Sunday
Jul182010

Dinner in Seville Park...

  

Man, I am falling behind on my blogging... I an excuse! I drove 10 hours yesterday (all the while listening to NPR) and arrived in Austin, Texas just last night. Woohoo!! I am here for a good 9-10 days just hanging out and visiting with my sister.But this blog is not about me being in Austin (not yet)...

Ok, so I love to cook. If you have ever been on the receiving end of one of my "boxes of sunshine" then you know exactly what I am talking about. I especially love to cook for people who when you cook a meal for them they are super appreciative. It makes me smile to make someone happy. I think that I have found someone that I can cook for; My brother! I love it. We had a "hang out" night  on Thursday. I made dinner, packed it all up, and we headed down to Seville Square for Music in the Park. It was a great time!

I cooked homemade creamy cheese and broccoli soup, turkey and havarti sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies, baked chips, and sweet tea. I was very excited to cook everything up, and even more excited to get to hang out with my brother.

I have posted below the recipes for the creamy cheese and broccoli soup and the chocolate chip cookies:

 Creamy Cheese and Broccoli Soup:

 Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

1 onion, chopped

1 (16 ounce)  chopped broccoli

4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

1 (1 pound) colby or American (I used half a pound of each)

2 cups milk

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
  3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:  

 Ingredients

2  cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) REAL butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Chocolate Chips

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINEflour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for5  minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

I hope that you give one or both of these a try. Enjoy!!

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Wednesday
Jul142010

A Smile...

Yesterday, I was off running errands with my mother when I suddenly got the urge to smile! For any of you from the East Hill or North Hill areas or those of you who just frequent 12th Avenue, you know exactly what I am talking about; Smiley Face cookies from J's Pastry Shop!! Below is a picture of the delicious goodies:

 

We were headed to Skin Beauty Boutique on Bayou Boulevard (a wonderful Beauty Boutique run by the most helpful ladies), but took a small detour to stop by J's and pick up a few Smiley Face cookies. Stopping by J's is a rare occasion. (This is completely by choice. If I stopped by on a daily or weekly basis I would be 15 pounds heavier. Their baked goods are so tempting.) However, when I do allow myself to stop in, it is always such a delightful treat! While in the bakery, I ran into a woman and her husband who share my same sentiment for the Smiley Faced cookies. She told me that they drove down from North Milton just to pick up a few. I love it! It was smiles all around by the time I walked out of the shop's door.

I'll later share my recipe for my Oregon (chocolate chip) Cookies.

But for now check out 10 Mile Stereo by Beach House. This song has been playing in my head for the last couple of days.

Enjoy!

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Monday
Jul122010

Austin City Limits Festival...

My ACL tickets arrived in the mail today and I am stoked! The timing couldn't be more perfect. I am off to Austin later this week and now when I visit Zilker Park I can sit back and imagine how it will be in October when 130 bands and 35,000 + people take over the area.

The lineup for this year's  Austin City Limits Music Festival includes: The Eagles, Norah Jones, Switchfoot, The National, The xx,  Amos Lee,  Muse,  Spoon, The Flaming Lips, Phish, JJ Grey and Mofro, Blues Traveler, and tons more. I am super excited!

Also, I had lunch with two wonderful people today, Christina and Mack. We dined at 3 Sisters located inside of the Gulf Power Building downtown. Great food and friendly service!

The combination of a great lunch with great people and the arrival of my tickets definitely made my Monday!

I hope everyone had a fantastic day as well!

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Sunday
Jul112010

Blue Week Ends and the Blue Team Wins....

 

Blue Week has "officially" come to an end. It has been a terrific week! Red, White, and Blues Gallery Night was a success in downtown Pensacola. I played down on the North end of Palafox at Digital Now and had a blast. Thanks to all of you who came out and supported Digital Now. And special thanks to those of you who made the trek across Garden Street only to arrive after I had already packed up. It's the thought that counts ;)

The air show on Saturday was amazing! I think my favorite maneuver had to be the sneak attack. The jets came screaming by out of nowhere at unbelievable speeds. Ridiculous! I love it!! I also love the constant reminder that it doesn't matter what you are doing, it is the people that you are with that make the moment. I have the greatest family and friends and am so blessed to have been able to celebrate Blue Week with such amazing people. For all of you who jumped on board with my ridiculous Blue ideas and events, thank you! You've made it a wonderful week.

And just when I thought that it was over, I was wrong. Today was the icing on the Blue Week cake. It's such a girly thing to notice, but did anybody else take note that the Blue jerseys won the World Cup? Spain (decked out in their sporty blue uniforms) are the World Cup Champions. What a perfect ending to a great week!

One last Blue song : Blue Mind by Alexi Murdoch.

Hope you had a great weekend. Enjoy!

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Friday
Jul092010

Blue Week Continues...

As I was heading downtown  Wednesday for my afternoon run, a sign caught my eye;

" Blues Week all Week at PNJ.com"

"Awesome!" I thought, "This is perfect! Blue Week must be catching on..." :) 

Nicole and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a picture of the sign, so later that night after some Hopjacks Trivia we ran out on Cervantes Street, ignored the honking vehicles passing by, and snapped a photo of the sign in all of its glory:

 

Definitely worth the late night jog down one of the sketchiest thoroughfares in Pensacola...

To keep the spirit of  Blue Week going strong, yesterday I met up with a friend at the Blue Dot Barbecue on the corner of DeVilliers and Wright Street. This is a place that if you haven't visited, you should. I feel as if I am stepping back in time when I enter the building. It may be due to the fact that they don't have air conditioning, but I like to think it is because of the friendly people and 1950's atomosphere. Either way it is by far the best burger in town.

When you walk up to the counter the man won't say a word, he'll just look at you; this is your cue to order. There aren't any menus, so just say you want one "all of the way." When he returns he'll hand you a brown paper bag with a burger inside. He'll look up at you once more; this is your cue to say what kind of soda and/or bag of chips you want. He'll turn around to the 1950's Coke cooler located behind the bar and return with your chips and drink in a separate brown paper bag. He'll then say a price and you pay. Cash only. It's something that every Pensacolian should experience at least once.

 

Today is the rehearsal for the Blue Angels out on Pensacola Beach. For all of you heading out that way make sure to take some sunscreen and plenty of water. It's going to be a great show! I plan on heading out early tomorrow morning and enjoying the Saturday show.

Don't forget that tonight in Gallery Night. I will be playing at Digital Now on the corner of Palafox and Wright Street  from 5:30-9:00. This months theme for Gallery Night is Red, White and Blues! Should be fun!

Today's song pick is KT Tunstall's cover of Bob Dylan's Tangled Up in Blue!

 Enjoy your Friday!

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