Thursday, October 15, 2009

Diva in the Kitchen: Kiss My Grits

I LOVE grits!  I really do.  I was born and raised in the South, so grits have always been a staple of my household.  I've lived in the Northwest for the majority of 12 years now, but I always try to keep some grits on hand (even if that means having relatives ship me giant bags of it.)

Typically, I make it for breakfast now and again and season it with butter and pepper and sometimes cheese and bacon.  But I am always looking for new ways to prepare this beloved food.  I'm lucky that my non-Southern husband is open to trying new cuisine and therefore loves all the Southern things I have cooked and/or made him try.

When I saw this recipe on the Food Network feed on Facebook, I knew I had to make it; and I may as well make it for dinner!


Baked Garlic Cheese Grits
Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups regular grits
  • 3 (6-ounce) rolls cheese with garlic, or any garlic-cheddar spread, diced (recommended: Kraft)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
(Instead of the cheese-garlic spread that I didn't have in the house, I used 5 finely diced cloves of garlic and a fourth of a big brick of Velveeta and half a container of chive and onion cream cheese.  I also sauteed a half a red onion prior to boiling the broth and added the onion in when I added the milk and cheese.)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 4-quart casserole dish.
Bring the broth, salt, and pepper, to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in the grits and whisk until completely combined. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the grits are thick, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic-cheese and milk and stir. Gradually stir in the eggs and butter, stirring until all are combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with the Cheddar and bake for 45 minutes, or until set.



We dug in before it set because we were hungry and it smelled REALLY good.  It was still thick enough to not be a mess and set very fast.  It is also very creamy, which I like, and not too dry.
Mr. Diva gives it an A+. I will definitely be making it again in the future.

Got the World on a String

We finally got our "Newlywed Map" up on the wall!  I have been waiting for the supplies to come in the mail for a few weeks now.

I've always enjoyed maps.  When we drove across the country for a move when I was 17, I highlighted our path across the USA and hung it on my wall.  I like seeing where I have been.  So when I saw a blog post here about this "Newlywed Map" thing, it was right up my alley.

Obviously, you don't have to be newly married, married, or even in a relationship to do this for yourself.  It was a really fun project.  Heather over at Heather Drive did a great post on what all she bought for it and how much it cost her here.  The only things I did different were that I bought two additional colors of map tacks so Mr. Diva and I could mark places we have been individually; and I used a coupon at JoAnns instead of Michaels.  The frame was the same amount though.

Here are pictures of my finished product:


As you can see, the Mister and I have a LOT of traveling to do.  I look forward to adding more tacks onto the map.

Have fun starting your own!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fun on Polyvore

I've had trouble sleeping this week.  Mostly I can't shut off my brain at night.  I always worry about stuff or I get lists in my head I should write down or I obsess over certain situations or events; and I can't just shut it all off.

I've taken to reading before bed, which helps a lot.  Sometimes I watch The Daily Show and Colbert Report while my husband snores next to me.  And then sometimes I just waste time online trying to focus on something light-hearted until I get so sleepy I can't keep my eyes open.

That is where Polyvore comes in.  If you don't know what Polyvore is, it is a website that allows you to mix and match products from various stores to create different looks based on a color, a feeling, an event - whatever you choose.  The site also allows you to shop these products and looks when you put things together or look at the collages of others.  For someone like me who just LOVES to put outfits together, I could spend hours and hours just sorting through all the fun products and pictures.

I thought I would share some of the outfits I have put together during my phases of insomnia.
Girls Lunch
Dressy Date


Girls Night Out


Work Day
Work Day by piperfeehily featuring Ted Baker





Thursday, October 8, 2009

My First Post!



So here it is - my very first post.

This week has been a weird one so far.  Mainly I have just felt a bit bummed out.  I can't really put my finger on exactly why.  I just know it is more than one thing.

This blog is going to be about a bit of everything.  I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, so I look forward to sharing those.  I love shopping and clothes.  As a plus-size diva, I want to share my thoughts, opinions, and cute outfit finds.  My husband and I have been married for about a year and a half now (and we are not having children - ever); instead, we have 3 chihuahuas whom we love very much.  I was born in the South, but moved around a lot my whole entire life.

I hope to be able to blog about all this and much more.  It is pretty darn therapeutic to me.

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