Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Spinach Tomato Risotto

Here’s a quick and easy dinner idea for those busy nights. This spinach risotto can be used as a side dish or main course; add some chicken or sausage if you want meat! These ingredients are staples at our house; they last so long. This meal is both nutritious and filling.

Spinach Tomato Risotto
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 lb spinach, fresh or frozen, defrosted
  • 1 – 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup risotto
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 teaspoons oregano 
  • olive oil

1. Preheat a large pot. Drizzle with olive oil. Add salt, pepper and onions. Saute until tender. Add garlic and saute for 2 – 3 minutes. 
2. Add canned tomatoes, oregano, spinach, and some vegetable stock. Place mixture in blender for just a few seconds for a smooth texture. 
3. Place back in pot. Add carrots, remaining vegetable stock and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium.
4. Add risotto cook for 15 - 20 minutes, or until risotto is tender. Stir constantly to prevent sticking.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Adventures in Baking: Chocolate Chip Cookies

-I recently discovered a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies, and decided to try it out. They look absolutely delicious! Let me just give you a little background on my baking skills... everything comes from a box.  I had to make a few alterations because i didn't have all the ingredients, but I think they turned out pretty tasty.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
8oz Salted Butter
3/4 cup Organic Granulated Sugar
2 tablespoons Organic Agave
1 1/8 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons pastry flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 bar semi-sweet chocolate


- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick baking sheets.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment cream butter and sugars.
- Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
- Reduce speed to low and add flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and chocolate; mix until well combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop to scoop cookie dough onto sheets, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake until lightly brown, but still soft, about 15-20 minutes.



Some things I learned...

- I found that gathering all my ingredients, and portioning everything out into separate bowls before starting makes the process much faster and less stressful.
- Cutting the chocolate into astrips with a knife makes a nice ripple effect.
- Refrigerating the dough for a day or 2 makes all the difference. After I mixed the dough I baked 2 cookies to try them out they tasted pretty good but the edges were a little crispier than I would have liked. The refrigeration also makes the dough easier to work with.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jonathan's Robot Room Tour

Jonathan is quickly approaching his first birthday, and his room is finally done!

Before I was pregnant I was already a frequent visitor of Ohdeedoh, even though we weren't really planning for kids just yet. I loved all the room tours, they are all so different and so inspiring. They do ::not:: help with baby fever. When I found out I was pregnant I already knew if I had a boy I wanted ROBOTS! I usually prefer more vintage eclectic styles and muted colors, my husband wanted bright colors. So this is what came of our different styles ...

A brightly colored eclectic robot room.

See the full tour.

I love to make and create as much as time allows. So I made what I found time for, the curtains and his night-time routine poster are my favorites. I really wanted to make a quilt but I'm not an experienced quilter and didn't think I'd have the time or patience, so I found a great one on Etsy. With most of the furniture I chose things with clean lines. I found some great pieces at local vintage shops, like the robot and blocks.

I decided to put robot and gear wall decals low enough for my son to interact with them, hoping it inspires a creative mind. Because the room is on the smaller side and awkwardly shaped I removed the closet doors and painted the interior orange, to give the room a little surprise. I hope my son enjoys his space as much as I enjoyed creating it!

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