February 28, 2012

Jewelry Junkie: Deep Blue and Metal

My jewelry pick for Monday, loving this combination. Just picked up the necklace from Forever 21 $7!

February 19, 2012

EAT: Cat Head Biscuits

Tonight for dinner I made a honey chipotle glazed pork loin, mash potatoes, and "cat head biscuits" I would highly recommend you try them! Super soft inside and lets face it just fun to say cat head biscuits. They are perfect for dinner or breakfast and would be great leftover for strawberry shortcakes...we're trying that tomorrow.

I love cooking, but it wasn't always that way, I never really started cooking until after I was married. My husband's mom and sister are amazing cooks, so I was very intimated after we were married thinking about the food that might be expected of me. Cereal wasn't going to cut it....I was scared at first, but then about a year and half ago I found this television show American's Test Kitchen, well as I started to try different things I realized I LOVE COOKING the more I cooked or baked the more I loved it.  They test different recipes and make them perfect, down to the minutes you need to stir something, they became my in home cooking class. Now they are my go to for any recipe I'm wanting to make.

In high school if you would told me I would someday have a blog about cooking, first I guess, I would have said what's a blog....hehehehe...then me and everyone around would have laughed in your face most of all my room mate who would have watched me eat my instant mash potatoes, frozen chicken nuggets, and jarred gravy almost every night for dinner. Cool how much things can change. So here's to a wonder creative cooking life!

Happy Cooking!
xoxoxo jolleen
Cook's Country Cat Head Biscuits

February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Today is a day to spread love...so in honor of that, I'm wearing red tights to work and made my husband his favorite carrot cake.

On the Valentine's topic, I still love drawing hearts like I'm a 6 year old little girl, and one day I'll hopefully send Valentine's post cards....I'll make that a goal for next year, mark your calendars. I treat today like other holidays today is the day to share smiles and be nice, not think because you don't have someone or because your stupid husband didn't get you flowers you're not loved ( their a rip off anyways $50 for roses! Please, I'd rather have the cash). Hey single ladies, love yourself, today is the day to eat whatever you want, get a mani pedi, watch a chick flick, dance around the house to rad music, be nice to yourself you are beautiful! Just because you're single doesn't mean your not loved.

On the carrot cake topic, this carrot cake is amazing! The recipe is America's Test Kitchen, I confess I am a ATK stalker, most of the recipes I'll share will be theirs because they are the best! If you don't know who they are I'm sorry, check it out! If you're a beginner cooker, I highly recommend! Anyways so the only difference I made was I made in two 9 inch rounds and doubles the frosting added walnuts to top! Yummy!

So I'm happy, me and my honey got heart Dunkin Donuts on Sunday, I made him carrot cake, and last night he took me to Buffalo Wild Wings..Starbucks has hearts on their cups,and tonight Top Shot session 4 begins, This Valentine's couldn't be better!

Today is what you make it, don't expect people to do stuff for you, do what you can to make someone else's day better.

 America's Test Kitchen Simple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 

February 12, 2012

Photos: Cute little birds

This is another one of my favorite pictures from today... Look really close and you can see the birds in the frozen tree.

Photos: Beautiful Trees

I love this
The trees are so pretty