12/31/2008

Confetti Pancakes

Here's a super-easy breakfast to celebrate the New Year. You could also use a turkey baster to make the numbers "2009" if you want to get fancy. I just had 3 very hungry kids to I had to work fast!:)

Confetti Pancakes
Ingredients:
Your favorite pancake batter (from a mix or homemade)
Food Coloring
Turkey Baster, medicine dropper, or spoon

Directions:
Divide batter into bowls and color with food coloring (we made 3 colors: pink, blue, & yellow). Using a turkey baster or spoon, swirl batter onto a medium pan over med/high heat.

Wait until bubbles form then flip them over. Don't worry, they're going to break up a little bit.

Cook about 30 seconds-1 minute and remove from pan. Repeat with remaining batter. Happy New Year!

12/29/2008

Flower Cup Quiche

Hooray, I've got a new camera and we're back in business!:)
Today we made little flower cup quiches, we saw these in
The Fairies Cookbook that little C got it for Christmas and based our recipe on it. If you don't have a flower cookie cutter, you download the Flower Template I made here.
Flower Cup Quiche
Filling Ingredients:
1/4 c. grated parmesean cheese
1/4 c. grated cheese, any flavor (we used a cheddar blend)
3 eggs
2 T. light sour cream
2 T. fat free half & half (or milk)
dash salt & pepper, to taste
any other finely chopped ingredients you want (ham, peppers, sausage, onion, mushrooms, whatever)

Other Ingredients:
1 package refrigerated piecrusts (2 in a pack)
4 Cherry tomatoes, sliced
Sugar Snap Peas or celery, for stems
Flower Cookie Cutter (or flower template here)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, mix all filling ingredients. Set aside. Spray nonstick cooking spray on a mini-muffin pan. Mix all inUnroll piecrusts. Print out flower template, cut it out, and use as a guide to cut out flower shapes (or use a cookie cutter). Gently press flowers into mini-muffin pan, leaving some space between each one. Fill with about 2 T. filling mixture. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, until crust is lightly browned. Let cool slightly, remove from pan and garnish with a slice of cherry tomato and sugar snap peas for the stem/leaves. Enjoy!

12/28/2008

I got a camera!!

Santa brought me a new camera to replace the one I lost at Disney World!! Woo hoo! I'll have a fun new recipe up tomorrow.:)
Happy Holidays!

12/18/2008

Crayon Wrappers Galore!

I've heard from a bunch of you that Edible Crayons are a hit at your house! I've had requests for different labels, so here you go! These are super-duper easy, my 3 year old can make them (she just needs help cutting the labels). Email me if you ever want something different, I'd be happy to put them on here. Just click on the text to open/download the file. Recipe is here.

Christmas Crayon Labels

Happy Birthday Crayon Labels

Traditional Crayon Labels (these look like Crayola Crayons) from Jenn's blog:

Blank Crayon Labels


Back to School Crayon Labels


BYU Crayon Labels


Ohio State Crayon Labels

Steelers Crayon Labels

Cardinals Crayon Labels


Valentine Crayon Labels

Customize Your own (if you have MS Publisher):

12/14/2008

Healthy Christmas Tree Snack

We're back! We had a great time--the only bummer was that I lost my camera at Disney World. Boo! I'll hopefully have another one before Christmas, so don't worry! Tomorrow we'll pick a winner for Marcia's book giveaway!
In the meantime, look what Heather over at Little Nummies shared! How cute is this??! These would be so cute on little salad plates at a Holiday dinner--and the kids can help make them!


Snap Pea Trees
Ingredients:
Snap Peas
Cheese
Pretzel Sticks

Directions:
Arrange peas on a plate in the shape of a tree. Add a cheese star (cut with a cookie cutter or knife) and a pretzel stick trunk and your healthy snack just got a whole lot more fun!

Bonus idea: cut out cheese circles for ornaments and let your little one “decorate” the tree before eating it!

12/04/2008

Fun Freebies, Giveaways, & More!

The winner of the Marica Lynn McClure book is.....
Queenie Jeannie who said...
"Yeah! I'm in!!!"
Congrats! Email me your favorite book or ebook and Marcia will send it to you.

No one mentioned that they made any purchases, so I'll save the $100 Gift Certificate for another fun giveaway!


I am so excited to share this with you!
*Free romance eBook for EVERYONE from Marcia Lynn McClure ($8.95 value)

*Win a Novel or eBook of your choice (leave a comment here)

*Win $100 Certificate to Gaiam (with any book purchase)


I'm taking off with the Gourmet Fam for a Disney adventure--don't worry, we'll have a kitchen and lots of fun ideas when we get back! I put up some Naughty Coal Treats earlier today.

So, I thought I’d share my VERY FAVORITE things with you, Oprah style.

Favorite Relaxing Read:
A friend introduced me to Marcia Lynn McClure’s books a couple years ago and I love them! I love a good romance novel, but it’s hard to find one that isn’t trashy or isn’t preachy. Her books are amazing! I can’t even tell you how great they are.
So, I wrote her an email asking if she’d be willing to do a book giveaway while I was gone. I had no idea what she’s say but it was worth a shot.:) Well, she did better than that! She’s giving Gourmet-Mom-on-the-Go readers a free ebook ! Click here to sign up for her free newsletter and you can download Kissing Cousins, a really sweet young-love story that’s all about FOOD, of course.:) This is a little different style than she usually writes, most of her books are historical fiction, but you’ll love it!

Win a novel or eBook:
If you simply leave a comment on this post, she’ll send one of you a free full-length novel or ebook of your choice. (The Visions of Ransom Lake is my favorite novel in case you want to know!). We’ll pick a random winner December 15th.
**Add my button to your site OR blog about this post for an extra 5 entries (leave a comment letting me know what you did)!**

Favorite Green & Healthy Living:
I thought it was so cool that Marcia was willing to do this for my readers that I decided to throw in something fun: anyone who purchases a book or ebook from Marcia will be entered to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Gaiam from me! Gaiam is an amazing company—I love that they support a healthy and greener lifestyle. So, I thought I’d share a good-living favorite with you.

If you order anything from Marcia’s bookstore, drop me an email or leave a comment here letting me know and you’re entered to win! I’ll pick a winner December 15th. Honestly, these are fabulous books—get one for a friend or yourself for Christmas (I just bought three for gifts!). If you buy one and don’t like it, send it to me and I promise to eat every page!:)

Naughty Coal Treats

Who's been naughty? I love giving coal treats over the holidays, these have been are our family favorite. This year, we decided to experiment and the result was yummy!

I think they'd taste even better and would set up really hard (so you can pack them in treat bags) if you can used chocolate to dip the marshmallows, just make sure to use a black oil-based food coloring to tint the chocolate. I used icing this time since we happened to have some on hand. :)

Naughty Coal Treats
Ingredients:
Large Marshmallows
Caramel candies
1 can Dark Chocolate Icing
Black food coloring
Wax Paper

Directions:
Use scissors to snip the marshmallows in half diagonally.
Put caramel candies in a glass bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Add a couple Tablespoons milk to help thin out the caramel. Stir, microwave at 20 second intervals until melted.

Using a toothpick or fork, dip the marshmallows in caramel, shake off excess, and place on wax paper to dry (you can put in fridge if you want to dry faster--just put the wax paper on a baking sheet and transfer it all to the fridge). Put icing in a bowl and microwave 45 seconds, until melted. Add a few drops black food coloring. Take caramel marshmallows and dip in icing. Set on wax paper to dry. Serve to your favorite naughty stinker.:)