Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Salt and Pepper Chicken

This chicken is so delicious and keeping it wrapped in aluminum foil while it's cooking keeps it from going dry while it's in the oven.


Recipe

Ingredients

2 large chicken breasts
2-3 T butter, unsalted (softened, not melted)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Line a pan with aluminum foil with enough excess foil to eventually cover the chicken.
I like to dry my chicken with a paper towel before cooking.
Lightly butter the aluminum foil add chicken breasts, butter the tops of the breasts and add seasoning.
Pop it in the oven at 450° for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven and the thickness of the breast you may need more or less time to cook the chicken. For safety you can always use a meat thermometer, you would want to insert the thermometer into the thickest section of the breast you want a reading of 165°

This recipe fed a family of four. I served the chicken with veggies and my fluffy mashed potatoes.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

I am a starch person and if I had only one food to eat for the rest if my life it would be potatoes. This recipe is my favorite, please be warned: I believe in butter, lots of butter.


I made these at my in laws house with electric beaters which left some small chunks at home I usually put them in my Kitchen Aid for quick, light and fluffy mashed potatoes.


Recipe:

Ingredients:

Potatoes 6 medium sized potatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, unsalted
1/4 cup milk, or until mashed potatoes are desired consistency


Directions

Cut and get your potatoes boiling, peeling the skin is optional.
Your potatoes are ready to be drained when you can stick a fork through the potato with almost no resistance.
Drain your potatoes and put them back in your pot or in a large mixing bowl. Add some of your butter and begin to mix add more butter and milk until you reach the right consistency. I like mine light and fluffy and prefer not to season my potatoes but I like to leave options on the table from the classic salt and pepper to garlic or cheese.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Minion Mask

My son adores the Minions and so we have been going to McDonalds for Happy Meals so we could get the talking Minion toys. I loved the Minion on the side of the box because he was a whole and fairly large Minion, so I brought the box home with me and stuck it into my craft cupboard in the hopes that I could think of something to do with him.



We had recently made the cow masks when I looked at the Minion and had an "aha" moment. So I cut out the Minion from the box, removed his eye added a popsicle stick and my son had his very own Minion mask just in time to see the movie. Side note: I found the movie a little too violent for a children's movie, it was rated PG, my son didn't seem to mind he is two and just enjoyed seeing the Minion on the giant screen.


My son before we headed to the movie with his Minion mask thanks to the McDonalds Happy Meal box.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cow Masks for Cow Appreciation Day

We love Chick-Fil-A and of course we went and celebrated Cow Appreciation Day. Last year (2014) we did the print outs that were online but this year we decided to go a little further. My husband sewed black spots onto our shirts while I painted our cow faces onto plates.


Our photo with the Chick Fil A cow, our two year old wasn't too sure about him.

For the masks you will need:
Paper or Styrofoam plate,
Piece of paper or cardboard for the nose
Black Paint for spots and the nostrils
Pink paint for nose
Popsicle stick
Glue gun- you can use regular glue but you would need additional time to allow it to dry before using.



Kids mask:
Draw out the shape of the cow faces cut it out. Add painted spots with the black paint and a nose with the pink paint. When the paint dries add the popsicle stick using a glue gun to hold the mask.

Adult mask:
Cut the plate a little more than half way and use the larger half for the face and the smaller half to cut out the ears. Paint the ears black and add spots to your cow. On a separate piece of paper cut out your nose and paint it pink, when the paint is dry add to nostrils with black paint. When the paint is dried glue the ears to the top and the popsicle stick to the bottom.

Have fun being a cow and if you have a Chick Fil A watch out for next years Cow Appreciation Day.

Need a quick cow shirt? Check out this easy cow shirt!!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

DIY Find the Things Bottle

My husband and I recently received a Find-It game/puzzle from his Aunt. We have been enjoying it immensely and our son (age 2) has also been having fun with it; but it's a little harder for him, so I decided to make him his own using a water bottle.




What you'll need:

  • VOS Warerbottle (they come in glass and plastic, we went plastic and bought ours at Target for $2.50)
  • 3 1/5 cups rice (we used a mix of brown and white, for more fun you can dye your white rice)
  • 20-30 "things" (we used 1: marble, black bean, corn kernel, staple, sewing pin, paperclip, pom pom, button, penny, dime, letter "dice", screw, googly eye, 2 blocks (one red one black) and 4 different Eric Carle erasers (I found a 20 pack of the erasers at the Target dollar spot when I picked up the water bottle.)
  • Gorilla Glue (basically the best glue ever- think, duct tape of glue!)
  • Funnel (I used a piece from my son's stacking/ball toy, but I imagine a funnel would work much better.)


I started by pouring some of the rice into the bottom, adding pieces then more rice until all the things and rice filled the bottle. You want to make sure you leave room at the top for the rice to shift around so you can find the things. If it's for a smaller child you can probably use less rice to make it a bit easier (read less frustrating). For an older child you might consider more, smaller items. When you're sure you've added everything you want, apply Gorilla Glue to the outside screw bands of the water bottle, tighten the lid and you have your very own find the things bottle.

I am really looking forward to giving this to my son, and I may make another for my neighbor because they're amazing and awesome and my neighbors are the best.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Minion Bananas

My son is two and he loves Minions! When my husband brought home bananas I got to drawing these guys.




It was so easy and is such a fun thing for kids to find packed in their lunchbox. I just used a blue and black marker to make them, though the blue looks a bit green because of the yellow in the banana so I would recommend a darker blue, or going over it a couple of times. Each banana took maybe a minute to draw.

Here is a photo collage showing how I drew mine!


Hope you all are having a happy summer! What did you think of the movie? We are thinking of taking our son to see it at our local drive in theater.



Saturday, July 11, 2015

Whipped Cream

I love whipped cream, and I really think making your own is worth it when it comes to taste. This whipped cream can be done with a mixer or by hand, but by hand gives you a pretty good workout.

You can see from the photo that I decided to use a hand whip for this, it takes about twice as long but it was a fun and delicious way to tone my arms.
And we paired it with some delicious strawberries!


Easy Whipped Cream

Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Add the sugar and heavy whipping cream to a bowl and whisk by hand or with a stand mixer or hand mixer until the whipping cream forms soft peaks.

    NOTE: I like to start this recipe with a cold bowl and whisk, I just stick the tools I need in the freezer for a couple of minutes prior to making the whipped cream.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Guacamole Chicken Sandwich

The guacamole chicken sandwich is easy to make and absolutely delicious. It's not to heavy and the perfect lunch for a picnic. I whipped these sandwiches up for a picnic dinner when we went to watch fireworks for Independence Day, they were devoured and then followed by a giant cotton candy snow cone! We had an awesome fireworks show and I told my husband I wanted to spend the rest of our 4th of July's at his parents house.



To make this sandwich you need shredded chicken and guacamole or just fresh mashed avocados. Mix the two together, I used a handheld beater to make the mixing fast and easy, and it broke up the chicken a little more than just slicing it. I've seen the video of someone using a handheld beater to shred their meat, it did not work for me. Add your guacamole chicken mix to the type of bread of your choosing. We picked freshly made rolls, that were very airy and light and they went with our sandwiches perfectly.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Yellow Cake Cupcakes

My husband the kids and I are spending some time at his parent's house, and I took over the kitchen to make some cupcakes for Independence Day. I love cooking from scratch, I think cakes from scratch taste better and they are easy to make, and as long as you follow the ingredients list, they are pretty hard to mess up.



I love my mother-in-law's electric mixer it's a Bosch Universal and the right side of it has an area for a blender, too. Pretty sure I need to make an ice drink just so I can see how it works!
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These cupcakes are a little denser than your average store bought cupcakes but they are also more delicious



Yellow Cake - Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 Cups Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
Preheat your oven to 350°. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl mix all the remaining dry ingredients. The batter will be thicker than most cake batter, this makes a denser cake. Add in small increments (back and forth) the milk and flour mix. Scoop batter into prepared cupcake tins. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on your oven.