Test Kitch - Sizzle Sticks

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Seriously! LOVE this recipe for Sizzle Sticks that I found in Todays Parent magazine (June 2010). Of course I've tweaked it a bit - definitely going to be a summer favorite!

"Shake up your next barbecue with this tasty twist on the burger."

The Goods (tweaked):
1/4 c chopped fresh mystery herb
1 tsp diced fresh ginger
2 cloves diced garlic
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Greek Grind - dried greek seasoning found
at our local farmers market
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb ground meat - I used beef but lamb, pork or turkey
would be yummy too!
Metal or bamboo skewers

My Mystery Herb (erb or Hhhherb?)

The original recipe called for mint (which I'm sure would be lovely) so I thought... hmmm wonder if we have any of that in the garden? Found this (the only perennial herb that came back this year) and had to call my mom for some plant ID help. After a lengthy, very (non) descriptive phone call we figured that its got to be Lemon Verbena... we hope. LOL

Mix together the dry ingredients. Then take a deep breathe and put your hands into the ground beef to combine the ingredients well (raw meat and I have a long and rocky history).

Form the meat into balls (6 worked for me) and skewer.

Form a sausage around the skewer and barbecue!

Oh So Good! You have got to try these!!!!... then let me know what you think!

Test Kitch - Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Remember the Bumble Bee Baby Shower that I was planning for my girlfriend? Well she had a GIRL!!! Oh and baby is so cute! 6 weeks early but healthy and perfect! She'll have lots of big 'brothers' to look out for her. Baby girl is such a delicate flower... Bumble Bees just wont do!

My new theme? Pink Lemonade!

These are the cupcakes that I tested out for the shower....

seriously easy peasy! Just add concentrated frozen pink lemonade (defrosted) to your cake mix in a box instead of water.

Very moist, tart and perfect for the party!

Have you tried these before? Any Pink Lemonade party ideas? Please SHARE! :D

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Test Kitch - Chocolate Chip Banana Bites

Friday, May 28, 2010

Here's the thing... we eat a lot of bananas.... A LOT OF BANANAS! But even in our house full of monkeys some bananas become too bruised for human (er monkey) consumption. I peel the rejects, put them into a Ziploc bag and into the freezer. Here's what happens to the majority of them:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bites.... might want to hide these ones from the kids!


1 3/4 c flour

2 t baking powder

1/4 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

1/3 c shortening

2/3 c sugar

2 eggs

1 c mashed bananas
(I defrost mine in their freezer bags then mush them up in the bag with my hands - eliminating a lot of the mess!)

1/2 c chocolate chips

Sift together dry ingredients

Cream together sugar and shortening. Add remaining ingredients.

Mix together.

I used my cookie scoop to drop batter into my mini muffin tin.

Bake in oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Perfect for snack time, school lunches, buffets, house warming gift, parties, breakfast, birthdays, road trips, midnight snacks, picnics.......

Sewing - Car Activity Shirt

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I LOVE this idea!! So cute! Especially for boys who love cars!!!! Wait a minute...isn't that ALL boys?
I found a fab tutorial over at A Lemon Squeezy Home on how to create these adorable Car Activity Shirts. Check it out!

"Hey! There's a car in my CAR pocket!"

I used a couple of hand-me-down shirts, some felt and buttons.

I love these little roads made out of the boys' initials.

A car garage (aka pocket) right on the t-shirt! Who woulda thunk it?

Cameron LOVED his Car Activity Shirt although I would recommend making the pockets on the car a bit bigger for two year old fingies.

Are these not the cutest things? Let me know what you think!


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Test Kitch - Banana Boats

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We're starting to book holidays for the summer!! Camping.... which ultimately all comes down to.... Banana Boats! Check these puppies out, SO YUMMY!

Really? Is it possible to go wrong with these ingredients: bananas, marshmallows and chocolate?!?!? I don't think so!

Cut your banana lengthwise to create a 'boat' shape.

Fill with chocolate.. mmmm chocolate... you could even use pieces of your favorite chocolate bar! Oh My Gosh... Reeses Pieces would be amazing! Gotta try that!

Stuff with marshmallows.

Wrap in tinfoil, throw in the fire and allow to melt and bubble for 10 mins.

As we are not yet camping :( I threw mine in the oven at 350 for 10 mins. Now be careful... the foil will be hot and so will the banana... HOT Banana. hee hee

Oooey, gooey, goodness!

An empty boat!!!!

Try one and tell me what you think!

Sewing - Soft Swords

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Remember the Pirate Ship Bedroom that I created for the boys a couple of months ago? Well they are gaga over pirates! Isaiah will find anything (stuffed animals... costume pirate hooks... broccoli) to sword fight with! I created these Soft Swords with their swashbuckling antics in mind.

Find some scraps of fabric. I love to take measurements... HA - Not! So I don't have any for this project but I can get them for you in a jiffy if you want them! You'll cut your handle (my black piece of fabric) into a square and your blade (my patterned piece) into a long rectangle - you get the idea.

Put the right sides of your fabric together, line up the edges of the handle and the blade and stitch them together.

Iron your seam down.

It should look like this. If you're a quilter you know what I mean. Every... single...seam... in a quilt looks like this underneath. Probably the reason I have very few quilts done and LOTS of quilting fabric!!! LOL

Fold the right sides together and stitch your sword shape...
***be sure to leave a 2-3" space at the end unsewn***

it should look like this.

Trim off excess fabric.

Pull the fabric right side out through your 2-3" hole and iron.

Stuff cotton batting into your sword, I use a chopstick (we hardly eat with them anyway :P) to push it all the way down to the tip of my sword. Sew up the end and Ta Da you've made a Soft Sword!

En Garde!

Fun hey? Try making these at home!
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The Girl Creative