Monthly Archives: November 2012

Banned from the Kitchen

Sorry for the lack of blogging, but I have been banned from the kitchen . . . .

Sometimes, I do expect Ryan to ban me from the kitchen actually.  He insists I am the messiest cook ever, that I use every kitchen utensil possible to cook a meal, and that I leave every cabinet door open (when we first met Ryan told me that he thought I did that so I could see what was all in the cabinets because I was so short – (1) I am not that short and (2) I still don’t see how that would help – oh well).  But he likes me food, so he relents.

But in all seriousness, I have been  banned from the kitchen.  Well, I am only half serious.

With work and life, I have neglected blogging and cooking for the last two weeks.  Which was kind of okay because, with the bye week, I didn’t need to cook anything last weekend.

Tonight, I didn’t much feel like cooking, although I was intrigued by the idea of making homemade sliders, so I half seriously told Ryan he was responsible for dinner.  With that he banned me from the kitchen.  Literally.  He will not allow me within eye sight of the stove.  So here I sit, on a Sunday, not cooking.

Instead, I will entertain you with pictures of Murphy . . .

Staring at his new toy . . . Can I play with it now mom? How about now? How about now?

Mom!!!!! The new toy got me!!!!! Ahhh!!!

Ahhhh, this is better . . .

And maybe later, I will rate Ryan’s dinner 🙂

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Bye Week = Opposite Day

Does anyone remember opposite day from when they were younger – where you would answer every question with the opposite of the correct answer?  I remember my brother and sister being big fans of opposite day.  Ahhhh the tortures of being a middle child.

Well, with the Packers having a bye this week, I feel like we have been thrown into a week long opposite day.  No cooking and no blogging. As proof that this is in fact happening I came home today to a house that smelled like cinnamon and fresh baked cookies.  The only problem was that I had no been home all day to make said cookies and Murphy doesn’t have thumbs nor is he allowed to operate the oven.  So who made the cookies??????

Ryan did!!!!

I know, I am amazed too.  I never thought it would happen.  The boy does cook let alone bake.

Well, don’t be too impressed.  It turns out that he had frozen cookie dough that his mom gave him, and all he did was put a little extra sugar (as if cookies need more sugar) and cinnamon on the tops of the frozen dough and throw it into the oven.

Now he is making me dinner . . . seriously, my whole world is turning upside down at this point . . . oh wait, its frozen pizza.

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Packers v. Cardinals – The Pictures


Tonight we made enchiladas and chicken enchilada soup.  Ryan informed me that these may be the best enchiladas that I ever made.  Hmmm.  That sounds promising for my rating.  Except he then said that they don’t in any way compare to the ribs.  Hmmm. Sometimes a girl just cannot win.

Picture time:


And now for Ryan’s review:

  • Delicousness – 19 out of 20
  • Authenticity – 9 out of 10
  • Complementary Items – 9.5 out of 10
  • Presentation – 5 out of 5
  • Quantity – 5 out of 5
  • Bonus – 4 out of 4
  • Overall – 10.3 out of 10

Ryan downgraded my Authenticity rating because I did not use corn tortillas and I did not make chimichangas.  First, Ryan did the grocery shopping so he bought the flour tortillas, not me.  Second, he doesn’t eat fried food.  Seriously, a girl just cannot win today!

I am surprised he didn’t downgrade my Complementary Items rating as well here because I made him buy sour cream at the grocery store and he said that we already had two containers of sour cream in the fridge.  Are there negative points for too many complementary items?

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Cinnamon Roll Throwdown – Winner!

We made cinnamon rolls this morning  (I bet you did not see that coming).  And now we are able to declare a winner.  After having the cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, Ryan was ready to declare a winner – Neelys win! Neelys win!!!

Here is the recipe . . . with a few (very few actually) tweaks (follow the link for the original recipe):



  • 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 granny smith apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Spray a large mixing bowl with nonstick spray.
  2. Dissolve yeast in water in a bowl of a standing mixer with dough hook. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large measuring cup beat together eggs, sugar and salt.
  4. Whisk egg mixture into the bowl of yeast. Add 1 cup flour and mix until smooth. (At this point I was still using the whisk attachment on my stand mixer)
  5. Add melted butter and mix well.
  6. Add remaining 4 cups of flour in stages and mix until stiff dough is formed. (Switch to the dough hook after adding about 2-2 cups of flour).
  7. Add dough to greased bowl.
  8. Place bowl in a warm area with a towel on top. (I cheated by preheating the oven to 200 degrees, turning the oven off, and then letting the bowl sit in the warmed oven).
  9. Let rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  10. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan
  11. On a cutting board, sprinkle tablespoons flour.
  12. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.
  13. Punch down and roll out dough to approximately 12 by 15-inch rectangle.
  14. Spread with butter. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture and apple  pieces.
  15. Roll dough into a large pin wheel cylinder and cut ends off the roll. Cut into 10-12 portions. Put in greased pan, pin wheel side down and let rise to double in size.
  16. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until browned evenly.
  17. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. —- I left this in only because that is what the recipe called for, but I find it completely unneessary – feel free to eat yours directly out of the oven like we did 🙂

As for toppings – top however you like or just eat.  I like to mix a little powdered sugar, vanilla, and water together to create a glaze.   Serve with bacon, because well, everything is even better with bacon.

And now, for your drooling pleasure . . .

Murphy also wanted you all to know that he is dressed and ready for the game:

However, because the game hasn’t started yet, he will stare out the window so that he can guard against a squirrel invasion.

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Packers v. Cardinals – What to Make

What food is Arizona known for?  I have absolutely no idea, none.


I am thinking of making enchiladas or chili verde . . . and chicken noodle soup (just because Ryan asked, not because it has anything to do with Arizona).  

Any thoughts? Suggestions? 


Cinnamon Roll Throwdown

Two weekends ago, we hosted a battle of the cinnamon roll recipes – Paula Deen v. the Neely’s. It was epic.  Or just epic-ly delicious.

I had previously made cinnamon rolls, and I started with Paula Deen’s recipe.

The following week we tried out the Neely’s cinnamon roll recipe.

Both are equally unhealthy for you.

I am ready to declare a winner.  Ryan on the other hand insists he needs to try the Neely’s recipe warmed up.  After the football game he proceeded to eat all of the leftover cinnamon rolls before we headed back, so we didn’t have any leftovers to take home and heat up.  Boys.

Anyways, stay tuned because in the near future (probably tomorrow) we will hold an office cinnamon roll cook-off.

Here is a picture of the cinnamon rolls – Nelly’s style:

And, Paula Deen’s:

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