Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

I've wanted to try Guacamole Deviled Eggs for the longest time and one thing became very clear in looking for recipes... Anything goes! Recipes call for anywhere from a half an avocado for 12 eggs to two whole avocados for six eggs. Some add sour cream, some use the avocado in place of mayo or dairy. Lime and cilantro were the two things everyone used (except me... I only had fresh parsley so I ran with it). I chose to add some crunchy diced jalapeno and wouldn't hesitate to crumble up some bacon next time too.
 They can be garnished with anything from pickled jalapenos to a pretty round slice of grape tomato (which would add beautiful color!). And while they're good either way I do highly recommend a generous sprinkling of smoked paprika.
I've added the dip label, this combination would make a great dip diced up fine, served on shredded lettuce and maybe topped with diced tomato and bacon... Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Six hard boiled eggs, cut in half, yolks popped out-perfect hard boiled egg method here
One avocado, seed removed and flesh scooped out
1 Tblsp fresh lime juice
1 Tblsp sour cream
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 - 1 Tblsp fresh cilantro, finely minced-I used parsley
Jalapeno, small dice-optional, add as much as you'd like-I added about 2 Tblsp 1/8" dice
S&P to taste-I used Lawry's Chile and Garlic Seasoned Salt
Paprika, smoked paprika or chipotle powder for sprinkling on top-optional-I recommend smoked paprika
Other possible additions: bacon, tomatoes, green onion, mustard, hot sauce, chipotle, Worcestershire sauce...
  1. Mash the first six ingredients until smooth.
  2. Stir in the cilantro and jalapeno (and any other additions you may be using).
  3. Fill eggs and enjoy!
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hershey Kiss Shamrock Necklace or Ornament

These Hershey Kiss Shamrock Necklaces or Ornaments may just be one of the easiest crafts you'll ever do! I grabbed a bag of red, silver and green Kisses at Christmas with this idea in mind and think they really did turn out cute. The candy is simply hot glued together (I trimmed the paper tags off) and the stems are yarn. The necklace is a crocheted chain using an H hook then hot glued to the top, you can add a few chains as the stem too if you'd like. Such a cute little idea and there's a sweet treat for the child at the end of the festivities:@)
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If you can't find dark green Kisses right now, they have Easter ones out and while a more pastel green, they'd be fine for St. Patrick's Day! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quick Homemade Blueberry Syrup

When a pancake craving hits sometimes you just have to make do... Anyone know the feeling? I thought so:@) I was out of maple syrup and decided to try a Quick Homemade Blueberry Syrup and it did not disappoint! This is a simple four ingredient recipe (and can we really even count water?) that comes together in no time. I think you'll like this if you try it folks!
  Make the syrup before you start the pancakes then just set it aside, it will stay nice and warm.

Quick Homemade Blueberry Syrup-adapted from Allrecipes
1/2 C frozen blueberries
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C water
1 tsp cornstarch
~Mix everything in an 8" skillet, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes while stirring often.
~That's it!

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, February 23, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Bead Letter Ornaments or Bracelets

These St. Patrick's Day Bead Letter Ornaments whip up in no time, actually, what takes the longest is trying to figure out what words you can spell with the letters you have. I used gold pipe cleaners for the ornaments, to make bracelets just use stretchy cord or jewelry supplies if you have them. This is a fun little project for a cold/snowy/icy day... and one the kids can surely help with.

I like to drape the ornaments over the branches on the tree. You could also add a string or hook and hang them from the branches. 

A bracelet would be a cute way for a girl to wear a little green...
After all, no one wants to get pinched:@)

Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Easy St. Patrick's Day Tree Skirt

It's time to start thinking about changing out the hearts to clovers... no blarney:@) I bought this fabric years ago to make a table runner and had enough left over for a little St. Patrick's Day Tree Skirt. While I kept it very simple the idea I wanted to share was adding a little fringy bling to the edge with shiny garland. This one was from The Dollar Store, but there are different ones to choose from in the craft stores, etc. I just hand sewed it to the edge of the skirt.

Since this skirt is for table top trees, and I was limited by the amount of fabric I had left over, it's about 17" across.
 Maybe I'll work on decorating the tree today, sounds like a good project for another snowy Saturday:@)

Stay warm and have a happy day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Go ahead, play with your food...

It's ok... really:@) I think these Food Face plates are so stinkin' cute, if I was a grandma I'd have to have them! Actually, I think my 30-something sons would still like playing with them... I know I would. So much more fun than the portion control plates I probably ~should~ have been looking at.

Anyone have one of these as a kid? The plates remind me of Wooly Willy.

Just something I saw on Amazon and loved-thought I'd share.
Have a happy day:@)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake

I like chocolate covered strawberries and figured not only would this Fresh Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake be a little easier, the extra sugar would help sweeten up the first strawberries of the year. We really enjoyed this cake and thought it was the perfect little dessert for a casual Sunday dinner. Truthfully, I think it would be perfect any time of day and suggest tucking this recipe away for an Easter or Mother's Day brunch.
You have lots of options here... The original recipe comes from Martha Stewart and she sprinkles an additional 1-2 Tblsp of sugar over the berries before baking, I didn't. You can top it with a sprinkling of powdered sugar before serving, I didn't. The chocolate chips were an addition from another blogger, and I think they were a good idea:@) She also used half yogurt instead of all butter, I didn't.
I'd say this was absolutely perfect as soon as it cooled off fresh out of the oven. The top was crispy, the chocolate chips were still soft and the berries tender and gooey. They say this cake stores well but I say it's best eaten as soon as possible-share it with the neighbors if you have any leftover!
The cake almost has the appearance of a cobbler with the way it bubbles up around the berries. I happened to have a 10" pie plate so that's what I used, a 9" springform pan would also work as would any similar sized baking dish.
I think you'll like this if you try it folks, we sure did:@)

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake-from Julia'sAlbum adapted from Martha Stewart
1 1/2 C A/P flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
6 Tblsp butter or 3 Tblsp each butter and Greek yogurt
1 C sugar-optional: plus two for sprinkling over the berries before baking
1 egg
1/2 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 C chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top
1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled and cut in half-you may not use all of them
  1. Mix butter, yogurt (if using) and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  2. Add egg and mix well, add milk and vanilla, mix well.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt, mix until just combined. Ideally the dry ingredients would be sifted first.
  4. Stir chocolate chips into batter. 
  5. Pour batter into a well greased 10" pie plate or baking dish. You can stop by Julia's for springform pan instructions.
  6. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, all over the top. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, let them fall between the berries.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes then turn the oven down to 325 and bake an additional 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  8. Cool and serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)