Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer of Pinterest: Entry #1 Orange Chicken and Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

The great thing about being a teacher is having the time to do things in the summer.  Life gets so hectic during the school year, I rarely have time to try out all the amazing things I pin on Pinterest.  Enjoy my findings this summer :)

Today I wanted to make something different for dinner.  I love sweet and sour food so I went looking on my dinner board on Pinterest and opened up these two recipes which I thought would go well together (and they did).

I grabbed some Uncle Ben's Wild Brown Rice and steamed some broccoli from our own garden to complete the meal.  We were all quite happy with the results.  I'd definitely recommend these recipes to a friend ;)

Here are the brands I used.  I'd say this dinner for 3 (with at least 2 more portions for leftovers) cost less than $10.

And here's Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear's plates of dinner :) 

Have you tried any great Pinterest recipes lately?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Today was a great day for my little business.  We reached 100 "Likes" on Facebook!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

11 Minute Pasta Salad

My husband has been nagging me to make pasta salad this week, especially since he harvested broccoli from the garden.  It's a simple recipe I just made up myself with veggies we like.  Thought I'd share :)

1.  Boil a pot of water.  Pour in a box of pasta.  I like to use Garden Delight pasta go get even more veggies in there and for the beautiful colors!

2. Cut the veggies and put them into a 13x9 container.  You could use a deep bowl too, but I don't have one with a cover, so I just use some multipurpose tupperware.  Here are the veggies I used:

  • About one and a half heads of broccoli
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes. Cut in half of quartered, depending on size--do what you prefer.
  • Coin 3 average carrots.  If you get the giant carrots, one would probably be enough.
  • 1 green pepper.  Preferably organic because peppers are in the dirty dozen.  Red peppers would go well too.  

Before Cheese
3. Drain the pasta and add it to the veggies.  I think the little bit of heat and steam brings out more of the flavor in the veggies.

4.  Add about one small container of Italian Dressing.  I usually use Wishbone because it goes on sale.  I'm sure it would also be delicious with homemade dressing, but that would send me over 11 minutes :)

5. Make small cubes out of about 4 oz cheddar cheese. You want to add this last because it will melt if the pasta is hot.

Voila!  Eat or Refrigerate :)