The wonderful world of 'Manda Blog at Allrecipes.com (1/2009)

The wonderful world of 'Manda

 
Jan. 30, 2009 7:22 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2009 9:49 pm
Well, today I decided that I was going to bake everything under the sun while my Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast was cooking and I must say, I'm EXHAUSTED now! Tomorrow we are taking a trip down to San Diego (CA) to go to Sea World, and since the last time we were there we spent $30 dollars on… MORE
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Flour-less PB Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Muffin
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Devils Food cup cakes
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Jan. 29, 2009 8:37 am 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2009 7:27 am
After two nights of slow-cooker cooking using recipes from this site I had to chime in. I personally love my slow cooker, not only does it make great comfort food, but it's so darn easy while I'm working and going to school.When I had more time I used to cook all kinds of time consuming things… MORE
This was a "fail" in my book.
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This was a "Will do very often!"
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This was a "Very good and will make again."
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Jan. 27, 2009 8:32 am 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2009 7:00 pm
So the woman we rent a room from brought home a huge bag of tiny, overripe bananas. Apparently someone at her work gave them to her to take home. Now, the woman we rent a room from does not cook usually, and I can't really say I've seen her eat a whole ton of fruit. So two days after she's had… MORE
 
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Jan. 23, 2009 9:08 am 
Last night was our monthly anniversary (not married, just dating for 1 year and 7 months now) and I decided to try something different for dinner. Usually we do something really fancy but with the economy the way it is and due to the fact that I only have one part-time job at the moment (I… MORE
 
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Jan. 22, 2009 8:39 am 
Updated: Jun. 10, 2009 6:11 pm
I have a love for animals, and so does my boyfriend. In two years he plans on opening his own reptile store (since he ran one for 5 years as a teenager and loved it) and I'm not sure what I plan to do, besides play with all the animals and finish my degrees.So in November this "animal rescue"… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 21, 2009 1:30 pm 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009 8:17 am
This is a modified version of the creamy rice pudding recipe on this site with another recipe I found someplace else. I've tried a few homemade rice pudding recipes with precooked rice added to the pudding mixture and it just doesn't work to me. It tastes like it's just cooked rice with some… MORE
This is one good bowl of rice pudding.
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Jan. 20, 2009 9:16 pm 
This morning I felt HORRIBLE! I think it was because on Sunday night we went to a friend's birthday party and ended up being awake until 3am then heading to work at 7. Monday I felt fine, but as soon as it was 8 o' clock I passed out in bed, dead to the world.Then for some odd reason at 4am I… MORE
 
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Jan. 17, 2009 9:31 am 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2009 4:42 am
It's taken me forever to complete this neapolitan scarf for my Grandmother, but I've finally finished it. It's a simple double stitch scarf with three colors to it and a lot of fringe at the end, so I really have no excuse for it taking so long (something like 5 months now).I can make plenty of… MORE
A Scarf I Crocheted for my Grandma
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Jan. 15, 2009 8:09 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2009 4:35 pm
Lasagna - one of the greatest dishes ever made. Who could resist layers of gooey cheese, tasty turkey, all tied together with a delectable sauce and perfectly done noodles? I know I can't!Last night we had a wonderful dinner with my favorite lasagna that is quickly becoming a hit with others.… MORE
My Three-Cheese Turkey Lasagna
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Three Cheese Turkey Lasagna (Baked)
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Jan. 12, 2009 8:41 pm 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2009 5:31 am
Before I left for work this morning I threw all the ingredients for Chicken Pot Pie Soup into my slow cooker and I came home to a perfect soup! I wouldn't say it was a five star soup, but it was very nice. Much better than the Quick and Easy Alfredo sauce from last night.I really do love my… MORE
Chicken Pot Pie Soup!
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Manda

Living In
Orange, California, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2007

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing

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About Me
I hope to be a future teacher. Right now I major in English and Political Science. One day I might aspire to be a local politician - who knows! Maybe even an acclaimed author. Oooh, acclaim! Right now my possibilities are endless. I also love to cook. I live with my best friend, my god child and my boyfriend. We're all a happy little family in which I do all the cooking since no one else in the house likes to cook. I also watch my god child one day a week and we try to do kid friendly recipes together to introduce her to cooking and nutrition. I try to plan meals but we usually end up going to the market once or twice a week to pick up food items on sale. Almost everything in my pantry, fridge and freezer come from a sale. We try and be very conscious of how we spend our money and what we spend it on. I have a coupon book and I do clip coupons regularly but we usually just end up getting "the store brand" of whatever is on sale because it's always cheaper anyway.
My favorite things to cook
I have a lot of favorite things to cook! This Christmas my boyfriend gifted me my first ever stand mixer. I try and use it at least a few times a week to show him I appreciate the gift. I've been making a lot of breads from scratch in my household. I also love love love to use my slow cooker! It not only makes delicious roasts, soups and sides but it makes them super easy too. I do go to school and I do have a lot of things to take care of at home, so when I know I'm busy I just throw something in the slow cooker and it always turns out fabulously! I make the best, non fried, not butter rich hot wings for my little sister who is a junk food enthusiast. My turkey three-cheese lasagna is a highly requested recipe by my junk food loving sister as well as my healthy conscious boyfriend. It's a recipe that can't be beat. I also do a four hour roasted chicken that is requested in my household a few times a month. I tend to do it on weekends when I have four hours at home to spare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is not the best cook in the world. My grandmother, on the other hand, has made everything from scratch since she was a little girl. Growing up I remember helping her cook before she moved to another state. We had a great time together and she is my inspiration for learning to cook myself and not just eating the junk food, frozen food and canned food readily available in the house I grew up in.
My cooking triumphs
My mother made THE WORST everything, especially pot roast. Her idea of a pot roast was to stick a piece of meat in water in a steamer and let it cook all day, as if it were in a slow cooker. That was not good eats. My boyfriend is a huge fan of pot roast and I happened to have won a slow cooker last year at his family's gift exchange. I decided to chance it and make my first ever pot roast that hopefully didn't taste like shoe. It was amazing and delicious! I was so happy and now it's something we both enjoy eating regularly, usually when roasts go on sale at the market.
My cooking tragedies
What's tragic right now is that I don't have a BBQ! We've recently moved and while I have my whole kitchen set up I lack a BBQ in my yard.
 
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