Friday, July 31, 2009
1 (3.3-oz.) bag butter-flavored microwave popcorn, popped
1 cup salted mixed nuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1 (12-oz.) package white chocolate morsels
1. Place popcorn in a large bowl, discarding unpopped kernels. Stir in nuts and cranberries.
2. Microwave white chocolate morsels in a 2-cup glass measuring cup at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
3. Spread mixture in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Let stand 15 minutes or until chocolate hardens. Break into pieces; serve immediately, or store in an airtight container up to 3 days.
As always I had to get my kids involved in cooking, so I let Kayleigh dip the ends of pretzles in the chocolate and sprinkle with her favorite pink sprinkles.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
8 roma tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt.
Serve with soft cheeses and crackers.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It's easy, all you have to do is:
- Buy or make your bottom. I used premade puff pastry shells. But, a sugar cookie would work just as well.
- Mix 2 parts cream cheese to 1 part powdered sugar
- Spread the mixture over the bottom
- Add fresh fruit
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Above is what Kayleigh came up with today. The thing to the left with the dark ears is a cheetah, in the middle is her version of hangman, the green guy to the left is a mean face.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
That girls makes me laugh every day. She loves her "boops" or books and "petchup" or ketchup. Tonight, she was having corn- just corn and she was grabbing the air for "petchup." yuck! And I'm all for reading to the kids, we do that every night, but my goodness. Zoe loves books. And the same ones... Row, Row, Row Your Boat and The Lady with the aligator purse. I've often thought about hiding them, but I think she'd look for them!
Zoe also loves to follow Kayleigh around and if you follow Kayleigh around, you'll get dressed up! Of course Miss Z is a little sponge and has picked up on my impatience... She started saying, "Om On! Om on! OM ON!" and she says it ever so impatiently while one arm is extended out towards you with her hand opening and closing. I'm just waiting for the day she says hurry up! ;o)
Friday, July 17, 2009
I really hope that I'm doing a good mom-job. I want them to have great memories of being little girls and of being sisters. My life is so much better because I have sisters. They are so lucky and they won't realize it for many years. I say that because it took me many years to be so appreciative and thankful for my sisters.
With that being said... Kayleigh is off on an adventure to the airport with grandma to pick up grandpa then to Ihop for lunch. All things that make her so happy. Shana is in town and we all plan to go swimming later. Something we all love to do. On Saturday Dave, Kayleigh, me, Shana, Kona, and Dave's brother, Cameron are headed to the mountians for a over-night camping trip. It will be Kayleigh and Kona's first. I can't wait to experience camping through Kayleigh's eyes!
Zo bug just woke up. I better go give her a HUGE HUG!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Are you looking for a great book for kids? Our family favorite is "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."
I checked out the "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" book and audio CD at our local library without knowing anything about it. I just saw the cover and thought the title was amusing. I thought we would listen to the CD while I was making lunch. Well we did and we listened to it at least 4 more times after.
In the story you are transported to the town of Chewandswallow where its weather is very unique. Instead of raining rain, it rains soup and juice. It's all rather amusing until the town gets over run with a food flood :o)
And to my suprise, I found out that "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" is being made into a movie and will be released this September- in 3D! This is a kids movie that I will gladly pay full price to see.
For more information the website is: http://www.cloudymovie.com/
And for a sneak peak of the movie here ya go:
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
If you're lucky, your mom will buy you a really cool crazy sprinkler to beat the heat. And if your mom is lucky you'll like playing with it.
THE best way to cool off in the HOT Arizona sun is to find a pool. That's what we did for the 4th of July. We spent a good part of the day at my Mom and Dad's new house. Here the girls are having snacks on the patio. Popcicles are also a must. Kids love them because they are a treat and Moms love them because they keep kids quiet for at least 10 mintues! Another way to keep cool: strip down and SPLASH!!!
And put those go-gurts in the freezer!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Kona and Kayleigh and Zoe get along so well. Kayleigh loves to pull and be pulled around with Kona's knot (a cloth toy that is tied in a knot). Zoe, oh, Zoe... She loves to give Kona treats (without us knowing) and share her food with Kona. Let's see... besides the food that Zoe accidentally (or not) drops on the floor a meal times, there has been a time or two that they have shared a milk bone. And this morning, when I was getting ready to take Kayleigh to daycare, Zoe decided that she would get the huge Costco bag of craisins out of the pantry and share those too!
Monday, July 6, 2009
I think shopping is pretty fun, but it’s nothing compared to the excitement I get from taking random fresh and colorful ingredients to make something yummy for my loved ones to enjoy. To make the actual cooking process more enjoyable I have nice kitchen supplies. The items that I use on a daily basis are: Global chef’s knife, Cutco steak knives, bendable cutting boards, 12” stainless steel covered fry pan, and a copper bottom pot. Some people find cutting and chopping “work” but I find it enjoyable!
Since I’m usually cooking or making something new, I’ve decided to start taking pictures and blogging about my culinary adventures!
First up, Berry Berry Cool Pie. I made this delicious red, white and blue no-bake dessert for the 4th of July. Everyone loved it! The lemon juice made it. Next time I make this, I’ll try using different fruit combinations. *this is an eagle brand recipe*
BERRY BERRY COOL PIE
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup lemon juice 1 1/2 to 2 cups assorted fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries or blackberries)
1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (6 oz.) Keebler® Ready Crust ® Graham Pie Crust
1. MIX together sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice in large bowl until blended. Stir in berries. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. 2. FREEZE 5 hours or until set. Let stand 30 to 40 minutes before serving. Garnish as desired.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Today we had a Playdate with "girls" from Dance. We had a "P" theme. We packed lunches and had a picnic on a pink blanket. The girls dined on things such as pretzles, peanut butter sandwiches, and pudding. The kids (four girls and two boys) were instructed to bring 5 things that started with the letter P for a prize. Girls got pink plastic princess watches and the boys got puddy. We also painted. The girls painted their very own magnet and the littler ones got down and dirty with finger paints. To end the picnic/playdate/party we had storytime. The book was called, "The Bunnies Picnic" Oh and the girls even snuck in a pillow fight!
I was proud of my little girl for being well behaved at lunch, waiting to be last for show and share, and sharing paints. Now, if we can just work on not being so bossy at "free play time!"