Weeds & wildflowers

I recently found glass paint that I was totally unaware was in my collection. This incredible discovery paired with thunderstorms and dollar store glass tumblers I already hade made a perfect craft day. After many different trial and errors with the painting process, my favorite song “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty came on the radio. It gave me the perfect inspiration for my cups.

I call the set weeds & wildflowers

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The best part was that after I baked them according to directions they are food safe!

Date nights

Since Nate and I have very different schedules and I am a bit OCD its easier to pre-plan date nights where we can spend quality time together. We try to do this at least once a week.

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Thursday’s on cedar street have officially become “Filet Thursdays”. Like many men, Nate enjoys red meat and would eat it every day if possible. There is this great hole-in-the-wall butcher shop called julians that we go to get our date night food.

When I first met Nate he literally had no silverware. He had one steak knife and in his refrigerator was soy sauce, mayo, catsup, and soda. That’s it. He ate out for every meal. According to him, he was not even able to fix Mac n cheese without screwing it up. I am by no means a chef, but I love to cook. After many months of cooking at his house (with a stocked refrigerator) he has become a culinary fiend.

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He really enjoys fixing filet with different glazes or sauces. {It works well that he likes fixing meat because it honestly makes me nauseated to look at before it’s done} This particular evening, he made a bleu cheese and bread crumb sauce and topped it all off with roasted red peppers. Oh my, was that good!

Since the origin of “Filet Thursday” we have branched out. He found Cornish game hens at Julian’s along with the most amazing chicken rub. It was a little strange to stuff the bird with a can, and even stranger to pull it out once they were cooked. When we fix these again they will go great with mashed potatoes and a garden salad.

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The cream cheese incident

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I had an atrocious experience while making my boyfriends birthday cheesecake. To make a long story short I ended up with 10 packages of extra cream cheese. In a valiant effort not to waste anything, I have ransacked my kitchen to make use of the 5 extra pounds of cream-cheese-goodness without going to the store to buy more accompaniments.

First, I found brownie mix. I made the brownies according to the package. I filled cupcake liners half way up with plain-jane mix. Then I beat a pack of cream cheese, about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar together. I put this on top of the brownie mix and baked 5 min longer than instructions stated. The result was SO GOOD!

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After having an ego boost from the brownies, I decided to make a cheese ball. It occurred to me that I had ham and pineapple in the fridge so I opted to try a “Hawaiian cheese ball”. I blended together two packs of cream cheese, deli ham, canned pineapple, chopped chives, salt & pepper. I was hoping to find nuts or trail mix of some kind to coat the outside, no such luck. I turned to a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips as my only option. Surprisingly, this turned out great too!

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With 7 packages of cream cheese left to be used and a large ego, I decided to be inventive. I had stayed in the proverbial cream-cheese box too long! I found taco seasoning and diced canned tomatoes. I mixed this with two blocks of cream cheese. My plan is to get ground chicken and cook it in this sauce to make an ‘enchilada’ type dish. The finger-dip taste test was good, but I will leave a comment on if this was a flop or a new favorite.

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With seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and half of my cream cheese gone, I found my very favorite salsa. It’s a wv natural company that makes AMAZING stuff! I added my jar of blue smoke hot salsa to a block of cream cheese for a mild extra yummy dip. {as a side note: their peach salsa is the best I have ever had, I highly recommend to any salsa fan}

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To finish off my cream cheese explosion, I made pinwheels. Tortilla shells smeared with heaps of cream cheese, then stacked with meats and vegetables; it can’t get much easier. I happened to have turkey, American slices and spinach. These are ingredients to my favorite sandwich, so they should be good wrapped up in a tortilla. I cut them into bite size portions & gobbled them up for lunch.

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Three hours and five pounds of cream cheese later, I’m finally done! I’d love to hear any recipes with cream cheese in case I find myself in this predicament again. — Rooter

About us

Hello world!

We are a crafty set of sisters who enjoy home made, messy, re-purposed, goupy, and sustainable projects. This blog will allow us to share our newest inventions with each other {and with you}. You see, we live two and a half hours away from each other which is really hard. This way, we can share ideas, food recipes, finished products, and failed outcomes just like if we were together. We hope you enjoy!

-Carli & Randi {Boog & Rooter}

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