Easter 2015- and some silk dyed eggs

So I wanted to do one fun egg project for Easter and went to the thrift store to pick up some silk ties since it seems everyone on Pinterest is doing silk dyed eggs (and they looked really pretty)

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Seriously they were really pretty ties- if girls could wear ties I’d do it

blew out all of my eggs- which was actually the total highlight of the project since egg blowing is pretty fun!

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bought the kit from Amazon

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eggs ready to go

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wrapped them up tight with the inside of the ties and other extra fabric and rubber bands and boiled them in a crockpot with vinegar

so this is maybe where I steered off course- I let them boil for maybe an hour and then I undid them when they came out of the crockpot immediately- I think if I did it again I would boil them for less time and then take the eggs out and let them cool before removing the wrapping-

They still turned out ok though and it was a REALLY easy egg dying process!

here are the finished eggs!

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close ups 🙂

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and then we ate!

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mi madre’s pretty table setting

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lots of sweets 🙂

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coconut cake

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and paella my FAVORITE

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These cuties

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had a wonderful Easter!

also wonderful feeling to wake up to Lindsey from Better After talking about my dining/living room makeover- love her blog!

 

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Marisa dreams of Sushi

So anyone who has not seen the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” it is SOOOO good (trailer) !! I loved it and was “inspired” to create my own sushi creations-

also I got a sushi roll maker from my wedding registry that I hadn’t used yet 🙂

And here is my sushi!

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It was so fun to make but I think Jiro would fail me on my technique-don’t know if I want to work in his kitchen quite yet 🙂

made the rice in my cute little rice maker-also from Amazon

one of my favorite things is that it plays “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” when the rice is done

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used this recipe for the sushi rice

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sprayed my sushi roller with Pam

and pressed rice into both sides and filled with cucumbers/avocado and Tuna!

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Pressed it out onto the seaweed sheet and voila

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ease peezy

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and then we ate-

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Got this cute soy sauce bowl from here

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the next night I tried it with shrimp on top and guacamole inside and it was really good too

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Been on a big cooking kick lately (weird I know)- made almond milk that tasted amazing

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Gluten-free bread, eggless banana bread, almond milk yogurt, almond butter and our favorite

these AMAZING cookies

Raw Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan) « Detoxinista.

Finally using all my kitchen equipment but there have been casualties… I burned out my Viking food processor making almond butter…

so quick tip- if the food processor is smelling like smoke the motor is probably about to burn up…

I will prevail though 🙂 Keep calm and cook on 🙂

Mother’s Day Brunch (and Dinner)

So this Mother’s Day we decided to have my family come over after church for brunch at our place and then we had my hubby’s parents come over for dinner! SO MUCH FOOD!

But it was delicious and I think the mom’s were happy about their day which was the most important part 🙂

For brunch I went CRAZY and decided to do a brunch patterned after a Mother’s day brunch from Chef Dat (a local underground chef who’s also a great friend of ours)

First course

Amazing blackberry scones and jam and broiled brown suger topped grapefuit that my sister made

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Super good!

Second course

I made a crab eggs benedict with Paula Deen’s recipe from Foodnetwork right here– it turned out great!

The toughest part was poaching all the eggs so leave time for that-

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Third course

 Pumpkin Pancakes with caramelized bananas, root beer syrup and Cinnamon whipped cream that is one of my go to recipes for pancakes-

got it from right here (again from Foodnetwork)

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We also had mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice (our Kroger actually has this) and I used my Rosenthal Romanze china (I’m pretty obsessed with it)

An awesome time celebrating an awesome mom!

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For my husbands mom he whipped up an amazing meal of grilled lamb, chicken drumsticks, shrimp, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and more! It tasted delicious- he’s a professional on the grill!

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He picked out the cutest gift for his mom- custom M&M’s with her face and her favorite puppy Oliver’s face on them in a Super Mom candy dispenser 🙂

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Also check out the centerpiece I made with a wreath from West Elm and a vase and floating candles!

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

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So I have an awesome recipe for Chicken Enchiladas that I wanted to share-

I cannot for the life of me find the original cookbook but I think it was a friends recipe (Caitlyn?)

Here it is!

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

3 cups shredded cooked chicken

3 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded

2 1/2 cups enchilada sauce (store bought)

1-2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chiles, drained

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

salt and pepper

12 soft corn tortillas

lime wedges

Combine chicken, 2 cups cheddar, 1/2 cup enchilada sauce, chiles, cilantro and season with salt and pepper

microwave corn tortillas for 40 seconds

place 1/3 cup of chicken mixture evenly in each tortilla and tightly roll and lay seam-side down in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish coated with vegetable oil spray

pour 1 cup of remaining sauce on top along with 1 cup of shredded cheddar and cover with foil- bake at 400 for 20 to 25 minutes.

remove foil and continue to bake about 5 minutes longer

serve with remaining enchilada sauce and lime wedges

So Moky and myself kind of took this recipe and did our own thing- we used a mix of Monterrey and cheddar cheese (the kind already shredded and mixed in a bag)

and used diced tomatoe and chile in a can instead of just chiles-

And didn’t use cilantro because Moky is allergic to it (or so he says)!

Also we forgot the limes- but they still turned out great 🙂

Marinated the chicken (moky’s secret recipe)

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Grilled it

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Love the mixing bowl from this etsy seller!

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Roll them up

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Lots of cheese- also already digging into it before I can take a quick shot

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Yum!

kind of obsesed with my china from Ebay– it’s this awesome Rosenthal Lowry pattern with birds and houses

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And wine of course 

Hosting-an-awesome-party!

We recently have had several parties at our new place (new years, superbowl and family gatherings).  Here are a couple of tips I use when hosting parties- hope they’re helpful!

1.  Move all easily tippable (not a word) breakable items out of the rooms your guests will be occupying-

This doesn’t mean all breakables, just those that do not have a very sturdy base and if jostled could come crashing down- For example in my living room I have an amazing tree of life sculpture that I got from Mexico but the base is pretty small and I’m sure if someone accidentally jostled the shelf it would fall over- so I move it out when I know I will be having a roomful of people.

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2.  Have stain remover on hand

Seriously this one is important, any kind of Oxiclean stain remover or wine remover or carpet cleaner will work- this can be used to clean your sisters white skinny pants (happened) or the upholstered chair she was sitting on or the carpet beneath

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3.  Use your best china and wine glasses and do not worry if they break

Well this one is sometimes hard for me to do but I always have to remind myself that I love buying china and if people break some of my pieces it just means that I get to pick up a couple of new ones next time I see some awesome ones on Ebay or in thrift stores.  It’s always better to just USE IT rather than let it sit around collecting dust- also china nowadays can really be picked up for a steal- I see TONS of sets of china sell on Ebay for super cheap and the whole trend of having mix and match china patterns really works in everyone’s favor!

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4.  Prep all food before guests arrive

Pretty basic but it’s necessary that the food prepping be completed by the time guests arrive because you really want to be able to hang out and chat with your friends and not be chopping vegetables and rolling pasta dough.

Also as a quick food tip- pasta dough is actually really easy to make if you have an imperia dough roller and it’s filling and unique enough that people will be impressed.

Here’s my own favorite recipe

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

4 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Add more flour if dough is too sticky- knead together and then let rest for 30 minutes before rolling pasta sheets

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5.  Have fun!

Sometimes it’s hard to just let go of all the little things that come along with hosting and have fun with your guests.  But it’s the most important part! Just know that if something small goes wrong most likely no one but yourself will notice because they will all be having too much fun~

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My new workout strategy

Been trying to get in shape for 2013…fun times… Trying a new routine (since I just recently started it’s a little bold to call it a routine!)

I’ve been doing bikram yoga at Gaia three times a week

and then doing cardio/weight training at TreadFitness (or other) twice a week!

So far so good with feeling stronger~

BUT

I was not really feeling a whole lot skinnier so I’m also trying to fix my diet a little bit- added a green smoothie that I drink every morning before work and it’s actually pretty good! Here is my recipe and a schedule of meals for one day:

GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 2 handfuls spinach (baby spinach)
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened or sweetened)
  • a couple of ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup blueberries (frozen or unfrozen)
  • 1/2 banana (frozen or unfrozen)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia (or to taste)

Breakfast:

  • hard-boiled egg
  • Ezekiel bread
  • raspberries
  • oatmeal

Lunch:

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • tuna
  • avocado
  • apple
  • peanut butter

Dinner:

  • salmon
  • broccoli
  • sweet potato

Obviously I’m not going to be sticking to this perfectly but at least it’s a good idea of what I should be eating

sooo.. we shall see if I can keep working on this and shed those awesome holiday pounds 🙂

Dinner by Moky (also me playing around with my Nikon D3200)

A typical night at our house is a wonderful dinner prepared by my cute in-house chef~

A wonderful meal of shrimp, mushrooms, green onions, sweet potatoes and quinoa whipped up in two seconds flat~

I’m also playing around with a new lens (Nikon 50mm) for my Nikon D3200– so far I’m liking it!

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Let there be FIRE (hopefully not so much that our fire alarm goes off, good night that thing is sensitive)

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Prepping the food (notice the cute knobs from anthropologie on our kitchen cabinets)

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The chef didn’t want this picture to be posted because he said it doesn’t correctly represent his amazing chopping techniques 🙂

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I love my Mauviel cookware and think it was one of the best things we got off our registry- They cook like a DREAM (and they are so pretty!)

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Lois and Clark (great show) is watched and Superman’s new (or kind of old now) adventures are enjoyed by all.

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