Thursday, July 17, 2014

Paper Lined Cabinet Doors


My daughter is still trying to decide how she wants to update her room. We finished her curtains last year and then we stalled.

Every time I go to Columbus to visit family I stop at certain stores and Paper Source is one of my favorites. I have seen some pictures on Pinterest where creative folks have lined the sides of dresser drawers with fine paper, fabric, or wrapping paper and I decided I want to do this on my dresser too. Dilemma is I can't choose one paper I love.
My last trip to Columbus last week, and I stopped in Paper Source to see what was new. I saw a beautiful purple paper with stamped gold mums and knew my daughter would love it. The sales clerk showed me a white paper that had gold "dots" with an occasional tiny aqua accent dot. I bought several sheets of each. 
I decided that since I cannot choose a paper for my room that I will start this project in my daughter's room. I bought the purple paper because I want to line the inside of her armoire doors. She often leaves these doors open, so I am hoping the pretty paper will distract from her mess in that cabinet or inspire her to keep it orderly (as you can see it's a mess).
I did not want to attach the paper directly to the doors in case I messed up while attaching the paper or in case we ever want to remove the paper. I decided that poster board cut to fit the space with the fine paper sprayed glued on it would be a better option.
I cut each poster board to size, sprayed with spray glue, and carefully attached the fine paper. Next I trimmed off the excess paper. I admit I messed up on the left-side door so I have to get another sheet of paper and redo it. I cannot live with the air pockets and the crease in the paper. If you do this project be careful when smoothing the paper over the spray glue. 
This will be my re-do. I don't live near a Paper Source so I have to order this paper online or take a 4 hr round trip to Columbus. 
On the wood doors, I attached repositionable double-sided glue dots. Next I pressed the finished poster board to the glue dots. Voila done! Great new look, Brooke loved it.
I still need to fix the back of her cabinet, this used to be my mom's and she kept her television in it so the back is cut out. Once I fix the back to cover the hole I will do a similar treatment with paper to dress up the back.





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars

I am not going to lie, these bars are so good! I found this recipe on Pinterest and it originally came from Averiecooks.com.

This recipe only yields an 8x8 square pan, so if you are going to a party you may want to double this into a rectangular pyrex dish or tripe it by also doing the 8x8. I did just that after making my first batch and realizing it was an 8x8, so I took a triple batch to the party yesterday and it was devoured. It also helps to not get too excited to make something and to read the recipe thoroughly and understand the yield amount.

What's so great about it? Well the bottom layer is a peanut butter rice crispy treat covered in a chocolate rice crispy treat with Kit Kats on top, it looked shady at first but after it set it looked really yummy. This recipe requires a microwave to heat the ingredients but no other cooking. I made a batch in about 15 minutes, my second batch took less than 10 minutes. Because I made these hours before the party, I placed the finished bars in my deep freezer to set up for about 30-45 minutes. Otherwise make them 1 day ahead.
This is the worst picture! I snapped it with my phone, its the only one I took of my first batch.

Would I change anything about this? No and Yes. I thought the bars were great and I would make as written forever, but I admit I felt the Kit Kats placed on top were an afterthought and did not add much. I was brewing up ideas on how I could incorporate the Kit Kats into this bar better as I was placing the KitKats on top of my bars. I did try to put Kit Kats between the 2 layers and on top, but really it tasted the same.

I think this bar can be easily adapted to use other candies, reese's cups would be amazing!I was thinking twix (or PB twix) would be good on this as well. This is something I will continue to experiment with.

These bars are very sweet, chewy, crisp, and not good for the waist line. I cut mine into smaller pieces because of how sweet they were. My triple batch lasted about 4 hours at the party.

Here is the recipe in my words or check out Averie Cook's original post and beautiful pictures

INGREDIENTS:

Peanut Butter Bottom Layer
1  cup creamy peanut butter (jarred but do not use natural or homemade peanut butter)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups Rice Krispies 
Chocolate Top Layer
1  cup chopped Kit Kat pieces (like 2-4 bars cut into 3-4 pieces per stick really you decide how much)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup Rice Krispies 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil or wax paper (I used wax paper)leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray if using aluminum foil; set aside.

2.  In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter, corn syrup, sugars, and heat on high power for about a minute to melt, time can vary based on microwave. 

3.  Stir mixture, will still be a bit grainy.


                                                                                                       

4.  RETURN BOWL TO MICROWAVE AND HEAT FOR 1 MORE MINUTE ON HIGH POWER.

5. aDD VANILLA  

6.  STIR IN 3 CUPS CEREAL. 

                                                                                        

7.  Press mixture out into prepared pan, packing it down somewhat firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top; set pan aside.                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                      

8.  IN A MEDIUM MICROWAVE-SAFE BOWL, COMBINE CHOCOLATE CHIPS, PEANUT BUTTER, AND HEAT ON HIGH POWER FOR 1 MINUTE TO MELT.      


9.  Stir mixture. Chips may not be completely melted.   

                         

10. Return bowl to microwave and heat for about 15-30 seconds, check after 15 to see if chocolate chips are melted, if not heat another 15 seconds.

11. STIR IN 1 CUP CEREAL. 

                                                                                                                                              

12. (if you want extra Kit Kats add them on top of peanut butter layer, requires addition 2-3 Kit Kat bars). 

13. Pour chocolate mixture over base, packing it down somewhat firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top.                                                                                            

                                                                            
14. PLACE THE TOP LAYER OF KIT KATS IN ROWS ON THE CHOCOLATE KRISPY LAYER. BY THE TIME YOU GET ALL THE KIT KATS ON THEY WILL BE MELTING. PUSH THEM DOWN LIGHTLY TO MAKE THEM STICK TO THE CHOCOLATE KRISPY LAYER.   
15. Cover pan and place pan in fridge to set up for at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, or until chocolate layer is completely set before lifting out with foil overhang, slicing, and serving. If you are in a pinch and don't have hours to let these set, stick them in your freezer for about 30 minutes, they will cool down and set (I did this with 4 batches I made).16. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.




Friday, July 4, 2014

Hope You Have a Great 4th!

I cannot believe it's already July 4th! When you stay busy time seems to pass quickly. We are heading down the street to a friends annual party.

I have been searching cookbooks and Pinterest for some recipe ideas. I usually take 2 dishes. Today I will take one side like a pasta salad and 1 or 2 desserts. I am still in this 11th hour trying to narrow down to 2 desserts, there were so many on Pinterest that I wanted to make. I think chocolate chip cookie dough balls, and chocolate peanut butter KitKat crunch bars will go over very well.

Have a fun day and stay safe!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Recipe: Zucchini Tacos


I really like zucchini but its hard for me to find new ways to use it. I typically use zucchini on the grill, roasted in the oven or sauteed on the stove top.

A few weeks ago I went to dinner with two of my girlfriends to celebrate our birthdays and an engagement. We went to a Mexican restaurant called Cazadores. Their menu is the same as most Mexican restaurants with the exception of the vegetarian section but because I choose from the vegetarian section, from restaurant to restaurant I never know what I will have to choose from.

Cazadores had a *new item* zucchini tacos. I was sold as soon as I saw the description. I cleaned my plate too. They didn't make them exactly as the menu stated but they were still good. The zucchini was cooked but still crisp. They were a nice change from my normal daily food menu.

Days following the dinner out, I was craving those zucchini tacos and decided I was going to make them myself.

I bought whole wheat flour tortillas (the small size)
2 zucchini sliced thick
white mushrooms sliced thick
1 onion chopped into bigger pieces
avocado
tomato
crema or sour cream
banana peppers
feta cheese
Ortega fish taco seasoning
small amt of olive oil to saute veggies

I sauteed the zucchini, then the onion, then the mushrooms. I did not cook them together because they don't cook at the same rate and I didn't want the veggies to be soggy from overcooking, I wanted more of a fajita
style veggie, cooked but still crisp. I sprinkled the fish taco seasoning on the zucchini toward the end of cooking them.

I heated the tortilla in the microwave a few seconds then spread on a small amount of the crema, maybe a teaspoon. Then added my cooked veggies and topped them with the banana peppers, tomato and avocado slices, and a little feta cheese. This made a big taco. Very yummy, I have made this at home twice and will continue to add this into my dinner menu.