Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Recipe: Brushetta Cheese Toast

I made these cheese toasts for dinner this week and wanted to share the recipe because they are so yummy and easy to make. I know it's been too hot to turn on the oven but these cook up in only a few minutes. Just enough time to melt the cheese. I had half a loaf of French bread that was getting hard and all the veggies in my fridge and prepared these in less then 10 minutes. They were a total hit and went great with our shrimp salad. It is just like bruschetta but with cheese and who doesn't love a little cheese. 

Ingredients:
One loaf French bread
16 oz fresh mozzarella chesse
2 medium tomatoes diced
4 garlic cloves minced
handful of basil, about 8 leaves chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt and pepper


Directions:







Set the broiler to high. Slice bread into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet. Slice cheese into a enough pieces so there is one slice for each piece of bread and place on bread.




Mix tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and season with salt and pepper then divide the mixture between each piece of bread. Place in broiler for 6 minutes or until cheese and bread gets toasted. Enjoy!

I t toasted one without the tomato topping for my son.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY: Emma's Surprise Fairy Garden


I always wanted a fairy garden and a couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon my friend Bethany's Facebook page. She posted a fairy garden that she put together as a surprise gift for her daughter, Emma. She shared with me how she took her daughter's love of fairies and created Emma's Fairy Garden.


Birthday girl, Emma, with her gnome from her fairy garden




"The idea for the garden came from her [daughter's] love of fairies," Bethany told me, "It was a birthday surprise so no input from the kids." It's not easy to surprise our kids, but Bethany had that covered. It was simple actually-- they just said they were redoing the backyard a little, and then while her daughter spent the weekend at her father’s place, she and her husband put it all together. That was the easy part.


The first thing that has to be done is to make a plan. Bethany says to stick to using items you can find for free and “make a plan and draw it out." Now because Bethany was making a large fairy garden lots of dirt had to be used… in her case 10 cubic yards of dirt! But this doesn't mean you can't make yours in a small pot. A fairy garden can be anywhere. Just pick a large or small planter. 





The hardest part for Bethany was the dirt load. "It took a truck load of dirt to move one week," she says, "the rest took a weekend to set up." Once that was done the garden started to come to life. JoAnn's was the place that Bethany turned to for props. They have a great assortment of fairy ideas. Remember you don't have to spend too much money, after all no fairies live at the Four Season Hotel. Like Tinker Bell, Bethany "recycled a lot of the items [and] some we got at Home Depot [the flowers]," she says.









When I was at Home Depot (Woodland Hills location) a couple of weeks ago they had a small fairy garden in a pot. When I asked about it, they said that they too will soon be carrying some must haves for a fairy garden. If you are looking for tea cups and tea pots you can always go to a second hand store and look at their selections. Some of the fairy homes can range from
 $10-$20 (Joann's is currently having a sale of 40% off their fairy items) so don't feel like you have to spend too much. The items are already in your home if you look hard enough.







Bethany suggests not to put it in the sun and she says, "don't worry about the kids changing your ideas around." When Emma came home to her surprise fairy garden, she got a chance to be a part of it by decorating her own fairy home to add her own personal touch. And for us moms, it's most important to enjoy the process. Remember you are not just creating a magical fairy garden, but creating memories that last a life time.


Bethany added a Tic Tac Toe game aspect to the fairy garden







Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July with Summer Strawberry Ice Pops

A couple of  weeks ago the boys and I went to pick fresh blueberries and strawberries from Underwood Farms. I thought it was a perfect way to combine Giada's Lady Bug Pops Recipe with an outdoors activity. Underwood  Farms is a perfect 
summer activity for the little ones. The boys really enjoy walking through the fields and seeing all the berries that would later be going in their ice pops. Austin in particular wanted to eat the berries straight from the vines. It was hard to keep the sweet berries away from his mouth. I totally understand him because summer berries are just so sweet! 

                                                             


When we got home Tristan and I made his favorite summer treat: Giada's Lady Bug Pops. I like creating my own recipes but this one is so easy and yummy I keep making it over and over and I wanted to share it with you. These would be great 4th of July treats.  I hope you make them and love them as much as we do.







Ingredients:
1 pound medium strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 4 cups)



  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice      (from 1/2 a large lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup blueberries(4 ounces)
  • Special equipment: 1 to 2 ice cube trays, lollipop sticks popsicle trays

  • Directions.
    In a blender, puree the strawberries, orange juice, lemon juice, and honey together until smooth.



    Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. Place the blueberries in each ice cube cup. Freeze for 1 hour. Insert a lollipop stick into each cup and freeze another 4 to 5 hours until firm. Twist the ice cube trays to remove the ice pops and serve.




    I make fruit pops a lot for the boys so I bought these trays at my local grocery store and they were not too expensive.