Last week was all about food but I have still been making. Right now I'm turning this:

Into this:

To make this:

I wasn't happy with how the second one was looking so I've been (sadly) doing a lot of this as well:

More to come. 

Jersey Yarn

I have been on a frittata kick and wanted to switch up how I made my eggs. I do love baking my eggs in avocados but unfortunately there is not enough space to stuff in all the ingredients I like to add. So I found some extra large bell peppers and made some Pepper Cups (makes four):

In my mix:
2 large bell peppers
4 Eggs (I used four)
1/2 large tomato chopped
Handful of spinach roughly chopped
Handful of kale roughly chopped (unless you are already get the kale pre-chopped)
Asparagus (think I used four or five) chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Cut the bell peppers in half and hollow out the middle, remove the seeds and lightly oil them.  (I cut one pepper horizontally and the other vertically to see if it would make a difference of how much the pepper could hold. It didn't. But, it depends on the size of your bell pepper). 

In a large bowl mix together the eggs and the rest of the ingredients. Pour the mixture into each cup. Bake for 20 minutes on a baking dish. 

I did broil my cups at the end for a few minutes. Just my personal preference.

Breakfast Pepper Cups

Looks like this week will be all about food (fine by me) because I have another recipe to share tomorrow. I've mentioned it on her before but I hardly ever follow a recipe to a T. The only time I will follow one is if I'm making something where dough will have to rise. 

Moving on, I found a recipe online for Cilantro and Lime Salmon. I had everything but the lime. But I had plenty of lemons so my recipe became Cilantro and Lemon Salmon. 

2 Tablespoons of oil (I used grape seed)
Juice from one lemon (or lime)
Handful (or two) of cilantro 
1 garlic clove (or if you are like me you can buy the jar of garlic that is already chopped)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400. Place your salmon on a baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Lightly salt and pepper the salmon (or to your preference). Blend the cilantro, oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor or blender until you get a nice paste then pour it all over the salmon. Bake for 15-20 minutes. 

I paired the salmon with quinoa and asparagus (I cooked the asparagus at 400 for about 15 minutes. I like the crunchy/crispy in between with my asparagus). 

Needless to say it was a hit with everyone. I may make a larger portion of the paste. It would be great on other meats or in pasta. 

Cilantro and Lemon Salmon

My new food obsession: Acai bowls! 

I made mine with 1/4 cup Sambazon Acai Juice, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, and one whole banana. Mix it all together in blender then top it with more fruit and/or granola. I topped mine with chia seeds and homemade granola.
I used this guide for making the granola. 

I didn't add dried fruit and I baked mine a little longer at a higher temp because I wanted my granola to be more crunchy.  

Most recipes have recommended using the frozen Acai smoothie packets but I wasn't able to find them. The juice works just fine. Plus, you can do what I did and freeze the rest of the juice and scoop some out as needed. If you do this you will need to use a little liquid such as almond milk, coconut water, or aloe vera juice. 

The second time I made then bowl I only used almond milk (and nixed the yogurt) and I wasn't a fan. While it's basically a smoothie in a bowl it tasted too much like a smoothie to me. It didn't have the smooth soft serve frozen yogurt consistency the first bowl had.  


Acai Bowls

Last weekend we celebrated my son's 6th birthday party. At first he wanted a Tom and Jerry Party but he changed his mind to Transformers. Yup, boys can be indecisive as well.

Optimus Prime

Ah, the versatility of cardboard boxes.
 I had plan to make a Bumblee one (as you can see in the pic below) but he wasn't cooperating. 

My sister in law made the letters and logo for the signs. As well as the cups and plates. 

The cups were also the Thank You gifts. I prefer to give Thank you gifts that could be used again rather than a bag full of stuff the children (Or parents. Especially parents) don't need. 
Simple cake with some bunting. 
Simple cake with bunting and my sister's head. ;-) 

Sporting Bumblebee on the shirt. 

I asked Jellykoe to create this illustration and used it as part of the party's decor. It now hangs in the boys' room. 

The most eventful part of the party was the Birthday Boy losing his first tooth!

Transformers Party

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