Thursday, March 28, 2013

{Recipe}Grown Up Pudding Shots

I made these treats for our Irish Night party.
{more to come on that}
I concocted my own recipe using a few I had found online.  
You'll need:
Instant Pudding Mix (I used vanilla)
Vanilla Vodka
Milk(I used skim)
Lite Whipped Topping, 1 tub, thawed
Peppermint Flavoring
Green Food Coloring
Sprinkles
Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels (optional) *not pictured
Mix the pudding mix with the vanilla vodka and milk. I used 3/4 - 1 cup of vodka and added the milk to make up the liquid requirement for the pudding.  Add green food coloring and peppermint flavoring.
Fold in the thawed whipped topping.  Mix well to incorporate it all.
Put the pudding mixture into mini "shooter" cups( I found mine at the party good store).


They looked (and tasted) good but I had these Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels left over from Christmas so I added a few to each cup.  Why not?
I put a little bit of green sprinkles on each one and popped the lids on the cups.
They were pretty much set up at the point but I made them the night before and refrigerated them.
At the party I set them out on a tray with mini plastic spoons (found at Wegman's but the party good store had them too).   I made sure to let everyone know that they were a grown up treat but a non-alcoholic version would be fun for the kids too.
Have you ever had a pudding shot? 
These were my first.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

{Travel} Washington, DC Spring Break


College Girl's spring break was last week and we took advantage of it to get away for a few days as a family.
We stayed in Georgetown at the Avenue Suites which was a great location.   We could easily walk into the heart of Georgetown for dining and shopping, or walk a few blocks the other way to the metro station to get anywhere else we wanted to go.
It was nice to park the car and leave it.
After a quick lunch in Georgetown we headed to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station and bought metro passes.  Washington is really easy to navigate on the metro system.  We were impressed with it!
A few stops away and we were getting off at the Smithsonian Station.


We got our bearings and took it all in.



I was happy to see a few cherry blossoms blooming.

Our first stop was the Air & Space Museum.

It was later in the afternoon by then and we stayed until almost closing.
We had dinner in Georgetown at Pizzeria Paradiso (they had vegan pizza!).  It was worth the wait. We were right across the street from Georgetown Cupcakes but as we got closer you could see the extremely long line along the side of the building...so off to Sprinkles we went.
No line and a great assortment of cupcakes to choose from.
The next day we grabbed breakfast at our old friend Starbucks and went back to the Smithsonian.  Our first stop was the Natural History Museum.
I tried not to take too many pictures....
like that would ever happen...
It was St. Patrick's Day and a lot of the city was lining up to see the parade (on the other side of the museums).
We caught the police on horseback procession as we set off for our next museum.
The next museum we visited was the American History Museum.
On the left is the Natural History and on the right in the American History.  
Did you know that all of the Smithsonian Museums have free admission?  


When we'd seen enough we decided to walk down to the Lincoln Memorial which was about 1.4 miles away. It looks so close but you just keep walking and walking..
We stopped at the Washington Monument which is still being repaired.
We eventually made it to Lincoln and it is really awe inspiring, as is the view from the Lincoln Memorial, looking at the Washington Monument.  By this point, our feet hurt(mine were screaming)!  We luckily found a cab and were whisked back to our hotel in no time.
We had lunch at Le Pain Quotidien. I loved the communal tables and French atmosphere.
They served coffee in these cute bowls.  
The hot chocolate looked amazing, I should have tried that.
So nice to have both girls together!
That night we went to the movies (saw The Amazing Burt Wonderstone) and had dinner back in our room.  We decided to leave the next morning after a lovely breakfast at Founding Farmers
The food did not disappoint in DC!
As we left the city, I got a quick glimpse of the White House (I promise, it's back there). 
 It's on our to do list for next time!!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

{Recipe}Baked Zucchini Chips


These tasty zucchini chips are addictive and easy to make.
The original recipe can be found here.  
You need one large zucchini but at this time of year, the zucchinis are small so I used two small ones (can't wait for summer to try some bigger chips!).  You also need cooking spray, parchment paper and a mandolin slicer, plus some spices of your choice.
Preheat oven to 225 F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
Cut the zucchini with the mandolin into rounds about the width of a quarter. 
You should end up with a nice plate of zucchini slices that are now ready to bake.
 Put the rounds on to the prepared baking sheets and spray with more cooking spray then add seasonings.  I tried rosemary with sea salt, garlic salt and pepper and plain old salt and pepper.  Use less than you think you will need because they will shrink a lot and the seasonings become much more concentrated.  
 Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.  Rotate baking sheets and return to oven for another 30-50 minutes, until chips are brown and crisped to your liking.
 They should be eaten within a few hours of baking,
but they won't be around that long.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 3.24.13

Asian 
Michelle Obama's 2009 Inaugural Jason Wu dress at the Smithsonian.


Wavy

Miss Middle School's wavy hair.
{last week in DC}

Draw
...your own conclusions to this restroom sign.

Soft
These cute pairs ripening by the window.

Texture
Green velvet cake pops being made for Irish Night.

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