Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Felt Playhouse

Well I have had this done for a few weeks-I just keep forgetting to take pictures. I guess its not completely finished-I haven't finished sewing all of the extra little pieces. I ran out of stuffing and just haven't gotten any yet so just imagine how much cuter it will be once all of the fun stuff is added. Also just ignore the fact i really should iron it.

The front-little mail box, door flips open, and I have some cute flowers for the girls to pick that go in the little pot.

Doggy house with door, flowers have Velcro so they can pick and move them around.

The back-missing the little birds.

The garden-strawberries for the bush, apples for the two trees, and carrots for the dirt.
My little ones don't mind they have been having a great time playing with it. They love bringing in their stuffed animals, books, and snacks. They also love going in and out of the doors.This is such a fun project but a ton of work. I'm so happy ours is almost finished and even more happy my girls actually like it. I show you all of the fun little extras once they are done-however it might be a while. Fireflies and Jellybeans have a great felt house along if you are interested in making one.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brazillian Rice and beans

Well my sweet husband served his LDS Church mission in Brazil. He loved the people, the country, and the food! One thing they eat almost daily is Rice and Beans. It was his favorite and set out to learn how to make it. Well it has been several years and he finally figured it out (this is the only thing he cooks).
I was hesitant to share this recipe because it is a little different. I really think it might be my favorite meal (and not just because my husband cooks most of it). Also its NOT spicy at all and both of my kids love it-a small miracle.

Let me just say this is not the rice and beans you would get from a Mexican restaurant-these are Brazilian style. Black beans with any type of meat they had thrown it it (Don't worry we don't use mystery meat) and very mild flavored rice. This is how we make it as a main dish for our small family. We have made it without the meat and it makes a really good side dish.

Brazilian Black Beans
1/2 bag of black beans
1 ham hock (looks weird but it makes it taste better)
1/2 of a large onion (chopped)
3 to 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/4 pound of sausage
1/2 pound of Bacon
1/2 tsp. of salt (you may want to add more depending on taste)

(you can use more or less of anything depending on taste also you can change the type of meat-we often use what we have at home)

1. Soak your bean over night

2. Add your beans, ham hock, and water (enough so its about an inch higher then the beans) to the crock pot. Cook on low for about 6 hours (or until the beans are done). It will be closer to 8 if you use more beans.

3. Remove the ham hock (you can cut it up and add it back into the beans but we usually don't)

4. In one pan add your onion and garlic and bacon. cook until finished. Add it to the beans

5. In a separate pan cook your sausage. Add to the beans

6. Add your salt and let it simmer for a few minutes (until the rice is done).

Brazilian Rice-I use this recipe.
2 cups white rice
1/4 of an onion chopped small
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups hot water

1. Saute your onion and garlic in the vegetable oil.
2. Add your rice. Stir it around so it is coated in oil and let it brown for a few minutes.
3. Add hot water and salt.
4. Cover and turn the heat to low. Let it cook for 20 minutes.

To serve: Add rice to your plate first and then cover the rice with the beans. I like to mix mine together. Its really yummy! We also like to serve it with Brazilian soda.