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Kumquat, Frolic, Onesies and Monster Cookie Cake

Finally had a chance to clean my living room, and halfway convince the weather to cooperate so I could get a few pictures of the freshly painted walls. A big Thank You to Beckey and Tim for painting over Easter weekend. I really appreciate it, and, my living room looks flipping awesome. 

Living Room

 

Vintage blue chair from my Grandma Drevs, in front of one green wall

 

A very happy Mr. Fish, enjoying his new home (but missing his Gma and Gpa).

For those of you playing the Sherwin Williams Home Game, the colors are

  • 6648 Kumquat (orange)
  • 6703 Frolic (green)

So, baby is arriving soon (not soon enough) and instead of playing games at the shower, I suggested that all of the guests decorate onesies for him to wear over the next year. And by “suggested” I mean, I didn’t let a few of the guests leave until they completed the task. They all turned out great, and baby is so excited to start wearing his new clothes!

Click on the image to see them up-close

Tomorrow is Brian’s birthday! He’s doesn’t eat cake, so I couldn’t make him some fun fancy birthday cake. I decided on making him a giant Monster Cookie Cake, since he loves monster cookies. I did a little research and found out that you can use any cookie recipe, just make sure to cut back on the heat, and cook it a little longer. Also, leave the cookie on the pan while it cools – it will continue to cook. I cooked this on a pizza pan (was going to go the pizza stone route, but it would have taken at least two stones). 

Happy Birthday, Brian, I love you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs white syrup (or more, whatever, I never measure, I just pour.)
  • 1 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 4 1/2 c oatmeal (or more, depending on if you use the correct amount of peanut butter)
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of M&Ms

Directions for Cookie Cake

  • Cream butter and sugar. Add other ingredients one at a time. Mix well!
  • Spread evenly on pizza pan. Make sure the middle isn’t thicker than the outside, that’s the toughest part to cook. If your dough is already to the edge of your pan, you might want to consider taking some of it off. Cookies spread, you don’t want to waste cookie by feeding it to the oven floor. I cooked mine at 250 for… maybe 25 minutes. I could tell the bottom was just brown, but none of the edges were burnt. These cookies normally cook at 350 for … however you like them done. 

LOX, Orange Chicken and House Progress

The creative juices are flowing… just no output. This is the first time I’ve really MOVED, and I didn’t realize how time consuming it would be to put all of my stuff away! It probably doesn’t help that on top of getting organized, I seem to be acquiring more and more stuff. Apparently Babies do that to you. I’ve already sectioned off a portion of my living room that will undoubtedly be devoted to TOYS for the next … 10 years. I can’t say that I’m not excited for the Lego Mania that is bound to happen in my living room. Also, I’ve got lots of stuff. Every time I get three totes put away, I go back to Mom and Dad’s house and pack up three more totes! Who knows what they are going to do with all their extra space!

So, here we are three weeks later and the only thing crafty I’ve done is make potholders – granted, they are awesome – Oh, and paint my craft room. Three of four walls are painted, the fourth may or may not be painted at a later date. Yellow, green and teal. 

Craft Room: In Progress

If that doesn’t satisfy your room decor needs, click on the photo to go to my flickr account, do some browsing and you’ll find the originals.

On the right is walls 1 (yellow) and 2 (green) with totes of fabric and plastic bags (Man to build shelves in closet soon); middle photo is a cool book shelf shoved in a couve; the photo on the left is walls 2 (green) and 3 (teal). These photos don’t do it justice – the bright colors will be very inspiring in months to come!

For those of you playing Sherwin Williams Home Game, the colors are:

  • 6907 Forsythia
  • 6931 Jolly Green
  • 6947 Tempo Teal

More about the middle photo: I had all intentions of putting my television on this shelf, but I just don’t think that is going to work. It will have to be housed on another stand, in another corner. All of my craft stuff (beads, sequins, feathers, trims, biased tape, paint, tools etc) had just been thrown in to a giant tote and a giant plastic bag. I bought twenty 6 qt Sterilite storage containers from Walmart and separated everything into it’s appropriate category. And of course, as any good crafter would have, the multiple containers of “What in the world am I ever going to do with this/I can’t get rid of these doll glasses, you never know when I will want them” crap. So – there’s half the storage in this shelving unit 🙂 Above those are patterns, more bead/button/embroidery organizers etc; the top shelf is books/magazines. 
Not pictured: the closet that will (eventually) be housing all of my fabric/recycled clothes.

Altho I haven’t been crafting, I’ve been cooking and doing some light baking. One of my goals for 2010 is to try one new recipe a month. January was a success, as I did two and Brian did one. Let me introduce you to: Orange Chicken.

Orange Chicken

This is a recipe is from the Diamond Jo Casino Employee Cookbook (Northwood, IA). My changes [following the original]. You might also want to make some rice! I recommend remembering to make the rice BEFORE the rest of the food is done cooking. Goes a lot faster.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken (uncooked) [I used two chicken breasts]
  • 1/4 c onion, chopped [or a whole onion]
  • 1/4 c green peppers, chopped [or 2 whole green and red peps]

 

Sauce

  • 1/4 c frozen orange juice concentrate [more like half a cup; and we use orange-pineapple since it was on sale]
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 2 tbs soy sauce [lite SS of course, add more to taste]
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper [pretty sure I didn’t add these]
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • [add red pepper flakes next time – not too many, just enough for flavor]

Their instructions (Oven):

  1. Spray 9x3in glass baking pan. Place chicken, onion, peppers in dish.
  2. Mix sauce together and pour over chicken.
  3. Bake, covered, for one hour at 350. 
  4. Uncover and place orange slices on top, return to oven for 15 minutes
  5. This is a Weight Watchers recipe.

My instructions (Stove):

  1. You will need a good sized pan. The big-ish one. I don’t know what they are called. But you’re throwing all the ingredients in together and they all need to fit and cook.
  2. Cut onion and peppers into whatever size you like to eat.
  3. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  4. Mix sauce together. Will be thickish, shouldn’t be runny.
  5. If you like your onion clear, start cooking them in the pan for a few minutes before adding the chicken and peppers – add some sauce so the onions start cooking in the sauce. 
  6. Add remaining ingredients (chicken, peppers, remaining sauce). Cover. Set your stove to medium to high.
  7. Check periodically should be done when everything is cooked. You want to give the sauce enough time for all the flavors to mix, it definitely tastes better at the end than when you mix it together!