Archive for March, 2012
I was going through some old craft photos and I came across this strange idea I had. I just used sharpie markers to draw the faces of each of my family members. I am going to need to re-do this idea this year – there are two new babies to add!
If you’re going to try this make sure you hard boil them first – and for added fun you can dye them in a naturally made food color, or if you’re using the store bought food coloring to dye your eggs go to www.mccormick.com and use their Perfect Color app to help you make the perfect egg color.
This curry sauce is so easy you’ll have your husband making it. I actually did have my husband make it tonight and it was delicious! Here’s the how to on an easy, one pan, no fuss, Red Curry Sauce! This recipe serves about 3-4 people.
14 oz Can Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1-2 tsp Fish Sauce or Soy Sauce
1/3 Cup Water
3/4 Cup Tofu Cubes or Thinly Sliced Chicken Breast
3/4 Cup Frozen Mixed Veggies
(try peas, red peppers, carrots or any mixed bag)
Salt to taste
2-3 Cups cooked Rice or Quinoa
Using a large sauce pan heat coconut milk and curry paste over medium heat until well mixed (about 3 minutes). Add remaining ingredients in order listed and cook 15 minutes, or until warm (if using chicken add time to cook the chicken all the way through or slice up left over chicken from a previous meal).
To serve pour over your favorite rice or quinoa. I prefer Jasmine rice, it has a wonderful texture and flavor that is authentic with any Curry Sauce. You can find Jasmine rice in the rice section of your grocery store. It may be a little more expensive than plain brown or white rice, but its worth it for the flavor!
Never Used Curry Paste?
Try this brand of Red Curry Paste. Thai Kitchen makes everything you’ll need for this recipe and so much more. Look for the curry paste in Red and Green, Coconut Milk in low fat and regular, and their fish sauce too! If you can’t find this brand there are many others that you can use instead.
These yummy snacks are so fun to cut or tear up and feed to your little one. They are so good you can even serve them as an appetizer at your next party!
1 Cup broccoli (frozen or fresh)
1 Cup bread crumbs
1.5 Cups White Cheddar Cheese
2.5 Tbsp water
2.5 Tbsp Olive Oil
1.5 tsp Baking Powder
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cook your fresh or frozen broccoli until tender and bright green. Meanwhile combine all other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add in cooked broccoli. Form into balls and push flat into little pancakes. To get your balls all the same size use a cookie or ice cream scoop. Place on baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes. You can serve them warm or freeze them for later use. (I put my extras into little freezer bags and warmed them up for 30 seconds in the microwave).
In the spirit of trying to reduce the amount of processed food in our diet I researched ideas for homemade coffee creamer. My husband and I, like most people, love coffee in the morning and we didn’t want to give up the yummy taste of flavored creamer. After a few searches I found some yummy recipes at Deliciously Organic.
Here is the how to for the French Vanilla Recipe:
French Vanilla Coffee Creamer:
1 Cup Whole Milk
1 Cup Heavy Cream
4 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Vanilla Bean
(Vanilla Bean may be substituted for 1 Tbsp vanilla extract)
Whisk milk and heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat, add in maple syrup.
Cut vanilla bean and scrape out seeds (see directions on how to do this below). Put seeds into mixture and take off heat. Let mixture steep for an hour. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and put into containers in the fridge.
I used old spaghetti sauce jars that I like to wash and save for many different uses.
Cutting a Vanilla Bean
Start off with a Vanilla Bean
(you find these at any grocery store in the spices section).
1. Use a small, sharp knife to cut the bean in half, try not to cut too deep (you don’t want to cut all the way through).
2. After you cut the bean use your fingers to open it up and use the back side of your knife to scrape out the seeds.
1. Cutting the Bean
2. Scrapping out the Seeds
For Easter gifts this year I decided to buy the large eggs at The Dollar Tree and I used my Cricut (cartridge Alphalicious) to cut out our niece and nephew’s names. I put the letters on the eggs and stuffed the eggs with fun little gifts.