Star Wars Art on the Go!

I’m so excited about the new Art on the Go Portfolios I made for my two oldest.  They’re Star Wars fanatics and are really starting to take off with their drawing skills.  So between orders I snuck in some time to give my amazing boys a way to keep their hands busy when they have to sit still (i.e. at a restaurant, doctor’s office, etc.)  I might even post a tutorial and free pattern if I can find the time!

 

 

This awesome Art on the Go kit holds 26 crayons, 2 pens/pencils, and an art tablet. It also features a pocket to store artwork under the tablet (accessible from the left side).

Chocolate ALWAYS leads to trouble!

So last week the boys were asking for oreos.  Me, being who I am, didn’t feel like going to the store to pay for overpriced cookies so I decided to quickly whip up a batch of ‘oreos’ for them.  I was searching for recipes and most of them had a devil’s food cake base.  I don’t buy boxed cake mixes so I had to keep searching.  Aha!  I finally found one that didn’t use a box cake mix!  So the boys and I made up the dough.  We were supposed to roll it out but decided that scooping it, rolling it, and then flattening it would be much more fun.  Well, I think we flattened them a little too much.  They turned out pretty bad.  So bad that my chocolate loving kiddos weren’t even begging for the cookies on the counter!

So I was left feeling guilty and like my kiddos didn’t get their chocoalte fix.  This morning we had a little extra time since our morning lessons aren’t as intense now that it’s summer.  So I decided to fit in a sneaky lesson. 

“Who wants a brownie sundae after lunch today?”

So the older boys and I made up some brownies (one of their favorite things to help make AND eat).  I snuck in a bit of reading by making them read the instructions to me and setting the oven.  Then I decided that a true brownie sundae needs some good, thick hot fudge.  I made a small batch so we wouldn’t be tempted with delicious leftovers.

 

Hot Fudge

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, flour, and cocoa powder in small bowl.  Combine milk, butter, and vanilla in small saucepan over medium heat.  Once butter melts whisk in dry mixture and bring to boil over medium heat.  Continue whisking for 5 minutes until thick and smooth.

 

Wow!  Was it amazing!  Needless to say we ended up eating hot fudge brownie sundaes at 10:30 a.m. and now I know that lunch won’t get eaten.  We usually have a firm rule that desserts are desserts and healthy food gets eaten first.  But I just didn’t want to put that fudge in the fridge…what if it’s not as good reheated?  See…chocolate always leads to trouble!

Time!

Wow, does time fly! 

I’ve thought about posting probably one hundred times since my last post but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and do it.  I keep wanting to post my recipe for homemade garlic knots but feel that it warrants a picture.  Perhaps I’ll post the recipe and update with a picture next time I make them.  Just felt like I should write something on here but I haven’t much time to write more.  Soon to come a garlic knot recipe…I promise!

Brussels Sprouts

In our house, Brussels Sprouts are ranked pretty high.  Everyone loves them, seriously, even the kiddos.  We normally grow them in our garden and enjoy them in the fall.  They’re usually too pricey for us to get from the grocery store so we just wait for fall to come.

But this year we had a special treat!  A new grocery store opened in the area; they’ve been running tons of great promotions.  We’ve been gobbling up produce like it’s out of still.  Nine’s divine, that’s fine…we’ve been hitting the 10 or 11 mark for fruit and veggie servings in a day!  Last week, they had Brussels Sprouts for 99 cents a pound!

My husband and I were so excited about getting some.  I just made one mistake.  I really don’t enjoy grocery shopping.  I’m a coupon clipper and pretty thrifty so I see it as an overpriced chore to go to the grocery store.  Anytime my husband offers to go I take him up on it.  He’s in love with the new grocery store (I’m completely not) so he offered to go pick up some Brussels Sprouts and roasting chickens (for beer can chicken on the grill, yum!).  I was thrilled to say the least.

That was, until he returned home with 10 lbs., yes 10 lbs., of Brussels Sprouts!  I went into panic mode for half a second…freeze them?….cook them all?…am I going to hate Brussels Sprouts after this?!?  Then I calmed down and decided to make a ton of Brussels Sprouts.  I made most of them the way that I always make them:

Trim stems off Brussels, slice in half, soak in big bowl of cold water.  Slice up an onion.  Heat pan to a little past medium.  Get out a pan with high sides and a little.  Put about a tablespoon or so of butter in the pan and start placing the Brussels cut side down all around the pan.  Don’t overcrowd it, it’s going to take a few batches.  Sprinkle the onions over top.  Some salt. Some pepper.  Put the lid on.  Let them cook for 5 or 6 minutes (maybe more) until you notice some good color on the cut side.  Stir them up and put the lid back on.  Then I let them sit on the burner and ‘steam’ for a few minutes while the heat is off. 

If you think you don’t like Brussels Sprouts try cooking them that way.  Perfectly simple and delicious.

With a smaller batch of Brussels I decided to try something new for the boys.  I chiffonaude the Brussels after they were done soaking.  Then, I diced some onion.  Again, some butter into the pan.  Toss the Brussels, toss the onions, salt, pepper.  Stirred it up and let it cook a bit…not too long!  When I thought they were just about tender I tossed in some crumbled bacon, stirred it in, then took the concoction off the heat. 

I made my husband try it (I don’t eat bacon).  I didn’t want to serve disgusting Brussels to the boys and ruin their taste for them.  He was over the moon with my new creation and so were the kids!  I think it will definitely end up being a routine recipe come fall.

Blogtime!

I’m an extremely creative person (or at least I like to think so) and I’ve recently found myself thinking, “I wish I had a good outlet to share this with people.”  So here I am, starting a blog.  Hopefully, you’ll find some of my posts useful.  And hopefully, I’ll feel like I finally have a place to share all of my new recipes and crafts.