Friday, May 21, 2010

Kids Art

We sort of had a late night today having fun with art work. Here's a few of the fun creations from tonight.

Anthony's Owl
Isaiah's house. Love his details with the birds and the kids having a sleep over in the living room.
Keiran's land scape. He makes the cutest flowers!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ribbon Embroideries

I just learned to do these. I've been wanting to learn to do these for a while and just learned thanks to Youtube! This one is a lazy daisy stitch with a french knot center.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Green Salsa

Here's another great salsa recipe. This can be made with the mortar and pestle but if you don't have one you can use a blender or food processor as well.

Start by dry roasting your garlic cloves, green tomatoes (the large tomatillos) and serano chilis. For a milder recipe you'll want to use at least 4 to 5 tomatoes per chili. (remember, I eat a lot of spicy foods and have a higher tolerance for the heat). For this recipe I used 2 garlic, 2 chilis and 5 tomatoes. (it was pretty spicy!)

Put the garlic, about a teaspoon of salt and about a tablespoon of water in the mortar.
Smash up the garlics really good.
Add the chilis and tomatoes and crush them as well. (if you don't cut the green tomatoes first they might spit when you smash it!)
I like mine a bit chunky but you can make it smooth as well.
Dry roasting the green tomatoes brings out a sweetness to them.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Anthony's First Piano Solo

Anthony's solo at the Primary Talent Show this weekend. 0000

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Home Made Lime-Aid

Lemon Aid is another summer time classic. I like to make mine with key limes!
Drop 4 key limes into the blender with about 1 cup of water
Pulse a few times till chopped well
Strain into pitcher
Add remaining water and sugar to taste.

Makes about 1 gallon.

Monday, May 10, 2010


We saw this rainbow outside my house today. I just had to snap a pic!


I love early morning spring walks. The air is clean and cool. The baby ducks are out swimming...
Swimming practice!
The flowers are all in full bloom...
apple blossoms!

pretty flower
And the trees have all their leaves!
My crab apple tree.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hamburger Patties

This recipe makes a TON of patties! I like to make extras and keep some in the freezer. I take a freezer paper and cut it in small squares to place between each patty

You will need 3 lbs of meat, the leaner the better! When the meat is lean it doesn't shrink as much when it cooks and it tastes a lot better too. (if you don't want that much cut it in half, it fed us for 2 meals that way)

For 3 lbs of meat you will need about 1 cup of oatmeal, 2 eggs (to add texture and hold the patties together on the grill) a dash of liquid smoke and 2 dashes of that sauce that nobody know how to pronounce! I forgot to put it in the pic but you'll also 2 minced garlic cloves, salt and coriander.
Mince the onion, you'll want about 1/2 cup total of minced onion. (I use my lovely v-slicer, LOVE it!) Add all ingredients.
Mix it all together.
Now to form the patties. For this my obscure tortilla making skills come in handy! I use a plastic bag and a yogurt container lid. I like the thinner patties so this is the perfect size for me.
Open the bag and insert the lid inside.
Place about 2 tbs of meat over bag in lid,
Cover meat with bag and press it to the sides of the lid.
And Viola! A perfect patty!

Glazed Pineapple

There's no sweeter summer treat than Glazed Pineapple! We eat this as a desert but could be served as a side dish as well. (great in tacos and on burgers btw!)

This is much better (looking anyway) on a bbq than in the oven but I had loaned out my barbecue and didn't have it back yet. The directions are pretty much the same though.

Cut the pineapple into small slices.
For a med sized pineapple coat with about 1/4 cup packed brown sugar. Make sure that all pieces of pineapple are evenly coated. Arrange on pan or on grill.
For in the oven: Preheat oven to 450, bake about 10 minutes till sugars are bubbly. For the grill, Turn on med heat, watch carefully so the sugars don't burn. Grill till sugars are bubbly. (again, about 10 minutes. )

Monday, May 3, 2010

Notebook Cover with Crayon Holders

For this project you will need a notebook, scraps of fabric big enough to cover the front and back of the notebook. You can use 1 big peice or 2 separate ones bot the outer cover.
I used a piece of notebook paper as my cutting pattern since it's just barely larger than the notebook. Cut it out about 1'4 inch larger on all 4 sides to allow for seam allowance.
Be sure to cut 2 inner pieces the same size as well as 2 strips for the crayon holders. I used a crayon to measure and cut it the width of the crayon and the length of the inner fabric.
Start by sewing a hem on the top of the crayon holders and then attach about 2 inches from the bottom.
Fold it up and sew along the bottom for extra support.
Attach the second row the same way.
Notice the hems on the top and the bottom of each strip.
Place inside the cover of the notebook to find the side to make a seam and sew.
Using a crayon measure how wide you need to sew the crayon slots.
Sew all the way down to the bottom of the lower strip.
Repeat till you have strips sewn down the whole inner cover.
Put the inner and outer covers together, remember to sew right sides together to have the seam inside,
Once it's sewn all the way around turn it right side out. Sew along the edge to add extra support for the seams .
You can add your child's name or other decorations on the front if you wish.
Insert your notebook and crayons!