I can’t wait for you to meet Sarah. I have been trying to get her on here since summer! She has the most creative ideas and is a fantastic cook. AND we are related! Well, the wife of my cousin is related, right? Good enough. Meet Sarah…
Hi, I’m Sarah.
I live in Richmond, Virginia with my cute hubby who is way too nice to me and two daughters that love to boss me around. I enjoy making enormous messes in my kitchen and hate cleaning them up. I love to get out of the house and to habla the español. I spent my entire life hiding the fact that I’m a nerd but have finally embraced it. The word “mani-pedi” really makes me happy.
I adore owls.
Long walks on the beach make my calves hurt.
I find the Trader Joe’s freezer section irresistible.
Since I started watching “The Bachelor” I can’t stop saying the word “amazing”.
I have more most embarrassing moments than anyone I know.
Teleportation because I’m darn sick of flying with little munchkins.
Men love rice pudding.It’s not a theory; it’s a law – a cold, hard, indisputable law.I don’t know why.Will I ever begin to understand the puzzling simplicity of the inner-workings of the male mind?Not a chance.I’m just grateful it’s so darn easy to make them happy – as easy as a little milk, rice and sugar.
Now if you’re like me, you’ll figure out a way to use this to your advantage.For me it comes in handy during diet time because it’s totally ok to make a treat for someone else, right?
Me:So… hon?Do you want me to make some brownies?
Him:Nah.(Keep in mind I’ve sworn him to help me diet no matter what.He’s keeping his promise.)
Me:How about some chocolate chip cookies?(This ought to do it.)
Him:Nah.I don’t really like chocolate. (I’m starting to scramble.)
Me:Rice Krispie Treats?(My voice growing ever so desperate.)
Him:Slight shake.(Was that a nod?Nope, definitely a shake.Time for the diet-busting silver bullet.)
Me:How about rice pudding?(I know I’ve got him.)
Him:Mmmmm, uhhhh… (resolve cracking) uhhhh… (I shrug and smile slyly) sure.
Woohoo!I shoot off the couch like a Roman candle.
Rice pudding is like vanilla ice cream. You can dress it up any way you want. Change up the spices/extracts/fruits/nuts and have a hundred different combinations. You can even make a pudding version of your favorite ice cream.
Here is my favorite combo: Cherry- Almond. I’m kind of obsessed with dried cherries right now. They’re a wonderful combination of just the right amount of sweetness and tart and the texture is plump like a fat little piggy. Mmmmmm… I just grabbed a handful. Addicted. Yes, addicted.
This recipe uses the natural starches in the rice to thicken the pudding. No need for eggs or cornstarch so the flavor stays pure. But you have to think ahead. Those little rice buddies need 2 hour to soften up before cooking. Then a quick boil then slow and low. Drop in your mix-ins and you’re on your way to marital bliss.
She has a ton more great ideas and recipes to share with us, I am hoping she will become a regular around here!