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Thanksgiving Giveaway – TomTom GPS

I’m thankful for many things. My husband, my family, our good health. I’m also very thankful for my dear readers that keep me laughing and going :)

Considering the holiday season has begun, sharing is caring, so, this is the first of many giveaways! It’s a TomTom One 130 GPS.

To enter just leave a comment with your favorite dish this time of year. Contest ends Dec 6th, at midnight.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

2) Retweet this on twitter: @MiraUncut is giving away a TomTom GPS on www.mirauncut.com

3) “Like” me on Facebook

4) Share the giveaway from my facebook page on your stream

5) Subscribe to my RSS feed

If you do the extra stuff for additional entries, be sure to enter a new comment for each saying for example : “I tweeted this and here is the tweet url ….” Also, if you already follow me on Twitter and Facebook, just add an extra comment for each and say “I already follow you” or whatever. Basically, you need to make a different comment for each additional entry so you can get credit when a random comment number is picked. You can only do one extra entry per each type.

Contest is open only to US and Canada since the GPS only works in these countries. If your comment doesn’t appear right away, don’t freak out…its just waiting in a cue.

happy commenting! :)

p.s. TomTom has no clue who I am and has nothing to do with this giveaway. Giveaway also mentioned on CashNet Sweepstakes and Online-Sweepstakes.com

Top 10 Best Thanksgiving Cupcake Ideas

Candy corn inspired by Amandas Domestic. These are simple, but gorgeous.

Whats a thanksgiving without corn? By Cupcakes take the cake inspired by the book “Hello, Cupcake”.

This is a mini feast cakelet. Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and peas. By one of my fav cupcake designers Cupcake Envy!

These are a vintage lovers dream! By Covet thy Cupcake. Print out vintage images and add them as toppers.

Natty-Cakes made these perfect pumpkin cupcakes.

Frosted Cake and Cookie makes pumpkin pie fondant toppers. So cute!

It wouldn’t be fall without orange leaves. Anna Elizabeth dresses up these cupcakes in all fall glory.

Isabella had the right idea for Thanksgiving, with turkey, Native American Indian, and Pilgrim figures.

Saucy’s Sprinkles made these Thanksgiving turkey beauties. I just want to grab a drum stick!

I would also like to share my own cupcakes. You can view more here.

The best part of Thanksgiving is  being with your loved ones. I hope everyone has a fabulous time! Eat and be merry.

Hummus – Roasted Red Peppers – Avocado

Hummus

EVERYONE and their mother loves hummus. This is my old school Lebanese recipe. It’s vegetarian/vegan of course, as humus should be! No bacon to muck it up please.

I like to make it from scratch, meaning, dried chickpeas / garbanzo beans. If you want to save time, you can just used canned chickpeas and skip the next few steps.

You have to start the night before. Take a little over 2 cups dried beans and soak them generously with 1 teaspoon baking soda.

The next day, before boiling, just wash them out and add to a pot and immerse in water. Make sure all the chickpeas are submerged and there is enough water for them to absorb.

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Boil it for at least 20 min. Make sure the chickpeas melt when put in your mouth. Check on them regularly. Don’t over cook or the whole thing will turn to mush and you will have a saucy hot mess.

Consider yourself WARNED about the over cooking and one more thing…DON”T cover the pot or the water will foam up and boil over onto your stove. Don’t forget then blame me, aight?

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For the recipe start with

  • 4 cups cooked/canned chickpeas
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup tahini (ground sesame seeds)
  • don’t forget the salt

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Use a food processor if you have one. If you don’t you can use a blender, but it will come out chunkier and you will need to work in smaller batches.

Add the chickpeas first and start blending. WHHRRRRrrrrrrrrrrr (sound of blender, yeh, im a dork)
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keep going…WHHRRRRrRrrrrrr
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Till the garbanzo beans are pulverized
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Add the garlic….then WWWHHRRRRRR (I add less because my hubby likes it less garlicky)
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I love mine lemony so I use 1/2 cup, but you can add less if ya like..then…WHHHRRRRRR..

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Then let it WWWHHRRRRRR while you slowly drizzle in the tahini. The more you add the creamier it is.
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And Voila. Hummus…yum yumm…
Hummus

Now you can go ahead and plate it and eat, or like out the bowl or whatever you like…or….
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OR…jazz it up a bit and make a hummus TRIO!

You will need some avocados and some Roasted Red Peppers

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This doesn’t need precise measuring. I added 2 avocados to about a cup and a half of the hummus puree.

WHHHRRRRR……

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It was sooo green and yummy….next time i might even add some tomatoes and onions and make Guacummus…get it? Yeh, again, I can be realllly not funny, but you know you laughed anyways :)

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On to the peppers….WHHHRRRRRrrrrr

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and more yum!

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I wanted to spice up the presentation and plate it up appetizer style, layer the 3, act like I’m Martha Stewart…so your welcome in advance for the following hummus food porn.

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Like I said..no need to thank me :) Also, check out the Baba Ghanoush I made.

always uncut,

Mira.

The Fly Trap – Ferndale

The Fly Trap

Yup. It’s The Fly Trap. Not what you would expect for a Diner name. If this was Top chef Restaurant wars, Tom Colicchio would totally shoot the name down as unappetizing. Yet, this little gem found its way onto Diners Drive-ins and Dives. You can see the vid on The Fly Trap’s website.
The Fly Trap

We went on a Sunday around 2 pm (our breakfast time), and this place was packed. I can only imagine what it looks like early in the morning.
The Fly Trap

One thing I loved about the place, was you felt a certain sense of humor, from the name to menu items to the decor.
The Fly Trap

We decided to do some breakfast style food/vegetarian, and try lunch another day. Hubby had the Veggie Rumble ($6.95) – basically an amazing veggie omlette.
The Fly Trap

The garlic smashed hash browns were the most amazing I have ever had! There are literally whole chunks of smashed garlic that are cooked with cilantro. Yum yum yum!
The Fly Trap

I had the Pea Patch sandwich. ($6.95) – (eggplants, shitake, tomatoes etc…)  it was ok. I was jealous of my hubbys omlette and wish I had stuck to what I wanted before I got there. I always do that. Know what I want before I go somewhere, change it last minute, and the regret it later.

I wanted the vegetarian Pho! Yeh. They supposedly make awesome Pho.

The Fly Trap

What I didn’t like about the sandwich was that the bread wasn’t really toasted, and it was soggy. I didn’t finish it and thats rare for me. However, in all fairness to fully assess the place we would have to go again. We didn’t really have any of their signature dishes.
The Fly Trap

Oh, did I mention the pickle? It was red. I was curious. I bit into it. There was a familiar taste that I just couldn’t put my finger on. So I took another bite. Strawberries? no. What? not sure. So, I asked the waitress. She laughed and said it was fruit punch! YES! Fruit punch! They pickled those pickles in punch. Such a unique taste.
The Fly Trap

Their fries were reallllllly good, but it turned out they were not homemade. boohoo.

The Fly Trap

Now, something that was homemade was their Hot Sauce. The Red one is the Swat Sauce –  house made Habanero sauce. The Green one was called Green Hornet – this had a cumin note that stuck with me.  You can buy em while you are there. Only $5 a pop. I took a Green Hornet home.
The Fly Trap
The Fly Trap

Had the freshly squeezed orange juice. I love orange juice and always order it when fresh. This didn’t really hit the spot for some reason. It wasn’t super cold and felt a bit watered down.

Also, the service itself was good. As in, our cups refilled often, and our food brought hot (there was a small wait becuse they were so busy). But, I didn’t feel that welcoming friendliness that I expect. It was more an aloofness. No smiles. Just business, until towards the end when I started asking questions, and she warmed up to me. I think. Anyways…

The Fly Trap

The Fly Traps moto is “a finer diner”. LOL. I’m telling ya. The owners got a sense of humor that you pick up on from little things.
The Fly Trap
The Fly Trap

Overall, I would rec a trip down to this Ferndale gem. The food is good honest, and cheap. A combo I like in diners.

I already know what I’m ordering next time, hopefully I won’t change my mind last minute again.

Fly Trap on Urbanspoon

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