DIY CRAFT read more PARTY DECOR read more PATERNS read more RECIPES read more DIY CRAFT read more PARTY DECOR read more TRAVEL TIPS read more Party Planner and DIY Projects Sunflower Granny Square Blanket – Free PatternSeptember 14, 2020Lately I’ve been pretty much staying home as much as possible, I’m sure many of you are too. I’m not complaining, but finding things to do is getting more difficult as the days and weeks go by. After all I’ve been home since March! I’ve been cooking, baking, canning, sewing, painting, drawing, and doing just about everything I can think of just to stay busy and productive; after I get all my “real” work done because I have also been working from home. Anyway in the spring when the lock down began I made some crocheted turtles for my grandsons in Italy using some of the yarn in my “stash”. Since then I’ve been looking for other crochet projects. Recently I came across this free pattern from Crochet 365 Knit too. The pattern is call Sunburst Granny Square, then she changed up the colors and made this cute Sunflower Granny Square, it’s amazing what a difference the color changes made! The sunflower part of the pattern uses puff and bobble stitches worked in rounds. Once the flower is complete it’s framed in a square making it a granny square. The squares in the pattern were stitched together to make a really cute bag. But I though how cute it would to join squares to make a small lap blanket or throw. I made 36 Sunflower Granny Squares which I joined together using the Zipper method. I joined 6 squares across and 6 down to use all 36 squares. Then I crocheted 5 rounds of boarder using a combination of single and double crochet rounds. I used Red Heart Medium weight yarn in Coffee, Chamois, Goldrod, and White. The first 3 colors were from my scrap yarn stash (which was a good thing because yarn seems to be hard to find recently, at least in my state of Hawaii). The white used the most yarn, but I always have multiple skeins of white yarn. If you don’t have these colors or simple can’t find any at the store, no worries, use whatever yarn colors you have on hand. Keep in mind that sunflowers come in different shades of yellow! The pattern I used for the Sunflower Granny Squares is by Crochet 365 Knit Too! It’s free! Click hear for the pattern. The Zipper method of joining squares is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Here’s a step-by-step on how to do it from Look What I Made. As for the border I wanted to keep it simple so I used a dc in every stitch after joining the squares. In the corners I did 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc. The last DC was joined the to beginning DC. Then I made 4 rounds of SC using 3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc in the corners. If you prefer a different border you can use any style you want. This cute lap blanket is perfect for those chilly autumn evenings! ... Read more...DIY Party Hats & Giant BlowersAugust 8, 2020Last month as I was planning on a simple birthday dinner for my son and one of my grandsons I was told that my twin 5 year old grandkids were expecting a major birthday party. They were insisting on games, a pinata, and all the accoutrements of a “real” birthday party. This was all good except we were in the middle of a global pandemic and under a statewide hurricane warning. No one wanted to venture into the stores where tons of people were preparing for a hurricane in busy crowded stores. (If you’ve never been thru a hurricane warning and preparation well, think back to the toilet paper/hand sanitizer hoarding and shortages of last March. Ya, I’m sure you get the idea. Lots of people grabbing for toilet paper, bottled water, and canned goods!) So what to do, what to do? Face a pair of very irate 5 year olds demanding a real party or risk life and limb trying to get to a party supply store? Well we opted for the middle route. My son had to venture in to Walmart for something or other so he popped in just before closing and luckily found a pinata and grabbed a couple of bags of fillers too. My husband and I had gone grocery shopping a few days earlier in anticipation of both the birthday dinner and the hurricane so we had purchased an ice cream cake, we did forget the candles, but you do your best given the circumstances. The morning of the birthday dinner this Nana got to work, using materials I had in my craft room, templates, and instructions from the net I was able to whip up some cute party hats, blowers, and even come up with a pin the tail on the donkey game! It’s really not too hard and you don’t need a lot of fancy materials, whatever you have on hand will do. It just takes a bit of time and a bit of imagination. You can make them as simple or as fancy as you want depending on materials you have on hand. Trust me however you make them the kids will love them! I used this free template from First Pallet to make the hats. Click here for the template! I cut each hat out of different colored cardstock. It worked perfectly, I used each child’s favorite color! Using my computer I made these Llama stickers – I uploaded the design I created and printed them out on blank sticker sheets. (If you don’t have sticker sheets you can print them on paper and glue them on to the hats.) The cardstock had to be cut from the template and then shaped into a cone, then stapled to make the hat. I then placed the Llama sticker on the front of the hat, trimmed the bottom edge with washi tape, and stapled curled ribbons on the top of the cones. I made holes on either side of the hat and threaded lengths of ribbon thru them to use as ties. You can use elastic if you have some. If you don’t have curled ribbon you can use pompoms and other things to embellish the hats, or you can just leave them undecorated. You can also wrap the hat in colorful wrapping paper, use rick rack or whatever you have on hand. As an added bonus I made extra stickers for blank craft bags which I used as favor bags and tied with ribbons. I found instructions for Giant Party Blowers from Oh Happy Day I modified them to make regular sized blowers as I didn’t have enough empty TP or Paper towel rolls and had to use straws. It worked out. But next time I’m going to try to make the giant ones, they look like fun! Click here for instructions from Oh Happy Day! As for games, well we played limbo, all you need is a stick and music, super easy! We also had the Pinata, so that kept them happy. Then to top it off we played pin the tail on the donkey with this adorable free printable from the Crafting Chicks! Click here for that printable game! These simple DIY party gear didn’t take a lot of time, but they sure made a couple of kids very happy! ... Read more...Finger Foods and Other Food Ideas Kids Will LoveJuly 31, 2020Summer’s in full swing and like me you’re probably racking your brain for new breakfast, lunch and snack ideas for the kids. My grandkids have been home since March and each day finding something they want to eat is becoming more and more challenging. “I’m hungry” and “grilled cheese, spaghetti, etc. are all boring” has become the standard refrain at our house. My grandson who insisted he ‘NEEDED” cases of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti “O”s back in the spring now say’s they’re “boring”. Of course when asked what he’d like instead the reply is almost always “I don’t know”. This leaves me searching for something new and different for lunch and snack times. One thing I do know is that just about all kids love finger foods; and sometimes taking a “boring” sandwich and re-packaging it into something fun is all it takes to make meal times go smoothly. This can be as simple as taking a PB&J or any type of sandwich and cutting them in to 4 small triangles! Or you can change it up and call lunch or snack time “Tea Time” and serve a small selection of finger foods. I love tea time and my grandkids do too! But life isn’t all that easy, so here are a few food ideas that your kids might enjoy! They might just save a bit of your sanity! Eggs in Frame I have been making these for years, started when my kids were small. This is a great breakfast idea and kids almost always think it’s pretty cool. Just cut a hole (any shape) in the middle of a slice of bread and fry an egg in the hole. You’ll end up with a fried egg on a toasted piece of bread. I usually use a bit of butter to fry these in. Silver Dollar Sprinkle Pancakes Add some sprinkles or chocolate chips into your pancake batter and instead of making large Turpancakes make smaller ones about the size of a silver dollar. If the chain restaurants can do it so can you! Turkey & Cheese Pinwheels These are a family favorite! You can pick some up ready made from Costco or you can make them at home. It’s super easy! Click here for this recipe! Ham & Cheese Sliders Sliders of any kind are great finger foods both kids and adults love. These Ham & Cheese Sliders are another family favorite. I usually make a tray of them and the kids just grab as they want. A tray lasts thru lunch and snacks all day! Click here for this recipe! Taquitos Not everything needs to be homemade. Sometimes you just don’t feel like making lunch from scratch. No worries, there’s always frozen alternatives. We always keep a box of frozen Taquitos in the freezer. They’re great for lunch or snacks, just heat them up in the oven and you’re good to go. I like to serve them with salsa, melted nacho cheese, and sour cream for dipping. You do know kids love to dip! My year old grandson Jaxon is all about dipping these days! Pigs in Blankets Pigs in Blankets is another favorite and a staple at many of our kids’ parties. But to truly make it a finger food you need small ones. I cut the hot dogs and crescent dough in half. Roll each hot dog section in one of the dough sections, place on parchment paper and bake. Serve with whatever hot dog condiments you prefer. Fruit Kabobs I’m sure you know kids love food on sticks. So dress up fruit by cutting them into balls and other interesting shapes, then string them up on skewers. Older kids will love them. For younger kids skip the sticks and just serve them the fruit cut in to different shapes, you should also cut melon balls and grapes in halves to keep toddlers from choking on them. ... Read more...4th of July BrieJuly 3, 20204th of July Brie Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert, Snacks Keyworddessert, Salad, side dishes Servings 8 SERVINGS Servings 8 SERVINGS 4th of July Brie Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert, Snacks Keyworddessert, Salad, side dishes Servings 8 SERVINGS Servings 8 SERVINGS Ingredients 1 (35-oz.) wheel brie 6 strawberries, tops removed and sliced 1/2 c. blueberries 1/4 c. freshly squeezed orange juice 2 tsp. honey Graham crackers, for dipping Servings: SERVINGS Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Crocheted Turtle Plushy Toy – Free PatternJune 29, 2020My youngest grandson has a love for sea creatures. He particularly loves turtles. That’s why I recently made him 3 crocheted stuffed turtles. He loves them! These turtles are pretty easy to make. The top shell is made with a hexagon shaped African flower in 4 colors. The bottom shell or the turtle’s tummy is the same flower done in 1 color. Then all you need is to make the head and the legs which are stitched on the bottom shell. For my grandson’s turtles I used the same 4 color combination, I just changed up the arrangement to make each turtle unique. Each turtle’s tummy is the African flower done in the color used on the last rounds of the top shell. I coordinated the head and legs with the top shell round that is done in the same color, in this case the single round used to edge the flower petals. I used 2 shades of green and beige as main colors and orange as the flower’s center as an accent color. The orange really brightens up the turtles. But you can you any color you want, I bet pink and purple would make a nice turtle too! The turtles are pretty easy to make, it took me just a couple of hours to make each one. But the first step in making them is making the African flower hexagon pieces. Once you got those done the rest is just rounds of increasing and decreasing single crochets. So I’ll give you the pattern for the African flower using 4 different colors you can adapt it to use however many colors you will be using. Then I’ll give you the patter for the head and the arms. Once you have those done you can stuff them, stitch them together, then embroider on the eyes and mouth. I used french knots for the eyes and back stitched the smiling mouth. You can sew on plastic googly eyes or button for the eye, I choose not to as my grandson is only 1 year old and buttons or google eyes are a choking hazard if they get pulled off the turtle. I used a 5.5 mm crochet hook or “I” hook; #4 medium yarn, and a yarn needle. The head and legs are made in rounds so using stitch markers to mark the end/beginning of the rounds is helpful. So here’s the pattern for these adorable stuffed turtles. This articles contains affiliate links Supplies: 5.5mm or “I” Gauge Crochet Hook #4 Medium weight yarn in the colors of your choice Polyfill for stuffing Yarn Needle African Flower Hexagon First Flower Hexagon is made in Single Color for the turtle’s tummy *CH 3 at the beginning of each round counts as the 1st DC of that round Color 1 – CH 4; join last chain to 1 chain with a slip stitch to form a ring Rd. 1 – All stitches in will be worked in the ring. CH 3 (counts as first DC), DC, CH 1; *2 DC, CH 1*, repeat * to * 4 times; Sl St to top of CH 3 at the beginning of the round. You will have 6 groups of 2DC with CH space between each group. Rd. 2 – Work in the 1st. CH 1 Space in previous round CH 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC, CH 1; *in next CH 1 Space work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, CH 1*, Repeat *to* 4 times; Sl St to top of CH 3 at the beginning of the round. You will have 6 groups of (2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC) with a CH space between each group. These groups are the bottom part of your flower petals. Rd. 3 – Work in the first CH 2 space of the previous round CH 3, 6 DC, CH 1; *in next CH 2 Space work 7 DC, CH 1* Repeat *to* 4 times. Change to Color 3. You will have 6 clusters of 7 DC in each CH 2 space. These clusters are the tops of your flower petals. Rd. 4 – This is the row that edges each petal made in Rd. 2 & 3. It is worked in SC with a long SC between each petal. Starting at the side of any petal work SC around the petal ( 7 SC) when you reach the CH 1 Space which from Rd. 2 & 3, insert the hook into the the CH 1 space in Rd. 2 and pull up a loop; yarn over and pull thru both loops to complete your long SC. Continue to work 7 SC in each petal cluster and long SC between petals. Sl St to SC at the beginning of the round. Rd. 5 – CH 3, DC in next 2 St, in next St work (DC, CH 2, DC) (1st. corner of the hexagon), * DC in next 7 St, (DC, CH 2, DC) in next st * Repeat from * to * around ending with a DC in the last 4 st after the 6 corner is worked. Fasten off and set aside. Now make the 2nd. Flower hexagon using 4 colors for the top shell. *CH 3 at the beginning of each round counts as the 1st DC of that round Color 1 – CH 4; join last chain to 1 chain with a slip stitch to form a ring Rd. 1 – All stitches in will be worked in the ring. CH 3 (counts as first DC), DC, CH 1; *2 DC, CH 1*, repeat * to * 4 times; Sl St to top of CH 3 at the beginning of the round. You will have 6 groups of 2DC with CH space between each group. Change to Color 2 Rd. 2 – Work in the 1st. CH 1 Space in previous round CH 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC, CH 1; *in next CH 1 Space work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, CH 1*, Repeat *to* 4 times; Sl St to top of CH 3 at the beginning of the round. You will have 6 groups of (2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC) with a CH space between each group. These groups are the bottom part of your flower petals. Rd. 3 – Work in the first CH 2 space of the previous round CH 3, 6 DC, CH 1; *in next CH 2 Space work 7 DC, CH 1* Repeat *to* 4 times. Change to Color 3. You will have 6 clusters of 7 DC in each CH 2 space. These clusters are the tops of your flower petals. Rd. 4 – This is the row that edges each petal made in Rd. 2 & 3. It is worked in SC with a long SC between each petal. Starting at the side of any petal work SC around the petal ( 7 SC) when you reach the CH 1 Space which from Rd. 2 & 3, insert the hook into the the CH 1 space in Rd. 2 and pull up a loop; yarn over and pull thru both loops to complete your long SC. Continue to work 7 SC in each petal cluster and long SC between petals. Sl St to SC at the beginning of the round. Change to Color 4. Rd. 5 – CH 3, DC in next 2 St, in next St work (DC, CH 2, DC) (1st. corner of the hexagon), * DC in next 7 St, (DC, CH 2, DC) in next st * Repeat from * to * around ending with a DC in the last 4 st after the 6 corner is worked. Rd. 6 – CH 3, DC in each st until you reach the 1st. corner, make 1 DC in the CH 2 Space of Rd. 5; DC in each st to next corner, make 1 DC in CH 2 Space of Rd. 5; Continue around and Sl St to top of CH 3 at the beginning of the round. DO NOT Fasten off. (The hexagon should cup a bit giving it a bit of height) Rd. 7 – Place Belly hexagon on top of the Top Shell Hexagon wrong sides together. Join top and bottom hexagons together by making a round of SC, hook should go thru Round 6 of top shell and Round 5 of belly hexagon. Stuff before ending Rd. 7. Join with Sl St to beginning SC of the round. Ruffle Round – *(CH 3, DC) in first st of Rd. 7, Skip 1 st, sl st in next st*. Repeat this pattern all the way around. Sl St to bottom of CH 3 at the beginning of the round. Fasten off and weave in ends. Head & Legs The head and legs are made in rounds, do not join after each round. Using a stitch marker is helpful to keep track of rounds. Head – Make 1 Make a magic circle – the first round is worked in the circle Rd. 1 – 6 SC in the circle Rd. 2 – 2 SC in each SC around (12 SC) Rd. 3 – *2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next * repeat around (18 SC) Rd. 4 & 5 – SC in each SC around (18 SC per round) Rd. 6 – 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in the next 2 SC; repeat pattern around (24 SC) Rd. 7 – SC in each SC around (24 SC) Rd. 8 – dec SC over next 2 SC, 1 SC in the next 2 SC; repeat pattern around (18 SC) Rd. 9 & 10 – SC in each SC around (18 SC per round) Rd. 11 – dec SC over next 2 SC, 1 SC in next 2 SC; repeat pattern around (12 SC) Rd. 12 to 14 – SC in each SC around (12 SC per round) Stuff and close opening by pressing both sides together and making 5 SC across. Leave long tail for sewing head on to body. Leg – Make 4 Make a magic circle Rd. 1 – 6 SC in circle Rd. 2 – 2 SC in each SC (12 SC) Rd. 3 – 2 SC in next SC, SC in next: repeat pattern around (18 SC) Rd. 4 to 6 – SC in each SC around (18 SC per round) Rd. 7 – Dec SC over next 2 SC, SC in next SC; repeat pattern around (12 SC) Rd. 8 & 9 – SC in each SC around (12 SC per round) Stuff with polyfil Rd. 10 – Dec over next 2 SC, SC in next SC; repeat pattern around (8 SC) Rd. 11 – SC around (8 SC) Close opening by pressing both sides together and making 3 SC across. Leave long tail for sewing legs on to body. Assembling Stitch head and legs on to body. Refer to the picture below for placement. Embroider on Eyes and mouth Weave in all loose ends. And you’re done! ... Read more... Recipes, Parties, Crafts & Travel Delicious Homemade South West Egg RollsSeptember 30, 2020South West or Tex Mex Egg Rolls are featured appetizers at many well known restaurant chains. It’s one of my favorites at Chili’s and Cheesecake Factory where I order them all every time we choose to dine at one of them. I know they’re considered appetizers but most of the time I order them as my main course, that way I get a whole plate of them to myself! I’ve actually seen them frozen and ready to fry at several grocery stores. They’re marketed as the “original” Chili’s or Cheesecake Factory Egg Rolls. They also carry a hefty price tag which I’m not willing to pay for something I still have to fry! But I can definitely make these yummy crunchy rolls of Tex Mex goodness at home. It’s super easy! I usually make a big batch and freeze some for later, they freeze very well. Now there are 2 versions of this Egg Roll, one uses actual Egg Roll wrapper usually found at any Asian Market, and the other rolls the filling in flour tortillas. The former makes for a delicate crispy egg roll as the wrapper is a thin pastry just like the egg rolls you’ll find at most Asian restaurants. The latter has a different look and crunch as the tortilla is a much thicker wrapper. Either way they’re delicious! I use the frozen grilled chicken strips to make my egg rolls, but you can make your one cooked chicken to use in this recipe. This recipe makes a large pot, whatever I don’t roll into egg rolls I make into bowls by serving it over a bowl of Mexican Rice and Refried Beans. To freeze roll the filling in egg roll wrapper or tortillas and place in freezer bags. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. These egg rolls are delicious dipped in a Creamy Avocado Sauce or topped with Pico De Gallo. The recipe for the sauce is included at the bottom of the egg roll recipe. South West Egg Rolls Ingredients: 1 Tsp. Olive Oil 1 Pkg. Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips, thawed and diced 1/2 Onion, diced 2 Tbs. Minced Garlic 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced 1 Tomato, diced and patted dry with paper towel. 1 Can Black Beans, drained 1 Can Corn Kernels, drained 1 – 2 Tbs. Cumin, adjust to taste 1 – 2 Tbs. Chili Powder, adjust to taste 1 Tbs. Salt 1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese 1 Pkg. Frozen Egg Roll Wrappers or 8″ Flour Tortillas Oil for frying Directions: Heat Olive Oil in large pan. Saute onions about 1 minute or until they start to turn translucent. Add garlic and continue to saute. Add peppers and cook until peppers start to get a bit soft. Add Chicken, beans, and corn. Add in Cumin, Chili Powder, and Salt. Mix until well combined. Add Tomatoes and cook until any liquid in the pan starts to thicken. Add Cilantro and cook until it starts to wilt. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until it melts. Set aside and prepare your wrappers. Place a heaping tablespoon in the center of your wrapper and spread into a line across. Roll the filling in the wrapper burrito style. Heat about 2″ of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer if you have one. Fry rolls in oil until golden brown. Cut each roll in half diagonally and serve hot with Avocado Dipping Sauce. Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce Ingredients: 1 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese 1/2 Cup Sour Cream 1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro finely chopped 1 Ripe Avocado mashed 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder 1/4 Tsp. Chili Powder Directions: Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve. Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls Print Recipe CourseAppetizers CuisineMexican, Tex Mex Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls Print Recipe CourseAppetizers CuisineMexican, Tex Mex Ingredients South West Egg Rolls: 1 Tsp. olive oil 1 Pkg. Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips, thawed and diced 1/2 onion diced 2 Tbs. minced garlic 1 green bell pepper diced 1 Tomato, diced and patted dry with paper towel. 1 Can black beans drained 1 Can corn kernels drained 1 – 2 Tbs. Cumin adjust to taste 1 – 2 Tbs. Chili Powder adjust to taste 1 Tbs. Salt 1 Bunch fresh cilantro coarsely chopped 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese 1 Pkg. Frozen Egg Roll Wrappers or 8″ Flour Tortillas Oil for frying Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce: 1 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese 1/2 Cup Sour Cream 1 Bunch fresh cilantro finely chopped 1 Ripe Avocado mashed 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder 1/4 Tsp. Chili Powder Servings: Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Massaman curry roast chickenSeptember 29, 2020Massaman curry roast chicken Print Recipe KeywordBarbecued, Chicken Massaman curry roast chicken Print Recipe KeywordBarbecued, Chicken Ingredients 1.8 kg whole chicken about two thumb-size pieces root ginger 1 stick lemongrass, bashed with a rolling pin 1 Lime cut into quarters 70/2½ g/oz pack Massaman curry paste (I used Blue Elephant) 1 tsp olive oil 450 g baby new potatoes, any larger ones halved 400ml/14fl oz can coconut milk 1 tsp brown sugar any type 200 g Green Beans trimmed 1 tsp fish sauce 2 tbsp unsalted peanuts, crushed (optional) basmati rice, to serve Servings: Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Strawberry Cream PieSeptember 28, 2020I have some friends who declare that they “don’t bake”. And I get that, not everyone enjoys baking but that doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy homemade treats, specially not these days when ingredients that are normally baked can be bought inexpensively at most grocery stores. You can buy things like pie and tart shells, puff pastry and bread dough inexpensively and they sure cut your baking time almost in half. At times it’s more cost effective to buy these things frozen than it is to make them from scratch. Not only that they actually taste good! And of course you don’t have to tell anyone that the pie crust was frozen; let them think you made it from scratch! So for those of you who love desserts but don’t like to bake here’s a super easy Strawberry Cream Pie! You can actually use any fruit, yes even canned pie filling, for this pie, but I love strawberries and these days you can pretty much get fresh strawberries year round. Strawberry Cream Pie Ingredients: 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust 1 Pkg. Whipped Cream Cheese 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar 1 Pkg. Cool Whip 1 Basket Fresh Strawberries cleaned and hulled For Glaze: 3/4 Cup Juice any type 1/4 Cup Sugar 2 Tbs. Cornstarch 2 Tbs. Corn Syrup Directions: Beat cream cheese in mixer until smooth. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour into pie crust and smooth top. Chill in refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Meanwhile dissolve corn starch into 1/4 cup of juice. In small saucepan whisk together remaining juice and sugar. Cook over low heat to boiling. Stir in dissolved corn starch and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in corn syrup. Set aside to cool. Once pie filling is set and chilled arrange strawberries on top. Gently pour thickened glaze over strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Strawberry Cream Pie Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert CuisineAmerican Strawberry Cream Pie Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert CuisineAmerican Ingredients Strawberry Cream Pie 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust 1 Pkg. Whipped Cream Cheese 1/2 Tsp. vanilla 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar 1 Pkg. Cool Whip 1 Basket Fresh Strawberries cleaned and hulled For Glaze: 3/4 Cup Juice any type 1/4 Cup Sugar 2 Tbs. cornstarch 2 Tbs. corn syrup Servings: Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Shrimp Shiu MaiSeptember 23, 2020Last month I was craving dim sum or steamed dumplings and going out to my favorite Chinese restaurant that still had dim sum carts was out of the question. The virus thing you know. So after searching for frozen dumplings that would hit the spot I decided that I had to DIY my own. It’s tedious, frozen ones are so much easier. But I wanted shrimp dumplings, not chicken and shrimp or pork and shrimp, just shrimp. So armed with my bamboo steamer and wanton wrappers I set off to make shrimp shiu mai. And they were delicious! You can find all the ingredients at any Asian market, they’re pretty basic. This post contains affiliate links Shrimp Shiu Mai Ingredients: 1 Tsp. Fresh Ginger, finely grated 1 Tsp Garlic, minced 1/2 Lb. Raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/4 Cup Water Chestnuts (canned) 1 Egg white 1 Tsp. Soy Sauce 1/2 Tsp. Sesame Oil 1/2 Tsp. Rice Wine Vinegar 20 pcs. Wanton or dumpling wrappers Directions: Put garlic, ginger, and shrimp in a food processor. Pulse until shrimp is broken up. Add water chestnuts and pulse to chop. Add egg white, soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar. Pulse to fully combine. Place 1 Tbs. shrimp filling on to the center of each wrapper. With damp fingertips (dampen with water) moisten the edge of wrapper. Pinch wrapper together into small folds. Work around the filling so in the end the filling is still visible. Line bamboo steamer with parchment paper and place dumplings inside. Allow some space between dumplings so they don’t stick together. Steam over boiling water for about 7-8 minutes or until filling is cooked. Serve with preferred dipping sauce like soy sauce or seasoned rice vinegar. Shrimp Shiu Mai Print Recipe CourseAppetizers CuisineAsian Shrimp Shiu Mai Print Recipe CourseAppetizers CuisineAsian Ingredients 1 Tsp. fresh ginger finely grated 1 Tsp garlic minced 1/2 Lb. Raw shrimp peeled and deveined 1/4 Cup water chestnuts (canned) 1 Egg white 1 Tsp. soy sauce 1/2 Tsp. sesame oil 1/2 Tsp. Rice Wine Vinegar 20 pcs. Wanton or dumpling wrappers Servings: Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Honey roasted fig & almond tartSeptember 22, 2020Honey roasted fig & almond tart Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert, Main Dish, Pasta Keyworddessert, Pies Honey roasted fig & almond tart Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert, Main Dish, Pasta Keyworddessert, Pies Ingredients 500 g pack shortcrust pastry at room temperature, thawed if frozen 8 ripe figs, stalks trimmed finely grated zest and juice of one large juicy orange 1 tbsp clear honey 200 g softened butter 200 g golden caster sugar 200 g packet ground almonds 2 medium Egg yolks Servings: Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more... Get Our Newsletter Success! First Name Last Name Email Subscribe Latest Posts Halloween Reading List for KidsOctober 1, 2020Corner / Family Activities & Events / Parenting TipsIt’s Halloween Month! Yay! Our family loves Halloween! It’s spooky, filled with treats, and you get to dress up. What’s not to love? For me Halloween heralds in the Holiday Season. I tend to lump it all together and look at it as a train gathering steam until it hits New Year’s Day when it comes to a resounding stop and things return to the usual normal everyday stuff. So starting in October we basically plan our activities and events around the upcoming holidays. At least that was until 2020 brought us the Coronavirus, lockdowns, social distancing, and all the changes we’ve had to incorporate in our new normal. I’m really not sure how Halloween will look like this year. I’m fairly certain that a huge Halloween party is out of the questions and Bobbing for Apples is a big NO NO. I imagine trick or treating will be a huge challenge, in fact we’ll probably pass on that whole thing. I do plan to decorate and play You’ve Been Booed with the neighbors. In fact that might be a reasonable substitute to trick or treating this year. Like I’ve said I’m not certain how Halloween will be this year but I am certain that no matter what it can still be fun even if it means just celebrating with those in your household or bubble. So to get everyone in the spooky mood we’re at Savvy Nana will be dedicating this month to Halloween. We’ll be sharing fun Halloween and Fall recipes, crafts, and activities that we hope will be fun for everyone. So let’s set the spooky stage with a reading list for kids of all ages. Adults will love reading them to the kids! This article contains affiliate links Pre-school thru 3rd. Grade Pete The Cat’s Happy Halloween Every child from pre-school on up loves Pete the Cat. My grandkids sure do. So begin by helping Pete the Cat gather all his friends for a Halloween Parade! Kids with love this fun board book by Kimberly & James Dean. Room on the Broom Go on a not so spooky adventure with the witch and her cat as she makes new friends in this cute book by Julia Donaldson. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich Monster life isn’t all about frightening people and sucking blood. Monsters have issues too! Read these 19 hilarious poems by Adam Rex and discover some clever truths about Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, and a bunch of other monsters. Frankenstein Takes the Cake Continue reading about the trials of tribulations of monsters in this follow up book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. Again Adam Rex delights with side splitting humor about a monster’s life. I mean really why is Dracula throwing such a fit about garlic bread? 4th. – 6th. Grade (Older Kids too!) Goosebumps Series A Halloween reading list wouldn’t be complete without a book or books by R. L. Stine. Older kids love being scared by these books! I actually find them fun too! But they aren’t recommended reading just before bedtime. Coraline This modern classic by New York Times and Newbery Award winning author Neil Gaiman is also an Academy Award nominated film. It’s a must read for children of all ages, specially Tweenies in the 5th. and 6th. Grades! This book is part fairy tale, part horror. Coraline learns that all that glitters is not always gold when she opens the door to a seemingly better home. Things get a bit hairy when the new family within won’t let her go back to her ordinary life. Read how she must use her wits and courage to fight her way back to her home and normal life. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Books Horror fans will be delighted with this classic collection of books by Alvin Schwartz. These are collections of Folklore retold by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Between the tales and the drawings you’re sure to have nightmares! You’ll also think twice about walking thru a graveyard at night! High School What Waits in the Woods City girl, popular girls in class, and camping in the woods, what more needs to be said? These are the ingredients for a scary teen novel that you just know will turn into a harrowing night filled with mystery and terror. What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott explores love, loyalty, and the tough decisions we must sometimes make to survive. It’s a great read for the teens in your life! The Girl from Rawblood: A Novel Introduce teens to Gothic Horrors with this award winning book by Catriona Ward. This hauntingly brilliant book is a gothic tale of love and madness. It’s complete with eerie atmosphere, darkness, love, and ghosts of the past. Teen girls who love romance (which is almost all teen girls) and mystery will be delighted with this choice. Do you and your kids have a favorite Halloween book? Please share them with us! We’d love to hear from you. ... 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Read more...Honey roasted fig & almond tartSeptember 22, 2020Cookies, Cakes & Pies / Corner / Desserts / No Bake Desserts / RecipesHoney roasted fig & almond tart Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert, Main Dish, Pasta Keyworddessert, Pies Honey roasted fig & almond tart Print Recipe CourseCakes & Pies, Dessert, Main Dish, Pasta Keyworddessert, Pies Ingredients 500 g pack shortcrust pastry at room temperature, thawed if frozen 8 ripe figs, stalks trimmed finely grated zest and juice of one large juicy orange 1 tbsp clear honey 200 g softened butter 200 g golden caster sugar 200 g packet ground almonds 2 medium Egg yolks Servings: Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Banana Cupcakes with Chantilly IcingSeptember 21, 2020Corner / RecipesI recently found myself with several over ripe bananas and leftover Buttermilk. I know over ripe bananas usually mean a batch or two of Banana Bread, but I still had a few loaves in the freezer. Besides I wasn’t in the mood for Banana Bread. I was however in the mood for cake! So why not bake some banana cupcakes? Then I remember that a local bakery sold this yummy banana cake with Chantilly Icing. I think Chantilly icing must a a local Hawaii favorite because the recipe isn’t too easy to come by. You might be wondering what Chantilly Icing is. Well it’s sort of hard to describe, it’s sweet, creamy, and buttery; kind of but not quite like the frosting on a German Chocolate cake. In Hawaii Chantilly icing is used on Chantilly Cake which is very similar to a German Chocolate Cake but with macadamia nuts instead of coconut flakes. It’s also used to top Liliha Bakery’s Coco Puffs, those delectable chocolate cream filled puffs. It’s also used on Banana Cake! So to make these really yummy Banana Cupcakes with Chantilly Icing I used 2 different recipes. The Banana Cake recipe and a recipe for that delicious Chantilly Frosting. The frosting I made was more than enough to ice the cupcakes. I refrigerated the leftover frosting and used them on a chocolate cake a few days later. Banana Cupcakes Ingredients: 3/4 Cup Butter, softened to room temperature 2 Cups Sugar 3 Eggs 1 Tsp. Vanilla 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon 2 Very Ripe Bananas, mashed 2 Tsp. Lemon Juice 3 Cups Flour 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda 1/4 Tsp. Salt 1 1/2 Cup Buttermilk Directions: Preheat Oven to 325 degrees Line Cupcake tins with cupcake wrappers Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla and cinnamon. Add lemon juice to mashed bananas and stir until smooth. Add to butter mixture. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture. Mix well. Pour batter into cupcake wraps about 3/4 full. Smooth tops. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool. Frost when completely cooled. Chantilly Icing Ingredients: 1 2/3 Cup Butter 1 1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk 1 1/2 Cup Baker’s or Caster Sugar 2 Tsp. Vannilla 2 Eggs 2 Egg Yolks 2 Tbs. Corn Starch Directions: Melt Butter in saucepan over medium low heat. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Whisk in milk, sugar, and vanilla. Then whisk in eggs and yolks one at a time. Cook on medium hear until it comes to s low boil. Whisking is it intermittently. Once it boils cook for another 2 minutes continuing to whisk intermittently. Remove from heat then quickly sift in cornstarch while whisking. Whisk cornstarch quickly and hard to prevent it from lumping. Pour into a shallow bowl and cool to room temp. Cover and refrigerate about 3 hours or until it’s in a spreadable consistency. Frost cooled cupcakes. 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