Superbowl snack-attack

I’ve recently decided to take up becoming a more domestic individual. Most the things I cook are frozen or from whatever restaurant in the area is having a special, but I am working toward changing that.

In efforts to be a better cook, I first tried making homemade sausage gravy. I followed this recipe with ease and the final result was delicious. It’s simple and to the point, and yields amazing results. I also made eggs and biscuits to create a type of skillet breakfast you can find at a local diner.

After my amazing success, I decided to continue trying to recipes thinking that everything would go as wonderfully. The Superbowl was coming up so I decided that was going to be my time to shine. Since I’m not much of a sports enthusiast, I figured that a new recipe would be a good way to get me excited for the days events.

My friends were having a potluck for the game, so I knew I would have a nice test audience for my new creation. After scouring Pintrest and Foodgawker for an hour, I finally decided upon a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls.

I must admit, when I first found the recipe the only thing I looked at was the ingredients list. Once I saw that minimal ingredients were required, I went for it. If you decide to make these DO NOT START THE DAY OF THE EVENT. I repeat, DO NOT START THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Do yourself a favor and read the complete instructions for completing the recipe.

Around 3 p.m. I decided to go to the grocery store and get my required ingredients (I also bought whipping cream and extra cheese to jazz up the mac). Upon reading the rest of the instructions, I found out that to get the best results, I should refrigerate the macaroni for no less than 1 day before baking. I had 3 hours.

I went to work ASAP, whipping up the mac as fast as I could. Then I put it in the freezer, hoping for better results. I was even so desperate as to turn down the temperature of my freezer in hopes of chilling the mac quicker. After about an hour and a half, it was time for me to start forming the balls and baking.

To say it was messy would be an understatement, my hands were soon covered in cheese, egg, flower and panko crumbs. The mac n’ cheese had definitely not hardened enough to form into balls, but I did the best I could with what I had. Which at one point, was a terribly large blob of orange goo.

Despite how much I wanted to give up, I knew I couldn’t just throw everything in the garbage and buy a container of Lofhouse cookies (I thought a lot about it though). I tried as hard as I could to make it work, and in the end. It worked out. Kind of. My appetizer looked nothing like the picture, but they were pretty damn tasty and I received many compliments from the attendees of the potluck.

I definitely didn’t have the best experience with this recipe, but it was my fault and the end was definitely worth it.

Life lesson learned: read directions thoroughly.

Awards Season

For those of you who don’t know, awards season is upon us. What awards? The most coveted awards in the television and movie industry – the Golden Globe, SAG and The Academy Awards.

Unfortunately, I care very little about who actually wins the awards. It’s accomplishment enough to be nominated correct, right? What I do care about is the fashion. Who wore what and what wore who.

Let’s start with the Golden Globe awards that took place earlier this January. The Golden Globes is the chance to show the world what you’ve got. It’s the starting line, if you come out on top at the end of this show, you might have a chance of winning the whole thing. That is if you’re invited.

My best dressed for the Golden Globes?

Michelle Dockery from Downtown Abby. This Alexandre Vauthier dress screams fabulous. Dockery pulls it off effortlessly. I’m have been very partial to gold lately, so when I saw this, I almost died. I would give my left arm for this dress, but then again, I probably wouldn’t even come close to looking this amazing.

Honorable mentions: Kate Hudson (also rocked the gold)

Check out more best dressed celebs at the Golden Globes here.

Next is the SAG Awards. The fashion tension is a little higher here. If you didn’t rock it at the Golden Globes, you still have another chance (I’m looking at you, Jessica Chastain).

My best dressed for the SAG Awards?

Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen! This is by far my favorite look from the night. She looks absolutely stunning. The detail at the bottom of the dress is what has me sold, not that I wasn’t pretty close to buying from the rest of the look.

Honorable mention: Nina Dobrev in a gorgeous ready-to-wear Elie Saab gown.

Check out more best dressed celebs at the SAG Awards here.

Now, we wait until the biggest night in Hollywood fashion, The Academy Awards.I am hoping to see at least one Elie Saab haute couture gown. His show for fashion week was nothing short of absolutely amazing.

It’s going to be tough to wait to see what looks the stars will be unveiling. But I’m sure with a month’s time, I will be amazed. Hopefully.