Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mmm...



I pin a lot.  I pin a lot of recipes.  Before I go grocery shopping I plan my menu and make a list.  I always check my "Recipes to try" board during this process to see if there is any lovely thing I want to make that week.  I have had the ingredients to make this Kung Pao Spaghetti for a few weeks and finally made it Tuesday night.  I love these flavors.  It's like a mildly spicy lo mein.

Super yummy, try it.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Egg Hunt 2015


We went to the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Lions Club.  The last time we went was back in 2010.  Wow!  Take a look at those photos.  This time, Lucy was in the 6-8 year old bracket and Noah was in the 0-3.  He was an egg getting machine, Tony had a strategy for him to run to the middle of the field (the eggs were dispersed over a baseball diamond) and start there, since all the kids would be at the front. So he was the only kid out there in the middle and could grab 4 eggs at a time, two in each hand.  Tony finally cut him off...and his bag was full.






Pump up the birthday fun.

Lucy went to a birthday party at Pump it Up last night.  I'm pretty sure she thought she'd died and gone to heaven, just look at that face.  Although, I doubt there are inflatable bounce houses in heaven, anyway.  She had such a blast.  I wasn't planning on staying, but when I got there, it turned out to be the kind of party where they expect the whole family.  That doesn't happen often, but there I was.  At this birthday party with a bunch of adults I'd never met before.  Lucy and I were the only white people there.  It was such an odd experience for me but I got out of my comfort zone and I even ate a samosa, it was delicious.  I wasn't brave enough for the mint chutney though, maybe next time.


They did face painting with the Sparkle Tattoo papers.  Have you seen those?  It was pretty cool, I think I could achieve something similar with the Silhouette but I'd have to find sticker paper that wouldn't irritate sensitive skin.

Sitting on the Birthday Throne.

Easter Eggs 2015

Saturday after General Conference, the kids and I, well really just Lucy and I colored Easter Eggs.
We used the color chart from McCormick to pick our favorite colors, we like a lot of greens and blues so I had to write on the side of the cups to remember which was which.  I used a dry erase marker.

While watching Conference, I had the idea to cut out stickers using the Silhouette machine.  I designed stickers for each of us, some worked better than others and eggs are smaller than you think, I had to resize them down a couple times.  It was so fun to peel them off and see the design.  We tried doing some two-tone, where we dyed the egg and then put the sticker on and dyed another color.  It didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but oh well...the eggs we did turned out really cute.  
Lucy and I had a lot of fun picking the colors and designs.






Monday, April 06, 2015

Really great cinnamon rolls

While I was at Girls Camp last summer, we made cinnamon rolls for breakfast on the last day of camp.  We started them the day before and cut them and let them rise and all the things you have to do to make really delicious cinnamon rolls.   Tammy is a cinnamon roll making queen.  Now, the last day of cooking at camp is really Thursday because Friday is a lot of easy stuff like pizza and yogurt and cleaning out the fridge and washing everything in sight, except for these rolls.  So making them Thursday night, late, in my delirium, I was not so helpful.  I was a bit punchy and my rolls were all different sizes.  I was trying to overcome that memory and make these ones more symmetrical.  They were so so so good.

Oh yeah?
That's how I felt when I sunk my teeth into these.

Oooooh yeah!



Oooh yeah.

Making deviled eggs and cinnamon rolls on the same day, almost resulted in tragedy.

Here's Tammy's recipe:
Cinnamon Rolls

2 pkgs. Active dry yeast (or 2 scant TB)
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
7 cups flour
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softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 TB cinnamon

Scald milk and pour into mixing bowl to cool a bit. Soften yeast in lukewarm water (110°) with one teaspoon of the 1/2 cup of sugar. Add sugar, butter and salt to the mixing bowl and cool until lukewarm. Add eggs, 3 cups flour and the softened yeast. Mix well, then gradually add the remaining flour. Just as the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixer, stop adding the flour, but continue kneading in the mixer for a few more minutes. The dough will be sticky.

Prepare a large bowl with about 1/8 cup of vegetable oil covering the bottom and sides of the bowl. Scrape the dough out of the mixer adn turn once in the oil. Let dough rise for about 1 hour until it is double in size. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Let the dough rest for a couple of minutes then roll each portion into a rectangle that is approximately 9x15 inches.

Spread each rectangle with softened butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar. Roll the rectangle tightly. Cut slices about 1 inch wide so you have about 9 rolls per portion. Place rolls on a greased cookie sheet about an inch apart. Cover and let rise 1-2 hours or until double in size.

Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned all over. Frost immediately with buttercream frosting.

Makes 3 dozen cinnamon rolls. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Literacy

We are a reading family.  I love that we all enjoy books.  I especially love finding Lucy asleep at night with her little light on and a book open on her bed.  Currently she has been enjoying the Just Grace books. This week is literacy week at school.  One Tuesday night they had an author from Michigan speak, Maria Dismondy.  I really enjoyed her remarks, she had such a fun energy and wonderful message.  It was a busy night running from school to piano to Ikea for dinner back to school.  What a fun and nutty day.  Noah was a wild man at school.  
Kindergarten is going to be such a ball for him.



 My Street Urchins, geez, get a brush.


I think my backyard wants this.

The talented Maria Dismondy


For "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character," day, Lucy chose Pete the Cat.  I think it's pretty cute that she chooses by costume, not her favorite character.  I think she'd rather have been Judy Moody or Clementine but she didn't think they lended themselves to very creative costumes since they just look like people.  So, Pete the cat, again.


I did eventually brush their hair.  I keep threatening to shave it all off.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Festoon the Moon


I added this cute swallowtail cake topper to my Etsy store.
If you haven't already, check it out!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

White Bean Chili Dip


Ingredients:
1 (14oz) can white beans
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1/2 C sweet corn kernels, frozen or canned
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces Cheddar, mild or sharp, shredded
2 T chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic
1/2 t ground cumin
1/2 t salt

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 375
-Prepare small casserole pan or skillet with cooking spray or olive oil.
-Divide the beans in half, and put half in a food processor along with the salt, cumin, and garlic. Process until smooth
-In a medium bowl, mix the peppers, corn, cilantro, and about 2/3 of each of the cheeses.
-Mix the now processed bean mixture with the corn and pepper mixture.
-Spoon into the bottom of the cooking vessel, cover with the remaining beans and cheese.
-Bake until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown. I turned my broiler on for the last 90 seconds.  It took about 20 minutes.

I served this with tortilla chips.  One 6th of the pan is about 300 calories.

**The original recipe calls for green chilies and chicken, which I would have added if I thought my kids would have eaten either. 




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mom Awards 2015

The Mom Awards!
They were last weekend and super fun and funny, as usual.

This year we told funny and embarrassing "mom," stories.  It was so great.  Everyone has them...it's nice to know that what we think are our most mortifying moments aren't so bad and that we're not alone.  What happens at Mom Awards, stays at Mom Awards. :)

I had an epiphany and decided to make cookie spoons this year...they were so cute and yummy.  And then, coincidentally I won the Chef Mom Award.  There is steep competition so I was honored to be the recipient.  Jen is so creative, she named all the awards after TV and movie Moms, mine was the Paula Deen Award.  Jen won Fan Mom Award (meaning she is such a fan of all her kids activities) and it was the Beverly Goldberg Awards.  Do you watch Goldbergs?  You should.   It's the best show on TV right now.

We also did the gift exchange again this year, I gave my favorite ice cream, because really...curling up on the couch and watching Goldbergs after the kids go to bed is really a survival item for me.

Super fun night, super fun friends.

I painted on the gold with this stuff I found in the frosting section at Michael's.

Letters for a bunting.

The finished Spoonies