Still not sewing. My wardrobe might be in flux once again, and I’m waiting to find out which way things will fall.
In the meantime, I was thinking about all the recipes I have tried off Pinterest – and I filled a page with the titles. There have been some successes and there have been some flops. More successes though :). I thought I would chronicle the things I’ve tried from Pinterest here on the blog. At least until the sewing starts up again.
The first recipe I am going feature is what I had for lunch today: hummus – with a twist.
I found this very nice basic hummus recipe from Pinch of Yum on Pinterest.
Photo Credit - Pinch of Yum
I substituted black eyed peas for chickpeas and Sazon for salt. My children really liked it hot with dipper tortilla chips. I had it for lunch today with crackers.
This was definitely a success!
Since I’ve been doing some research on gluten intolerance, I think at least the Little Miss has symptoms of it too. So, no more sandwiches for lunch. And so I am making all the kids’ lunches now. I made chicken salad this morning, but we are out of mayonnaise and I didn’t have time to chop up the hard boiled eggs to add to the salad (they can just scarf those down for snack after school).
Soooo, I took the canned chicken breast and sprinkled it with some Hidden Valley Ranch dry seasoning, added some chopped celery and used plain yogurt to wet/bind it all. The kids got sent off with wraps and I made lettuce wraps with romaine leaves at work. UMMM UMMM UMMM! I hope they hated it so I can bring the rest to work tomorrow!
Of course, I didn’t photograph it, but here’s a lettuce wrap pic from the What Did You Eat blog.
I have been a fan of slow cooking since college. Baking in the slow cooker is new territory for me though. This lovely experiment worked pretty well!
All it took was some leftover chocolate (how any chocolate escaped scarfing in this house I don’t know), crescent roll dough from the fridge, and a greased crock set on high for 1.5 hours. 1 package of crescent rolls make 4 chocolate croissants.
I used a vintage round Crock-Pot and vented the lid. The pastries closer to the edge browned more than the one in the middle. The kids didn’t care – I could only get 1 pic before they finished these two off!
My limited funds and persnickety taste buds are conspiring to make me cook all the time. Now that I’ve graduated from school and am back to a steady work schedule, I have (gasp!) started to cook again. I cook for the kids, get their lunches ready for school and neglect to feed myself in the mornings – or pack my own lunch. The situaton came to a head yesterday when I went to the hospital cafeteria for breakfast. I got the same breakfast I had made for the children that morning (1 egg, 1 sausage patty, 1 orange juice, and a slice of bread). With my employee discount, it cost $5+. That doesn’t even include the lunch I had to get – another $5. A loop of Chris Rock’s early bit – “Good Lord that’s a lot of money” is playing in my head at this point. Since eating at home is not an option in the a.m., what do I do? How can I carry my breakfast and lunch to work in style?
Cool hunting had a very nice grown up countdown of lunch-toting equipment. I especially like the nesting lunch pails, but metal cannot be put in the microwave. The plastica Bento box looks neat too, but what happens to it when leftover ziti is brought to work and heated?
The best solution seems to be the Mr. Bento stainless steel lunch jar. I’m going to read some reviews and see about ordering one tonight.
The conspiracy to make me cook continues.