Archive | September, 2010

Epic Fail

2 Sep

No post yesterday as it was sufficiently uneventful.  Food wise speaking it was very…bland.

In the morning I had Starbucks Carmel Macchiato.  Which it turns out  I hate.  I am not a huge coffee drinker so it is very rare I branch out and try new things at Starbucks. I usually stick with my good old trusty drinks. Yesterday when I got to Starbucks though they had changed there menu and it caught me by surprise. In a panic stricken moment not knowing what to order as the new menu over whelmed me I ordered the Carmel macchiato. Worse. Decision. Ever.

I did have some banana walnut bread from there which was so deliciously scrumptious it helped me forget the nastiness that is that drink ( which sat on my desk all day and only had one drink taken out of it) For lunch was left over ranch ravioli..delicious!

As an effort to get out of debt (and to stop advancing money, which only makes the efforts to get out of debt nonexistence) I have been putting in lots of extra hours  this week at work. The hopes is that my next paycheck will be big that I will stop the money advancing cylce finally work on building my account so I can start chucking, that’s right chucking, money at my debt.  Because of this by the time I got off work  I was exhausted and not in any shape too cook, or do anything else. So we turned to taco bell. I never feel right after eating there. Just sits very heavy in my stomach. I ordered the three taco meal and had a potato burrito. I only ate 2ish tacos (picked at the second one) and the whole potato burrito which was surprisingly good.  My eyes always tell me I am way hungrier then I really am. All in all I feel like yesterday was a food fail for me. I didn’t do anything and whatever I put in my mouth for the most part wasn’t that great. Today will be better though. I am going to make sugar cookies covered in fondant and possibly some edible glitter. Still up in the air. Actually I should probably make these tomorrow but I will aim for today. They are to start off college football! It is finally here! Then next week NFL!!!!!!!!!!! I love football 🙂

Yesterday I did do one thing right I suppose. I had an interview for another position at the company I work at it. It would be a move up and more money which in the end is what we right and more money equates helping me get out of debt faster correct? I have a good reputation here and I feel fairly certain I will get the job. I feel conflicted though. I know I would be happy there and take it if offered but I can’t help but ponder what do I want to do with my life. I feel like this runs through my mind allot because I will be turning 25 soon and still feel so lost. What I want to do ? I n the end I would like to own a  bakery or cafe or both. I love food it would bring me SUCH happiness. Maybe someday..

I will  update later today with my attempts of  fondant covered sugar cookies or perhaps how in debt I really am. I promise you though it will be along the lines of tasty debt…

Till then make it a great day!

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Ranch Ravioli

1 Sep

With this new blog means I must no longer talk the talk but actually walk the walk so to say. So tonight for dinner I tried a new recipe: Ranch Ravioli.

It was AMAZING!

I had originally found the recipe on Hidden Valley Ranch’s website . I followed it for the most part but did add my own little twist to it. After work I went to the grocery store to pick up the following to start this adventure:

  • frozen ravioli
  • Ranch dressing
  • can of mushrooms
  • mozzarella cheese

I had the red pepper already at home. This recipe calls for red and yellow pepper. This time I only used red pepper.  I filled the pot up with water and set turned on the stove to get it to start boiling. While waiting I opened the can of mushrooms and drained the water. I then went on to cut the red pepper. I cut the red pepper into long strips like the recipe calls for. Once done cutting in long strips I cut those strips in half. I used about 75% of the red pepper. Next time I would recommend using it all, it gives good flavor and a nice crunch to the pasta. Instead of a yellow pepper I substituted mushrooms in place. This recipe is very basic  so you can mix it up. Next time I will probably use both peppers and mushrooms.  While waiting for the ravioli to finish cooking I prepared the pepper and mushroom mix in the saute pan:

Once the ravioli was done I drained them then added them to the mixture of pepper and mushroom. I added about a cup and a half of ranch to the pan. I turned the oven to medium and began to stir the mixture making sure everything was coated in ranch. The amount of ranch I used was a good amount to lightly  coat everything but not drench it in ranch. It can vary to your taste bud’s.  Once everything was stirred together I added about a handful of mozzarella cheese to the mix. I mixed it in to have it melt with the ravioli’s. Once the mixture bubbled up once I turned off the stove.

When serving it I added a bit more mozzarella cheese to the top for extra flavor. It would be fine with out it The recipe calls for either meat or cheese ravioli. This time I used cheese ravioli but I believe meat ravioli would be just at good. Also I don’t believe this is just limited to ravioli. We have tortellini at home that I think would work just as well. Any small type of stuff pasta would be sufficient for this. As well you don’t need to use peppers. Perhaps brocoli is more your style? I think that would be an excellent mix with possibly some mushrooms. This is a very versatile recipe that can have many different takes on it and doesn’t take long to make or cost much at either. My total at the grocery store was $11.00 and that was with a pop as well. Frugal, easy and good this dinner was!