Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Emma was a super egg hunter too!
The Best Deviled Eggs
One dozen hard-boiled eggs, peeled
3 heaping tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped (plus more for garnish)
4 slices of cooked bacon, finely chopped (or bacon bits)
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon saltFreshly ground pepper, to taste
Take each of your peeled hard-boiled eggs and slice off the bottom (wide) end to expose the yolk. Cut a small sliver off of the top (pointed) end to help it sit up straight. (I ended up cutting them in 1/2 so I could use both sides, but made the cut with the pointed end up.)
Scoop out the yolks into a medium-sized bowl and place the whites carefully into an empty egg carton with the hole-end up for filling purposes.
In your bowl, mash the yolks with a fork and add mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives, bacon, tarragon and mustard, then stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Use a pastry bag with a piping tip or a zip top plastic bag with a corner snipped at an angle to fill your egg whites with the yolk mixture. Add more mayo if the mixture is too thick to pass through. Garnish with chopped fresh chives.Nikohle & Emma
Pivot & grab, pivot & grab! Like a machine!
After about 2 minutes of steady grabbing, we started saying "that's enough" and got him to come out of the hunt. Needles to say, way more candy than a kid needs!
I think I counted 45 eggs before daddy pitched some back in the field. He was a happy boy!
The hunt is over, now time to sit down with Caroline & check out the prizes & the candy!
After that, the field was re-set with eggs for the 4-6 year olds. Emma & her friend Tyler discuss strategies and plan for how to tackle the field. It was a much faster hunt since the kids are bigger and faster!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
It was a little bit different egg hunt. Each child hunted for just one color of egg. It worked pretty well and there were plenty of eggs to find! We all had a great time!
Sammy found all the blue eggs!
Emma found all the green eggs & a little doodlebug!
Laraleigh loved finding the orange eggs!
Here's our super little egg hunters resting & checking out the loot!
Lane, Laraleigh, Emma, Sammy, Preston, Caroline.
Then it was time to decorate the cupcakes into little bird nests! Yum!
What a sweet little cutie giving mommy a good smile!
Too busy eating candy to smile!
Friday, April 24, 2009
We were working on the actual in-ground garden, but it is proving to be a difficult project! The ground here is thick, dense and heavy clay like stuff that doesn't seem at all friendly to plants and even less friendly to amateur gardeners! We are still digging and pulling and trying to make it work, but mean- while, I went to Home Depot and bought several bags of dirt to put our little sprouts into a temporary garden home in the sandbox! Here are Emma & Sammy showing off their little garden while on their way to purple day at school.
The plants seemed to like their new home and perked up overnight. But then we got hit with a big weekend of lots of rain and storms. I forgot to put the sandbox cover on until early afternoon, so there was tons of water in there. (I didn't want to punch drainage holes in the bottom of the sandbox b/c we are likely to want it for sand this summer!) Hopefully we can save some of these little guys before they drown!!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
How fast does a garden grow? We found out it grows FAST! Just a few days later, we are doing our daily check and WOW! There are already some little green sprouts coming up! We are very excited to see this and we like to check it out all the time! I think they actually came up at 2-3 days, but I didn't take a picture until the 5th day.
Here's the beginner garden. Planted on March 22.
Sammy the big poser here!
Emma & Mommy waiting for the show to start. Sammy was done posing and couldn't be still for even one little picture!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
OK, anyway, on to the dinner evening! My kids really enjoy having other kids over to play with and basically show all their stuff to and tell them what to do. So they really like the younger ones! Caleb is about 2 or so and Hannah is 9-10 months. Check out her blog www.feecha2.blogspot.com. It's quite amazing how she has transformed into a wonderful at-home teaching mommy!
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained & finely chopped
5 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I didn't have any so used the sprinkle kind)
1 jar (2 oz.) pimientos, drained & diced
2 tsp. minced garlic (2 cloves)
Melba toast or pita chips
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, stir together everything (except the crackers) until combined. Transfer mixture into a small casserole or glass pie plate and bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. To serve, place your casserole dish on a larger platter and surround the Melba toast or pita chips (or any favorite cracker or toasted bread). Makes about 1 2/3 cups of dip or about 8 servings.
Note: We ate almost all of it and there were only 4 adults eating it. It is yummy so if you make it to take to a party or serve more guests, you might want to double it! Enjoy!!
Then we had a chicken fettuccine that I had bought at Super Suppers and some sides. Then for dessert, we pulled out the Skookie maker and made giant chocolate chip cookies in little cast iron skillets...just like the pizookies they have at BJ's. Topped with vanilla bean ice cream and several spoons...I think we were all happy after that!! We had a great night and the kids had fun too!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
2 T butter
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3 green onions, choppen
2 t. garlic, about 2 cloves minced
2 large eggs
1 cup ketchup (divided)
1/2 cup milk
1 T + 1 t Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t salt
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 pound pork sausage
3/4 cup dried Italian bread crumbs
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in a skillet and saute onions, peppers & garlic 8-10 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a large bowl with a fork. Stir in 1/2 cup ketchup, milk, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Add onion mixture & meats. Add bread crumbs. Mix with a wooden spoon or smush with your hands until well blended. Pat into a greased 12x5x2" loaf pan. Brush with the remaining ketchup. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 155 degrees. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Mixture can be made ahead into a loaf, wrapped tightly and frozen as well.