Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Dollhouse

This is the dollhouse I made my sister for Christmas this year. Later I'll post all the different little features I added to it. I spent all summer making this dollhouse. Here are some tutorials I found useful:

Homemade Ravioli

My mom and I made homemade ravioli last week. We have a kitchen aid pasta roller, and we borrowed a kitchen aid ravioli maker from a friend. It takes a long time to make, but I think it's worth it.
We used the pasta recipe that came from the kitchen aid, and we just estimated the amounts of filling. Our only mistake was that we didn't add enough seasoning to the filling. Don't forget the seasoning!
We made three different types of ravioli: chicken, Parmesan cheese, and spinach; chicken and cheese with whole-wheat pasta; and onion and garlic with whole wheat pasta. (To make sure the stuffing sticks together, add butter or chicken broth.) We ate half of it the night we made it, and froze the rest. To freeze it, put each ravioli on a pan, making sure none of them touch. Freeze, remove from the pan, and put into a plastic bag. Then you can have ravioli any time you want. All you have to do is boil some water and cook them for 3-4 minutes.
Now that we have the ravioli made, it's so easy to make a simple sauce to go with it. I packed Sydney baked ravioli in a Alfredo sauce for lunch this week. She loved it. Last night for dinner, I tweaked the recipe a bit. I'll give you both of them.
about 8- 10 raviolis
1/8 cup milk
1/8 cup oil (canola or olive)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
pinch of salt
Italian seasoning (as much or little as you want)
Preheat the oven to 350. Boil a pot of water, and cook the ravioli for 3 minutes. In a pan, pour oil, milk, and whipping cream. Add seasoning, and stir constantly over medium heat until the sauce gets thick. Add cheese.
Put the ravioli in the pan and continue to cook until the sauce starts to bubble. Turn off the stove, and grate Parmesan cheese over the ravioli. Put the pan (make sure it's oven safe) in the oven. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese starts to brown.
8-10 raviolis
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup tomato sauce
5 thick slices of mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Italian seasonings
Preheat the oven to 350, and cook the ravioli. Pour whipping cream and tomato sauce into a pan and stir for 10 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese, and stir until it's all melted. Add ravioli. Put the slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the ravioli, and grate more Parmesan cheese on top too. Put the pan in the oven, and cook for 10- 15 minutes until the mozzarella cheese browns. Enjoy!
Here is the baked tomato Alfredo ravioli. I know it's a little ugly looking, but Sydney licked the bowl clean.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pizza Bread!!

I made my family some pizza bread the other day. Harper helped me. The whole time she told me that it would turn out disgusting, and no one would like it. She might not have liked it, but it was a hit with my mom and Sydney.

Most of the bread I cook is in the bread machine. It doesn't heat up the kitchen, saves time, and uses less dishes. It's nice because I can set the delay timer, and have nice warm bread in the morning.

I found the recipe in a bread machine book, but I didn't follow it exactly. I'll put the book's recipe and then mine.

3/4 cup pizza sauce
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese (cubed)
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all- purpose flour
1 tsp yeast

3/4 cup pizza sauce
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
1.5 Tbl olive oil
some salt
pinch of garlic
pinch of oregano
Italian seasoning
1 3/4 cup all- purpose flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp yeast
1 Tbl sugar

It turned out great. I baked it on the Basic cycle. It is good toasted with cheese. I made Sydney a grilled cheese sandwich with it for lunch today. She said it was good. I hope it works out for you.

A Fireplace in July?

Harper and I spent a lot of quality time coloring red bricks onto poster board. We used paper towel rolls for the logs, and construction paper for the flames. It was a nice afternoon project.

Knifty Knitter

This is a project back from 2010. I made Harper a hat and matching scarf using my knifty knitter. That thing is the best! It's so much easier than actual knitting. I know it's not quite as traditional, but it cuts the time. I cut the pom-pom off an old pair of slippers. It sewed on to the top very well.

Welcome to Our Blog

My littlest sister, Harper, and I love all things arts& crafts. I always look for new ideas of crafts from other people, so I decided to share mine with you. We're not the best, but we have fun with it. I think we're pretty good for only being 4 and 16, but we're no Martha Stewart. :)

I love to cook and bake also. Harp likes to help me in the kitchen, and my other sister, Sydney, is our official taste tester. I'll probably post a lot of recipes too. (I never follow the recipes, so I'll comment on my renditions.)

Enjoy our blog.

Oh, and Harp (a.k.a. Sumo) wants me to write that I'm a silly spaghetti head. You've got to love 4 year olds.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Quick Bread
banana bread
bush bread
cheesy cornbread
chocolate chip banana bread
chocolate zucchini bread
coconut banana bread
double carob banana bread
Dutch spice bread
fresh corn bread
gluten free almond banana bread
gluten free yogurt cornbread
Johnny cake
PB&J Banana Bread
single serving Irish soda bread
slow cooker gluten free coconut coffee bread
summer squash bread
Tahitian Coconut Bread
zucchini banana bread

Yeast Bread
applesauce bread
asiago cheese bread loaf
coconut flatbread
French bread
Kalaallit Kaagiat
Liechtenstein bread
Luxembourg bread
Martiniquan Butter Bread
mini oat bread
multigrain mini loaves
oatmeal raisin bread mini loaf
panino bread
pizza bread
Polish Rye Bread
sesame seed bread
whole wheat pretzels
yeasted gluten free banana chia bread

Flat Bread
aloo paratha
banana flatbread
corn tortilla
flour tortilla
Greek yogurt flatbread
Italian cheese tortillas
khobz dyal smida
Noni Afghani
pan bati
roti II
sada roti
taboon bread
tendir choreyi
titiyas siha

Buns/ Rolls
adjaruli khachapuri
apple pecan cinnamon rolls
buttermilk corn muffins
coco bread
cream biscuits
Greek yogurt biscuits
Greek yogurt cheese biscuits
Greek yogurt hamburger buns
hamburger buns for two
herbed cheese muffins
Nutella rolls
Pao de queijo
papo seco
parmesan and grits biscuits
raisin buns
raisin rolls
saffron buns
spicy cheese drop biscuits
sticky breakfast rolls
sweet potato biscuits
swiss cheese biscuits
whole wheat English muffins
whole wheat yeast rolls
yeast biscuits

Spreads, Dips, & Sauces

Jams & Jellies
cherry chia seed jam
fig chia seed jam
Kaya (coconut jam)
peach chia seed jam
pear- walnut cranberry sauce
strawberry chia seed jam
strawberry jelly

baba ganoush
baigan choka
beet hummus
Banh Xeo Dipping Sauce
cannellini and sage dip/ spread
carrot cake dip
chilli- sesame summer roll dipping sauce
dill dip
edamame hummus
frijoles refritos
goat cheese and broccoli dip
guacamole hummus
kheera raita
nacho cheese dip for one
peanut butter cookie dough dip
peanut butter Greek yogurt dip
peanut summer roll dipping sauce
pepita hummus
pesto hummus
roasted red pepper guacamole hummus
roasted red pepper hummus
roasted veggie hummus
salsa roja
spicy hummus cream cheese dip
spicy roasted red pepper hummus
spicy peanut dipping sauce
spinach and artichoke dip
spinach and feta hummus
sweet potato hummus
turkey hummus dip

aji criollo
Asian peanut sauce
creamy mushroom sauce
Creole sauce
eze (Bhutanese salsa)
nam prik kiga
notomato sauce
peanut butter pancake sauce
red recado paste
Riesling sauce
sambal kacang (peanut sauce)
salsa de aguacate
salsa de mani (Ecuadorian peanut sauce)
Spicy Roasted Red Pepper- Pepita Sauce
Swedish meatball sauce
tahini burger spread
tahini chimichurri sauce
tomato free marinara sauce
walnut tahini sauce

Asian vinaigrette
balsamic vinegar and oil dressing
black bean dressing
Peanut Butter Coconut Dressing
simple French vinaigrette
tahini dressing

Nut Butters and Sandwich Spreads
almond joy butter
banana peanut butter
cinnamon maple almond butter
chocolate banana spread
chocolate coconut banana spread
homemade peanut butter
honey almond butter (amlou)
peanut butter pancake sauce

Icings/ Frosting
chocolate Greek yogurt frosting
cream cheese icing
sugar cookie icing

broccoli puree
date caramel
refried beans
fried beans
chocolate date syrup
chocolate coconut syrup
chocolate magic shell
cranberry pecan butter
DIY Light Corn Syrup
peanut butter syrup







Homemade Milks
almond milk
coconut milk
pecan milk
walnut milk

Homemade Juices
carrot-celery juice
sweet strawberry juice

Smoothies and Shakes
almond joy smoothie (dairy free)
Almond, Kale, and Oatmeal Smoothie
apple pie smoothie
banana split smoothie
Black Forest Cake smoothie
broccoli pineapple smoothie
butter pecan smoothie
carrot cake smoothie
carrot-celery banana smoothie
Cherry Garcia smoothie
chocolate avocado smoothie
chocolate peanut butter spinach smoothie
chocolate shake
chocolate strawberry smoothie
chocolate zucchini smoothie
Christmas smoothie
cranberry smoothie
cold hot chocolate shake
dairy free strawberry-orange smoothie
fig smoothie
fruity spinach smoothie
ginger carrot smoothie
grapple smoothie
green chai tea smoothie
oatmeal raisin cookie smoothie
orange cherry smoothie
orange juice, banana, peach, and buttermilk smoothie
peach cobbler smoothie
peanut butter, apple, and carrot smoothie
peanut butter, apple, and celery smoothie
peanut butter, oatmeal, and fresh apple juice smoothie
pecan pie smoothie
pina colada smoothie
pineapple upside down cake smoothie
raspberry limeade smoothie
ruby red smoothie
sea salt brownie smoothie
strawberry- blueberry- celery smoothie
strawberry cheesecake smoothie
strawberry-OJ surprise smoothie
strawberry shake
strawberry-peach-banana smoothie
swiss chard smoothie
the mighty three peanut butter combo smoothie

Cold Drinks
ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee)
peanut punch

Hot Drink
cocoa tea
ginger tea
minty hot cocoa
Moroccan mint tea
Suutei Tsai
tapioca hot chocolate
yerba mate

Dessert/ Snack

almond joy tart
avocado mug brownie
basler brunsli
black bean brownie dip
brownie drops
chocolate almond and oat no bake date cookie
chocolate avocado mousse
chocolate avocado pudding pie
chocolate bananacado cream
chocolate bananacream
chocolate banana ice cream sandwich for one
chocolate banana tart
chocolate bars
chocolate bean brownies
chocolate caramel fudge cheesecake
chocolate caramel pecan popcorn
chocolate cashew date cookie dough truffles
chocolate chia no bake date cookie
chocolate coconut bananacream
chocolate coconut cream pie
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting
chocolate coffee cake with a peanut butter topping
chocolate cookie balls
chocolate cookies
chocolate covered pecan no bake date cookies
chocolate covered strawberries
chocolate cream cheese oatmeal cookies
chocolate crepes
chocolate date and banana granola
chocolate date lace cookies
chocolate dipped marshmallows
chocolate fig "fudge"
chocolate frozen yogurt
chocolate graham crackers
chocolate heart candies
chocolate microwave cake
chocolate no bake date cookies
chocolate oatmeal no bakes
chocolate peanut butter and banana "fudge"
chocolate peanut butter cookie balls
chocolate peanut butter bananacream
chocolate peanut butter granola
chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies
chocolate pecan bites
chocolate pie crust cookies
chocolate poptarts
chocolate pretzel popcorn
chocolate pudding
chocolate pudding ice cream
chocolate tahini cookie
chocolate yogurt cake
chocolate yogurt truffle
Dutch cocoa pillow cookies
dark chocolate almond cookies
fudgy bean bananacream
German chocolate cake frozen yogurt
German chocolate chickpea brownie
gluten free chocolate pecan cookies
Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cheesecake
half baked frozen yogurt
individual German chocolate cakes
nut free "fudge"
peanut butter chocolate swirl cake
Peanut Butter Tart with Chocolate Cheesecake Filling
pumpkin brownies
raw chocolate walnut cheesecake
raw "Reeses" peanut butter pie
super chocolaty coconut brownies

4 Grain Banana Cookies
allergy friendly chocolate chip cookies
almond and apricot cookies
almond butter cookies
almond cut-out cookies
almond date cookie
almond- flax breakfast cookies
almond no bake date cookie
banana cookies
banana no bake cookie dough balls
basler brunsli
blueberry Greek yogurt cookies
cashew cookies
cashew date cookie dough balls
chewy peanut butter and fig oatmeal cookies
chocolate almond and oat no bake date cookie
chocolate cashew date cookie dough truffles
chocolate chia no bake date cookie
chocolate chick cookies
Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Cookies
chocolate chip cookie dough bites
chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough balls
chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies
chocolate cookie balls
chocolate cookies
chocolate covered pecan no bake date cookies
chocolate cream cheese oatmeal cookies
chocolate date lace cookies
chocolate maple nut cake cookies
chocolate no bake date cookies
chocolate oatmeal no bakes (without peanut butter)
chocolate peanut butter cookie balls
chocolate peanut butter no bakes
chocolate pecan bites
chocolate pie crust cookies
chocolate tahini cookie
cinnamon currant breakfast cookies
cinnamon oatmeal date breakfast cookies
cinnamon quinoa cookies
cinnamon tahini cookie
dark chocolate almond cookies
date lace cookies
Dutch cocoa pillow cookies
egg free peanut butter cookies
Fresh Cranberry Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies
GIANT Chocolate Chip Cookie for one
Giant Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie
gingerbread cookies
gingerbread no bake date cookie
gluten free chocolate pecan cookies
Gluten free iced sugar cookies
gluten free snickerdoodles
heavenly bits
honey cut out cookies
microvave chocolate chip mug cookie
microwaved peanut butter cookie
mini chocolate chip cookie tarts
no bake chocolate chip cookie dough balls
nut butter millet bites
Nutella cookies
nuts about chocolate chips cookies
oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies
oatmeal raisin chickpea cookies
pb&j thumbprints
peanut butter cheesecake cookies
peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
peanut butter coconut balls
peanut date no bake cookie balls
Peanutty Double Carob Cookies
pecan chocolate chip cookies
pecan no bake date cookie
pepita chocolate chip cookies
pineapple no bake date cookies
pistachio cookies
pumpkin cookies
raw chocolate chip cookie dough balls
raw peanut butter cookie dough balls
single serving no bake hot cocoa cookie
single serving oatmeal raisin cookie
sugar cookie cut-outs
sugar free almond amaretti cookies
walnut no bake date cookie
yogurt oatmeal cookies


avocado mug brownie
banana chocolate chip chickpea blondies
bean brownies
black bean brownie dip
brownie drops
chocolate chip navy bean blondies
egg free brownie
Elvis chickpea blondie
German chocolate chickpea brownies
microwaved brownie in a mug
pb&j blondies
peanut butter chickpea blondie
pumpkin brownies
super chocolaty coconut brownies
white bean brownie muffins



almond joy granola
apple tahini granola
Bircher Muesli
chocolate date and banana granola
chocolate peanut butter granola
cinnamon-apple granola
cinnamon egg white granola
crockpot granola
maple-cinnamon stovetop granola
peanut butter and banana granola
peanut butter and jelly granola
peanut butter crisps granola
peanut butter egg white granola
quinoa granola
strawberry-almond granola
The best peanut butter and chocolate granola ever!

100 Grand ice cream
almond bananacream
avocado popsicles
Banana Bread Ice Cream
bananacream split
banana frozen yogurt
blueberry cheesecake ice cream
butter pecan ice cream
cherry bananacream
cherry pistachio swirl bananacream
chocolate bananacado cream
Chocolate bananacream
chocolate banana ice cream sandwich for one
chocolate chip cookie dough bananacream
chocolate chip cookie dough frozen yogurt
chocolate coconut bananacream
chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake ice cream
chocolate frozen yogurt
chocolate magic shell
chocolate peanut butter bananacream
chocolate pudding ice cream
cinnamon oatmeal banana pops
coconut bananacream
cookies 'n cream ice cream
French vanilla ice cream
fudgy bean bananacream
German chocolate cake frozen yogurt
green tropical bananacream
half baked frozen yogurt
maple pecan frozen yogurt
mint chocolate chip bananacream
monkey tracks ice cream
neapolitan bananacream
no bake strawberry cup
oatmeal raisin cookie bananacream
oatmeal raisin frozen yogurt
pb&j bananacream
peach bananacream
peanut butter cookie bananacream
peanut butter frozen yogurt
peanut butter banana popsicles
pina colada ice cream
pistachio and yogurt coated bananas
pistachio bananacream
raspberry peanut butter bananacream
snickerdoodle bananacream
strawberry bananacream
strawberry banana popsicles
strawberry cheesecake ice cream
strawberry crepe cups
strawberry frozen yogurt
strawberry- avocado popsicles
strawberry popsicles
vanilla bean frozen yogurt
vanilla frozen yogurt (no ice cream machine required!)
watermelon ice cream