Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Potato Pancakes

Good Food, Let's Eat!

Our meals have been quite boring lately. We seem to eat the same things day in and day out. I have made it a priority to liven up our boring menu while eating more healthy and wholesome foods. I had a wake up call on my last doctor appointment when my doctor told me that my cholesterol was dangerously high. From now on it is all about where I can cut the fat and still have tasty meals. After all I have four reasons to make a change, my kids!

This week I started off with a new spin on an old recipe that has been around for generations: Potato Pancakes. Yummy! They turned out fantastic and the best part was the kids couldn't even tell they were low-fat. The only thing to make them better would've been a nice warm glass of gluwein(German Christmas wine) like the ones found at the German Christmas Markets.

Ingredients :

4 cups mashed potatoes
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 cup breadcrumbs, divided
4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil

4 tbsp chopped chives (optional)

-Combine potatoes, chives, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, and egg substitute in medium mixing bowl.
-Combine remaining breadcrumbs and cheese on a plate. Divide potato mixture into 16 equal portions, dredge in breadcrumb mixture and form into 1/4 inch thick patties.
-Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet. Add 4 patties; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
-Serve warm with unsweetened applesauce and low-fat sour cream.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Monogram Letter made from Seashells

I love anything to do with the beach. I love the sand, the sea, the surf. I especially love to hunt for shells of all shapes and sizes. I was beginning to get quite the collection going and needed to come up with another way to display my precious finds.

After searching for a few days on the Internet for something to catch my eye, I found the perfect way to show off what I had plucked from the sand. Over and over again I kept seeing the same theme, monogram letters. Aha! That was it! I was going to create a beautiful masterpiece that represented our family with something I loved so much.

This by far is one of the easiest things I have created for my home and looks wonderful hanging in my bathroom. You will need the following items:

-Heavy duty cardboard
-Hot glue gun

First on the cardboard trace any letter and cut it out. *I glued two pieces together for extra support as the shells started to get heavy as I added each one. The letter doesn't have to be perfectly shaped as the shells will get glued along all the edges to hide the imperfections. Next start gluing away until you can't see anymore cardboard. Finally attach a piece of ribbon on the back to hang.

Voila! This is my finished project. You could add some embellishments or just leave it as is. The possibilities are endless. Happy crafting! Please check back often as there will be plenty more things to come this year as I get back to cooking and crafting.