Jul 13, 2012

Successes and Failures

 So, I made that "No Peek Chicken" that is circulating around Pinterest.  It was decent- good comfort food for a rainy night, and helpful since I could put in the oven before I left to interview a potential new nanny for Dell Harper (her current one is moving to DC, sob).

You take a box of Uncle Ben's Wild Rice mix (original recipe), a can of cream of mushroom, can of cream of celery, a can of waters, and mix in a greased 9 by 13 baking dish.  I added a pound of sliced mushrooms and a bunch of chopped celery which I sautéed, for a little fresh vegetables and flavor.  Put chicken breasts on top of the rice (I could fit four big chicken breasts).  Cover tightly, and bake at 350 for 2 and a half hours.  Serve with steamed broccoli.

I had really high hopes for this dish, because of how delicious the baked etoufee was.  Now, it was no baked etoufee, but will do in a pinch.

In other Pinterest recipe experimentation, I made that Chocolate Cobbler/Brownie Pudding stuff the other night.  I used the recipe off of Southern Plate.  It got thrown out.  Not to be ugly about it, but if something chocolate gets thrown out in this house?  Well, it's really not worth the effort.  It was bland yet overly sweet, and really lacked something.  I can't quite put my finger on it- a certain richness was just not there.  So make some brownies with hot fudge sauce instead.

In other news, have I told y'all about my cleaning strategy?  I put a guilty pleasure book on my iPod, and only allow myself a listen if I am cleaning, cooking, blowdrying my hair or exercising.  Right now, I'm about to finish up Mary Kay Andrews' latest, and I am enjoying it immensely! Pure escapist pleasure, and if I miss a line or two due to  interruptions, it's not like I have completely lost the plot.

So that's it for me!  I hope y'all have lovely weekends full of sunshine and trashy novels!  I'll be back with some Miss Priss product updates on Monday.


  1. Have you read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn yet? It's definitely not a fluff book... but it FEELS like it! Reese Witherspoon just bought the rights to the film... I'll be interested to see what happens with it!

  2. I wish there was a "Scoring" component on Pinterest. I started a board of things I've tried with the review in the description because I feel like there have been too many times I've tried something that seemed / looked good but turned out horrible.

  3. Mary Kay Andrews is my favorite!! That's a genius idea to distract yourself from mundane tasks"!

  4. Good idea on the cleaning plan. I enjoyed Spring Fever; it was a fun book.


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