Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This is an easy, fast, and fun recipe from Giada de Laurentiis. if you want something light and the kids will eat, Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps is your answer.

Because I have one child who does not do spicy I left out the chili. Instead I had hot chili sauce on the table for anyone who wanted it. That worked out great.

Fancy Oatmeal

I love oatmeal for breakfast. An oatmeal bar is great when you have company. Kids love creating their own fancy oatmeal.

You can have so many things in your oatmeal. Here are a few things I put in mine:

Brown sugar

Yum! Enjoy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lavender Shortbread

The smell of lavender makes me think of my mother and grandmother. My mother because she has it growing in her front yard. My grandmother because when I was a child she would have us make little sachets from the lavender she grew in her yard.

Someone gave me lavender shortbread last summer. The taste, the smell. It brought me back to when I was a little girl at my grandmother's house making those sachets. You know I just had to make some myself.

I need to put my own scented lavender plant in my yard. In the mean time, I'll purchase dried lavender at Whole Foods. Not cheap, but worth it.

All you need to do is add 1 tablespoon dried or 2 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers to your favorite shortbread recipe.

If you don't have a shortbread recipe I recommend the one from America's Test Kitchen.

Then enjoy with a cup of tea with a friend.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I like this....alot!

I really like this idea from The Inspired Room blog. Simple, easy, only five minutes each morning. I think taking five minutes each morning to do these four simple things will really help me get into a better routine for the day.

I need to do something to get back on track and get my house organized again. I'm way too busy with kids, school, volunteering, Girl Scouts, my photography business....YIKES taxes are coming up.......

What ideas do you have for helping a busy mom keep her life and house clean and organized? Leave a comment.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Granola Bars

If you read my last post you know my family and I have been enjoying homemade granola. A friend of mine, and fellow BMCC member, shared this Granola Bar recipe with me. I just had to try it.

I just made them tonight for tomorrows Girl Scout meeting snack. We just had to taste. They are really good! I did not add the raisins as a request from my daughter (and husband), but I think they would be good. Here is another recipe that would be fun to experiment with.

I have a feeling I'll be making these again very soon.

Playgroup Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting or they will be too hard to cut.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Homemade Granola

This past Summer we took a wonderful road trip. We stayed with family and friends along our two week adventure. One of the many benefits to staying with family and friends is the delicious meals they make. I must say we are blessed to have family and friends who are great in the kitchen!

One of our new family favorites is from our road trip, Maple-Nut Granola! Every time I make it I think of our wonderful friends (family really) who made it for us, our visit, and our road trip. I love how food keeps memories close to our hearts.

Maple-Nut Granola is wonderful for breakfast or a light lunch with Greek Yogurt and fruit. I also just like it with milk. My husband and daughters can't get enough. Good thing it only takes about 35 minutes to make (from start to finish).

Also try adding 1/4 cup dried blueberries and 1/4 cup raisins. Fresh blueberries are good too. Mmmm

Friday, August 27, 2010

Korean Glass Noodles - Jap Chae

This was one of my husbands favorite dishes growing up. It's also one of my favorite dishes my mother-in-law makes.

You can imagine how excited I was when I found the recipe on the Steamy Kitchen blog.

Tonight was the big test. Nothing is as good as mom's, but I was hoping I would come close. My husbands reaction when he tried it? "It's perfect."

Thank you Steamy Kitchen! Thank you for helping me bring this wonderful Korean dish into our home. Not only for my husband, but for our two daughters.

NOTE: The only thing I didn't add was the spinach. I would like to try it with the spinach, but my mother-in-law didn't make it like that. I was going for "mom's" recipe.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Getting Back on Track

Him: "Who's coming over?"
Her: "No one, why?"
Him: "You cleaned the bathroom."
Her: "I don't only clean the bathroom when someone comes over."

In my defense, it hadn't been that long since I cleaned the bathrooms.

I am reminded of this poem that I have on my refrigerator:

My Children

I hope my children
look back on today
and see parents
who had time to play.

Dusting and scrubbing can wait 'till tomorrow
for babies grow fast
we learn to our sorrow.

There will be years
for cleaning and cooking
but children grow up
when we are not looking.

So settle down cobwebs
and dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby
and babies don't keep.

Author: Unknown

Since I was cleaning my bathrooms today I printed my Motivated Mom's Chore List. When I stick to this chore list, my house stays clean and more organized. (I've got to stick to this chore list!) It also gets me to plan my weekly dinner menus, which makes life so much easier!

The Motivated Mom's Chore List is ON SALE right now, so it's a perfect time to try it out.