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Mini Venison Meatballs

Mini Venison Meatballs
My boys are getting big, too fast! Our busy days of work and school seem to fly by and find myself desperately trying to find little moments to make memories and share time with them. One way I’m finding is to share the cooking with them. Mylittlest man is what we call a “maker” in the house. He loves to be in the kitchen pouring, mixing, tasting.

We’ve been having fun with some kid friendly recipes and I’m trying to remember to snap a few pics to share. But just because it’s a kid friendly recipe doesn’t mean adult won’t enjoy the yummy end results!

My hubby is a hunter so our freezer is full of healthy low fat protein rich venison. While I made these meatballs with venison, you could use regular ground beef for a delicious twist on an Italian classic!

Ingredients:
1 lb ground venison
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 TBSP worstershire sauce
1-2 TBSP pureed carrots (yes sneeak those veggie in when they’re not looking)
1-2 tsp cumin (to taste)
1-2 tsp italian seasoning
1 TBSP minced garlic

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Let you little one use their hands-they’ll love it!
3. Form into 1″ balls. I use a 1″ cookie scoop then drop it into the little-ones hands to press and form into a tight ball.
4. Place on cookie sheet (I like to line mine with parchment paper as it makes for a lot less scrubbing after baking!)
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

The flavor of these are amazing. I topped with a favorite marinara and some grated parmesan….mmmmmm! Serve with a veggie or side salad. OR add these to the top of your spagetti or on a hoagie for a sandwich.
Enjoy!

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Sticky Caramel Rolls

Last weekend we made caramels…ooey, gooey delicious caramels!  Maybe it’s the allure of caramel apples and the Halloween season  but I was seriously in need of caramel. While the caramels set up I moved on to these caramel sticky buns.
What I love about these is the dough is so easy and doesn’t take much time at all. The sauce is also simple and the final result is not overwhelmingly sweet but rather rich and well, delicious. I finished the weekend with a little less roominess in my jeans as I am sure I have some caramel hanging out waiting for me to burn it off at the gym!

caramel sauce

dough

filling

Directions:

1. Sprinkle brown sugar in greased 9×13-inch pan. Pour over whipping cream, set aside
2. In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Add water, egg, and melted butter; beat at low speed until moistened.
3. By hand, stir in 1 1/2- 2 cups flour. Knead 3 minutes; let rest 10 minutes
4. Roll dough to a 7×15-inch rectangle. Spread with butter; sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up tightly and seal edges. Cut into 1-inch rolls.
5. Place in prepared pan. Cover and let rise until doubled.
6. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
7. Let sit for 5 mintues then invert onto serving plate (I used a large cookie sheet)

Originally found at http://baking.food.com/recipe/nanas-caramel-cinnamon-rolls-241325

Fun to make Irish Brown Bread

It doesn’t have to be St Patty’s day to enjoy a little home-baked Irish goodness!  There is just nothing like the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. This super easy recipe is full of whole-grain goodness and the kids have so much fun getting their little hands gooey while mixing it.

I LOVE this bread hot from the oven with a little strawberry or mango jam on top! Of course it’s even better while sipping a cup of tea 🙂

I pair this dense bread with soups, stews, roasts and just about any other down home recipe you can

come up with. And it’s really quick to make up, no time waiting for it to rise. I think you could cut down on the cook time by make 2 smaller loaves.

Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 cups butter milk


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all the ingredients except milk in a large bowl. Stir with hands. Make a well in the mixture and pour in 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk.
2. Continue mixing with hands. Add remaining cup of buttermilk as you combine ingredients. The dough will be very wet and sticky….kids love it!
3. Dust hands with flour and shape dough into a ball. Place on a floured cookie sheet or non-stick baking mat. Score a X on the top with a knife.
4. Bake the bread until golden brown about 45-50 minutes. Let cool for 10  minutes before slicing.

 Originally found in Family Fun magazine March 2008

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

So now that you’ve created an abundance of Salsa Verde (see previous post https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/10/13/awe-mazing-green-tomato-salsa-verde/), I thought you’d appreciate a recipe to cook with it. Sure chips and salsa is great, but it’s always nice to have options, especially when you have 27 pints in front of you!

So my dear friend, Lindsay over at www.eat8020.com shared a delicious enchilada recipe. I noticed her “gravy” was quite similar to my salsa verde and so gave it a try using my now abundant stash of salsa.

I did change a few things up to accomodate the hubby’s hollow leg and the boys growing appetite. This recipe will make 2 – 9 x 13 pans of enchiladas…great for when company visits or having leftovers. Also since cheese is almost it’s own food group in this house, I had to add some in the filling mixture. I also have to give her a big thanks for helping me discover the raw tortillas. I found them in the refrigerator section of the store near salsa’s and cheese. If you’ve never tried them, go get yourself a pack today…simply yummy!

Hope you enjoy this easy little number using your own Salsa Verde!

15-20  12″ raw flour tortillas (found them in the refigerator isle by the salsa)
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (~22 oz total), grilled and cubed
2 packages 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
2 6 oz cans diced green chiles
3 cups + 3 Tbsp Salsa Verde,warmed on the stove top
1 1/2 cups shredded mexican cheese blend (or monterey jack cheese)
Cilantro, to garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover bottom of 9 x 13 pan with a thin layer of salsa verde.
2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and green chiles. Mix well. Add chicken cubes and fold to combine.
3. Fill each tortilla with ~1/3 cup chicken mixture. Roll tortilla and place in pan, seam side down. Ladle 3 cups Enchilada Gravy over filled tortillas, then sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted. Place oven on high broil and place baking dish on top rack. Watch closely and broil for ~3 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve.
As I mentioned I made a few alterations to the original recipe which are all represented in the above recipe. Check out the original here http://www.eat8020.com/search?q=enchiladas. And while you’re there check out her other recipes!

Chocolate Birthday Wishes

It just isn’t a birthday without some form of cake…my boys know this as a golden rule. So when it was daddy’s birthday and I was sick they tried hard to understand why there was no cake. Sorry guys. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, least of all my kids, the next day, I dragged my sick little self to the kitchen and with the help of my super “maker” we prepared cupcakes (no not from scratch) but they turned out delicious none the less. It’s a fun activity to do withyour kids since cupcakes are hard to mess up.

 

Ingredients:
Box of cake mix
Oil
Water
Eggs
Chocolate Chips (optional:other things to jazz it up: marshmellows, coconut, marichino cherries, nuts or all the above)
Frosting (from a can for this one)
Frosting applicator
Sprinkles
A dash of patience and a heaping spoonful of fun!

1. Follow cake mix directions adding oil, water and eggs. Mix. Pour batter into cupcake pan with liners in place. Fill each no more than 1/2 full. For this we used chocolate cake mix and then sprinkled chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking.

Note: If you run out of liners as we did, you can cut 5″x5″ squares of parchment paper (the kind intended for baking). Place the parchment squares in the cupcake pan and add the batter.  These parchment cupcakes give a gourmet spin on a very simple dessert.

2. Bake as directed. Be sure to thoroughly clean all items that came into contact with the batter, preferably with your tongue! Mom taught me this little cleaning trick and I’m passing it on to the boys.

When done, remove from oven, let cool completely. Okay who am I kidding, you’ll need to cut into one hot delicious cupcake and eat it right away to make sure they are not aweful 🙂 Mom taught me that baking secret too.

3. Once cupcakes are cool, frost to your hearts content. I used a Wilton Cupcake decorator tube with interchangable decorating tips. Super easy to fill and clean up. Reausable too!

I added a simple little swirl top of frosting and then my little “maker” went to town dousing the tops of the cupcakes with sugary sprinkles.  He later made sure to point out to each of us that he “sprinkled that one” as we each devoured our chocolately goodness and thanked daddy for being born!  Happy birthday love of my life….I love you more than chocolate!

Fabric Jewelry – A Composition

For some reason I really love jewelry in the summer. Maybe because more of my arms and neck are visible with a summer wardrobe (it’s snow country here in the winter). Maybe I have more time to think about adding an accessory in the lazy summer mornings? I don’t know. What I do know is I like these easy ideas for accessorizing with your scraps!

Braided Fabric Bracelet from Craftaholics Anonymous– so easy, I’m making oodles of these in all colors…use regular cotton and use fray check on the edge if needed or fold raw edges inward before braiding.

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/easy-fabric-bracelets-and-tutorial

Fabric covered bracelets from Fave Crafts. Use plastic or wood bracelets and cover them with strips of fabric…super easy!

http://www.favecrafts.com/Bracelets/Fabric-Scrap-Bracelets/ct/1

Fabric covered Necklace from Elegant Musings by guest writer Tilly and the Buttons

http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/03/springtime-accessories-fabric-necklace-tutorial/

Amy Butler also has a tutorial for a similar necklace here http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/FabricNecklace.pdf

Scrap Fabric Necklace from Smaller

This one I can’t wait to try out…small and colorful! Would coordinate nicely with the first bracelet, right?

http://smallmagazine.typepad.com/smaller/2009/06/small-projects-scrap-fabric-necklaces.html

Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person

Super cute, easy, fast and would coordinate with the button earings in the previous post.

http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/fabric-button-necklaces.html

Ruffled fabric necklace from Craftaholics Anonymous

Sooo sooo easy!

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/vintage-ruffle-necklace-with-tutorial

Fabric Earings – A Compilation

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  -Pablo Picasso

Those scrap piles keep growing faster than I can  and sew projects. The summer months have been busy with farmers markets and art festivals.  So I thought I’d give you a sampling of fabric earings tutorials I found on the www. Hope you enjoy!

Fabric Button Earings from blog Casa de Lewis

Made these, like a jillion pair and love them. Note a metal glue, like a super glue vs hot glue gun worked better for me

http://www.sadalewis.com/2011/06/fabric-button-earrings-tutorial.html

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Fabric Scrap Earings from DIY Fashion

This would be so funky…just might have to make these for a night at Music on Main

http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diyjewelrymaking/ss/ScrapEarrings.htm

Recycled Water Bottle and Fabric Earings from Fave Crafts

This one also has a YouTube video if you prefer the video tutorial.

http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/Repurposed-Reverse-Fabric-Earrings

Fabric and Wood Earings from The Craft in Me

These look really easy and I like the look. They would probably be really light-weight too!

http://thecraftinme.blogspot.com/2010/04/fabric-earrings.html