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Monday, November 30, 2015

5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Children

If you are struggling to decide what to get the kids this year, we have a few ideas. I know I often wonder what is something new and different but fun the kids will actually use so I compiled this list of 5 things I like to gift myself.

Cooking Kits

Kids cooking and baking sets are great little products that include a recipe with dry ingredients and usually a fun product to go with it.


Cooking Aprons

What is more fun then a fun designer apron to wear when cooking in the kitchen.


Kids Cookbook

Here is our current list of top 10 Bestsellers in kids cookbooks.


Kitchen Utensils

 Our 10 Kitchen Products we think your cooking kids need.



More ideas:


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Avocado Boat Salad

Tuna Avocado Boats

1 can of tuna
2-3 Tablespoons mayonaisse

Directions:
Prepare your tuna salad by mixing drained tuna and mayonnaise together until well combined.

Cut avocados in half and gently scoop out the flesh with the spoon trying to keep the half in tact. Using a knife, gently insert the blade of the knife into the pit of the avocado and twist the pit out.

Drizzle with lemon juice. Scoop tuna salad into a avocado half. Add toppings of your choice such as chopped onions, sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped celery, chopped pickles or whatever you'd like.

Serve immediately.


See more tuna salad sandwich recipes.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Must have Kitchen Items

If you are looking to help someone stock their kitchen, trying to find a foodie inspired gift or need an update in your kitchen, here are my most used items in my house.


15 Must Have Kitchen Items

Food Chopper- you can buy different variation of these but this one is my favorite and one the kids enjoy helping with.

Blender or food processor- I use both of these for various kitchen tasks like blending together ingredients, chopping large amounts of ingredients, etc.

Kitchen Knives Set- a good set of knives is important when you cook!

 

Flexible Cutting Boards- these type of cutting boards are my favorite because they are easy to clean and easy to store.
Rimmed Baking Sheet- I use these for baking as well as roasting vegetables and meat.
Silpat baking sheet- Put these on top of your baking sheets and clean up will be much easier and your food will cook beautifully.
Cooling Rack- Love these for cookies and baked goods of course, but also great for adding a glaze to cakes and fit into a baking sheet to catch the excess.
 
Kitchen Scissors- these work for cutting up vegetables, dried herbs, cooked meats and when my kids were smaller I used them often for cutting spaghetti noodles.
  
Kitchen Tongs- a very versatile utensils you'll be using a lot for tossing salads, turning meats and more.
 

Glass Measuring Cups-You'll use this often for melt or cooking things in the microwave as well as measuring liquids.
 

Cheese Grater- ironically I use this more often for grating onions and not cheese.



Hand Mixer- Easy storage and great for quick jobs.
 

Garlic Press- If you like garlic in what you are cooking, this is a must in your kitchen too!

Silicone Rubber Spatulas- love these! Buy several in different sizes so you can use them for small and large jobs.

13x9 Baking Dish- A dish you'll use for baking as well as cooking dinner. These are available in glass as well I just prefer the nonstick type and love having a lid included to carry to potlucks or store in the fridge.


10 Everyday Stock Your Kitchen Items

These items are standard items for the kitchen when you bake and cook often.
Vegetable peeler
Whisk
Stirring spoons
Strainer
Mixing Bowls
Pot and Pan Set
Ladle
Measuring Spoons and Cups
Metal Spatula


5 Kitchen Appliances Wishlist

These suggestions aren't necessary for stocking the kitchen but they sure make cooking easier!
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
George Foreman Grill
Crock Pot
Heavy duty blender like Vita Mix 
Immersion Blender


What are your favorite kitchen items you use often at your house?


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

28 easy veggie sides to make with dinner

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Making a Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo is a mix between French toast and a ham and cheese sandwich. If you prefer it without the French toast like step you can do that too. There are recipe directions for both methods.

Christian's Monte Cristo Sandwich

by Christian (CO)

Ingredients:
2 slices of bread
1-2 slices of turkey
1-2 slices of ham
1-2 slices of Swiss cheese
mustard for spreading, if desired
Dust with powdered sugar, if desired
Dip in raspberry jelly or maple syrup, optional


First Method:
First, heat up a toastmaster. Then, assemble the turkey and and cheese on the slices of bread. Add mustard if desired.
Next, put the sandwich into the toastmaster. Cook until the light turns green. Dust with powdered sugar if desired
Second Method:
Take your prepared sandwich above and continue with these directions:
1 egg
1/4 Cup milk
1 Tablespoon butter for frying

Beat together your egg and milk in a large bowl or pie plate. (large enough for your sandwich to sit
 in) Heat up a small skillet with butter. Meanwhile dip your sandwich in the egg batter and turn to coat both sides. Place in the melted butter in your skillet. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Serve with jelly or maple syrup.

See more sandwich ideas here






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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Turkeys


A fun varitation of the turkey cookie using sugar cookies, peanut butter cups (body), malted milk balls (head), white mints( eyes), frosting and candy corn.

A fun way for kids to create their own cooking craft project while you are waiting for the turkey to cook.

See more kids Thanksgiving ideas




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Monday, November 9, 2015

Salad in a Jar Kids Style

I have discovered a great way to eat a salad everyday! Perhaps you've heard of it before but haven't tried it. This works great for the whole family and you can stock up for the week ahead!

It can be a big endeavor to stock the fridge but you'll so appreciate having something healthy to grab out of the fridge through the week.

 

How to Make Salads in a Jar with your Kids

First, I bought a case of pint jars which work well for me and my kids, my husband prefers a little larger salad so you could also do a quart jar. I like to eat right out of the jar so buy wide mouth jars if this is your plan as well. Others in the family like to store the salad in the jar and eat it in a bowl.  Either way you prefer works well.

Get all your salad ingredients you and your family like. Go ahead and make a list of items to have on hand for salad making days.

Salad Ingredient Ideas

Here are some things we like to have on our salad and we try to keep stocked in the house. On salad making days is when we will chop everything and add to th
e jars. Remember smaller chopped vegetables work better in the jar.

30+ pick and choose salad ingredient ideas:
  • Romaine lettuce
  • baby spinach
  • kale mix
  • broccoli slaw
  • chopped or shredded carrots
  • chopped cucumbers
  • cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in slices or tomato chopped
  • chopped green onions
  • green or black olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • hearts of palm cut in slices (just discovered these!)
  • chopped ham or turkey
  • shredded or cubed cheese
  • feta cheese
  • bell peppers, chopped
  • garbanzo or other beans you like, drained and washed 
  • corn
  • broccoli, chopped
  • cauliflower, chopped
  • grilled chicken chopped
  • tuna or salmon 
  • raisins or Craisins
  • fresh mushrooms
  • chopped celery
  • snow peas
  • boiled eggs, sliced

Other topping ideas: (you may want to store separately so they don't get mushy through the week)
  • roasted chickpeas
  • sesame sticks
  • chopped nuts
  • bacon bits
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  Layer your ingredients in the jar.  The kids can make their own as well. They will love being able to create their salad in their own favorite way.

Add lids to the jars and store in the fridge.

Easy, peasy

Salad in a Jar Tips

  • Start by putting the chunkier vegetables on the bottom. I have found lettuce or spinach works better after a few days if you put it towards the top of the jar and not the bottom. (If you plan on making salads just for that day or next day it will probably be fine) 
  • I like to add my salad dressings right before eating. We have small containers that we store salad dressings. Make sure it has a secure lid if the kids are taking it to school!
  • We like to include a wide variety of ingredients and tell the kids there needs to be 5 different food items included. (otherwise some would have a jar of chopped cucumbers and nothing else!)



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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Using Electronics in the Kitchen- Part 2

My kids LOVE to play electronics and my husband and I are always trying to find ways to use electronics more as a learning tool then just playing games.

I feel like it is okay to use some "downtime" for playing meaningless games or TV watching but I think there has to be a whole lot more time devoted to exercise and learning.

Electronics and Cooking

I posted using electronics in the kitchen back in 2012 and realized so much has changed (and so little hasn't changed) that I need a Part 2!

So let's talk about using electronics for "good" in the kitchen and cooking.

The iPad of course is a huge advancement that I didn't touch on in the last post. The most popular now a days is the food apps you can use to search and learn recipes.

You can also subscribe to cooking magazines that you get right in your iPad.

The same ideas work on the Amazon Kindle. These devices can replace cookbooks in your kitchen where you can store 100's of cookbooks without trying to find room on a bookshelf or kitchen shelf.


The older post still has some great ideas like using your iPod for food podcasts and we already talked about the Kindle.

What are some of your favorite electronics to use in the kitchen?

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Monday, November 2, 2015

17 Pizza Inspired Recipes

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Grow Food from Scraps

You can grow a lot of vegetables from scraps. Did you know that? Try some of these ideas:

Carrot 

Add a carrot top to a small bowl and cover the top with water. Continue to add water as needed. The green tops will start to grow and you can plant it in a garden if the weather outside is warm if not, plant it in a large pot and keep inside where it is warm.

Celery

Cut the ends off the celery stalks. Place in a bowl and cover with water. Continue to add water and don't let dry out. Leaves will start to form out the middle. If it is summer you can plant outside in an area that gets lots of sunshine and soon you will have full grown celery.



Lettuce

Cut the ends off your lettuce and place in a bowl. Add water to cover half or more of the bottoms. Add water as needed, trying not to dry out the plant.



Here are some more ideas for trying
Avocado
Bean Plant 
Onion Sprouting
Pineapple Growing
Garlic



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