Cooking with Kids

Here are a few good sites with recipes that you can make with kids. It's never too early to let kids start experimenting in the kitchen. These sites have a mix of recipes that kids can do on their own and ones that require adult supervision, use your judgement.

Cooking with Kids
Food Network - Kids Corner
Children's Recipes
Spatulatta (Complete with videos with kids)
Chef Mom's Kids Recipe Box

Inspiration Issue 4 at Design For Mankind

Erin at Design for Mankind has just released the 4th issue of her e-zine, Inspiration! Her e-zine is aptly named, full of beautiful photographs, quotes, thoughts and experiences from artists in all walks of life. She has an eye for finding beauty everywhere, and a knack for making it shine through. This edition focuses on photographers, their photos, and in some cases their souls.

She has issues 1 - 3 available for download in her archives.

"There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it."
- Henry Moore

Risotto Parmigiano

Risotto Parmigiano

Risotto Parmigiano recipe up at Kitchen Comforts

Monday Musings {1} - Thoreau



"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau

Menu Plan Monday {5}



Monday - Hot Dish
Tuesday - Roasted Chicken and Risotto
Wednesday - Pepper, Onion and Ground Beef Casserole
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grill Night with Baked Macaroni and Cheese and Homemade Baked Beans
Saturday - Fish and Chips
Sunday - Pantry Cleanout

Join Menu Plan Monday over at The Organizing Junkie

Week In Review {4}

whimsy & spice has launched an Etsy shop to sell their delicious goodies. I can't wait to receive mine!

{Edited: I received my order and it is all so delicious. I'll take pics and do a full write up this coming week!}

Tartelette shared a recipe for Choux Beignets and Apricot Curd, which looks easy and positively delicious.

Over at Declutter It you can find tips for letting go of the sentimental clutter.

Jo from Desire to Inspire did a round up of photos from Stylist Lucyina Moodie and I just love the light, fresh, open and airy feel of the rooms.

How cute are these Chalkboard Storage Trugs featured over at OhDeeDoh?

Do you have leftover chunks of broken crayons, Fiona over at Hop Skip Jump has instructions to melt them down to make your own swirly crayons that can be easily used again.

I Got An Award

Tamy over at 3 Sides of Crazy gave me this award for helping her with her web site formatting. She's so sweet and she shares some yummy recipes. Check her out! Thank you Tamy!

Monday Musings

After a bit of discussion with Monique, since she mentioned wanting to start sharing quotes too, I thought it'd be nice if we could link them all so everyone can share their favorite quotes. I was posting quotes a couple of times a week, but starting Monday I'll post a quote once a week along with a way for everyone else that might like to participate to add a link to their quote post. I love collecting quotes and look forward to finding new gems.


My favorite quotes about Quotes:

"The point of quotations is that one can use another's words to be insulting."
-Amanda Cross
"Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another."
-Ambrose Bierce

Edited: Since I don't intend to renew Mr. Linky since I'm no longer hosting Monday Musings, I'll be cleaning up my old Monday Musings quote posts.

Friday, I'm In Love {5}

Whites and Creams from Etsy:
Etsy Loving - April 25, 2008

Clockwise from top left:
Homemade Caramel Marshmallows by Whimsy & Spice
Crocheted Baby Afghan by Lay It On Me
The Classic Wise Owl by Daga Design
White Paper Lace by Brookerpie
j'aime ma maman card by Sarah Jane Studios
Pearlized Shell Bracelet by Kyla's Creations

Quote {12} - Gandhi

"The difference between what we are doing and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world's problems."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Spring Cleaning - Tips

Well since I'm almost done with my spring cleaning, I thought I'd share a few of my tips to make it easier.




  1. For cleaning I have a pack of 20 cheap washclothes in 5 different colors, I use a different color for floors, counters & sinks, bathrooms, walls and windows, woods. Since I use different cleaners for each of these areas I know I can just grab a rag in that color and not worry about it.
  2. To wipe down the walls, I just stick a washcloth on my swiffer, I use it dry on flat paint and wallpaper and damp on semi-gloss.
  3. I spray everything down in one bathroom, go to the next and spray it all down, by the time I'm done spraying, the first is ready to be wiped down, and then I go wipe down the second. I let the sprays soak a bit, letting them do their job and make it easier for me. I do the same thing in the kitchen, clear all the counters, spray them all in a clockwise direction, go back and wipe them off in a clockwise direction.
  4. I have a cleaning caddy that I keep everything in so it's easy to move throughout the room and not have to constantly have to stop and start to go find different cleaning supplies. If you don't have a caddy, load up a bucket or dishpan or a basket lined with a plastic bag.
  5. I keep 2 bins and a trash bag with me as I go throughout the house and anything that doesn't belong in the room it's in goes in 1 bin, anything I'm purging goes in the other. When I get to the room it belongs in, it gets put away. When I'm all done I go through and put everything left in the put away where it belongs. The purge bin gets distributed to it's rightful locations, whether to a person I think might want it or Goodwill.
  6. I start in the least used rooms, and work my way to the most used rooms. You'll get more rooms done in a smaller time frame, so it'll keep you motivated to keep going.  Plus, it'll keep you from tracking a lot of stuff into the lesser used rooms.  It also seems to be the most efficient way to getting the items from the bins put away. (I seem to be collecting a lot of family room/kitchen items throughout the house, so leaving those rooms until last makes the most sense to me.)
  7. I work clockwise through each room working from the top to the bottom and the outside to the middle. This makes sure I don't miss anything and I get through the room in an efficient manner.

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. Want to know how you can be more friendly to the environment? The Nature Conservancy has a whole area dedicated to things you can do and information for Earth Day. Every little bit counts.

There are all sorts of things you can do with your children to make it fun and get them started early:

Plant a tree, bush, flowers or just get out in the garden
Spend a few minutes cleaning up your yard and your neighborhood
Gather your items for recycling and actually take them to the recycling plant instead of just to the curb (if it's convenient, you may want to call ahead) to let the kids ask questions about what types of things are recycled, and what they become
Buy local, go to your local farmer's market or cooperative, let the kids pick out a fruit or veggie they haven't tried before
Turn off all the lights, tv and other electrical appliances (within reason) and eat and play board games by candlelight for a few hours
Go to your local recycling plants website to find out if there are other items that you could be recycling that you aren't currently (locally it's Minnkota)

Share other ideas in the comments, please.

Dinner Bell

Since I don't have a recipe for you today, I thought I'd share the dinner bell from up at the farm. I think it's going to get a new coat of paint this summer, but I wanted to share it in it's current patina.

I'll post the recipe for the Mushroom Pork Ragout later this week.

Dinner Bell

Quote {11} - Wharton

"There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
-Edith Wharton, 'Vesalius in Zante'

Menu Plan Monday {4}



Monday - Tarragon Crusted Chicken
Tuesday - Veggie Pizza
Wednesday - Mushroom Pork Ragout
Thursday - Grill Night
Friday - Taco Ring Salad from 3 Sides Of Crazy
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Soup, Salad and Sandwiches

Join Menu Plan Monday over at The Organizing Junkie

Week In Review {3}

Sourdough Starter and a Beginner Sourdough Loaf Recipe over at The Kitchn

Have you been seeing yellow recipes for LiveSTRONG Day all over the blogosphere lately? The deadline was this Saturday over at Winos and Foodies, many people have linked in their pictures and recipe in the comments. You'll have to wait until May 13th for the full write-up, but it gives you a little taste until then.

Jane over at YarnStorm shared her tulips. Yay! I can live vicariously for a few weeks until we get some blooming flowers up here.

Martha Stewarts' Paw Paw passed away, and she wrote a heart-wrenching tribute to him on her blog.

Seattle Mom Blogs is hosting an Earth Day Countdown with all sorts of ideas to get a little greener. Every effort helps.

Quote {10} - Hepburn

"Yes. I always thought it was a ridiculous name for a prison. Sing Sing, I mean. Sounds more like it should be an opera house or something." -Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" | Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers


"Yes. I always thought it was a ridiculous name for a prison. Sing Sing, I mean. Sounds more like it should be an opera house or something."
-Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Friday, I'm In Love {4}

No products today, just a little inspiration... Can you tell I'm so happy it's spring? These are from Better, Homes & Gardens. I love going through their pictures and ideas for centerpieces, so much inspiration to be had. On a similar note, I suggest highly recommend the post and comments over at Design for Mankind on a post regarding a price tag on inspiration.

Flowers

Spring Green

Just wanted to share the first few bits of green up here in North Dakota. I noticed a little bit of green peeking up in front of the house when I left for work yesterday. So this afternoon when I got off work I went around the yard and took a few pictures.


Spring Green

From Upper Left Clockwise: buds on the red maple(?), the allium is always the first to start coming up, the irises coming up, and finally Zaya

Seriously, I took I don't know how many pictures and she got herself into more than half of them, so finally I just took a picture of her. She's running at me full bore from the other side of the yard, so she looks like she's leaping at me... Goofy puppy...

Spicy African Peanut Soup

I made this on Wednesday, and it was delicious. It's going into my favorite winter soup recipes stash. Not my recipe, so I won't post it, instead I'll direct you to Prairie Bounty Catering for the recipe. Instead I'll just post some pictures of this yummy soup. I had this with a slice of Oatmeal Bread to dip in, and it was absolutely heavenly. Spicy, but not overly so. Paul's comment was "It tastes like peanut butter toast dipped into tomato soup, you wouldn't think that would taste good, but it really does."

Spicy African Peanut Soup

Spicy African Peanut Soup - Bowl

Cross-posted to Kitchen Comforts

Yellow Flowers

They didn't have any yellow tulips, so I got a dozen yellow roses and a mixed bouquet of other yellow flowers. I'll check a few other places this weekend for yellow tulips. Until then a little bit of yellow for spring...

Flowers

Spring Flowers

Every year after going through a mad rush of cleaning in the spring, I treat myself to flowers... lots and lots of flowers. I fill a vase for just about every room and take it all in for a while.

When I was younger my bedroom was always a disaster area. Once on a rare occassion when I actually spent time and got it all clean, my dad brought me home a bouquet of roses for my dresser. It was motivation to keep it all clean and beautiful forever at least for a little while. When I put the flowers around the house at the end of Spring Cleaning I always think back to that.

In the last few years I've become partial to yellow flowers for the house in the spring. Yellow tulips preferably... They just seem so cheerful, which is perfect after a long winter. The flowers in my garden won't bloom for at least another 3-4 weeks, so I'm going to stop on my way home today and get myself a little treat for now.

Treat yourself to a little something special!

Quote {9} - Grant

"When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls."
-Ted Grant

Free Kids Games

I thought I'd round up a few of my favorite websites with ideas and games for kids that require just a few items most people have in their houses.

Mom's Minivan
About.com's Travel Game Roundup
Creative Kids at Home
Kid-at-Art

I find the best searches to find ideas are "imagination games for kids" and "travel games for kids". Have any good resources? Please share them in the comments.

Spicy Pumpkin Pie

Spicy Pumpkin Pie up at Kitchen Comforts

Yes, it got a rather large crack in the top. Yes, it still tasted marvelous!
PumpkinPie

Quote {8} - Short

"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."
-Solomon Short

Home Office: Desk Top Organization

Here is a before picture of my lovely office. How embarrassing! It didn't get this way overnight, but it is in sad shape.

Office - Before

I started with the desktop and a laundry basket. Took everything off, wiped it all down and put it back. My office area is more of a storage area for my painting, scrapbooking and craft supplies. You can still see the mess under the desk, but I'm getting there. I have a large bag of trash and a box of sell/donate.

Here is the desk top all cleaned up. A few of the items will go up on the first shelf when it's ready. So it's not quite cleared off yet.

Office Desk - After

Menu Plan Monday {3}



Monday - Monte Cristo Sandwiches from Full Bellies, Happy Kids
Tuesday - Spicy African Peanut Soup from Prairie Bounty Catering
Wednesday - Lime Garlic Chicken (went to help a friend and didn't have this last week)
Thursday - Shredded BBQ Pork and Coleslaw Sandwiches
Friday - Bacon Feta Stuffed Chicken from My Life As Annie
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Minestrone

Week In Review {2}

I started off the week with a good laugh courtesy of Oh, The Joys

Amy over at Blissfully Domestic has a list of Creative Toy Replacements, part craft, part toy, completely entertaining.

Melissa over at The Inspired Room put together a well written post regarding decorating children's rooms, particularly boy's rooms. Don't let the initial picture turn you off, it's a what not to do.

Over at The Kitchn they are talking about storing and documenting your recipes and dinner parties.

Do-it-yourself custom silhouettes instructions over at Design*Sponge, how cute is that?

Quote {7} - Dement

"Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives."
-William Dement

My Office: Organization!

My home office had gotten a bit out of control, it was too easy to put stuff in there and shut the door. See, my office area is in a closet in the library, so I tend to throw a few papers on the desk, shut the door, throw a few picture frames on the desk, shut the door, throw a teddybear on the desk, shut the door... anyway, you get the idea. The thing is, then when I actually want to use my desk, I can't so I temporarily co-opt the dining room table. Ok, well enough is enough.

It's going to take a few days due to other commitments, but I'm going to go through and organize the closet from top to bottom as one of my Spring Cleaning projects. Starting with the desktop, then the overhead shelves, then under the desk. Then I'll see about getting Paul to wire in an outlet for me so I can get some lighting in there!

Raspberry Apple Pie

Raspberry Apple Pie recipe up at Kitchen Comforts

AppleRaspberryPie

Friday, I'm In Love {3}

Etsy is having a Mother's Day Showcase
So, here are a few of the items I'm loving for Mother's Day from Etsy.

Friday, I'm In Loving

From top left, going clockwise:
From showcased vendors...
Cranes Print by Jennifer Overfield
Embroidered Flower Purse by Spongetta
Teal and White Earrings by Magnolia Jewelry
Green Lotus Flower Hand Painted Silk Scarf by Miss Megan Mac

And not being showcased, but quite beautiful...
Vintage Blues Hand Bound Journal by Huish Books
Large Hand Thrown Stoneware Bird Feeder by Just Mare

And finally, what did I buy for my mother? Well, I can't share yet, because she looks at my blog from time to time... so it's still a secret. I will share that it is from an etsy seller, and I'm having it mailed to me first so I can send it to her a little closer to Mother's Day. If I share the seller, she'd figure it out. So, if you are really curious, you can e-mail me through my profile and I'll share.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup & Chicken Stock Recipes up at Kitchen Comforts

ChickenStock

Quote {6} - Armstrong

"I believe that every human has a finite number of heart-beats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises."
- Neil Armstrong

Faux Pas?

Is it a major faux pas to feature something from an Etsy seller, then end up buying it yourself? I featured Meese, from etsy seller Little Bit Funky at the end of March.

Meese

Well this morning, I went and bought him. I was thinking about him for my nephew, but he is too young for the buttons on him. So, I featured him instead. Well, Paul and I are adopting and while our child wouldn't be able to play with him for many years, I decided I wanted Meese. So, major faux pas? Either way, Meese is mine now, but she has plenty of other cute things... like Baxter, the handmade stuffed bear, and Jenny, the doll, and I could have sworn she had a cute kitty too, but it must have found a home. She also makes lots of other stuff, cute cards and button bouquets...

Oh, and she has a blog too, go check her out and say hi!

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk and Glop

Spring is fast approaching in North Dakota, so it's fun to find some outdoors activities to keep kids occupied. Here are a few that we have fun with.

Glop


This is also known as Oobleck, Goo, and Ooze. This is an outside project! Or you will have little flakes of green cornstarch everywhere, you've been warned. Have a bowl of water or a hose handy for rinsing off glop when you are done playing.
Ingredients

Corn Starch
Water
Food Coloring (we always use green)

Directions

Depending on how much you want, we usually do about 1 - 2 cups of corn starch.
Then add just enough water to get it to stirring consistency, approx 3/4 - 1 1/4 cup.
Add a few drops of food coloring.

Glop is a non-newtonian liquid, so you can slowly sink your hand into it, but if you try to go in fast, glop acts like a solid (careful you don't hurt yourselves). Try breaking off chunks of it, or squeezing it tight in your fist. Kids have a lot of fun with this stuff.

Sidewalk Chalk


Do NOT rinse anything off in your sink. Use your hose outside. You do not want Plaster of Paris in your pipes.

Ingredients

2 parts Plaster of Paris
1 part Water
Tempera Paint (works better) or Food Coloring

Directions

Pick the shape of chalk you want to make and find containers to let it set in. Paper cups work well.

Depending on how much you want, we usually mix up about 2 cups of Plaster of Paris and 1 cup of Water. Pour about 1/4 cup into each cup, add paint and stir until desired color is reached. Let set overnight. Tear paper cup and peel off of the chalk. Have fun!

Quote {5} - Patton

"Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
- George S. Patton

Oh, The Joys

Have you ever read Oh, The Joys? Seriously, if you haven't you should start! This post, where she shares her anxiety at having dinner at a new couple's house, and the subsequent hilarity had me just about lose my drink all over my desk. She shares her life as a mother and wife, and while I'm not a mother yet, I can relate to her feelings and stories on so many levels. I don't participate in the Perfect Posts at Petroville, if I did I would have nominated this post titled Not Leaving for March.

Berry Buckle

When I was cleaning up the kitchen and the front of the refrigerator this weekend I was inspired to make a Raspberry/Blackberry Buckle as a treat for Paul. I had some berries in the refrigerator that needed to get used up. While cleaning the front of my refrigerator I glanced at Amy Karol's Cheat Sheet of Basic Recipes with a Raspberry Buckle recipe on it. I was going to use the berries for breakfast tomorrow, but decided to go with the buckle instead.

This was very good, mine looks a bit of a mess, I added about 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and mixed Raspberries and Blackberries since I didn't have enough Raspberries. I served it with a few carmelized bananas (that needed to be eaten) and vanilla ice cream. I won't post the recipe since I basically took it right from Amy's Cheat Sheet, but feel free to download it here. Say hi and peruse her blog while you are at it.

RaspBlackBuckle

BuckleServing

This was SOOOOO easy to make and very yummy!

The leftover bananas made a yummy topping for pancakes the next morning.

Bananas

Caramelized Bananas


2 bananas, cut into slices 1/8"-1/4" thick
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter

Melt butter on low in small pan, sprinkle brown sugar into pan and stir until just mixed with butter, add bananas, stir to coat. Cook on low 2-3 minutes until lightly browned, not until soft and mushy!

{Edited: I accidentally posted instead of saved this, I'll add pictures tonight in case you are the kind of person that won't make a recipe without a picture.}

Menu Plan Monday {2}



I made two big batches of soup last weekend to get me through Spring Cleaning with minimal effort, so that is still part of the menu this week.

Monday - Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tuesday - Lime Garlic Chicken
Wednesday - Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Thursday - Out for Dinner - Watching UND at the Frozen Four Semifinals with friends
Friday - Chicken Tortilla Soup
Saturday - Out for Dinner - Hopefully, watching UND at the Frozen Four Final with friends
Sunday - Spinach and Goat Cheese Pizza

Lime Garlic Chicken


Unfortunately I don't really have a set recipe for this. I tend to just shake stuff on it. It turns out a little different everytime, but always tastes delicious. When I use fresh squeezed lime juice, I always add a little more than the bottled stuff from the grocery store. Rose's is already thick and a little bit sweet, so it definitely adds a different flavor. Of the three lime juice choices, my husband likes it best with Rose's and I prefer it with fresh squeezed lime juice. The butter is the sauce thickener, you can try oil, but I find it works best with butter.
INGREDIENTS

Chicken Tenders or Breasts
2 Tbsp Butter (The only ingredient with a set amount)
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder (or fresh garlic, diced or pressed)
Thyme
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Rose's Lime Juice, Lime Juice, or fresh squeezed Lime (each impart a different level of lime)
Chicken Broth (Canned or homemade, again each will impart different flavor)
DIRECTIONS

Melt 2 Tbsp Butter in pan
Place chicken in a layer in the pan
Sprinkle liberally with onion powder, thyme and garlic powder (if using fresh garlic wait until chicken is almost cooked, you do not want to burn the garlic)
Sprinkle with just a bit of salt, pepper and paprika (to your personal taste)
Cook chicken until almost done, then add garlic if using fresh
Finish cooking chicken until just done (no longer pink in the middle)
Transfer chicken to a plate
Add about 1 cup chicken broth to the pan (a little more or less won't hurt)
Add in the Lime Juice (1/2 a fresh squeezed lime, approx 1/8 cup lime juice, or if using Rose's Lime Juice, 2 splashes from the bottle)
Whisk it all together, getting the fond from the bottom of the pan
Reduce until a thick sauce, the sauce should be able to coat the chicken
Put chicken back in pan to coat with sauce, don't keep cooking the chicken, just a quick flip through the sauce
Dish up chicken and drizzle with any remaining sauce in pan

Week In Review {1}

How delicious does this Slow-Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken at The Kitchen look, I'll have to try that soon.

Spring Cleaning over at Cara's Coffee Break

Photoshop tutorial round-up for light effects over at Smashing Magazine. Who wouldn't want to learn more techniques for making blog bling.

I love these wooden drum shells made into a tea table featured over at Ohdeedoh, now I want to find some for myself.

How precious is this handmade village frock over at Sugar City Journal. Love it!

Desire to Inspire featured interior designer Palmer Weiss. While I really love the photos, what really caught my eye are the pinks and greens in the first photo. I think it would be a beautiful combination in a little girl's room.

Design for Mankind's 3rd issue of "Inspiration" e-zine came out this week. I love the quirkiness of the e-zine, the hand written comments and the blend of both vintage and modern inspirational photos, captions and quotes. It's really lovely and you can also download issue 1 and 2 still.

And last, but certainly not least... the whimsy & spice website debut. I've been reading BabyGadget for quite a while now and started reading Sweet Fine Day when Jenna and Mark started that blog full of sweet cooking goodness. Well, they just announced that their site whimsy & spice is up and they are starting to sell their products this weekend at the Brooklyn Flea. I'm so excited for them. Oh, and they have the same Pinch, Dash, Smidgen measuring spoons I have... Although I still have no use for them really, they just look awful cute! As soon as they have online ordering setup I'm buying some marshmallows... the chocolate ones look divine!

Quote {4} - Barnes

"Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want."
-Clive Barnes

Kitchen Cabinets - Before and After

One part of my Spring Cleaning project is to reorganize my Kitchen Cabinets. Several had been done in January, but I've been working on the few stragglers in the last week.

There are actually 3 baskets in the left cabinet now, the back one holds silicone baking items and x-large baking sheets. The two front baskets hold (on the right) all of our plastic sandwich/storage bags, and (on the left) paper products (paper plates, napkins & cups).
The right cabinet holds my gigantic plastic bowls and a few plastic storage containers for taking food to company, our blender, large tea pitcher and our guide for slicing bread (we make a lot of homemade bread).

FridgeCabinet

This cabinet holds most of my baking and candy making items, chips and nuts type stuff. Basically I corralled open items into bowls or containers, so I check there first before opening another bag.

BakingCabinet

And last I'll share the front of my refrigerator. It wasn't too bad before, but I took down some of the pictures I've had on it forever. You can see Amy's cheat sheet of recipes there, she uses the same chocolate cake recipe I use and I love her gingerbread. She has a pdf on her blog, Angry Chicken, you can download it if you want to try any of them.

Refrigerator

Quicky Quiche

Quiche isn't that difficult, but this cheat makes it even faster and easier. I like to also sprinkle in some bacon, or other fillings. Sometimes mushrooms, or peppers and onions. It all depends on what I have handy to use up.

Quiche

Quiche Slice

Quicky Quiche

INGREDIENTS

1 9" pie crust
6 eggs beaten
1 container Allouette cheese spread (I use Spinach and Artichoke)
Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Combine eggs, cheese spread, salt and pepper and pour into pie crust
Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown

Jasmine Vanilla Pillow Mist - Hot Mamas Know



Thanks to a post at MicheleAgnew.com, I have a post for HotMamasKnow.

One of the little things I do to pamper myself at night before I go to sleep is spritz Jasmine Vanilla Pillow Mist from Bath & Body Works on my pillow. I spritz a little on and then get ready for bed while letting it dry. It smells lovely and I do think it helps me relax more and fall asleep faster. We all know a good night's beauty sleep is imperative.

Jasmine Vanilla Pillow Mist

Quote {3} - Hadley

"Decorating is not a look, it's a point of view"
-Albert Hadley

From the spine of the April 2008 issue of Domino



Great Free Fun Sites for Kids

Just a few of my favorite sites to share with kids of all ages.

Fun Sites
Build Your Wild Self
Bembo's Zoo

Stories
LookyBook
Internet Archive Children's Library

Audio Stories
Kids Records Weekly
The Cinnamon Bear
Story Nory
Juvenile Shows on RUSC Old Time Radio
Home School Radio Shows



A Few Of My Favorite Things

This is the beehive lamp I made for the nursery, you can see a couple of the bees to the right and the very bottom of the light. I found a paper lantern perfectly shaped for this project. Painted it a brownish honey yellow, and added the bees. It's perfect over the reading chair in the nursery. My mom and I made the button up shade together when she was here in February. I have plenty of the fabric left for other touches around the room.

BeehiveLamp

A book of fairy tales from 1933 from my grandfather. It was given to me on my 2nd birthday and no longer has it's binding and a few pages are missing, but I cherish it.

FairyTales

The bust was a gift from my aunt when I was in high school, and my mother gave me the column a few years later to display her. When I was in high school she conveniently held all of my necklaces. Now she sits in the corner of my living room.

Bust



Quote {2} - Moore

"Money is not the only thing one has to spend; the other thing is life. The difference is that you never know how much is in the bank, or what your balance is. Your life is your inheritance. As soon as you realize this, you start trying to spend your life wisely."
-Rob Moore


Lemon Cups

I took a break from cleaning last night to make these lovely lemon cups... I was craving something lemony, but I wanted something light, as opposed to rich and dense like lemon bars.

These bake up to a very light spongy cake layer on top and a layer of lemon curd on the bottom. They are also delicious made with lime juice instead of lemon juice. A wonderful light summer dessert when served chilled, but who has the patience to let them chill? They are also great served warm with a bit of vanilla ice cream.

You will want 3 bowls, measuring cups, a whisk (or fork), a rubber spatula, and a mixer handy (unless you have great upper arm muscles and routinely whisk egg whites to stiff peaks by hand).

I've tried to take a couple of pictures to share the light custardy goodness, but really no picture can do them justice.

LemonCup

Can you see the layers in the picture below? It's not too obvious, but they're there, I promise.

LemonCupBite

I had mine warm with a bit of whip cream, mmmmm... because like I said, who has the patience for them to chill.

Lemon Cups


Ingredients

3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup lemon juice, I prefer fresh squeezed, but bottled works in a pinch
zest of 1 lemon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 8 6 oz ramekins, or 6 8 oz ramekins.
Separate eggs, placing yolks in one bowl (A) and whites in your mixing bowl(B).
Add milk to the egg yolks and whisk together with a fork or whisk.
Whip egg whites to stiff peaks, transfer to another bowl(C) temporarily.
Add the sugar and flour to the mixing bowl(B) and mix together.
Pour the melted butter into the flour and sugar mixture and mix together.
Add the lemon juice and zest to the butter, flour and sugar mixture and turn mixer on low, once combined slowly pour in the egg yolk and milk mixture.
Fold the egg whites into the mixture in the mixing bowl(B).
Place the ramekins in a cake pan, and pour the mixture evenly into the ramekins.
Finally, place the cake pan in the oven and slowly fill the pan around the ramekins with water up to 1" to create a water bath.
Cook at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until light brown on top and the top of the cake springs back when touched.

Serve warm or chilled, topped with whip cream or vanilla ice cream.