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Peace, Love, Chili Dogs and Adorable Cats – It’s Cheap Date Nite!

That's "Mr. Weenie" to you!

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Yay! It’s time for cheap date night again! But my camera is on the fritz – not that it was working that wonderfully before, but this time you’ll have to use your imagination – not a problem!

First up, we’re going for chili dogs. Easy peasy done in the microwave omg I can’t believe they’re done already chili dogs!

(yeah, it’s a long title but work with me here)

2 flour tortillas – the smaller ones
1 microwaveable container of Hormel chili
2 weenies
Cheddar cheese
Optional ingredients – onions, jalapenos

Heat the chili according to directions – generally it’s like one minute
While chili is cooking, sprinkle one of the tortillas with cheddar cheese and any other fixin’s you want, then roll the weenie up inside.
In a small microwaveable pan, pour in half the chili.
Place the rolled tortillas seam side down in the chili.
Top with remaining chili
Cover and microwave about 5 minutes, depending on how powerful your microwave is. (mine’s a weenie) (get it? hah!)

Sprinkle more cheddar cheese on top and serve. Kind of a weenie enchilada.

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesNow what would possibly go with a glorified weenie? A Snakebite of course! (oh yeah, go ahead, make your own joke)

1 bottle hard cider (I like Woodchuck Granny Smith)
1 bottle beer (something simple, like Bud Light)

Okay, hang on…these instructions are pretty hard to follow.

Pour half the cider in one glass…the other half in the second glass.
Fill with half the beer in the first glass…the other half in the second glass.

Tada! Chili dogs and beer! Grab some potato chips and lets go on a picnic!

And in case you’re wondering why this post is so short? This are exactly the circumstances under which I wrote …..enjoy a little of Simon’s Cat – or in this case, Carrie’s Six Cats.

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats – Carrie vs Pinterest

I’ve been planning these Rice Krispie treats for weeks. I bought the throw-away pans, rice krispies and marshmallows all in separate trips to the store. The cake batter and sprinkles on another trip.

Why the secrecy?

I didn’t want anyone putting together what I was making! Trust me, when you’re friends with the cashiers at the store? They ask. Since I’ve been regaling them with stories of my latest workouts and sore sore sore muscles, if they knew I were making Rice Krispie treats? Oh, the scorn.

So – here we go. I’ve found several versions of this on Pinterest, but here’s my take on it.

Assemble the ingredients.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

1 box Rice Krispies
3 Tbsp butter (not pictured – the cats LOVE butter!)
1 pkg mini marshmallows
1/3 c yellow cake mix – dry


So, I tossed the butter in the pan, and melted it.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

Turns out I had the heat on a little high, and actually carmelized the stuff, so I tossed it out and remelted. ON LOW HEAT. sigh

Next I added in the bag of marshmallows and began the stirring process.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

Everyone knows this is when things get a little hairy. You can’t take a bathroom break, you certainly can’t go check your email! Stay put, and watch and stir.

Little by little, I added in the cake batter. At this point, the batter is fairly unattractively colored. Stick with it, it’s going to get better!

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

Now comes the adding of the Rice Krispies and the Snap Crackle Pop. Listen….just listen……=) Doesn’t it just make you smile? Admit it, you singed the little song too.

Snap, Crackle Pop! Rice Krispies!

Ok, now quit your singing and get to stirring. Focus! Oh, and don’t forget to turn off the heat!

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Bars

Now we get to add the sprinkles. Yay! It says in the recipe to add 2-3 Tbsp, but I’ve never been one to follow modern conventions. Go ahead and add 5. Maybe even 6. Go crazy.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Bars

Turn your batter out into a buttered pan. Grab the stick of butter, smear it all over your hands, and pat the Krispies in nice and tight. Add more sprinkles on top, pat them down, and let the whole thing cool.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Bars

Do they taste different from regular Rice Krispie bars? Umm..not so much. I mean there’s a slight flavor of cake batter there, or maybe it’s the abundance of sprinkles that alters the taste. Next time I’ll double the amount of cake mix, maybe add a splash of vanilla or almond. Overall rating? I’ll give it a 7.5.

Maybe I’ll bring a few of these to my trainer tomorrow. She might forget to make me do tricep curls! =)

Just for a little extra fun – here’s a Rice Krispies commercial from 1939. Enjoy!


Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese – Cheese Outside AND In – Found it on Pinterest

Nothing says easy supper/lunch/occasionally breakfast like a good grilled cheese sandwich. Mine is always made with white bread (99% fat free!) and Velveeta cheese. (Stop making faces Jen, I can see them clear over here!)

So when I found a recipe on Pinterest for a grilled cheese grilled cheese, I of course had to give it a shot.

I assembled my ingredients.
Two slices white bread
Monster slab of Velveeta
Shredded sharp cheddar
Frying pan

That should really be all a girl needs right? Sort of.

First, I tossed the butter in the pan and set it to bubble.

Grilled Grilled Cheese

Next came the cheese sandwich. Velveeta safely tucked inside and a few more slabs of butter for when I turned this baby over.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Isn’t that the most adorable frying pan? Just big enough for one. (and it’s ORANGE!)

Next came the all important flipping of the sammy. This required a bit of effort – trying to take a picture while wielding a spatula, so my first side got a wee bit toasted. Still, we’re doing good here.

Now I sprinkle the top with the sharp cheddar and wait for the other side to brown.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Here’s where I ran into difficulties. Between the lifting of the cheese coated sandwich out of the pan and tossing in another pat of butter, I needed one more arm. As you can see, my utensil count increased, as did the stove splatters. I finally accomplished the deed by lifted the dripping, gooey sandwich with the spatula, flinging in a pat of butter I’d speared with a knife and then doing the all important cheese-flip. No cheddar was wasted in this maneuver.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

And lookie there. A nice crispy cheese crust on my sandwich – just like they showed on Pinterest! On a roll now, I flipped the entire thing out on my plate and added in some fresh fruit.

For the final picture, I thought – I’ll saw this baby in half, so you guys can see all this wonderful cheese!

Saw being the operative word. Apparently when you get your nice crispy cheese crust, you also get a substance somewhat akin to Kevlar. I sawed, I hacked and whacked and finally resorted to a bare-handed jerking apart. But voila – we have a grilled cheese grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Will I make it again? Probably not. I didn’t care for the cheese crust which tended to stick to my teeth and required more GNAWING than delicious lip licking. (Something Woodie would have enjoyed!)

So there you have it – another “Found it on Pinterest” exposed. =)


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