I can now officially say Happy Friday, since today is my Friday, but it is really Saturday 🙂
This morning was spent preparing some of the food that I will be taking to my Superbowl party.
I’m going to bring a few things…cheese and crackers, meatballs, dessert, and whatever else I can make between today and tomorrow.
I wanted to make a barbecue sauce to go on the meatballs, and thought about a recipe I had that is made with homemade liqueur, which I just happen to have.
You start out with 8 oz tomato sauce ( I ended up doubling the recipe), and 1/2 cup homemade coffee liqueur.
Then add 1/4 cup chopped onion.
Next comes the 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce and 1 tbs lemon juice.
Finally, add 2 tbs flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp dried pepper.
Whisk it all together and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Once it boils; reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking occasionally 5 to 6 minutes. Let it cool and store in an airtight container in fridge.
I can’t wait to put the sauce and meatballs in the slow cooker tomorrow…yum!
I also made Liz’s Peanut Butter Pretzels Bites. I was a little worried about making them a day ahead, because I was worried that there wouldn’t be any left for tomorrow’s party. I decided that as much as I want to try one, I’m not. I’m going to wait until tomorrow. That way I want be wanting to go back for more.
Green Monster for breakfast. I used up all my spinach and my bananas. Wahhhhh! Good thing I’m going to my parent’s house tomorrow morning for breakfast. We are celebrating my Dad’s 59th birthday.
I heated it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds and viola… a yummy snack to go with my coffee. I definitely have to put nutella on my grocery list. I don’t like being without Nutella.
For lunch I’m finally having my tofu fried rice. Yes, I had Panera’s Thai chopped chicken salad for the third day in a row last night 🙂
My snacks are basically a repeat of the past few days. Yogurt with blueberries and hummus with pretzels.
For dinner…my mom called and asked me if I wanted some chili. I never turn down food that I don’t have to make so of course I said yes.
Does anyone else like to see how far they can go without going to the grocery store? I didn’t go to the store last week, and even though I’m running low, or really I’m out of fresh produce I always like to see what I can use up, and what recipe I can use with the ingredients I have on hand. It sometimes turns into a challenge with me.
Exercise for the day… 40 mins on the treadmill. And btw this is the fifth day this week I have exercised! I feel so good!
That also means I’m sticking with my resolutions.
1) Make a new recipe a week. I made 3!
2) Exercise at least four days. I did 5!
Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup homemade coffee liqueur
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tbs hlour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 chili powder
1/4 tsp dried crushed pepper
Whisk together ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer, whisking occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cool completely before serving (about 30 minutes).
Store in airtight container in fridge up to 7 days.
Today is also National Fondue Day. If I didn’t have to work , you would definitely find me at The Melting Pot celebrating the holiday. Has anyone else gone there? I love that restaurant. I love the food. I love that it takes you 2 hours to eat. I love the exeperience. It is definitely one of my fav restaurants.