Saturday, May 24, 2014

Green Smoothies

I mentioned in my journal blog that I'm doing a healthy living challenge with my friends. One of the items you earn points for is eating three servings of vegetables. It's harder than it should be so I've been trying out green smoothies.

First of all, I discovered I don't like almond milk. My smoothies got a lot tastier after I stopped using that. Here are two recipes the kids and I have really liked. 

Other tips:
Vanilla yogurt adds aome flavor and sweetness, not to mention protein. 
You need about a cup of liquid to get the smoothie to blend. 
Use some frozen ingredients to keep your smoothie nice and cold without adding ice. 

Tropical Green Smoothie
1/2 c  vanilla yogurt
1/2 c orange juice
1 c spinach
1/2 c. pineapple
1 kiwi
1 mango

Rainbow Smoothie
1/2 vanilla yogurt
1/2-1 c orange juice
1 c spinach
1/2 c frozen strawberries
1/2 c frozen blueberries
1/2 banana

I've also made the rainbow one without yogurt. Also good. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Homemade Slime

Homemade Slime! I made this to use for Letter S Preschool. It was super easy and fun.

Mix equal amounts school glue and liquid laundry starch, and add a little food coloring. Mix it until the liquid is all dissolved. If it is too runny, add more starch. One small bottle of school glue (plus equal amount of starch) made a nice amount for one kid.

It's globby, gloopy, squishy, squeezy and really, really fun.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Fool's Tacos

Here is Maggie's April Fool's Day lunch.

Then for April Fool's "dinner" we had "tacos".

Stand N Stuff Tortillas
Chocolate ice cream (refried beans)
whipped cream (sour cream)
colored shredded coconut (lettuce and cheese)
cherries (tomatoes)
green sprinkles (green onions)

Ta dum! Maggie threw a fit and refused to eat it, but did eventually settle for a bowl of plain ice cream.

We had actually tacos for actual dinner right after.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Black Forest Cupcakes + Stable Whipped Cream Frosting

Maggie wanted a Black Forest cake for her birthday, after seeing one at the grocery store. We settled on cupcakes and came up with this. Super easy since I used a boxed cake mix, but I did make a stable whipped cream frosting to use.

Black Forest Cupcakes
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 jar maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 recipe stable whipped cream frosting
chocolate shavings or sprinkles

Stable Whipped Cream Frosting
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. whipping cream

Beat the cream cheese, extracts and sugar until smooth. Slowly pour in the whipping cream, scraping the bowl a couple times, and beat until stiff.

The frosting was light, but held up, and would be a really good fruit dip as well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Red Pepper Risotto with Grilled Chicken

Red Pepper Risotto
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 onion, diced
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups arborio rice (risotto rice)
1 quart chicken broth (4 cups)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 chicken breasts, grilled (optional)

Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and peppers and cook until translucent.

In a separate pot, heat the chicken broth.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the rice to the onion and peppers. Stir and cook just until the rice is coated in butter and begins to be translucent.

Add two ladles of hot broth. Stirring constantly, cook the risotto over medium heat, adding a ladle of broth just before the rice gets dry. If you run out of broth, add hot water until the rice is cooked and creamy.

 Remove from heat and stir in the parsley, lemon juice and cheese. Serve immediately with grilled chicken (4 servings) or as a side dish (6-8 servings).

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

This recipe is based off one from Mommysavers. I'm adding my version here because I've made it several times and I really like it. 

Cook potatoes. Toss with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. 

Stir in:
1/3 c. cheddar cheese
1/3 c. sour cream
2 green onions, sliced
3 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Here is the recipe round-up for this year's Thanksgiving.  We also had Simply Lemonade (blueberry flavor).

Brussels Spouts - halved, seasoned with olive oil, smoked sea salt and pepper, and roasted at 400* for 45 minutes.

Turkey - Honeybaked Ham

Stuffing - Stove Top

Cranberry Sauce - Ocean Spray

(This is not very impressive so far!)

Mashed Potatoes - I did make these. I used whole milk, butter, and lots of salt.

Sweet Potato Casserole - Susan's recipe per John's request. Everyone liked it.

Rolls - Jamie's recipe

Simple Apple Tart

Pumpkin Roll

Gravy - 1 T. butter, 1 T. flour, 1 c. chicken broth. Nothing fancy.

And a turkey cheese ball for appetizer.