Pinata cookies… say what?!?

Oh my God!! I just found the coolest fucking cookie recipe ever! It’s on She Knows, and it’s called the pinata cookie! Freaking brill! I am making these asap! They look a little time-consuming, but who gives a shit when you’re putting out that amount of awesomness. You can find the recipe here.

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Happy Easter, bitches!

The boy decided to rise and shine at 6:30 this morning, after having a night of waking up several times. I wanted to put my own head through the wall, this is how tired I was. At first he was in a good mood, but right around the time I needed to start making our Easter brunch, his mental state started to crumble. So I busted out the Easter basket. What better way to cheer up a pissed off toddler than a basket full of toys and candy?

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The blur is my son going straight for the bunny cooper with the candy on the inside!

Twenty minutes later he was bouncing off the walls. He was screaming, running, jumping on me and rolling across the floor. Exhaustion plus candy equals a mega sugar high. Parenting win! Finally after about a half hour he settled down started playing with his hot wheels and the bunny cooper!

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While the food was finishing up, we had our Easter egg hunt! I gotta say, I’m very proud of my little guy. He’s a pro at hunting eggs! He’s also a pro at crushing them….

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My family was very satisfied with the food! The brunch bake was absolutely delicious. The crust was perfectly flaky, and the ricotta cheese made the egg mixture very creamy and flavorful.

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I was not at all happy with how the bacon came out. Martha Stewart, I am very disappointed in you! You’d think prison would have given her plenty of time to master a bacon recipe, but no. I’ve never baked bacon before, and I will probably never bake it again. It didn’t come out crispy at all, it was rubbery. Who the hell wants to eat rubbery bacon?! I ended up pan frying the bacon some to achieve some crispness, but it was still sub par. The glaze tasted good, but next time I will pan fry the bacon, and drizzle the glaze on it after it is cooked.

Everyone’s favorite was the fruit tarts. Paula Dean recipes never fail to delight my taste buds. The crust was amazing, with just the right amount of sweetness. The cream cheese mixture was amaze balls, and the fresh strawberries on top made it a perfect spring time dessert.

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All in all, my Easter this year was fantastic. You will never hear me bitching about holidays and how “fake” or “corporate” they are. Holidays are what you make of them, and for me they are all about showing my family a few times a year just how much I adore them.

If you would like to see the recipes for what I made today, go to my previous post about my Easter brunch here.

Easter brunch, yo!

Easter is coming up, hooray! I’ve always been a huge fan of Easter. Decorating eggs, hunting said eggs, and lots of good food with family. I love it so much, that when I was five I set up a trap to try to catch the Easter bunny.

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This year we have decided to do an Easter breakfast, because we will be open for business that day. On the menu I’ve got overnight cinnamon rolls, citrus glazed bacon, holiday brunch bake, and a fruit tart. Warning: this is kind of a lazy post. I’ve got a lot to do today, so I’m going to link you all to these recipes. But on Sunday morning as I make these recipes, I’ll write a full post including any adjustments I’ve decided to make, and pictures!

I’ve decided to do a kick ass cinnamon roll recipe, because there’s nothing better than completely home-made cinnamon rolls. Yeah, I could save myself a lot of time and buy the Pillsbury kind, but they don’t taste as good. Plus opening the packages terrifies me, and I don’t like that! I found this recipe on Food Network, and you can get the recipe here.

My family and I love bacon. How could you not? It’s friggin’ delicious. I wanted to do something a little unconventional with the bacon for our Easter breakfast, and I quickly decided that the citrus glazed bacon was the way to go when I saw it on Martha Stewart’s website. Look at this bacon… LOOK AT IT!

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I’ve never heard of a holiday brunch bake, but when I saw this recipe on Delish, I knew I wanted to make it. It’s basically breakfast pie. I mean, come on…. Breakfast in a pie crust? Effing yum!

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The fruit tart is a Paula “Type 2” Dean recipe. Any recipe with her name slapped on it sounds pretty fucking good to me. You can find the recipe for it here.

Check back for pictures of all this delicious food I plan to make!

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day laddies!

I have a love/hate relationship with Saint Patrick’s Day. I love it because I’m Irish. Wait, the foul-mouthed, sarcastic, wine drinking single mom is Irish?! I know, try not to be too shocked! But I also hate it because I find it so fucking obnoxious that people still threaten to pinch me because I refuse to wear green. First, green isn’t my color. Second, how the fuck is that celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day? It’s all good, anyone that knows me well, knows that they might get a fist in their face if they decide to pinch me.

Anyway… I work from home, and Sundays are my busiest day of the week! My whole family works today also(we run a business), so I’m going to try to get around making cottage pie. If I do manage to get off my ass, away from this computer and into the kitchen long enough to pull it off I will post some pictures. Aye, bitches!

So, cottage pie is like shepherd’s pie, but with beef instead of lamb. The thought of eating lamb  makes me feel like an evil person on the inside, as I have a hard time eating baby animals(however my mom is pretty close to convincing me to make leg of lamb for Easter, we shall see!). But all I’ve got in that freezer of mine is ground beef, so that’s what’s going in it. Cottage pie is pretty much as Irish as you can get, with cheap meat, cheap vegetables, and mashed potatoes on top. You can’t really argue with that in my opinion! There are different recipes for cottage pie, so I decided to go through some of them and put together one I thought would taste the best. The mashed potatoes on top are a recipe my mom created years ago that you’re sure to love, trust me.

  • One pound ground chuck.
  • One tablespoon olive oil.
  • Two medium red onions, diced.
  • Two carrots, peeled and diced.
  • Two teaspoon Worcesterrrsherrrdeberrrr sauce.
  • Two teaspoons fresh thyme, stems removed.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • One tablespoon all-purpose flour.
  • One cup beef broth.
  • Two cups red wine. 1/4 for the pie, the rest for drinking!
  • One tablespoon tomato paste.
  • Two pounds red potatoes. The recipes I’ve seen call for Yukon gold. You try to peel those tiny little fuckers and tell me how that works out!
  • Four tablespoons butter.
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream.
  • Two cloves garlic, pressed or minced.
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

Heat a large skillet over medium  heat. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon until browned. Remove beef from pan and set aside. Want your dogs or cats to love you more than God? Mix the drippings with their food!

Add olive oil to pan. Add onions and saute until they begin to caramelize. Add carrots and cook for five minutes.

Add beef, Worcesterrrsherrrdeberrrr sauce, thyme, half of your salt and pepper to vegetables. Stir in flour. Add beef broth, wine and tomato paste. Stir well. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for thirty minutes.

While your beef mixture is simmering, prepare the potatoes. Peel, cut in to quarters, and put in a pressure cooker or a regular sauce pan. Cook on high heat until the potatoes are tender. Drain well in a colander. Place potatoes and heavy whipping cream in a bowl or stand mixer. Take your butter and pressed or minced garlic into a microwave safe bowl and microwave until butter is melted. Doing this gives the butter a very nice garlic flavor. Put butter and garlic in with your potatoes and cream and mix on full speed until fully whipped. Add remaining salt and pepper, stir completely.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Transfer beef mixture into a large baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes evenly over the top. If you feel like over achieving, make them look fancy! I could care less. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for twenty-five minutes, until mashed potatoes are golden brown. Let stand for five minutes before serving.

Enjoy this recipe if and when you decide to make it. This is the kind of comfort food that will convince you you’re pregnant with a food baby! And please, if you make any recipes I’ve posted here, feel free to send me pictures and tell me how you like it!