Archive | March, 2012

Malted White Chocolate Popcorn with Robin’s Eggs

31 Mar

 

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I have three kids.  My youngest is 3 years old.  She is with me all day, everyday.  And I mean ALL day.  She follows me to the bathroom, helps me in the kitchen, sits with me while I clean.   Rarely, I am without my mini me.  Lately, I’ve really been paying attention to how much this little child talks!  Wow!  It’s constant chatter.   She’s starts each sentence or new train of thought with “hey mamma”.  Just for fun, I thought I’d count how many “hey mamma’s I heard in an hour.  Well at 30 minutes, I counted 72!  I gave up on my experiment.  Really, what’s the point?  It’s clear she has a lot to say.  There are moments during the day, where I chuckle at all these one-side conversations.  Then there are the “mom of the year” moments where I think, can’t we just sit in silence for 5 minutes????  Please? Is that too much to ask?  But the truth is, if I had to choose between true silence and 500 “hey mamma’s” in an hour, I’d go for the latter, hands down!  There’s is nothing like a 3 year old after all.  Often her “hey mamma’s” are followed by ” I love you”.  And that’s priceless.  One day I will embarrass her and she will run from me.   I’m happy we get to hang out so much together right now.  Even if I can’t get a word in edgewise!

 

Malted White Chocolate Popcorn with Robin’s Eggs

 

Ingredients:

6 cups air popped popcorn, kernels removed

2 cups corn chips, crushed

1 package malted candies (either small or large)

2 6oz Packages of White Chocolate Squares

3 Tbs Malted Milk Powder

2 Tbs Shortening

Directions:

In a large bowl combine popcorn, corn chips and malted milk balls.  Melt chocolate in microwave for about 1 minute.  Stir. Repeat until completely melted.  Add malted milk powder (adjust to taste) and shortening and stir until completely dissolved.  Pour over popcorn and stir until chocolate covers as much popcorn as possible.  Pour popcorn onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper.   Place in fridge until set.  Break apart and keep in an air tight container.

 

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Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

28 Mar

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I have a dirty secret.  I mean a REALLY dirty secret.  It’s been a long time since I’ve cleaned my oven.  I told you it was dirty.  I’m almost too embarrassed to talk about it.  It’s like admitting to a character flaw.  It’s just that, to do the self clean, I have to have all the windows open because it’s hot and stinky.  PLUS I have to be home for the 5 hour process!  What if I have to run to Target that day (again!).  Sigh.  I tell myself, “ok the next nice day, I will clean that oven”.  Eventually that nice day comes around and I really have to get out and play.  I ask you, which is more important, quality outdoor play time with my kids or a clean oven?  I knew you’d agree with me.  It’s way easier just to squint a little when I put something in the oven to bake.  Dirt is less obvious through squinted eyes.  Trust me.  

 

Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats with Coconut M & M’s

Ingredients:

3 tbs butter

1 package of marshmallows (your choice, large or small)

4-5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal (I like really gooey treats, so I use a little less cereal)

1 1/2 cups toasted coconut *

1 9oz package Coconut M & M’s

 

Directions:

Melt butter in a large saucepan.  Add marshmallows.  Keep stirring while marshmallows melt.  Once melted, remove from heat.  Add cereal and toasted coconut.  Stir until blended.  Press mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan.  Immediately press M & M’s into the bars.  Let set.  Once cooled, cut yourself a giant piece and enjoy!

* To toast your coconut, spread your coconut in an even layer on a baking sheet.  Bake in a 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  Be sure to stir every 5 minutes.  Coconut burns quickly.

 

 

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi

26 Mar

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Well what do you know, it’s Monday again!  Funny how that day sneaks up on us so quickly.  Honestly, we just had a Monday!!!  Busy week.  Busy weekend.  Although we did spend time at Lego Fest on Saturday.  If you have kids, especially boys, then you know ALL ABOUT LEGOS!!! My gosh they’ve taken over our house.  My  son, who is 7, is obsessed.  I mean obsessed!  I try not to think about the how much money we have tied up in Lego’s.  It would only depress me, because that’s money I could’ve spent on shoes!!!  But, being the mom I am, I’ve sacrificed for my son.  Besides, when he’s a Master Builder and building cool stuff for Legos he can buy his mamma all sorts of shoes!  Although, I may need orthopedics by then.

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 6 tablespoons (about 1 1/2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

  1. 1. Cook pasta according to your package directions.
  2. 2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add tomatoes and let simmer a minute or two.  Add pepper and your shrimp.  Cover and let cook until shrimp are pink, about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Plate your pasta, add the shrimp with the sauce.  Top with Feta.  Enjoy!
 Recipe slightly adapted  from Cooking Light
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