Monday, August 29, 2011

I love apples!

Apples are my favorite fruit...they always have been, even when I was a little girl!

I loved apples so much, I decided when I was about 7 or 8 that I was going to name my first daughter Apple! Yes, I know....

Her name was going to be Apple Cree. Thankfully our tastes change when we grow up. Imagine if I had actually done that? I could hear the teasing now...Apple Tree, Apple Tree! Oh my!

I still enjoy apples. I like to eat them raw, bake with them and even cook with them. I like apples so much, I have written an article about them :)

Please click to read: Learning about apples

There are apple based recipes listed at the bottom of the article :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh

We decided to take a trip to, The Cupcake Shoppe located at: 104 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh, NC.

We drove over there from Capital Blvd. and it only took about 12 minutes. However, once we got there, we had a hard time finding a parking place :( We wound up finding a spot on the street and paid to park. No big deal...we put 4 quarters in the parking meter, figuring 1 hour would give us enough time to enjoy a cupcake...and it did :)

They had a nice selection of cupcakes. I chose chocolate with peanut butter butter cream, my son chose a red velvet with cream cheese topping and my husband chose a carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing.

In addition, we ordered a cup of coffee. The total of our bill came to $10.75. Thankfully, they offer free water ;)

We did enjoy our cupcakes and the service was wonderful! The place is small, quaint and clean. All in all it was a pleasant experience.

I have to interject: we all agreed that mom (me) makes the best cupcakes in the world!

If you would like to read my article about The Cupcake Shoppe and view more photos, please click the highlighted links!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My dads cookbook...Pol Martin: Supreme Cuisine

This book, Pol Martin: Supreme Cuisine was copyright in 1993.
My dad is a chef and this is one of the books he used to learn some techniques and recipes. He gave this to me and I will cherish it always.

I have to say, the recipes included in this book do range from beginner to advanced. However, if you are looking to make dishes that will impress, Supreme Cuisine will be a great addition to your cookbook collection.

This is one book I will never sell or give away. To be quite honest, I may not even loan this one out either. I love how it has little hand written notes in it from my dad and added loose papers where he wrote things down.

We should all have something special like this that will always remind us of our parents! If you don't, ask your mom, dad or grandparent to hand write some recipes for you. Then, you can pass them down to your children later in life :)

To read more about this book and see some pictures please click on this article: Supreme Cuisine cookbook

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back to school...packing the lunchbox!

Can you believe it is August already? Where did the summer go? If you have children, it is time for them to head back to school. Yes, it's waking up early and coming home hungry time again too!

This post is dedicated to those of us who will be packing those lunchboxes again. I have been thinking about some quick and easy lunchbox ideas.

We can prepare a few things ahead of time to make our mornings a bit easier and save a few dollars too! Here are my ideas:

Lunchbox snacks:

Instead of buying prepared muffins, make your own. You can either make them from scratch (basic muffin recipe) or buy a bag of muffin mix from the grocery store that will cost less than $1.00 (you will get 6 regular sized muffins or 12 mini muffins from this bag).

Place 1 regular sized muffin or 3 minis in a zip top, plastic bag or a plastic storage container and send your child to school with something homemade with love.

Looking for a healthy cookie? Try these: No bake walnut cookies. These can be made over the weekend and can be stored in an air tight container for the week!

Lunchbox meals:

Lunchables are a great way to send your child to school with an easy meal. However, they can get pricey! Instead of buying them, make your own!

Using a plastic Tupperware (or any other container) fill it with Ritz crackers, sliced cheddar cheese, pepperoni slices and slices of turkey (all cut small enough to fit onto the cracker). Pop in a fruit drink or small bottle of water and your child will have an enjoyable lunch.

If you are a sandwich type of parent, you can prepare your child his/her favorite sandwich and add to it one of the homemade snacks and a drink and they will be all set.

One thing you may want to invest in are small packages of mayo and/or mustard for your child to add to the sandwich before they eat it. No one likes soggy bread :(

Lunchbox drinks:

Personally, I am all about sending a bottle of water as a drink. However, there are other options. Kool Aid has these drink tabs that your child can add into a bottle of water that will give it flavor and fizz.

You could also send instant iced tea or lemonade mix in a plastic bag or container for your child to add to the bottled water.

For more snack ideas:

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