Saturday, January 7, 2012

Simple Breakfast Salad ...

Its simple to add veggies to your breakfast, but most dont consider the ease and comfort of a salad. Instead of a boring bowl of scrambled eggs, try them with chicken sausage and poppyseed dressing over spring greens! Add a sprinkling of cheddar, and you wont believe you've never thought of and egg salad like this before!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Simple Chores . . .

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Saw this on Pinterest, and had a 'duh' moment! What a great idea for when my little princess breaks the rules or wants a new toy . . .

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Simple Ricotta Meatballs . . .

So, I love a good, juicy, oven-baked meatball as much as the next Italian (even if I'm Swiss). This is a simple recipe I love, and they are so juicy!

I make a bunch and freeze them. This way I alwyas have a quick meal:


4 cups ricotta

1 pound sausage

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup italian parsley

2 cups grated parm

1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

2 eggs

Mix in a giant bowl, I use a pot, even. Roll into balls a little bigger than golfballs. Line up in a pan with sides as the fat will pool during cooking. Bake 375 for 35-40 min. Remove and add to your favorite noodles and sauce, freeze rest!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Simple Apple & Brie App

Borrowed this from . . . so easy!

Brie and Apple Tarts

I've made these a few different ways as a shout out to baked brie in a more manageable and pre-portioned size. In a pinch you can wrap crescent rolls around apple and brie slices and pop 'em in the oven. The cheese is a little understated so don't be shy with it. You might also consider bringing another cheese or two to the party if you have other interesting fruit and cheese pairings on hand.
Individual Brie and Apple Tarts
1 box (2 sheets) of puff pastry, thawed
1 green apple
1 Tbsp brown sugar, divided
1 Tbsp butter, divided
1/4 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 medium wedge of brie
1 egg
flour (for rolling)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it's a 10 by 10-inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife. Place a good-sized slice of brie and 3 or 4 this slices of apple the middle of each of the 4 squares. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and brown sugar and top with a pat of butter. Brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together. Brush the top of the pastries with egg wash. Place the pastries on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry.

Bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm

Friday, December 9, 2011

Simple Scarf Necklace . . .

This is a necklace I've seen from Anthropologie, but how easy would it be to make! It'd be fun to collect the ribbons and choose your own pattern, color, theme . . .

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Simply Fluffy Tulle Flowers . . .

Saw this floating around Pinterest and loved it! So cheap, too. Sometimes I can find tulle for $0.50 a yard.

post re-posted from Greedy For Color blog

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Well, here it is - a tutorial on how to make a tissue paper flower (with tulle). Good luck and please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section if anything is unclear.
First of all, assemble your stuff - tissue paper (2 colours if desired), tulle, string and scissors.
Cut two rectangles of each colour and two rectangles of tulle. The flower I have made used 38cm x 25.5cm sheets but it doesn't really matter, just so long as the pieces are all rectangular and of the same size.
Lay the six sheets on top of each other. If you are using colours, I tend to put the darker sheets on the bottom, lighter ones in the middle and tulle on top however, living in the creative world we do, don't let me stifle you. Line up their edges and begin to fold them back and forth in a concertina. My folds were about three centimetres wide but once again, don't let me rain on your parade.
Once the folding is complete, bend it in half like a fan and tie it tightly (so that it gathers) in the middle with string
Snip the ends with scissors to make a petal shape.
Fan out one side into a half circle.
Then, delicately begin separating the layers, taking care not to ruin the pleats or tear the tissue paper (when this happens, don't cry... I sort of just shove it back in and hope no one notices).
Continue separating and
Lifting and zshoozshing (an extremely technical term that may or may not have or have originated in 23BC China... or maybe just two minutes ago).
Unfurl the other side and continue in the same way, separating, lifting and zshoozshing.
Finally, use your hands to gently scrunch (I am now just thinking what... use your hands as opposed to your mouth... as though you need advice to prevent you from making your tissue paper soggy and unusable) and zshoozsh to manipulate it into a pleasingly floral shape (but once again, don't let my need for a chaotic symmetry suppress your inner urges - if you want it to sprout in one particular direction, don't let me tell you it is not regular enough).
And then you are done!!!
Now you can go crazy with any colour you like. The above two have eight layers of tissue rather than six... there are all sorts of crazy ways you can go so get folding and have fun.
p.s. Can you tell that I have been at home with two little boys today, none of us very well. Maybe I have been just a little too excited communicating to the outside world, but you know, some days are long and the good bits have to be savoured (the writing and taking photos bit... not the explaining why you can only have antibiotics when it is prescribed to you and it is not favouritism that Archie (bronchitis) gets to have pink liquid and the other one (sore throat) gets to have none. It really doesn't smell very nice anyway.
Lots of love, Kate xxooxxooxx

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