Sunday, February 28, 2010

GREEN Eggs and SPAM


In celebration of Dr. Suess week!

We honor one of our most beloved children's writers,
Theodor Suess Geisel.



GREEN Eggs and SPAM

2 Eggs, Scrambled
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 - 2 Drops of Green Food Coloring
1 Can SPAM, sliced


Slice your SPAM in 1/4" cuts.

In a medium frying pan, over medium-heat, cook the SPAM until slightly browned and place on a plate with a paper towel.

In a small bowl, add the eggs, milk and food coloring and mix together.

Wipe the frying pan of any grease and over medium heat cook the eggs until done.

Put them both on a plate and enjoy!



A recipe easy enough for the kids to make!



Footnote:

While I was teaching, during Dr. Suess week, I would read Green Eggs and Ham for the children and they would cook this recipe. It was a hit! Why SPAM? SPAM makes this a kid friendly recipe rather than dealing with ham. This is a one serving recipe.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Cream Puffs



A light and tasty treat!


1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
4 Eggs, beaten

Vanilla Pudding Recipe (below) or 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

In a medium to large saucepan, bring the water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in the flour and reduce the heat to low and stir the mixture until it forms a ball. Remove from the saucepan from the heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.


In a small bowl, beat the eggs and add them to the cooled flour mixture. Continue to stir the mixture until the pastry dough is smooth.


Using a scant 1/2 cup for each puff, drop the dough, about 3 inches apart, onto the prepared baking sheet.


Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the puffs are firm and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Vanilla Pudding:

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
3 Cups Milk
3 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten
3 Tablespoons Butter
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Powdered Sugar (optional)

In a 2 quart saucepan, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.

In a small bowl, stir together the milk and the egg yolks and slightly beat them together. Gradually add the milk mixture to the sugar mixture, stirring well.

Cook the mixture over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly and thickened. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.

Pour the pudding into a bowl and cover the pudding with plastic wrap, laying it on top of the pudding so it doesn't form a skin. Place the pudding in the refrigerator to chill. Do not stir or uncover the pudding while it chills.

If you don't want to make the pudding from scratch then cheat, cheat, cheat and make the instant pudding according to the boxed instructions.


To Assemble:

Cut the tops off the cream puffs and set them aside. Remove some of the insides of each puff. Spoon the chilled pudding into each puff, add the tops back on and set them to the side of each puff and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chinese Lantern


An easy art project for the kids to make for the Chinese New Year!




1 Sheet of Red Construction Paper
About 30" Gold Ribbon
Chinese Symbols, Stickers or Printed Paper Glue Scissors




Fold your sheet of construction paper in half placing the folded edge towards you and the open end at the top.

Taking your scissors; cut the construction paper from the bottom to the top in 1" strips leaving a 1 - 1 1/2" space from the top.

After you have made all the cuts across the paper open up the sheet and glue the ribbon across the bottom and the top of the uncut part of the lantern. Glue the Chinese symbols at the top and the bottom on top of the ribbon.



Taking the glue, run one long line of glue along the left side of the longest part of the sheet to the bottom of the sheet. Fold the left side of the sheet under the right side of the sheet forming a circle. Press down to secure it's position.

Glue or staple to remaining ribbon to the inside of the lantern on the top to hang it.

Congratulations, your all done!

Wonton Soup



A delicious hearty soup to celebrate the Chinese New Year

Filling:
12 ounces Ground Pork
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
2 Tbsp Sherry
2 Scallions, chopped
1 Tsp Sesame Oil
1 Egg White
1/2 Tsp Cornstarch
1/2 Tsp Sugar
About 35 Wonton Wappers

Soup Stock:
6 Cups ChickenStock
1 Tsp Light Soy Sauce
1 Scallion, shredded
1 small carrot, cut into thin slices

Combine all the ingredients for the filling and mix well.

Place a small spoonful of the filling in the center of each wonton
wrapper.

Dampen the edges and gather up the wonton wrapper to form a pouch
enclosing the filling.

Cook the filled wontons in a pot of boiling water for 1 minute or
until they float to the top.

Remove the cooked wontons with a slotted spoon.

Bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the soy sauce, scallions,
carrots and wontons to the soup and simmer gently for 2 minutes.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Not only does this Sunday (February 14th) happen to be Valentines Day it also is the celebration of the Chinese New Year. We have all eaten Chinese food (and love it way too much), but what do you know of how the Chinese celebrate the New Year and why does it fall differently from our New Year?


Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar calendar and is 2,640 years older than our very own calendar and the Chinese New Year never begins on January 1st. Each New Year is based on the date of the New Moon in Aquarius and can begin between January 1st and February 18th. Each year is named after an animal, having twelve in the calendar, which cycles again after 12 years. The Chinese say that the animal ruling the year you were born will influence your life.


Which animal are you?



The Chinese celebrate the New Year in a grand way.

The Chinese also take the time before the festivities begin and do a thorough cleaning of the their homes to "sweep" away any ill-fortune and to bring in the new year clean in hopes of good luck coming their way in the new year and to be forgiving of grudges and seek peace for all.

Traditionally, on New Years Eve, you might find the family celebrating together with a large feast and ending the night in a great show of fireworks and parades.



The Next morning the children will great their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year and in return the children would receive money in red envelopes, representing good luck and fortune.

Much like how the rest of the country celebrates the New Year, the Chinese take special note about centering their new years celebration about forgiveness of others and of wrongs done and to wish only the best for each others lives in the new year.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Modern Handmade Child Feature


On Monday, February 1st, the new Spring 2010 publication of Modern Handmade Child was released and my Polka Dot Love Me Lovey blanket was featured inside the magazine.

The fabric on this product has always been one of my favorites. It is fun and colorful and the perfect size for your little one to carry around and cuddle with.



To purchase the lovey, please visit my store here at
Amy Rose Designs.



You can also get a sneak peak of the magazine here at
Modern Handmade Child.