I have been looking for foods that Carina has not yet tried. I stumbled upon this Mushroom Barley recipe – two things that Carina has never eaten but that are two of Jonathan’s favorites. Trying it out was a no-brainer.
In my effort to kill two birds with one stone, I used vegetable broth instead of chicken stock so that I could call it a vegan meal too. I also added a little more salt and garlic to our tastes.
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Small Onion, diced
1/4 Tsp Sugar
1 Cup Mushrooms, chopped
2 Garlic Clove, chopped
2 Tsp Salt, divided
1 Cup Pearl Barley, rinsed
3 Cups Vegetable Broth
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the sugar and cook for another 5 minutes or until onions start to caramelize.
Remove the onions to a plate and add the mushrooms, garlic and 1 tsp salt to the pot. Cook for 3 minutes or until the water from the mushrooms start to evaporate, then remove to a plate and set aside.
Add the vegetable stock into the same pot and bring to a boil, add the barley, 1 tsp salt, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes or until tender.
Add the onions and mushrooms to the pot to combine and cook until heated through.
With 4 servings, I calculated each serving to be about 260 calories.
One of Carina’s favorite things to do is color, and it will be nice to have this roll ready to go in my baby bag when we go out. When Carina opened it and saw the crayon surprise, she had a huge smile on her face!
I followed Skip to my Lou‘s instructions carefully, but here’s what I did:
You need three pieces of wool felt 6″ X 16 1/2 (pocket), 5″ X 16 1/2″ (outside), 5″ x 16 1/2″ (inside).
Take the 6 X 16 1/2 piece (pocket) and fold it in half length ways.
Lay it on top of the 5″ X 16 1/2 (inside) piece.
Starting over 1 1/4″ from the edge, stitch from top to the bottom on the pocket piece. Then continuing stitching every 1″. Back stitch at the top of each stitching line to reinforce.
You will end with 1 1/4″ on the other side and 15 crayon pockets.
Place the pocket piece that you just sewed on top of your outside piece (wrong sides together). Gently stretch and pin to keep it all in place.
On the right edge at the middle insert a 30″ piece of ribbon folded in half. Insert the folded end about 1/2 an inch.
Sew all the way around the outside 1/4″ in from the edge.
Dress up the edge using pinking shears – be careful when you come to the ribbon – you will have to do each side separately.
This recipe was made for me! It has everything that I love to eat, that I had in my house, and that was easy to prepare and customize!
Spinach is one of the few leafy vegetables that I actually enjoy eating (I can be picky). I eat spinach on pretty much everything – from an omelette to a pizza, or just alone.
I also love Brie cheese and make a baked Brie for every family get-together.
The last major component of this recipe, the grilled chicken, is also a favorite. I grew up grilling meat outside and now have both an outdoor grill and a grill pan that I used here. It was very easy to use and to clean.
You may be wondering why I made so much chicken for only two adults and a toddler. We like to keep some grilled chicken breasts in the refrigerator so that there is always a healthy snack or easy meal at the ready. These are breasts cut in half.
I have been trying to keep my office organized and finally decided that I needed an extra bookcase. I found some that I liked at IKEA, but they were too expensive.
In order to save some money, I kept my eyes peeled on craigslist and got lucky: a white three-shelf Mainstay bookcase for only $10. The best part? It was already assembled!
I loved the look of these shelves because of the bright painted interior and decided to do something more cost effective and less time consuming for a similar look.
Add a design to your shelving with gift wrapping paper or scrapbook paper:
Buy cute paper (I got mine from the dollar store)
Take out the shelves if you can
Cut one large piece of the paper to fit the interior back of your bookcase (this is what I did) or measure the back of each shelf and cut accordingly
Use a few small pieces of tape on each side to keep the paper in place
I also really like this idea because it is so easy to change up the look!
A few more ideas: Don’t my flowers look pretty? Fake flowers are a very easy way to brighten a room without requiring a lot of upkeep. I got these three stems and the glass vase for $17 at Garden Ridge in Katy. The ribbon was part of my huge scrapbooking/gift wrapping collection and probably came as part of a gift from someone else. The box is from some stationery that I used up.
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