Friday
November 16, 2012

Old Town Whiskey, Saguaro Hotel

veggie burger

Lunch time! We arrived at our hotel around 2:30 on Wednesday. Here are a few pics of our meal outside. It was amazing to sit outside in the sunshine after being in 30 degree weather the same morning! (& my veggie burger was HUGE)

whiskey burger

duck fries

bloody mary


Categories: restaurants/cafes
Tuesday
November 6, 2012

Salted Caramels + Washi Tape

I purchased a huge container of individually wrapped caramels last week and added colorful washi tape for a BLUE baby shower I hosted over the weekend.

It was simple & fun! I am thinking of decorating the rest of the caramels with red & green shades for the holiday season.

Categories: DIY project
Thursday
November 1, 2012

Cooking for kids: simple and quick meals

Fast food outlets are everywhere these days and are a big temptation for hungry teens in need of a carbohydrate fix. To curb these unhealthy eating habits, teaching younger children about the importance of nutrition and how to prepare a healthy meal will get them off to a good start, so that by the time they hit their teenage years, they are confident in the kitchen and knowledgeable of the benefits of healthy eating.

Quick and easy recipes

There are lots of delicious meals that are quick to prepare and do not require much skill, so they are ideal for beginners. Staple foods such as potatoes, whole-wheat pasta and brown rice will provide nutritious carbohydrates for long-lasting energy. These foods are extremely versatile and can be teamed with lean meat and fish or a variety of vegetables and sauces to create meals that are easy to prepare and deliciously tasty.

Breakfast

Oatmeal provides plenty of nourishment at the start of the day, and kids love adding delicious ingredients to make it special, including yoghurt and berries – blueberries, raspberries or blackberries are ideal. Mixed together, oatmeal with fruit and yoghurt can make a scrumptious breakfast treat. Smoothies are also popular and, as long as they are supervised when using a blender, children can add healthy ingredients of their choice. Try one cup of frozen tropical fruit, one tablespoon of oat bran or oats, and 100 milliliters each of orange juice and milk – use soya for a dairy free version. Blend it all together until smooth and let the kids help themselves.

Lunch

It’s all too easy for everyday lunchbox food to become predictable and boring. Endless consumption of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is not exactly exciting and as parents cannot supervise their child at lunchtime, this can result in kids straying toward the nearest vending machine. Getting children involved in preparing their own lunchbox is a great way of encouraging them to choose healthy options and also have fun in the process.

For a different take on the sandwich, try getting kids to use whole wheat bread with a hummus spread (plain or roasted pepper). Teach them to carefully grate a carrot, not their fingers, and sprinkle the carrot shreds on top of the hummus. If there is mustard and cress available, they can snip some of these greens and scatter them on the bread. Simply cover the finished sandwich in plastic wrap and it is ready for a lunchbox or picnic basket.

Salads

Great for any meal, salads that use pasta, rice or couscous as a base are easy for kids to assemble and also give them the opportunity to try out different ingredients. Have fun by helping younger children cook their favorite pasta shapes. When cool, they can stir in a couple teaspoons of pesto, then add the contents of a small can of tuna or salmon, some cucumber chunks and halved cherry tomatoes, and mix together. After seasoning, a little French dressing finishes this dish nicely. The dish can be chilled in the refrigerator and will keep for up to two days.

There are many dinner recipes that are easy for kids to make, sometimes with a little help. Preparing nutritious meals can be a fun activity for young ones – they will be surprised and delighted as their culinary skills improve.

Categories: AD
Thursday
October 25, 2012

12 Fun Desserts For Your Baby Shower

1. heart frosted cookies in pink or blue, 2. layered ice cream

3. polka dot mini cupcakes

4. homemade gumdrops in any shape

5. mini cakes

6. marshmallow stars

7. washi tape caramels (this is actually soap, but wouldn’t it be cute to coordinate caramels with decor using washi tape?)

8. macaroon tower 1, macaroon tower 2

9. marshmallow pops on paper straws

10. handmade swirl lollypops with washi tape flags

11. Frozen ice cream hearts, freeze ice cream in a 9X13 then use cookie cutters. Cute & you don’t have to stand around dishing out ice cream. So sweet and and no fuss. 12. chocolate letters, spell out “BABY” or “BOY/GIRL”

Categories: dessert
Monday
October 15, 2012

Dunkin’ Donuts

Categories: breakfast
Thursday
October 4, 2012

Porcelain by SIN

Handmade porcelain sugar cones and “paper” plates! soooo cool! via Virginiasin.com


Categories: dishes
Thursday
September 27, 2012

Pumpkin Cookies

If you don’t feel like making your own these are $2.29 at Panera Bread. They look pretty tasty and I am just getting ready to bite into one!

Tuesday
September 25, 2012

10 Clever Food Ideas for Fall



1. ketchup container mini cupcakes, 2. cookie bowls, 3. Nutella cookies, 4. gum letters, 5. Oreo, Reese’s Smores, 6. avocado, goat cheese, spinach grilled cheese, 7. triangle sugar cookies with glittery sprinkles, 8. fruit roll up flowers, 9. pizza cupcakes, 10. beet chips

Find all of these plus some on my PINTEREST

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