Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

BuildABear Gift Card Winner!

February 23, 2009

Winner Winner Green Froggy Dinner?

A BuildABear Froggy?

Okay gift card anyway..!

Katie From Good Life {eats}
—awesome blog name huh?
Is the winner of my first Blogavershury Giveaway!
Congrats Katie! (and thanks so much to everyone who played along!)

I will be publishing a list of all the awesomeness of blogs that you shared with me, to follow and friend and chat it up Carissa Style!

But first.. let’s highlight Katie-the-winner’s blog!

First, she has her own giveaway going on right now for some tasty looking pasta sauce *oh yum*!

Click here to enter…

And would you like to see her food yumminess?
You do don’t you?

She calls this Orange Ricotta Bundt Cake.
And you had me at ORANGE!

Everyone do me a favor and slip on over to Good Life {eats} and congratulate her,
enter her contest and tell her I sent ya!
At least follow her on Twitter!


More reviews and an Update…

August 21, 2008

First, the update. It sucks. All of it.
We did find a nice house to rent, so that is one HUGE stress to stop worrying about.
But the packing. Stressing over this house. And the packing?! I know there are so many out there with a lot worse problems than a husband who has just found his dream job and needs his family to move 2 states away so he can enjoy that dream job?
But right now, it is so giving me grief. (Good thing I don’t have time to pee, much less think on it, or I’d be a complete boobing mess!)


Saag Paneer
photo by Parvinder Singh
This is Saag Paneer. My FAVORITE Indian dish. I think the Paneer is about the homemade cheese and the Saag is about the spinach. But I am all about eating this with rice and garlic Naan. It’s what we ate last night. Take out. Don’t let the green sway you…it’s YUMMY. We are about to embark on a week long take out tour, cuz tonight is the official pack up the kitchen night!

Okay quick reviews today, sorry they are short, I swear it’s not that I don’t love these ladies. Cuz. I do.

Don Mills Diva

Okay– for the longest time I thought this gal’s name was Don. Which is fine of course, so Mills must be her last name? So She’s Don and she’s a Diva? But no. I’m a dunce. Don Mills is the town in Canada where KELLY lives!!! Hello? Duh. And my favorite line of hers comes from her bio: ‘Clinging to the crumbs of my coolness’. Oh I hear you. Well, I wasn’t cool before kids so maybe I don’t hear it… oh, you know what I mean…

I loved these two posts. One right after Blogher (I guess there was some hullabaloo over Mommy Blogging not being real?–I wasn’t there, so maybe I’M not real?). And this one just about writing and blogging and the whole privacy thing. It’s true. How do you figure that stuff out? Did you notice the part where she mentions like it’s nothing that she’s a float plane pilot like it’s nothing? Go ahead, she’s a real writer, so you (ahem, I) might learn something! I like this one too…Ducks, Float Plane, Cute Kid!

Bloggety Blog Blog

This one calls herself Saucy. And I believe her. She calls her husband Veto for heck’s sake! And I’m pretty sure I found her through Today’s Creative Blog. Which means…yup. She’s creative! You should see her kitchen re-do on a house they affectionately call the ‘flip house‘. (Scroll down to the amazing kitchen transformation!). But I still think her own laundry room wins. I asked her if she was Mormon with a laundry room like that? She said, no. She’s a JAP. Jewish American Princess. So there. And to prove my questioning… here’s a terrific Diaper Cake Tutorial? See, she could be Mormon? Just sayin’.

A Real Anti-Supermom

Oh the good blog titles! Are you keeping track? I’m serious I may be giving away a prize at the end of this and make all of you vote for the best blog title. So be ready.

Beth is pretty funny and makes it easy to find good posts to share…Thursday’s post is funny, and don’t we all love it when the kids share more information than they should? My 4 year old kept telling people that he had a little brother, and everyone kept asking me if I was pregnant or something! Ha! NOT. And here she is doing a good deed in the form of a PSA. (Um…boobs or not, it was worth it?) Lastly this is one of her posts that I totally understand…. I want to be an Anti-Supermom too.

It All Started At Kent State

Hmmm. I just realized I do not know the why behind her blog title? Laurie must have met her husband there right? I mean cuz there are a lot of other things that started at Kent State…war protests, student riots…? Nah, it’s gotta be the love story thing started there right? I’ll have to ask her… Here’s what I do know. She’s a nurse. She loves the Cleveland Indians. (And Manny Ramirez). She has two cute kids. And I first met her when I read a very touching post about the loss of her twin babies. She’s actually one of the Momo moms I’ve stumbled onto, but the high risk part was devastating for her and her family. Here’s the lines from that post that still reach out to me:

1. Why can some people have twins, triplets, quads, etc. and are able to handle it?
2. Why can other people have twins with siblings and can handle it?
3. Why would God take my babies?
4. What did I do to prove to God that I could not handle it?

Heartbreaking huh?

She’s such a trooper though, and I enjoy reading her blog. Go check out this post about her daughter’s favorite stuffed animal. Very CU-UTE.

That’s all for today. Heck probably the week.

Off to that kitchen junk up. I mean pack up.

Would you like to try…

March 28, 2008

Blueberry Nut Oat Bran Muffins?

I made up a batch of these after kids had gone to bed a few nights ago. I changed the recipe a little. I was looking for a terrific oat bran recipe where I could use my frozen blueberries (I froze them myself-so no extra sugar/syrup) and bottled pear sauce(I helped make this at a local cannery). I followed this recipe from with only a few changes.
I used 1 cup pear sauce (it’s more liquid-y than applesauce), and I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour. Also instead of the oatmeal topping I used a bit of Grape Nuts cereal. And believe me, once these come out of the oven…you get over the fact that they are made with OAT Bran! (I ate 3 on the spot–so much for healthy). I froze about half of them and they were yummy after thawed.

Overall. Your kids will hate ’em. (Oh darn, more for me eh?) But they are sweet enough and have an okay texture in a ‘bran muffin’ sort of way.


  • 1 1/2 cups oat bran (seems like a lot, but persevere!)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (changed to ww.)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I would cut this down next time, the pear sauce has sugar added)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/8 cups applesauce (I used pear sauce)
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (I was out of this, used vegetable)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 ounce chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup low fat granola


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper muffin liners, and spray liners with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oat bran, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, blend the applesauce, egg substitute, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Thoroughly mix the applesauce mixture into the flour mixture. Fold in the blueberries and pecans. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle batter with granola, and press granola lightly to make it stick.
  3. Bake 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

My oven is funny so I cook muffins at 375 deg. But a little tip…heat oven to 350 deg. and then up it to 375 when you put the muffins in the oven. (Something about the burst of heat activating the baking powder–Alton Brown tip).

Remind me to blog about my latest non-diet, diet. These muffins? Totally fine to eat with all that bran and whole wheat and fruit and brown sugar. (I’ve lost 4 pounds in under 2 weeks–and believe me these were 4 pounds that have eluded removal for 2 solid years. And they came off with no extra excercising!)

Oh. My. Yummy. Avocado. Sprout . Sandwich!

March 25, 2008
This sandwich was nowhere near as good looking as this.
But I kinda think it looked pretty good.
And whoa. It tasted fabulous.

I didn’t put these on my sandwich, but I threw in the picture anyway, to show how the beet dyed eggs turned out for Easter.

The little sprout that went up a hill and came back down…uh, you get the picture.

March 21, 2008

I love sprouts. But….

The other day I bought a small container of sprouts. (I had a hard time finding one that wasn’t too produce-moldy smelly though). 7yrold saw me adding some to my salad and nearly had a fit. She dished up her own salad and insisted on some sprouts. I was seriously pleased to see one of my kids turn into a sprout lover. (I loved them as a kid, especially fresh when my mom grew them). Of my 3 kids she is the only one who has been a true veggie lover. The other two…fuggetaboutit! Aargh.

The only problem was that the sprouts from the store were slimy and brownish by about the third day, and we hadn’t finished them yet! I thought, sheesh I want to grow my own, see if they aren’t better and last longer than this!
When along came a post from a blog I’ve been sneaking into a lot lately….

The Crazy People Next Door
Written by my new best friend ‘Yes, My Name is Arizona’.

Maybe it’s the cool blog name….? Anyway, there it was– the exact information I needed literally on the day I was thinking it! Don’t you just love the internet?

A couple days later I found the website Arizona had suggested, (for a Back to Basics–Kitchen Garden, $10-12) and after ship/taxes it was $21 (and change) –I hate paying shipping(!) (included 4 tablespoons of seeds). I called around to the local health food stores and the only sprouters they had were $32… ah well, back to the internet.

I found the same item at (don’t laugh) ‘‘, for $24 after shipping. However I spotted a notice that they would beat competitors prices? What the heck, I tried it. And get this…they got back to me and beat the first place by $1.50(and their own price by $5). That’s worth it to me, easier than clipping a coupon, eh? It gets better though, I received the sprouter in less than 24 hours? (There happens to be a warehouse just over the hill from my humble house.) The moral?

Don’t laugh at a store called, selling seed-sprouters.

Here’s pictures of my babies, I started them out right away. Now if you’ll pardon me, I have a sandwich to dream about…

Twenty-Four hours.

48 hours, aren’t they cute little worms?

I’ll post more photos as they grow, I was too impatient to wait to post this!

Beet Dyed Ruby Eggs

March 19, 2008

Dye the eggs, not the shells!
Not my idea, but I’m seriously thinking about tryin’ this out with our Easter Eggs.

From A Veggie Adventure.

Plus there is advice for the perfect hard boiled egg…and doesn’t everyone need that?

PS, I added this post to the Winter Bazaar on Scribbit, where there are more Easter suggestions.

Until next fall…

February 28, 2008

This is the last of my homemade applesauce. I made 7 quarts last fall. I had no idea what I was doing, and just read a couple recipes online before digging in. I used Jonathon, red delicious and gold delicious because I did not want to add sugar to it. That’s it. No other ingredients.

I borrowed a grinder from a friend and it came out more chunky than saucy. Which meant the two younger kids did NOT like it. But fifth grader and I LOVED it. We would sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over ours first…yum.

This fall I will invest in a good sieve and make at least twice as much!!

And the results

February 11, 2008

I promised to report on those scones
Here they are. Who’s the freak?
Yup, that’s my guy.

The kids gave their thumbs up. Heck, what’s not to like, white bread dough and a whole lotta vegetable oil!