Corn and Fettuccini Salad

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Last week, I had several friends over for a Crafts & Cocktails day. We made mixed media art, drank some mango mimosas, and ate this easy lunch salad. Dan the Man and I have had the recipe forever; it first came out of the Houston Cronicle. It’s yummy, and it makes a perfect lunch with a side of salad (fruit salad, this particular day, but green salad would work well, too).

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I first put on a big pot of water to boil for one pound of fettuccini.  While the water was coming up to temperature, I added one cup of frozen corn, uncooked, to a big bowl.

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In a smaller bowl, I combined one cup of mayonnaise (Hellman’s, of course), 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, and 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper.

Once the fettuccini had cooked according to package directions, I drained it and drenched it in cold water to stop the cooking.

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I dumped the pasta into the big bowl with the corn, and then mixed the mayonnaise goop into the pasta.

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I then put the delicious yumminess into a serving bowl, added a sprinkling of black pepper for garnish, and chilled it for several hours before serving.

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Try it.  It’ll be a new family favorite, I promise.  And you’ll like the simple ingredients and assembly process!

CORN AND FETTUCCINI SALAD

1 pound fettuccini

1 c. frozen corn

1 c. mayonnaise

1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. Kosher salt

2 tsp. cracked black pepper

Cook fettuccini according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, add corn to large bowl.  In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Drain the pasta and run cold water over it.  Put fettuccini in the large bowl with the corn.  Combine the mixtures and mix well.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

Beef Tips Recipe — with easier directions!

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Beef Tips

Nearly two years ago, I blogged about an easy recipe for beef tips (https://crapsmanship.com/2015/07/22/our-favorite-beef-tips/).  It’s one of Dan the Man’s favorite meals, but though it’s easy, it involves a few steps that annoy me so much, I don’t like to cook it. The last time I made it, though, I was able to simplify the bothersome steps into a technique that appeals to my lazy side. Read the rest of this entry

Failed Butterfly Bowl

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Dan the Man and I recently took a week long trip to Key West to celebrate our 30th anniversary. (I love you, honey!).  We were there during their annual Singer/Songwriter Festival.  We enjoyed the good music, cold drinks, and the six-toed cats.  We learned a little about American history at Truman’s Little White House and Ernest Hemingway’s house. One of my favorite activities was spending an hour or so in the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy.  Birds, butterflies, and lush foliage abounded, and I stayed busy oohing and aahing as I snapped pictures.  I was especially taken with the fruit feeders placed throughout the Conservancy:

Just some sliced fruit and sugar water.  Easy to do, and I’d love to have a bowl of butterflies in my garden.  So once I was back home, I grabbed a spare bowl, poured in a little sugar water, sliced some oranges, and added some flat-bottomed marbles to give places for the butterflies to perch.


I caught snails.  I trapped ants.  But no butterfly was interested.  Even butterflies don’t appreciate my crapsmanship!

Turn a Photo into Watercolor

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Isn’t this a lovely picture?  I took a photograph of this iris when I was on a girlfriends’ trip to southern Louisiana.  We went to Avery Island — home of a beautiful garden, a bird sanctuary, and Tabasco.

I’ve been playing around with a new app, and I thought this photograph turned out the best.  The app is called “Waterlogue” ($3.99 in the Apple App Store), and it converts any photo to an assortment of watercolor images.  You can then save your new image to your Camera Roll, and you can even print it yourself or send it to a photo printing site.  It’ll make you look like an artist — exactly what every crapsman hopes for!

Poem for Expectant Grandma

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Several weeks ago, I hosted a baby shower for the daughter of a dear friend of mine. I was honoring the soon-to-be grandmother, the soon-to-be mother, and Baby Grace. Of course, my big gift was for Mother and Grace, but I couldn’t let Grams go away empty handed.  I attached the label above to a bottle of champagne.  The baby was born in early May, and Mother and Grace are doing fine!

M-m-m-m Mojitos!

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I planted a variety of mint called “Mojito,” and how could I resist using it for its intended purpose?!  First a hint: Grow this in a pot; as with most mint, it will take over  your garden.  It’s a very pretty plant, but it is exceeding prolific!

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Usually when making a mojito, you muddle the mint with the sugar in a single glass.  That’s great for one-drink-at-a-time drinking, but I was making mine for a dinner party of six.  I wanted a pitcher full, and I didn’t want to have to do such serious muddling.  Instead, my base was a mint simple syrup.  I first boiled 2 cups sugar with 2 cups water, stirring occasionally .  (You could use 2 cups Splenda if you wanted a sugar-free mojito).  Once the water was boiling, I turned it off and put in about 20 mint leaves.  I allowed this to cool completely, and then put 1-1/2 cups of the syrup into a pitcher.  I added 2 cups of light rum and 1-1/2 cups of lime juice.  Yes, I probably should have used freshly-squeezed juice, but I cheated and used Real Lime (and I couldn’t tell the difference).

Once this concoction was stirred, I filled each glass with ice, poured them about 2/3 full of the mint mixture, and then topped each off with ginger ale.  (Sugar-free works here, too.)  Club soda is the traditional topper, but I like the extra flavor from the ginger ale.

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I garnished each drink with a lime wedge and some extra mint.  M-m-m-m!

NOTE:  This post is dedicated to Martha!

Easy and Cheap Table Decor

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Table 4Dan the Man and I were having a couple of great friends over for dinner, and because the weather was so nice, I decided we should eat outside.  We weren’t planning to have a fancy formal table on the patio, but I wanted to dress it up a little.

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First, a trip to Hobby Lobby.  I bought blue patterned scrapbook paper and bandanas.  The paper served as placemats, and the bandanas were our napkins.

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For just about $5, I had an easy table setting perfect for the patio.

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Cheap and easy!

Yummy White Cake

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I made these cupcakes for a baby shower I was hosting, and the cake part was just delicious.  (CRAP ALERT: We won’t talk about the frosting!)  I got this recipe from my son but don’t know it’s origin.  I also committed the cardial sin of a blogger — I didn’t take pictures as I worked.  But the recipe is easy to follow, so pictures aren’t really necessary if you try this yourself.

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