Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fried Rice - Shrimp

Fried rice is really easy and inexpensive to make.  I used shrimp tonight, but you can used ham, chicken, or beef. 

1 egg
1/2 of a diced onion
1 Tablespoon of butter
2-3 cups of shrimp or your choice of meat
1 cup of frozen peas and carrots
4 cups of cooked rice
1 Tablespoons of soy sauce

First, spray fry pan or wok pan with cooking spray.
 Scramble egg and place egg to the side in bowl.
 On medium heat, add butter and onion to wok and cook onion until tender.  Add shrimp, peas and carrots.
Cook until peas, carrots and meat are cooked.  Add, cooked rice, egg and soy sauce.  You can add additional soy sauce for extra flavoring.
And Enjoy!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Flip Tails Hair Do

Lillie has the American Girl Hair book and she wants me to tryout several of the hairstyles with her hair.  In the book, it featured flip tails.

Flip tails are really easy to do.  Lillie was growing her bangs out when the picture was taken, so I did little flip tails in the front and pulled them all back into one large flip tail.
Step 1: pull hair back into a loose pony tail.

 I actually did 3 little pony tails at the front to hold her bangs.
 Step 2: Between the scalp and rubber band split ponytail into 2 sections.
 Step 3: Take pony tail and flip in over and through the hole that you created in step 2.
 Finished flip tail
Step 4: I pulled all of her hair back into one pony tail and repeated steps 2 and 3.

 Finished Flip tail hair do.
 View from the top.
 Lillie is happy with her hair do for Soccer camp.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pinterest finds this week


This looks and sounds so yummy. http://www.thecountrycook.net/2012/07/cheesy-chicken-tater-tot-casserole-slow.html  We tried this tonight, but I would leave the chicken out next time.

This looks like a fun wreath to make. http://sugarsnips.com/?p=1138#

This one sounds fun to try.... http://www.bronzebudgetbride.com//magazine/read/recipe-for-making-a-box-cake-taste-homemade_2715.html
Step 1: Look at the directions on the cake mix, Step 2: Add one more egg (or add 2 if you want it to be very rich), Step 3: Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount, Step 4: Instead of water, use milk. Step 5: Mix well and bake for the time recommended on the box.
cake mix - box cake.jpg

This website post has a lot of great tips that they have compiled from other blogs.  http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/2012/07/tips-tips-and-more-tips.html

Here is a tutorial on how to easily transfer images to your nails.  http://beauty-tutorial.blogspot.com/2012/06/how-to-give-yourself-digital-nails.html
how to Give Yourself a Digital Nails manicure

Brian loves Banana Cream Pie.  I might have to make this banana pudding cake for him. http://www.thecountrycook.net/2012/06/banana-pudding-poke-cake.html
Update 8/15/12: I made this cake before I left town last week, (in hope that he would eat while I was gone.)  Brian only ate 3 pieces.  He said it was "ok."  I think that he prefers Banana cream pie better.  I tried it and it was really sweet.

2 Cute patriotic shirts:
This one didn't have a link back to the original website:
Pinned Image  Or this on from http://ladywiththeredrocker.com/2012/07/16/ribbon-flag-shirt-adorable/

This looks like a great website.  Everyday, they post a free iPhone app. http://www.smartappsforkids.com/free-app-of-the-day/

This is a cute idea for the fall and Thanksgiving. http://circadee.com/2011/10/02/mumkin/

This breakfast pizza sounds yummy.  http://www.branappetit.com/2011/11/16/breakfast-casserole-blog-for-a-cause/

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Rosemary Skewer Kabobs

I found these Rosemary kabob skewers from Herb Thyme Farms. They were really easy and it gave the meat and veggies a light rosemary flavoring.  I liked them so much, that I am going to grow rosemary in the garden next year.  You don't need to purchase these skewers, if you have rosemary in your garden, you can use it.

Step 1: Cut skewers to approximately 10-12 inches.  Rinse and soak skewers in water for 5 minutes.  
Step 2: While skewers are soaking, cut up veggies and meat into 1" pieces.  I precook the potato and onion in the microwave for 3 minutes, so that it is tender at the same time as the rest of the vegetables.
Step 3: Stand skewer on end.  Pinch skewer and push fingers down the stem to remove leaves.  Except for 1" at top of skewer.
Step 4: cover leaves with aluminum foil.  
Step 5: Poke stem through pieces of vegetables and meat.
Step 6: Cook on grill until the vegetables are tender and the meat is cooked.

And Enjoy!

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Sunday - 
I heart nap time The Foley Family Tutus and Tea Parties Nifty Thrifty Things  The Sasse Life Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Monday -
diy home sweet home I Gotta Try this creating really awesome free things Sumo's Sweet Stuff Its so very Cheri  Signing Three Little Birds All Things Fee Sew Happy Geek Sew Chatty Colours Dekor Polly Want a Crafter Be Colorful You're talking too much Ninth Street Notions An Original Belle Making the World Cuter Mad in Crafts Skip to my Lou The Gunny Sack  Mrs. Happy Homemaker Flour me with love

Tuesday -
Home Stories A to Z Hope Studios Coastal Charm House of Grace Tempt my Tummy Tuesday  - Blessed with Grace Ladybug blessings Tip Junkie Sugar Bee Crafts My uncommon slice of suburbia At home with K A bowl full of lemons Me and my boys Romance on a dime Elizabeth and Co.
Not just a housewife Vintage Wanna B Mandy's Recipe Box Crazy for Crust - desserts  Inside BruCrew Life Chef in training 33 shades of green The Winthrop Chronicles Claim Our Space - Tout it Tuesday

My Girlish Whims Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Domestically Speaking Ginger Snap Crafts Free Pretty Things Seven Thirty Three Southern Lovely Trendy Treehouse Primp Rae Gun Ramblings DIY by Design
Lil' Luna Lady Behind the Curtain JAQS Studio

A Creative Princess Beyond the Picket Fence The Artsy Girl Connection Made in a Day Thirsty Thursdays - Obviously Marvelous Momnivore's Dilemma Christinas Adventures Fireflies and jellybeans Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom Somewhat Simple House of Hepworth Yesterday on Tuesday Rhinestone Beagle  The Crafty Blog Stalker Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts Something Swanky: desserts A Little Nosh
The Frugal Girls

One Artsy Mama My Romantic Home It's a Hodgepodge life Whipperberry The World as I see it Chubby Cheeks Thinks The Prudent Pantry Turely Lovely Stuff and Nonsense 504 Main Craft Junkie Too Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Living Life Intentionally Alli n Sons - desserts Simply Designing Blissful Bucket list Simply Sweet Home Thirty Hand Made Days Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life Delicate Construction

Natasha in Oz Funky Junk Interiors Tater Tots and Jello A Vision to Remember Serenity You

Monday, July 16, 2012

Canning Without a Canner

I don't use a canner to seal my jars.  This is how my Great Aunt taught me to seal jars.  This only works for cooked jam and jelly recipes.
First, as I am making my Jam, I heat up a 2 pans of water.  1 with enough water to cover the jars laying down.  When the jam is almost done cooking, I carefully add the clean jars to the boiling water.
After, I remove the jam from the direct heat, I place a towel in my left hand and use tongs to remove a jar from the boiling water.
 Be very careful, the jar is very hot!!!
This is where I add 1 lid to the boiling water in small sauce pan.
Carefully, ladle the jam into the jar.  (Sorry, my kitchen counter is cluttered.  It usually is when I am making jam.)

Fill the jar up to a 1/2" from the top and carefully wipe off the excess jam that dripped over the edge.  I use a towel or clean dishcloth.
 Take the lid out of the boiling water and place lid on top of jar.
 Screw rim on jar tightly.
 Place jar on dish towel and cover jars with another dish towel.
In the next few hours, you will start to hear the lids popping/sealing shut.  If they don't seal, (which I have never have had happen) toss the old lid, and start the process over again.

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