Thursday, January 29, 2009
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 11:45 PM
Well the day of the tea party has arrived and I spent the entire morning and early afternoon making salad, sandwiches, and cupcakes. Making sure the area was clean and the tables were nicely set. I will make another post of the actually party later today.
1 cup (6 oz) uncooked orzo
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1 cup chopped celery
¼ cup chopped onion
20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained, reserving liquid
11 oz. can mandarin orange segments, drained
½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
Dressing: ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup reserved pineapple liquid
1/3 cup vinegar
2 Tablespoons oil
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
Cook orzo to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water. In large bowl, combine cooked orzo and remaining salad ingredients except almonds. In jar with tight fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; shake well. Pour over salad; mix well. Cover; refrigerate until serving time. Garnish with toasted almonds.
Let me tell you who knew it was so time consuming to make these little sandwiches. Buttering, ham, and then cheese. The put it together and cut out the flower. So then there was all this excess bread ham and cheese. So I tried to cut my circles as high as I could so that I could still cut two small squares out of the same sandwich. I didn't want there to be more waste than necessary. It took almost two large loafs of bread and I hope everyone had as many as they wanted.
Okay so now to the cupcakes. I was most excited about this part of the tea party, hence why I chose a cupcake theme. My Mother bought this cupcake book awhile back and I asked her to send it with my sister when they came at Christmas. So I had carefully searched this book for just the right recipes I wanted to use. Let me just say it ended in disappointment. My first batch of cupcakes came out beautiful but the frosting didn't work. It just never set up like it was suppose to. Then the second type of cupcake I made they tell you to sift the flour and salt and set it aside and then never tell you to add it in. I didn't realize I hadn't added it in until I was just about to take them out of the oven. Then went completely flat then minute I pulled them out. So I mixed in halve of the flour for the second batch since these were mini cupcakes and they did turn out then. So by now I am a bit frustrated so I grabbed old Betty Crocker Chocolate cake mix so that we would have some decent cupcakes. I did use another frosting recipe for the chocolate cupcakes and it did turn out but lets just say I am unimpressed with the cupcake book. Poor Jouette, pink is her favorite color and we had to go with blue frosting since I forgot we were out of red and hadn't picked any up at the store. But in the end I think the kids were more than happy with the food.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 12:19 AM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I made these yummy sweet rolls for breakfast and everyone loved them. I took a picture of them but I can't find where I saved it on the computer. I have included a link to the recipe and they do have a photo with the recipe. One thing to remember is that the recipe make 4 rolls, really only 4. I had to 4 times the recipe. Which makes about 12 rolls. If you get a chance try them I think you will like them. They are like a biscuit rolled in a sugar mixture. They are kind of messy to make and eat but you will love the taste.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 12:44 PM
Monday, January 26, 2009
Okay so I forgot this weeks menu for any of you who care.
1. finger steaks
2. Pork Spring Rolls
5. Herb Pork and Potatoes
6. Roasted Chicken
7. Potato Filled Crepes
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 11:53 PM
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Well they are finished. I have been preparing for this weeks tea party for several weeks now and yesterday I finished these little candy filled tins that I plan to use at the place card for each persons seat but they will also be the party favor that each guest can take home.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 7:22 AM
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I made these yummy individual apple pies last night for Family Home Evening treat. They were pretty easy and they just fall apart in your mouth. The crust is more of a puff pastry than a pie crust. It calls for about double the butter that pie crust calls for but that is what makes them flaky and buttery like a crescent roll. I have included the link to the recipe. There picture is prettier than mine. I made mine like pockets so the could be picked up and eaten. Also I just used some apple pie filling I had frozen and didn't do the nice rings like the recipe called for. The pastry would also be yummy with whatever your families favorite pie filling is.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 1:36 AM
Friday, January 16, 2009
Okay so I like to look at scrapbooking websites and it seems like everywhere I have gone in the last few days is talking about "Project 365" So even though I am a bit late I am going to start. This year is going to be a BIG year for our family. We will be moving from our beloved home in Oostrozebeke, Belgium to the United States for a few weeks and then on to somewhere in Beijing, China. There will be new schools, new homes, new friends new country's, and who know maybe even a new member. As I have read about project 365 I have felt that is will be a great way to remember 2009 and all the changes it holds in store for us.
Okay so what is "Project 365" From what I have read. You take your camera everywhere you go and take pictures. Then at the end of the day you choose a "picture of the day", one that most represent your day and your life. Like I said I am a bit behind. I have been taking lots of pictures so I am going to go back and look and see if I happen to have one for everyday but I don't know yet. But even if not I don't think it will be a bad thing if I have to go into 2010 by a week or two. The end of our year and beginning of the next might be full of surprises too! Then you have to remember to write a small journal entry to go with each photo. They say to let the kids snaps some and also let them say some things. From what I have read of those who have done this already they have learned how to use their camera better, how to take more interesting pictures, and they have really seen what was most important to them and their families. I am really looking forward to the many adventures in the next 12 months of my life and am excited to create a scrapbook so record it all.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 1:34 AM
Thursday, January 15, 2009
1. Cheeseburgers and fries (Zekaia wanted to have McDonald's at home so I recreated the happy meal he loves at home)
2. Giant Calzone
3. Creamy Vegetable Bow Tie Toss
4. Hard Shell Tacos
5. Santa Fe Chicken
6. White Bean Chicken Chili (trying this one tonight I hope it is good, will let you know)
7. Roasted Chicken with Parmesan Orzo and Roasted Root Vegetables
I made the Giant Calzone last night for dinner and I also wanted to include it's link for the recipe but it is also a subscriber only one. Really all you have to do is make a pizza crust then the filling was sausages, fresh mushrooms, onions, and green pepper. You roll out the dough into a big circle then spread some spaghetti sauce on it then add the topping then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Fold over to make one big halve circle then cut two slits in the top. Take and egg and beat it well and brush over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes. I even made some into small individual pockets.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 1:44 AM
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I made this very yummy and very easy pasta dish last night for dinner. I would post the link to the Taste of Home Website but this recipe happens to be for Subscribers only so even I can't see it. But I bought the cookbook and that is how I now have it. So hopefully that is enough of a say from where the recipe came from to not break any copyrights to sharing this with you. I felt like it was pretty healthy since it is chuck full of delicious veggies and it was done in about 20 Min's. Can't bet that. The recipe makes a lot so I cut it in halve and still had plenty.
12 oz. uncooked Bow tie pasta, I used a different kind, as you can see
2 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
2. c cut fresh asparagus, I didn't not use this since it is out of season
2 medium sweet onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, sliced (now this I did use all of even when I halved it since my family loves carrots)
1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
1/3 c. butter
2/3 c. chicken broth
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. prepared ranch dressing
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, Swiss would also taste nice in this I would think
1 T. dried parsley
1 T. dried basil
1/2 t. salt
Cook the pasta according to the package direction. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute veggies in butter for 5 minutes. Stir in broth; cook for 3 minutes or until veggies are crisp tender.
In a small bowl combine sour cream , ranch, cheese, parsley, basil, and salt; stir into skillet and heat through. Drain pasta and add to skillet and toss to coat.
I didn't add the pasta but let people put on as much as they wanted. I also sprinkled some cheese on top but not until after I had started eating it so it is not in the picture.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 1:36 AM
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Okay so you saw the tea party invitations a few entry's back now here are the tea sets. I have invited 9 children and three women, the mothers of the children, to our little tea party on the 28th of this month. I had no tea sets so I decided to make a trip to the Kring Winkle not too far from my home to see if I could find one there.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 6:12 AM
Monday, January 12, 2009
Well I am really sad that I forgot to take a picture of the dinner I made last night because it did look very nice and I had forgotten how yummy it was. It was called Santa Fe Chicken. I have attached the link so you can look on the Taste of Home Website and see the recipe and the photo they took. Mine didn't look quite the same since I prefer to cube my chicken to make the dish stretch better to feed everyone in my family, and I don't keep fresh cilantro on hand to garnish with. But this is a very fast meal to prepare and make. It can be prepared and ready to eat in 30 to 40 minutes and is satisfying and filling.
Sorry to those of you who use to get my emailed weekly recipe because this is one I emailed out a long time ago. But if you have not tried it yet you should!
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 2:00 AM
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 12:40 PM
Thursday, January 8, 2009
1. Chicken Noodle Soup
2. German Sausages
3. Mandarin Chicken Salad
4. Hamburger Supper
5. Shepherds Pies
6. Broccoli Chicken Casserole
7. Sweet and Sour Chicken
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 11:49 PM
I have found working with stickers to be very fun but also more difficult than I had expected. When I use just the stickers I had lots of left over designer paper and the cards seemed a bit too simple to me so I tried to use more of the designer paper and was a bit happier with the results.
This simply scrapin' pack called Summer Home. I was a bit torn with this kit. I really like the colors and the flowers but there were several stickers in the pack that really weren't card friendly. Guess I will just have to use those stickers on some scrapbook pages. All in all I am very happy with the card results.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 5:51 AM
Thursday, January 1, 2009
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