Thursday, June 28, 2012
Cast of characters:
4 roma tomatoes seeded
1/2 large red onion
1/4 Cup chopped cilantro
2 limes juiced
Salt to taste
Yes that is all. Chop the seeded tomatoes and onions so that they are smaller than bite-size. Add the juice of the limes. Mix in the chopped cilantro. Add salt to taste. Now the hard part. Let it mix and mingle in the fridge for at least an hour. I always need to taste test with a tortilla chip. ;)
This of course can be adjusted to your tastes. I like LOTS of cilantro. Great on chicken, fish, beef, eggs or with tortilla chips! And if you believe it.... the kids like it on their hot dogs.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Kabobs say summer to me.
When a friend, Jodi, said she was making kabobs for dinner the other night I got the craving. I asked her for her recipe and she said she did not have one... huh? So she described her plan to me. It sounded really good and fantastically (that's a word right?) easy. We love easy for the summer. Even I could BBQ these.
The kicker was when she sent me this picture. I KNEW I had to make them and share them.
Jodi made her own baked meatballs. We all do that right? Make extra for the freezer? Then you will be able to thaw your meatballs and BBQ a great easy meal. I will share my meatball recipe on another post.
The assembly of these are pretty easy. Make sure you soak your skewers so they don't catch fire! Then skewer the meatballs, onions, chunks of pineapple and red pepper. Jodi basted hers with her favorite brand :) of Sweet & Sour sauce. You want to make sure to reheat the meatballs and gently grill the veggies and fruit.
Jodi paired this with rice and corn on the cob. While chatting about the meal idea Jodi said next time she would include something red. She is right after all we do eat with our eyes first right? Red pepper or cherry tomatoes? I think red pepper would work better in this instance.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012
I found this quick and easy gift idea for DDs teachers. For the male teachers I think I will substitute a Mens Health (or similar) magazine.
Have fun! Happy Summer!!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This is one of the cutest things I have seen in a while.
|Picture Credit to WorkMan Family Blog|
So we will do two Tshirts. One for each daughter. Once the hand print is on the shirt you will need to fill it in a bit. The oldest daughter wants to put their names in paint on the back. We will see. Still undecided about that.
Have fun! And wish me luck on finding some fair priced white Tshirts to do this project!
All the details can be found at WorkMan Family blog.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
What a great chance to win a fantastic prize. I need lessons on how to use the camera I have. BUT I would love to learn how to use this fancy new set. All the details are on Henry's facebook page.
Too bad I don't normally like, participate, vote in or even share contests that have a "most likes win" outcome BUT this is such a great prize.
That being said..... good luck and don't ask me to vote for you.
Monday, June 18, 2012
When T was just over 1 we went on a spur of the moment trip to Disney Land. It was a chance to meet up with dear friends before they were posted overseas. Daughter T was just starting to talk. While sitting getting ready to order dinner with Auntie Tasha, Uncle Brian, Hubs, myself and 6 kiddos daughter T is patiently waiting amongst the mayhem. When the waiter was taking orders daughter T "orders" herself in a loud and proud voice "Cheeeesebuuuurger!". Apparently daughter T and Auntie Tasha had been practicing this word together. :) It definitely got all of our attention. So that is why for daughter Ts second birthday I made her a "Cheeeesebuuuurger Cake".
Here is the breakdown of this lovely cake!
There is no "recipe" for this cake. Mostly just directions.
Both the top and bottom buns are white cake mix cooked in two round cake pans. I used my from scratch recipe. You can use pre mix white cake from a box also... I will not judge.
The Burger Patty
The burger patty is my super easy chocolate brownie mix. I will share the recipe another day. Again you can use brownie mix in a box. No one will know.
For the pickle I used kiwi. The tomatoes are strawberries. The mustard is whip cream with yellow food coloring gel. You could do the same with ketchup too. I put real sesame seeds on the top "bun" but now I think that pumpkin seeds would be more to scale. :)
This was really fun to make. Fairly easy as well. You could use the same idea and make mini-burgers or slidders as a cupcake form too.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The best part of this recipe? It is so easy and quick! Marinade 20 minutes and roast 35 minutes! Perfect weeknight supper.
Garlic Lime Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes
Preheat oven to 425'
6 cloves of Garlic
1 TBSP Grated Lime Rind
3 TBSP Lime Juice
1 TBSP Canola Oil
2 tsp Chili Powder ( I like Chipolte Chili Powder... a lot)
1/2 tsp Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 LBS Chicken Thighs
12 New Potatoes cut in half or quarters.
2 TBSP Fresh Parsley ( I always forget this but it still tastes great!)
In large shallow glass dish whisk together garlic, lime rind, lime juice, 1/2 the oil, chili powder and 1/2 the salt and pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut potatoes in half or quarters depending on size of potatoes. Toss with remaining salt and pepper. I add a dash of chili powder to the potatoes too.
Remove chicken from marinade and place in the center of a large piece of a parchment papered baking sheet. Place potatoes around the edge of chicken and roast at 425' for 35 minutes.
When done sprinkle with fresh parsley or fresh cilantro (yummier).
The picture above shows boneless skinless chicken thighs. The recipe is way way better with bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs. And the parchment paper is a must as it roasts the potatoes perfectly!
I hope that you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!
Monday, June 11, 2012
My daughter is learning all about the Medieval times at school. When I noticed that there was a "Medieval Times Festival" at Upper Canada Village we went to check it out! Real live jousting... crazy!
Anyways, on to the BOGO. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that our entrance fee gave us FREE entrance to another of St. Lawrence Parks Commissions venues.
Here is the link to all the details on their site.
Hmmmm day use beach or Fort Henry? Will put it to a family vote!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Here is the recipe as shared on Easy Baked with my alterations in color.
- 18 graham cracker squares (9 sheets)
- 1/3 c. butter
- 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. whipping cream
- 2 c. mini marshmallows (1 1/2 Cups)
- 1 1/2 c. cold milk
- 1 box (4 servings, 3.9 oz)instant chocolate pudding
- 1 (8 oz) container of Cool Whip (thawed in fridge)
- 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips (as topping)
- Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs.
- Melt butter and add to graham crackers, mixing until well combined to make crust.
- Prepare pan by placing disks into the bottom of each cup.
- Evenly divide crust mixture into all 12 cups, saving about 1/4 cup to use as topping later. (I used a Mini Tart Shaper to press crumbs firmly into the bottom of each cup).
- Remove top from premade graham cracker pie crust
- Place milk chocolate chips and whipping cream into a small bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
- Spoon chocolate into a zip top bag, cut a tip off and evenly pipe chocolate into the center of each cup, on top of the crust.
- Place chocolate into premade pie crust
- Divide Marshmallows among cups.
- Place Marshmallows (1 1/2 Cup was enough) on top of chocolate in premade pie crust
- Mix cold milk with pudding on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in 1/2 of the Cool Whip container (the rest will be used as topping).
- Spoon filling into a large zip top bag (and ZIP it or you might have a mess!) Clip a corner off and pipe pudding into each cup evenly. Try to pipe it in between the marshmallows so that the whole cup is filled. I did have a little left over (which was really tasty straight out of the bag!)
- Spoon filling into premade pie crust on top of Marshmallows.
- Use a knife to smooth the tops level with the top of the pan.
- Freeze for at least a couple of hours.
- Allow the pan to warm just a bit before popping each dessert cup out. Poke a finger up through the hole in the bottom of the pan and grab that s’mores cup by its crust. Remove the disk from the bottom and you are ready to add topping.
- For topping, I just piped a little bit of the left over Cool Whip on each dessert(Spread on top of the pie) using a decorating tip. Then I sprinkled the remaining crust and mini chocolate chips on top.
- Serve cold right away– or put them in a sealed container and freeze until you are ready to serve. (we kept the pie in the freezer and cut a piece as we went. Did not last long)
Monday, June 4, 2012
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What a great party idea! We had a blast. A spa party is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or welcome in the start of summer.
A friend of mine threw a birthday BBQ and Spa girls night party. What the perfect combination. Food, friends, Sangrias and a little prep work for summer.
Here is how it worked:
Ahead of time the hostess Kim asked what services we would like to have during the party. I opted for a mini-facial, eye brow waxing and a spa-pedicure. All this cost me WAY less than $100.
The esthetician had her bed set up in the master bedroom. The facial was done in a private relaxing area. Added bonus!! The facial was done all with Arbonne products. I LOVED it all!
There were two other estheticians set up in the breakfast nook to do pedicures//manicures. The nook was emptied out except for chairs and a table for our drinks... err... esthetic supplies. This was a perfect spot to catch up with my bestie Wendy while having our feet pampered and prettied for summer foot wear. My pretty toes are shimmery blue now. :)
Kim had all sorts of burgers available. Kim also had salads and a chocolate fountain set up for us. She is a rocking hostess.
The food was great. The esthetician services were fabulous. The relaxed catch up with friends was the best.
Happy Birthday miss Kim!!!
If you are in the Ottawa area I can recommend a fabulous girl to help you with your Spa Party. Oh and she also does kids parties... maybe for my daughters 10th? How cute would that be?
Friday, June 1, 2012
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