Saturday, December 8, 2012

I Made Play-Doh

Today Holly and I needed a lil study break.
We made Play-Doh.
This is a really relaxing, fun, and super easy activity.
Perfect for Children.

2 1/2 C Flour
1/2 C Salt
1 Tbs Powdered Alum
2 C Water
3 Tbs Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring

Step 1:
Boil Water
At same time mix together flour, salt, and alum in a large bowl

Step 2:
Remove boiling water from heat and add Vegetable Oil.
Pour into flour mixture and mix until well combined.

Step 3:
This is the best step.
Separate dough and add drops of food coloring.
Add about 3 drops at a time until desired intensity.

This was way fun, and super easy. 
Store in a air tight container so it doesn't dry out.

Our Play-Doh Family

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Sunrise

Sunrise in Utah!
I decided I hadn't seen a sunrise for a while,
so I got up early with my roommate Nike.
Definitely worth it!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I Made Caprese Lasagna Roll-Ups

I was in a cooking mood, and I haven't had italian in forever.
I took some elements from a recipe, and I did some of my own.
It was SO delicious, and I have plenty of leftovers.
(Perfect for freezing for later!)

8 Lasagna noodles, uncooked
2 C shredded Mozzarella Cheese-separated
3/4 C Ricotta Cheese
1 Large Egg White
1/3 C Finely Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Freshly Ground Pepper (for taste)
3-4 Roma tomatoes- thinly sliced (I'm not very good at thinly slicing)
1/4 C Basil Pesto (ish- I didn't measure)
1-2 C Simple Marinara Sauce

Step 1:
Cook your lasagna noodles according to the box, until al dente.

Step 2:
While past is cooking mix together ricotta cheese and egg white until well blended.
Stir in Parmesan Cheese. Mix in 1 1/2 C of Mozzarella Cheese. 
Season with Black Pepper- no salt because cheese is salty.

Step 3:
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees.
Lay your noodles out on a pan, wax paper, parchment paper- you decide!
Place about 1/4 C of the Cheese Mixture over each lasagna noodle and spread in an even layer.
Take 4 tomato slices and lay along noodle.
Take Basil and spread on top of the tomatoes.
It looks so Pretty!!!

Step 4:
Roll up your Lasagna Noodles Snuggly.
Take a 9x13 or 11x7 pan and spread 1/4-1/2 C Marinara Sauce along the bottom.
Place rolled up noodles in pan, seam side down.
Cover with the rest of Marinara Sauce (cover edges so they don't dry out)
Sprinkle the rest of the Mozzarella Cheese on top.
Bake for 30 minutes.

While You Wait:
Eat some Cheese!

Clean the Kitchen.
When you get done with that and get super bored.
Take some pictures of yourself!

Congratulations, you finished! If desired put some more basil on top and eat it while it's warm!
Lots of Love, Tell me if you try it out!
It tasted so fresh, and just hit the spot!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I made Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

I made some Peach Cobbler,
because it sounded amazing.
And it was.
Also easy, only 3 ingredients!

2 15 oz. Cans of Peaches
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C butter

Step 1:
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Put peaches in a 9x13 pan, juice and all.
Sprinkle Cake mix on top. Smash it down firmly.
Slice up butter and put on top of all of that.

Step 2:
Bake for 45 minutes.

EnJOY! for more enJOYment- put some ice cream on top!

It's a beautiful mix of hot&gooey with cold&creamy for your tastebuds.

Also, I love my mug. And cold weather calls for warm drinks.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I made Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Hello, it's been a while.
Today I was experimenting in the kitchen.
I wanted to make GNOCCHI
but didn't have all the ingredients,
so I made up my own thing!

This is probably best as an appetizer, or a side-dish.
It is super yummy though.
Mia tested and roommate approved!

1 Sweet Potato
1 1/4 C Flour
1 Egg
1/2 tsp All Spice
1 tbs Brown Sugar+some for sprinkling
1/4 tsp Cinnamon

2 tbs Butter

Step 1:
If sweet potato isn't cooked. Wash it, poke it with a fork and then stick in the microwave for about 4-5 min.
Peel and mash with a fork.

Step 2:
In a bowl mix potato, flour, egg, all spice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. You made need to add a lil' extra flour.
Mix until it forms a big dough ball.

Step 3:
Take pieces of dough and roll into about 1/2' diameter snake.
Cut it into about 1' long pieces.

Step 4:
Boil water in a pot, put gnocchi in. Boil until all gnocchi floats to the top. Drain and put in serving dish.

Step 5:
Take the 2 tbs butter and brown in pot.
Pour over gnocchi and then sprinkle brown sugar on top.

Enjoy! It tastes like fall to me.
I loved it. 

Yay first made-up recipe!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I made Sweet&Sour Chicken with Fried Rice

So I saw this on Pinterest, and noticed it was baked, 
I also love asian. So I made it.
And, it turned out SO yummy! 
Here is the Recipe

Sweet & Sour Chicken
Chicken Coating:
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 C cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 C canola oil

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
3/4 C sugar
4 TBS ketchup
1/2 C distilled white vinegar
1 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt. 

Step 1:
Whisk together all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rinse chicken breasts in water and cut into cubes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Dip chicken into cornstarch, then the eggs.

Step 3:
Heat your 1/4 cup oil in large skillet, and cook chicken until browned(more yellow-y)
but not cooked

Step 4:
Place chicken in a greased 9x13 pan. Pour sauce over chicken and bake for one hour,
make sure you turn/mix chicken every 15 minutes. 


Whilst baking the chicken make some yummy fried rice!
I'll give you the actual recipe, I kind of just threw things together using the same ingredients.

Fried Rice
3 C cooked rice
3 tbs sesame oil (I used oil, then I just poured in some sesame dressing)
1 C frozen peas/carrots-thawed
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 C soy sauce

Step 1:
On medium/high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet.
Add peas/carrots, onion, and garlic.
Stir fry until tender.

Step 2:
Lower heat to medium/low and push mixture off to one side.
pour eggs on the other side and fry until scrambled.
(I microwave cooked mine while I was frying the veggies. About 1 minute)

Step 3:
Add rice and soy sauce, blend all together. Stir fry until thoroughly heated.