Pinterest is so wonderful and I’m obsessed. Obsessed with ideas of things to do. I find the most interesting things on there. Great recipes, fashion ideas, beauty items, decorating inspirations… I find myself going on pinterest and then going on to a blog, which leads me to other sites. So here’s a few things I wanted to tell you about that I found on pinterest this week. (Please add me on pinterest, i’m mitchypoo777)
I saw these dark little seeds on pinterest and had to know what it was all about. Yes, these are the seeds they use for Chia Pets, but these are edible and are a Super Superfood! Here is some info about the health qualities of eating chia seeds. So I’ve started using them because they are healthy and help promote weight loss. I’ve developed a little routine with them in the morning. I put 8 oz. of warm water in a glass and add 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds and about 1-2 tsp of honey and stir. Then I let it sit for about 10 minutes. The seeds swell up and get gel like. Looks odd and I wasn’t sure I could take the texture but it’s really not a big deal. So after 10 minutes I wash my face but I put about 1 Tbsp. of the chia/water mixture in my hands and put on my face as a mask. Then I brush my teeth and do whatever else I need to let the chia mask stay on for a while. Then I wash it off and you won’t believe how soft your skin feels. Then I drink the rest of the chia water. I’ve read that a normal serving daily of chia is 1-2 Tbsp. a day. I have added 1 tsp. to a serving of yogurt and you can put in smoothies, or salads and you can eat them whole or ground.
Another thing I’ve found on pinterest and I’m very curious about is coconut oil and all of its uses. I found this article today about 52 uses for coconut oil. And then I found a recipe for DIY Coconut Oil Deodorant. Perhaps you’ve heard that most deodorants contain aluminum which is thought to contribute to breast cancer. I wanted something healthier and like the idea of making myself. This is so easy and although it only helps with the smell and not the wetness I’ve found after using it that it doesn’t make you wet at all. So this is how easy it is:
5-6 Tbsp. coconut oil (I found this at Trader Joe’s)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch or arrowroot (I used corn starch)
8-10 drops of tea tree oil (or your favorite essential oil or omit if you want)
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix. I used a small spatula to mix and ended up with a thick frosting-like texture that was slightly drippy. I put into a glass jar with a lid and it solidified overnight. That’s it! I use my finger to put a small amount on my pits after showering. It’s not greasy from the oil and stays dry because of the corn starch I think. So happy to have this option!
And here is a recipe that I’m posting for my dear friend Michele in Hawaii, she heard me plurk that mamacita made this cake for us last night. I really enjoyed it! She got the recipe from her sister, my Aunt Angie in MN who was telling her how much she loved this cake that someone brought to a church function. We have homemade coffee liqueur so we used that in place of the Kahlua. Mamacita served it with some whipped cream.Black Russian Cake 1 yellow cake mix 4 eggs 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup Kahlua 1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee 1/4 cup vodka Mix cake mix and all above ingredients together and put into a greased bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes and cool. Glaze: 1 cup sugar 2 Tbsp. butter 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup rum Put all in small saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil, cool slightly. Poke cooled cake with skewer or chop stick or small wood spoon. Pour glaze over cake. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkled powdered sugar. Enjoy! It’s suppose to be even better the next day!
All that Mamacita wanted for Mother’s Day was for me to make her Three Cheese Stuffed French Toast. She had never had it before but remembered it from when I told her about making it years ago when I was married and living in OR. We had family friends visiting and I made it for them. It was a huge hit. I think I saw this recipe in an old Bon Appetit. The recipe is credited to Seven Sisters Inn in Ocala, FL. It has been years since I thought of this recipe but I had written it down and sent it to Mamacita and she found the recipe.
I will post it for you with my few modifications.
Three Cheese Stuffed French Toast8 slices french bread, 2 inch thick Cut a slit into each 2 inch slice forming a pocket. 3/4 cup (3 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese 4 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 Tbsp. ricotta cheese 3 Tbsp. apricot jam or preserves Mix cheeses and jam together. Divide and put about 1-2 Tbsp of mixture into each slice. Put into baking dish, cover and refrigerate for 8 hrs. or overnight. 1/2 cup milk 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 cup panko bread crumbs or crushed corn flakes 2 Tbsp. butter, melted in large fry pan. In bowl mix milk, eggs and cinnamon. Dip slices into egg mixture and fry in pan with butter melted. May have to do in 2 batches. Put in buttered or sprayed pan. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. 1 sm. can sliced peaches in syrup 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. cornstarch Put ingredients in small saucepan over low heat until mixture bubbles and slightly thickens. Serve over baked french toast. Serve with apricot or maple syrup and powdered sugar.
This is a very good recipe and I’m sure we;ll make again because everyone loved it! I hope you will try it and enjoy with your family.
I’m reminded today that Mother’s Day is difficult for a lot of people. I’ve been so lucky to have such a wonderful Mother but not all are so lucky. There may be distance between you or hurt feelings or maybe no relationship at all with your Mothers and for that I’m truly sorry.
If you are a Mother celebrating today I wish you love and happiness and thank all that is good for wonderful Mothers!
1. St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated this coming Saturday. What’s a favorite article of clothing you own that contains a touch o’ the green?I love green, I have a lot of green yarn and I have a green bag and a green top that I will probably wear on Saturday when we are going to a “Thirty One” Bag party at a friend’s house. We may also go have dinner at a cute local bar to celebrate.
2. What’s a favorite ‘green space’ in the town, state or province where you live?We have become part of a community garden in our city. It’s a lovely garden thru the YMCA and seniors are able to rent a garden space for the year. This is all new to us, but we hope to have lots of fresh veggies and tons of tomatoes this year.
3. Do you wish you were taller, shorter, or think you’re just about right in the height department?I’m pretty tall for a woman, I’m 5′ 9″ and was always the tall one in school until I hit high school and then there were some taller boys. It bothered me sometimes at that age, it was harder to fit in, but now I love my height and wouldn’t change it.
4. What’s the surest way for someone to pick a fight with you?I’ve never been in a fight, but I will have words with you if I see you do something blatantly wrong or mean-spirited. I have a brother in a wheelchair and I was the kid who would call you out if you did something mean toward my brother. Staring is one thing, but don’t make faces or say something mean.
5. Broccoli-spinach-string beans-peas…of the four your favorite green veg? (Or the one you dislike the least if that first option is too hard for you. I know there are some veggie haters out there).I love them all and will be planting them all except broccoli because it takes up a lot of room. My favorite is the peas. Nothing like eating raw peas out of the garden!
6. March is National Women’s History Month…besides friends, neighbors, and the women you’re related to, who’s a woman in history you admire and why?I’m reading a story about Olive Oatman and the Oatman Massacre. She was taken to live with the Mohave’s and from what I’ve read she was an amazing woman.
7. Keep calm and ___________on. You fill in the blank.KNIT! Of course, right? You know i’d put that. Knitting keeps you calm and it’s meditative and creative and a true passion. I wish everyone could find something that makes them so happy.
8. Insert your own random thought here.I made this Coconut Caramel Cake yesterday and I thought I’d share the recipe because it was really good and so easy to make. You bake the cake and then add this “frosting” and then put it under the broiler to brulee. I cooked the cake in a 9×13 metal pan. The recipe shows it made in a glass dish, but I was afraid to put our glass dishes under the broiler. I also will next time turn down the oven to 325 degrees. It cooked well but the bottom got a little dark in 35 minutes. One other change is the coconut topping called for 1 1/2 cup brown sugar which seemed a tad excessive to me so I only put 1 cup brown sugar. It was yummy and tested out by my friends at knit night. They agreed that the topping was good w/less brown sugar. Enjoy!
1. The Hodgepodge falls on the last day of the month this year, a leap year. How will you spend that extra day?
It’s so odd to get an extra day every 4 years. Nothing special to do, it’s just like any other day I guess.
2. What has recently required a leap of faith on your part?
Well, I’m doing the PINK Method for weight loss and it’s really tough at the beginning. I have found myself praying a few times. I’m losing so I’m sticking to it. But I know I’ll have a “cheat” next week or possibly this weekend when we go to dinner for my birthday. I’m on the first step which is 14 days of lean protein and unlimited low-calorie veggies, oh and a shake in the morning. Do you know how quick veggies can get boring?
3. We’re one week into the season of Lent…are you marking these forty days in some way? Giving something up or adding something extra to normal life? How’s it going so far?
I am a cradle Catholic, but I don’t belong to the church anymore, so I am not doing Lent.
4. When was the last time you sat beside a fire?
Oh, much too long ago because I can not remember when the last time was. I love sitting beside a fire, letting my hands warm up, talking to people, roasting a hotdog or making a smores. Good times.
5. Surf and turf is on the menu. Do you order as is or do you ask for just the surf (lobster), just the turf (steak) or a menu so you can select another option?
I’m STARVING right now and you ask this? I want the whole lobster, a tub of melted butter, steak medium rare, baked potato w/butter and sour cream, chives and rolls w/butter, ceasar salad and a dirty martini. AND I want creme brulee for dessert!
6. If you could have any television show back, not in reruns but in new episodes, what program would you choose?
Downton Abbey, I don’t want to wait until September or whenever the next Season is supposed to start.
7. They say an elephant never forgets. These days would you say your memory is more like an elephant or a gnat?
Uh…a gnat….what was the question?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
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1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day…what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?
From His Pursuing Kindness blog. “Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours” - Swedish Proverb
I’m running late with posting this Wednesday Hodgepodge so now I’m off to read everyone else’s posts!
Abraham Lincoln. I’ve always admired his attitude in that day and age and I’d love to talk to him about it and see why he felt like he did, how he had the courage to do what he did.
2. What’s your favorite chain restaurant?
I like The Outback, their coconut shrimp appetizer is yummy and enough for a meal. Their steaks are usually good too.
3. I spied this question on the Bears at Home blog last week and she gave me permission to
steal borrow it-
- James Beard ~oh the stories he could tell of the culinary world.
- Julia Child ~think she’d just be entertaining.
- Jacques Pepin~ He’s a friend of Julia’s and I admire him. He has a wonderful story.
As always if you are interested in joining us for the Wednesday Hodgepodge, you can click the above pic and be directed to Joyce’s blog. She has all the details and the questions for you.
1. What is something you are loving right now?
I am loving this pattern called Summit. I started it last night after needing something new. A pattern that I could get into and thankfully found that the pattern is much easier than it looks. A perfect knit for me right now.
2. Paris, Venice, New York, and Rome are considered four of the most romantic cities in the world. Which one would you most like to visit?
I have not been to any of these places but I’ve always wanted to go to Venice and ride in a gondola with my true love and kiss under the Bridge of Sighs. If you’ve ever seen the movie A Little Romance you know what I mean.
3. Are you a romantic?
A hopeless silly romantic. It often gets me in trouble because I expect someone else to be that way and many are not. It can be hurtful. But I’m hopeless right? So that means I’m romantic no matter what others do, or don’t do.
4. What’s your favorite love story made for the Big Screen?
Oh, I just mentioned it above, my all time favorite movie called A Little Romance with Diane Lane and Sir Laurence Olivier. The last scenes of the movie make me cry. I watch it when I’m happy or when I’m sad.
5. Everyone loves Pooh bear and friends…which character are you most like and why? Click here for help in answering this question.
I found a quiz and took it and it says:
6. What’s the best chocolate something you’ve ever eaten?
A milk chocolate peanut butter truffle from Lindt chocolates. They are to die for.
7. Share a favorite quote about love.
Love is a verb. ~anonymous
I really enjoy this video podcast called Craft Stash. Kim is just adorable! Try it out. Click the link to check her out.
Mamacita was hungry for this so I made it for her today. We’ll munch on this through the weekend and enjoy during the Superbowl. I also plan to make Crack Bread from Plain Chicken. I just have to try it! Plain Chicken is one of my favorite food blogs, there is so many recipes I’d like to try.
I am not sure how this recipe came to be anymore, I think I may have seen it on a cooking show and made my own variations to the recipe but we like it how I make it. I thought I’d share the recipe with you.
Shrimp Orzo Salad
1 lb. orzo pasta
2 Tbsp. Vegeta
Cook orzo in boiling water w/Vegeta added, according to package directions. Drain and put it in a large bowl, stir once in a while to cool the pasta. (If you do not have Vegeta, cook in plain salted water or chicken broth.)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
In small bowl make dressing by adding all ingredients and whisk until combined. Pour over slightly cooled orzo and stir to coat all of the orzo.
1 lb. medium size shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Peel, devein and put on a foil lined cookie sheet. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil over the shrimp and season w/salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, turning shrimp over half way. When cool, cut in half.
1 cucumber, peeled, halved, de-seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
about 20 grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup feta cheese crumbled
Put all ingredients together and stir to mix. Can be eaten right away but better if you let flavors mingle in refrigerator for a couple hours. Enjoy!
If you make this recipe I would love to hear how it turned out for you and how you liked it! In traditional Italian cooking it is a faux pas to use cheese w/seafood (shrimp), but I am not Italian and do not have this belief so I do add cheese to seafood. It’s really yummy in this dish.
Another recipe I am going to make because it’s one of my brother’s favorite recipes is called Crab Rangoon. Perhaps you have tried this dish at your favorite chinese food restaurant or if you go to Panda Express they have a version with no crab. This dish is also very simple, it just takes a little time to prepare the wantons for frying.
1 package small wanton wrappers
1 8-oz cream cheese, softened
1 can crab meat, drained
4-5 green onions, sliced very thin, white and light green parts
1 bottle mae ploy sweet chili sauce
In bowl, combine cream cheese, crab meat, green onions and mix until combined. You can add seasoning if you like, but part of what makes this recipe so great is how simple it is. I never add it because I don’t think it’s needed.
Take a wonton wrapper, get a small bowl w/water in it, put finger in water and put on two sides of the wrapper, add about 2 tsp. filling in center of square wrapper, fold in half to form a triangle, water will act as a glue, try to get out any excess air from center and seal by pinching closed on the two sides. Be careful not to add too much water b/c it will splatter. Make all the wontons and put on a paper towel lined plate. In a shallow frying pan add enough vegetable or canola oil and heat to about 350 degrees. You can test w/the first one, it should bubble and brown but not too quickly. Turn once during cooking. Drain on paper towel. Serve immediately w/dipping sauce. If you can’t find the mae ploy you can make your own by combining apricot jam and chili garlic sauce. If you don’t like any heat you can just dip in jam. Enjoy!
Stay safe during Super Bowl Sunday. Statistics are crazy how DUI’s and Domestic Violence charges go up on this one day. Sadly, it’s mostly because of alcohol. So be safe because there are crazies out there everywhere. I myself do not care who wins the game because my Vikings are not in the game. I’m just going to enjoy the game, commercials and half time show.
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I have to tell you that I felt so much better after some of you last week left me such nice comments. I hadn’t gotten any comments for like 3 weeks and I was really wondering what was wrong, did I turn people away somehow? And then after figuring out it was my settings, well, thank you for your comments I love to hear from you all!
- It’s that most wonderful time of the year…tax season! Do you complete your own returns or farm that job out to the professionals?We have a cousin who is a CPA and he does our taxes.
- This next question comes from Kansas Bob…he posed it in his response to something I asked in an earlier Wednesday post and I asked him if I could add it to the Hodgepodge some day. Today’s the day…. Which do you think has changed you more-love or pain?’Pain. I’ve been thru some things that I’ll never forget and it’s changed me forever.
- Tangerine Tango has been named color of the year for 2012. Your thoughts? Would I find this color anywhere in your house? How about in your closet? If not, will you be adding this color to your life in some way in 2012? If you’re not sure what tangerine tango looks like click here.I love that color and I’d like to get a pantone coffee mug in that color. I do not have that color in my house but I do wear shades of it in my wardrobe. I also have yarn in this color.
- Are you a collector? What do you collect and does it get admired, used, and/or dusted regularly?
I have several collections. I used to collect Boyd’s Bears figurines and plush toys. Those are boxed up and stored. I collect salt cellars, green and pink restaurant ware. Staffordshire pink china, Tokay pottery, Mary Engelbreit art and items. My yarn stash doesn’t count, right? :)
- February is National Heart Month…besides a green salad what is one tasty heart healthy dish you like to prepare?
The juice I make with kale, ginger, beet, apple and carrot is very heart healthy and it’s yummy too!
- When was the last time you had car trouble?
About 6 months ago. I put the van in the driveway and put the wheelchair lift down and I guess the lights were still on and it drained the battery. Battery was going bad, so AAA came out and fixed.
- Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Is that a good trend?
I have been more demanding of myself since the new year. I’m exercising more, eating better and I’m doing a weekly challenge to get the home organized. All of these are a good trend.
- Insert your own random thought here.
I’m almost finished with a crochet Hello Kitty scarf for Claire! I’ll post pics when it’s done. Here is Claire’s blog if you want to see why I want to help. Why I hope you will help if you can. http://lifewithclairebear.blogspot.com/