Know what this is?? I bet you don’t! It’s an old cassette tape case that was made into a business card holder!! How cool and budget friendly is that?! Neato! Check out this awesome link to Better Homes and Gardens where there’s a plethora of fun, fabulous, frugal gift ideas for you to make and share with friends and family over the holidays!
Fall fun continues! We took a nice long drive today in search of a new home and on the way stopped at the most delightful pizza place. To say the pizza was a VICTORY is an understatement. Oh goodness… nobody does pizza like NEPA that’s for sure! Dinner time is near and what to make with what we have on hand? Whipped up some sausages and ravioli with a glass of pinot grigio… can’t beat that!
Udo’s Bangers and Ravs
- 1lb of sweet italian sausuage
- 1 bag of frozen chopped onions and green peppers
- 1 bag of frozen ravioli
- olive oil
- all spice
- sweet sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- white wine
- country fresh cream butter
Sautee the onions and peppers in the olive oil. Meanwhile boil the salted water for the ravs. In a separate pan cook up the sausage as you like (whole, cut up, shredded) and while it is cooking in its own olive oil add some all spice and dried tarragon to season the sausage. The all spice is quite lovely and really adds a hint of autumn to the sausage. Tarragon is a must IMHO when cooking sausage… it really brings out the umami. Add the cooked ravs, and the onions and peppers and garlic to the pan with the sausages. Add a drop or two of white wine to bring it all together and shred some pecorrino on top if you desire.
And an homage to Bang Bang (bangers) from Brothers Bloom
Oh yeahhhh. Hot chocolate never tasted so good, nor was it EVER this relaxing… weeee! Enjoy! XoxoOX ❤>Udo
Nigella’s Grown Up Hot Cocoa
- 2 cups whole organic milk
- 3 1/2 ounces best-quality semisweet morsels
- 1 shake of cinnamon
- 2 squirts of honey
- 1 teaspoon or so of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons dark rum or more to taste.. hehee
Put the milk into a saucepan with the chocolate and add to the milk along with a cinnamon, honey, and sugar and heat gently until the chocolate is melted. Stirring with a wooden spoon.
Add the vanilla and mix with a small hand whisk and still whisking, add a spoonful of the rum first and taste to see if you want more. Add more sugar if you want this sweeter, too. Take out the cinnamon stick and pour into 2 cappuccino or caffe latte cups.
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Ok ok. So it was a strange, strange Saturday- that’s for sure. Between a crazy bout of house hunting and then jaunting around a bit with my mommah to do some errands I managed to come home to greet a sleepy hubby who went in to work for some overtime earlier this morning. About 5pm we both collapsed on the couch only to wake at 8:30pm with growling tummies. What to do? What to eat? Lucky for us it is indeed Saturday night and that means we can stay up as late as we want…fun!
Speaking of fun… there’s a blu-ray copy of Volver that’s been camping out on our coffee table for the past week… can’t quite seem to hit the right mood to watch it… and luckily Netflix is in no hurry to get it back from us. I have no idea what its about…. except that I know the director is incredibly talented and it’s supposed to be good and Penelope Cruz was nominated for an Oscar because of this film.
Hungry too, the both of us are, but not so much for regular food… so it’s time to make some home made pancakes (yes from scratch!) oh my goodness did they come out great! I used a teeny bit of country fresh cream butter on each cake and topped them off with some sliced bananas, sparkly sugar crystals (diamond jimmies) and powdered sugar… AHHHH!!! One could lose control while eating these- they are THAT good. Sooo now, we are eating our pancakes, drinking ice cold glasses of organic whole milk, and watching the Volver. Gracias!
Here’s the recipe… update on pretty Penelope later… enjoy!
Homemade Pancake Mix
- 7 cups flour
- 1/3 cup baking powder
- 2 tsp. salt
- 8 tsp. sugar
- 1 c. Crisco
Using a wire whisk or pastry cutter, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Store sealed in pantry or refrigerator. To make pancakes add 3/4 cup of milk to 1 cup of mix.
For you Volver fans out there…
PS: The movie was FANTASTIC!