Burning Down The House [corn flake style]

Watch out… you might get what you’re after!

To kick off football season, my roommates and I decided to throw a gameday brunch… little did we know we would endanger our lives. This is what happens when we don’t have my grandmother,  Mema’s, guidance.

We knew we had a large amount of people coming over so we decided to make three breakfast casseroles, pigs-in-a-blanket, fruit and bagels and donuts.  We were proud of ourselves for staying in on a Friday night to prepare all of this food.

As we were getting ready, the casseroles were cooking in the oven.  All of the sudden, one my roommates was screaming from the kitchen. I ran down the hall way to be greeted by smoke billowing out of the oven.

Of course, this was my doing. Who turns the BROIL on and leaves it?! FOR 10 MINUTES — WITH CORN FLAKES ON TOP!?  Mema, might just disown me.

Thank God one of my roommates thought to scrape off the cornflakes, and it was my bright idea to add MORE cheese and MORE corn flakes.  I’m actually pretty proud of that move… In my opinion, cheese makes everything better.

Here was our re-purposed casseroles that got devoured at the brunch.

Crispy Casserole

The Set Up

Hostesses

At the end of the day crispy (charred?) casserole goes pretty well with a mimosa, or two 😉 Cheers to football season!

The Game Day Crew

Banana Bread Goodness

Growing up Mema used to always make us banana bread and I loved going to her house to eat it.  Well I think it’s about time I learned how to make such an easy recipe!

When I got to her house, she had all of the ingredients out and ready, such an all-star grandmother.

Mema told me, This is your most marketable thing yet, just wait till the guys taste this!”

Here is our age old recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 3 large bananas
  • 2 cups of flour sifted
  • 1 level tsp soda
  • 1/2 cup nuts (we used walnuts)
  • Bake at 275 for an hour to an hour and a half

Mema got this cookbook in the early 50’s. Lots of love in this book. She always says “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Measuring the shortening in water.

Seared Scallop Success

My mom brought me some delicious scallops that she caught over the weekend. Thanks Mom!

I decided that it was time to venture into the seafood world with a seared scallop salad.

– avacado                      – apple

– pear                            – greens of your choice

– walnuts or almonds    – edamame

– seared scallops

The scallops were super easy and fast. Just patted them dry and threw some salt and pepper on them and cooked them with a little olive oil.

Next Top Chef

It’s about time that I redeem myself from the ironing burn and miscellaneous other horrible dinners I have made my friends endure over the past few years.

Tonight one of my best and most marketable friends came over for dinner. I’m on a healthy eating kick as my office is doing a Biggest Loser competition and I can’t stray from a competition.

For dinner: spaghetti squash, asparagus and salad.

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Alli brought me these pretty flowers from her garden and I stuck them in this mason jar– I think they look perfect!

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I am super proud of this meal and Alli even said it was marketable and kick ass! Mission accomplished!

I just put olive oil on the squash and cooked it on 350 for 45 minutes– talk about easy!

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I’m making some progress! What is your favorite way to make spaghetti squash?

Experimenting with overnight oats

I love waking up on a Saturday and having a homemade breakfast ready for me in my refrigerator.

At first I was skeptical of overnight oats because I wasn’t sure it would taste good etc… I tried it once last week in a bowl and that did NOT work! It’s all about a jar with a lid!

I’d love to find more recipes for overnight oats, so if you have some– please share!

For now, I’m sticking to this tasty concoction.

1/2 cup rolled oats
Greek yogurt
Dollop of almond butter
Flax seed
Milk
Dash of brown sugar (why not?)

Just let sit overnight for a night, or two, and enjoy 🙂

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I always knew I was a Party Expert

I’ve always thought I was pretty good at partying. I love parties and celebrations, whether it’s birthdays, weddings or holidays- I like them all!

But now, all of my suspicions have shown true: I am a Celebration Expert!

Well, for work I get to be 🙂

Party City is one of our clients for the Zimmerman Agency so I had the treat of flying down to Miami to show all of the NBC Live Miami viewers how to throw a perfect Cinco de Mayo party!

Now you may be wondering, what would a little Georgia girl be able to teach people in Miami? I wondered this myself as I prepped for the segment. Luckily, Party City made it super easy and everything was adorable.

Friday was the big day. My debutante, if you will, as a Celebration Expert.

I had the help of Daniella (who is amazing) setting up everything on set.

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We set up the table, strung together the Taco shell decor, and prepped the food.

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I loved the idea of using lemons and limes as place holders!

Did I mention, we had a live mariachi band? Those guys were the best and really set the stage for the segment!

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I have to say, it looked adorable. Everyone kept coming up and complimenting us on our colorful decorations.

I especially liked the sombrero headbands! I think Roxy, the anchor, did too!

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It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!

Egg Plant Party

A couple of my friends and I take turns cooking dinner every week.  This week it was my turn.  I needed to redeem myself, and I wanted to try something new.

The last time I had them over we ate stale Boca Burgers and gross steamed veggies with no flavor, so I went for the big guns, Eggplant Parmesan!

I didn’t have a recipe, of course, so I texted my Aunt Ginny.  I got a good laugh out of her response to my text:

Oh my cooking fails…  She did send me this awesome AND EASY recipe! I will include it at the end of the post.

Mema came to dinner and the first thing she announced said is:

“I USED TO THINK I WAS A PARTY ANIMAL, BUT I’M NOT SO SURE ANYMORE.”

What? Can this be so?  The woman who has danced on tables? Beat frat boys at beer pong? And taken/served tequila shots at tailgates!?  Is this the apocalypse?

She explains her long weekend of partying from Thursday to Sunday has just worn her out, and we reassured her that she is STILL the same party animal, and it’s OK at 85 to have a few days off 😉

Oh it was great to have her in the kitchen as I chopped and prepped the food.

My problem with cooking is time management. I feel like I should be getting better at this, but I’m just not.  We always sit around waiting for things to finish cooking. That was the case tonight.  I somehow forgot about the whole putting the eggplant in the oven BEFORE putting it in the dish thing.

The dish was super easy! It smelled so good as we were waiting for it to come out, and despite my cooking fails… it turned out amazing!

I definitely recommend this one 🙂  Here is the recipe for the Eggplant Parmesan.

it’s so easy, even I can make it!

Easter weekend provided many life {marketable} lessons, and this one is all about a fresh summer salad.

Brandi really trusted me over the weekend, not only did I learn how to make banana pudding, she let me make the tomato/mozzarella/basil salad! I’m really moving on up in the world!

This is the PERFECT summer salad 🙂

We chopped the tomatoes…

Cut up the mozzarella

CoCo really loved it when I dropped some of the cheese!!

I actually had some help with the basil… I wasn’t chopping fast enough…

And to top it off, italian dressing… mmmm

Thank you Bran! It was so tasty and I cannot wait to make it again!