Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Berry Waffles!

Before I get into the recipe I want to say 

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This is my first time being featured and I'm really excited!! Woo Hoo!!

Now on to our waffles...

Tell me that this doesn't look delicious! I mean, isn't your mouth watering already?

And the best part is you can make these in under 20 minutes! 

I found this simple waffle recipe here

Dry Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon 

Wet Ingredients
2 eggs
 1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in two separate bowls.  Once their mixed well you can combine them in one bowl and whisk together completely. 

Now it's time to make the waffles! Once your waffle iron is preheated spray the top and bottom with nonstick spray.  Use a ladle to fill the waffle iron and close until your waffle is 
browned the way you like it!

On the side -
In a small sauce pan mix together 2 tablespoons butter, 
1/2 cup syrup and 1 cup frozen mixed berries.

Cook until the butter is completely melted and the syrup thickens slightly
(How good does this look!)

Once your waffles and syrup are done the real fun part starts! 

Pour the warm berry syrup over your waffle and top with whipped cream and cinnamon! 

As you can see these were a hit in my house!! 

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Happy Wednesday!!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Huck's New Food Tray

Last week I came across a post (that I can't find right now) where a woman created her own dog food tray by covering a dish drying tray with fabric - (If this was you let me know so I can give you credit!)

Her creation made me realize how boring poor Huck's old blue tray was
 and so I decided to spruce it up!

Here's what I did -

First I cleaned the old tray really good to get it ready for the mod podge.  
Next I used a paper cutter to cut different size squares and rectangles out of scrap book paper.  
I started mod podging in the center of the tray and worked my way outwards. 
Once I was done I did a few extra layers of mod podge on top in order to seal it in.


Huck is very happy with the end result! (or maybe he's just hungry) 
Either way.. I love it!

Let me know what you think by commenting below
 I would love to see if you guys try something like this! 

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Also - I'm working on my first furniture re-do so stayed tuned for that this week! 

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Chicken Wonton Tacos!

In our house we love to cook with Mexican and Asian flavors and this dish is the perfect combination of both - Matt's mom described these as Amasian Wonton Tacos!

These were a little bit time consuming to make since we had to bake the wontons in batches, but the overall result was well worth it! First thing you'll need to do is marinate the chicken -

Mix together:
1/2 cup Asian Sesame Ginger Dressing
1/4 cup Teriyaki
1/4 cup Stir Fry Sauce
1/4 cup General Tsao Sauce
2 Cloves Diced Garlic
2 tablespoons Diced Green Chillis 
2 tablespoon diced Cilantro
Salt and Pepper

(That's just the combination that I used, but you should play around with it until it's tastes the way you want!)

Dice chicken up very small and mix with marinade - Let it sit in fridge for 1 hr

While the chicken is marinating mix your bag of coleslaw with some of the Asian Sesame Ginger dressing and set aside.

Now for the star of the show - The Wontons!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Choose a pan with fairly wide side and spray the entire pan with non stick spray.  Coat each wonton with egg wash on both sides and sprinkle one side with salt.  Drape wontons over the sides of the pan and bake for about 5 minutes. 
Continue cooking in batches until all of your wontons are done.

Beware - these babies can burn fast so keep your eyes on them!

While your working on the wontons you start cooking the chicken. Pour all of the chicken and marinade into a pan over medium heat and bring to a boil.  Continue cooking until the chicken is done and the sauce thins out slightly. 

Now the Taco Party begins...

Fill the shells with some chicken, coleslaw and if you want some sliced red onion. 

We served ours with black beans and rice.. yummm

Our perfect Wonton Taco Bar - Don't forget the Coronas!

I'd love to hear if you guys try this recipe or if you have any suggestions to make it even better!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Re-Vamped Lamps!

Lately every time I look at the lamps around my house I find myself thinking "Borrrrring!" Which leads me to question what made me buy them in the first place. Then I remember - THEY WERE CHEAP! I probably paid less then $30 for all three of them.  Well just because they were cheap doesn't mean they have to look cheap! So I decided that it was time to do something about this - 

The answer.... Spray Paint!

Once Huck was done trying to figure out what the lamps were doing on the front 
lawn by sniffing them, I started to spray paint.  

I chose white paint for the pair of lamps from my bedroom and a teal blue color for the family room.  All of the lamps took about 6 coats of paint until they were finally looking good.

 I found this new white lamp shade at Home Goods for $12.99. 

After going to 5 different stores I couldn't find any place that had two lamp shades that would work with this pair! 

 But instead of giving into defeat I tried the original shade and the old shade from the lamp above.  I loved the lighter brown shade and luckily I had two of them because the lamp above came with a matching floor lamp!

The shade on the right came from the floor lamp so it's a little bigger then the other one.  I don't mind the difference but I might keep my eyes peeled for a different set next time I'm shopping around. 

I'm so happy with my re-vamped lamps!  
Now I might have to tackle the neglected floor lamp in the corner! 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rolling Pin Apron Rack!

I originally got this idea when I saw this for sale on Etsy for $88.   I loved the idea and thought it would be perfect for the deli, but it seemed a little pricey.  So after showing it to Matt we decided that we could make it ourselves for much less.  I found these two vintage rolling pins on Etsy and purchased them both for about $30 dollars and this piece of scrap wood is something we picked up last time we were in NJ.

The first step was measuring and cutting the rolling pins in half.  Matt used a table saw angled at 15 degrees to make the perfect cuts.  

Make sure that the rolling pins you're using don't have a metal rod 
on the inside or else this step may not be so easy! 

Our board was a little long because I'm thinking about hanging it on the back of a door.  
Once Matt trimmed it up we nailed two hangers on the back. 
After a lot of careful measuring Matt (with Huck as his helper) drilled the holes into the wood.  

The hardest part (which I was to intrigued with watching that I forget to take pictures of!) was figuring out how to attach the rolling pins.  
Matt and his dad drew out a grid on the back of the wood so they knew where the pin would be centered.  Then Matt held the pin in place on the back of the wood while his dad drilled through the front leaving a hole in the pin.  

Once all of the pins had centered holes we flipped the board over and lined these holes with the holes on the board and screwed them together.

I don't think we'll get the actual effect of the finished product until we see it up in the deli. 
For now I just hung it up in the basement to show you and get an idea. 

So what do you think???
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Cleaning out the fridge - Chicken meatball soup!

At the end of the week I love making a big pot of something to use up all of our extra veggies before they start to go bad.  Today it was Chicken Meatball Soup - and it was delicious!!

My favorite part about cooking like this is that anything goes.  You don't have to follow a recipe or buy any special ingredients - the fun is to use up what you have and see what you can come up with!

When I went food shopping earlier in the week they were having a buy one get one free sale on ground chicken.  We had chicken tacos on Wed - I forgot to freeze the extra package and I noticed the sell buy date was marked for today (woops!) 

So that's where chicken meatballs came into the picture.. 

Here's what I used -
- 1 lb of ground chicken
- 1 egg
-  About 3 tablespoons parsley
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1/4 of an onion grated 
-salt and pepper

Using a tablespoon makes measuring the meatballs so easy!

Pop the meatballs into a 400 degree oven for 25- 30 minutes 

Start heating up your chicken broth - I used organic fat free chicken broth since Matt's been on a health kick lately!

If you don't have enough stock on hand just use some bullion - It's will be just as tasty I promise!

While that is cooking it's time to start chopping.. and chopping.. and chopping!

The veggies I had around were onions,  garlic, carrots, mushrooms, turnip and collard greens

After that comes to a boil let it simmer for 15-20 minutes before adding in your cooked meatballs. 

I let mine cook for 1-2 hours which leaves all the veggies 
cooked through and the meatballs nice and tender!

Bon Appetite!

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