Monday, September 27, 2010

Say Goodnight, Gracie

Something you may not know.  My dad had a quite a few nicknames for me.  When I dressed a little too flashy I was called - Esmeralda.  When I bought out Bath & Body Works and decided to take my haul in my checked luggage on vacation, Ruthie Potions.   When I was a bit scatterbrained I was Gracie.

I guess I still am – but anyway.

So this weekend I made two dishes.  One that almost sent me to the ER…but you already heard about that.  The other was a pie I’m told was creamy and delicious.

The pie looked pretty too.  It had a lime slice garnish and crushed pretzels around the edge.

And I forgot to take a picture.

Same goes with the chili.  It was in a huge pot in my fridge all weekend.  Some tall guy ate a bunch of it and took some home.

And I didn’t take a picture of the finished product.

I’m going VERY easy on myself these days.  I feel beat up enough.  No need to do it to myself right?

Anyway – I DID take some pretty pics of the process of making both dishes and I thought maybe you’d like to see them.

The pie was pretty easy to make.  I didn’t have Cointreau so I used fresh orange juice/zest.  I also used this bottle of tequila I actually bought in Mexico.

Not the whole bottle.  Just two tablespoons full.

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You basically take the can of milk. 1/2 cup lime juice, a few tablespoons of orange as well as the tequila, the zest of 2 limes and stir it together.  You fold that into fresh whipped cream.  I used a premade graham cracker crust with some crushed honey wheat pretzels layered on the bottom and then around the perimeter of the finished pie.

Freeze it overnight and then thaw out for about 15 minutes, garnish and serve.

The chili was made with turkey – not beef and was pretty spicy.  A little too spicy for me if I’m being honest.

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That beer has been in my fridge for….a really long time.  But it worked fine in the chili.

This weekend was really nice.  I went to Zumba on Saturday morning.  Dave met me soon after.  We went and watched the Penn State game with Diane.  Then we all went to Maddy’s Margarita party.   I felt off most of the day – my allergies were out of control – so I actually behaved myself.

Dave drank enough for me anyway. ;)

Sunday Dave helped me to understand how my windows worked and helped me clean them.  I tried to make up for lost time by having a delicious sandwich and 3 screwdrivers for brunch.  Dave and I walked around quite a bit and went to the Apple store, he ate almost all my chili and I had noodles and butter for dinner and went to sleep.

Tonight Patti and I are going to see how Gordon Gekko has held up all these years.

Greed…is good.

Is it just me or does he sound very Andrew Shepherd-esque in that clip?

What is it with my Aaron Sorkin/Presidential obsession??

Hope you all had a nice weekend yourselves.

See you later!


  1. I would also mention GRACIE, that you offered to feed aforementioned leftover (very) spicy chili to my Dog, which would have made for a difficult ride home for her and me.

  2. Hmmm. This is true. I also went nearly 5 years not knowing that I could clean the outside of my windows. know...I guess he was on to something.