New projects


I got myself a sewing machine and so far I am loving it! I decided to make the kids felt food to go with their new play kitchen:

My first thing eggs and bacon!

My next thing is to make play sandwiches!

Yogurt dip


Travelling is always tough with allergies and also trying to keep it healthy! here is my yogurt dip a great partner for your veggies!

1 small container of yogurt (i used goat) PLAIN!

2-3 cloves of garlic finely minced

2 tbsp fresh dill

(optional lemon juice to taste)

mix everything and let set. The longer it sets the stronger the garlic will get. I suggest min of 2 hours best at about 6 or more.

 

I made this part 2!


My second play kitchen!

Isn’t this pretty?? this is a old microwave stand that when my husband was a teenager used to hold his TV.

Now its a great play kitchen!

The kids Love this kitchen! … but this isn’t the one that they are keeping… that post coming soon! Just doing the finishing touches tonight.

easy Garlic pizza sauce


We just love garlic in our house! I saw this trick on a cooking show once, using roasted garlic.This is a easy and yummy alternative to tomato sauce.

Roasted garlic pizza sauce: for personal pizza

1 bulb roasted

1 tbsp olive oil

take out the cloves of roasted garlic and beat with olive oil till smooth.

spread over you favorite crust.

Add favorite toppings: mine spinach, tomatoes, peppers and mild goat cheese.

Chick pea flour cookies


I decided to take my rice flour cookie recipe and make it with chick pea flour… I was prepared to tell you about my great failure in the kitchen…. but to my surprise they were better than the regular ones!

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Combine rice flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add rice flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour.

preheat oven to 375° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove parchment paper with cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

 

Helping in the kitchen


My daughter is almost four! Its hard to believe she has gotten so big. My daughter has always loved to be a helper and loved to  cook and bake. She is a an age now that she can almost make deserts by herself! I have always let the kids help in the kitchen. Obviously they can’t use the stove, oven or use any knives. I found with my kids the more responsibility I gave them the better they are. They help me clean and cook. Sure it doesnt get done perfectly but that’s not what matters!

My daughter just loved putting the jelly in the muffins

Projects :)


I saw this great site on how to turn old furnature into a play kitchen. I decided I really wanted to try this!… well if I am going to do one I may as well do 3! Here is the first of the three:

Homemade salsa!


When I was with my mom and sister for the weekend my mom made us homemade salsa. I have never made it from canned tomatoes before. It is so easy!

1 can of diced tomatoes drained

2 sereno peppers

2 cloves of garlic

a good amount of cilantro

Place it all in a food processor and blend till smooth. That’s it!

it wont last long!

Chai syrup!


The recipe come from my cousin who writes . Great blog you must check out!

This is my weakness! I love Chai but it is so expensive. This recipe makes Chai very affordable! http://venisonfordinner.com/2012/02/23/a-little-present-for-your-morning-afternoon-or-quiet-time/

NO cow dairy cheese cake!


I finally have made a cheese cake that tastes like cheesecake! This one has no cow dairy and its a lower fat one too! I made it with goat yogurt (you could use cow as well). If you use regular yogurt it is way cheaper, if you use goat yogurt it is about the same.

First you need to make the yogurt into a cheese (or cheese like)

2 small things of yogurt or one large one

cheese cloth

In a big bowl line with a cheese cloth (other option is to hang the yogurt int the cheese cloth over the bowl)

and allow to drain for a day.

When you take of the cheese cloth it will be really thick… how thick should it be……

thick enough to turn upside down without it moving.

 

CRUST:

1-1/2 cups of GF graham crackers (OR rice flour 3/4 to 1/4 brown sugar)
3 Tbsp. sugar (omit if using rice flour and 1 tsp vanilla)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
combine and press into a greased pan
FILLING
Pre pared yogurt cheese (should be about 4 cups)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
Beat all ingredients with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust
Bake in a water bath for 55 min. or until center is almost set. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours.
Blue berry sauce:
Super easy sauce! In a sauce pan place frozen blue berries (about 1 1/2 cups) and cook down add a little bit of corn starch to thicken (or just continue to cook down). cool or serve hot.

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