Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spinach Brownies

These brownies that Hannahlily made would be a fun treat for April Fools Day. If you let the brownies cool completely it's likely that you won't be able to tell that vegetables were added. They are very moist and fudgy.
3 oz. semisweet chocolate
**1/2 c. carrot & sweet potato puree
**1/2 c. spinach puree
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T. butter, soft
2 t. vanilla
1 egg
**3/4 c. oat flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1- Melt chocolate in double boiler with low heat.
2- In large bowl, combine melted chocolate, purees, sugar, cocoa powder, butter, & vanilla. Whisk until smooth & creamy.
3- Whisk in egg. Stir in flour, baking powder, & salt.
4- Pour into 8x8" greased pan. Bake at 350 for 35- 45 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
**steam carrot & sweet potato until soft, process in food processor.
**steam spinach about 2 minutes, process in food processor.
**process oats in food processor to make oat flour.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Peach Muffins

Hannahlily made these peach muffins.

1 2/3 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/3 vegetable oil
1 egg
1 t. vanilla extract
**1 c. chopped fresh or frozen peaches, thawed & drained
1/2 c. chopped pecans
In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder & salt. In another bowl, combine brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, egg & vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in peaches & pecans. Bake at 400 in greased muffin pans for 15-18 minutes.
**I fill up a 2 c. glass measure cup with frozen peaches and set
in frig. overnight to thaw.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Springtime in Paris boxes

These are for a ladies lunch with the theme of Paris in Springtime.

Accucut & Spellbinders dies
Martha Stewart scallop rotary wheel
hand crocheted flowers
half pearls-Hobby Lobby

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cowpoke boxes

These are for a children's birthday party.
Accucut die
Cuddlebug die

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hannahlily fixed up a basket filled with bags of cookies and some butterfly earrings she made to take to work today.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad
1 - 8 oz. can crushed pineapple
1 box pistachio pudding
1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
1/2 c chopped nuts
1 - 9 oz. cool whip**
Do not drain pineapple. Mix all ingredients together except pudding. Mix in box of pudding. Refrigerate until set.
**This is even better if you replace the cool whip with equal amount of real whipped cream.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shamrock & Lady Card

Most of this card was done on the computer. Accucut & Spellbinders dies
Rhinestones - Hobby Lobby

Inside sentiment:
May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.
Irish blessing

Shamrock die cut

Ellison shamrock dies As a young boy, Patrick,was kidnapped from his home in England & sold as a slave in Ireland. After six years as a shepherd, God showed him through a dream that a ship was waiting to take him home. Patrick walked 200 miles to his ship & was taken back to England. He later became a bishop & went back to Ireland to tell the people about Christianity. He also brought literacy to Ireland.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Shamrock Card

Paper-Hobby Lobby
Border-Martha Stewart border punch
Glitter-Martha Stewart glitter
Letters & shamrocks - Quickutz dies
rectangle & border - Spellbinders dies

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pasta Salad

We think this is better prepared a day ahead.
You may like more salad dressing. Pasta Salad

2 c. Barilla Tri-Color Rotini
1 t. dried dill weed
1/2 c. Kens Steak House Italian Dressing
1 can olives, drained
1 c. feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 c. red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 - 1/2 c. chopped onions
freshly grated parmesan cheese
tomato for garnish
Cook pasta according to package directions. Combine pasta & next five ingredients. Top with parmesan cheese & tomato.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Helen's surprise lunch

This was a surprise lunch that I took to Helen at work. It had some of her favorites, pasta salad, peanut butter cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, and an apple with caramel dip.
I cut up a tablecloth and made a large napkin to line the basket and another smaller one to go inside the basket. There is padding underneath the large napkin to raise the contents.

Monday, March 9, 2009

star boxes

accucut die
quickutz die
Paper - Target & Michaels
Martha Stewart glitter

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Veggie Potstickers

These potstickers that Hannahlily makes are always a big hit at parties. Veggie Potstickers
3 T. vegetable oil
1 leek, cleaned & thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 small head cabbage, finely shredded
2 T. rice wine vinegar
**2 t. soy sauce
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled & grated
1 medium carrot, finely grated
24 wonton wrappers
Asian Dipping Sauce
Heat 2 T. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the leeks & garlic. Cook until leeks begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the cabbage, vinegar, soy sauce, & ginger & cook, stirring until cabbage is soft, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat & stir in the carrot. Allow the filling to cool.
Transfer cabbage mixture to a mixing bowl & work together until fully incorporated. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
To make potstickers, lay a wonton wrapper on the work surface & put about 1 T. of filling in the center. Dip your finger in a little water & wet edges of the wonton wrapper; this will help the potsticker seal. Bring outside edges together over the filling & press it together to form a pouch.
To cook the potsticker, heat the remaining oil in a very large skillet over high heat. Place all of the potstickers upright in the pan & cook, without disturbing them, until browned on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes. Add 1/2 c. water to the pan & immediately cover. Allow the potstickers to steam for about 3 minutes, then remove the skillet lid. Continue cooking until the water is completely evaporated.
Transfer to a platter & serve with the dipping sauce.
Asian Dipping Sauce
**1/4 c. light soy sauce
2 T. rice wine vinegar
1/2-inch fresh ginger, peeled & finely grated
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. toasted sesame oil
1/2 lemon, zested
Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 1/3 cup.

**Braggs Liquid Aminos is a great all natural alternative to soy sauce.
It doesn't contain any MSG.