Thursday, October 23, 2014

orange chicken.

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well hello!  WHERE have I been?  BUSY, BUSY!  I know the last post was about food and I DO have some creative things to share but don't have a moment RIGHT now--SO I'll share what I'm going to attempt to make tonight!  I've got a boy that LOVES orange chicken so he will be VERY excited to try this recipe!  (I've got to go work at a booth at the high school carnival tonight selling chocolate and t-shirts--WISH me luck!)


Orange Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:
For the chicken-
2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces.
3 eggs
2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1 cup of flour
1/2 tsp pepper
For the sauce-
1/2 cup of Mayonnaise
4-5 tbsp sweet chili sauce
Zest of half an orange
1/2 cup orange juice (I freshly squeezed it)
green onions/ chives for garnish
Method:
- Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Cut 2 large chicken breasts into approx. 1 inch pieces or bite sized pieces.
- In a bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, a teaspoon of garlic salt and a touch of hot sauce (siracha/tobasco…whatever you have).
- Add the chicken pieces to the egg and mix them around so that all they’re all coated in egg.
- In another shallow bowl/dish, mix together a cup of flour, the remaining garlic salt and some black pepper together.
- In small batches of 3-4 pieces, coat the egg drenched chicken pieces in the seasoned flour and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. You could also deep fry the pieces if you want, but I choose to bake them (although it doesn’t look the same as when you fry the chicken, when coated in the sauce it taste’s just as good!)
- Bake the chicken at 400F for about 15 minutes and them stick them under the broiler for another 5 minutes to brown them slightly.
- While the chicken is cooking, you can mix together all the ingredients for the sauce. Half a cup of mayonnaise, 4-5 tbsp of Thai sweet chili sauce (I used my home-made recipe), the zest of half an orange and half a cup of orange juice.
- Whisk it all together (I know it looks gross at first) until there are no more lumps.
- Pour the sauce into a sauce pan and bring it to a gentle boil on medium-high heat.
- Once the chicken is slightly browned and cooked through, add it to the simmering sauce. Mix it well so that all the pieces are coated in the sweet sauce. The flour on the chicken will make the sauce thicken and it’ll also start looking glossier and clearer.
- Turn off the heat once the sauce reaches the desired thickness.
- Garnish with some fresh chopped green onion/scallions or garlic chives.
credit goes to: Picture the Recipe

Sunday, October 12, 2014

pinterest food finds. EASY homemade bread.

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5 Simple Ingredients: 



2 Cups of Warm Water 

2/3 Cup Honey 
1 3/4 Tablespoons Active Dry Yeast 
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
6 Cups Bread Flour 

5 Easy Steps: 



1
. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together warm water and honey until honey is dissolved. Add yeast, and cover with a towel. 

2. In about 10-20 minutes, your mixture should look like the picture above. (I would describe it as frothy.) Mix in your salt, and then add the bread flour one cup at a time. 

3. I have a bosch mixer so I just throw EVERYTHING in it and let it do the work but iff you don't then, Add a little extra flour to your hands and knead the dough, about 5 minutes.  Place kneaded dough in a large, greased bowl and cover with towel.

4. After an hour, your dough should have risen significantly. Punch the dough  and then knead again for a couple of minutes. Divide into two lightly-greased loaf pans and cover with your towel once more.

5. After allowing the dough to rise for 30 minutes in the loaf pans, bake in a preheated oven at 325 for 30-35 minutes. 

This was a DEFINITE hit of all my bread loving people in my house--they ate EVERY bit event he ends!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

pinterest food finds. stuffed shells.

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Stuffed Shells

INGREDIENTS

1 box of jumbo pasta shells
1 jar of marinara sauce 
1 15 oz. tub of ricotta
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
1 egg 
1 packet of fresh chives
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 1/2 cups of chopped spinach 
salt and pepper 

DIRECTIONS

  • preheat the oven to 350 
  • cook the shells in boiling water for 10 minutes, drain and let cool (about 5 of my shells fell apart/got stuck to the bottom of my dutch oven during the cooking process
  • in a bowl mix together the ricotta, egg and mozzarella
  • add about 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and the rest of the seasoning, the chopped spinach and the chives (I just use scissors and cut them up right over the bowl)
  • line a casserole dish with 1/3 of the marinara sauce
  • stuff the shells with a heaping tablespoon of the ricotta and place in the dish, once all shells have been stuffed, pour the rest of the sauce on top of the shells
  • cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes
  • before serving, chop up the remaining chives and sprinkle over top 
*My favorite marinara sauce right now is one I can pick up at Costco.  Enough sauce in one jar where you don't have to double and it's TASTY!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

my family.

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Lately I've been finding all sorts of gems of pictures in "vintage" (funny when you are talking about yourself) pictures that have come from my grandma's picture books:
closer up:

I created this page using the SOLD OUT here + then kit by Scrapbook Circle.

What I LOVE about this page:

*I know I'm not even looking at the picture but I love what I KNOW about this page.  It was taken in my childhood home in Yakima Washington (I can tell from the window coverings)

*All of the clothes we are wearing were made by my mom--she is a pretty amazing seamstress!

*The rocking chair my brother is sitting in, we bought just especially for my baby brother--I remember going to the store and picking it out.  WAY on the upper level of the store--I was 5.  It now sits in my front room--a little more worn...

*on my ring finger of my left hand is a ring my grandparents made for me, I still have it but it won't fit on my finger now.

*of course the GOLD circles!

My challenge to you is to look at your pages and LOVE them!  Take time to maybe pick out just WHY you created that page--what makes you love it!  If you don't love your page--what is ONE thing you DO like about it! (I've gotta be real, sometimes I create something and put it RIGHT into the scrapbook so I DON'T have to look at it again...)

Thanks for the visit today--make your day FABULOUS!


Monday, September 29, 2014

inspired.

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I wanted to share my take on the September sketch at Scrapbook Circle:
here is my take:
 closer ups:
 My FAVORITES about this page:

* the subject matter is dear to my heart.  The Temple, I LOVE to go!  I feel peace and I am inspired when I go--I've made it a goal every week.  My dream as a child was to have more than one Temple in Arizona, it has come true!  I currently live EXACTLY in the middle of two Gilbert & Mesa--about 12-15 minutes away.  If you click on THIS link it will tell you more about Temples.

* The layering, I started this page with another idea--that didn't really pan out, so I covered it up with some FABULOUS papers...

*the gold bubbly borders.

Thanks SO much for taking the time to visit!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

pinterest food finds. turkey burgers.

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I've noticed the last few weeks that I have shared more of the desserts we have been trying--we have been eating OTHER things too! ;)  Today's recipe is Turkey burgers--these were really delicious and EASY to make!

Turkey Burgers
1 lb. ground turkey meat (prefer thigh meat)
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced (or whatever fresh herbs you like)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
cheese (optional)

Mix ingredients together and form 4-6 patties. Grill on medium heat for 7 minutes a side. 2 minutes before burgers are done, place a slice of cheese (optional) on each patty. Serve hot.

Looking at this sure makes my mouth water--they were that good!  i'm thinking you could probably make these ahead and possibly freeze them if you wanted to...I will have to try it!

Thanks for the visit!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

love amaze.

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A lot of us have school pictures of our kids--the standard boring backdrop with our cute kids--hopefully smiling! ;)
I decided to take my kids pictures and scrap them--I found this gem in my stack:
 I had a blast dropping gold paint, sketching and doing tone on tone combos.  This particular layout was featured on the Scrapbook Circle blog a few days ago, click HERE for all the details.

Thanks SO much for the visit today--at a car wash with this girl for her soccer team today, yeah for the hot?--NO!  So ready for it to cool down!

Friday, September 26, 2014

favorite techniques on cards.

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So I was looking through my folders and these are the last American Crafts projects that I made for the blog--i REALLY loved the techniques that I used on each of these cards,

quilting:
layering:

watercoloring:
I loved working with my scraps, no holds bard using different collections all together!  Thanks SO much for the visit today!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

butterfly fly away.

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look at this precious little girl!  This was 7 years ago--seriously where has time gone?  I remember her being so proud of those butterfly wings and being able to wear her dress from the previous year--we did her makeup and put sparkle in her hair.
Now?  Should would DEFINITELY not be wearing that much makeup and the butterfly wings--no attention please, she says!
This layout was made for the sparkle challenge for the American Crafts blog on using brads, buttons, and bling-I just forgot to share it here!
I painted the background with my own glitter glue.  I had liquid adhesive--poured glitter in it and painted it on my large cut butterfly--easy and FUN!

This is quick but I wanted to thank you for the visit!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pinterest food finds. mini key lime pies. AND whip cream

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So we had my dad over for dinner this week, and my youngest and I wanted to try a new desert--YUM!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, crushed (about 12 squares)
  • 3 T Sugar
  • 3/4 stick butter (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 egg whites beaten
  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 T Lime zest
  • 1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
Instructions:
1. Crush the graham cracker squares in a food processor or place in a gallon size bag and roll with a rolling pin.  
2. Add sugar and butter and mix into the crushed graham cracker.
3. Press 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a cupcake liner.  I put 1 T in and then pressed down with my fingers.  You have the option to bake this at 350 degrees for 8 minutes so that it can harden.  DO THIS!
4.  In a sperate bowl, mix together egg whites, condensed milk, lime juice, lime zest, and greek yogurt.  Mix well.
5.  Fill the cupcakes about 3/4 of the way full with the mixture.   Bake for 12-15 minutes and cool.
6.  Top with whip cream and garnish with lime if desired.  Store in the refrigerator.

I decided I wanted to make my own whip cream as well--my family loved this too:

homemade whipped cream process
INGREDIENTS:
2 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

DIRECTIONS:
Make sure mixing bowl and cream are very cold (put in freezer for 15 minutes).
Put sugar into the mixing bowl and add whipping cream.
Whisk until the cream gets stiff peaks.
Use within 8 hours. Re-whisk if it starts to flatten out.

I will most DEFINITELY make this again--juicing my limes and getting the zest was tedious but my sweet helper REALLY enjoyed the fruits of his labor!

Thanks for the visit today!