Seven Quick Takes (vol.4)

August 28, 2009 at 9:28 am 25 comments


No intro today. I’m too tired for an intro. (You can click the picture above if you want to see more Seven Quick Takes or add your own to the list.) Two nights in a row of very, very little sleep. I have this issue where I can’t sleep if I’m busy, stressed, or have something on my mind. It’s a terrible problem to have. We have an event tonight at church and I’m in charge of games and prizes. Turns out, that’s a lot of work. I love it and enjoy it but it’s hard to work full-time and then pull together the pieces at the end. Thankfully my mom doesn’t work and she’s able to work on my to-do list during the day.

Last night we went up to the church to help set up a bit. Then we went back to her house to decorate cupcakes and brownies for the Cake Walk. They turned out amazing!! Look how cute these little cupcake boxes are!


Yeah, I know. Precious. I was on Box Constructing Duty while my mom was on Cupcake Decorating Duty.


My mom said that under no circumstance did she want to be in any picture that may end up on my blog because she hadn’t done her hair or makeup and she’d been in the kitchen all day. But I’m sneaky. I caught her in the back ground of the brownie lollipops.


Let’s just take a second to talk about how cute my mom is in her trendy pink glasses. And how cute those brownies are!

I saw a woman in traffic yesterday who had those really fluffy, thick seat covers. We are in Houston, lady. Unless you are using that as a sponge to soak up the sweat on your thighs, I don’t see the point.

A few months ago I had full intentions of throwing a Pampered Chef party. A friend of my sister-in-law sells. I know we’re all pretty poor but you can’t be a successful wife without their pizza stone! And maybe their garlic press. And mandoline. So I was going to host a party so that we could get the goods and be well on our way to impressing our husbands. But I scheduled the date in the summer and one by one, my guests emailed me saying they couldn’t come. Then something came up and I couldn’t come. I’m going to give it another shot.

So to any of my Houston girls that read this, let me know if you’re interested. Many of you will be getting Evites regardless. I’d post this on facebook but my status is too occupied with the link to my blog. Anyways, if you’ve never been to one, it’s one of those Bucket List things. Right after “Vacation in Hawaii” and “Go to Europe.” It’s that important.

I need your help. I have been asked by a friend to devote a blog post to “ways to cook fish.” But the problem is that I don’t eat fish. I think it tastes like licking the bottom of the ocean. So can you help?

If you read through yesterday’s comments you’ll see one that says this: “Gosh, I love how you tie things together so intricately. It makes me want to give you two words and see if you can write a post that ties the two of them together. You up for the challenge? Haha!”

I think this challenge is intriguing. I usually have no problem making connections between events that happened to me. I’m not sure if I can write about something that I don’t have experience with. However, Samantha, I’m up for it! If any of you want to participate, leave two words in the comments. I’ll randomly select a set of words next week and attempt to write something. I’m sure that what I’ll come up with will be complete crap, but maybe it’ll have a bit of entertainment value in it.

I’m not setting an alarm tomorrow morning. This thrills me.

I just thought you all might want to see another picture from our cooking day last Saturday. It was a long day. For some reason we thought it would be cute to take a picture of me holding pasta. And then Lauren misspelled “tuna”…




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  • 1. molly  |  August 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Two words:
    1) Frivolous
    2) Marinara

    Have at it! Hee hee

  • 2. Lyndsey  |  August 28, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I want to come to your cute party. Of course I love cupcakes and brownies, but I REALLY love cupcakes and brownies wrapped so beautifully! Those look like fun projects.

    And of course your mom is cute!

    I love pampered chef! I don’t know how people live without a pizza stone from pampered chef!?!?!

  • 3. Jimbo  |  August 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

    In honor of your Quick Takes post:

    1) Those brownie lollipops may be the cutest food I’ve ever seen. Probably (no, DEFINITELY) tasty too…
    2) I made the potato bundles last week and thought they were delicious.
    3) Here are two more words: “chocolate” and “awful.” I can’t imagine how those two could be tied together in any feasible way but…
    4) Here are the only good ways to cook fish as far as I’m concerned: grilled, pan-fried, blackened, or deep fried. And, if you deep-fry, don’t use a cornmeal batter. Use a beer batter…trust me.
    5) BARE FOOT and in the kitchen? I think I’m weird but I CANNOT prepare food in bare feet…it oogs me out. Eating food in bare feet? That’s a different story…

  • 4. Darla  |  August 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

    1. Please tell me where you got those cupcake boxes. I LOVE them!

    2. Please devote a post to those brownie pops…my kids would love them!

    3. Yes, your moms glasses are darling.

    4. PINK FUR SEAT COVERS in Houston in August? It’s just wrong.

    5. I was hoping I could
    6. come up with a list of 7 things,
    7. but sadly, I can’t.

    5. I don’t have two words, because I too am too tired to think of much of anything.


  • 5. Sarah  |  August 28, 2009 at 11:04 am

    1. Those cupcake boxes are adorable! So are those brownie lollipops!

    2. Those seat covers freak me out no matter where you live, but here it is unthinkable!

    3. Pampered Chef sounds exciting! My mother swears by that stuff!

    4. I like to eat fish, but really I have only ever cooked salmon and shrimp.

    5. Two words: submarine – pancakes

    6. I’m jealous.

    7. Love the apron!

  • 6. Lauren From Texas  |  August 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I’ll help you out with the fish thing. Want me to do a guest post with a few recipes?

    Your mom is so cute. 🙂 I loved her glasses when I met her! So chic.

    re: 5: we used to do exercises like that all the time in my creative writing classes. They’re fun!

    Did you know how wrinkled your apron is???!!! 😉


  • 7. Samantha  |  August 28, 2009 at 11:45 am

    1. I will take one of everything. So cute! And your mom is adorable – tell her that her hair and makeup look great!

    2. The thought made me shutter. Ick.

    3. Too bad I’m not closer to Texas because I’d come! Once my hubby and I get our new place together, I’m going to need EVERYTHING for my kitchen.

    4. Let Lauren guest post!

    5. Oh, the pressure. Now I actually have to come up with two words? I love how I always speak without thinking first. 🙂 How about…. dessert and boat.

    6. LOVE days like that. Enjoy!

    7. Cute apron!

  • 8. Lindsay  |  August 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I love how creative our family is. I love cute little food arrangements. Also? I am totally obsessed with those cupcake boxes!

  • 9. Pippy  |  August 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I have a great salmon recipe! I’ll e-mail it to you later!

  • 10. HoustonGurly  |  August 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Hey, that was ME you saw with the shaggy black seat covers! (just kidding) I wouldn’t dare be that tacky. lol

    Pampered Chef rocks! My bro-in-law sells it and he has every single item they carry. I kid you not. I should do a post on him one day. He is definitely entertaining! 🙂

    I’m looking forward to alarm-free morning myself tomorrow. Enjoy!

  • 11. Ashley  |  August 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    1. Love the cupcake boxes!
    2. We have crazy people in Florida with fuzzy seat covers too, I don’t get it.
    3. I wish I didn’t have to set an alarm tomorrow — stay tuned for a post in the next few days on why I do.
    4. Who doesn’t have a picture holding pasta?
    5. We cook fish on the grill… that’s all I know because the grill is The Boyfriend’s thing.

  • 12. This Heavenly Life  |  August 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Dish on the cupcake boxes. I need them.

    Since I barely like fish (and only if I’ve cooked it) I only have one recipe, but it’s tasty: Tilapia fillets (orange roughy if I’ve got some spare cash), spray a broiler rack with nonstick spray and place fillets on the rack. Dot the fillets with about 1/2 Tbsp of butter all over the surface, sprinkle with garlic salt, and broil until nearly done. For me, this means REALLY done. No floppy fish, here. Then remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the fillets with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Broil again until cheese starts to brown. Delish. And it has enough butter, garlic salt, and parm to completely cover any pesky fish flavor – BONUS 🙂

  • 13. DebbieQ  |  August 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Brownie Lollipops! I almost didn’t make it past #1 because I became sucked into the thought of brownie lollipops.

    Salmon is absolutely the best fish in the world, Salmon marinated in an oriental style sauce and then cooked on the grill. I am salivating. Of course Halibut is awesome to. You could have some just for the halibut. I crack myself up.

    P.S. I have one of your socks done and am starting on the other one. I have not forgotten.

  • 14. Jill  |  August 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I love your apron! I have a recipe for cooking salmon, and I’d be happy to email it to you if you want. It is a Giada deLaurentis creation. That’s really the only fish I eat (and not often) so I am of no further help. Those cupcake boxes are adorable, and so is your momma 🙂

  • 15. Kelly  |  August 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    uh, the only thing I know about cooking fish is ordering sushi, so I’m going to request that post as well! Two words… anticipation and ambulance.

  • 16. Krysten  |  August 28, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    That apron is DARLING!

  • 17. harold ramis & rookie  |  August 29, 2009 at 9:38 am

    look at my Name… The husband

  • 18. mom  |  August 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    We sure did good on those lollypops, didn’t we?? Well, some of them didn’t turn out so well but that will remain “our” little secret… And I should have known you would get a picture in there of me…you are a sneak! Oh well, it was a fun evening and I was POOPED after it was all over!

    You’ll have to ask Dad about cooking fish…this woman doesn’t do that!

  • 19. mom  |  August 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    oops…two words…swimming and lighter fluid (that’s actually 3 but you have to count “lighter fluid” as one cause it really is)

  • 20. Veronica  |  August 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Okay, couple of comments…

    Those cupcake boxes and brownie lollipops look absolutely awesome!!! props to you and your mom 🙂

    And a quick, yummy fish recipe…I use any white fish (halibut, snapper, mahi mahi) and place it on a foil lined baking sheet. I pour some olive oil on top of the fish fillets, salt and pepper, and favorite spice. Rosemary is Jake and I’s fav (with a little lime juice), but italian seasoning, sage, and others work great too. I bake at 325 for about 20-25 min. YUM. Super easy, so hopefully your friend likes it!

  • 21. osarah  |  August 30, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I didn’t know that we’re kindred spirits in the seafood department. I like the analogy, too. I might borrow it from time to time if that’s ok 🙂

  • 22. Taryn Estell  |  August 31, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Seared Tuna:
    Sesame oil, fresh tuna (the kind they use for sashimi and sushi, not the yucky stuff out of the can), sesame seeds

    Put a little bit of the oil in the bottom of a cast-iron skillet. Coat tuna in sesame seeds. Once oil is hot, sear each side approx 1-3 min (depends on how thick the tuna is and how much you want it cooked through.)
    Serve with soy sauce and wasabi. YUM.

  • 23. Amy  |  September 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the idea of the two random words post– here’s two for you — delicious and poop.

    If you wrote a post using the words awful and chocolate, surely you can pull that one off 😉

  • 24. Debbie  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

    love these! i really need to start doing them sometime. oh yeah…that requires time. okay, it’s been pushed to the backburner. but, i really do love reading your blog!!! 🙂

  • 25. Kim  |  September 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Two ways to cook fish that even nonfish eaters tend to enjoy:

    1) swordfish on the grill. Swordfish is incredibly non fishy for a fish, and tastes actually more like chicken. Marinate in teryaki sauce (bottled kind works fine, lets keep it simple- eh?), and put on the grill for 5-6 minutes each side. Baste with melted margerine or butter. Sprinkle with some garlic powder and serve.

    2) Salmon on the stove. Marinate Salmon in lemon pepper marinade (also in the bottle- I use Lawry’s) overnight. Use a skillet and heat some olive oil (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan). You should be on medium-high heat. Once the oil has heated up put the salmon in the pan and cook about 6 min on each side.

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