Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Chicken Long Rice is a staple at most Hawaiian Luaus where it is served as a side dish.  It’s a favorite island comfort food, something in between Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken Stew, and usually eaten with steamed white rice.

Chicken long rice uses clear bean thread noodles.  Those are noodles made with mung bean starch and are thin and clear.  They’re also called Chinese Vermicelli, Cellophane Noodles, or Glass Noodles.  You can buy them at any Asian Market.

The dish is pretty much the same as its Filipino counterpart called Sotanghon.  Both originated in China and was brought over to the Hawaiian islands by Chinese and Filipino immigrants. Whatever its origins it’s one of my favorite go to comfort food.  Best of all it’s super simple to make.  It’s great on chilly or rainy days and wonderful when you have a slight cold.  Try it out next time you’ve a yen for Chicken Soup!

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Chicken Long Rice

Ingredients:

5-6 Chicken thighs with bone and skin

Water

1 Tbs. Oil

1 Tbs. Fresh grated ginger root

1 Tbs. minced garlic

1 Cup Chicken Stock

1 Tsp. Salt

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Package Bean Thread Noodles

1/4 Cup chopped green onions

2 cloves garlic thinly sliced (optional)

1/2 Tbs. Oil (optional)

Directions:

Heat oil in a stock pot.

Saute garlic and chicken thighs until thighs start to turn yellow.

Add enough water in the pot to cover the chicken with water.

Add chicken stock, ginger, and salt.

Simmer until chicken is very well cooked and falling off the bone.

Remove chicken skin and bones.  Discard skin and bone.  Shred chicken meat into large pieces and return to pot.

Add noodles, soy sauce, and 3/4 of the chopped green onions.

Stir and cook until noodles are soft and transparent.

*Optional – fry garlic slices in 1/2 tbs. oil until they turn brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Remove from heat and garnish with remaining with remaining green onion. Garnish with fried garlic.

 

 

 


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Holiday Art Christmas Tree Assemblage

Holiday Art Christmas Tree Assemblage

These beautiful and original Christmas trees were made by the four-year olds in art class! Aren’t they amazing? They loved learning the word “assemblage”, which is basically like collage except you you do more than just glueing. You can do anything to hold pieces together, like wrapping or weaving or cutting. It involves picking up your piece and twisting it around a lot. Once the kids understood the concept, they really got into it.

made by 4-year olds ~ using cardboard and collage bits

getting the table ready

 

Supplies needed:

To make trees: cardboard box // sharp scissors // temera paints // brushes

Assemblage materials (choose all or just some): straws // striped paper straws // pony beads // feathers // yarn // wire // pipe cleaners // pom-poms // elmer’s glue or glitter glue // colored tape // small scissors

made by 4-year olds ~ using cardboard and collage bits

made by 4-year olds ~ using cardboard and collage bits

made by 4-year olds ~ using cardboard and collage bits

Process:

1. Start by cutting out tree shaped triangles. Put out some holiday-ish colored paints (I put out green, teal, pink and red) and let them paint them however they want. Let dry overnight. (Sorry, I didn’t photograph this part!)

2. Gather your assemblage materials and organize them in bowls or a tray. I used these very handy painter’s palettes.

3. Demonstrate on a scrap triangle how you can use tape to hold down the yarn, then wrap it. Or perhaps you can use pipe cleaners to stick through the cardboard, and then add beads. Just introduce the ideas without telling them what to do. They just need to visualize the possibilities! This will be a new experience for them.

4. When the wrapping looks like it’s done, you can bring out the glue. I usually wait until halfway through to bring out the glue, otherwise it can get very messy. Gluey hands make work difficult.

5. Lastly, if you want, you can bring out gold paint or even glitter!

made by 4-year olds ~ using cardboard and collage bits

made by 4-year olds ~ using cardboard and collage bits

This project has so many different applications. You can put out any shape, really, and any materials and have them practice assemblage. It’s just fun because it’s completely process oriented.

I hope you try!

Music and Twine Bottles

Music and Twine Bottles

I have a neat tutorial to share with you that can really be expounded upon in so many different ways, your creativity can go rampant. We all know about my urge to save glass bottles and jars and have gone as far as enlisting family members to do the same. So when inspiration strikes, bottles of all sorts are available.
Here’s a list of what I used for this project: Glass bottle, sheet music, glitter, Mod Podge, jute twine, snowflake ornament, jingle bells. 
 
 
 I was given several of these schnapps bottles, that have really taken me a while to come up with a use for. They are tall and flat and can’t really be used for my Waterless Snow globes…but finally inspiration hit in the form of ‘Altered Bottle’ which is fancy for saying decorating the bottle to serve some sort of purpose beyond it’s intended use.  SO I washed up the bottle, removed the label with handy dandy Goo-Gone (thank goodness for that stuff!!) and a pretty bottle is what you have. It no long looks like a schnapps bottle…but in my mind looks like a ‘message in a bottle’ type of bottle…cue The Police Just a castaway
An island lost at sea, oh
.. I didn’t use the lids and used wire cutters to cut off the little ring left around the neck.
 I have been lucky enough to find some old sheet music and believe me when I say this book is happy to be given a second chance at life in the form of art…the pages were so weakened with age and fragile….it just couldn’t be used anymore. In fact, when I tried to use my paper cutter, it just shredded the paper, so I ended up just scoring and tearing. The idea is to use the music paper to create a label of sorts around the bottle, so I tore the paper to fit the center of the bottle, leaving a little glass on the bottom and the neck of the bottle still exposed. Slather the back of the page with Mod Podge:
 Eye-ball it on the center of the bottle:
 Do the same for the back so you have something that looks like this:
Be sure to smooth it on well.  Next, to soften the edges of the ‘label’ and for a little glitz, use Mod Podge and glitter around the edge ( I used a paint brush and spooned on the glitter). This a messier way to do it, if you want, you can use glitter glue or something similar. Once dry, use a soft dry brush to remove excess glitter.
 Next, wrap twine around the center of the bottle, leaving two ends for tying. I used about three yards of jute twine. If twine isn’t your thing, ribbon would also look good.
 I needed a focal point and found it by way of snowflakes. I found this package of small glittered snowflakes at Hobby Lobby…but you can use several different things….if you crochet, crochet a snowflake…stiffened doily….just something in proportion and creates a focal point.
 Tie the twine through the snowflake:
 String jingle bells on the twine (I just love the sound of jingle bells!)
 Tie a shoestring bow, tightening the bells up and giving the snowflake a finished look. Like I said though, you can get really creative…see what you can come up with!
 I think these would make great gifts, bud vases, candle holders….
 …or how about writing  a message rolling it up and putting in there for a loved one to read. Wouldn’t it be fun to write your yearly Family Letter and put it in there and share with your extended family. Write hope and dreams and put in there. Lots of different things can be done…..or really, it’s just pretty to look at.
 Whatever you do, the bottle has been given a second life and been made into something beautiful.
 
 
 What bottles do you have that can be altered?
 
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It is almost Thanksgiving and I really cannot believe it! I know I haven’t been around much this past week, but I sure do appreciate you for being here. If I don’t talk to you before then I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spending it with the people you love and cherish. Give your kids an extra hug and your husband an extra kiss, that is what I will be doing….and hopefully eating pumpkin pie! Love to all of you!
Christmas Bingo

Christmas Bingo

What’s the Project?: This free printable Christmas Bingo game is fun to play for any Christmas party with the kids! Whether you need it for a class party at school or for a fun activity at home with the littles, this cute Bingo game is easy-just print then play! Everyone will love it! 

Christmas and the holiday season can be such a crazy time! Crazy fun but also crazy busy.

So whether you are looking for a fun Christmas Bingo game because you need something quick and easy to print and play for a class party or a Christmas party you’re throwing for the kids, or just because you need to slow down and do something fun at home with your kids, this is the perfect game!

All you need to do is print and play this cute free printable Christmas Bingo game! It’s fun and festive and the kids will seriously love it!

This works great for a class party or any Christmas party you are throwing or just on a cold winter day to play at home with your kids.

I like to take this Christmas Bingo with me to the class parties and play it with small groups. We’ve also played it at a family holiday party and the kids (of all ages) had fun. It’s so easy and simple but fun.

The cute Christmas Bingo game board has Santa and stockings, penguins and snowflakes, presents, ornaments, lights, and more.

So many fun things to do with the kids this holiday season and all you’ve got to do is print! You can’t beat that, right?!

And here’s a fun emoji guessing game for Christmas!

Free Printable Christmas Bingo Boards:

It can’t be simpler than this. All you need to do is open this PDF and print it out:

Print Here: Free Printable Christmas Bingo Game

I actually had mine printed at a printing store just so that I could get a higher quality print. You could even laminate it if you want so that you can play it for years to come.

It will print out 8 game boards and the cards to draw from to play Bingo. (Sorry-there are just 8. If you need more I recommend playing in small groups of 8 or less so that everyone gets a chance to play.)

Here’s a sample of what a Christmas Bingo Board looks like:

HOW TO PLAY CHRISTMAS BINGO:

Print the cards and cut them all out.

Then you just need some fun markers to mark off spots on the board when it gets called, like Christmas candy or marshmallows or crackers or something like that.

Have one person call out as they draw the cards from the drawing pile and the players get to put a marker on that picture.

Once someone has five in a row they shout out bingo and they win that round!

How fun is that?

Here are a few more Christmas games you might love if you are planning a family party!

Have a great time playing this Christmas Bingo game with the kids!

Christmas Brunch with FREE Recipes!

Christmas Brunch with FREE Recipes!

On Christmas Morning my children and grandchildren arrive at my house to open presents and have brunch, it’s another family tradition started when the kids were young.

Our usual routine is orange juice and cocoa or coffee in the kitchen before we head over to the formal living room to distribute and unwrap gifts.  This ritual takes at least 2 hours and I usually pop in to the kitchen to toss the egg dish in the oven during the last hour or so.
When the kids were younger we served a plated breakfast at the table, these days with in-laws and grandkids there’s just too many of us for a proper sit down breakfast, not to mention the unwrapping ritual takes us longer,  so we set up a brunch buffet instead.  Although times have changed the menu has not.  I like to keep it simple and easy to prepare so I look for things I can prepare the night before and throw in the oven before brunch.

Our traditional menu includes:

Chile Relleno Torta

A delicious baked egg dish, I got the recipe years ago from Diane Mott Davidson’s book “Dying for Chocolate”.  For recipe click here!
I serve this with fresh warm tortillas, salsa, and sour cream on the side.

Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast

I love French Toast!  But this is one of my favorites simply because like the name says I can make it the night before, Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast recipe from Carl’s Bad Cravings.  For recipe click here!
Unlike my usual French Toast which I basically cook on a griddle this one is placed in a pan overnight and baked in the oven in the morning.  Perfect when hosting a lot of people!

Crepes

Who doesn’t love crepes?  I know you may think it’s hard to make, but you can make them the night before.  That’s right the night before or early in the morning before everyone arrives.  Crepes don’t have to be served hot at all.  Just be sure you separate each crepe with parchment paper so they don’t stick together.

You can fill crepes with sweets like these Strawberries & Creme Crepes filled with Reisling Marinated Strawberries and Mascarpone cream; or savory things like ham and cheese; or just drenched in butter and sprinkled with sugar, that’s my favorite!

Here’s a quick recipe for my crepes, you can mix it up the night before and make them in the morning!

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Crepes

Ingredients:

2 Cups Milk

4 Eggs

3 Tbs. Butter, melted

1 Tbs. Sugar

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1 1/2 Cup flour, sifted

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.  Refrigerate overnight or for at least 30 minutes.

When ready to make heat crepe pan and spray with non-stick oil

Pour some batter on the pan and spread thin.

Cook each side about 2 minutes or until lightly brown.

Remove from heat and fill or stack with parchment paper in between crepes to prevent them from sticking together.  Fill when ready.

Dutch Baby

Another favorite and a crepe alternative is  a Dutch Baby , I love them!  You just mix the batter in your blender, bake it, then top it.  Click here for the recipe!

I also serve eggs, fried and scrambled, breakfast meats, hash brown potatoes, and of course beverages like juices, coffees, and cocoa.

They especially love my mocha cappuccino which I make jars of for gift giving every year!

I keep a jar or two for us to enjoy during the holidays and thru the winter months and beyond.  It really is worth the effort!

Click here to make a batch or two of my Mocha Cappuccino!

Here a a few more ideas I found around the web you may want to try this year.

BrunchCinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups by Rindy Mae

Recipe here!

Strawberry Santas by Leanne Bakes

Recipe here!

These look super cute!

 

Trifle

 

Fruit Trifle from Chef in Training

Recipe here!

 

 

PancakesFunfetti Buttermilk Pancakes by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Recipe here!

 

 

 

Eggs BenedictEggs Benedict Casserole from All Recipes

Recipe here!

 

Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath

Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath

This edible wreath is almost too pretty to eat (but seriously, you should dive in — it’s delicious.) Crisp and crunchy meringue lies beneath a ruby red cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate sauce.

Level: Easy

Total: 3 hr 45 min (includes cooling time)

Active: 45 min

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

Wreath:

8 large egg whites, at room temperature

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

 

Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy cream

Cranberry Sauce:

One 10-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed and drained if frozen

1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more to taste

Juice of 1/2 lemon

4 cups fresh raspberries

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Leaves from 1 bunch fresh mint

Directions

 

1. Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 225 degrees F. Line the back of a baking sheet with parchment. Use a 12-inch bowl as a stencil: Flip it upside down and trace a 12-inch circle onto the parchment. Use a 9-inch bowl to trace a circle inside the 12- inch one. This is the outline of your wreath.

2. For the wreath: Combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in the very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until thick and opaque, about 1 minute more. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until stiff, shiny peaks form, 13 to 15 minutes. 

3. Build the wreath: Using the template on the parchment as your guide, drop dollops of meringue in a line along the inside of the 12-inch circle. Use a rubber spatula to help clean off your spoon between dollops. Following the 9-inch circle and slightly overlapping the outer ring of meringue, make an inner ring of meringue dollops to fill in the rest of the template. Flatten the meringue slightly with the back of the spoon, making sure to keep a lot of peaks. Bake the meringue until it is dry, crisp, and pearly white on the outside, about 2 hours. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. 

4. Meanwhile, make the cranberry sauce: Bring the cranberries, sugar and lemon juice to a simmer in medium saucepan and cook until the cranberries are soft and just begin to burst and the sugar is completely dissolved, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Gently fold in the raspberries and pomegranate seeds. Whip the heavy cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.  

5. Before serving, spread the whipped cream on the meringue. Spoon over the cranberry sauce and sprinkle with mint leaves.


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