Friday, August 26, 2011

Homemade Classroom Paste

Are you ready?  It's time to head back to school.  Here's one for parents or teachers who are looking to save a littel money or need glue in a pinch!  It is not hard to make a paste similar to the one you remember from elementary school.

Makes: 1.5 quarts
Duration: 10 minutes

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon alum
  • 1.2 teaspoon oil of wintergreen

1. Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl, then slowly add in the cold water to make a paste.

2. Add the boiling water and transfer the mixture to a saucepan.

3. Bring to a boil and stir until mixture is thick and clear.

4. Remove from heat and add the alum and oil of wintergreen.

5. Let cool and store in air tight container.

Get this and more ideas from The Everything Toddler Activities Book: Games And Projects That Entertain And Educate.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tastes from Home with Frito-Lay Giveaway (Closed)

I find that Summer is the perfect time to bring back some of my most favorite recipes.  This recipe can be made in the oven, but is so much better on the Barbecue.  This recipe was given to me when at my bridal shower from a family member, and so it has been passed on to me to enjoy with my family.  It is pretty easy to make and you can never go wrong with it!

Spiced Pork and Pepper Skewers with Mango Sauce

Serves 8

  • 1 cup cubed, peeled ripe mango
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion tops
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into about 32 pieces
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • Cooking Spray

For Mango Sauce:
Puree mango, orange juice, lime juice, salt and garlic in food processor or blender.  Spoon into a bowl, stir in onions, basil and jalapeno.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

Cooking Directions:
  1. Heat oven or grill to 450 degrees.
  2. Trim fat from pork.  Cut pork into about 32 pieces (cubes). 
  3. In a medium bowl, mix pork, bell pepper, oil , and seasonings.  Toss well to coat.
  4. In a repeating pattern, thread 1 piece bell pepper and 1 pork cube onto each of the skewers.
  5. Place kebabs on a sprayed broiler pan or on the grill and bake 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes until the pork is done.  Serve with mango sauce.
In addition to the peppers and pork on the skewers, I add whole new potatoes into the mix.  That way, I have a complete meal ready to go.  I have also served this with homemade mashed potatoes.  Both are a compliment to the meal.  Also try serving with a salad with lots of fresh summer veggies! 

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Congratulations to the new winner, Katharina S, winner of the Frito Lay Giveaway.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks to Frito-Lay for providing me with a sample of chips.  This blog post is a form of entry into the Tastes from Home with Frito-Lay recipe contest.  Frito-Lay is also providing the Giveaway prize in this post.