Penelope loves "dimeysaurs". When I found this shirt on Etsy I had to buy it!
This is my favorite homemade pancake recipe! They actually turn out fluffy and have great flavor. Here's what I learned:
Recipe can be found here: Fluffy Pancakes
This has been adapted from a Rachael Ray recipe I found a long time ago. It is a favorite at our house! Here's what I learned:
Chipotle Cashew Chicken
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 pound chicken meat cut into 2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon grill seasoning blend, such as Montreal Chicken Seasoning blend by McCormick
1.5 tablespoons dark soy sauce, such as tamari
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 -1 cup cashews
Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season the chicken with grill seasoning. Brown chicken on both sides, season with the soy sauce, then move the chicken to 1 side of the pan. Add the sliced onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and then mix the vegetables and chicken together and toAdd the chipotle peppers and cumin. Toss to coat. Glaze the chicken mixture with the honey and maple syrup and turn off the heat. Add the chopped parsley and cashews.
Spoon the rice into bowls, top with the cashew chicken and serve.
Just a few recent shots of my girl. She rocks. And don't mind the tears. I probably didn't give her a piece of candy for breakfast or something like that. Happy, sad, happy, sad...the life of a two year old!
This might be my new favorite cookie! The combination of crunchy graham cracker and chewy cookie is perfection. Make them. Here's what I learned:
11 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups flour
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
3-4 regular sized Hershey bars, broken into pieces (I followed the grid on the bars)
2+ packages graham crackers, broken into squares
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixer and combine on low speed. Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Line baking pans with parchment paper or Silpat mat. Lay out graham crackers side by side on the baking sheet as close as possible (they should be touching). Place tablespoons of dough on graham crackers about 1 – 1 ½ inches apart. Press down slightly with fingertips.
Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press Hershey’s bar pieces onto the top.
Bake for 5 – 7 more minutes or until dough is beginning to turn golden brown at the edges. Remove to a wire rack and cool. For clean cutting make sure cookies are completely cool and cut with a sharp knife. You end up cutting a bit of the edges off to give it a square shape.
Original recipe found here: S'mores Cookies
Another tasty Pinterest find! I think anything with sliced almonds has to be good. The dijon mustard gives it a very unique flavor. And if you are only so-so on mustard, don't make this. Here's what I learned:
Recipe can be found here: Dijon Chicken Linguine w/Almonds
Christmas has come and gone. Try explaining that to a 2 year old. We finally had to tell her Santa brought all the Christmas songs to the North Pole until next year. I think hearing Jingle Bells for the millionth time brought that on. Girl loves herself some Christmas music! But she is content with that explanation and has moved onto a new favorite...Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstad. Oh yeah, she tells me "sing it mama!" which makes for some very interesting car rides.
I failed in the picture taking department this holiday season. My excuse is needing a better flash for my camera. We spent a lot of time with family and friends. Penelope is a big fan of that.
We made yummy little Christmas tree cookies...
Somebody got a new bike from grandma and grandpa T...
And a helmet of course...
She had lots of fun with her daycare friends and getting to see Santa. She takes her Santa visits very seriously!
We enjoyed spending time with Auntie Ali!
Her cousins were very accommodating when she decided to jump into their Twister game...and tickle their butts...
We wrote Santa a note from the heart...
and he brought something extra special for Penelope this year.
The weather was so mild we got to go outside to play!
And we hosted our annual friend's Christmas. One small tent and these five packed in there giggling. Pure joy.
This whole being a mom thing, holiday thing, getting older thing...it just keeps getting better and better.
My co-baker Alison & I made these for a family dinner and they were delicious!! Here's what I learned:
Double Chocolate Cupcakes
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon instant coffee dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips dusted in 1 tablespoon flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and instant coffee dissolved in water. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
Fill each cupcake liner approximately 3/4 full. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until top is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Very Vanilla Frosting
2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
6 cups of powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2-4 tablespoons of milk (we used 3)
Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.
We used a pastry bag to pipe on the frosting and added chocolate sprinkles to make them pretty.
*Tip: Place your pastry bag inside of a drinking glass, fold the bag over around the edges of the glass, and fill it with frosting. Works very smoothly!
My co-baker and my mini!
I've made these a few times now with different variations. They are really good! And extra yummy the second day. Here's what I learned:
Ham and Cheese Sliders
12 white dinner rolls
12 pieces ham, turkey, or both
12 small slices Swiss cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Poppy seed sauce
1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard or 1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Spread mayonnaise on both sides of each roll. Place a slice of ham or turkey and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them close together in a 9X13 baking dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Using a pastry brush, brush the sauce generously over all of the sandwiches. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. You can also make this the day before and let them hang out in the fridge overnight (covered of course).
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm.
I've always wanted a more functional blog. A friend had a few great suggestions and with the wave of a magic wand (read lots of work) here I am! New features include a search engine and post categories. And with the help of my magical friend I present to you my very own domain www.andrealikes.com!
I moved everything over one post at a time. If you notice any glitches please let me know. It was a lot of cut and pasting and somethings may have been missed. I hope you enjoy my brand spanking new site!
New delicious recipes coming soon!
_There is a high probability this will be random things about my kid, recipes I try, basically things I like.