Wednesday, March 21, 2012

baby elephant

I've started a new knitting project. I'm attempting to make a baby elephant! I've never done anything like this before - I'm usually just a hat and scarf kind of knitter. So we'll see how this goes...

Those are the ears. I've knitted 7 of the 17 pieces, so I've got 10 to go. I need to go buy more yarn though, I ran out tonight. Ooops.

Wish me luck! I'm especially nervous about sewing all the pieces together. I just hope it looks like an elephant when I'm done.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

last night's dinner: parmesan crusted talapia

We recently joined emeals and this was the recipe we cooked last night. It was very quick and easy, which is something we always like around here.

I think it could have used a little salt in the crumb mixture, but that's just my opinion.

Parmesan Crusted Talapia

1/4 cup breadcrumbs (we used panko)
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried basil
1.5 lbs talapia fillets, 4-6 pieces
2 tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400. Mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and basil. Brush one side of fish with butter and dip into crumb mixture. Place fish, coated side up in a greased rectangular pan. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

and done! So easy! and it was pretty tasty too. Like I said above, it could have used a touch of salt, but was still good as is. We'll definitely keep this in rotation.

We served ours with basmati rice and green beans, but you could choose any sides to your liking. Enjoy!


Monday, March 12, 2012

apple pie

This weekend I made an apple pie. It definitely put me in the mood for summer!

Apple Pie
**recipe from Adventures of an Urban Foodie, but I didn't make mine vegan

1 recipe pie dough
3 pounds apples (6-8 medium-large)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (for vegan version, use Earth Balance sticks)
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt

Line a 9-inch pie pan with half the dough. Peel, core, and slice apples a little thicker than ¼ inch.

Heat butter in a very wide skillet or pot over high heat until sizzling and fragrant.

Add the apples and toss until glazed with butter. Reduce the heat to medium, cover tightly, and cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are softened on the outside but still slightly crunchy, 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Increase heat to high and cook the apples at a rapid boil until the juices become thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Immediately spread the apples in a thin layer on a baking sheet, and let them cool to room temperature.

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the apple mixture into the bottom crust. Cover with a pricked or vented top crust or a lattice. Bake until the crust is richly browned and the filling has begun to bubble, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack, 3 to 4 hours.


Monday, March 5, 2012

surprise lantern

I wanted a fun way to reveal the gender to some of my best friends, so I attempted to make one of these surprise lanterns. It looked good and turned out quite well, but the confetti release wasn't quite as strong.

I'm not sure if it was too much fringe at the bottom, but hardly any confetti came out when we pulled the string. We had to do a little more shaking to get confetti to fall from the lantern. It was still fun and exciting, but I wish it was more of a confetti explosion.

I still love the lantern. It's sweet and pretty and will now make a new home in our baby girl's nursery.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

valentine's day

I know it's late, but I wanted to share the card I made for the grandmothers. I saw this idea on pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing ever. I was FINALLY able to wrangle G into letting me trace his hand (he says tickle the whole time) and made two of them. I threw some heart confetti into the envelopes and off they went...

Also, these are the cookies I made for the hubby. They were SO good! Thanks again pinterest for the idea to switch out kisses for dove hearts. I actually thought they were better this way.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

week 20 of 40

Tomorrow we find out the gender of our baby. I'm so excited!!!

At first I was all girl girl girl, but the thought of another sweet little boy has grown on me.

I can't believe we're halfway through this pregnancy!