Archive for January, 2012

What we ate: Taco Wheel

My friend found this recipe here via Reddit and it was delicious!

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef (Or any meat, we used chicken.)
1 package  taco seasoning mix
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 T. water (not sure where this water came in)
2 8-oz packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1 medium green bell pepper
1 c. salsa
3 c. lettuce, shredded (we used more — ¾ a head)
1 medium tomato, diced
¼ c. onion, chopped (we forgot about the onion)
sour cream (sort of forgot the sour cream)

Prep and Cook:

Preheat oven to 375°. Brown the ground meat and follow directions on taco seasoning pack.

Unroll the crescent dough; separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in a circle on a pizza pan with the wide ends toward the center of the pan, overlapping each other. It will look like a large sun with the points hanging half off the pan.
There should be a 5 or 6 inch opening in the center. Spoon the meat mixture evenly onto widest end of each triangle. Bring points of triangles up over filling and tuck under wide ends of dough. (Filling will not be completely covered). Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

And this is where we stopped following the directions!
Mostly because I was tired and started being a GIANT GROUCH.

We dumped the salsa in a bowl (mistake), covered it with lettuce and cheese shreds (mistake), and topped that with chopped tomato and pepper.

We SHOULD HAVE put the things in separate bowls with spoons. Or arranged them differently. Or followed the directions.

Then we put the bowl in the middle of the wheel, and (attempted to) dip taco triangles into it.

Yum!

Whale Love

Cutest brooch ever:

Well, maybe not the cutest. But I definitely love it.

This would be great if I was still 15 and wore neck ties:

And I really like this a lot:

I really like paper weights but I never have any paper for them to hold down, so they always end up dusty on a bookshelf.

DIY google homepage

I recently discovered something amazing. Maybe you already know this. Maybe you don’t. Look in the bottom left hand corner of Google’s classic homepage.

It says, “Change background image.” Did you know this was here?!

Click it! You can pick something from your computer, blog, or the internet.

I picked an image from my computer. It’s whale-related, obviously. Then click “Upload.”

Voila!

Isn’t that neat?!

 

What we ate: Jar Cookies!

My friend Megan over at Happy Ears gave me a cookie recipe jar for Christmas, and we finally got around to making them!

I was really excited.

There’s my assistant, looking sad because the cookies had chocolate chips in them. Or, as we like to call them, dog poison.

Jar cookies are the BEST because you usually just have to mix together some butter, an egg, and some vanilla,

then dump in the jar,

and cook!

So easy!

About ten  minutes later, all the cookies are done!

It’s like magic!

You might notice newspaper on the counter. My mom has me cover every surface I’m working on with newspaper because she doesn’t think I’m capable of cleaning up after myself properly. You know, like a small child! Or a pet!

Happy Birthday, The Tragic Whale!

That’s right, The Tragic Whale is 1 year old today! And to celebrate, we’re now on Facebook!

I think we had a great year.

8 Tragic Whale stories made their way into our hearts.

We had some cooking adventures together.

My mom was an endless well of fashionable advice.

Wednesdays we loved whales together.

Panda finally made it into the microwave!

We branched off the blog and started selling things on Etsy.

We almost moved to blogger! That was a confusing week, but I’m glad we stayed where we are.

And we had almost 10,000 visitors!

Thanks, everyone, for helping make this a great year!

Fashion advice from Mom, episode 17

The case of Gram got my name wrong…

*I should note that while my Mom’s hair is naturally curly, Gram has to perm hers every couple months or so. Also, this is my father’s mother.

What We Ate: Egg Canoe!

While stumbling around the internet, I came across this little recipe for a “Baked Egg Boat.”

“What an elaborate name!” my brain said. “We’ll NEVER remember that!” And instantly I started calling it an egg canoe. Totally not on purpose. I honestly forgot the name. Immediately. I didn’t even know that ‘boat’ or ‘egg’ was in the name until I went to type up this post.

Anyway, it’s super easy and delicious! But instead of pancetta, we used bacon bits. Precooked and pre-cut. And instead of the cheese it called for, we used asiago. And instead of four little sour dough boats, we used a french baguette!

Yeah. That happened.

In retrospect, we should have skipped the salt because the cheese and bacon were loaded. Oops.

Don’t you just want to grab it and take a bite?


Kerry. 29. Central Mass. Maker. Fan of all things bright. Click to learn more!

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Look, it's my mom! She's waving.


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