homemade ginger: March 2011

Deceptively Delicious

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A few years ago, I received this cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld.  Since I didn't have kids yet, I hadn't made anything out of it.  Well, yesterday while I was thawing out some homemade sweet potato baby food for Jane, I remembered the cookbook! I decided to thaw out some extra and try one of the recipes. 

I made these grilled cheese sandwiches.  It requires sweet potato puree, cheese and margarine.  It looks just like American cheese.  Lula LOVED it.  She ate an entire sandwich (she usually eats 1/4 of that when we give her a sandwich).  I also made one for myself.  I liked the flavor, but the texture was a little odd for me.  

Here is the recipe from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook:


Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (with sweet potato)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sweet potato or butternut squash puree
1 Tbs margarine (although I prefer butter)
1/4 tsp salt
4 slices whole wheat bread

In a bowl, combine cheese, puree, butter and salt.  Spread onto two slices of bread and top with the other slices.  Coat pan with olive oil or butter and grill until brown.







The whole premise of the book is to "hide" veggie purees into foods for an extra healthy nutrition boost. I think I will try some of the other recipes since I'm already pureeing foods for Jane.  I do, however, think it's important for kids to like veggies just as they are and we shouldn't have to rely on hiding them in foods. But, I don't think that is what the cookbook is necessarily suggesting.  And if you have a kid that hates veggies, (thankfully mine like them!), then this would be a good cookbook to try out.

Since I was on a roll, I made these as well:




Applesauce Muffins (with carrot)
Topping: 2/3 C old fashioned oats
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs margarine (or butter)

Batter:
1 1/2 C flour
1 C old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 C milk
1/2 C butternut squash or carrot puree (I used carrot)
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C oil
1 egg

For the topping: Stir together oats, sugar and cinnamon in bowl.  Stir in melted butter.

For the batter: Combine the flour, oats,  baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix applesauce with the milk, veggie puree, sugar , oil and egg.  Add flour mixture and mix until just moistened.  

Divide batter evenly into greased or lined muffin tins and sprinkle with the topping.  Bake at 400 for 18-20 min.

These were delicious! We all loved these.


Anthropologie Inspired Blooms

Tuesday, March 29, 2011



 After a recent trip to Anthropologie,  I was inspired to make these spring blooms:



Before I explain, here are the ones from Anthropologie (pictures taken with my phone)



We noticed these huge flowers as part of the decor. So cute!


How did they make these?



Yes, Q-Tips!! (sorry for the fuzzy phone pictures)


I just knew I had to try it myself!




So, I went home and gathered some supplies:



I experimented  a few different ways, but this method was the easiest:



Cut the Q-tips in half







Poke them into the Styrofoam ball:




If you make them too close together, the q-tips won't push down very far.



Once you are finished, mix up some water and food coloring.  I loved the aqua color that Anthropologie did, but I'm sure they would look adorable in yellow, orange, green or any other spring color!





Keep rolling the ball around in the food coloring until all the q-tips are evenly colored.


Set it on a towel to dry.  The color will lighten a little when dry, so keep that in mind when you are mixing up your color!


Now, snip the stems off of some cheapy flowers.  Keep the wire inside the stem.



Poke it into the ball. You may want to secure it with a bit of hot glue.

And there you have it! A cheap and easy project inspired by my all time favorite store. :)



Has anyone else created something inspired by Anthropologie?



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Another Wreath!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I made another spring wreath as a gift for my mom's birthday!


This time I added a happy little bird to perch among the flowers.





So very springy! I need to look at this and remind myself it really is spring even though it's snowing outside. Yuck!







And the winner is...

Friday, March 25, 2011



A winner has randomly been selected...congratulations to commenter #57, Megan! I will get in touch with you to claim your Snack Bag!


Thanks to everyone for participating! Hopefully there will be more giveaways very soon!



A Very Green Giveaway!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm hosting another giveaway today!

Heather from Teeny Greeny is giving away one Planet Wise Snack Bag of your choice.









I saw these on her website last week and immediately wanted some. They are so adorable and eco-friendly!  
 
 
Why would one want one of these when you can just just a ziplock baggie?
  • Great alternative to plastic baggies
  • Waste-free lunches
  • Replaces aluminum foil & plastic wrap
  • Perfect size for fruit, snacks, sandwiches or leftovers
  • Bring a wet washcloth in any of the bags for easy clean up on the go!
  • Snack bag is a great size to keep in your purse to store a checkbook, reading glasses, personal items, jewelry or female products
  • Hand or machine wash; air or towel dry
Awesome design and safety features:
  • FDA Food Safe Material
  • PVC, BPA, Phthalate, Latex and Lead Free
  • Patent Pending No Leak Design
  • CPSIA Compliant
  • Angled Corners For Easy Cleaning
  • Made in the USA!
 
 
 
You can have your choice of :
 

Sandwich Bag







Snack Bag








Window Bag



or


Sandwich Wrap (doubles as a placemat!)






They also come in tons of adorable prints. So, head on over to Teeny Greeny and check them all out!


Teeny Greeny does not only sell Snack Bags of course. It's a wonderful (local for you KC folks!) online store that sells cloth diapering accessories as well as other natural products.  They have a great baby registry, which I used when I was pregnant with Jane. It was so easy and simple for everyone. 


One great thing Teeny Greeny is doing is a diaper rental.  You can try out all the different types of diapers for 2 weeks so that you know what diapers will work best for you before making an investment. 

If you are interested in Cloth Diapering, I would encourage you to start with Teeny Greeny


Here's How to Enter!

You have the chance to enter up to 3 times if you wish.

1. Go check out the snack bags and leave a comment on this blog post telling me which one you'd want to win.
2. Become a follower and leave a comment telling me you did so.
3. "Like" Homemade Ginger on Facebook and leave another comment telling me so. 
 
 
The winner will be announced on Friday, March 25th. Good Luck!


Spring Fun & Organic Deals

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring has seemed to arrive here in Kansas City...finally!  Of course as soon as it was gorgeous outside, I came down with the stomach flu.  (which is why my blogging lately has been rather absent!) I still managed to get out in the amazing weather over the weekend...and I found out about how to get some amazing deals on organic food!


We made it out to the St. Patty's Day parade in Lawrence, KS for the 3rd year. (Against my better judgement, I went in spite of the stomach bug...oops)

It was the most perfect weather for a parade and some burgers!


Lula and Jane also had fun soaking up the sun in some much needed outdoor time.



Look who is finally sitting up!









Now for the deals I scored...

 I found out that Whole foods has store coupons that they will stack with manufacturer's coupons.  Combine these with their sales, and you can get some inexensive organic food.  I tried it out this weekend and got some good deals! Here is a sampling of the deals I scored:


I was excited to see some produce for only $1/lb...much cheaper than the non-organic oranges and grapefruit at the regular store. Sweet!

(To see a full list of deals and coupon matchups, check this out.)

I also splurged on some yogurt and hot dogs.  The yogurt was on sale for $3, which is not an amazing deal, but I like to have the organic kind on hand especially since Jane is just now eating whole milk plain yogurt.  I really splurged on the hot dogs.  Lula loves them and I try to only give her the chicken or turkey nitrate free kind if I'm going to feed her a hot dog! So, we get them every now and then for a treat!

I can't wait to scope out the deals next week and Whole Foods. I'm trying to be better at couponing these days. I will try to post my success updates!


Green Project for a Green Day--Cloth Wipes & Solution

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I posted this last St. Patty's day and thought I'd bring it back out from the archives...enjoy!


Lula's cloth wipes have been mysteriously disappearing and the ones that are left are getting a little nasty.  So, I decided it was time to make a fresh batch!  I found some flannel in fun colors on sale and cut them into a bunch of rectangles.  I just used an old wipes container as a guide and cut my flannel so that it will fit nicely in the container.  




I used a blanket stitch to sew two pieces of flannel together so that they are fairly thick and durable. Notice I did not worry about making them perfect! Once you wash them, the edges will fray a bit and they are being used to wipe a baby's butt after all, so no need being a perfectionist on this project!



Once I was done, I had a nice new stack that fit perfectly in our cute wipes container!


And now for my  homemade wipe solution: 

Basically you just need about 1 tsp of Dr. Bronner's soap and about 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Mix it with a few cups of water and pour over the wipes.  Tea tree oil is naturally anti-bacterial and smells great! Much better than the store bought wipe smell.  Some people prefer to put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on a dry wipe before using.  I prefer the other method just because it's one less step! Either way works, though!

There is your green project for St. Patty's day! Enjoy!

Blog Makeover!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

If you are reading this in google reader, go to my actual blog to see the new look! 
I'm loving my blog makeover!  My husband surprised me with a makeover for my blog for my birthday a few weeks ago.  There are so many new elements that will hopefully make it easier to navigate for my readers.  The menu bar at the top will be especially helpful! I still have to update much of the info in the different menu pages, but hopefully it will all come together very soon!

You can also feel free to grab a homemade ginger button, located on the side bar. 






I also have created a homemade ginger facebook page! Click on the facebook logo at the top to go there and check it out!
And finally, a huge thanks to Kim at 733designs for doing the blog design.
She was great to work with. I'm amazed at how quickly she put everything together and she really captured exactly what I had envisioned. 

I hope everyone likes the new look as much as I do!

March Madness for Fabric Lovers

Tuesday, March 15, 2011



My mom told me about this hilarious thing going on right now in the spirit of March Madness. 




It's Modern Madness! Basically, you can fill out a bracket that puts the top 64 fabric lines up against each other. Throughout the month of march, Fat Quarterly will post the winners of each round.



I also wanted to give a big thanks to Money Saving Mom


MoneySavingMom.com


for featuring my homemade whole grain baby food post today!


Head on over to Money Saving Mom for tons of advice on frugal living, couponing and money advice...it's one of my favorites!

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