Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Door Ornament

I was in a " Springy" mood

My daughter still has her Christmas Wreath up
so I thought it was time to get it changed

Some of the items I had on hand
a few I bought at the dollar store
 (sorry abt the out of focus picture
 I thought I had the auto focus on)

I cut the block in half 
stuffed newspaper in the bottom
of the basket

then I just stuck the flowers
in random order

I thought I had brown filler
but I didn't
so I cut a lunch bag

then threw a crimper

then a shredder

then filled around the base of the flowers

attached a bow
and a hanging cord
and Viola!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jelly Bean Biscotti


When my children were younger I would make these 
They are my son Andrew's favorite!
this came from the website:


13 oz. bag of jelly beans (can be more or less) 
3 cups flour - all purpose 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 
1 cup granulated sugar 
4 large eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
1/4 cup sanding sugar (can be more or less or left out completely) 
Parchment paper (optional - but makes it much 
easier to remove cookies and clean up is easy!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl 
electric mixer bowl - add the butter and sugar 
and cream them together 
on medium speed 
until light and fluffy (about two minutes). 
Add one egg and beat to incorporate,
 add second egg 
and incorporate then add third egg 
and incorporate. 
The fourth egg is used later.


Beat in the vanilla then add the baking powder, salt and flour,
 beating on low speed until fully incorporated - 
you do not want to mix too long.
 Notice that the dough is very soft and sticky.


Using a spatula, scrape the dough out of the bowl
 onto a floured surface. 
Put flour on your hands and sprinkle flour
 on top of the dough. 
Then cut the dough in half. 
I use my hand like a karate chop down 
the center. Next take one half and roll
 lightly back and forth making a rope -
 pick it up and place it on a cookie sheet
 with parchment paper. 


Don't be worried if the dough is so soft 
it bends when you pick it up.
 Once you place it on the parchment paper 
you can shape it a little more. 
Do the same with the second half.

Flatten them out on top a little with your palm. 
Next beat one egg in a bowl and using a brush
 - brush them all over to coat them evenly.

Then place in your preheated oven
 for about 25 minutes 
or until they are slightly golden brown.


When done - remove them from the oven. 
Let them cool for about 10 to 20 minutes 
or until they are cool enough for you to handle.

Now sprinkle with sanding sugar (optional)

Place them on a breadboard 
and slice them like shown in the photo 

 crosswise on the diagonal into about 3/4 inch slices.


Put them back on the cookie sheet
 (inside up) and bake 

for another 10 to12 minutes
 until the edges are turning slightly brown.
 Remove from the oven 
and transfer to wire rack to cool.

the recipe is by Kimberly Lainson

About the Author:
Kimberly Lainson is the daughter part of a mother and daughter team who own and operate The PartyWorks, a fun, colorful online party store with designs specializing in kid's birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and general entertainment and offer pre-packaged discounted parties.They continually add to the valuable information offered to all visitors which includes free kids party games, patterns for theme cakes, shower games, recipes and more. Kids as well as parents enjoy surfing through their site. 

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Soy-Lime Roasted Tofu

Soy Lime Roasted Tofu

EatingWell Magazine Mar/Apr 2009

  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm, water-packed tofu, drained
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

Pat tofu dry and cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes.
 Combine soy sauce, lime juice and oil in a medium
 shallow dish or large sealable plastic bag. 
Add the tofu; gently toss to combine. 
Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour 
or up to 4 hours, gently stirring once or twice.

Preheat oven to 450°F.
Remove the tofu from the marinade 
with a slotted spoon (discard marinade). 
Spread out on a large baking sheet, 
making sure the pieces are not touching.

 Roast, gently turning halfway through,
 until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Four  1/2 C servings
Per serving: 78 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 
0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 
8 g protein; 1 g fiber; 51 mg sodium; 153 mg potassium.

Maple Green Beans with Almonds

1 C thin green beans
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp wine vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 C silvered almond

Steam or blanch beans until tender but firm and bright green

heat oil, vinegar and syrup
 Add almonds and brown slightly

 toss with beans

Saturday, March 27, 2010

What's your emergency......


The electrical pole
 in front of my house is on fire

 5 am the power went off
so I got out of bed
 to see if everyone's power was out

Yup it was
but wait what is the red floating stuff....

Looks like sparks
So I look up
and what do I see....
 yup flames coming out of the pole
(I didn't get any pix til it had 
died down - I was to worried  in awe)


and the embers are landing on my van!!

So I called 911
 The fire truck came
and they sat there and watched it burn...
I mean ?????

the the electric company comes
the fire dept leaves

the guy gets up in the bucket with a fire extinguisher
they leave 
an hr or so later......

All fixed and back to business
What a way to start the day

Ps this whole episode fried our router
so no internet until late last night

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs.

I woke up this morning
to a male cardinal

The squirrels were out playing
can you see the second one?

Rain this afternoon....

Maybe snow tonight......

Yup... it must be Spring

Happy Birthday Pat

Friday is my sister-in-laws

Happy #21!!!
(give or take a few years)

Have a fun filled day!!!!