Showing posts with label The Bachelor. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bachelor Finale Recap and Surprise!


Courtney won. 


Yes, I wasted 3 hours of my night last night watching the finale/After the Final Rose. After watching this entire season, I couldn't not see things wrap up, even if everyone knew that it was going to be Courtney. The thing I did like about last night's fiance was the fact that it was set somewhere non-tropical. Usually all the proposal settings are kind of cliche, but I thought last night's spot was much more rustic and just breathtaking with the mountains of Switzerland in the background. I think that Ben brought Lindzi to the final two because I think he knew it would be more calm and easy to say good-bye to her than Kacie B. or Nikki, as I think he had stronger feelings for, or at least better chemistry with, both of those women.

The whole reason I like watching the finale is to see the After the Final Rose special, and based on last night's "re-proposal" I doubt Ben and Courtney will make it until Memorial Day. There tears did seem genuine, I just think that there is way too much water under the bridge with them. I also think they both didn't go in looking to find love in the first place. I think Ben wanted to promte his winery and Courtney just wanted to be famous. I will say that I thought Courtney's makeup artist did an incredible job last night as she looked really pretty on the special. Who knows? Maybe these two are perfect for each other and deserve each other. Regardless, Ben is just kind of boring and I'm not a fan of his hair at all. I'm just looking forward to the Bachelorette!

Last night's Bachelor finale was actually really special for me...because I got to watch it some of my best friends from New York!

That's right, I'm in NYC this week!!

I didn't mention anything about it before because my parents are flying into New York this morning to visit my sister, and my mom doesn't know I'm here! Her and my dad are on their way to their hotel right now and my sister and I are about to walk out the door to meet them. I'm so excited to surprise her that I'm here! I've been dying to come back and visit my sister in the Big Apple, especially since she moved to a new apartment that's in an awesome location. I'm actually in New York for the entire week; I was able to get an awesome deal on a flight from Sacramento so Cam dropped me at the airport Sunday night on our way back from San Francisco this weekend, and I took the red-eye and arrived in NYC yesterday morning. I'm going to be working all week from my sister's apartment, but it will be nice to be able to spend the evenings with my sister and my parents. I so wish Cam was here too, but unfortunately he has to work this week and so it just made more sense for me to make the trip solo. (Plus, between the Bachelor, getting our nails done, and all the shopping we've got planned for this week, I don't think he would have had the best time anyway!) I'm looking forward to getting together with friends and celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the city before I head back to Tahoe on Sunday. Unfortunately, I'm not going to have much time for blogging the rest of the week...but I've got some AMAZING guest posters lined up for the rest of this week! Stay tuned because you're not going to want to miss the great ladies (and gentleman?) that I've got lined up!

I'll have lots more about our weekend getaway to San Fran as well as my week in New York next week, but for now I'm excited to enjoy my time in the city with my family! See you next week loves and get excited for my guest posters! Xoxo

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Superbowl Eats & Monday Night TV

I hope you're hungry because I've got not one but two yummy recipes for you today!

  First things first, Super Bowl Sunday I served my favorite appetizer...but I only make it once a year because it's that unhealthy delicious. Buffalo Chicken Dip. This stuff tastes just like delicious buffalo wings and blue cheese all baked together and gooey. It's something that one of my best friend's mom used to make for sleepovers when we were in high school, and luckily she was kind enough to give me the recipe (multiple times, since I've written it down and then lost it a few times!). It's super tasty and totally worth every calorie...because trust me there are a lot of them!

Buffalo Chicken Dip
 2 large cans of chicken
1/2-1 cup of Frank's Red Hot Sauce 
(depending on how spicy you want it!)
2 bricks of cream cheese
1 cup of chunky blue cheese dressing 
(you can substitue ranch if you're not a blue cheese fan!)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 Drain chicken and place in a large skillet. Saute the chicken in the Frank's Red Hot Sauce until it's completely coated. Add 2 bricks of cream cheese to the skillet and stir until melted. Add 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese to the skillet and stir until melted. Add in the blue cheese dressing and stir until melted. Pour into a casserole dish, sprinkle top with remaining cheddar cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbly. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.
(I love those Tostitos Scoops for this dip!)

Another thing that I made Sunday was a Super Bowl staple--chili and corn bread! Chili is something I make in the crock pot quite often, but I'm always tinkering with the recipe. I know everyone likes their chili a little bit different, but I prefer mine thicker and chunkier over soupier and I like a lot of different types of beans. For the batch I made Sunday, I pretty much combined elements from a few different slow-cooker recipes I found on and then added a few secret ingredients of my own.

Jane's Four Bean Chili
1 lb ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 15oz can of tomato sauce
2 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes
4 15oz cans of beans, drained
(I used black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and great white northern beans)
1 tbs ketchup
1 tbs Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbs chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 ancho chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground beef in a skillet until all pink is gone. Add to crock pot. Dump all the other ingredients in the crock pot. Stir. Let cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Easy peasy!

 As far as cornbread, I just made classic Jiffy cornbread because a) it's made in Michigan and b) it's the best. And then as far as other Superbowl eats, I also made this simple yet delicious good! (I only took one picture of my guac because Jenna's got beautiful pics on ELR!)

 So that's what we snacked on during the Super Bowl, what about you? I'd love to get some new recipe ideas for next year!

After this weekend, I was ready to just chill out last night. Cam and I had leftover chili for dinner and watched some quality TV...and by that I mean the Bachelor. (Yes, I actually suckered Cam in to watching it with me!) I really like Kacie B. and Nicki, where as Cam said he should choose Emily or Lindzi (and honestly, I like both of them too). We both agree that Courtney is awful and honestly, some of the things she says sound scripted. I hope she doesn't win, but she probably will. Grrrr.

After The Bachelor, I watched the premiere of that new show Smash on NBC and I really enjoyed it! I liked the songs and I'm interested to see what happens. I think that Katherine McPhee is really beautiful and talented, and I like Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston as well.

Did anybody else watch Smash? What did you think? Have you been watching the Bachelor this season? Who's your favorite?

That's all I've got, have a lovely day everyone! Xoxo


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