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Donation #3

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Southwest Chickpea and Corn Salad

It's been nearly a year since my last post so this boring recipe post doesn't quite seem fitting as the inaugural post.  Oh well, I mainly just want to just this down for my future reference.  I'm selfish that way.

I got this great corn salad recipe from my boot camp instructor and adapted it heavily for a satisfying vegetarian meal.  So here is my southwest chickpea and corn salad recipe:

1 packet taco seasoning of your choice
1 T soy sauce
2 T water
2 t lime juice
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Preheat oven to 400.  Combine taco seasoning, soy sauce, water and lime juice.  Stir in chickpeas until fully coated and allow to marinate for at least an hour.  Strain chickpeas to get rid of the excess marinade.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.  Pour chickpeas onto baking sheet and spread into an even layer.  Spray chickpeas lightly with cooking spray and then bake at 400 for 20 minutes.  The outside will be crunchy and insides should be satisfyingly chewy.

I made these chickpeas a day ahead.  They are great in wraps and tacos too!  They won't be crunchy the next day but still very tasty in this salad.

2 c frozen or fresh corn
1 poblano pepper, cut into 1/4" pieces
1 sweet potato, cut into 1/4" pieces
1 T olive oil
Romaine lettuce

Preheat oven to 450.  Combine the corn, pepper and sweet potato in a 9x13 baking dish and toss in oil to coat.  Bake at 450 for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  The sweet potato should be soft and the corn and pepper should be slightly charred.

Allow the corn mixture to cool slightly.  Put a handful of romaine on a plate, top with chickpeas and corn mixture then chopped avocado and tomatoes to taste.

It was quite a satisfying salad that required no dressing at all!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Phew, let me just start by saying that hosting birthday parties on back-to-back Saturdays is a lot of work!  Even though I kept Calla's 1st birthday party much more low key, it almost seemed like I was rushing around more in the days leading up to it.  But it was all worth it in my opinion.  I remember some great parties growing up and want to create the same memories for my kids.  (I realize Calla won't remember her 1st birthday but I will.)

Without any further ado, here are the highlights of the meal and decorations.  First, the invitation:

Completely copied from multiple sites and super easy to make with a printer, mini hole punch, mini brads and circle punch.

I also made a caterpillar mobile from lanterns using these instructions:

And a pair of caterpillars using photos from her first year (1 from each month):

(Those are just construction paper dots using my circle punch to add a little more color to the multiple tables we used.)

I made hats using the same tutorial as I did with Ian's party and punched out some stickers to doctor up plain white cups.

I didn't get pictures of the cake (gasp) or the food with the exception of the fruit.  I used the fruit from the caterpillar's Mon-Fri diet as part of the menu with these free printables.  I also made an quick orzo salad and cut up some pinwheel sandwiches using spinach wraps and shaped them into a caterpillar with a tomato head.

I made a caterpillar cake inspired by this design.  I still need working on wrapping fondant over round cakes but I really prefer buttercream anyway.  But it turned out pretty well despite my novice efforts.

And I made a birthday plate for Calla just like her big brother's.  We plan to use it each year (as long as she's willing).

Finally, I made these butterflies as favors for the kids but I totally forgot to hand them out!  They're Skittles and Trix cereal.  Not sure what to do with all these treats now...

So now I have a whole year to recover before the birthday rush begins again.  I can't wait!

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