July 29, 2016

Five for Friday Bye July!


Hey y'all happy friday!  I am linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites and Tif/Katie/ Caitlin/Della for High Five for Friday! This summer is flying by!  I cannot believe in is almost August!  I've got lots of end of summer travels coming, so excited!  Here's Five for Friday!




ONE:

Well this is a good story! It looks like all those Ice bucket challenges really worked!  All that money led to scientists being a little bit closer to being able to treat the horrible disease!  To celebrate, Here's my ice bucket challenge video!  I look like I am smelling something rotten, huh?  Ginger is barking in the background, she felt bad for me!




TWO:

I am getting a facial after work!  I have not gotten one since April I am so long overdue!  Hopefully She will think my skin has improved since the last time I went!  She gave me some remedies, including using the Vitamin C serum I rave about and I really think they are working!

THREE:

I have not cooked anything in my new kitchen since I moved in.  It feels weird.  I had plans every night this week so I just haven't needed to cook.  I cannot wait to get in there and get some new posts going, I like to have a few in my bank and I am running low!

FOUR:

I finally saw someone playing Pokemon Go at work this week.  I still don't quite understand it, but watching my coworker maze through our law library gave me a pretty good idea of how it works. Are you playing this?  

FIVE:

The roommate did not have cable at the house so I have officially cut the cord.  I am thinking of getting an antenna.  Does anyone here have one they like.  Have you cut the cord?  I will miss you HGTV and Food Network!  What should I be watching on Netflix?  I know I need to start Orange is the New Black!



How was your week?  What is on tap for the weekend?  Hope your Friday goes by fast and your weekend slow!

Happy Cooking!

Missy

July 28, 2016

A refreshing summer cocktail (Cucumber mint basil vodka cocktail)

I am not a fan of cucumbers.  Okay I guess they are alright, they just are not my favorite.  At least I am consistent, I don't like pickles at all.  I blame this on my Daddy, which is unusual, He will eat anything, my Momma is the picky one!

I got a Hollygrove Box for the Eat Local Challenge and there were the dreaded cukes in there.  I let them sit while I brainstormed a good way to use them without eating them in a salad.  To the google. Hmmm.  How about a drink?

Mint, basil and cucumber all have a cooling effect so why not make a simple syrup with that and make a vodka drink?  I made just one little drink for me and then saved the simple syrup in the freezer for when I host the other book club.  I hope that turns out okay! (Update: This post is old, it turned out okay!)

The single drink was great!  And if you are pregnant or not a drinker, this is hella delicious with just some seltzer or even with a Lacroix!  Try it out, it is perfect for a hot summer day!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

The non alcoholic portion of the cast.  All local, some delicious.

July 27, 2016

It's my Blogiversary! One year down! C'mon to the Party!

Wow it has been a really long year!  As you know I started this because of having to severely downsize my living situation.  I am not living in that downgraded living situation now as of last weekend!  I am back in my beautiful historic home that I lived in when I first moved home from Texas and feel as though I have hit a restart button. It feels so amazing!  But don't worry, the house still doesn't have that nice of a kitchen so the blog and the name of it aren't going anywhere!


I am so proud of how far the blog has come.  It looks so much better around here.  (ooops I may have fixed that post!) I only wish I had a screenshot of it without the new template! I cannot thank Amanda enough for giving me some hugely insightful advice when I first started (and always) to help with that!! Speaking of, I am so grateful for her and all the other lovely ladies I have connected with via blogging. The community feeling is real and I have learned so much and severely upgraded my wardrobe. I feel like I know y'all and we have never met. I hope to change that very soon!

The blog has taken me out of my comfort zone and made me try new recipes.  It has made me a more well rounded cook since I can't eat the same thing all the time, and I have to actually measure stuff and remember how I make it.  I also have grown to love taking pictures and am eventually going to break down and get a DSLR camera.  And I am going to make pinnable images and switch to Wordpress and all those other things I want to do and never seem to have the time.


But most of all this has given me confidence.  That I can take on anything. That I can indeed get over what happened to me in 2015 and move on. That I can call out a company, get called a bitch on the internet and not care.  That I can make fish at home.  That I can go ziplining at 55 mph over a half mile gorge.   And it amazes me how many people I have not seen in ages or whom I would never think they would read my blog come up to me and say, "I love your blog" It makes me smile inside and out every time I hear it.  It makes me smile even more when someone recreates my dishes and tells me how much they like it.

I can't thank you enough all of you, my readers.  I want to share my love of cooking and food with the world and you help me do that.  Every  Facebook “like”, follower on Bloglovin, Pinterest and Instagram, and all the the likes, pins and comments on the recipes I’ve shared warms my heart like nothing else.  
This is the old kitchen, you will see the new one soon!
Happy Cooking!

Missy

July 26, 2016

I love when an impromptu plan comes together (Baked buffalo chicken tacos)


It is my first post in my new house! My new/old house has such great light you are going to notice my pictures getting a lot better!  I was not living here yet when I made this recipe, and was geeking out all weekend while I dog sat!  That day I was perusing my usual Blog friends and Amanda at Meet at the Barre had mentioned baked buffalo chicken tacos in her Friday favorites.  Being a buffalo flavor lover, I had to click through.  I had all the ingredients except for hard shells, but I had corn tortillas so I could make those!

These were so good!  I loved the buffalo flavor and the texture of the chicken and cheese against the hard baked shell.   I used some rotisserie chicken I had leftover instead of cooking some chicken and that made it a lot easier. You should definitely make this if you love buffalo chicken like I do and you should probably make it even if you don't.  You can change up the flavor by using different cheese, adding ranch, putting some carrots on it, you name it!  Full recipe after the montage! 

July 25, 2016

Moving!

Hell Everyone!  Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I sure did as usual.  I am the luckiest girl in the world to have so many awesome people in my life to help move me, drink with me and eat with me .  This weekend turned out to be one of the funnest, even with moving!  I still crammed in a full weekend and got a good bit done around both houses. Here's to a recap of weekending, linking up with Biana.

Friday night was supposed to be low key, but my moving team and I decided to go big and not go home after happy hour.  We decided to go across the river to Algiers Point.  The westbank, even though it is technically south!

I love these people.  Especially when on a ferry with them!
Ah, skyline beautiful skyline!

July 22, 2016

Five for Friday-Moving edition.

Hey y'all happy friday!  I am linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites and Tif/Katie/ Caitlin/Della for High Five for Friday!  Hope your week was short and your weekend is long!  Here are my 5 things for Friday on my last day living in the basement! 

ONE:

I can always count on my now boss to get a good Mexican lunch.  We went to Las Margaritas right down the street this week to celebrate no rain and a win at court.  I got something different.  It was so good!
Clockwise from bottom left: Tamale, taquito, cheese and spinach chile relleno
TWO:

Some of my pals and I grabbed drinks at the Pontchartrain Hotel Hot Tin Roof Bar this week.  It is the hip hop happening new place.  We had a blast.

A fancy daquiri!
I mean what a view!
I love my City!
THREE:

No Politics Pledge update!  I have been good and not posted or responded to any politics on my Facebook or Twitter!  This week has been hard.

FOUR:

I am planning some exciting trips!  One is not official yet so I don't want to jinx it, but the other is a trip to Chicago/Milwaukee/Green Bay to see LSU play Wisconsin at Lambeau Field!  Holy Bucket List Batman!  Booked my flight this week and I could not be more excited!  I can't hide that Tiger Pride!
This is in the locker room at LSU's Football Stadium!
Have you been to Lambeau?  Have you been to Milwaukee?  If so give me some must dos!

FIVE

As you can tell since I let you know so much I am officially moving this weekend!  It is going to be daunting in the July heat, but hopefully not too bad!  In honor of the move, I want to share a great post that had me wishing I still lived there!  Now I can say my wish came true!

Hope y'all have a great weekend! What are you getting into? I will be very busy but also have some foodie plans!  Reviews to come.  Follow me on Snapchat and Instagram (missyquiggs) for funny moving mishaps and food previews!

Happy Cooking!

Missy

July 21, 2016

Waffles better than Daddy's (The greatest waffles ever)

I had a true feeling of pride when my niece said that about these waffles.  My mom loved them too. When I told my brother in law how I made them when he got in from golf, he said I was too fancy with my whipped egg whites.  Harumph!

This sounds daunting but it took maybe 6 minutes more than making waffles out of a box.  And I made these for hungry children and my sisters and mom you suffer from the Murphy hangries so you know it wasn't that much prep work! 

Sorry for the terrible photos, this was done on my old phone on paper plates while being a short order cook!  Full recipe after the montage.

Where is my syrup!?

July 20, 2016

Time to buckle down! (Chicken Detox Soup)

I've gained 10 pounds somewhere between January and now.  Okay I gained 10 pounds at mardi gras and I can't lose it.  My clothes still fit, but tightly, and I can tell a difference in my body.  Pure Barre spoils me, it made me think I could eat and drink whatever I want and stay my size.  While it is true I could sustain my normal healthy eating and healthy appetite for nightly wine, but not for popeyes and pizza and beer and daiquiris and who knows what else on a 10 day bender! It was time to detox!

I saw this recipe for Detox Soup  on Pinterest and it looked like just what I was looking for.  Then I started reading the ingredients.  I thought, this soup sounds weird but is going to be awesome. And it was.  It has superfoods, is so healthy and low carb.  And will probably leave your stomach growling if you don't eat a full serving like I did all week, so eat your soup!

Make this sometime if you need a good healthy lunch or dinner, you will not regret it!  I left out the peas and I made my own chicken stock and just used the meat from the whole chicken.  it was a tad dry but not too bad.  If you make according to directions it will not be dry.  Full recipe to follow!

Doesn't that look so healthy and delicious!?

July 18, 2016

Recapping the weekend-movin on up! (With pizza cups and Spinach artichoke feta dip too)

Hello dear readers!  Hope you had a fabulous summer weekend! I sure did! Lots of friends and fun.  Linking up with Biana for weekending.

Friday night we had a girls pool party at my friend Susana's in laws house.  So much fun. And so much yummy poolside food!

Cheese glorious cheese!
So nice to get some pool time in!
I made these.  The recipe will be at the bottom.  So easy and yummy!
I also made this super easy and different twist on Spinach and artichoke dip.  Recipe at bottom.

Saturday evening I had mexican with my middle sister, brother in law and one of the nieces at Superior Grill.  I left super full and happy as usual! Fajitas for the win!
I went out after and met some friends at my favorite the Rusty Nail. I discovered my new favorite beer of the moment, New Belgium's Citradelic Tangerine IPA.  Holy Cow!  
It was an acquaintance's birthday party, It was "Sharpnado!"
Everyone had to pose with the shark head!
I missed the cake it it's full form but I heard it was epic!
Sunday was pack pack and more pack.  I am so happy to be moving back into my old house next weekend!


Topped it off with another installment of Sunset Savasana at the Tchoup Yard.  What a great event! Of course we had to have rose' to reward ourselves after! I cannot wait to watch a football game at this place!

Hope you had a great weekend!  What fun did you get into?  Back to all food tomorrow but as promised, here are your recipes!

Pizza Cups:

1 pack frozen phyllo dough shells
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
6 pieces of pepperoni

Preheat oven to 400. Cut pepperonis into quarters. Spoon about a teaspoon of pizza sauce into each shell (eyeball it).  Place about a teaspoon (again eyeball it) of cheese on top. Add 2 pepperoni quarters.  Place cups on a baking sheet topped with foil and bake 10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browning.  Kids and adults will love this!

Spinach feta and artichoke dip

3 cups fresh spinach
1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 single size container fat free greek yogurt
1/2 block of reduced fat feta, crumbled
4 oz (half container) of light sour cream
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray an 8x8 rectangle glass baking dish with cooking spray.  Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add spinach and garlic and stir and cook until spinach is wilted, about 7 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook until combined and melted, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to your liking.  Pour mixture into dish and place in oven for 15 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with pita chips.

Happy Cooking! 
Missy

July 15, 2016

Five for Friday-Last weekend in the basement!

Hello all my dear readers!  Happy Friday!  My thoughts and love are going out to Nice today.  I went there on my European travels and it was such a great town.  When will this stop!?

Anyway, I have a fun weekend ahead and then the move begins for reals.  I am a tinch hungover today, had a roaring time at the Moxy Hotel grand opening party!  If you follow me on Instagram and snapchat (username: missyquiggs) you got to see some of the awesome!  Linking up with with Amanda for Friday Favorites and Tif/Katie/Caitlin/Della for High Five for Friday  Here we go!


ONE:

Tuesday.  It was a doozy.  I told y'all last week I was getting up early to work out in the morning.  I also got a flat tire on the way home from work Monday. These things all lead to Tuesday...

I'm so glad I have Audi Care!
I got to Pure Barre right before the doors close without signing up for class. And am greeted by Platform. Now this may sound like Greek to some of you, but let me tell you, when you are mentally prepared to do regular Pure Barre and had nothing but half a coffee to eat, it really is a shock to the system. And it really got my day started on the wrong foot. I got in my car and it sounded funny. I ignored it and went on home and then to work. Costco had my tire for cheap, and did not open until 10 am so I tool a very early lunch. I arrive at Costco, and they have to order the tire. I spend part of my Nordstrom anniversary sale budget on the tire and then, my car won't start. Logistical nightmare ensues as you can imagine!

TWO:



I read 249 pages of this book at Costco while while waiting for my tire to be installed.  There are 401 pages.  I am going to have to go back and get it.  I really liked this book, but so far I just really don't find the characters likable at all.  Maybe that will change when I finish it!  Maybe I should just go back to Costco and finish it for free!  That sectional I sat on was comfy!

THREE:

Favorite things Blogger exchange!  Thanks to Sarah and Jessica (can't link to her for some reason) for hosting!   I got my two new blogger friends, Danielle and the lovely hostess Sarah my new favorite product, the Pure Body Naturals Vitamin C serum from Amazon.  I have told you about it before, I cannot believe the results! Seriously people keep asking me what I did to my face.  It is a steal for around $15 depending on the day.
I received this awesome wet brush from Vanessa just in time for my beach trip!  It came in handy and I am loving it!

And I got a fun package from Dara that contained Burts Bees facial wipes, some fun nail polish and a notebook that says do what you love.  So fun!

Click on over to their blogs to see what they gave me!

FOUR:

Have you seen Hunting Vintage on HGTV yet?  Maybe it is just something I love as a lawyer that works in Historic Preservation but it is so great!  I love seeing all the historic homes and how they vary in different areas of the country. After I move in next weekend to my former and future historic home I will give a reveal of mine!
I'm just teasing you with one of my Painting with a Twist masterpieces!
FIVE:

Have you heard of Sugru? It is rubber that warms to your touch and is moldable.  I have noticed all my apple cords have been fraying and it is so annoying!  I need this product!  I am so glad I saw it in Better Homes and Gardens!



Hope y'all had a great week and have an even better weekend! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Cooking!

Missy

July 14, 2016

And now for something different (Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs)

I have never been a fan of regular old deviled eggs.  Too yolky, too mayoish and too weird.  I always wanted to try one, but it was going to have to be one that was different. Yes, I am a southern lady and was in a sorority, why do you ask?  I pinned a buffalo chicken version a while back and remembered it fondly when I was meal planning recently. As I told you yesterday, I was hosting book club without a book month. We were having a clothing swap and I thought light appetizers were the way to go! 

Are deviled eggs light appetizers?  They feel like it to me.  These were awesome.  The hardest part about making them was peeling the eggs.  I rinsed them in cold water and they still didn't come out right, any suggestions?  Also I grilled the chicken and a bit of it did not completely break down.  This actually was a good thing taste wise, but made piping hard.

Make these sometime, just warn your guests if you have any vegetarians, I had to pull one out of my poor sweet veg head friend's hand who I forgot to tell!  Full recipe to follow montage.  Also I do not know what is up with this post, it looks fine in compose mode but gets all wonky in preview after the first pic.  Sorry about that!


July 13, 2016

You have to make this (Marinated Cheese Appetizer)

Y'all this recipe.  It is so freaking good!  I have made it for parties and everyone always wants the recipe!  My Aunt Sue Sue  and her daughters always make this for family get togethers and it is divine.  I was hosting my other book club a few weeks ago.  It was a "non book month" and we decided to do a clothing and accessories swap.  It was such a great idea and we really got some good stuff!

I wanted to make some light appetizers for the occasion since we were trying on clothes.  I know, I know, cheese is not light, but this feels so light and fresh due to the marinade.  I served it on almond crackers to make it feel even lighter.  You must make this and you must make it soon, it will disappear and all your guests will love it!

Make sure you have your cheeses nice and cold when you cut them or this will be way harder to do than you think. Cutting cream cheese is quite the chore if it is soft!  Full recipe will follow the montage.  Enjoy!

Hi there, how are things?  

July 12, 2016

Don't try this at home (Homemade fresh tomato pizza sauce)

Y'all know I love making my own pizza dough and pizza.  I have failed, have had success and had in between.  I decided to take my pizza making skills to the family beach trip and see if I could succeed in a borrowed kitchen.  I, of course, would have to pre-make the dough.  Dough for 7 adults and 4 kids on the fly is not for vacation!

I went to my grandparents' house for father's day and my grandmother gave me a bunch of cherry tomatoes and basil from her garden.  I decided to make the pizza sauce for my pizza experiment from scratch too!  I roasted the tomatoes because I thought that would give it good flavor and make the cherry tomatoes easy to peel.  I was right, but not all of them split so it was still hard.  Unless you are an overachiever in the kitchen like me,  I suggest you use canned tomatoes.  But seriously, make this, it's not hard, has no preservatives and will make your homemade pizza taste like a star!

The short order pizza making got a bit hectic and I did not photograph it all accurately, but it was so good!  My picky mom liked it and my dad was super impressed with my skills!  I made a bunch of combos, pepperoni, red bell peppers and roasted garlic; ham, basil and cherry tomatoes; hawaiian; meats and garlic; and of course just cheese for the kiddos!

The truest sense of organic, from your grandma's garden!

July 11, 2016

Recapping the weekend

Hey readers!  How was your weekend?  Well my weekend of doing nothing but house stuff did not happen as planned but I did get a few loads to the new house thanks to my my pal Theresa and had a ton of fun and ate well as usual.  Let's hop on in and get right down to it!

Friday night I laid low with the pups on the porch at the "new" house.  Quotes because I lived there before and also am not officially moving in for two weeks.  We had some wine and some baked buffalo chicken tacos.  Recipe to come, thanks to Amanda for the inspiration!  If you follow me on snapchat (My username is missyquiggs) you could tell how geeked out I am to be living in the beautiful historic home I was living in before I threw caution to the wind for the ex and moved in with him.  It is going to be so good to be back to my old stomping grounds and out of the basement!

Lola and Ginger got along great, I even got to walk them at the same time!

 
I put this on Craigslist on Saturday and no takers yet.  I did the wine corks on top myself!
After bringing a load to the new house T and I hit up Sephora to get our birthday gifts
Saturday night my friend Monica and I went to a Punk Rock Luau at Boucherie.  Well the Old Boucherie.  We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into! 

Welcome!
They had a drink truck with Tiki drinks.  The Painkiller was delicious!
The band played punk songs with ukeleles. It was very interesting.  As was the incorrect hula dancing.  I know this because Monica took hula lessons once!
Spam fried rice and pulled pork.  The rice was amazing.
Huli Huli chicken.  So good.  I saw them making it recently on Diners Drive Ins and Dives and I was wanting it!  Also pictured,  house pickled okra.  Good, but way too spicy!
We had to go inside because of the flies.  They were relentless.  Once inside, we met a new friend from Ohio and shot Tequila. I have family in Ohio and because of this, I always find Ohio people! Then they brought this out...

What is it you ask?
A roasted pig!
I had some pig and some grilled corn.  Everyone ate it like I thought you should eat it
We had some wine and cheese after at Oak.  And on the back porch after that.
I slept in after our big night and skipped pure barre.  It was the first time I have slept late in ages.  I was tired! Sunday I went with my friend Liz to a movie audition.  Her husband wouldn't let her go without a chaperone.  I volunteered my services and was so good at it, so was she hopefully!  After we went to brunch at Paladar 511. I have been dying to go, and I was so glad we went! 

The space was simply beautiful!
The bar was quite cool too.
I got a pizza with gruyere, collard greens, applewood bacon and yard egg.  Holy Cow!
Liz got the Korean beef short ribs with fried rice.  So good!
I recaulked the bathtub at the "new" house after that (randomly a favorite thing of mine to do) and then went to sunset yoga at the Tchoup Yard.  It was so beautiful! Pottery Bern , aka Maureen, and I went just to check it out and are now hooked.  They are doing it all month and I plan on partaking every time!
It was an all levels class and so fun to do it outdoors with spectators!
Reminds me so much of the Friendly Spot in San Antonio, one of my favorite travel places!
I had an All Day IPA and Pottery Bern had a margarita to reward ourselves for all our hard work!
Ah summer, you are so great despite your oppressive heat!  I feel like fall is so close!  Football and more porch time acoming! How was your weekend?  Let me know!  See you tomorrow with more food!

Happy Monday!

Missy