Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Linguine with clams, Tiger roast chicken

LINGUINE WITH CLAMS

6 Tbs butter
1 1/2 to 2 lbs littleneck clams
1/2 cup white wine
12 oz angel hair or linguini
fresh parsely
fresh chives
sea salt, pepper

In a large saucepan, melt butter until brown and nutty, about 3-4 minutes.
Add clams. Increase heat to high, stir in wine.
Cover clams and cook until they open, 4-6 minutes. Remove from pan.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta.
Once the pasta is drained, add to the buttery mixture in the clam pan.
Add herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix to coat.
Serve pasta alongside clams.
Tiger roast chicken was okay. I am not sure i will make it again, though.

I was a busy woman...

I did NOT do this...this was Miranda's idea, inspired by my creativy in the kitchen, I guess!! But I did make this cute centerpiece. I put daffodils in it, and it looks REALLY cute. It's just that MY dumb cat, Poppy, ate the top layer of peeps. So I will have to revamp it before Easter!!
And I made the jelly bean bark. The girls liked it. I keep thinking of other ideas..candycorn bark for Halloween,peppermints at Christmastime.
The peep straws were cute, but so not practical!!

Introducing...LEYLA!!

Here is cute little Leyla, the runt of the litter. She is the spunkiest one, too.
Always the fastest, always the bravest, always the littlest.

Colorful inspiration spring fling crop



Yep, i participated in the crop at Colorful Creations last weekend. I only did one challenge for the crop...this page featuring Gracie!! But I also played a few games, and ended up winning some buttons! YIP YIP!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

ON-LINE CROP THIS WEEKEND

Colorful Creations is having a spring fling crop here...


I need to finish scrapping my vacation photos, and also need to clean up the mess in my scrap area now that the basement is not in danger of flooding. I don't plan on doing much else this weekend except drive kiddies around. Good weekend for an online crop!!

Plus, my challenges for April are up at 2peas calendar girls. Need to work on those!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Kittens have arrived!!!!

Daisy and the crew
Cookie.

Chirp

The runt, as of yet unnamed

Say hello to kittens (and cat) number nineteen thru twenty-four!
Our momma cat and her five babies have come to stay with us for a month. They are SO cute and tiny!!!
And they ALL have homes to go to when their stay here is done!
During there stay, i will have to introduce the little ones to food and see if I need to litter train them. I have NEVER had cats so small!!!

We call the mom Daisy.
Miranda's kittens are Cupcake and Lollipop.
Mine is Cookie.
Holly's is Chirp.
Gracie has the runt, and she has not named it yet.

I will give them each their own photo shoot within the next week.

Baked Potato Soup

This was pretty easy, quick and quite good.
The girls all liked it, they just requested that i cut the potatos in smaller chunks. Not a problem!!

2 Baked potatoes (i baked them the night before)
2 TBS butter
onion powder
2 TBS flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1/4 c cornstarch
1 1/2 c instant potato flakes
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
12 tsp basil
pinch of thyme1 cup half n half

Garnish
shredded cheese
crumbled bacon

Bake two large potatos ahead of time. Cut them into small cubes just before making soup.

Heat butter in large pot. Add some onion powder. When butter is melted, add flour and whisk until a paste is formed. Gradually add broth and water.
Bring to boil, then add cornstarch and potato flakes.Add seasonings, lower heat and simmer five min.
Add cubed potatos and half n half. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer fifteen min.
or until thickened.

Serve in bowls and garnish with the cheese and bacon.

TIPS== I had to add more half n half because it was TOO thick. The garnish just MADE the souP. It is a little bland, so the extra flavor and texture is needed.



Saturday, April 2, 2011

mmmm....homemade pizza!! And store- bought chicken.



I made some pizza Thursday night and it's a keeper.

DOUGH...

1 envelope dry active yeast
1 cup warm water
up to 3 1/2c flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1/4 c veg oil

TOPPING
pepperoni, sliced mushrooms
can of pizza sauce, 15oz (used half),
fresh mozzerella, sliced
garlic cloves
fresh basil (about 5 leaves)
1/4c romano cheese, grated

In large bowl, add warm water to yeast until it foams, about 5 min. Add 1 cup flour, cornmeal, salt, and oil. Stir to combine.
Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is a soft ball and comes away from the side of the bowl. I ended up using 2 1/2cups the first time.
Knead dough intil it becomes elastic and no longer sticky, about 10-12 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl, and cover with damp towel. Let rise, aobut 1 hour. It should double in size.
Punch dough down and knead another 2 minutes. Press into greased pizza pan. Cover and let rise 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500.
When dough is done rising, add some sauce to the top. I added about 8-10 ounces of pizza sauce.
Layer on the cheese. I used about 8 ounces fresh mozzerella, sliced.
Add pepperoni, mushrooms.
Sprinkle on some garlic and basil.
Top with Romano.

Bake for 15 minutes at 500. If needed, reduce heat to 400 and bake some more. My crust was nice and brown after the first 15, and the pizza was perfectly tasty.

TIPS- I originally used both regular mozz and fresh because that's what I had. I loved the look and taste of the fresh on the pizza. Holly LOVES fresh mozzerella, so I would probably go all fresh next time, and she can eat the leftovers!
This recipe is from 'more of America's Most Wanted Recipes', which i am obsessed with :) so I will be using it often. This recipe is emulating Uno's Chicago Grill's pizza.
I love the crust...it's a thicker one, and the cornmeal makes it great and different.
I also love the use of fresh basil and garlic sprinkled on the pizza. It looks great and adds flavor.
My girls are picky about toppings. Miranda wants JUST CHEESE. Holly and Grace want JUST PEPPERONI. I think i would like some mushrooms! So my next idea is to make the pizza with 3/4 pepp and shrooms, and 1/4 justplain!!
That's the beauty of making it yourself. No pizza parlor would put up with such fractions!!



And...I tried making another recipe but it was a fail. I used frozen chicken tenders for the meal. Guess what? The kids loved the tenders. I do not buy a ton of processed frozen foods, but they are handy to have in the freezer when life gets busy. So I decided that these chicken tenders will be regular staples. Just in case!!


COLORFUL INSPIRATION

WOW, These cupcakes look amazing. I watch cupcake wars now and again, and i see a lot of green tea delicacies. I don't know if I can find Macha or green tea powder. Maybe I'd have to order it on-line. This site has many other amazing cupcake recipes in the index. I don't bake that often, but cupcakes interest me...hmmmmm. Well, off to browse more cupcakes!


I always wanted to make fancy body salts. Susan, my cousin, makes them for me and I love them. Found this one at Paula Deen...
http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/corries_kitchen_spa_citrus_salt_body_scrub
this is pretty cute!! I think i can probably do this with leftover hardboiled eggs. Mir loves hb eggs. And we all love coloring eggs, we make a ton!!I like this art. It is good inspiration for a fun scrapbook page...squares of pink and yellow and turqois, some with drawn lines. Might make for some great background paper.
I was inspired by the artwork here. I think if i got some pretty chalk...pink, yellow, green and blue..i could make another nice background paper.