Monday, April 14, 2014

Kool-Aid Dyed Easter Eggs

The pin I found for this week is here

And oh my, I LOVE this pin!  I was VERY doubtful this would work and was so excited when it did.  The colors were so bright and the dying process was QUICK!
Items Needed:
Boiled Eggs

Mix 2/3 Cup water with a packet of Kool-Aid.  No vinegar is needed for these eggs because there is Citric Acid in Kool Aid which helps the color.
PERFECTLY dyed Easter Eggs is your result!  The ONLY issue is that you have to immediately pour this solution in the drain when you are done so your kids aren’t tempted to dye their hair!  (And yes, this works to….)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yarn Eggs

The pin I found for this week is here

It was fun to make my own Easter Craft with my kids!  These are easy to make:

Items Needed:
Yarn (I used a roll of yarn that changes colors so I just used one roll for all the eggs)
Glue (I just used Elmers Glue)
a disposable container
Water Balloons

{Optional} You can insert a fun treat in your balloon!
Blow up your water balloon.  If you want to have a treat in the balloon, stuff it in the balloon first!  I thought it would be fun to put money in there… But since I am a parent, I was robbed before making this pin and didn’t have any for the pictures :)

Mix one part water with two parts glue in a disposable container.
Dip your yarn in the glue (this is MESSY!)

Wrap around your balloon the way you want it to look and let it thoroughly dry overnight.

Pop the balloon!
What a fun craft to do with your kids, but it is VERY messy.  I would suggest it!  The other issue is that when I popped the balloons, they just shriveled around the candy... maybe they would be best without the candy inside!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Asian Bowtie Pasta Salad

I am so excited to present my FAVORITE Pinterest recipe to you!  

I followed the original recipe with just a FEW changes!

1 lb Farfalle (bowtie) pasta (I used the mini farfalle)
1/3 cup Canola Oil
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Sesame Oil
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Honey
3 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
I used a handful (to your taste) of Peppers.  I like to use smaller sweet peppers.  I LOVE sweet and I think they are much easier to cut! 
1 bunch of Green Onions, diced (you can use less if your family doesn't like the onion flavor as much)
1 Rotisserie Chicken, cut into bite sized pieces (put more chicken if you want it meatier)

5 tablespoons Roasted Sesame Seeds
1 bunch of Cilantro
2 tablespoons Red Pepper Flakes
3 cups washed Baby Spinach

Boil and cook pasta according to directions (al dente).  Make sure to salt the cooking water.  Drain pasta and set aside.  

Return your pot back to the stove.  (You don't need to wash it.)  Add the Canola Oil, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Honey, and Rice Wine Vinegar.  Heat over low heat until the honey is dissolved.  

Remove from heat and toss in the pasta.  

Add the Peppers, Chicken, Green Onions, Red Pepper, Sesame Seeds, Cilantro and Red Pepper Flakes.  Toss well to coat all the ingredients.  

I think this tastes extra yummy if you leave it overnight at this point or even for a few hours to marinate the flavor.  (not required!)

Before serving, toss the pasta with the spinach, to keep the vibrant green as much as possible.

This can be chilled or served warm at room temperature.  YUM!