Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kitchen Canisters

For Christmas, my husband bought me the Silhouette Cameo.  I was really excited to get it but felt a little overwhelmed by all the projects I could do.  Sometimes when my wheels start spinning like that I get paralyzed instead of getting to work.  Eventually I bought the Silhouette Vinyl starter kit just so I had a place to start. 

I received this set of white canisters from my wedding shower years ago.  I like the idea of them but never really put them to good use.   

The starter kit came with a green color that would look perfect with the other colors in our kitchen.  I played around with the fonts and sizes a bit until I found what I liked.  It was so easy and I loved the results.  

Now we are actually using the canisters everyday.  It really helps when you don't have to guess what is in each container!  Now I am walking around my house taking notes on what should be labeled next.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pancakes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals are a special time of day at my house.  With a 3 year old and an 18 month old I never know what they will eat.  It changes from day to day.  The one thing I can almost guarantee the two of them will sit and eat is a pancake.

A few months ago I realized we were out of Bisquick but I really wanted a stress free meal.  I figured it could not be that hard for me to just make it from scratch.  After some trial and error I have come up with  a recipe that gets equal praise from my husband and kids!

1 Cup Flour
1.5 TBSP Sugar
1 TSP Baking Power
1/2 TSP Baking Soda
1/2 TSP Salt
1/2 TBSP Cinnamon (I probably add a little more because I love cinnamon)

3/4 Cup Milk
2 TBSP Vinegar or Lemon Juice
1 Egg
2 TBSP Melted Butter
1 TSP Vanilla Extract

Mix together the milk and vinegar/lemon juice and set aside while you combine all the dry ingredients.  I usually add the vanilla extract directly to the milk and beat the egg with it all. (Saves time and dishes!)  Melt the butter and combine all wet ingrediants to the dry.  Mix together and start cooking up some pancakes!  Sometimes I will add diced apples or even mashed sweet potato to get some extra nutrients into the boys. 

My 3 year old will only eat Mickey Mouse pancakes! 

Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner!!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Butternut Squash Lasagna

About a year ago my brother-in-law turned to the Paleo diet.  At his son's 1'st birthday party he made the traditional Italian food but also made a delicious Butternut Squash Lasagna.  After trying it I fell in love and it quickly became a go to meal when butternut squash is in season.  You can make it in many different varieties and I would encourage taking my recipe below and making it your own.  

1 Butternut Squash (Peeled and sliced)
Tomato Sauce (This one would be delicious with it but any jar you like would do)
2 handfuls Baby Spinach 
 6-8 Button mushrooms
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese 
Salt & Pepper

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Slice the butternut squash (sprinkle the slices with a little salt) and mushrooms
3. Spread a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 pan
4. Evenly spread the butternut squash, followed by a layer of spinach and mushrooms
5. Next I dropped some spoonfuls of ricotta cheese
6. Repeat steps 3, 4 & 5 until you reach the top of the dish.  (Usually 2 or 3 layers)
7. Finally, spread a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese

Tent the lasagna with aluminum foil and put it in the oven for 45 - 55 min.  I would recommend sticking a fork in through the center.  If it slides through easily it is ready.  Remove the foil and put back in the oven for another 5 - 10 min to make sure all the mozzarella is melted.

It may not be a pretty dish but it is delicious. 

Depending on the amount of veggies you use there can be a lot of excess liquid at the bottom of the pan.  I usually remove a portion of the liquid.

Experiment with different veggies - eggplant or zucchini could be yummy with this or slices of tomato. I am a total cheese person but trying to limit my intake while eating better.  That said,  this is so good with mozzarella cheese covering each layer!