Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sewing Class Project #2

We made purses, and since I finished early I also got to make the extra little bag to go inside. I still have a one thing to do on the inside of the purse, but it's hand stitching so I didn't want to spend time doing it in the class. My 5 week class is over! I'm hoping to take Beginner 2 in April once they offer an evening class. This was so much fun!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Oatmeal Muffins

This is a recipe I got from a ward in college. They handed out recipe books ("Recipes Yo Mama wants you to know...") with recipes from all the girls in Relief Society. This is a recipe from Cara Ricks.
1 cup oats
1 cup milk
1/3 cup honey
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 well beaten egg
1/4 cup oil
Combine oats, milk and honey. Let stand 15 minutes. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Combine egg and oil and then add to oatmeal mixture. Add all at once to the dry ingredients, stirring just to moisten. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 425 for 20-25 min.
For mine, I didn't sift anything I just whisked the dry ingredients. They finished cooking around 15 minutes and were even a little darker than I would have preferred. I think our oven tries to sabotage my cooking.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sewing Class Project #1

Yesterday I finished the apron I was making in my sewing class. There are a few errors I chose not to redo, but overall I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I'm proud to say I finally finished a sewing item without having anyone do the hard parts for me. I hope I can use some of what I learned for future projects.

Sweet & Sour Pineapple Chicken Recipe

This was adapted from a recipe I found online. I left out 2 cups celery so you can add that too if you want.
2 cups green pepper
2 Tbsp. oil
1 tin (14 oz.) unsweetened pineapple tidbits (drained)
2 cups drained pineapple juice with water added to make up
5 Tbsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 cups left over chicken, cut in cubes
cooked rice (as required)

Sautee vegetables in oil until tender crisp. Remove from pan. Combine pineapple juice with water, cornstarch, brown sugar, vinegar and soy sauce in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Add drained pineapple, vegetables and chicken. Heat and serve with rice.

We used 2 green peppers, 3 chicken breasts, 2 five oz. tins of pineapples (one was shredded), and 3 scoops of rice into the rice cooker. The sauce amazingly transformed into sweet and sour sauce before our eyes. It was incredible. It was a very tasty, pretty easy recipe and we will definitely make it again.