Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Last year, I made a NBA Playoffs Cookie Cake to support two of my teams... the Rockets and the Hornets. They both won the night I made the cake so I am hoping it works this year too. The Rockets are one game away from the Second Round. They have to win this game or it's back to Portland and I fear what that will mean.
My cookies are nothing new for me... Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix with Wilton Buttercream Icing (medium consistency). I didn't work too hard on my decorations... you can see the white icing is pretty messy but I thought my Rockets logo was pretty good for a quick, late night project.
Of course, the most important characteristic is that they taste DIVINE! I know my co-workers will be very pleased with me!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here are some shots from the game (click to make larger).
Now, I will do a little name dropping. Sometime in the first half, I looked up to see a very familiar face. I knew he was a Texan... it was Chester Pitts. He was with his teammate, Duane Brown and they hung out in our suite the entire game. A little later, Eric Winston came in with who I assume was his wife. Then, another guy that I cannot name. They were all huge!
Monday, April 20, 2009
I don't typically cook on Friday nights because I have cooked Sunday-Thursday and am just tired of it. This Friday night was a typical Friday night for Ryan and me. About 6pm we started talking about what we want for dinner. By 8pm we were FINALLY headed out the door. It's always the decision that takes the longest.
We always want something "different" but there aren't a lot of "mom and pops" in The Woodlands. I was craving Hibachi Steak and Chicken w/ fried rice. Thats too expensive though so we did some investigating and found an Italian place (Hibachi... Italian... same difference) just outside The Woodlands, Sweet Bella's. We made the drive there, arrived at 8:30. Walk in, wait to be seated, and wait. No one speaks to us. Then, the waitress tells another couple that sat themselves that they were closed. Closed.. at EIGHT THIRTY on a FRIDAY NIGHT!!! WHAT? Not Happy and probably won't give them another chance.
So we decide to drive by another place we considered but its a buffet and it was empty and being the only people eating at the all you can eat buffet was just not appealing to me. So, since it was in the same parking lot, I suggested Genghis Grill. I had been told a year or so ago that it was good, but we had never tried it.
Genghis Grill is a Mongolian Stir Fry restaurant. They have a "stir fry bar" that has all the raw meat, seasonings, veggies, fruits, fixings and sauces you could want to make a stir fry bowl. The waitress told us how it worked and we both made our own creations. I had Beef and Chicken with Pineapples, Zuccini, Squash and Potatoes with the house G3 sauce. Ryan had a little of everything with one of the really spicy sauces. We delivered our bowls to the chefs and within about 5 minutes were served our creations over fried rice. It was REALLY YUMMY.
After we sat down we read the menu and realized there are two options -- One Bowl or Bottomless Bowl for $3 more. Ryan would have done the bottomless bowl had he known, not mixing a little of everything together. Next time!
After a rough start to the evening, Genghis Grill saved the day and it was much closer to Hibachi than Italian!! :) When we left at 10pm, there were still people coming in. We must have been late to the party learning how good this place is. Mom and Dad, I'll take you next time you are here. I think you'd like it.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Ps, I completed my "Next Baking Adventure" over the weekend. More on that later...
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Inside we have also seen TONS of progress. The framer has almost wrapped up all the detail work. There are tons of arches and a couple of cool ceiling treatments that I was finally able to see this week and it looks awesome!
Master Bedroom Barrel Vault Ceiling
View as you walk in the front door
And of course, a picture of Admiral
For a full set of pictures of the house progress, go here.