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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Popcorn Recipes

We love popcorn at our house! Maddie thinks it's awesome to watch it pop and even better to eat. We have tried coconut oil and sea salt which we really like. Here are some more recipes for popcorn that I found on the welltellme website. Thought I would pass these along. I am definately going to try them! Mark LOVES cracker jacks and if I can make him a healthier version I'm all for it! Enjoy!

Spirulina Popcorn 10 ounces of pre- popped popcorn 3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons spike seasoning, powder 1 teaspoon garlic granules 1-2 tablespoon spirulina powder Directions1Sprinkle all ingredients over popcorn in large bowl or large bag, then toss or shake until popcorn is nicely coated. 2For some extra "kick", sprinkle a bit of chili powder onto the popcorn!

Pizza Popcorn 3 quarts freshly popped corn 1/4-1/2 cup butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese Directions1While popcorn is popping melt butter and add next 5 ingredients. 2Toss well and top with Parmesan cheese.

Honey Butter Popcorn (Cracker Jacks) 2 T Butter1/4 cup honey In samll saucepan melt butter over very low heat; thoroughly blend in honey with wire wisk. Stir evenly into 6 cups popped pocorn and spead evenly in a single layer on a cookie sheet or shallow pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. You may also enjoy eating it unbaked.

Add as desired to Honey Butter Popcorn:
1/2-1 cup peanuts or chopped almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2-1 cup raisins
1 T whole wheat germ
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice or 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Peanut Butter Popcorn Blend 1/4 cup peanut butter into honey-butter (from recipie above). Pour over 6 cups popcorn and mix well. If desired add 1 cup peanuts.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Camp Fire at the grandparents

That's a picture worth a thousand words...but only one is needed...yummy!

mom made a s'more out of the huge ones.

Nothing better than a HUGE PINK mallow!

Noah and Maddie showing the camera their HUGE marshmallows.

Essie plays by herself amazingly!

Noah of course had to get in on the picture action!

But she warmed up to the pictures!

Maddie and Noah had a blast climbing on the wood pile at Grandpa and Grandma's house.

We have had fun all summer having grill outs, but our favorite is the old fashioned camp fire with hot dogs, chips, and baked beans. Which is what seems to be our main staple when sitting around the camp fire. Maddie and Noah have a blast playing on the wood pile, in the sand box, and on the climber. While we adults sit and roast mallows (with the kids help of course) and have great conversation! I am so thankful to live near family. I hope we get to have a few more camp fires before winter comes!

Fall Harvest Festival!

The beautiful great ol midwest!
Sitting by grandma on the hay ride

Noah hung on for dear life.

attempting tug of war.

Off she goes without even a wave to mommy! tear, tear.

Sitting down by herself.

Climbing in by herself.

My big girl going over to the train by herself!

Giving the goats lovin.

Check out her properly feeding the animals! Palm open of course.

Maddie fell in love with the goats.

Every train needs a caboose and this one is no exception1

The Promiseland Express!

Maddie happily riding on the train.

As soon as we pulled in and got out of the carMaddie saw the train and was so excited. She kept telling us come on guys come on. Apparently we weren't walking fast enough to get to the train. The train is simply made out of plastic oil drum barrels with chairs put inside them with handles to hold onto. The train engine is made out of a lawn mower, it even has a train bell! Maddie would have ridden it the whole time if there had not been lines to ride it! We also got to go on a hay ride, go to a petting zoo, and eat lots of yummy food! All free as an outreach ministry! So cool!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Coconut Shrimp

1 egg 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. all-purpose flour 2 C flaked coconut
2/3 C. beer 24 shrimp
1 1/2 tsp. baking pwd. 3 C. oil for frying

1. In medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, beer and baking pwd. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two seperate bowls.

2. Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 mins. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees f (175 C) in a deep fryer.

3. Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 mins. or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Maddie Making Pancakes with Mommy

Proud Mama with her big girl in the kitchen! She'll be a fine baker by the time Mommy and mahma are done with her!
Mommy and Maddie adding the milk together.

She learned a bit about measuring, dashing, pinching, and dumping!
She got to add the cinnamon!

Pancake stirring requires LOTS of consintration!

Check out that wrist action! Go Maddie!

Maddie learned about stirring gently and being careful to make sure everything stayed IN the bowl!

Mommy and Maddie's self portrait.

Enjoying the syrup the most. Notice the syrup looks a lot like soup.

Maddie eatting her finished product! She put her own syrup on so it turned out to be a little pancake with her syrup!

Mark asked Maddie what she wanted for breakfeast and of course she said pancakes! Her normal breakfeast usually consists of pancakes, oatmeal, malt-o-meal, waffles, or french toast. All are Maddie's favorite things to eat in general. However this morning Mark valuntered Mommy to make pancakes. So I did what every good mom does, asks if her 2 1/2 yr. old wants to help. So we dashed, measured, tasted, and ended up with yummy pancakes and great memories! I'm excited to start making play-doh and other concoctions with her! As the movie the Magic school bus says; "it's time to take chances, get messy, and make mistakes"!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shrimp Scampi V Recipe

Sarah suggested I post this recipe so she can find it easier than on face book. So here you go Mrs. Innis. Perhaps others will follow in suit.

Shrimp Scampi V
1 (8 oz.) pkg. angel hair pasta 1 C. white wine
1/2 C. butter 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
4 cloves minced garlic 3/4 C. grated parmesan cheese
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in pasta and return pot to boil. Cook until al dente. Drain well.
2. Melt butter in a lrg. saucepan over med. heat. Stir in garlic and shrimp. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 mins.
3. Stir in wine and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 secs. while stirring constantly.
4. Mix shrimp w/drained pasta in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Serve Immediately.

I didn't have exactly everything it called for. I used thin pasta instead of angel hair, garlic pwd. instead of cloves, fresh cracked pepper in stead of ground, mozzeralla instead of parmesan cheese, and dried parsley instead of fresh. But that is the joy of cooking. Taking a recipe and then making it your own and making it how your family loves it best! I would bet chicken would work just as well in this recipe or perhaps using fish instead of shrimp. The skies the limit!

Happy Cooking!