nourishing & unapologetic
The Borns are not sports fans.* Like not at all. Okay, maybe that's too strong. Really, we're apathetic at best. We don't follow teams. We don't have jerseys. We don't live by the ESPN schedule. AND, WE LIKE IT THAT WAY. More importantly, we're not judging you for liking them. I can get behind sporting event food- nachos for me, Nick likes beer. Plus, hello, tailgate food! There are so many possibilities for so many games. Give me an occasion, I'll give you food.
While March Madness has most of the world on pins and needles, we will watch whatever is on the DVR. This is probably a sin. Especially in Wichita since our local Shockers are steadily advancing. So for argument's sake, GO SHOX! Now on to the good stuff. You've got games to prepare for! Make this bread. Feed your hungry fans.
I must confess I really made this bread as an appetizer to take to a family friend's annual holiday costume party. I decided it would be rich enough for the occasion and simple enough to make. Not to mention, I was betting the flavors would be a winning combination. The salty meat, melty cheese, and tanginess of the spread jam-packed into the loaf. Satisfying, indeed.
Italian Crazy Bread
Recipe from Bacon, Butter, Cheese & Garlic
1 loaf Italian bread (French works too)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
5-6 basil leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 tablespoon pepperoncini brine (from the jar)
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pepperoncini pepper slices
Assorted salamis (pepper, capicola, or any of your favorites!)
Sliced provolone cheese
Sliced mozzarella cheese
For the love all things carbohydrate, make this crazy bread. Trust me. It will score points with your crew. It's like a sub on steroids but better. Bonus- it's quick and easy with little clean up!
In recognition of this season of hyper-competitive college sports, I'd like to send you off with a little wish. May your belly be full, your drink be cold, and your bracket remain unbusted. Root a little more on our behalf for whichever team deserves it the most. (Or just pick the town that you think has the best food and root for them).
I think this is where I'll say Go Team Go! Until next time.
*Note: I am only generalizing for this immediate family unit, not those in the immediate extended family or the entire 100+ clan.
*UPDATED with more pictures to reflect the creation of the pie. The process pictures and the finished pie pictures were taken on two different occasions.
Today is Pi Day! Yes, Pi not Pie...but the latter is much more up my alley. So we'll skip the math and go straight to the chocolate. Okay, that's a fib. There's a bit of a diversion which will doubly confirm why we need this chocolate. Homeowners, do you remember the search for your house? Yes, that experience that culminated in you signing piles of papers and earned you the privilege to fork over wads of money every month for years on end? If you do, say a prayer and send some patience because...the Born's are on the hunt for our first house! (If you're in my area and know of any good ones on the market feel free to shoot them my way!)
We lucked out landing an energetic bright-eyed realtor who seems to be a go-getter, which I think probably makes the process all the better. (Plus, she seems like lots of fun so maybe I'll make a new friend out of the deal too.) But man, as much fun as it is, this process is exhausting. And really, we've barely begun. I've attempted to organize my thoughts on house-hunting in a semi-satirical list below.
How to Hunt for a House: the newbie, newlywed edition (in other words, nothing like an HGTV show)
So about that pie...
When I am exhausted, anxious, eager, or any of the emotions between...I eat. Admittedly, and without shame, I eat. Chocolate, french fries, guacamole, ice cream, chocolate... yep, my go to's. In light of our hunt and in honor of 3.14 day, here's the absolutely easiest, most decadent way to get your chocolate fix: the Pioneer Woman's French Silk Pie.
French Silk Pie
Recipe from Pioneer Woman
4 ounces (total weight) unsweetened baking chocolate (I like Baker's brand)
1 cup salted butter, softened
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I prefer Mexican vanilla)
4 whole large eggs
1 baked pie shell (homemade, refrigerated crust, or pre-baked)
8 ounces cool whip or homemade whipped cream, for topping
chocolate curls or chips, for topping
When you serve this, I dare you to eat just a tiny piece. I bet you can't do it. And if you can, well you have the willpower of a superhero. I hope this pie gives you just the delicious chocolate fix to remedy whatever ails you or to celebrate all that is good, or both.
And for the record, I feel fortunate to be in the position to house hunt with my best friend so this isn't really a complaining post, but my account of what seems to be a imperfect, difficult process.
Happy Pi Day!
Until next time.
PS and this is a PS of the best kind: birthday wishes!
More importantly than Pi Day, today is our sweet little niece's BIRTHDAY! She's 2!! How's that possible?
She brings lots of energy to our lives. Plus she couldn't be more pretty (not that we're biased.) In short, we adore her. Happy Birthday, L! May this be the best year yet for our funny, busy, ornery, super smart, giggly girl. Love you lots, Auntie and Uncle.
This little blog is growing up...we're now BornDaily.com! Yes, that's right. We officially have our own domain. Wahoo, gaining legitimacy while retaining approachability, whimsy, and flavor! Now, really this doesn't probably change much, but it's been on my to do list, thus I have to celebrate a teeny bit. So, I did a little redecorating with a new logo and site header, nothing schamncy but something that represents the feel of us. Welcome to our the official BornDaily.com site (and for the record the Weebly address will redirect you as needed).
It's March 1st...We're 3 months into 2015? Sheesh.
Anyhoo, did you know today's a holiday? It is. We're celebrating peanut butter. It's a childhood mainstay for many and an excellent ingredient for all kinds of delicious baked goods. It's also appealing to furry friends too (more on that later).
This weekend Mother Nature decided to usher March in like a lion; winter finally made an appearance with a few inches of snow. Now, in the Born household, four-legged friends included, we're fans of snow so this was the cause of much excitement. It warranted a playdate at our neighborhood park. My hubby, the pups, and I spent a fair amount of time romping around, playing fetch, and making snow angels. I don't know of a better way to spend a Saturday in the winter. True to form, we took a lot of pictures that way the fun would live on.
In honor of today's holiday, and since this weekend has been largely about Garth and Shaggy, I decided to bake for them. Homemade dog treats...why not? Yes, they're probably that spoiled. This recipe is barely a recipe. They come together in record time and are being gobbled up equally as fast.
Peanut Butter Pup Treats
Recipe inspired by Simplistic Life and House on 8th
1 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons your favorite smooth peanut butter
Up to 1/4 cup milk (use skim or 2%; you'll use just enough to pull it all together)
All in all, we're ready for spring, but I am so thankful for at least one snowy weekend chockfull of memories and spoiling my guys. Here's to spoiling those you love and making the most of every moment. Oh, and March, feel free to go out like a lamb...
Until next time.