Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Homemade Mango Ice Cream

This mango ice cream was super easy to make and delicious! Perfect for a spring time refreshing treat!
I got the recipe from the girls over at show me the curry . 

What you need:
4 very ripe mangoes
1 tub of whipped cream
1 can of condensed milk

What to do:
  • In a blender or food processor puree the mango
  • In a large bowl lightly whisk together the pureed mango, whipped cream and condensed milk
  • Place mixture in a dish and cover
  • Freeze for about four hours
  • Serve and enjoy
  • I topped my ice cream with chopped cashews (they are my favorite!)

Thanks to the girls at show me the curry for this easy and delicious recipe, my kids and I love this ice cream!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I got this recipe from food network, but made a few changes to it and it came out great!! A healthy alternative for Chinese take out. It didn't take long at all and my family loved it, so...this one is keeper!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon paprika 
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup  mango juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3  chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and  ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 red pepper cut into strips
  • 1 large white onion, cut into strips
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet and sour sauce
  •  I serve it over white rice
  • Chopped cashews for sprinkling, optional
Here's how to do it:
  1. In a bowl, whisk together honey, paprika, vinegar, soy sauce, mango juice and cornstarch. Set aside. 
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and heat 2 teaspoons of sesame oil in a pan. Add chicken and cook for about two minutes over medium heat. Remove chicken and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, heat the other two teaspoons of sesame oil and add the onions, peppers and ginger, cook for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken and sauce. Stir occasionally and cook another 3 to 4 minutes. The sauce will become thick and the chicken will be very tender.
  4. Turn off the heat and add a teaspoon of sweet and sour sauce. stir and  serve over rice. Sprinkle with chopped cashews.

yum! I'm getting hungry just looking at this...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More Ballet Crochet Fun!

So since it's St. Patrick's day, I just wanted to share the cute pictures from my daughter's ballet class a couple of days ago. They had "green day" and I made her a last minute crochet skirt to go with her lime green crochet bun cover and her pretty green eyes. She looked so so cute dancing in class.

Happy St. Patrick's day everyone. :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Crochet Bun Covers

My daughter recently started ballet and I could not be happier. Since the day she was born I have been dreaming of her in ballet class! I am absolutely loving her enthusiasm for ballet and being able to teach her some moves that I still remember from my ballet days. Whenever I take her to class I get just as excited as I did many years ago when my mom used to take me to class. As she grows older I hope she falls in love with dance as I did and that it everything she learns she keeps with her in life. 
All of these memories start coming to me while I watch her twirl around week after week and one of them is of all of my different bun covers I used to have, in all different colors and materials. Well now that I'm "a big mommy" (as my daughter calls me) I can crochet these covers for her, and they have been fun!
I think I made three or four before getting a pattern I was happy with. 

So far I've only made three with the pattern I was happy with, I absolutely love these! It fits the bun beautifully and the drawstring is made out of a chain so it's really easy to pull it tight.

I made a few decreases at the ends, it looks like a tiny little hat! This is one of the items I will be selling on my etsy store, which I haven't opened yet ;) But soon, I promise! 
I'm going to keep making these until I run out of colors! 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Platanos Maduros (Sweet Fried Plantains)

Platanos maduros are sweet fried plantains and are one of the most popular side dishes of Colombia. You will find them in almost every dish in Colombian restaurants. We eat a lot of plantains and make them several different ways. These tajadas are made when the plantain is ripe and therefore sweet. So easy and so delicious! Give them a try. 

Here's what you need:

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