December 04, 2014

Lotus Seed Sweet Potato Soup

This is a Chinese sweet soup. It's like a dessert, and it's super easy to make in a crockpot!


Ingredients:

 1 large sweet potato (not yam) - peeled and chopped
1 carrot - peeled and chopped
Rock sugar
Apricot seeds - rinsed
Lotus seeds - rinsed


I put it all in a crock pot, threw a handful of the apricot seeds and the lotus seed in, along with a few rock sugar. This is one of those recipes where there are no measurements at all, and you can't go wrong:

Fill the crock pot up with boiling hot water. Set it on low for about 4 hours:

And you are done!
Enjoy and good luck.
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Pies!

It really doesn't get any easier than this! 
I got everything from Mother's Market and if I can make it, so can you.

Sweet potato pie:


Pumpkin pie:

These are the cans I got. It only calls for a few ingredients and there are simple directions on the back.
You pour everything into a bowl and mix with a whisk:



Then I poured it into a pie shell, threw some pecans on top, and baked for 40 minutes. 
I made one pie at a time:


Even my husband approved and he is not a big pie person. 
Woohoo!

Good luck. =)

May 23, 2014

Teacher's Appreciation Week

Teacher's Appreciation Week was the first week of May. In addition to Lil' Boo making homemade cards for her teachers, we also planted basil plants in metal buckets and made chocolate covered strawberries.
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I got two potted Basil plants from Home Depot for about $3.50 each. I knew I could separate the roots and get about 4 mini plants from each. The little metal buckets are from Target at the $1 Spot:
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After we planted them, I felt that they didn't look quite finished. Something was missing but I wasn't sure of what:


Thankfully that same day, I was with a friend who mentioned she got a bag of little pebbles from Home Depot for her flower projects. Yes, I think this was exactly what I needed! This was about $4:




It made a huge difference:


Looks much more polished now, and I'm confidently in giving these as gifts:


Chocolate covered strawberries were so easy to make, believe it or not!

I got a box of strawberries from Costco. The first thing is to wash them and let them dry really good. Then I used toothpicks and stuck them from the top as pictured below. I placed them all on a cookie rack:
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Then I took some milk chocolate chips, pour some in a glass bowl with a tablespoon or so of Crisco shortening. I melted it in the microwave in intervals of 10 seconds, taking the bowl out each time and giving it a stir, until completely melted. Don't over heat or it'll burn. Add a little bit of shortening if it's still clumpy. It should be a smooth consistency. Then I took a strawberry by the toothpick and dipped it into the chocolate at an angle. I dipped each maybe 2 to 3 times, and rotating the angle to make sure all sides are covered with chocolate:
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I laid the dipped strawberries on wax paper for them to set:
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While those are cooling down, I made some melted white chocolate with the same microwave method. I poured the melted white chocolate into a zip lock bag and closed it. I cut a tiny hole at the bottom corner of the bag and piped in a zig zag motion onto the strawberries. It would be less messy if I used a pastry piping bag to do this, but oh well. This was still good and they tasted so good!
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After the chocolate harden, I put each into a cupcake wrapper:
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I had these clear cupcake containers, and I decided to put the strawberries inside. It worked out great, especially for transporting them:


Good luck and have fun!
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April 29, 2014

Easter Cupcakes

Little Boo and I had a blast making these for her class Easter party!


Ingredients:

* 1 box of cupcake mix
* Edible Easter Grass (made of potato starch)
* Reese's Pieces eggs
* Peeps
* 1 jar of white frosting


Directions:
1. Make the cupcakes and frost the top.
2. Grab some edible grass and break/bend/shape onto the cupcakes.
3. Cut the points at the bottoms of each Peep, making it straight across so they will adhere to the frosting better.
4. With more frosting, adhere the Reese Pieces eggs in front or around the Peep.
5. Done, and enjoy!

I got these super cute paper plates from the Dollar Tree! I love them so much...I should have stocked up! Doh.

Good luck!
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March 25, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



These cupcakes were so fun and easy to make!

Ingredients/Materials:

24 baked cupcakes
Gold cupcake caking cups/liners/wrappers - from Sur La Table
Airheads Rainbow Belt Sour Candy - from CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.
Green frosting
White frosting - I used Buttercream
Small spatula
Piping tools or fill up a zip lock bag with the frosting, and cut a hole in a corner
Green sprinkles
White pearl sprinkles
  
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I did the green frosting (with a spatula) and green sprinkles here:


Then I piped white frosting on like so, for the "clouds":


I added the Pearls:


I cut each sour rainbow belt in half, then bent and stuck the end in the "clouds". I put them all in the fridge to let the frosting settle and harden. They did really well, and the rainbow candies held their shape! I am very happy with the result:


Lastly, I put each cupcake in a gold wrapper and hauled them in this neat carrier to Lil' Boo's preschool:



Good luck!
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