My Muffin Conundrum

 

OK- Here is my issue.

Monday Night I made some AMAZING Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread Muffins.

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mmmmmmmmm…….. #foodporn.

 

If you would like the recipe…. I used this one from Rachel Ray and instead of using a loaf pan I made muffins…cuts on cooking time (20-25mins) AND easier to eat! Wahoo!

 

There’s just one problem.

I like to enjoy these with some butter. (that’s not the problem, but maybe it is….)

 

But I can never decide how I should slice the muffin!

 

Should I go down the middle and enjoy both the muffin bottom and muffin top in each side?  With the downside being the ratio of butter to muffin always varying with each bite?

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OR…. Should I slice the muffin top off, enjoy my equal butter to muffin ratio, but know that half of my muffin will be more amazing than the other? 2014-08-27 10.16.42

Because we all know muffin tops taste better than muffin bottoms…. thanks Elaine!

 

What do you think? How do you slice your muffin when you want to enjoy it with butter?

Meanwhile- I will have the 30 Rock “Muffin Top” Song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

Have a great one!

Quick Before Summer Runs Out!

Summer is about to wind down…have you made the most of it yet?

Buzzfeed listed 27 things you need to do before summer is over. It’s a great list, and after making some “family-friendly” edits, it is TOTALLY do-able within the next few weeks before summer is officially over.

1. Eat something fried, delicious, and awful for you at a local fair. Hopefully you already took care of this at the Bartholomew County Fair…I know I did! This is probably one you could skip if need be. :)

2. Get cheap seats at a baseball game. Nothing says summer like a baseball game. The Indy Indians are still playing! But only through this weekend, so get tickets NOW! 

3. Do one touristy thing in your city/town that you’ve never done before. This could apply year-round in Columbus with the Architectural Tour and the Miller home tour. Get Tour info HERE

4. Turn off your phone and go read in a park. Lunchtime at Mill Race Park.

5. Or better yet, at the beach. ummm…this might be harder to do….bring a jar of sand with you? Or find friends at Tipton Lakes and make them take you to the Marina!

6. Ice cream #1 after lunch: YES!

7. Ice cream #2 after dinner: YES! (I kinda love ice cream….)

8. Go for a night walk. So often this is about the only time when it’s cool enough to be outside. Enjoy the people trails! Please be safe and alert though. :)

9. Stargaze. I had PLENTY of opportunities to do this while camping in Mexico, but find a clear night and a spot out in the country and it will be just as beautiful. (you might just be able to combine #8 & #9!)

10. Wake up early and get all the best stuff at the farmer’s market. YES! The Downtown Columbus Farmer’s Market is one of my most favorite places to visit Saturday mornings! Go for the fresh produce, stay for the crepes, omelettes, dog watching, and running into all your friends. Running every Saturday through the 20th!

11. Make lemonade from scratch. A good idea, but you can get some wonderful lemon shake ups at the Farmer’s Market!

12. Have a picnic in the park. Mill Race Park again!

13. Have your all-white outfit moment. You can skip this one…

14. Get on a boat If it were up to me I would live on a boat every weekend.

15. Build a fire and make S’mores. Sooo many people have those backyard fire pits. Either get one from your local hardware store or find friends that have one and have a S’more party!

16. Go to an outdoor movie. Canary Creek Cinema’s in Franklin has a Drive in Theater that offers double features at a great price!

17. Or an outdoor concert. Hospice Concert and JCB Neighborfest. Done and Done.

18. Walk somewhere you usually would have driven or taken public transit to. I love doing this for lunch. True, I work near downtown so it’s a bit more convenient, but I’m sure you have friends that work downtown. Meet them at their place of work and then walk downtown (or where-ever you plan to eat lunch).

19. Invite friends over, make water balloons, and see what happens.  A little more prep, unless you have one of these things. but well worth the effort on these hot sticky days!

20. Make grilled pizza. Or get a pie from the Flatrock Flatbread Company at the Farmer’s Market.

21. EAT ALL OF THE BARBECUE. YYYAAASSSS!!!!! I love it all! With coleslaw and sweet tea! I don’t care how or where you get it, make it happen!

22. In the event of a thunderstorm, try to capture the perfect lightning bolt photo. Please be safe though. Some of our storms can get pretty nasty!

Whether you were able to finish this list or not, I hope you had a fantastic Summer!

 

Sara Beth

I will be living at Taku Steakhouse for forever…

YOU GUYS!!! I’m so flippin’ excited!

Before I tell you why…I have to take you back to 2005….

 

which btw- that was 9 years ago! What the WHAT?

 

OK- back to 2005….

 

I graduated from Milligan College. YAY! Though I was excited for the next chapter of my life, I was sad to leave several things behind… Amazing friends, wonderful experiences, beautiful scenery, and….

 

Food.

 

Over my 4 years at Milligan I developed a love for several foods down there. (Tennesseans KNOW how to eat!). 3 of those foods were….

 

Keva Juice Smoothies

 

 

Shrimp Sauce


Pal’s Drive Thru.

 

So- moving ahead to 2006….Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens.

I am in HEAVEN! For the first time in that year I enjoyed a smoothie that was as close to Keva Juice smoothies as they could get and it was only 3 minutes away from my house instead of 7 hours!

 

So now to present day…OK- more like yesterday (close enough)… I FINALLY get to check #2 off my list!!

 

SHRIMP SAUCE EXISTS IN COLUMBUS, INDIANA!

 

 

And it’s at TAKU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE!!!!

 

 

This is how deep the obsession goes. Since 2005 I have been SEARCHING far and wide (and by far and wide I mean within an hour and a half driving distance) for a hibachi grill that has my shrimp sauce. I’ve even searched for a copy-cat recipe! NOTHING has come close.

 

And then…Dan and I were invited to go to Taku yesterday after church…

 

Our hibachi grill master came out to greet us… set out some dipping sauce dishes…

 

 

AND LOW AND BEHOLD…. he poured that beautiful shrimp colored liquid gold into that dish…

SHRIMP SAUCE

 

It was all I could do to restrain myself…I thought about asking for a spoon and just eating it right then and there. But I was a good girl, and waited patiently for the rest of my meal to be cooked so I could enjoy the shrimp sauce on ALL THE THINGS!

 

So needless to say, I am super happy that I can now enjoy my shrimp sauce any time I am craving it. Everything else was great too…I haven’t tried the sushi yet, but I’m sure it’s great and I will be back to try it soon.

 

Now we just need to work on Columbus getting a Pal’s Drive thru…. :)

 

Happy eating!

 

Sara Beth :)

 

 

Jason Sudekis & the World Cup

Ummm….this is hilarious. 

 

and there’s Jason Sudekis. *geek swoon*

 

If you haven’t seen this, watch it now. 

 

If you have, I apologize for re-posting old material…I’ve been in Mexico with no communication for 10 days. Watch it again anyway…it’s too funny!

 

(and yet it hits a little too close to home in how some people feel about soccer in the US.)

 

For the record: I love the World Cup and Soccer. I also love Hockey, which is just as much misunderstood as soccer in Indiana/Midwest. Go figure. :)

 

My “Chopped” Challenge judging experience…

OK folks…I have a confession to make…

I love the Food Network/Cooking Channel/any food tv show. 

Seriously. I will totally eat a meal while watching whatever is on Food Network hoping my food would taste like what they are making… (I think Jim Gaffigan did a stand up bit about this…haha)

OK- so now that confession is out of the way, needless to say you can understand my excitement when Dan and I were asked to be JUDGES for a local “Chopped” competition. 

This competition? At our friend’s house. The Chefs? Still in Elementary School! 

Meet Carson and Leyton. These young aspiring chefs blew us away with a wonderful dinner last night “Chopped” Style! 2014-06-23 19.44.35

Last night was their 3rd “competition.” This all started when Michelle (Leyton’s Mom) was going to prepare stuffed peppers for dinner, but Leyton wasn’t all into that. Michelle came back with a “How about you make dinner then.” And that’s exactly what Leyton and Carson did- they took the ingredients for stuffed peppers and made it into a casserole that was more to their liking. Needless to say this started something…and I wanted to see it for myself!

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Michelle (Mom) explaining the rules.

Here’s how it worked: Mom brings in a bag of mystery ingredients. Carson and Leyton had 5 minutes to discuss their plan of attack after seeing ingredients and then 50 minutes for dinner (same for the dessert round, except they only had 25 minutes). Much like the show, they had access to the “pantry” aka anything in the kitchen and fresh herbs outside, and every judge had to have the same thing on each plate. 

So what was for dinner? Here were the ingredients these two had to use:

-Flour Tortillas
-Green Onions
-grilled chicken 
-black beans
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And here is what they created: A tortilla pizza! they pulled tomato sauce from the pantry to make this delicious treat. 

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They did run into a problem though- not enough tomato sauce…so what did they do? Made their own with Diced tomatoes, salt and sugar! I was super impressed.

And even though I thought THAT was good…the best was yet to come…

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The ingredients:

-italian waffle cookies
-whipped cream
-blueberries
-strawberries
-coconut
-mini chocolate chips

Now I could eat all these things on their own. but what Carson and Leyton created was amazing! 

They found ice cream in the freezer- added strawberries, blueberries and chocolate syrup to make their own ice cream flavor! (slightly melty, but you can’t blame them for that- they only had 25 minutes!) then they made these wonderful sandwiches and even added some mint! 2014-06-23 21.07.37

So the moral of the story (if there is one) is this…watch out parents, your kids just may surprise you. And if it has anything to do with food please invite me over! :)

Thank you again Leyton and Carson for an amazing dinner and to Michelle and Sara for allowing us to come see the competition and judge! 

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PS: Boys will never stop being boys. Left- Dan enjoying chocolate milk from a wine glass, Right: Leyton finishing off what was left of the “ice cream”

What I did while I was gone…

Can I just say, I had a fantastic time away from work last week? 

Don’t worry, you guys will always hold a special place in my heart, and a part of me did miss you. BUT… last week was wonderful. 

Every year, my husband Dan and I go on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico and build homes for those in need through Amor Ministries’ Mexico Family Camp week. This is our 5th year doing this, and it seems to get better and better every year. It truly is a life changing experience. 

I would love to rant on and on about everything, but since you probably have to get back to work in a few minutes…I will leave you with a link to information about Amor Ministries and their Family Camp week. Feel free to search around and if you have any questions feel free to email me smerz@qmix.com. I would LOVE to chat with you more about this trip!