Archive for May, 2011

May 26, 2011

party planning

My graduation party is on Sunday!  I have been busy planning and starting decorations for it, and tomorrow starts some baking :).  I have ended up doing a few cost-conscious and environmentally friendly items that I thought might be nice to share, and also so that I will remember these things as well.

Invites can be completely customized and only cost 15 cents an invite.  I simply created an invite and printed it like a photo – nothing fancy but it looks very nice and is 100% customizable (depending on how creative you want to get ;) ).  I kept mine pretty simple, but I loved how they turned out!

I ended up getting 16 mason jars to fill with various things to keep everything coordinated.  I also got ribbon to match the invites as well as the colors on the cake.

Here are the jars I used for the forks, spoons and knives.  They fit perfectly in them even with the cover on top (to make sure they don’t spill out before the party!).

Since I am using the mason jars to put different things in (rather than using the jars/containers they already come in), I needed to make some sort of label to let people know what everything was.  I just got a couple pieces of decorative paper, cut them the size of place-cards, and will print off what’s in the jar on white paper and put them on the place-cards along with a color-coordinated flower.

I’ll fill you in next week with what the jars will all be filled with!  Can’t wait to see how it will all look together with the plates and cake!  I’ll be baking two different things tomorrow, Kinley is in charge of a couple of dips on the menu and will be working on them this weekend.  We also have family coming into town tomorrow night to entertain so we will definitely be busy busy!

May 26, 2011

one “pot” wonder

Rice cookers are a wonderful thing.  I had never had one growing up, and was never the biggest fan of plain rice.  Well… I recently found out that rice cookers are not just for rice anymore.

A few mornings a week, rice cookers are used for steel-cut oats.

And a few nights a week rice cookers are used for various grains.  I have yet to make rice in it.  Although I do believe today is the day ;).

Going back to grains, dinner on Tuesday night was a random combination of stuff we had in the pantry and in the freezer, but it turned out really good.  It even makes delicious leftovers served cold!

I started by cooking millet in the rice cooker.  1 cup millet + 2 cups water, cooked for 25 minutes.  Let sit for another 20 or so minutes and then fluff with a fork.

Add in a mixture of your favorite beans and vegetables (I slightly warmed some kidney beans, chickpeas and lima beans from the freezer, and then added fresh spinach), and then tossed in with the millet in the rice cooker which was still on the warm setting.  Also add in 1/2 cup liquid (vegetable stock in this case).

Close the lid and keep warm in the rice cooker until you are ready to eat.  I think this got left for 45 minutes to an hour, the beans were still slightly frozen when I added them and they  heated up perfectly.

Once we were ready to eat – a simple vinaigrette was made to add to the rice cooker.  3/4T mustard + 1T honey + 1T vinegar +1T oil.  We also topped with hummus for an added protein punch.

Simple and delicious.  Only one pot to clean.  And infinite possibilities with variations of grains, vegetables and sauces.

May 25, 2011

what i ate wednesday #1

I noticed a few other bloggers were participating in “What I Ate Wednesday”, or WIAW.  I thought it would be fun to post everything that I ate today, just so I can compare how my foods and tastes change and develop over time.  So basically, the following is what I ate today – which is somewhat typical to what I eat every day! I did start out my day earlier than I have been – 5:15am… I had to drive to my parents to drop my little puppy, Crosby, off at the vet to get his teeth cleaned.
Breakfast:
Overnight Oats in a Jar
1/3c old-fashioned oats
1 banana, mashed
1T cocoa powder
1T chia seeds
1c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I think next time I will either switch this to 3/4c or add an extra 1T chia to help it get thicker)
+topped with 1T natural peanut butter in the morning
Simply mix all ingredients together and let them thicken up in the fridge overnight (or at least 2 hours), such an easy grab-and-go breakfast in the morning!  I also had some coffee + soymilk for the drive!
Mid-Morning Snack:
Since I got up earlier than I have been used to, I needed a mid-morning snack to tide me over until lunch.  I accidentally ate almost all of my pineapple before a picture… whoops ;).
Lunch:
Leftover dinner from last night (recipe here!) + dollop of hummus.
Carrots & Sugar Snap Peas
Afternoon Snack:

 
 

Since I was home, I met up with a friend for coffee in the early afternoon. I got a small soy latte. I also had plantain chips & an apple later on.
Dinner:
Coconut Cashew Pancakes w/ an Egg
We don’t have breakfast for dinner very often… but breakfast is by far my favorite meal :). Crosby’s mouth was also a little sore from the dental and pancakes are one of his favorite meals so he got his own little coconut-less pancake. We used Bob’s Red Mill Pancake mix with toasted coconut added to the backside of the pancake, and then topped them with peanut butter, cashews, coconut butter & more toasted coconut – YUM!
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