hang out in our hotel room (aging, it's a bitch). The next day, we went home, and I grabbed our clothes to put in the laundry. Mac unpacks (so I think), and the bag is pretty much untouched after he deploys.

Flash forward several months. I'm going to a career fair and can't find my black pumps. I chalk it up to not having cleaned, so I grab a pair of flats. I have a more in-depth look after the fair and genuinely can't find them. Now, I'm concerned. These shoes are sartorial perfection: classic, comfy, pointed toes for a lean look, a low heel for easy walking. I also bought them at the Nine West outlet, and the closest one of those is 35 minutes away on a good day. I work at a mall, ergo I do not go shopping.

Flash forward to two weeks ago. I have a second interview with a company and desperately need these shoes. Still no dice. I've searched everywhere but our storage unit. I resign myself to having lost them and buy another pair of pumps. I have the interview, and all is well (and no, I haven't heard back from the company).

This past week, I'm cleaning and packing a change of clothes for Mac. I happen to move his bag from its long term home in front of his dresser. Guess what falls out. Yep, my shoes. Forgive me for not checking the bag I forgot we took for the shoes I didn't need for months.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Recipes to master

I am a lover and collector of cookbooks. The irony is not lost on me that I have literally boxes of cookbooks, but I don't use them too often. Given that I've been baking and cooking since I was eight, you would think I would have mastered most of the cooking basics in these books. But I still have a few recipes I really need to master.

Pot roast - Every time I make pot roast, it ends up tough. Blame it on me not eating beef for years.
Steak - Same as the pot roast, I just can't cook beef!
Omelets - I'm a pro at turning omelets into scrambled eggs. They start out well. They don't end well.
Marinara sauce - My current marinara "recipe" is opening a jar. I would like to start a garden wherever we move next, and a good tomato sauce recipe is necessary when you have fresh tomatoes.
Biscuits - Any Southern cook worth their salt has a go-to for classic, fluffy biscuits. I'm still looking for my favorite one.

Do you have any good recipes for these? What recipes are you trying to perfect?
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