There has been a jar of jalapenos sitting in our fridge for several years months now. I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them up, but nothing ever fit the bill. Yesterday I was going to make some corn muffins, and the light bulb went off--add some jalapenos and cheese! Of course! How could I have sat on that for so long? It certainly gave them some kick and added variety. I took them to a potluck and made sure to label my platter "jalapeno" since not everyone prefers hot food.
Of course I just used boxed Jiffy out of convenience, but I'm sure homemade cornbread would be much better. And I didn't use an actual recipe. Just winged it and hoped it worked out for the best. It did!
So I just made the corn muffins according to the package directions.
Then added about 1/4 cup chopped jalapenos and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
Bake them like normal and you have a super easy variation to an otherwise boring recipe!
***Safety tip: Do not rub your eye while chopping up jalapenos like dummy. It burns. Not that I would know or anything.
Yesterday we went shopping for a few maternity items. I was thrilled, because it was my husband's idea which made me feel so special (or maybe he was sick of watching me try to squeeze my big belly and chest *ahem* into my normal tops, I can't be sure). Anyway when we got to the mall, I remembered Ashyr desperately needed new pants and shoes (growing boy!) and the baby girl section was calling my name.
So what did we end up with? Nothing for mama and the budget was blown. I have heard from a couple of friends that this would happen. Mama has to sacrifice to clothe the babies. I'm finding this to be true in other areas as well. Hot meals are a delicacy, showers are a maybe, and sleeping in is a thing of the past. Sigh.
Oh well, just one look at the ruffly denim outfit we bought, and it's totally worth it.
It was my sister-in-law's (but more like a sister) birthday this weekend so that called for a little something special no doubt. I didn't want to make any old card...it needed to be extra special for this girl. Why not a box with a message and full of bubble gum?!
Brown paper bag (or any wrapping paper I suppose)
Small box (I used an old check box)
Bubble gum (or any kind of candy, but gum was just so cute and cheery!)
1. Trace your box's dimensions onto your wrapping paper of choice. You should end up with two pieces that look something like this.
2. Now glue the paper onto your box. It was a tad tricky and didn't end up perfect, but it's part of the charm (at least in my head.)
3. Write a message on your cardstock and cut it out to fit in the bottom of the box. Glue it down inside the box.
4. Now for the fun part. Fill with bubble gum!
5. Just put a little twine or ribbon around it and you are set!
I love that it looks so boring and plain on the outside, but there's a very happy birthday surprise waiting to happen. This would of course be great for kids (probably more appropriate for kids actually) but I think it's so fun and different that anyone would enjoy it!
This week was really special for this mama. Ashyr not only turned 11 months old, but he took HIS FIRST STEPS! I was SO surprised when he was standing there looking at me and he started WALKING towards me. I started crying and laughing and hugging and kissing him. I'm so thankful I got to see it for the first time. I know I'm overreacting and well, babies learn to walk at this age. But of course when it's your own, it's a miracle. I wish Grant could have seen it, and of course Ashyr won't do it on command. But soon he will be cruising around everywhere. Too soon.
I'm so thankful for this little guy every single day. I just can't believe he will be a year old next month!
Ever heard of bourekas? Yeah, me either. Until this week.
We have a friend who just left today to study abroad in Israel, and my husband had the idea of hosting a little shindig two nights ago before he left.
"Brilliant idea," I thought...until he then proceeded to ask me if I'd mind preparing several dishes that are from Israeli cuisine for a group of eight friends that night.
I was stumped--"Israeli cuisine?!" And last minute, no less. Oh sure, no problem! (Love you, babe)
I frantically started doing some research to see what this would entail. I found hummus and pita bread (okay, I got that one down pat), fresh produce (no brainer), and bourekas (what the heck are those?!) mentioned on every Israeli food website. At first I was terrified of making them (then serving them confidently to all our friends), but after reading about these cheese filled pastries over and over, I had to take on the challenge.
And guess what? They were AMAZING. Crispy on the outside, gooey and warm on the inside.
1 box filo dough (I used about 10 sheets)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
16 oz frozen chopped spinach
1/2 cup melted butter
1 large egg
Pinch of salt and pepper
Sesame seeds for garnishing
1. Thaw filo dough and spinach according to package directions. Mix spinach, feta cheese, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
2. Take 5 sheets of filo dough and cut into 6 inch squares. Fill generously with spinach and cheese mixture. Butter around the edges to help seal the dough.
3. Fold over into a triangle and press around edges. Brush butter on top and sprinkle with seeds.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 or until golden brown.
I also made some with a three cheese mixture, but for lack of time I didn't get pictures. Just swap the spinach for more feta, mozzarella, and grated parmesan. Also, I would consider using puff pastry dough instead of filo next time. I saw boureka recipes using both, but went with filo (mostly because it was a tad cheaper). Filo dough is very difficult to work with. I almost threw in the towel on these tasty treats, but I discovered I just had to tell the dough who's boss!
When it comes to giving gifts to my husband, he's pretty easy. Just buy him one of his favorite adult beverages, put a bow on it, and he's one happy camper. Usually I get him some of his favorite wine or Boulevard Wheat, but for Valentine's Day this year I thought it would be fun to mix up a little something myself!
I concocted this drink which I'm calling "Love Potion" in honor of the holiday. It is just equal parts white tequila, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and orange juice.
I got this amazing old vintage glass bottle from my grandma and have been waiting for the perfect occasion to use it. You could use any old wine bottle or even pour out the tequila in another container and use the bottle for your "Love Potion." In fact, I bought some margarita mix to use up the tequila. I froze it and now have margaritas ready when we have friends over (of course I won't get any until after the baby--sigh).
Now I know I said it is just equal parts of all the ingredients, so the amount of each changes with how big of bottle you use. What I suggest is filling your bottle up with water then measuring out how many cups there are. Just divide by four since there are four ingredients. My bottle held two cups of water, so I used a half cup of each ingredient. And I wish I had a funnel for this, but I just used a measuring cup with little spouts to pour the liquids into the bottle. A tad messy, but got the job done.
Then shake it up and your Love Potion is ready. It turned out a reddish-orange color. If I were to do it again, I would use a little less orange juice and more cranberry to achieve a slightly more red tone.
Now just make a label that says "Love Potion" and maybe a message on the other side for your sweetie!
We had our 20 week ultrasound this week which revealed some very exciting news...
We are beyond thrilled about this of course...actually I think I'm still trying to process that I will have a baby GIRL in June! Doesn't seem possible. All week long I have had flowery rompers, pink shoes, hair bows, and frilly dresses dancing around in my head. Oh and don't get me started on all the baby girl crafts! But I think what I'm most excited about is seeing her melt daddy's heart. :)