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Mar-12-2013

Day 338: Strawberry Pie

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

A few weeks ago I made dinner for my some of my family and my boyfriend. The main meal was just a simple stir fry, but the dessert was a super yummy Strawberry Pie! So, I thought I’d share that here. I found the recipe on my favorite site, Pinterest. The recipe is the last one on this page. I started out by slicing up the strawberries and putting them into the graham cracker pie crust.

Then I cooked all the other ingredients together…

And poured it on top of the strawberries… it was a little overflowing, so I put the pie on a sheet pan.

Then it set for 4 hours in the fridge and it was done!

Oh man, was this good! Super simple, but tasty. I think my boyfriend ate more than half of the pie by himself over the next few days. This pie reminds me of summers at my grandparents lake house, because my grandmother always made one similar to this. I’ll definitely be making this again!

Anna Grace

Jan-23-2013

Day 334: Mason Jar Salads

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This creative project came from… Pinterest. Ok, it’s a problem. But it is giving me lot’s of post ideas, so deal with it! This post is about the layering of different ingredients in a salad inside a mason jar in such a way that it’s able to stay good for up to a week! The original posting had some recipes, so I decided to follow a couple!

I went to Kroger when I got off of work specifically to buy the ingredients I needed as well as the mason jars… fail. Kroger only had huge 10 or more packs of jars and I only wanted 3! So, I found another glass jar-like container that sealed pretty well and decided to use that instead… but they just had 1! So, when I got home, I decided I would try the same basic idea, but in tupperware containers instead of jars. I think the layering is the most important factor.

The first salad I tried is the Poppyseed salad. I changed this a bit by leaving out the green peas because I hate them, and I added some leftover chicken from dinner. Also, I used spinach for all of these because it’s my favorite! Here’s the finished product!

I love the way the layers look! I think I may have done too many toppings in comparison to the spinach, but I still think it will taste great!

The next meal I used the same recipe as the last one, but used ginger dressing instead of poppyseed and strawberries instead of raspberries.

Not quite as pretty as the jar, but I still think it will be great!

The last meal I made was the seafood salad! On the site it says she made her own dressing, but she doesn’t give the amounts of each ingredient, so I just started mixing everything in a small jam jar until it tasted good!  I ended up making a lot, so I can use more later!  I did this exactly like the directions said, but used carrots instead of cabbage.

I couldn’t find any canned shrimp salad, so I went with the crab, although I’m a little suspicious of it to be honest. I tried a piece and it wasn’t bad, so we’ll see!

I’ll be sure and let you all know how well these keep in the tupperware! I’m excited about my lunches for the rest of the week!

Anna Grace

Jan-23-2013

Day 333: Banana “Pancakes”

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Yet again I have an example of how Pinterest has taken over my life in the form of a crazy recipe! This one is actually pretty great and sooooooooooooooo easy! This will be a short post because it’s so easy and I forgot to take many pictures…

This recipe was for Banana “Pancakes!” I put pancakes in quotations because they aren’t made of the ingredients you would think. It’s just two main ingredients: 1 ripe banana and 2 eggs! That’s it! You just mix the ingredients together and pour it into a pan and fry them up like normal pancakes! I added a touch of cinnamon just to give it more flavor, but they were really good! You would never no that they weren’t normal pancakes! Here’s the only photo I got… sorry!

They were extra good with a bit of syrup on them, but tasty either way! And I coated the pan with coconut oil versus olive oil, so I think that added to the flavor and sweetness a lot. These were so good! And easy! I will definitely be making these again!

Anna Grace

Jan-6-2013

Day 327: Dry-Roasted Edamame with Cranberries

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This is the last in the series of healthy snacks I found on Pinterest. I’m sure there are a TON more out there, but these are the ones I came across that looked interesting. I may do another series of these next weekend because it was fun! …other than the hummus :neutral:

Anyways, this creative food project is Dry-Roasted Edamame with Cranberries! This is such an easy snack and SO GOOD! I started by thawing and peeling my frozen edamame (the Kroger here in Clarkston, GA doesn’t have pre-peeled edamame… what?). Then I just spread it out on a pan with some olive oil and sea salt.

Then I just baked it for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then tossed in the dried cranberries and I was done!

This is DELICIOUS! When dried out, the edamame take on this sort of nutty, crispy quality that is perfect for a snack. And the tart/sweet craisins really help balance the flavors. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the fact that it made so little! I could’ve eaten all that I made in one sitting if I let myself. I will definitely be making this again in a much bigger batch!

Anna Grace

Jan-6-2013

Day 326: Eggplant Spread

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After the whole sweet potato hummus debacle last night, I was a little hesitant to dive into another healthy snack recipe today. I was especially wary of this Eggplant Spread because it also involved a food processor… which I didn’t have. But, I’m really, really happy I decided to make it!

I started by splitting the eggplants in half and stuffing thyme and garlic then drizzling olive oil and sea salt on top.

After baking for an hour at 400 degrees, they came out looking like this:

And they smelled AMAZING!!! I mean, my mouth was watering like crazy! So then I scooped out the meat and added the rest of the ingredients into the blender. Once it started blending, my fears about it not working went away! It blended perfectly and easily, and tasting so, so, so good!! It’s not the most appetizing color, but just trust that on crackers it’s as addictive as crack!

So good! And so good for you! I had to stop myself from spoiling my dinner by eating too much! My uncle tried some and was amazed at how good it was. I’m so, so happy with how it turned out, and I’ll definitely be making it again!

Anna Grace

Jan-6-2013

Day 325: Sweet Potato Hummus

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As I mentioned yesterday, I found a few recipes on Pinterest for healthy snacks, so I decided to make some! The next one I made was Sweet Potato Hummus. Well… I have to tell you. It was a major struggle to make this stuff. I mean, one thing after the other kept going wrong. I ended up finally finishing it after about an hour an a half, but it was anything but enjoyable. I won’t go into all the details here because it would take me forever to type it all out, but I did take some process photos.

I started by chopping the sweet potatoes into cubes.

Then I was supposed to use a steamer basket in a large pot to steam the potatoes… what the crap is a steamer basket?? So obviously, my aunt didn’t have one in her kitchen, so I tried to improvise with a colander balanced in a pot…

This is where my problems started… this method SUCKED! I was supposed to cover the pot with a lid, but because of the colander, the lid didn’t seal at all, so after tripling the amount of time to cook the potatoes, they still weren’t soft! So I ended up popping them in a bowl in the microwave with wet paper towels on top for steam and then they were finally cooked.

So then I was supposed to put all the ingredients in a food processor, but I didn’t have my tiny one and my aunt didn’t have one, so I used a blender. Major. Fail. The thick sweet potatoes with the hard chick peas and paste-like tahini just would not blend! The tahini was a nightmare in itself…. You’re supposed to mix it before using and it was so separated, it was like straight oil on top and then cement at the bottom. I splattered oil everywhere, including on my brand new cardigan and ended up having to blend it up in the blender to be able to use it… Never doing that again! At any rate, I ended up having to sort of mash what wouldn’t mix in the hummus by hand. It turned out a bit lumpy, but ended up tasting good!

I think it actually turned out pretty tasty and I will definitely enjoy it this week, but I am NEVER doing it again!!! It was soooo stressful that I just can’t even think about it… And while it tasted good, it wasn’t good enough to be worth all the suffering. But there’s a lot of it, so I froze half and will be able to enjoy it for awhile!

Anna Grace

Jan-6-2013

Day 324: Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

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I recently started a Pinterest account, and now I’m obsessed!! I resisted jumping onto the Pinterest band wagon for a long time, because I knew that once I joined I could potentially spend hours upon hours on there. I’ve actually been able to control myself for the most part, but the first day I was on there for like 2 straight hours! At any rate, today I decided to see if I could find some easy recipes for healthy snacks! I realized again for the millionth time that I am most definitely a snacker, preferring to have several small meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. While nannying I’ve been just grabbing whatever they have around… meaning junk food! So, I found several recipes that looked tasty and decided to give them a whirl!

The first recipe I tried was Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips (called “crisps” on the site they’re from, but here we call ‘em chips)! This recipe was sooooo easy! You just slice some apples as thin as you can, throw them on parchment paper, sprinkle on some cinnamon and bake them for 20 minutes on each side at 250! I ended up just doing 15 minutes on the second side because the thinnest ones started to burn. If I make them again, I’ll probably pick out the thin ones and then keep cooking the rest, because some of them weren’t as crisp. I have to say, these are so, so good! I only made 2 apples worth, but I think I will definitely make this again in a bigger batch! The only thing I didn’t like about it was all the slicing, which took me forever because I have zero knife skills, but it really wasn’t bad at all! I didn’t get process pictures because I’m awful, but here’s the finished product!

Not the prettiest looking things ever, but really yummy! If I had a mandolin slicer, that would make it a lot faster and more even, but I don’t so oh well! I think it would also help to cut it more in rings like how they picture it on the website, so I think I’ll try that next time!

Anna Grace

Nov-9-2012

Day 322: CUPCAKES!!!!

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So this isn’t super creative since I just used a boxed cake and icing, but I thought I’d share it anyways!

Tomorrow is my last day at my job, so I decided to make cupcakes to show my appreciation for those who have been so helpful! I just used the boxed Duncan Hines Butter Golden cake batter. I couldn’t decide on which icing I wanted to use, so I bought two of the new Duncan Hines Frosting Creations plain bases and the mixes to make cotton candy (which my roommate loves and she was having kind of a bad day) and caramel frosting!

I decided to make them a little more pretty than just slapping the icing on by putting it in zip-lock bags, cutting the tips and making my own piping bags! I started with the cotton candy… and they were a big mess! I cut the tip a little too big, so I had some issues with it being lumpy. Some of them look fine, but there’s a couple that aren’t too hot. :/

Then I did the caramel, which turned out little bit better because I cut the tip more. You can see one of them in the pic above, and here are the rest!

Here’s the best one, I think and an instagram photo for good measure!

They are so yummy! I think people at work will love them!

Anna Grace

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Oct-10-2012

Day 317: Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken

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Rounding out the trio of recipes I’ve tried over the last couple weeks is the Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken I made in the slow cooker! I’ve been trying to find new recipes for the slow cooker because I can make several meals for the week in one day and just turn the cooker on and go about my day while it cooks up! I found this one and immediately knew I would love it! The recipe is up there in that link, but I’ll walk you through my experience with photos!

Here’s the sauteing of the onions in a little left over grease from the bacon…

And then with the wine and all the herbs added… it’s smelled heavenly!

In the crock-pot before cooking…

And here it is in my bowl ready for me to eat!

I couldn’t get a picture of it in the crock-pot after cooking because it kept fogging up my camera! But trust me when I say, it was a beautiful thing! And it was soooooooooo yummy! I divided it into about 8 meals and froze half of them so I can eat them later on when I’m running late to work! This was so good and easy, I definitely will be doing more crock-pot creations!

Anna Grace

Oct-10-2012

Day 316: Carrot Apple Ginger Tea Cakes from PULP!

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As you all know, I have a juicer and I love to juice all kinds of fruits and veggies! Well I had heard that you could actually use the leftover pulp from juicing to make various baked goods! I had never done it before, but after making my roommate and I some fresh juice with carrot, apple and ginger in it, I looked around on the web for a bit and found a recipe that had exactly those ingredients in it! I didn’t have dark chocolate chips so I left them out, but I thought they were amazing anyways.

A note about baking with pulp… PLAN AHEAD BEFORE JUICING!! I didn’t think about doing this until after I had juiced, so I didn’t peel the the fruit and veggies like I should have or cut out the apple cores, so I had to pick through the pulp and pull out the bad stuff before baking… so next time I’ll plan ahead and definitely take the bad stuff out! Anyways, here’s my nicely packed and seed and skin free pulp!

I mixed all the ingredients together and the batter tasted AMAZING! Then I spooned it into the muffin tin and baked away! Here’s the finished product!

The were definitely more dense and moist than your average cake/muffin because of using the pulp, but they were so, so, so, so tasty! I brought them to work and they were a hit! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of them outside the pan, but oh well! I think I will definitely be experimenting with pulp recipes again!

Anna Grace