Monday, April 25, 2011

Week In Review

Let's start with this morning's activities:

I made playdough for the first time. I randomly found it online and decided it looked easy enough. Quinn absolutely loved it. It wasn't even messy to make... or clean up!
The recipe I used:

Play dough
~1 cup plain flour
~1 cup warm water
~1/2 cup salt
~1 TBL cooking oil (I used canola)
~1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Add all ingredients to room temperature cooking pan. Turn the heat on lowest setting and stir ingredients, non-stop, until it forms a ball (took less than 5 minutes for me). Scoop out and put onto counter or cutting board. Divide into any number of sections that you want to color.

Then add drops of color into middle of balls and fold dough until color is mixed.

Here is my masterpiece. It's Jason. See the resemblance? He does have green eyes, you know.

Last week I took pictures of Quinn dancing to Bubble Guppies. She is IN LOVE with this show.
She doesn't sit and watch the show, she dances and sings along. The side table next to our tv (it holds up the dvr and wii station) has a cabinet underneath that houses her props. Microphone, guitar, hat, baton, clipboard... you name it. If it's used as a prop by the bubble guppies as they sing, she has it. Then she just gets them out as she needs them.

We are exploring the wonderful world of hair. It's getting so long now that it's in her eyes and I have to figure out some way to keep it back. I present to you: the pebble 'do'

Kellen is rocking the solid foods

Loves to eat!

Saturday we had our family pictures taken. SO EXCITED TO SEE THEM! I made a few props for the shoot, including mustaches. Jas helped me cut them out. In the process, we made a quick goatee and 'stache for Kellen. Handsome, don't you think?

And now for Easter. We started the day with German pancakes and Peeps.

And we ended it with Jason's masterpiece: Pecan crusted pork tenderloin, roasted red potatoes, Pear and Gorgonzola salad and my all-time favorite, stuffed mushrooms.

The tenderloin was so amazing I'm going to pass the recipe to you. It's Paula Deen (of course).

Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin
1 cup ground Pecans (I put mine in food processor)
1 cup bread crumbs (Panko is my favorite)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground red pepper flakes
2 large eggs
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed

~Preheat 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease the foil. In shallow dish, combine ground pecans, bread crumbs, brown sugar, salt, pepper and red pepper.

~In seperate dish, lightly beat the eggs. Dip tenderloin in eggs to coat. Dredge tenderloin through pecan mixture and completely cover. Arrange on baking sheet until internal temp reaches approx. 160 degree, about 20 minutes.

There was leftover pecan mixture b/c recipe is for two tenderloins. Jas used this as the stuffing for the mushrooms. He added a bit of the gorgonzola to it. AWESOME


Madge said...

WOW - where to begin?

Quinn is such a little teenager . . does she pick out her own clothes to wear? She looks so mature! I love that she gets so involved with the shows.

The mustache and beard on Kellen just totally cracked me up!!!
You have such great little models - what a load of fun!

The recipe sounds great - thanks!

Always love reading your blogs!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the moustache!! That is hilarious. Tell our little Pebble's Flintstone she is a beauty also. Thanks for keeping us laughing.

Dad Y

maggie said...

so funny! ada LOVES bubble guppies too! so cute when they find a show they simply love.