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Cozy Friday

I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what to write today when the smell of banana bread wafted out of my oven and inspired me.

I’ve made this recipe more times than I can remember at this point. In fact, after making it the first time, I haven’t made another banana bread recipe.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | What’s Gaby Cooking

So my banana lovin’ babes, here it isThe only Banana Bread recipe you will ever make again.

Now you’ll need some cozy gear for lounging on the couch and eating a 4 inch thick slice human-sized slice of this delectable bread. Try these on for size!

Women’s Cozy Socks $5 from Old Navy | Threshold™ Knit Throw Blanket $25 from Target | Ceramic Mug $7 from H&M

I’m going to snuggle up on the couch and indulge in some banana bread and tea. Another wild night in the Babe House!

How are you spending your Friday night?


Weekly Dinner Menu 09.01.14

Image of weekly menu graphic

Happy Tuesday Babes! I trust you all had a splendid Labor Day weekend. We got a little sunshine after many days of rain, so that was a lovely treat.

All summer visitors have departed, so it’s just me, my boo, & the cat. I am sad to see this season ending, but it’s always nice to get back into the regular routine.

Here’s what we’ll be scarfing down this week!

Tuesday– Middle Eastern Chicken & Couscous Wraps w/ Goat Cheese

My boo has chosen to make this Middle Eastern dinner. It should be interesting to see him deseed a pomegranate (I have such a vivid memory of watching my BFF sitting on the floor, adorned in a black garbage bag to protect her from stains, deseeding a pomegranate when we were in high school).

Wednesday– Sautéed Chicken & Mushrooms w/ Rice Pilaf & Spinach

For the chicken, first make Basic Sautéed Chicken; remove to a plate. Cook 1 chopped shallot and 1 lb sliced mushrooms in the drippings, 4 mins. Add ¾ cup red wine and 1 cup chicken broth; cook until reduced by half. Stir in 2 tbsp each butter and chopped parsley; pour over the chicken (recipe via Food Network- 50 Chicken Dinner Recipes). Serve with rice pilaf, cooked according to package directions, and sautéed spinach.

Thursday– Horseradish Butter Strip Steak w/ Chipotle-Cheddar Corn Casserole

Bring your steaks to room temp. before cooking and season with salt & pepper. Pan fry the steaks on high heat in a touch of olive oil for 5 mins per side for medium rare. You could be a total Summer Babe & prepare your steak on the grill. Here’s a helpful chart for cooking times.

For the Horseradish Butter, mix a stick of softened butter and 2 tbsp each horseradish & minced green onions. Check for seasoning & add salt as needed. Here is a great gif set showing how to roll the butter into parchment for apportioning & storage.

For the Corn Casserole, whisk 5 cups thawed frozen corn, 2 eggs, 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, 1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo, and salt and pepper; pour into a buttered 1-quart baking dish. Bake at 375° for 30 mins (recipe via Food Network- 50 Vegetable Side Dish Recipes). Plate a scoop of the casserole, top your steak with a round of the butter, and enjoy!

Friday– Bucatini w/ Proscuitto, Fig, & Goat Cheese

I can’t even express how excited I was to find this Bucatini when I was shopping for Spaghetti. I love an interesting noodle, so I’ll be subbing in my Bucatini for this recipe. Proscuitto, fig, & goat cheese is a flavor combo you must try. My favorite restaurant here in Anchorage serves a Proscuitto Fig Pizza with caramelized onions, rosemary garlic oil, chèvre, mozzarella, & provolone, topped with an arugula salad with lemon basil vinaigrette. Ughhh!! It is seriously phenomenal.

Saturday– Eat Out

Sunday– Sautéed Chicken w/ Goat Cheese & Honey Topped Sweet Potatoes

For this dinner I’ll make Basic Sautéed Chicken. As a side, I’ll bake a sweet potato, cut it in half, and fluff up the meat with a fork. Then I’ll crumble on a bit of goat cheese, drizzle honey over top, and serve the sweet potato halves with the sautéed chicken breasts and a green salad.

Weekly Dessert– Cheesecake w/ Blueberries

I wanted something a little more decadent for this week’s dessert, so I’ll be making a cheesecake. I am unabashedly taking a little shortcut by using the JELL-O No Bake Real Cheesecake Dessert box mix. I’ll serve the cheesecake with fresh blueberries to balance the rich cake.

What’s your favorite goat cheese dish?


Malibu’s Most Wanted | Hump Day Treat

In 2003, Jamie Kennedy donned his B-Rad character for 86 minutes of pure laughter in Malibu’s Most Wanted. I’ve been down with the bitches & the hoes ever since. This movie is one of my favorites because it is just so ridiculous. If Nick Swardson’s character, Mocha’s full Burberry outfit (including bucket hat) isn’t enough to slay you, I’m sure B-Rad’s velour, lime-green sweat suit & matching “emergency stash” Coach coin purse will do the trick.

Photo of Mocha's Sick Burberry Outfit

All the characters in this film are brilliant, but I especially love Taye Diggs & Anthony Anderson as Sean James & PJ, the trained actors, and then as Blood Bath & Tree, the hard ganstas. I’m pretty sure my dad’s favorite part of the entire movie is when Taye Diggs proclaims he can’t go into the liquor store because he is “scared of Koreans”. Biggest laugh every time!

Holler Back, Player Gif

I considered cracking a 40 of Old English for this week’s Hump Day Treat, but that’s not a recipe. So instead, I’ve got for you babes a Malibu Cream.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 3 oz Cream Soda (I made mine in my SodaStream)
  • Dash of lime juice
  • Highball glass filled with ice
  • Jigger or other measuring device
  • Something to stir your drink

Photo of Ingredients for Malibu CreamStart by rounding up your ingredients & filling your glass with ice.

Photo of 1 oz  Triple SecNow add 1 oz of triple sec.

Photo of 2 oz MalibuAdd 2 oz of Malibu.

Photo of 3 oz Cream SodaThen 3 oz of Cream Soda goes in.

Photo of Dash of lime juiceFinally, add a dash of lime juice. Because it was such a small amount (can’t even see it) I used the bottled stuff.

Photo of stirring your drinkNow stir it all up & drink it all down!

Photo of Finished Malibu CreamI hope you enjoyed this week’s Hump Day Treat & if you didn’t…

Don't Be Hatin' Gif

What’s your favorite part in Malibu’s Most Wanted?

Photo of Hump Day Treat | Cosmopolitan

Sex and the City | Hump Day Treat

Since my boo’s away, I’ve been indulging in some of my super girly favorites. First on the list, right after eating nearly an entire batch of chocolate chip cookies on my own, was Sex and the City.

SATC is one of my all-time favorite shows. It’s such a comfort & pleasure to re-watch the episodes. There’s something very interesting about watching a movie or television show (or reading a book) at different stages in your life. As I get older, the story lines affect me differently. I relate more to some characters versus others I used to identify more so with when I was younger. My personality grows & I interpret the scenarios & characters differently as well.

Because I own the complete series DVD set, it was an easy, quick decision to give Sex and the City another watch this summer. I’m on episode 12 of season 1, & Carrie is already totally neurotic about her relationship with Big, so I couldn’t help but wonder, is it time for a drink?

Gif of SATC YesFollow along at home to create the sexy SATC standard, the Cosmopolitan!

Photo of Cosmo IngredientsFirst things first, gather up your tools & ingredients. I chill all the ingredients (minus the citrus) & even place my glasses in the fridge 30mins before cocktail time to get everyone nice & crisp.

Here’s what you need to make 1 (good size) drink:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger or small measuring cup
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Triple Sec
  • Vodka
  • Lime(s)
  • Ice
  • Orange rind for garnish

Photo of Ice in ShakerTo get this drink started, fill your shaker with ice.

Photo of Cranberry JuiceAdd in 2 oz of cranberry juice.

Photo of Triple SecAdd 2 oz triple sec.

Photo of VodkaAdd 3 oz vodka.

Photo of Lime JuiceAnd for the final addition, 1 oz lime juice (fresh squeezed, please).

Now vigorously shake that puppy up. Remember: the colder the better! Pour the mix into your chilled glass. Twist your orange rind over top for a burst of fragrant orange oils & drop it in the glass.Photo of Finished CosmopolitanNow drink up! Responsibly, of course (that’s such a Charlotte thing to say).

Gif of SATC Drink Up

Which Sex and the City babe do you most identify with?