Monday, February 21, 2011

Strawberry Chocolate Truffles

These are made the same way as the Red Velvet Truffles from December.

Just switch to a strawberry cake mix, strawberry frosting and chocolate candy coating.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Greek Pizza

Another in the growing line of pizzas...


1/4 cup homemade or commercial basil pesto
1/3 cup Greek olives, sliced
1 small purple onion, diced
1/4 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
1 or 2 sliced Roma tomatoes
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
1 pre-baked pizza crust

Top pizza crust with first 7 ingredients in the order listed. Bake according to directions on pizza crust package.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pulled Pork with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

I made this Pulled Pork and Chipotle Barbecue Sauce a few weeks ago and didn't take any pictures at the time. But that's okay, I knew I would be having it again because it made a lot and I had frozen some of it to eat later.

I mixed the sauce in with the shredded pork before freezing it into small portions. So, this past Friday, I just had to thaw and re-heat the pork. I served it on small slider buns with a couple of dill pickles.

recipe from the National Pork Board

4-5 pounds boneless pork butt
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water

Combine all seasoning in a small bowl and rub evenly over pork. Place meat in a 6 quart slow cooker. Add water. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Place pork on a large cutting board or platter and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Pull apart into shreds. Mix with barbecue sauce and serve on buns.

from a magazine I can't remember

1 (10 ounce) can tomato puree
1 1/2 cups root beer
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/4 light brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup cider vinegar

Stir together all ingredients in a 2 quart saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, until sauce thickens.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Butter Toffee Cookies

Last Friday, was my last day of clinicals at the VA Medical Center. I made these cookies for all the technologists and my clinical instructor. That hospital was an amazing place for my first rotation. So busy all the time, so many great opportunities for learning and awesome patients (all Veterans, of course!!).

I'm moving on to Northside Forsyth Hospital for the next five weeks.


1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup English or almond toffee bits

Combine sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda; reduce speed to low. Beat until well mixed. Stir in toffee bits by hand.

Shape rounded tablespoons of dough into balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a glass. If the glass sticks, dip glass in sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Let cool for 2 minutes and remove from cookie sheet.

Yield: 3 dozen

That's my VA Clinical Instructor "Miss Lena" in the middle. She's the greatest!! We all loved her so much. Can't wait to get back there for another rotation.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

I am participating in the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society with my fellow students from the Radiologic Technology program at Gwinnett Technical College.

You can donate by credit card here. The minimum donation is $5.00, but if you are feeling generous.....

Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My version of the Strap Perfect - Free!!

So, here I am in another great thrift store bargain top. This one by bebe brand, cost me about $5.00 at Goodwill.

It's hard to see in the picture, but it has matte sequins down the middle and the rest of the ornamentation is silver colored metal 'studs'.

It has a racer back. Do I want to wear it without a bra? No.

Am I going to this website to pay almost $30.00 with shipping for the Strap Perfect-The Ultimate Bra Strap Solution? No.

Instead, I'm going to use a flat hair barrette that I already own to pull those straps together!

I wish I could invent something so simple and make a million!!