Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On The Menu: Eggplant Parmesan on Capellini

Yet another vegetarian meal this evening, and it was good!! I think I am in love with the eggplant! They are so tasty and good for you. Mmmmm...Eggplant!
(I am in serious need of a new camera)
I used a mix of this recipe with this recipe. It's really very easy to make. I just realized, I forgot to shake the Parmesan on top of it...DOH!! Well, I guess it wasn't really eggplant Parmesan, just eggplant mozzarella...LOL!! Ah well, I am on my way back for more and I will be sure to use Parmesan this time ;)

Awesome Things in Small Packages

I received a sweet little package, in the mail, from a friend of mine...A VERY good friend, Lottie!! I was so excited, I opened it in the car before we even got home :) Ya-ya was quite pleased with what was inside..As was I! Lottie is an amazing crafty Mama and always finds time to make a little something new. I am so happy she made time to craft a little something new for Ya-ya :) Thank you VERY much Lottie!! You know you FROCK!!

Of course I have pictures to share. Here ya go:

Everything together! 2 fantastic cloth diapers and a sweet little apron bib!

Lottie said this one is her favorite. It is so well made!! Sweet :)

This one is my favorite, but I do like them both...Of course :P

And last but not least, the apron bib. We will use this for crafty times with Mommy and Ya-ya :)

We LOVE everything Lottie!! You did a fantastic job and we thank you VERY much. P.S....I will mail you something too...Eventually LOL!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ya-Ya Makes Sushi

She just loves it so much, it only makes sense that she know how to make her own...LOL!

Cooling the rice:

Pressing the rice on to the nori:

Adding cucumber:

Adding some avocado (the ingredients she loves):

Rolling it all up:

And....TA DA!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

On The Menu: Refrigerator Soup + Homemade Crackers

A simple recipe for all to enjoy! All you do is throw everything you have that is "soup" material, in to a pot with water and the spices you like. You might want to add some pantry goods as well, like beans, rice, barley...What ever tickles the taste buds, for you :) I also like to add a soup base/stock for extra flavor.

Tonight, I had a lot of wilted, sad looking produce that I thought would be better eaten in a soup, than wasted. I love getting to use everything, and wasting nothing!! This also good to make when you find yourself in a grocery crunch (I haven't been to the grocery store, and we are past due for a visit..LOL) Here is what I put in my soup:

Tomatoes (frozen, from our garden)
Onion soup mix
And, I think that's it!

Of course, what is soup without cracker? Just silly! So, I whipped up some homemade cracker as well :) These are so very simple to make and you can make which ever flavor you like. I made plain whole wheat and cheese...Mmmmm! I Googled cracker recipes and found a large amount of different kind types of crackers. I just grabbed something from each one and threw this together:

Homemade Crackers

1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup organic stone ground whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 - 1 cup cheese (not really sure here - Of course, you can make whatever flavor you like)

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. I just gave it a quick mix up. Then add the liquids. I mixed it all together with my hand until it formed a nice ball. I suppose I kneaded it a little, but nothing too heavy. Roll out on to a floured surface, make it really thin. Cut in to what ever shape or size you want. I used a pizza cutter and cut them in to squares. Bake for about 10-15 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Let them cool for a few minutes...VOILA!

Hope that makes sense :)