Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Olympics Sports: Pancake Toss & Cherry Pit Spit!

Hi Everyone!

My family got together recently and participated in some fun Olympic-style games!  My Aunt Tami and I competed as a team and played all sorts of games; like beanbag toss and water balloon tossing.

Some of my favorites were the pancake toss (no pancakes involved!) and the cherry pit spit.  The pancake toss was where we threw a ‘pancake’ (a bean bag) to each other using pans.  I also had a lot of fun doing the cherry pit spit.  Aunt Tami won that event with one pit getting over 15 feet in distance!  Watch the video below!

What are some Olympic-style games your family has been doing this summer?  Which Olympic events have you been watching?  I love watching the synchronized diving, gymnastics, and archery.

Thanks for reading!

Lizzie Marie

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tiny Tidbits: Opening Jars

Hi Everyone!
I don't know about you, but one of the most annoying things when I'm cooking is when I have a jar that just won't open.  Luckily, my Grandma Sara taught me a great way to open any jar!

Thanks for watching,
Lizzie Marie

Monday, June 18, 2012

Spicy Asian Slaw

Hi Everyone!

During the summer, I love making coleslaw because it’s refreshing, healthy, and delicious!  I took one of my grandma's recipes for coleslaw and tweaked it to make it healthier. 

1/2 small head savoy cabbage
1/2 small head purple cabbage
3 stalks rainbow chard *optional, only use the stalks, diced
1/2 medium onion
1 cup baby carrots (half of a 16 ounce bag)
1 cup shelled edamame, thawed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 orange: use juice of half the orange and zest half of the orange rind
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated with zester

This is a great recipe because you can personalize it to fit your taste.  We happened to have some rainbow chard in the refrigerator the day I made the slaw and decided to add some.  If like your slaw to have a lot of vinaigrette, use 1/3 cup olive oil and 1/3 cup vinegar instead of 1/4 cup each.

In a food processor, grate cabbage, onion, and carrots.  Place grated vegetables into a large mixing bowl and add diced chard and edamame.  Using a microplane, zest half of the orange rind and add to the bowl.  Zest ginger into bowl too.

Whisk together (or use a shaker cup with a tight fitting lid) olive oil, vinegar, sugar mustard, juice of half an orange.  Whisk or shake until vinaigrette forms and pour onto slaw.  Mix thoroughly, place lid or plastic wrap on bowl and set in refrigerator for at least one hour.  The longer the slaw sits, the better it tastes.  Stir slaw, taste and adjust flavors to your liking: more mustard, more orange juice, etc.

The slaw is a great to have during a cookout.  My dad recently grilled skirt steak.

Spicy Asian Slaw is not only delicious; it’s also really colorful!  I love the orange and ginger in the vinaigrette, and the edamame is a fun twist.

Thanks for watching and have a great summer!

Lizzie Marie 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tiny Tidbits: Measuring Liquids

Hi Everyone!

Measuring ingredients is really important. I recently learned that there are 2 different types of measuring cups. Measuring cups with a spout should be used for measuring liquids, and measuring cups without a spout should be used for dry ingredients. Take a look at a fun experiment I did comparing measuring cups:

Thanks for reading!

Lizzie Marie

Friday, March 16, 2012

Go Green with Banana Bash Shake

Happy St. Patty’s Day, Everyone!

Most people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by dressing green, but how about eating green? I have a super yummy recipe for a smoothie that is both festive and delicious! It has an interesting ingredient that naturally turns it green.

1 ripe avocado, use green flesh, discard skin and pit and any brown parts
1 large banana, remove peel and break into 3 or 4 pieces
10 oz milk (or use non-dairy milk: almond or soy)
2 tablespoon raw organic sugar or honey (a touch of honey accents the flavor of the fruit, like salt accents flavors of savory foods)
For an extra thick shake, add 1/2 cup crushed ice

1. Using a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients together until creamy.

2. Pour in a glass, garnish with a straw, and drink up!

Yields: 2 servings

My dad helped demonstrate how to slice and remove the pit of an avocado:

Step 1 - Slice

Step 2 - Twist

Step 3 - Pit

Step 4 - Enjoy!

This smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack. It’s filling, refreshing, and easy to make! So while everyone else is dressing up like a leprechaun, you’ll be relaxing, sipping on your Banana Bash Smoothie.

Thanks for reading!
Lizzie Marie