Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Twilight Party Treats.

I got together with some of my workout friends to work on Christmas crafts and to revisit where it all began- with Twilight. January made some delicious dishes that are perfect for the holidays when we have different gatherings. January's family always eats a lot of veggies and fruits.-here's the three dishes (they aren't exact recipes but should be easy enough to make):


Diced Tomatoes
Olive Oil
You can add any other Italian spices if you like.

Put in the amount that tastes good to you. After mixing ingredients, put in oven for 10 min. at 375 degrees. We dipped crackers in it and it was sooo yummy.

Mushroom Tortillas

Drizzle oil in a pan and cook mushrooms for 5 min.
Cut up tortillas ans put on a cookie sheet.
Put mushroom s on tortillas. Over top, sprinkle Monterrey, feta, and Parmesan cheese.
Broil in oven until cheese is melted.

Fruit Dip

Isn't it beautiful? She mixed the fruit with vanilla yogurt and sprinkled granola on top. Any fruit could be used but this time she had bananas, Asian pears, and Parsimmons (I don't know what it is and I don't know the spelling but they were good). This is a great every day snack idea to use whatever fruit is in the fridge.

I had to throw this in too because Tami's headband was so cut that night-and easy to make. They are fake flowers stitched onto a headband from Walmart.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fun Treats.

Graham Cracker house from Halloween Candy. We still have some Halloween candy left over from trick-or-treating and Apollo's birthday party. We used it to make a little "gingerbread" house. The "snow" is just tapioca sprinkled on the white frosting. The snowman is from pumpkin peeps. We both had fun making it.

My mother-in-law sent these "Color a Cookie" markers with little snack packs of alphabet cookies. Apollo had fun coloring them. He moved on to coloring graham crackers and dried apples (whatever we had in the house).

Microwave Popcorn. A piece of heaven. We ate this growing up and it's super simple and incredibly addicting. I gave it out for my Christmas treat to friends this year. Everyone has been asking me for the recipe so I thought I would just post it.

I put it in zip lock bags in gift bags.

Here's the recipe:
3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 cube butter
2 T light karo syrup
1/4 t soda
6 C popped corn

Mix sugar, butter, and syrup, microwave 2 min. Stir, microwave for 3 min. more. Add soda and stir until thick and foamy. Pour over popcorn and mix until covered. Let cool and set up.

I made this in front of my high school chemistry class as a demo. We were learning about chemical reactions. You can tell a chemical reaction is happening when it starts to bubble and foam up (when the baking soda is added) and the smell. Bubbles and an odor are signs a chemical reaction happened (a new substance is form and chemical bonds are broken and formed). I think it's fun to bring learning into everyday activities.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Gift Tags.

You can download these free gift tags here from Martha Stewart.

I used these last year for my gifts. I stamped the name of the person I was giving the present to on the tag (they had alphabet letters for a dollar a pack at Michaels!!).

I coordinated the ribbon (in the dollar bin at Michaels) and the stamp ink color to the gift tag. I didn't print them out on adhesive paper like the site suggested, I copied them to a Microsoft document to make each of them bigger (they are really small if you just print them off) and printed them out on white card stock. I made a hole punch in the tag for the ribbon and just used white for my wrapping.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas. Tree Place Card.

I made these place cards for Christmas morning breakfast at my in-laws. I'll post later about the delish dish I made for breakfast.

Just download these here from Martha Stewart. All you have to do is fold and cut-THAT'S IT! I wrote everyone's name on them.