Food Network Star S13 Ep4 Recap - Bell Pepper Bowls

On this week's episode of Chopped, contestants were placed into yet another group challenge, thrown in the woods to make camping food... that was far from camping food, and given baskets of certain death. 


I get that group challenges are probably easier to film and judge, but I'd like to see more of what the individuals are capable of without Matthew telling everyone how to do it.

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It's Friday, so let's recap the week... or week-ish. Almost nothing has happened this week thanks to deal old Tropical Storm Cindy. 

She barely made an appearance... but that didn't stop the universe from closing down this week. 

1. This was the night before the supposed storm hit. I thought the whole "Red Skys at Night, Sailor's Delight" was a tad off, turns out it was right. We dodged the storm, which was great because our town floods with a minor sprinkle. 

The town I teach in though floods with a north wind (pushes everything from the Gulf up into the bay and so forth) and they got a bit of flooding. 

Fruity Marshmallow Treats

This past week my mother and I took the kids and ventured up to Pawhuska, OK to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. She grabbed a ton of fun treats from the coffee car, the Spicy Cowgirl Coffee & Chicken & Waffles Salt Water Taffy being my favorite, however ranking clearly in the top 3 was their marshmallow treats. 

Fruity Marshmallow Treats via @labride

I polished mine off the last 3 hours of the trip back slowly picking apart the contents and savoring every white chocolate drizzled bite. 

The Mercantile Road Trip Part 2

In a significantly shorter recap of day two, thanks in part to not taking my camera anywhere and getting all of these photos off of my mother's phone, I bring you day two of the adventure. 

In all fairness there was no way you can make a trip like this with small kids without a zoo visit. Being our second big zoo to visit this year (Nashville in February) and  living close to the Audubon, I have to say that the Tulsa Zoo is my favorite so far. 

Prices were better than Audubon, but the same as Nashville. There were more animals than in Nashville. As far as how nice it is, this one and Nashville rank the same.

The highlights were definitely all 400 turtle exhibits, Harrison is turtle obsessed right now and I nearly had to peel him off the tank in the photo above.

The Mercantile Road Trip Part 1

Last week we made the 9+ hour drive to north Tulsa to go up and visit Pawhuska, OK. 

Tulsa was chosen mainly for the zoo, gotta give the kiddos a chance to run off the trapped car energy and not start a revolt against every mother in that town. 

I took a good handful pics, so let's walk around and I give you the deets on everything we did and how beautiful the area was. (true story I've long since longed to live in the country... my disdain for the deep deep south of Louisiana runs equally deep. I despise the swamp to be honest.)

I had to snap a few of my nutcase running wild in the upstairs coffee bar area. He was completely done with being held captive and let it be known while his grandmother spent the rest of our yearly earnings at the bakery/coffee area collecting everything else we didn't require to live.

Food Network Star S13 Ep3 Recap - The Mountains of Detroit

This particular episode was underwhelming, but not because of the contestants, the topic was just awful. 

Team captains were chosen. 

Teammates were picked like a 5th grade wiffle ball game. 

And then... then... the dang theme was places and a 5 course meal. Like the forest was pasta and I still to this moment in time can't figure out what the heck the forest has to do with pasta. 

The theme was just awful. 

Ever more awful than the theme was the group of people they had tasting the food.