Tuesday, April 25

3 Days in Mexico City

For my first Spring Break trip of 2017 (yes, there were two), I went on a trip with my family to Mexico City! (Mike had to work all weekend).

The flight from Houston is luckily only 2 hours, so it was super easy to get there. When we arrived it was late Thursday night, so Ray (who had already been there a week) and our friend AB picked us up and we stayed the night at her house.

Friday our first stop was the Frida Kahlo House. Luckily it was within walking distance!




Saturday was a trip to Teotihuacan! Very cool. And HUGE. It made Chichen Itza (Spring Break a couple years ago) look like a baby.  


Other than those two places, we mostly spent our trip wandering around the city eating tacos. The perfect way to spend a weekend. 






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Tuesday, December 6

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” ― Oscar Wilde

First Thanksgiving!

Somehow I managed to not take a single picture during our trip to Utah. Probably because I had a cold for most/all of the trip. Boo.

Luckily, I did take one terrible pic during our Friendsgiving the Sunday before!


We had some delicious turkey (that I made in the crock pot!), and all the regular Thanksgiving fixin's. Thank goodness since I couldn't taste any of the food on Thanksgiving Day!

In case you too would like to made some delicious juicy turkey breast in the crock pot, here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 kg / 4 lb turkey breast, skin on, bone in or boneless (if using frozen, thaw it) (Note 1)
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 onion (brown, yellow or white), unpeeled, cut in half
  • 5 sprigs of thyme (or 2 tsp dried thyme leaves)
Rub
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 grinds of black pepper
  • 1½ - 2 tbsp olive oil
Gravy
  • Chicken stock/broth (or water), for topping up liquid (see Gravy step 1)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place Rub ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine, it should be a wet paste.
  2. Pat the turkey dry all over with paper towels. Slather with the Rub, using most for the side and top.
  3. Place the garlic, onion and thyme face down in the slow cooker. Place the turkey breast on top so it is elevated.
  4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  5. Remove turkey from the slow cooker and let it rest for 20 minutes before crisping the skin.
Crisp the Skin
  1. Preheat gril/broiler to high.
  2. Place an oven shelf 30cm / 1 foot from the heat source.
  3. Remove turkey breast from the slow cooker into a heatproof serving dish.
  4. Place on the oven shelf and broil for 3 to 5 minutes until the skin is crispy. Keep an eye on it - it browns very quickly!
  5. Serve immediately with gravy on the side.
Gravy
  1. Strain the liquid into a measuring jug, squishing the garlic etc to extract all the flavour. If you are short of 2 cups, top up with chicken broth (I usually get 2 cups of liquid from a 4 lb / 2 kg turkey breast).
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and mix to combine. Pour about ½ cup of liquid into the flour mixture and mix until it forms a paste. Slowly add remaining liquid, stirring as your go. Use a whisk if required to make the gravy smooth. Simmer until thickened - take it off before it is as thick as you want because it will continue to thicken.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with turkey.

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Thursday, October 6

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

One of the biggest changes to my life since getting married is that now I have to cook meat on a regular basis. I probably don't have to, but Mike likes to eat meat and I don't want to eat out every night. So, I've been experimenting with cooking lots of meat and making it last for a week. Pulled pork so far has been my favorite. Especially since I found this Buzzfeed article telling me all the things I can do with it:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/age136/18-dinners-to-make-with-slow-cooker-shredded-pork-4cys?utm_term=.qivxM6LXV#.ndZyDoPV2

Of course, I couldn't listen to them and just make it with chicken broth when I could use something delicious like Dr. Pepper. So, here is my favorite pulled pork recipe:

Ingredients:

1 large onion (diced)
1 pork butt (6-7ish lbs, bone-in)
salt & pepper (to taste)
1 can chili peppers in adobo sauce
1 can Dr. Pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions:

Generously salt and pepper your pork butt. Place onions on the bottom of your crock pot, and pork on top. Sprinkle on your brown sugar, and pour your chili peppers (you might only want half of the can or it will be pretty hot) and Dr. Pepper over your pork.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. The meat should be falling off the bone. Take the bone out and shred up that pork!

We so far have used this pork for tacos, salads, and a delicious BBQ pizza. Trying it again next week because it was so delicious!




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Tuesday, October 4

“Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.” - Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

It's been 2 years since I have updated my blog....

So now for the biggest update of all! I got married!






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Tuesday, January 20

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." ~ Neil Gaiman

For some reason I have a hard time writing anything if I am not caught up. So... here is a really quick catch-up on my 2014.

January - Quite an uneventful month because I can't find a single picture I took that month!

February - Trip to Hawaii to visit Ray!



March - Trip to Amsterdam with mom.

April - First fancy work party since working at Shell.

May - Family trip to Europe! (The trip that ended all my blogging because it was too long to finish).

June - I'm a bridesmaid for Arianne's wedding! Jen and I take a trip to Orlando!



July - 10 year high school reunion! Yikes! So glad all of the planning Laura and I did worked out! Then a trip to California with Whitney to visit Erin.




August - Kate officially becomes my roommate and we start doing roommate-y things like going to concerts.

September - Rebecca, Karen, Julie, and I do our first triathlon!



October - My birthday month! So many fun parties with friends and a visit from Laura!




November - Jen gets married! Plus, I cook Thanksgiving dinner for a ridiculous amount of people.

December - Ray graduates! A good excuse for a family trip to Hawaii.



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Friday, August 29

“Old Prague was a story-book city caked in grime: ancient, soot-blackened. History lived in every detail.” ~ Philip Sington


Back to the details of our trip!

The next stop after London was Prague.

The only thing I had ever heard about the Czech Republic before going there was that the food is bad. That is not true. I love Czech food.



We only had a couple of days in the Czech Republic, so we spent most of the time in Prague, with one side trip to the village of Mala Skala.

Prague is a really beautiful city, and it was nice to go somewhere pretty different from most of the places we have been.






Mala Skala is a tiny little village (seriously, so tiny) that is about 2.5 hours away from Prague by train. Also, not that many trains pass through, so we had to plan everything out really well.



Our purpose in visiting Mala Skala was to hike up to some castle ruins (a perfect activity since I love old ruins and Ray loves hiking). Unfortunately I wasn't planning to hike much on this trip so I was wearing Toms and slipping all over the place.






It was worth it thought because the castle ruins were amazing, and the view from the top was great! Although, a little scary for those of us with a fear of heights...

Next stop: Rome.

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Monday, July 28

“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” ~ Anna Quindlen


Remember a couple of months ago when my brother won a bunch of prizes on The Price is Right? In May, we decided to take some of the trips.

First stop: London. My brother and mom spent almost a week there, and then my Dad and I joined them for the last couple of days.

I love London. No matter where I travel in the world, London always remains my favorite city. It's unfortunate that I couldn't join them for all of that trip since both Ray and my mom are kind of sick of London (they're crazy).

We wandered London and did all the usual London-y things.




Hyde Park.



 Not too many pictures (it really was just a stop on the way to Prague), but just believe me that it was delightful.



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