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Friday, October 24, 2014

Tomato Soup

I picked all of the tomatoes in my garden.  There are so many greens but they are starting to ripen up now.  I have a medium sized basket full of ripe cherry tomatoes so I decided to make a tomato soup.  This is something that I have never made before but I am giving it a try  as I don't want to waste the tomatoes.
You need:

1 medium size white onion, diced
1 stick butter
2 quarts chopped cherry tomatoes
10 tablets of NuStevia sweetener (you can use sugar if you prefer)
3 chicken cubes
1 tsp of black pepper
1/4 cup  mirin, optional
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 tbsp dried  basil
1 tbsp parsley
3 quarts of water
Hawaiian Seasalt (to taste)
Crushed  Riceworks chips
Grated Cheese

  • Put the chopped   tomatoes in the wok or pot.  Add the water.
  • Add all the ingredients except the half and half  and let it  boil.  Lower the  heat to medium high and let it cook for   about one hour.  
  • Using a spider skimmer or strainer, scoop up the tomatoes and put it in the blender as shown below.
  • Blend it till everything turned into a sauce.

  • Put the   tomato sauce back to the wok and let it cook for  another 30 minutes.  This time add the half and half.  When the  creamer is  incorporated,  cook for another 30 minutes in low heat.  The longer the soup cooks, the better.  .  

Serve it with crushed riceworks chips or any  kind of chips that you prefer.  Add some cheese and  fresh parsley.  Sliced french bread slightly toasted is so delicious to dip  in the soup.
The soup turned out really delicious!  I am planning to  make  some more  when the other tomatoes ripen up and freeze it so we will have some for the Winter.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

No-Bake Energy Snacks

I was blog hopping  last night and saw this simple  recipe of no-bake peanut butter  energy snacks.  I thought of trying it but I did not have peanut so I used the left over  trail mix that we have in the kitchen. 

 Here's what you need:
2 cups quick oats
1 cup trail mix (with almonds, raisin, and cranberries).
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp M&Ms
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

  • In a bowl, mix together oats and trail mix.

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  • Add the  honey and brown sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil and stir for 2 ½ minutes. Remove from the heat. 
  • Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until blended, then thoroughly mix in the oat mixture.

  • Spread the mixture evenly in a greased container.

  • Allow to set before cutting and serving.
It tastes so good and I will be  putting a slice or two of these in my husband's lunch tomorrow.
You can try making it, it is quick and very easy to make.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bento Kits and Lunch Boxes

My children  eats lunch at school once in a while  for menus that they like but most of the times, I prepare their lunches.  I don't mind preparing their lunches because it is fun especially with these  cute little bento accessories that I got from a dear friend who lives in Japan.  I always want to have  bento stuff but the only thing I could find here or online are  square  shapes and they don't even have  other accessories so I am thrilled that a sweet and thoughtful  friend sent me these goodies.
My daughter was absolutely thrilled because  likes  to eat  her food with cute accessories like these.  I thik it makes it more fun to eat their lunches when they see the pretty little things.  The  lunch picks  are perfect  for cherry tomatoes and  fruits.  The animal-shaped bread cutter  is  awesome because it makes a plain bread fun to eat.  I love the furi containers because it  makes my son wanna eat his rice (he is not fond of rice). 
These  accessories are all pretty.  My daughter absolutely adores these  music notes picks!
These Mickey Mouse  mini forks  are so adorable.
Daughter is a big fun of Hello Kitty stuff so she's so excited to see these.
I love these  silicone containers.  It makes it very flexible to  put in  their lunch boxes.
If your kid love sauce, ketchup, or any kind of dressing, these cute  plastic bottles are perfect.
My son was very pleased when I made his  bell peppers with these alphabet  shaped cutters.
The lid of the bento box got damaged but I will be fixing this with  mighty glue.
I also love the postcards that she included in the packages!  Thank you so much sister!
I still yet to learn the fun and art of making bento but for now, here's what I can do for the kids' lunch.
Thank you so much once again sistah.  We greatly appreciates  all these!  The kids said thank you so much as well!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Banana Nut Bread Made by Our Little Chef

Here's another    delicious  treat that our little pastry chef has made in the kitchen.  It is a banana nut bread.  After the very first success that she had making the  coconut cream pie, she has been  so inspired to bake and this is one of them.  
 I am just glad that she let me take pictures while she was preparing  the batter.  Usually, I am not allowed in the kitchen lol.
 The kitchen get  messy when she is there but it's okay, as long as she is   enjoying what she does and she is learning, that's what matters.
 This banana nut bread is the nuttiest I have tasted.  She  put a whole bag of walnuts in it lol.
 Love, love, love, how it turned out!
It was really good that I  ate it for breakfast  for so many days ha ha ha.  She is very cautious now when she uses the oven because she burned her finger on the very first time that  she baked by herself.  I will post some more of her baking adventures soon.  

Stunning Performance of Alleluia by Anna Clendening

When I am in the zone to listen to music, I go to  youtube and find some amazing voices like Anna Clendening.  Her audition to America's Got Talent made me cry.  Her story  is very touching as well.  Glad that she found  herself fighting through music. It's nice to see inspiring stories  like she has,  I wonder if artists like her  shops at for their music instruments?

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