Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Gift Guide for Dummies

While I'm pressing my dress and sprucing up my hat, I realize that I have yet to purchase a wedding gift for the most celebrated wedding of the century.  In case you've haven't heard, Prince William is finally going to make Kate Middleton his wife.  Although I'm not sure how you couldn't know about it.  I've been at my mom's this week and all TLC is showing is re-runs of the same five shows on the Royal Family.  Blah, blah, blah... Sorry William and Kate, but there's only so much I can take.  How would you like to see re-runs of my family played over and over and over again?  Boring!

Anyways... I do still need to pick up a gift.  Just in case anyone else finds themselves in the same predicament, here's a quick list of the hottest wedding gifts for the happy couple:


1. Fancy hat collection--Kate will be expected to keep up with the fashion sense of future mother-in-law, Camilla Parker Bowles.  A replica of this hat will go a long way in getting her started.

2. Royal family tree--Have you seen this guest list?  Who can keep them all straight?  That's one crazy looking family tree.  Kate's certainly going to need a cheat sheet.

3. Driver glasses--Who can forget the horrific crash that took Princess Diana's (William's mother) life?  One of the cited causes for the crash was the relentless paparazzi.  For this young couple, let's all chip in and buy their driver a new pair of sunglasses.  Heck, we can scrap together enough for glasses for William and Kate as well.

4. Disposable camera--Because we know there's just won't be enough photos of this wedding.

5. Royal Fruit Sparklers--Originally dubbed 4th of July Fruit Sparklers, these are sure to be the hit of the buffet line.  The entire royal palace will be raving about them.

6. Princess Paper Dolls--Kate definitely needs a set of these Paper Dolls (@ Living Locurto).  This way she can relive her wedding day over and over again.
7. Umbrellas--That's a lovely coach, but with rain in the forecast, I'd suggest a pair of these. 
What do you think of my color choice?

8. A copy of Enchanted, Princess Diaries, Cinderella, etc--After all it's not everyday a commoner becomes a princess.

9. A bottle of Tylenol--With Prince Harry throwing the bachelor party, William is sure to need a few for his early morning ceremony.

10. Vaseline-- With that procession through London, both William and Kate will need a little Vaseline on their teeth to keep them smiling.  Ouch.  My face hurts just thinking about it.

So if you've already done your shopping, good for you.  But if you're having a hard time finding the perfect gift for the royal wedding, hope you find this list helpful.  I'm off to go hat shopping!

*This post is a part of Writer's Workshop.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

52 First Dates: wk Fourty-Six

How's your dating life?  We've had lots of great ideas in this last section of dates so I thought it might be time for a "review" week.  Pick out a favorite date from the experiment or one you missed.  Take some time planning a date night for your spouse this week and invest an evening in your marriage.  Have fun, laugh lots, and make some memories.  Remember... it's what you invest now that will allow your marriage to thrive in the future.  Have fun!

Wk 1: Couch Time
Wk 10: Bucket List
Wk 11: First Words
Wk 12: Love Letters
Wk 13: Review Week
Wk 14: Home Date
Wk 17: Stargazing
Wk 18: Group Date
Wk 19: Spa Date
Wk 20: Costumes!
Wk 26: Going Out
Wk 30: Love Notes

So how's your dating life?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tag! You're it!

I was over at Homespun Heart a few days ago and saw this fun meme.  So I thought I'd join in.  Anyone else want to join?  Consider yourselves tagged!  And don't forget to link up your answers in the comments so we can learn more about each other.

1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals or are they members of your family?
We have one kitty we call Annie.  She also answers to "Your highness" if that gives you any idea of her rank in our house.  We love the idea of having a boxer some day, but with two little ones in the house, I can't imagine adding that work to our day.

2. What would you do with a billion dollars?

Wow! That's a lot of money. We'd give so much of it away 'cause I just can't imagine keeping it all. Adopt. Pay off the house. Start college funds. Travel the world.

3. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
Reading, writing, creating, crafting, ... and cooking!

4. What is your bedtime routine?

I love reading before bed. And just praying over our day.

5. Name something that has surprised you this week about motherhood.

Just seeing more and more the wonder of the world through my children's eyes. The way they get so excited about little things. I took both of the kids on individual dates the last week and was reminded of how fun they both are.

6. What kind of books do you read?
John Grisham, parenting, nutrition, ... I just love to read!
7. What’s your fear?
What's NOT my fear... money, time, relationships... it's all there.   :-)

8. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to see outer space? 
That's a hard one for me.  I do enjoy eating healthy and in fourth grade, I wanted to be an astronaut.  But giving up nachos for the rest of my life... or strawberry rubarb pie... that's a tough one.

9. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Get Crafty!

Made breakfast for my hungry monsters.

10. What is one thing you love about your husband?

He does have a great sense of humor. And he's infinitely more patient with his wife than she deserves. :-)

11. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?

I don't know. It's been my name for so long; I can imagine changing it.

12. If you had to choose between six months of sun or six months of rain, what would you choose?

Well since I live where there's six months of sun, I guess I choose sun. Although we've had a wet year this year and I'm coming around to thinking I could love closer to the coast. The rain might not be that bad after all.

13. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?

Fruits and veggies.

14. What is the thing you enjoy about blogging the most?

Being creative. Getting to know other bloggers

15. Do you prefer salty or sweet foods?

salty, salty, salty!

16. What items are in your purse right now?
Wallet, crayons, library cards, chuch bulletins with notes, old receipts, small bubbles to keep the kids busy during long waits.

17. If you had to choose between vacationing at the beach or in the mountains where would you go?

Tough on,. I grew up in the mountains so that's where we go to visit family. And we do a beach trip once a summer. We love both.

18. What websites do you visit that you know you shouldn't?

Can't think of one.

And just one more thing to check out this drizzly Monday morning.  My 4th of July Fruit Sparklers were featured on Red Ted Art's blog.  Be sure to pop over and say hi.  There's a ton of great links.  I'll be over there commenting myself.  Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Praying for you this day.
Worshipping our Savior.
Enjoying the renewal of hope and life.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Restore Innocence

Don't close your eyes to these statistics!

For more information, check out Restore Innocence.

Winner, Winner...

There were 12 entries for the Sacred Influence Giveaway and the winner is ...


I follow you via GFC and like you on facbeook :)

My best marriage advice would be to remember WHY you married each other in the first place - when things get 'hard'. Sometimes it is best to reconnect and reflect on the good rather than the bad. :)


Congratulations!  I'll be contacting you shortly.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Developing a Routine with Baby

Before my husband and I had children, we had a whole slew of theories about how to raise kids.  A few of those theories have stuck around.  Others have been relaxed.  Still others, like no Superheroes, have been thrown out by the individuality of our children.

One theory we hung onto was keeping our days routine.  Very routine.  And while this doesn't work for everyone, I want to encourage you to take a look at the advantages before blowing it off as too ridged.  We actually found it to provide more flexibility for us than the alternative.  For the basis our schedule, we worked with a three hour routine and then moved to a four hour routine.  Each day slightly different and yet similar enough to be predictable.

In our three hour routine, our time looked like this:

*Waking up and nursing/feeding- Our littles woke up and nursed first.  Similar to how we as adults wake in the morning for breakfast.

*Playtime- This could be anything from tummy time to bath, time in the swing to time with mama.

*Nap time- Most babies get slightly fussy before nap.  The key is to recognize YOUR child's cues.  My little ones would suck their fists, similar to wanting to nurse.  But I knew they had just fed.  It was time for nap.

To help my babies sleep, we swaddled them.  It worked like a charm.  Swaddling works in providing a similar security that the child felt inside your womb.  They squirmed a little, but never cried, and eventually settled down into sleeping.  Other tricks include: white noise, resting your child into a football hold, swaying back and forth in your arms.

The trick to the schedule is that it provides your child with a sense of security.  Their world becomes predictable and orderly.  They know what's coming next and they're confident that you'll provide them with what they need.

This routine saved us.  By knowing when our children would need to nurse and rest, we were better able to plan our day as well.  We knew when our children would be at their best for visiting friends and running errands.  And as our they grew we knew when we could take a little extra time and when they really needed attention.  It also provided us with confidence in parenting.  We were able to understand the moods of our children in how they were affected by lack of sleep and hunger.

Parenting is a grand adventure.  And learning what works with your children will take some trial and error.  But routine and schedule will go a long way in providing you with a smooth start.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

52 First Dates: Week Forty-Five

Did you plan a Favorite Things Date last week?  What did it look like?

Are you ready for a new dating challenge?

Your challenge is to re-create your first date.  I don't know about you, but your first date is long ago and far away.  But to this day it still makes me laugh.  We were young, broke, and very creative.  It was a great date.  This was long before we tried fancy restaurants and pricey nights out.

Some of us have moved.  We've been lucky enough to have moved and have now moved back.  So this date could be tricky depending on where you live.  Be creative and try to re-create it the best you can.  You just might find that this trip down memory lane is a great way to reconnect with your spouse.


Scent of Water Review

(Image credit: Zondervan)

Scent of Water is a collection of stories gathered by Naomi Zacharius as she's traveled the world in her work with Wellspring International.  Through her job, she's come in contact with many women working in, affected by, and dealing with the after effects of the sex industry.  These women live in places many of us will never visit, have experienced things no one should ever be a part of, and have stories that most of us would never hear otherwise.  Zachaius writes to give them a voice.

Chapter after chapter, we're flooded with the human side of a very dark world.  Zacharius introduces us to mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.  She travels to the dark, oppressive roads of Afghanistan, the sex trafficking of South Africa, and the famous red light district of Amsterdam.  And along each twist and turn of her journey, she shares their stories.

What I came to realize is that I know nothing.  College educated, opened eyes to the world, news watching... and yet, I know just a taste of what's really going on out there.  Zacharius brings to light the stories and the humanity locked deep inside these women.  Her writing speaks with a voice of depth and compassion that can only come from a person that's truly passionate about social justice.  For anyone who's ever wondered about this part of God's heart for the world, Scent of Water is an invaluable read and one that will leave you changed.

Additionally, I found this recent interview from Zacharius on FoxNews.  Enjoy!

Fox News-- Rewards and Dangers of Life as a Missionary

*Disclaimer: I was supplied with a free copy of Scent of Water for review.  All opinions and commentary are my own.

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm giving it away!

Twenty six hours before the entries close for a copy of Sacred Influence.  The numbers are low on this one so you're chances are great!  It's been one of my favorite reads so far this year and well worth your time.  Be sure to check it out!

Wrapped Easter Eggs

These cute little eggs are so easy to make.  A little messy, but the end result is well worth it.  Plus there are a multitude of great ideas to use them for.  Quick, easy, and economical... sign me up for this Easter craft.

Hope you love them as much as I do!

Plastic easter eggs
Old book pages or sheet music
Elmer's glue
A willingness to get messy

*Cut your pages or sheet music into strips from 1-1 1/2 inches.
*Mix Elmer's glue with water at a 2:1 ratio.
*Run paper strips through the glue/water mixture and apply to plastic eggs.
*Spread and remove bubbles as you go.
*Set up to dry.  These will take awhile.  Mine dried overnight.

And there you have it...
These eggs are great on pedestals, candle sticks, cloches, or in a bowl.

This is my favorite!

I used an old candle jar, washed and cleaned out.
Stacked three eggs and added a flower from our garden for a pop of color.

Ribbon, lace, anything girlie would be a great addition.

So get started creating and show us what you've got!
Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Made by Me Monday

Hey everyone,
How was your weekend?  Where you gardening, baking, creating?  Or just plain busy?

It seems like there's never a moment's rest with our little ones.  They keep us so busy and this weekend was no exception.  Last week was the Week of the Young Child so I took both Noah and Lydia on little dates, just one on one.  We picked the bounce house for both of them.  Separate days and totally separate experiences.

Noah just tackles that place. Two  big rooms filled with bounce activities and we tore through that place.  He was up and down the big slide with hardly a breath in between.  We were racing and knocking each other around through the obstacle course.  It was two hours of craziness that left we exhausted.

Lydia is my shy, quiet little one.  It took her a long time to really get into it.  Finally she made friends with an older girl and they ran around together.  It was cute to see by the end of the date that she was looking for her buddy.

The rest of the weekend was busy: Healthy Kids' Day at the YMCA, hair cut for Noah, trip to the library, church, lots of time on the trampoline, and a whole lot of other.  Plus some crafting time squeezed in.  I made these fun little eggs to use around the house.  They're so easy and so economical.  You can easily put them together before the holiday.  So I'll post them early this week.

Should we get started partying?  Write a blog post highlighting your project with a link back here so that others can join in on the fun.  Then link up below to the blog post itself.  You can post more than one project; just add more than one link.  So let's start partying!

Lee's To Do List

Love this Recycled Spring Sign (@ Creativetyals).  Would be so beautiful on an Easter table.

This White Magnolia Paper Wreath (@ Craftberry Bush) would be a  lovely welcome for guests next weekend as well.

Looking for a Teacher's Appreciation gift? Check out this Jar of Joy (@ Nothing but Country) for a simple and heart felt idea.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bird Nests

I promised you a new recipe on Monday and here it is... Yummy!  

These Bird's Nests are so yummy; you won't be able to stop at just one.  That's why I only made a half batch.  :-)  Plus they are a lot of fun to make with your kids as Easter is approaching.  We made this a fun afternoon activity and Noah and Lydia loved it.  

Bird Nests

2 c. sugar
4 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick butter/margarine
2 1/2 c. uncooked quick oats
3 Tbsp peanut butter
Robin's Eggs candy

Mix sugar, cocoa, milk and butter.  Boil 2 min or until mixture forms a soft ball.  Remove from heat.  Add remaining ingredients.  Add more oats if too thin.  Drop by spoonful on waxed paper and allow to cool.  After slightly cooled, place 2-3 Robin's eggs in the center.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Homemade Swapping Goin' On!

I found such a fun swap over at My So-Called Chaos.  It's going to be so much fun.  Participants will create and swap at least 3 homemade items.  Don't you just love homemade?

So all you crafters head on over and check it out.  Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sacred Influence Giveaway

Ladies, you are in for quite a treat.  I have an awesome book to give away this week.  This is the second book I've read in recent months by Gary Thomas.  It is also the second book I've read from him regarding marital relationships.  So walking into this book, I wondered what he could have to say that I didn't read in Sacred Marriage.  Boy was I wrong.

Thomas comes in with a very powerful book.  Very powerful.  From the beginning he makes it clear that change begins with us.  What are our husbands motivated by: our respect or our nagging?  And if it's our respect that motivates them, what in our lives needs to change to get us there?

For so long, we've been influenced by what the world says about husbands and wives.  This book offers a refreshing alternative that doesn't come across as a guilt trip or another to-do.  Rather it's pastoral, encouraging, and challenging, all wrapped together.  And don't be put off by the fact that it's written by a man.  Who better to bring your husband's perspective to light?

Need further convincing?  Here's a quick excerpt from the cover:

"Gary Thomas draws concepts from his bestseller Sacred Marriage and outlines practical applications you can start using today.  He also shows how real-life women have employed these methods to transform their marriages."

Really this book is practical, inspiring, and life changing.  It's well-worth the time that you are willing to put into it.  You will not be disappointed.

Wanna Win A Copy?

Mandatory Entry:
Follow Creative2xmom through Google Friend Connect or Facebook and comment on your best tip for a healthy marriage.

Additional Entry Opportunities:
*Follow Creative2xmom through GFC or Facebook, whichever one you didn't do above.
*Follow Creative2xmom on Twitter
*Blog this giveaway and link back to this post.

Please leave a separate comment for each form of entry.

Entries will close next Tuesday April 19th @ midnight.  Winner will be posed on April 20th.  

Good luck!  I can't wait to put a copy of this book in someone's hands.  You're going to love it!

*Disclaimer: Gary Thomas supplied me with a copy of Sacred Influence for review and a copy to giveaway.  All opinions expressed are mine.

*Linked to these parties.

52 First Dates: Week Forty-Four

How was your date last week?  Did you plan a date in a bag?

This in one that I think I'm going to keep planned and use more often.  With little ones in our house, sometimes our dates can quickly become derailed.  Sometimes the windows of opportunity can come at a moments notice.  So having something prepped just takes a little more of the pressure off.   What did you think?

Are you ready for this week's challenge?

Do you remember the song "These are a few of my favorite things" from Sound of Music?  (We love Sound of Music)

This week we're going to plan a "Favorite Things Date."  Favorite activity, favorite movie, favorite time of day (?), favorite food (of course), and favorite company.  Joy of this date?  It's so adaptable to your situation, your budget, and you as a couple.

Maybe you have a favorite place that you like to visit as a couple.  Maybe you have a favorite activity that you both enjoy.  Or maybe your spouse has a favorite activity that you've been avoiding.  This week would be a great opportunity to get involved, ... just because you love your spouse.  Remember these weeks are about investment.

So put on your thinking caps and plan a few favorite things.  Let us know what you've got planned.  I love hearing everyone's ideas and seeing what you're learning.

*Linked to these parties

Peanut Butter Eggs

Oh, my goodness! Are you ready for your diet to be derailed? These are fantastic! Peanut Butter Eggs are my all time favorite treat. I live, breathe, and bleed chocolate and peanut butter, and these are even better than the boughten ones. You won't believe your taste buds.

Peanut Butter Eggs
2/3 cup Creamy NATURAL Peanut Butter
2 1/2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 salt
1 cup confectioner's sugar
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp vegetable shortening

1) With a mixer, combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt on low.
2) Add confectioner's sugar and mix until well blended.
3) Add additional confectioner's sugar if needed.
4) Shape into 1" ball. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and put in freezer for 15-20 minutes.
5) Put chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in microwave safe bowl.

6) Microwave for 45 seconds on medium. Stir and repeat until completely smooth.
7) Working quickly so PB balls do not get soft, use a fork to dip PB drops into melted chocolate, rolling around to completely cover. Gently tap fork on edge of bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place on parchment paper. If you wish, you can use a toothpick to create a little swirl on top. Refrigerate or freeze. You may need to put chocolate back in microwave will dipping to re-melt and stir until smooth.

Now mine came out pretty big.  What can I say?  My eyes are bigger than my stomach.  I didn't even realize how big they were till my sister in law sat a boughten one next to it.  Ooops!  


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Made By Me Monday

Hi, everyone!  How was your weekend?  Was it slow and relaxing?  Or fast and hectic?  Or just a mixture of both?  

I was a mix.  Hubby had a class on Saturday... all day... So the kids and I were determined to keep ourselves busy.  Maybe I was just determined to keep them busy.  Thus Saturday became baking day.  Pizza crust, whole wheat bread, and these little yummies... Bird's Nests.  Yummy and fattening Easter tradition.

I love having my kids in the kitchen.  It's one of my truest delights.  Takes more work, but it's well-worth the effort.  I'll share the recipe later this week.

Also coming up later this week... a new giveaway, so stay tuned.

What about you?  Did you do anything creative this week?  Let's start partying.  Write a blog post highlighting your project with a link back here so that others can join in on the fun.  Then link up below to the blog post itself.  You can post more than one project; just add more than one link.  So let's start partying!\

Lee's To Do List

Looking for table inspiration?  Love this Earthy Easter Dinner (@ Me and My Insanity).  Very springy!

This Ribbon Wreath (@ She's Kinda Crafty) would be a beautiful for a spring door.

I love all the egg decor that pops up at this time of year, including this Egg Specimen (@ Craftberry Bush).  Simple and beautiful.

Got a sweet tooth and no time for arranging flowers?  Kill two birds with one stone and this Peeps Arrangment (@The Autocrat).

And I've gotta get my Resurrection Eggs (@ Creative2xmom) down from the garage and prepped for this year.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dirty Diamonds

*This week I'm participating in the Writer's Workshop at Mama Kat.

If you really knew me, you would know that...

I am a huge baseball fan!

When I was about ten or eleven, I remember being at a friend's house in the early spring.  We were playing out in the backyard when her dad came out and asked her if she wanted to play catch.  I just shrugged my shoulders and watched for awhile.  In a little bit, he asked if I wanted to try.  Sure I did, but I had no idea what I was doing.  I was nervous, fascinated, ... and scared of the ball.  But it took one afternoon of catch and a little encouragement from the both of them, and I was ready to sign my life over to this game.

I was nervous to sign up for Little League.  Here I was: a green preteen in a community that revolved around that baseball diamond.  Yet, just a taste and I was hooked.  I loved everything about it.  The crack of a softball hitting the mitt's sweet spot, the smell of spring warming the outfield, and action of my favorite spot: short stop. 

Afternoon's were spend on that field, as I held my breath for spot assignments.  Grounders, pop flies, double plays... I dedicated myself to it all.  I'd hold my position and watch the Batter's stance.  Looking for clues, ... a foot placement... a practice swing... a dropped shoulder... My mind would race, calculating  where the ball was likely to fly.

I played through Jr. High and High School, eventually giving it up as I went off to college.  And as every spring would turn, I'd still note the way the sun would hit this girl's best friend: that dirty diamond.

Year's later, my husband and I found ourselves playing on a recreational league with our church.  I  was rusty, and still nervous at bat.  My knees shook and I wondered if I'd ever be able to fall back into that old familiar pattern.  But it wasn't long.  The pounding heart... the love for a dear game... the smell of sweat, leather, and dirt... 

Last week, I was in the backyard, doing some batting practice with my five year old.  Ping... ping... ping as the bat hits the ball... happy sounds from my childhood.  Some of my best memories.

Yeah, to say I love baseball would be an understatement.  Not the "Sitting on the couch, watching a Sunday game" kind of love (although I got pretty excited for the Giants last year), but rather the "Give me spring" kind of love that calls for a game of catch.  So to my fellow lovers of the sport, I say, "Happy April.  Don't forget to slide into home."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

52 First Dates: Week Forty-Three

How's your dating life?  Did you take a trip to Mexico last week?  Kind of labor intensive with prep, but such a fun break from the routine.  How often do you get to bring Mexico to your own front door?

Are you ready for this week's challenge?

This is going to be a bit easier after the big date from last week.  Still requires some up front prep, but pretty low key.

You're going to create a date in a bag.  What's a date in a bag?  It's a quick easy way to have date materials on hand for whenever you actually get a few minutes alone with your spouse.  I know some weeks we don't get to our date just because we can't find a free night.  Sure there's "moments" here and there, but no evenings so I just don't have the stuff on hand.

By creating a date in a bag, you can have the items on hand for when those moments hit.  Think of it as a little bit of playing which yields the freedom of a whole lot of spontaneity.

So you're thinking, "That's great!  But how in the world do I put that together?  What goes in this bag?"

Well, here's a few ideas:

1. Childhood date: candy necklaces, M&M's, favorite childhood soda, episode of your favorite childhood sitcom, and talking about what it was like growing up.

2. Exercise date: water bottles, jump rope, and map outlining obstacle course at a local park.

3. Book date: copy of books you're both currently reading, favorite coffee/tea, some yummy bought scones or muffins, and talking about what you're learning or reading

Looking for more ideas?  Check out this great list from Dating Divas: Date in a Bag List

So what do you think?  Doable?  You can create your bag early in the week and keep your eyes open for the perfect time for both of you to get together.

Have a great date!

Homemade Hummus

Each stage of parenting brings new experiences, new memories, and new challenges.  Currently the challenge in our house is keeping these kids' tummies full.  Seriously, how much can a 5 and 3 year old eat?  Apparently a lot.  And to make it nutritious on a budget?  Wow!  Our two choice seem to either be let them starve or starve ourselves.

So we find ourselves getting even more creative around here.  Looking for fulling wholesome snacks that won't kill my budget.  Sounds like a tall order doesn't it?

One of the ideas that really intrigued me was making our own humus.  Hummus in the store is filling, but so expensive.  I've only bought it one or two times.  But I knew it would fill my little ones tummies and be something I'd be proud to put on my table.

In searching out recipes, I came across two that we had to try.  The first was this Spinach Artichoke Hummus.  It's green, full of vegetables, and goes great with wheat thins.  It has a distinctively different taste from hummus.  Although the base is chickpeas, the spinach gives it a completely different twist.   You can't think of this one as hummus when you're eating it.  It's a great dip in its own right.

The second was this Roasted Red Pepper Feta Hummus.  I love, love, love this one.  I eliminated the feta and added extra garlic (but I add extra garlic to everything).  Both of my kids loved it as well.  It's sweet and smokey, the perfect afternoon snack.

Hardy and filling both of these dips where easy to prepare and stash in the fridge for an afternoon pick-me-up.  They are extremely economical, and delicious too.  Served with some pretzels, wheat thins, or carrot sticks, you can't go wrong with either one.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lee's To Do List

I'm changing up the Resources I'm Currently Lovin' section.

So in case you're looking for a link that's been posted lately, here you go!

Face Bracelet
Homemade Crafty Gift Ideas
How to Make Fabric Flowers
Meyer Lemon Cheesecake
Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Hummus

Friday, April 1, 2011

Yummy Bulgogi Recipes!

If you were to go into my bookmarked sites, you would be overwhelmed with how many recipes I have saved.  There's everything out there from crepes to egg rolls, summer drinks to homemade ice cream, school lunch ideas to weight watcher cupcakes.  We LOVE food in this house.  And we LOVE adventurous eating!  Even my 5 and 3 years old don't back down from trying something new.

So I had to share with you two fantastic recipes we tried last week.  Both Korean, both in fantastic marinades.

The first was Bulgogi Beef.  I took a cheap cut of beef, sliced it thin, and marinaded for several hours.  Then I stir fried it with a bag of frozen veggies and served over brown rice.  They kids couldn't get enough of it.  Truthfully, neither could my husband or I.  I added extra garlic and would add extra black pepper next time as well.  The meat was very mild so it's up to your taste.

The second dish we tried was Chicken Bulgogi.  This was yummy as well.  The maple made it sweeter than the beef and again, I added extra garlic.  We served ours over a huge leafy green salad and dressed it with an oil/ vinegar/ sugar dressing.  It was a great fulling meal with lots of flavor.  We also made a yummy warm batch of Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (recipe to come soon).

Both are very different, but very well worth your time.  Two quick easy dinners perfect for spring!
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