Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ok, so it's been awhile...

since I've last blogged. I'm sorry. We've been really busy here at the Patterson home. We've had family in for the past three weekends! On one of the weekends, I hosted an Uppercase Living party for Andrew's cousin, Rachel Thomas. For those of you who were there, you will appreciate this:

Cheese Straws
Yields 4 dozen

12 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

1.5 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. butter, softened

1/2 t. Kosher salt

1/2 t. ground red pepper

2 T. half &half

Combine 1st 5 ingredients in a food processor. Pulse in 5-second intervals until you have a coarse mixture. Add half and half, and process 10 more seconds or until dough forms a ball. Turn 1/2 of dough out onto a well-floured surface and roll into rectangle. (about 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick). Cut dough into 1/4 inch wide strips. Repeat with remaining dough. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until slightly browned/golden. Cool completely on wire rack. You may freeze straws for up to 3 months.

Tips: They look fun on your plate when you cut them like the recipe says, because they are really long and skinny. But, you can cut these however you want. You can’t mess them up. Just cook until they are starting to look golden.

For whatever reason, these things are so good!

Last night we had the Banta's over for dinner. We made our own pizzas and just hung out. It was funny- we had put all of the dogs out back to play- then we look up and this is what we see:

They had all the room in the world (well, maybe just our little piece of the earth!) to play and romp around...and all they wanted to do was come inside. And as you can see, Miss Sadie got a haircut recently. It's her summer do.
I'm looking forward to hanging out this 4th of July weekend with my favorite person- Andrew! We are planning on going to the pool, watching fireworks and cooking a Boston Butt!!! I'll report on that after the weekend!