Tuesday, December 30, 2014
For the holidays and my love of Quentin Tarantino movies I made an apple strudel based on the movie Inglorious Bastards.
I started by putting on my red lipstick and preheating the oven.
First you start by mixing the apples (sliced of course), sugar, spices, salt and sultanas (raisins). Mix and cook until the apples have started to break down.
Then remove from heat and let cool.
While you wait, toast bread and pecans on an oven tray. Then use a food processor (few pulses) to chop up the bread and nuts. Once apples have cooled, add the chopped nuts, bread and rum.
In lieu of creme, I added some vanilla and caramel ice cream. Delish! I am sure Hans would approve.
Bon Appetit -Bunny
Monday, December 29, 2014
So excited! My True Blood nail polish came today!
Still need to do 1 more coat and maybe then my fingernails.
Love my Blood! He he
Until next time!
Ta ta -Bun
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Here is another yummy True Blood inspired drink from the Drinks & Bites book!
The cranberry and grapefruit really add a kick...but I should have guessed...given it's name he he.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Last night I made some yummy candy using my Great Grandma's recipe. They are Nut-Goodie Bars (as she called them).
While I want to keep this recipe a secret...they are not hard to make. Let's just say there are two kinds of chips, some peanut butter and marshmallows.
These are one of my favorite treats during the holidays!
Hint: Place in fridge to help with cutting later.
Monday, December 15, 2014
It occurred to me that through all the excitement...I forgot to make a blog about my engagement! Oops!
When it happened
Saturday, November 08, 2014
How we got engaged
On Nov. 8th we were planning to go up to my parents’ house...or so I thought. Instead we went south. After a while we made a circle ending up in Gilroy. Craig of course wouldn't say anything about our obvious detour. There are only a few places I know in the Monterey/Gilroy area so I was quickly blindfolded. We drove for a bit and then the engine stopped and Craig took off the blindfold revealing an adorable bungalow at the Monterey Vision Quest/Wild Animal Park. We had visited before, just for a tour about the animals and facility. I really loved the huge elephants and zebra.
I knew something was up...but I wasn't 100% sure…so I decided to go with the flow! LOL! We spent time in the bungalow and then ventured out to meet a few of the Zoo animals and to feed the elephants carrots for their bed time ritual.
I thought maybe he would propose at dinner, instead he surprised me during the elephant bedtime, proposing in front of Butch the 10 thousand pound bull elephant. It was so perfect. Trainers brought me a little gift basket and card, and as I was reading, beside me Craig knelt on one knee. I was so nervous and really didn’t know what to do, besides say YES!
Here is a short video capturing the proposal!
Fun fact: Craig asked if he could have Butch hand me the ring…but apparently in the past he had eaten two rings and they only got one back. So that was not an option.
The Monterey Wild Animal Park takes care of animals that need help and a better life. Often they used to preform and are retired. Staff spend lots of time creating a fulfilling life and forever home for them. I love seeing them flourish! Thank you Craig for creating this beautiful memory!
"Woke up this morning in a lovely bungalow and with a beautiful new ring...is this real? The Monterey Wild Animal Park takes care of animals that need help and a better life. Often they used to preform and are retired. Staff spend lots of time creating a fulfilling life and forever home for them. I love seeing them flourish! Thank you Craig for creating this beautiful memory!"— feeling excited with Craig Murray at Vision Quest Safari Bed&Breakfast.
Please visit our wedding website at: http://murray-and-hull.ourwedding.com
Thanks for sharing this moment with me!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Tonight I made some yummy pasta with vodka sauce, sausage and a bit of green onion. Top with some fresh parmesan.
Roses courtesy of Mr Craig! Bon Appétit!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
To celebrate the holiday season I will be making the apple strudel from
See web recipe HERE
See web recipe HERE
If you'd like to create your own at home, without the fear of persecution, we spoke to Dave Watts, head chef at the Cotswold House Hotel, who gave us his perfect strudel recipe."
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
What could be more perfect for Thanksgiving than Pecan Pie and some Sweet Potatoes! Nothing but maybe yams!
I made the pie pretty quick, just lots of sugar and pecans. Then I started on the potatoes, which came from my handy True Blood Cookbook; from a sweet little section about Lettie Mae and the Reverend Daniels.
Man I miss True Blood :(
Man I miss True Blood :(
First boil them until soft (check with a fork) then drain the pot and let them cool. After then cool, enough, peel. Some of the skin starts to come off while boiling...so that helps.
Next slice and arrange in a dish. I went ahead and made a bit more, lots of folks to feed.
Then add the butter and lemons to the top.
Mix the water, sugar and vanilla in a bowl, then spread over the butter. Next add the corn syrup over all.
To top it off sprinkle with the cinnamon.
Bake for about an hour, until potatoes/yams are glazed.
Let cool and enjoy.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Tonight I made Mini-Mortal Spicy Corn and Cheddar Muffins from the True Blood Drinks and Bites book. Yummy!
These are from one of my favorite True Blood moments...with my favorite vampire, Eric Northman!
First you mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg and chile. Then combine them and mix.
Next, fold in the butter then cheese and green onions. After scooping into muffin tins, cook for about 10 mins or until muffins are golden. Let cool and enjoy!
These muffins were scrumptious. As Craig put it "hardy, savory and delicious."
Extra tip: Add a little sprinkle of cheese to each muffin before baking.