Monday, November 30, 2009

food related t-shirts i adore

Check out these food related t-shirts from These were some of my favorites.

"Milk Moustache"
"Pancakes Mountain"
"Food Chain". If you can't see it very well, it's a zombie on top of the food chain.
"Cheesy Friends Forever"
"Playin' in the Sprinkler"
"Cookie Loves Milk"
"I took a bite out of crime. . ."
I don't remember what this one is called, and it's from a while back, but I couldn't find it anywhere on their website. That makes me sad, because I really loved this one enough to buy it.

They sell these in little kids sizes too and onesies. I thought the "cookie loves milk" would be so cute as a onesie on our little guy.

Friday, November 13, 2009

bentos no. 24-26

dinosaur sandwich with just cheese inside, a pretzel rod broke in half, craisins, and strawberry yogurt.
Mrs. Officer's delectable pumpkin bread, carrot sticks, black olives on picks, mozzarella cheese cubes, and a little mixture of almonds, craisins, dried apricots, and chocolate chips.
black olives and mozzarella cubes on picks, trail mix of dried apricot, craisins, peanuts, raisins, and chocolate chips, raspberry jello in foil ghost, and more amazing and moist pumpkin bread from Mrs. Officer.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

kitchen wish list part I

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Le Creuset 12-piece Cookware set at Williams-Sonoma

set of biscuit cutters at Williams-Sonoma

Cook's Illustrated or Cook's Country magazine subscription
Apple Pocket Pie Mold at Williams-Sonoma. They also have heart and star shapes.

Can you tell that I love Williams-Sonoma?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blessings Mix

inside the bag
the tag
the final product: the template found here

This is a fairly new Thanksgiving tradition of ours. We make Blessings Mix. A friend of mine made it for us a couple years ago and we stole the idea. But apparently we are not alone. I had no idea that it was a widely known thing to do. It's all over the internets. This is what we will be giving to Daisy's teachers.

Blessings Mix
2 cups Bugles, original or Caramel
2 cups mini twisty pretzels
1 cup nuts or seeds (I used a combination of whole almonds, cashews, and peanuts)
1 cup dried fruit (I used dark raisins and craisins)
1 cup candy corn
1 cup m&ms
Hershey's Kisses (I also use hugs)

In a large bowl, gently mix together all ingredients except for Hershey's Kisses. Once thoroughly combined, put 1 cup into cellophane bag. Put a couple of kisses and/or hugs on top. Print out tag with Blessings Mix poem and loop onto ribbon or twist tie used to secure bag.

Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance.

Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.

Candy Corn: The sacrifices of the Pilgrims' first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.

Nuts or Seeds: Promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.

Dried Fruits: Harvest gifts from our bountiful land.

m&ms: Memories of those who came before us to lead us into a blessed future.

Hershey's kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

Monday, November 9, 2009

yummus hummus

We love hummus. We've been making it a lot lately. It is a popular middle eastern dish containing chickpeas or Garbanzo beans. We've tried different flavors, but this one suits us best. I know it doesn't exactly look appetizing, but it is delicious and nutritious! I warmed up some pita bread and cut up orange and yellow bell peppers to dip with it. I sent a batch to work with HF and the officers enjoyed it as well. There are many varieties of hummus, the most popular probably being Red Pepper Hummus. We like this basic recipe. You can adjust it to your taste and add other spices and ingredients if desired.


4 garlic cloves, minced and mashed

2 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2/3 cup tahini (roasted not raw)

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ cup water

¼ cup olive oil

½ tsp. coarse salt

In food processor, combine garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, water and olive oil. Press until smooth. Add salt a little at a time, to taste. Serve with warm pita bread, crackers, chips, or raw vegetables.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

birthday cupcakes

I could not come up with a birthday cake idea for my son's first birthday on Halloween. I had romantic ideas of what I would do, but reality hit. HF was out of state the whole week and I was tired and busy. On the way to a Halloween party for the kids, I had a light bulb moment. I should go to a fancy cupcake bakery and get assorted cupcakes for the next day's birthday celebration!

If you are looking at the above picture and thinking that something is not quite right, you are right! When I got home, I accidentally dropped the box upside down and the cupcakes tumbled around the box and got a little smooshed and well, a little less than perfect. It was kind of sad. I fixed them up the best I could and I think they still look pretty great. They tasted fantastic. HF loved them and had no idea that cupcakes could even be this gourmet. The flavors in this box were pumpkin chocolate chip, strawberry shortcake (one of my faves), Vanilla (this one was given to the 1 year old with a candle instead of the cherry), Chocolate and Peanut Butter (my other fave-the pb frosting was astounding!), New York Cheesecake, and Key Lime. For my daughter's 7th birthday in March, I am inspired by Whitaker Woman's ballerina party and I just might have to special order ballerina cupcakes from this place.

Birthday party inspiration for Luke's 4th birthday: Wendolonia's Robot party, except I want to make or buy these Martha Stewart Robot cupcakes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

adventures in frugality: 1-2-3 Soup

Okay, I didn't think there was anything particularly special about this soup, but my family GOBBLED it up! They loved it. I enjoyed it as well, just didn't think it was anything to get all excited about. So the story of the bread bowl. Every Fall, our local grocer makes bread bowls in the color and shape of pumpkins. It is the cutest thing in the world, and something not only I look forward to, but the kids do as well. This was to be used for Halloween dinner, so I knew I needed a Halloweenish soup to go inside. I decided to make 1-2-3 Soup. So simple. So frugal. So comforting. So tasty. Ready for the ingredients? You'll see why it's called 1-2-3 Soup.

1 onion, chopped (I use yellow)
2 carrots, chopped
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
1 can water
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
salt, pepper, seasoning to taste

Boil gently the onion, carrots, and potatoes in a pot with the chicken broth and water. When soft (20-30 minutes), blend in small batches until smooth. Return to pot and add evaporated milk. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and other seasonings if desired (I just used salt and pepper). If too thick, you can thin it with a little milk at a time. We like a thicker soup. It's easier for the kids too. Serve in bread bowls (or not) and shredded cheddar cheese on top. We didn't add cheese in ours, but we have before and it's yummy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

over the top blog award

Thank you Connie for this "Over the Top" blog award! Connie blogs at Living My Glamorous Life. She makes you want to shop with all the beautiful and glamorous stuff she finds and she also posts lots of yummy food and recipes. She's happy and fun to *be around* so go check her out!

These are the rules:
1. you can only use ONE word
2. pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers
3. alert them that you have given them this award
4. have fun

The Fun Part:
1. Where is your cell phone? LOST
2. Your hair? PONYTAIL
3. Your mother? KIND
4. Your father? SMART
5. Your favorite food? MEXICAN
6. your dream last night? SCARY
7. Your favorite drink? CRANBERRY-LIMEADE
8. Your dream/goal? TRAVEL
9. What room are you in? OFFICE
10. Your hobby? FOOD
11. Your fear? DEATH
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? EUROPE
13. Where were you last night? HOME
14. Something that you aren’t? RELAXED
15. Muffins? PLEASE
16. Wish list item ? LASIK
17. Where did you grow up? CALIFORNIA
18. Last thing you did? FED BABY
19. What are you wearing? JEANS
20. Your TV? HULU
21. Your pets? NONE :(
22. Friends? GENEROUS
23. Your life? BUSY
24. Your mood? TIRED
25. Missing someone? TIFFnTODD
26. Vehicle? MINIVAN!
27. Something you’re not wearing? JEWELRY
28. Your favorite store? WILLIAMS-SONOMA
29. Your favorite color? ORANGE
30. When was the last time you laughed? MINUTES AGO
31. Last time you cried? TUESDAY
32. Your best friend? ROSEMAY
33. One place that I go to over and over? GROCER
34. One person who emails me regularly? JENN
35. Favorite place to eat? BAJIO

halloween lunch

Witch's Broom: Pretzel rods, string cheese, and black licorice rope. I cut a string cheese in half and then finely peeled it. I took a bunch and squished the top 1/4 of the pieces around the bottom of the pretzel rod and secured it with the black licorice. I thought it turned out like a broom! What do you think?
I made Witch Fingers: baby carrots with slivered, toasted almonds as fingernails. i used a teeny dab of cream cheese to secure the almonds. The palm of the hand is a slice of a side of a Sonya apple. Sonyas are my favorite.
I let the kids put black olives on their fingers to make Monster Fingers. They loved that.
And Halloween wouldn't be complete without Mummy Dogs. I left the cheese off.