Friday, November 30, 2012

Greek chicken sliders

So this is one of my favorite little recipes, its super delicious n super easy. Ive learned that secret to a great slider ( or meatball or burger in general ) is to saute onions n garlic till they're brown n caramelized n yummy n then add them to the meat mixture you're making. I do it all the time n it really takes it to another level. I was in the mood for Greek one night so I adapted my favorite BBQ chicken burger recipe n walla! Greek chicken sliders! Enjoy!
linked up for another weekend potluck too!

Greek Chicken Sliders
1lb ground chicken
1/2 tsp onion powder, garlic powder, salt, curry powder and tumeric
a handful of feta cheese ( I used a basil tomato feta yummm)
small onion diced n a tbs or so of minced garlic
a few tbs oil 

** Saute the onion in oil till its dark brown.. add garlic n saute for another minute n set aside to cool..
Then mix the rest of the ingredients with the onion garlic mixture..
then shape into 8 mini burgers..( u can do this in the morning or even night before n they're ready to cook when you are!) Then cook em about 5min on each side, serve on mini buns n your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
**I serve them with a sauce made of: Greek yogurt, grated garlic, a bunch of dried dill n salt n pepper

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Paper Hand hats!

The little ones have been down with a cold the last few days and its been interesting to say the least to pass the time, you can only watch happy feet and Mr. poppers penguins so many times! Clearly someone is into penguins right now=) Anyway I set up a craft table of paper, glue sticks, crayons, fuzzy sticks, paper plates and kid-friendly scissors. After hand tracing, cutting practice, and a mini meltdown, we came up with these! Not exactly what I had in mind but we went with it and had a blast and ended up with some pretty awesome hats =)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another Pinterest inspired project..

I saw this on Pinterest awhile back and knew I had to have it.. Enter my handy hubby =) He made it for me out of some wood and instead of the picture frame we decided on a jewelry display, a chalk board, and a cork board and then I painted it white to give it a little bit of a distressed look.It ended up looking like a secret door! Its the perfect focal point of our bedroom and I love it! ..This man is a keeper =)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ladie's Night

The other night my Sister kidnapped ( well I was a very willing hostage) me and went to a wine tasting at the coolest place ever called three blind mice. It was the perfect mid week mix of girl talk, revelations, good food, good drinks, and a whole new appreciation of just how much she means to me and how much I love her. Cheers to Sisters!! P.s next week we plan to go back when our mom visits! Watch out Wednesday's just got a little wilder lol! =)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Feed me !

Its bittersweet really. My littlest little one is growing up! Ive been so excited to start making homemade baby food with my baby bullet n now that the moment is here I'm realizing he's growing way too fast! Good thing I take a million pictures a day lol so I can remember forever all these precious moments.
Okay so I started with homemade brown rice cereal from the weelicious cookbook of course! He wasn't really into that as much as he was his spoon and his foot =) Next its bananas once a day for the next four days n then Ill go from there! So far so good! He seems to be enjoying the bananas n its been exciting just watching him make these new faces as he experiences this new stage!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Little Pieces

Her new favorite mittens/ cutest bow tie baby ever/ matching pj's/ this weeks nature's goodness/ our favorite muffins/$4 dollars well spent. =) Happy Snapping!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A little love shelf..

So I saw a picture of this shelf on Pinterest a while back and thought it would be so cute. After hunting it down I found its almost $ no in the budget. No worries my handy husband to the rescue. I showed him the picture and he made it for me!Personally I think mine is better because its custom, its a pretty blue, and it really was made out of love, this man of mine amazes me everyday, I love him more than I could ever express in words, plus he builds me stuff =) hee hee hee.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Apple Pear Crisp

I got this recipe from 10 dollar dinners a few years ago and its always a hit with my family, in fact its one of the first desserts Jyselle ever had. A few nights ago I wanted to step it up and make her caramel sauce to go on top (because for some reason I never did) and oh my goodness it was so good! It was also so fun to make! it could totally be a science experiment lol! Only change to the recipe was I used the apples and pears I had from that weeks veggie box and used white whole wheat flour n all spice. super easy and super delicious! You could really use any fruit n spices you like! This is the perfect time of year to give this recipe a try! In fact Patrick just requested it again tonight! Enjoy =)        
  • 2granny smith apples n 1 red pear, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 stick butter 
  •  For the Vanilla-all spice Caramel Sauce:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup  half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
 Toss the apple n pear slices with the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and set aside....
then in another small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt with a fork until uniform. In a baking dish, melt the butter in the microwave until about half melts, 10 to 15 seconds on high. Pour the butter into the flour mixture and incorporate with a fork. Leaving the excess butter in the baking dish, arrange the apple pear slices in the dish. Top with the flour-oat mixture. Bake until the fruit is cooked through and the topping is golden, about 45 minutes.
To make the Vanilla-all spice Caramel Sauce:
In a medium-heavy saucepan, mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Allow the mixture to boil, without stirring. Cook's Note: Swirl the pan, if needed. Boil until the sugar mixture is pale golden brown, approximately 7 minutes. Cook's Note: Watch closely; sugar burns quickly.
Remove the pan from the heat, and stirring vigorously add the butter and cream. The mixture will bubble. Add the all spice and stir to incorporate. Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a boil and then remove from the heat and allow to cool a few minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract ...
drizzle ( our pour heavily like we do ) n enjoy! Also linked up for another weekend potluck!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Little feet

The other day I decided it would be cool to make a lil feet art with the kids.. a lot messier than I anticipated! I will be trying again in the near future with less paint, better paper, and an extra set of hands to help, but in the end the kiddos enjoyed it ,I had fun watching them play in the paint n got a pretty cute picture, so that makes me happy =)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A family filled weekend.. Part two

So have you ever seen We bought a zoo? That's what this place reminded me of. Yellow river game ranch was another highlight of our weekend. Ever since we moved here I have had a fascination with these beautiful trees. Well I finally got the chance to safely walk through them! We had so much fun exploring and feeding the animals, can't wait to visit this place again!=)