Friday, March 25, 2011

How to make Chile Rellenos

This is one of our favorite meals.  We have changed it quite a bit and it's not the traditional chile relleno but once you take it you will realize why we took a unique twist.  Watch the video to get step by step instructions on how to make this great meal.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How To Make St. Patrick's Day Hair Clovers

I love Love Love Making little girl hair bows.  This post I will share with you an easy way to have your little girls prepared to show her style on St. Patrick's Day.  
  • 2 7" cut green ribbon (3/8" wide)
  • 1 3 1/2" cut green ribbon (3/8" wide)
  • Button
  • Fishing wire and Sewing Needle
  • Alligator Clip
  • Glue Gun
Mark or pinch your 7" ribbon in half.  Wrap the ends of the ribbon matching ends together in the back.  Grab your alligator clip to hold your bow in place.  Do the same thing with the other piece of 7" ribbon. 
Cross the ribbon placing together forming 4 loops together.  Take your fishing wire with a knot in the end and sew the 2 ribbons and the ends together.  Once finished sewing tie a knot and slid the knot as close to the ribbon as possible.   Take your last piece of ribbon with glue on the tip, glue to the inside of the clip's prongs.  Place glue on the top side of the alligator clip then fastening the ribbon to the top of the clip.  Wrap the ribbon around the clip sealing with glue once again. 
Take the end of the alligator clip and place a dab of glue on the end attaching the 4 leaf clover to the tip, do the same with the button and let it cool.  Well, there you have it.  You have now made a very cute 4 leave Clover.
I have many other ideas for other seasonal holidays and will post when we get closer to that time.  Stay tuned for other posts.  Leave any suggestions or post your own pictures of your finished hair bows!!!  Also watch step by step instructions by video below.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How to Spice up your Spice Cabinet

How many of you have cooked an amazing meal and decided to be a little experimental in adding some of the herbs you've had in your spice cabinet and realized that the meal really never hit your 5 star rating that you were hoping for.  Well, it's probably not your cooking skills.  In fact it could be that bottle of magic you added for flavor.  I don't know if many of you know but your herbs and spices in the kitchen have an expiration date.  Did you know that spices stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place, spices retain their potency longer than you'd think — as long as 4 years for whole spices, 2 to 3 years for ground spices, and 1 to 3 years for leafy herbs, depending on the herb.  I know in the past I have had some spices in my cabinet for double the time it should be kept.  We have made it a tradition in our family now to write the month and year on the label to help remind us how fresh they really are.  This little tip not only helps keep your herbs organized but it can make a huge difference in how your food tastes.  If it has been a long time go into your cabinet and chuck all those old bottle of herbs and spice up your food with new herbs and spices!

Another important tip while cooking with herbs and spices is never pour your herbs and spices over boiling water, or hot steam.  A few reasons for that:
1. When you sprinkle the herbs into your pan the steam will seep into the bottle damaging the consistency, the flavor, and the freshness of the herb or spice.
2. The moisture that is now captured in the bottle is a perfect place for bacteria to grow causing possible mold or illness.

If you have any other tips you would like to share please make a comment.  Follow the blog for future topics that we will feature as well as check out our youtube channel howtogirlieo