There’s a Chinese restaurant near our house that I have been going to for as long as I can remember. Come to think of it, I probably had a birthday party or two there when I was a young child. I love their Mongolian Beef, and even if I’m getting another favorite entree, we always get an order of it because the Mellow Man and the Big One love it too. Several months ago, the Mellow Man decided to learn how to make his own Mongolian Beef. (As you may recall, he likes cooking too!)He’s perfected and finalized his recipe, and I think that it’s finally ready to share with you. I’m not sure that it’s quicker than take out, but we are now able to have tasty homemade Mongolian Beef any night of the week without having to wait for our take-out order.
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Mellow Man loves Necco Wafers. They are his favorite candy. I don’t get the attraction to them, but I suspect the best part of Valentine’s Day for him is the Sweethearts. While I don’t find them that delicious, I would definitely say that Sweethearts are an iconic part of Valentine’s Day. I mean who doesn’t think of conversation hearts when thinking about Valentine’s Day. Over the past few months, I’ve been gathering dozens of craft ideas for conversation hearts, and there are a lot of ideas out there. I’ve seen lots of wonderful recreations of the “hearts in clay and salt dough, and a variety of rings and bracelets made with conversations hearts. I didn’t think that Mellow Man would appreciate jewelry, so I decided to use an actual conversation heart to create my very own, quick and easy DIY Conversation Heart Bookmark.
Today I’m going to share with you the best, the very best Southern Pecan Pie recipe. However, I have a confession to make– I don’t actually make this pie. Mellow Man does. For some reason, I’m not terribly good with baking pies. They are a bit of a challenge for me. I do better with a graham cracker crust, and frozen or creamy pies. I’m not sure why. Mellow Man makes me at least one pecan pie every year, and we haven’t always stuck with the same recipe. However, after many taste tests, I know the recipe that I love best, so he sticks with that one. Now, this recipe turns out to be the perfect Southern pecan pie– the texture and taste are exactly what you are looking for. It’s ooey, and gooey, and so sweet. I promise that when you are done making it, you’ll agree that it’s the best Southern Pecan Pie recipe out there.
I attend Snap Conference this past April, and learned about this really awesome event that is hosted by Laura Kelly over at Me and My Inklings and World Market. It’s a Popcorn Box Party where each blogger takes a popcorn box from World Market and uses craft materials to create a halloween inspired popcorn design. Sounds amazing right? Well, I started thinking and thinking, and I got this idea to make a spider web design with fishing line and shimmery black cardstock. I had the image in my head, so I went looking for spiders. And while I was shopping for the supplies, I found this amazing and shimmery washi tape, and I thought, “Why should I make the project any harder than I have to?” You know what I mean? Sometimes bloggers and crafters go for the challenging path, rather than the obvious craft solution. I picked up two rolls of the washi tape, and the end result was adorable, and I got my spiderweb look without all of the hassle. Here’s how I made my own Spider Web Washi Tape Popcorn Box.
In Rome on my honeymoon, I fell in love with pizza margarhita. It was a perfect lunchtime meal to share with the Mellow Man. Today, in my everyday light making fancy meals is a luxury. Honestly, just cooking dinner has become a luxury. We have a picky three-year-old, and our nights feel so rush, and adding another task that is complicated to our plate is hard. However, it’s important to come up with some nutritious and yummy to feed the family, and the Mellow Man has gotten very creative with making pizza. It reminds me of our honeymoon. Sometimes we make fresh pizza dough in the bread maker, and sometimes we swing my the bakery section of our local Publix and pick up a ready made dough. While I personally like his homemade dough the best, sometimes that’s not in the cards, and the best way to make an almost homemade pizza perfect is fresh mozzarella. It is so much better than the prepackaged shredded mozzarella on pizzas. My most favorite recipe is an easy sauceless pizza margarhita with fresh mozzarella.