Last week, The Pioneer Woman and her Tasty Kitchen gave me two wonderous recipes, one for dinner and one for a delicious fall-flavored shortbread bar. I also ODed on fudge and chocolate covered pretzels in the crystallization food lab and watched The Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas with my sister, Lara. And on Saturday, I bought two decidedly “fashionable” outfits at the mall over the weekend. After feeling extremely fashion inadequate next to Chris (who is, no offense Chris, pretty metro) every day at work, I decided it was time to update my lazy jeans, t-shirt and sneakers wardrobe.

I discovered layers, people. And “rugged” looking boots. And more layers.

Anyways, the two recipes. I guess I could post the recipes directly on here, but honestly, I’m feeling a little lazy, so I’m just going to provide the links. Step by step instructions with pictures and PW’s witty interjections make for interesting reading.

I really need to come up with my own original recipe for something. Sigh.

Anyways, you should make PW’s Chicken Cacciatore for dinner this week. It has lots of vegetable chopping, which is fun and relaxing (come on, you know it is!) and it’s uber easy. Just make sure to coat the chicken with flour, then brown it in some butter, okay? It tastes better that way. I did disobey PW and skip the chicken skin, but to be honest, raw chicken skin freaks me out…it’s so gross looking! Also, add Italian seasoning, my secret ingredient to EVERYTHING. It’s deeeelicious! Here’s a picture of my finished product:

We (the roommates and I) thoroughly enjoyed this meal. Serve it with egg noodles, as PW suggests and eat the vegetables cold, straight out of the tupperware throughout the week. It’s goooood.

Does anyone else have a problem with eating cold leftovers in front of the open fridge? It’s a bad habit I’m trying to kick, but so far I haven’t been successful….I ate a few bites of last night’s leftover Mexican after lunch.

Okay, so after you make the Chicken Cacciatore, make some Pumpkin Shortbread Squares from Tasty Kitchen. The icing is thick and pumpkin-y, with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar. Instead of caramel sauce, I just dropped candy corns on top after baking (I was feeling really Halloween-y…and lazy. Caramel sauce, like yeast and deep frying, is something that intimidates me). Now that Halloween is over, I guess you could use….cranberries? I’m not sure how great that would taste. Also, try to use light brown sugar – I used dark and my squares didn’t have vibrant orange icing like the picture on Tasty Kitchen. Another also – I would suggest cutting down the flour in the icing just a teensy bit. I don’t know if I did something wrong, but the icing kind of gummed up as it was cooling…it was still good, but I wish it had turned out creamier. Here’s my attempt at an “artistic” picture:


And a food porn-like close up:


Oh yeah, I WENT TO TRADER JOE’S TONIGHT!!!! It was super cool to finally visit, but I was kind of disappointed….it seemed half of the store was expensive packaged cookies and boxes of chocolate covered XXXX. The frozen seafood was reasonably priced, as was the organic, range-free chicken, so I might go back for that kind of stuff. TJ’s also has pumpkin butter, and once I finish up one of my four jars of nut butter, I will definitely be buying some sea salt almond butter. The only purchases I made tonight were PB filled pretzels and pumpkin butter. Yay budgeting!

AND, I’m doing this on my Facebook, so I’ll do it here, too. In honor of the last HP movie (pt. 1), I’m going to post a HP quote on every post from now until the movie comes out (this probably means I’ll only post like, three quotes here but whatever).

“Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.”- Dumbledore, HP1

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  1. Oh my gosh, I want to set up a tent and live in those shortbread bars.Here's one of my favorites, courtesy of Sirius Black (may he rest in peace):"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."Also, I just got a little sad when I started talking about Sirius…

  2. Oh, Sirius 😦 I cried when he died, both when I read it and when I saw the movie. Dan Radcliffe did such an awesome job at being agonized during that scene.

  3. I love Harry Potter too. It's embarrassing to say, but I actually sulked around the house after reading the 1st book because I knew I would never be able to go to Hogarts. (FYI That was a long time ago!) As much as I've heard about Trader Joes, I've never been to one. It's a bummer it wasn't all you expected. At least you got pumpkin butter!!! Yum!

  4. the candy corn definitely gives it that delicious pop of color! i wasent even thinking the recipe would be pumpkin but i love the twist! the squares look amazing!!mmm ur chicken dish reminds me of my mom's chicken recipe.. except she loads on the cheese to top haha. yours looks much more appealing to me ❤

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