The Weekend Dish: 9/11/2010

Welcome back to another Saturday edition of The Weekend Dish! How did the first full week of September treat you? I hope well! Things have been busy in the Brown Eyed Baker kitchen and I’m excited about a couple of new desserts I’ll be sharing with you over the next week or so, so stay tuned! As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Then, some random life and fun stuff. Enjoy! 🙂

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins – I guest posted over at Maria’s fabulous Two Peas and Their Pod and wanted to share this favorite family recipe for healthy muffins. I hope you enjoy the recipe, as well as Maria’s site!

Bacon Onion Cheddar Biscuits – I pose this question to you: is anything that includes both bacon and cheese ever a bad thing?

50 Fall Recipes – I rounded up some of my favorite fall recipes, from tailgate food to cookies, pumpkin, cheesecakes, warm breakfasts, fresh baked bread and hearty beef stews. A little something for everyone as the weather cools.

How to Measure Butter – A lot of recipes can be confusing when listing butter as an ingredient – some list it in cups, some in sticks, some tablespoons and some by weight. My fingers are close to falling off from Googling for conversions so I created a cheat sheet to share with you.

Most Viewed Recipe This Week: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

Butterscotch Cookies (Simply Recipes)
These look so lovely, so perfect and I love the sprinkle of salt on top. I’ll be adding these to my holiday baking list!

Corn Chowder (My Baking Addiction)
I adore warm soups once fall hits, and this looks perfect!

Garlic Knots (White on Rice Couple)
It’s no secret that I’m a carbaholic – I’ll never turn down more bread at a restaurant. And these rolls look insanely fabulous.

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie (Picky Palate)
Amazingly, I just tried shepherd’s pie for the first time last weekend. I only had a bite, but it was delicious and I immediately thought how easy it would be to make at home. And then this showed up in my Google Reader – perfect timing!

Maple Bacon Kettle Corn (Joy the Baker)
Oh boy. Maple and bacon are like two peas in a pod. Throw some sweet popcorn into the mix and I’m in love. I think I’ll be making this for football snacking!

Weekend Fun

I hope you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend and that this short week has been kind to you (mine has seemed insanely busy!).

Here’s a little hint as to how I spent part of my holiday weekend:

Did a little hangin’ with Stanley at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. We went up for a short little trip and the highlights were definitely the Hockey of Fame and the CN Tower. Well, aside from a 2 hour wait to get UP into the CN Tower and then another 1 hour wait to get DOWN, it was lovely 🙂  We ate at the top and we both had amazing pasta dishes with the most fabulous cheesecake ever (I am not exaggerating) for dessert. I am working on recreating it and hope to be sharing it with you soon! We stopped at Niagara Falls on our way to Toronto and spent a little time milling about in the drizzle. The lowlight? Certainly my $110 traffic ticket for turning out of the wrong lane. Grrr… Here are some photos from Niagara and the CN Tower:

CN Tower & Niagara Falls

On Monday night I had my Fantasy Football draft, which I had been eagerly awaiting since getting hooked on it last year. Last year I really had no clue what I was doing in terms of drafting, so I was excited to do it this year on my own with a year of playing under my belt. I know some people might not be that into it, but many of you have asked what my team looks like, so here you go! (I am in an 8-team league and we start QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, RB/WR/TE Flex, K, DST with 5 bench spots). Here is my roster:

QB – Peyton Manning
RB – Ray Rice
RB – Jamaal Charles
RB – Ronnie Brown
RB – Arian Foster
RB – Justin Forsett
RB – Marion Barber
WR – Reggie Wayne
WR – Roddy White
WR – Michael Crabtree
WR – Santana Moss
TE – Antonio Gates
K – Ryan Longwell
DST – This week I have Dallas, will likely play the matchups each week

Do any of you play? How is your team looking?

Have a fabulous weekend!!


15 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 9/11/2010”

  1. Katrina on September 11, 2010 at 7:44 am

    ahaha I bookmarked many of the same websites! Guess we have similar taste 🙂


  2. Genny on September 11, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I love your blog! Your recipes are delish and easy to print! Thanks for all the sharing!


  3. Janene on September 11, 2010 at 8:57 am

    You know – there is this trend I’m noticing…any recipe that you post or share that includes bacon I want to make.

    There are 2 of them in this edition of your Sat. Dish…I want them both!

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. Tracy on September 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Love these posts! And I love that you love fantasy football too! 😉


  5. Jennifer on September 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Your fantasy teams looks great. I’m an Arian Foster fan and tried to get him for my team. I had the 10th pick and the girl right before me kept taking my next pick! Oh well. Maybe I’ll seek out a trade. Best of luck!


    • Michelle on September 13th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I went back and forth on starting Arian Foster this week… had him in originally (with Ray Rice & Ronnie Brown as flex), then swapped him out and put Jamaal Charles in. Then walking out the door to watch the Steelers game at the bar yesterday, I used my phone to edit my roster and swapped him back in. So glad I did, I was handsomely rewarded for that decision! 🙂


  6. Angela on September 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Ouch on that ticket? Maybe you can make another trip to the area to fight it in court? haha.

    I play fantasy football too! I love it. This is my 5th year. I won the whole league the first year, and lost in the final game the 2nd, lost in the playoffs the 3rd and 4th and didn’t even make the playoffs last year. I see an unfortunate trend!

    I am liking my team this year, even if Brees didn’t have a typical Brees day on Thursday.

    Good luck with your league, your time looks solid 😀


    • Michelle on September 13th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      Good luck to you Angela! Hopefully you can swing your trend back in the other direction 🙂


  7. Maria on September 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Great round up! I bookmarked almost all of those recipes too:) Good luck with your football! I need to get in on that next year!


    • Michelle on September 13th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Maria! Yes, you do! Maybe I will organize a food blogger league next year 🙂


  8. Maranda on September 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    yay! Thanks for sharing! That maple bacon kettle corn sounds delicious!


  9. Debbie on September 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I look forward to your Weekend Dish post! We are hockey fans down here in NC–go Canes! I’ve also bookmarked a few of the recipes you mentioned & look forward to making them. Have a great week!


  10. Arlene on September 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Hi! I can’t thank you enough for posting that butter guide…I usually take the easy way out and ignore any recipes that have butter measurements that I can’t figure out. That’s going on my fridge door for sure:) Love your blog and keep posting!


  11. Susan on September 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Stumbled across your blog through another blog. Love it!

    Congrats on your first year of hockey! I play, on both a women’s team and a coed team. Been playing since my mid-20s or so. It’s a fun sport to watch, but WAY more fun to play! Now you have to start doing tournaments! Hockey meets travel. 🙂


  12. Ron Merlin on September 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    A Fantasy Football Person who’s a Foodie, I love it. Yeah, I’ve run a FFL for many years now. Here’s my lineup.

    And the reason all are shown on the bench is I like to put everyone on the bench and fill out my lineup at the last minute just to be ANNOYING to my weekly opponent. ha ha.

    Ours is a 10 team league so it get’s a little harder to draft.

    Bench Adrian Peterson, Min RB
    Bench Peyton Manning, Ind QB
    Bench Beanie Wells, Ari RB Q
    Bench Reggie Bush, NO RB
    Bench C.J. Spiller, Buf RB
    Bench Percy Harvin, Min WR
    Bench Legedu Naanee, SD WR
    Bench Matt Ryan, Atl QB
    Bench Devin Aromashodu, Chi WR
    Bench Austin Collie, Ind WR
    Bench Stephen Gostkowski, NE K
    Bench 49ers D/ST, SF D/ST
    Bench Victor Cruz, NYG WR
    Bench Bo Scaife, Ten TE
    Bench Neil Rackers, Hou K
    Bench Heath Miller, Pit TE


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