Archive for October 31, 2011

Halloween Wreath

Isn’t this gorgeous!?  I found the ‘how to’ for this super simple tulle Halloween wreath on the ourbestbites website. (You can go there and check it out, but you’ve got to promise to come back, ok?)  Here’s what you need:
 An 8″ styrofoam wreath
3 spools of black tulle
Various faux flowers – I used purple mums, black roses and orange raniculus
Feathery picks – love the purple fuzz and green iridescence

So to begin with, cut lengths of tulle, mine were about 18″ long.  My wreath used about 2 and 1/2 spools of tulle.  Start tying and knotting the tulle strips around your wreath.  What I did was, I layed two strips of tulle together and tied it around the wreath, and then used a single strip of tulle on the next tie. So there was a double thickness of tulle, every other tie…make sense?  Single tulle strip, then double tulle strip, then single tulle strip, then double, etc. Squish the strips together tightly, so you can’t see the green wreath peeking out!

Now, fire up your glue gun.  Either cut off or pop off the flower heads from the picks.  Lay the flowers and feathers around the wreath until you like the arrangement.  Then start gluing them on.

Simply beautiful!


Meatball Subs

My son had been out of school for most of last week with strep throat.  One of the assignments he missed in school and needed to make up over the weekend was to make a meatball sub for his Creative Cooking class.  I love that he is taking this class.  I think every guy needs to know his way around the kitchen. Let me tell you, this kid made some dee-licious meatball subs.  Here’s what he did….

1 pound hamburger
1pound hot italian sausage
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1 egg
2 slices bread
1/2 C. cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, put all the ingredients, except the bread and cream.  Place the two slices of bread in a small bowl and pour the cream over.  Let the bread and cream sit for a minute or two until the bread has absorbed all the cream.  Break up the bread with your fingers and add it to the bowl with the other ingredients.  Using clean hands, mix the ingredients together lightly till just combined.  Don’t overwork the meat mixture.

Using an ice cream scoop for uniform size, scoop a ball of meat into your hands and lightly pat into a ball.  Place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

Tomato Sauce
1 medium onion, shredded
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 T. balsamic vinegar
2 – 28oz cans crushed tomatos
1 – 6oz container fresh basil, chopped
2 T. grated Parmesan-reggiano cheese

In a large pot on medium heat, add 2 T. olive oil. Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the balsamic vinegar and cook for an additional minute.  (I think this is the secret to this great sauce!)

Pour in (or in our case, dump in so it goes everywhere) the crushed tomatos.  

Add the basil and parmesan/reggiano cheese.  When the meatballs are done, add them, too.

Let the meatballs simmer on low in the sauce for as long as you can to flavor the sauce.  When you just can’t stand the delicious aroma anymore and have to dig in, split a french roll in half.  Dig out a little of the bread on each side.  Place a piece of provolone cheese on each roll and broil till melted.  Arrange 3 or 4 meatballs on each roll, spoon on some sauce, then top with mozzarella cheese and broil again until the cheese is melted.

And this is what you get…..

Cheesy. Yummy. Messy.


Local Indian Names

I found this interesting………….

chinook – group of tribes
duwamish – people living on the river
enumclaw – home of the evil spirits
issaquah – uncertain
kalama – pretty maiden
lilliwaup – inlet
mukilteo – good camping grounds
pilchuck – red water
puyallup – generous people
sequim – quiet waters
snoqulmie – moon
tyee – superior status
wauna – strong or mighty

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Lodge 6 Quart Dutch Oven

I’M IN LOVE!  I am just giddy over this pot!  It’s a Lodge 6 quart enamel coated cast iron dutch oven.  The sale at Fred Meyer on Lodge pots is just too good to pass up.  Here’s the deal:

Lodge 6 quart Dutch Oven (comes in red, blue or green) on sale for $59.99 (reg. $79.99)
Use the 20% off Housewares in-ad coupon (small print on coupon says it can be combined with a bonus coupon)
Use the 10% off Home in-ad bonus coupon
Receive a FREE $10 Fred Meyer Gift Card

After coupons and gift card, tax included, final price is $37.29
Sale runs Oct. 23-29, 2011

I have been pining for a La Creuset dutch oven for a long time now, but at $245 for the 5-1/2 quart size, I knew I’d have to wait for the sale of all sales to come along to get it at a reasonable price.  I know La Creuset is great (probably the best), but $37.29 vs. $245 is a no brainer to me! Plus, I can use my $10 Fred Meyer gift card to buy another one as a Christmas gift for only $27.29..

Maybelline Mascara only $1.08

Register for a account and search for Maybelline Mascara. You’ll have to hurry as many are out of stock. This is the one I got and it was $4.99. Apply promo code TGT75HFN at checkout to save $5 off $5!
With tax and delivery it was only $1.08. Some got mascara for as low as $0.08 but they were out of stock of that one. I’m still pretty happy with $1.08. Good deal on a stocking stuffer.

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