March 30, 2010

Banana Crumb Muffins


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I was in a muffin baking mood the other day.  I searched All Recipes for a yummy sounding recipe and came across one for Banana Crumb Muffins.  The recipe is very simple and boy are they good!!!  The brown sugar topping is scrumptious!  I added mini chocolate chips to some of the muffins and I also threw in a little vanilla extract to the batter.

Click HERE for the recipe.

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March 23, 2010

Avocado Salsa Verde

I watched What Would Brian Boitano Make the other day on the Food Network and thought his recipe for green salsa looked pretty tasty.  So I gave it a try for dinner last night to go along with our shredded beef tacos...
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2 poblano peppers
4 tomatillos
2 avocados, halved, pitted and diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1/4 bunch cilantro, leaves chopped
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Pinch salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Broil the peppers and tomatillos until they get brown and bubbly.  Turn the peppers every couple of minutes.  The original recipe didn't say to broil the tomatillos but l thought, why not!
Steam the peppers under plastic wrap for 10 minutes, then peel skin and remove the stem and seeds.
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Add the peppers along with the remaining salsa ingredients to the blender.
The final result:
It's kind of a mix between salsa verde and guacamole.  Yum!
To complete our meal, I made Cilantro-Lime rice.  It's so good and so easy!  Just add the juice of one lime, a tablespoon or two of butter, and a lot of cilantro to cooked rice.  Mmmmmm....
Throw in some seasoned pinto beans and you have a delicious meal!

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March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring?

I think Mother Nature is a little confused.
At least I have some beautiful flowers inside to brighten my day...
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March 16, 2010

Garden Fresh Tomatoes

There are so many things I love about summer.  Right at the top of my list are garden fresh tomatoes.  My garden produced an excellent crop last year and I'm hoping it will do the same this summer.  I'm ready for lots of yummy salads and BLT's! 
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I'm ready for my kitchen counter to look like this! 

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March 10, 2010

Easter Egg Craft

I found some cute little Easter egg picks at Michaels and thought they would be perfect for topiaries.  I gathered up the supplies I had from my previous topiary making endeavor and starting crafting...
I already had spray painted the pots and distressed the edges with sandpaper.  I cut the floral foam to fit in the pots and then cut out pieces of moss for the top.
I replaced the ribbon bows with raffia.
And the final result:

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March 9, 2010

The Best Vinegar Ever!

Calling all Kansas City friends... 
There is a new shop you HAVE to visit.  This past weekend my hubby and I decided to enjoy the beautiful weather and walk around downtown Overland Park.  There are so many cute shops and restaurants in that area, but one place in particular really stood out to us - The Tasteful Olive.  We were warmly greeted and given a brief rundown of what their shop is all about.  They have a huge selection of the finest olive oils and vinegars from all over the world and you are able to taste as many as you like.  We were intrigued by some of the olive oil flavors: Blood Orange Fusion, Wild Mushroom and Sage, and Persian Lime Fusion.  Yum!!  There were some interesting balsamic vinegar flavors too: Chocolate Balsamic, Coconut White Balsamic, and Wild Blueberry Balsamic.  By far our favorite was the Cinnamon Pear Balsamic.  Sounds interesting, huh?!  They filled a bottle for us right there in the shop. 
Last night we gave our vinegar a try.  I made a salad using:
Mixed baby greens 
Glazed pecans
Dried Cranberries
I mixed in a very small amount of olive oil in with our vinegar to make the dressing.  We had high hopes for the dressing and let me tell you - we were not disappointed!!  By far one of the best dressings we have ever tried!  Absolutely delicious!
You can check out their website here.  And if you live nearby, stop by their cute little shop! 

March 3, 2010

Canadian Bacon, Egg and Cheese English Muffin

Here's a simple idea for a quick and easy breakfast.

Toast the English muffin then layer with cheese, Canadian bacon and egg.


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March 1, 2010

First Furniture Redo

There are several pieces of furniture in our garage that are waiting to be transformed.  I decided to practice my painting abilities on this little shelf I picked up at a garage sale last year for $5 before I tackle the big stuff. 
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I sanded the piece and then primed using a grey tinted Behr primer.  Once the shelf was dry I used a mini foam roller purchased from Home Depot and gave the shelf two coats of paint.  I used Behr's "Black Suede" paint in a satin finish.   

I think I'm ready for the next piece of furniture!  


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