Candy Sushi PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 May 2010 17:49
Last weekend we had a going away party for my brother who is in the Air Force. Since he is headed to Japan (Literally. As I type this he is on a plane headed over there) the party was Japanese themed and I had volunteered to bring candy sushi. I saw a recipe a year or so ago and bookmarked it because I thought it looked fun.


I was wrong.


I had originally planned to do a recipe post showing everyone how to make these cute little things, but they turned out to be the
biggest pain in my butt. Since I was already throwing food against the wall, yelling and crying I decided not to add to my stress by taking pictures of the whole thing.


But IF you want to know how to make them, I will give you the recipe. Just take some Prozac first. It may help.





Its a rather simple recipe. You need 1 cup of Rice Krispies cereal, 4 fruit roll ups (preferably green, but any flavor will do), 4 red twizzlers, 8 large marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of butter.

Here's what ya do. 

In a small saucepan, melt marshmallows with the butter over low heat. Add the rice cereal and stir to coat; let cool slightly. (And by slightly, it means slightly. Like, 2-3 min.)

Cut licorice to the length of the fruit roll-up. Unroll the fruit roll-up and peel off the plastic film.
Note: This is where I started cursing the world. I live in South Georgia. Its blasted hot and humid down here. So the fruit roll ups did not peel off the plastic film as much as they tore into 5 thousand little sticky shreds. So a word to the wise: Put the fruit roll ups in the fridge for 5-10 minutes prior to unrolling. It works SO much better that way!

Place about 1/4 of the rice cereal mixture on the edge of each roll-up.
(Just eye ball it. Basically you need to make sure there is enough to cover 1/2 of the fruit roll up.)

Place (and push) the twizzler in the center of the rice mixture and roll up the candy sushi. Dip a knife in water to keep it from sticking and cut into 2-inch pieces.



Here is a visual. I wanted all of the fruit roll ups to be green, but NO ONE IN THIS GOSH AWFUL TOWN SOLD GREEN FRUIT ROLL UPS. *ahem* So I had to use a combination of Shrek tongue tattoo mini fruit roll ups and a multi colored pack. Which worked out fine in the long run, but during the whole process I was quite sure the world was ending.


Ok, so I may have some issues that need to be worked out. This candy sushi thing really messed with my psyche.




Here are all of the completed candy sushi. In order to make this many you need to quadruple the recipe or something.





And much to my surprise, the candy sushi really did taste pretty good. I mean, I expected it to be WAY to chewy, but it wasn't too bad! In fact, I would almost say that it was worth the 3 hours I spent in the kitchen.

Almost.
:)
 
Breakfast Muffin... Or Something PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 April 2010 17:52
Over here in the Titus household we LOVE breakfast foods, and when I found this recipe for a ham and cheese egg cup I knew I had to make brinner. Immediately.

So that is what I did. Last night we had breakfast, and it was wonderful. And because I am a nice person, I will share this treasure that I found (thanks again to Tasty Kitchen!).

Here is what you will need.



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One dozen eggs,




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Twelve pieces of deli sliced ham,




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And two cups of cheese (give or take).





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Once you have all of your ingredients ready, go ahead and grease a 12 cup muffin pan.





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Now put one slice of ham in each muffin cup. All I had on hand was extra thin deli ham, so I used two slices. Which is really cramping Daniel's style when it comes to having meat on his sandwiches. But if you have normal deli sliced ham you will be good to go with just one!




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Put some cheese inside of each piece of ham.

And just for your info... the original recipe called for frozen spinach to go on top of the cheese. Seeing as how my husband will NOT eat spinach, I passed on this ingredient. But I think it would be a great way to get some veggies into the kids (or hubby's)!





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Now crack an egg on top of the cheese!

I did this two ways. The original recipe just said to crack the egg and then pop it into the oven. But Zachariah is not a fan of seeing a whole yolk. He gets a little weirded out then refused to eat the egg. Needless to say, he prefers scrambled eggs. So I beat an egg and then poured it into the ham and cheese cup. I did that six times... that way I could have half scrambled and then half the "normal" way.





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See, the scrambled works well too!





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Salt and pepper to taste and then pop these bad boys into an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees and cook for about 20 minutes.





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I could have probably gotten away with only cooking these for 15 minutes, so I think you will just have to keep an eye on them. Oven temperatures vary.
Regardless, they were DELISH.





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Here are the two different kinds. I enjoyed both of them, but I must say that I think the scrambled muffin cup wins by a tiny bit. It just turned out to be the most perfect comfort food. In fact, I ate one just a little bit ago for a mid afternoon snack! So, so good.





Since the muffin pan is pretty well coated with cooking spray these suckers come out pretty easily. Just run a knife around the sides and you will have no problem at all!


Here is the recipe... enjoy!


Ham and Cheese Egg Cup
Ingredients:
12 eggs
12 slices deli ham
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 box frozen spinach (optional)

Directions:
Spray a twelve cup muffin pan with cooking spray and put a piece of ham in each cup. Sprinkle cheddar cheese in each piece of ham. Put (thawed) spinach on top of cheese and then crack an egg on top. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until done.
 
Lemonade PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 April 2010 17:57

I am not a huge lemonade fan. The bitterness is just too much for me. Now I can down some Chick-Fil-A lemonade in half a millisecond, but that is usually the only lemonade I can handle.

Until last night.

Dun dun dun!

Out of the blue I decided I wanted to make some Lemonade. It may have had something to do with the fact that I had an adorable three year old over at my house the other day and she asked for some lemonade to drink. Usually the mention of lemonade has no affect on me ever wanting to drink any... but I just could not get it out of my head. So yesterday afternoon we headed to the grocery store to get a bag-o-lemons so I could try my hand at making some fresh lemonade.

I'm not gonna lie. I don't even know why I am doing a "recipe post" on something this simple. I guess I am kind of desperate for things to blog about these days. Ah well. Here is the simple yet yummy lemonade recipe I found online yesterday!





You are going to need 6-7 lemons, depending on how large they are. (I used seven, just so ya know.)





Roll the lemon around between the counter and your hand in order to get the juices flowing in there. It makes juicing a lemon SO much easier when you do this first.





After you get done rolling the lemons around on your counter, slice them in half.





Such a pretty yellow! I need to figure out how practical it would be to grow my own lemons. I mean, can I just plant a lemon tree or something? I am sure those are a bit pricey. But boy would it be convenient to just run out to the backyard when I wanted to make some lemonade!





Quick tip: If you hold the lemons like this while squeezing them you will be less likely to have those pesky seeds floating around in your lemon juice.





Rachel ray taught me this a couple years ago. I have been forever grateful.





See! The little seeds just pop up to the top of the lemon for you to grab and throw away. Convenient!






After about seven lemons are squeezed you should end up with one cup of juice. IF you happen to be a lemon short I would not look down on you for using store bought lemon juice to top it off. But only if you have too! The fresh squeezed stuff is the best.





Now you are going to need 6-7 cups of water (I used somewhere between 6.5 and 7. I am a wimp when it comes to tangy drinks)...





And one cup of sugar. (I am eventually going to try and work us down to 1/2 a cup)






Now mix the lemon juice, water and sugar together in a pitcher (add more water if need be). The recipe said to use a one gallon pitcher, but all I had was a half gallon and it held everything perfectly. So don't sweat the one gallon thing.





Stir everything together and wala, you have some fresh lemonade!





I HAD a full glass right before this picture was taken but I couldn't contain myself. I just had to take a gulp. It was sooooo good. You know whats even better? It has zero preservatives or artificial sweeteners. Score! I will seriously never buy lemonade from the store again. This is just too easy not to make. Try it, I think you will like it!!

Fresh Lemonade

Ingredients:
6-7 lemons (1 cup of lemon juice)
6 cups water
1 cup sugar

Juice lemons and mix the lemon juice, water and sugar into a one gallon pitcher. Serve with fresh lemon slices. Enjoy!

 
Jonita and Sons PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 April 2010 17:31

Ok, so before I get yelled at for not being a good blogger this week, let me go ahead and say that my computer has been giving me HECK. Well, its not so much my computer as it is FireFox. Apparently the latest version doesn't like me. Anyway, I have been trying to get this blog post up all week, but due to said problems, I haven't been able to blog from my computer. Thankfully my hubby is letting me use his computer so I can finally get this post up and going. :)

Now its time for the pictures!

I met Jonita and her two boys downtown last week for some picture taking fun! I loved that they allowed me to use them for some much needed practice. :) I always enjoy taking pictures and the learning that comes along with it, but what I really enjoyed this time was getting to know Jonita and her her boys a little bit better! I hope you enjoy your pictures, Jonita! I had fun hanging out with your sweet family!!








Did I mention that Jonita is one of the nursery workers at our church? Well, she is. And my son LOVES her. He even includes her in his list of friends that he plays with at church! My son is very picky about his friends, and the fact that Jonita is on that list speaks very highly of her. :)










This is Jonita's oldest son Joseph. I was a bit nervous about photographing a teenager during his spring break, but he was SUCH a good sport. He even convinced me that he was enjoying the whole process, and for that I am grateful!







And this is Jonita's youngest son Fredrick. He is the most polite and well behaved ten year old that I have met in a while. (Talk about a breath of fresh air!) It is hard not to crack a smile when you are around this kid!






Oh, and he kind of likes basketball. (And by "kind of" I mean he REALLY likes basketball!) So we made sure to get a few pictures that demonstrate his mad skills. :)












We also had to make sure to get a picture of mom with each of her boys!











And last but not least, a final picture of the fam. :)



Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a great weekend!!

 
Easter Fun PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 15:59

I am trying to get a sneak peek together from a photo shoot I did last week, so while I am getting that ready, I wanted to share with you a few pictures from our Easter weekend. We went to Daniel's parents house for lunch and an egg hunt Sunday afternoon. And let me just say that Zachariah really got into egg hunting this year and he scored some serious loot. The only thing that could have made it better was if Zachariah had actually cooperated with our family picture.

But he did not have time for that. :)

Without further adieu... here are a few pictures from our lovely day.













I hope everyone had a great Easter! :)
 
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