Monday, April 26, 2010

New blog design!!!

As you can see, my blog has a new look. Isn't it presh!? My sister's teacher friend, and now mine, Kathy did it for me and I couldn't be more pleased with it! (She's one of my followers, check out her too cute blog about her precious little boys).

When I decided to start this blog, I had NO IDEA about html codes and all the work that went into making these things cute! After spending hours making the original design, I was hooked. However, I'll stick to the crafting and let the pros like Kathy upgrade my design. I think it fits me perfectly. And this year has been a year for new beginnings for me in every sense of the phrase. I'm glad my blog could undergo the change too! And hey, when my club season and masters spring classes are over in 2 weeks, I'll be posting more projects again!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Saturday

On Saturday, my twin and mom came over for an Easter brunch. After getting in a rockin' workout, I spent the next two hrs in the kitchen. I've been a member of Pillsbury.com for a while and they send me emails with recipes. So I decided to get my Easter lunch dishes from them this year. I made Potato/Asparagus Bake and Monkey Bread. Oh my gosh, they were both soooo good.

Potato Asparagus Brunch Bake (Pillsbury.com)

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 cup sliced green onions
8 eggs
1/2 cup fat-free (skim) milk
3 cups frozen southern-style diced hash brown potatoes (from 32-oz bag), thawed
2 cups chopped lean cooked ham (1/2 lb)OPTIONAL
1 box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen asparagus cuts, thawed, drained
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Generously spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

In 8-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat.



I can't find my cutting board ANYWHERE! And it's so dang cute! Ugh.




Cook onions in butter 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.




2. In large bowl, mix eggs and milk until blended.






Stir in COOKED (Apparently, I can't read and didn't do this, thankfully, they still turned out so good) onions, potatoes, ham (I didn't use ham obviously) and asparagus. Pour into baking dish. Top with cheese.







3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



And the finished product is that it was a success and we all loved it! Happy cook! I LOVE Pillsbury recipes!






And the last time I made Monkey Bread, it was a maja fail. I got the recipe from a teacher at school and it included funky directions like leaving a wet dish towel on top, yada yada. So when I found a much simpler one on this website, I was really excited. And it turned out AMAZZZZINNNNGGG. Pure terrible temptation in the form of dessert. I will have to work out an extra hr (or two!) just to work off the amt of monkey bread I ate yesterday. So make with caution, and do NOT let it sit in your kitchen, ESPECIALLY if you have a sweet tooth like me!! :)

MONKEY BREAD (Pillsbury.com)

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

(My pictures might not add up exactly. I was on the phone when making this one and kind of didn't read very well and did things my own way. :)


DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large -storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.



2. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters.




Shake in bag to coat. (Of course I ran out of dang freezer bags so I had to do the coating 3 at a time in a sandwich bag. Ha!)




Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.




3. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.



4. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.



And every Easter, I just love dyeing eggs. I'm usually the only enthusiastic one about it. But we forced my sister to play along (she hates holiday hoopla, shocking for a kindergarten teacher!) So while I took a cat nap on the couch, my mom boiled 12 eggs (the perk of having mom around, getting mothered ;). We used a kit and went to town. I got a little oil happy with the dye and kind of screwed the dyeing of the eggs up, but overall, they came out pretty. :)







Foot note: Remember that bunnies are cute and dyeing eggs is fun, but Jesus dying for our sins is the real reason this holiday happens. It's so cool that someone cared enough about me to go through disgusting suffering so I can live. It's humbling and I love being reminded of it every Easter. He is risen!