Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Bat Craft



 So this little bat is a really cute craft for small children and gives them a quick toy to play with. We made it several days ago and my daughter still plays with it everyday. It is sooo easy and did I mention cute?!

Here's what you'll need:
toilet paper roll
Brown and white construction paper
black marker
glue stick
scissors

Here's what to do:
  • Cover the toilet paper roll with brown construction paper.
  • Draw and cut out a cute bat face shape and glue it to the top of the toilet paper roll.
  • Trace and cut out your child's hands on brown construction paper and glue it to the back of the toilet paper roll to make the bat's wings.
  • Cut out two small circles from the white construction paper and glue to face.
  • With black marker draw a dot in each eye.
Done! Your child will have fun with his/her spooky... or should I say cute Halloween bat! ;)



Monkey Mobile

I made these amigurumi monkeys a few months ago before the arrival of my son. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed animals or creatures. Since I couldn't find a monkey mobile exactly the way I wanted it, I just crochet these myself. I used a pooh mobile I had in storage that I used for my daughter. Hung the monkeys with white yarn, Covered the handle with green fabric and the motor with felt...a monkey sticker in the middle finished it off.  I still look at it and I'm very proud of the way it turned out, after all that was my first time making amigurumi anything.











Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fast and Easy Pineapple Dessert

This is the perfect no-bake sweet treat when you want something delicious and don't have too much time. I love it because you can add a number fruits and even vanilla waffers or ginger snaps to it. If you want to add bananas do it right before serving and don't store it because it will turn brown...yuck!

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks (canned fruit works better because it lasts longer)
  • 1/2 can of low fat condensed milk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
Here's what to do:
  1. Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and condensed milk together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Drain about half of the pineapple juice from the can and add chunks and juice to the cream cheese mixture (plus any other fruit).
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. It last for for about 4 - 5 days in fridge.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Owl Craft

Halloween crafts are a lot of fun to make with kids. This one is really cute and helps them learn their colors and shapes in a fun way.
Here's what you'll need:
Brown, white, pink, orange and yellow construction paper
scissors
glue stick
black or brown marker

Here's what to do:
  • I first drew templates with plain white paper and cut them out. (nothing fancy just free hand) This way I can make it again.
  • Then I trace them onto the construction paper and cut them out.


  • Glue all the pieces together and use a marker to draw in the eyes and write something on body. My daughter had fun telling me what shapes went where and what colors they were.



Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Buñuelos Colombianos (Colombian Cheese Fritters)

Colombian Buñuelos are fried cheese fritters traditionally eaten around Christmas time, but we also eat them year round with a hot cup of coffee or chocolate. They are a bit crispy on the outside and really soft on the inside.In some regions of Colombia they eat them as a dessert and sprinkle sugar on them but we eat them as a snack, not a sweet dessert. I missed these so much when I lived overseas that I had to learn how to make them myself. It's a bit tricky making these at first but once you make them a few times it's a piece of cake (they also come out much better than the ones you buy at the bakery!) These pictures were taken while a family friend (Lucia) made them for breakfast.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 box of Buñoelina
  • 2 cups of Colombian cheese (Mexican cheese can also be used)
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1tbsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
Directions:
  1. Heat the oil on med. high
  2. Mix all ingredients except for the oil and form into a soft dough.
  3. Make small dough balls.
  4. Test the oil by adding a small piece of dough to oil, if it rises in about 20 seconds its fine, but if  it takes longer then that it's not hot enough. (this is probably the most important step because if the oil is not hot enough the dough will burst and will not cook evenly)
  5. When they are golden brown remove them from oil and let cool for a few minutes.
  6. Serve with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
Enjoy, Buen Provecho!





Thursday, October 21, 2010

Arepas de Chocolo ( Sweet Corn Cakes)

Arepa de chocolo are sweet corn cakes that are eaten in Colombia. They are sweeter than normal arepas and are usually served with a slice of fresh cheese or mozzarella cheese. These are so so good!

3 cups of corn kernels
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp of salt
3 tbsp of all purpose flour
non-stick cooking spray
Queso fresco or mozzarella cheese to serve





Directions:
  1. Grind corn kernels,sugar and salt.
  2. With spoon mix the corn mixture with flour.
  3. Heat greased griddle and pour batter to make the arepa.
  4. Cook about 5 minutes on medium heat on each side until golden brown and crispy.( you can also finish them in the oven for 5 minutes on 300 degrees  if they are too difficult to handle)
  5. Serve immediately and add a slice of cheese on top. These are great with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee! :)
Enjoy, Buen Provecho!

Monday, October 18, 2010

hip scarf

I've been working on this hip scarf for my belly dance class for the past 5 weeks. But with everything else getting in the way it has become very challenging finishing this thing! Between cooking, cleaning, feedings, diaper changing, baths, and just about everything else, I get about 5 minutes a day to work on it! lol. I hate hate hate starting something and not having time to finish it. When I start making something I'm usually already thinking of my next project. With my dance class almost being over I don't think that I'll  finish it on time, oh well, I'll just have to use it the next time I take belly dance class. Let's see how long it's going to  take...  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Arroz con leche Colombiano (Colombian Rice Pudding)


Rice pudding is a very popular dessert in almost all Hispanic countries and everyone has a different way of making it. This recipe is the way my mom has always made it and it's one of my favorite desserts! Every time I make this it reminds me of home :)
Here's what you'll need:
1 cup of long grain white rice
3-4 cinnamon sticks(more for garnish)
4-6 cups of milk
13.5 oz. can of coconut milk
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 can of evaporated milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
ground cinnamon (for garnish)
raisins (optional)


Directions:
  • In a large saucepan place rice, milk (enough to cover rice), coconut milk, and cinnamon sticks, over low medium heat and bring to boil. Stir every five minutes to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom.

     
    
  • Add vanilla extract, evaporated milk, condensed milk and raisins, bring down to low and continue cooking for about one hour, keep adding milk to saucepan to get the desired consistency  (remember that the rice thickens as it cooks, so be careful not to over cook)


  • Stir and remove from heat, cover to prevent it from getting any thicker. It should be very creamy, serve and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. We eat it warm, but it tastes great cold as well. makes A LOT of servings! lol.   
Enjoy, Buen Provecho!!           

                           

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Super easy mini apple pies

This is the best time to start baking and experimenting with fall flavors! This recipe is really simple and takes no time at all! I love the individual portions, makes for a perfect snack!!
 Here is the recipe:

Crust:

1 c. flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. water
2/3 c. butter
1 egg
(1extra egg and milk for egg wash)

Filling:
1 can (1 lb. 5 oz.) apple pie filling
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend crust ingredients. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Refrigerate for an hour. Roll out (with plenty of flour) and use a biscuit cutter to cut out 24 circles. 
Line cupcake pan with dough and spread up the sides. pour in about 1 tsp. of filling into each one. Cover with dough and push down the sides so top and bottom stick together.
With a fork poke each one on top. beat egg with milk and brush on the tops. generously sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes.
Let cool and then use a butter knife to pull them out.
Enjoy!!

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ready for the cold

 I officially started making my kids all the winter accessories for this year. Even though we live in the desert it does get pretty cold and really windy at night! By the way this is my absolute favorite time of year, crocheting as much as I can until my hands hurt while sipping on a hot cup of coffee and planning all the holiday activities!  And not to mention all the baking!!! I hope I have time to make them tons of stuff this year, which will be a little harder now with a second baby in the house! :)
 I can't wait to see them wearing these out!!


This beanie was done with a simple half double crochet stitch all around



Her little hat was also done with HDC and shell stitches on the bottom

I love this headband, perfect for a warm day, looks super cute with anything! Aren't these adorable?!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

football beanie

This is my son modeling a football beanie I made for my friend's baby. I love making these little hats for babies, they are sooo much fun! I'll be making a lot of these now that it's chilli out!!

                             
I have an awesome little model! hehe. I can't wait to see the pictures of little Channing wearing the beanie! :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Welcome!


Hey everyone. So this is us!  I married an amazing guy who is a United States Marine. We've been married for 4 years and have two gorgeous children. Our daughter was born in Japan and our son in California which is where we are stationed now. This blog will be about our everyday life, cooking, baking, crafting, gardening, crochet and more.

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