Breakfast in Bed – Delightful French Toast

We’re still celebrating our Mothers!

I am always trying to dream up different and new ways to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day. Let’s face it – she is my world and she is always doing extra special things for me all of the time. One of my favorites when I was a kid was breakfast in bed. Today we are going to be making some super delicious french toast. It is perfect for a very scrumptious breakfast in bed surprise for that very special mother. It is a really simple thing to make and it is just a touch bit fancier than the usual pancakes. So take a leap and do something easy and fun, that will make your mom feel extra special and loved by you. I promise you that she will not forget it.

Delightful French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 8 thick slices of French Bread
  • 4 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Half & Half
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • Powdered Sugar, for dusting
  • Boysenberry Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a wide shallow dish, combine eggs, half & half, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon. Beat together until combined.

  1. Place bread in egg mixture and let soak for a minute. Then flip to soak on the other side.

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 4 bread slices to skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Then flip and cook on other side for 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.

  1. Dust french toast with powdered sugar if desired. Add butter and boysenberry syrup to your liking.

Serve to your very special mother while she’s still in bed. She’ll love it!

New Year’s Eve Recipe – Lumpias

My father was working as a chef part time when he met my mother. He was an aspiring actor at the time, but had a talent for whipping up delicious food. When we were kids, my mom did most of the cooking in our home. But on a rare special occasion, my father would cook for us. He had some great specialties – shrimp scampi, jambalaya, chocolate peanut butter fudge. We always looked forward to whatever it was that he was making. Today I am going to share one of his best recipes with you. It was one of my favorites, and the only one I have mastered.

We are going to make Lumpias. It is a traditional Filipino dish. It is their version of an egg roll and it’s made with meat. They are really delicious and pretty easy to make. We serve them with a tangy sweet and sour sauce. It compliments them very well.

Lumpias

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/4 cup water chestnuts, chopped
4 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 pkg. of large wonton paper
Vegetable oil for frying
2 bottles sweet & sour sauce, warm

Cooking Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, green onions, water chestnuts, and soy sauce. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are combined well.

To assemble lumpias – lay one piece of wonton paper on a clean surface. Take a clump of your meat mixture (about 2 tablespoons), and roll it into a log. Place the meat extending from one corner diagonally across to the other corner. Leave about half an inch of your wonton paper uncovered.

Next, fold the open ends up and over the meat.

The fold one flap of the wonton paper up and over the meat.

Then tightly roll your lumpia all the way closed. You may need to use a dab of water to close the flap of your lumpia. Repeat until your meat mixture is over. Should make about 35-40 lumpias

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. When oil is hot, place your lumpias inside. Allow them to fry for approximately 12 minutes, turning them to fry on all sides. Reduce heat if they start to darken too quickly. You’ll know when they’re close to being finished, because they will bubble less and less.

Remove lumpias from frying pan and cool on a plate covered with a paper towel. Repeat with the rest of the lumpias.

Meanwhile, heat sweet & sour sauce in a small pot over low heat. Serve sauce on the side of lumpias.

ENJOY!

DIY – Ice Pack Cover tutorial

We all know that kids fall down and get hurt.  It is our defining moment as mothers when we come racing in to save the day.  We kiss the boo-boos to make them better, rub the ouchies when they hurt, we blow on the scrapes so they stop burning, and we ice the bumps so they go away.  Personally, I have always hated it when your homemade icepack begins to melt, and it gets you all wet.  So a few years ago, I made a few icepack covers that I keep in the kitchen.  Between you and me, my husband is always coming home with sports injuries.  He doesn’t realize he’s getting older 🙂  So they come in handy when he needs to ice his bumps and bruises.  I thought I would share these with all of you, because they are a fun way to dress up the healing process.

Before we get started, I was hoping that you all could share some of your favorite ways to nurse your children back to health.  I am always looking for creative ideas.  And I am sure that everyone else could use them too!

Icepack Cover Tutorial

Materials:

For a Large Square Ice Pack Cover

-2 (12″x12″) Pieces of Fabric (from your scrap pile)

-2 inexpensive wash clothes or 2 – (12″) squares of terry cloth with finished edges

-thread to match

-11″ piece of velcro

***Ice Pack fits a Gallon sized ziplock bag with ice


Small Rectangle Ice Pack Cover

-1 (12″x12″) Pieces of Fabric (from your scrap pile)

-1 inexpensive wash cloth or one 12″ square of terry cloth with finished edges

-Thread to match

-Approximately 3″ by 3/4″ scrap of hook and loop tape

***Fits a Quart sized ziplock type plastic bags

First we will begin by cutting out our fabric and terrycloth pieces into a 12 x 12″ squares.  You should have a total of two pieces each of fabric and terrycloth.  I have used some old bathroom towels in the name of upcycling.  Don’t be afraid to reuse and old towel, because it doesn’t have to look pretty.  It will be on the inside of our pouch, so no one will see it.

Separate the two sides of your velcro. Pin your pieces of to your terry cloth pieces about 3/4″ below the top edge. Each piece of terry cloth should have a piece of velcro attached to it.


Attach the velcro by using a zigzag stitch. Encase the entire piece of velcro and backstitch at both ends.

Place both pieces of your terrycloth on your work table velcro side up. Place your fabric pieces on top of the terrycloth pieces right sides together. Pin them together.

Attach the pieces together with a machine stitch using a 1/4″ seam. Leave a 3″ opening, so you can turn them right side out.

Turn each piece right side out and press flat with an iron.


Now take your two pieces and place them together, leaving the terry cloth sides facing outward. Make sure your velcro pieces match up, so that you’ll be able to close your pouch.

Machine stitch your two pieces together. Begin at the top of the right side of the pouch and stop at the top of the left side of the pouch. Make sure you leave the top edge open. Otherwise you won’t be able to open your pouch.


Turn your pouch right side out, so your print is facing outward. This is what your pouch should look like so far.


Almost finished! Now open your pouch and topstitch along the top edge of the pouch. This will secure the top edge in place. Backstitch at the beginning and the end.


This is what your finished project should look like.You are ready to cover your icepack and ice those boo boos!

Just fill a ziplock bag with ice and place it inside your icepack cover. Seal the velcro and ice all your pain away.

Happy Icing!

Enjoy!!!

DIY – Reusable Snack Bag

Last week I briefly discussed my search for ways to cut cost, because of the hardships we are all facing these days.  In an effort to cut back on my produce bill at the grocery store, I created my first Mommy Project of the year.  I started a vegetable garden of my own.  It is small scale, but it is underway.  If I manage to keep it alive this month, I might expand on it.  That project got me thinking about where are some of the other ways that I can scale back or change our level of consumption.  Let me tell you, there is a fairly long list.  And with being a new mom, I only have so much time on my hands.  So I opted to start with something small.

Today I put together some reusable snack bags.  I love these, because I hate wasting Ziplock bags.  I buy the giant 3pack of Ziplock bags at Costco and use them for everything.  But what bothers me most about them is that you use them once and then throw them away.  If you hate throwing them out as much as I do, these little snack bags are the perfect solution!  I made several different sizes for the various uses I have for them.  This is a great project, because it doesn’t take a lot of fabric to make these.  As a matter of fact, that little pile of scrap fabric you’ve been saving is perfect for this project.  So pick out some really cute printed fabric and let’s get to work.

Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

These reusable bags are extremely simple and easy to make, so cut out multiple pieces so you don’t have to go backwards.  They make great gifts too!  Pick out some fun prints and put together a few sets for your nieces and nephews or your grandchildren.  They’ll be a hit.  I can promise you that.  Our finished bags will measure 5 ½” x 6 ½”.  You can adjust the size of the bags to make them bigger or smaller by changing the measurements of the fabrics you start with.

Materials Needed:

For a Set of 3

¼ yard Printed Fabric for the Exterior

¼ yard Utility Fabric or Osnaburg Fabric for the Lining

½ yard Sew-On Velcro

Matching Thread

Tip: When choosing which fabric you would like to choose for your lining, here’s a way to decide.  The Utility Fabric is best for foods that might melt or be sticky.  The utility fabric is easily cleaned by wiping the inside of your snack bag.  The Osnaburg Fabric is best for foods that crumble like crackers.  I recommend making your sets of snack bags using both the utility and the osnaburg fabric. 

 

We’ll begin by cutting our fabrics and Velcro.  These instructions are for making a set of three bags.  So if you would like to make more, just adjust your measurements accordingly.  Cut three rectangular pieces of your exterior fabric measuring 7” x 12.   Then cut three rectangular pieces of your lining fabric measuring 7” x 12.”  Cut three 6” pieces of Velcro.

On each piece of lining fabric, pin your pieces of Velcro on each end, about 1/2″ in from the edge.

Machine stitch the Velcro to your fabric.  Stitch close to the edges on all four sides and backstitch at both ends.

Place your lining and exterior fabric right sides together.  Match up your raw edges and pin them in place.

Machine stitch around the edges of your fabric using a 1/4″ seam, and backstitch at both ends.  Leave a 3” opening on one side, so you can turn you bag right side out.

Time to turn your bag right side out.  Trim your corners at a 45 degree angle and the pull your bag right side out.  Press your bag with an iron.

Machine stitch along the top edge of each end of your bags, about ¼” from the edges.

Almost finished!  Fold your bag in half lining sides together.  Match up your top edges and Velcro.

Machine stitch the sides of your bags together.  Use a ¼” seam and backstitch at both ends.

Great news – You are finished!  Now open up your snack bags and fill them up with your yummy snacks.  I told you they were easy!

Enjoy!

Mommy Project – menu planner

I feel like I am the most unorganized person out there. Which is incredibly frustrating, because I really do try to be organized. I never used to be this way. I had the greatest memory and I never ever forgot things. Ever since I became a mom, I feel like I am so scatter brained. I am constantly losing things, like my cell phone. Which is probably still somewhere on the 22 freeway, because I left it on the roof of my car one day back in December. I am also constantly forgetting things, like Aaliyah’s doctor appointment last Thursday to get her second flu shot. The worst part is – I didn’t even know that I had forgotten until my mom asked me how her appointment went the next day. If it wasn’t for her mentioning it, I probably still wouldn’t know that I had forgotten about it. But you get the picture.

My newest Mommy Project is intended to help me bring a little more organization to my messy life. I created a Dinnertime Menu Chart for my kitchen. I figured it would be a huge asset for my personal organization. At the end of each week, I will use my board to create a meal menu for the following week. Then I will go through all of the ingredients I will need to complete each of my planned dinners. Once I know everything I will be needing, I can go through my cupboards and refrigerator to see what I have and what I need. At which time, I can create a shopping list for my trip to the store that weekend. Then on Monday I will do all of my mixing and chopping and what not to prepare for the upcoming week. Sounds good in theory, right? We’ll see. If anyone can mess this up, I probably could.

Meal Planning Chart

I created a cute little board out of a picture frame that I write on with a dry eraser marker. And it is really easy to do.

Materials Needed:
11 x 14″ Picture Frame
Glue
Markers
Card stock paper
Scissors
Dry Erase Marker

This is an easy project. One that allows you to get really creative. So have fun with it! I really did.

On the left side of your paper you’ll want to create 7 separate blank rectangles. Each one should be labeled for one day of the week. I recommend starting with the day of the week that you typically do all of your meal prepping. For me, it’s always Monday.

Then on the right side, you’ll want to make one long blank rectangle that will be labeled Ingredients and one small square labeled Grocery List.

Now it’s time to come up with a fun title for your board. And put that at the top. I chose Mom’s Cafe.

Once you have finished creating your meal planning page, put it inside your picture frame and close it. And you are finished.

Now it’s time to find a place in your kitchen to hang it up! Hopefully you’re feeling inspired like I am and are ready to start planning your family’s meals. Hopefully this will help us all get more organized when it’s Dinnertime.

Enjoy!