Sweet and Sour Chicken

Happy Friday!

This sweet and sour chicken and I go waaaaay back.  This is the very same recipe that I made in 7th grade "Foods" class in middle school.  (I would show a 7th grade photo just for nostalgia, but trust me no one wants to see me in my adolescent glory.)

When we were first married, mr. oopsey daisy called my Mom to get directions on making this dish.  He surprised me one day when I came home from work and I discovered him making (you guessed it!) sweet and sour chicken.  Now that I think about it, I might have to encourage future surprises such as that.  :)

Most recently, this was the very first dish that I made in our new house.  Working my way around the kitchen for the very first time was exciting!  I know it's silly, but I am still relishing all of the "firsts" in our new home.  Mopping the floor for the first time is much more exciting than mopping it any other time after that.

This recipe makes plenty.  So either half the recipe or share it with some guests!  There are a few steps, but it is surprisingly simple.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Begin with 3 lb. uncooked chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces.   Mix together 1 egg, 1 T. cornstarch, 2 tsp. soy sauce, and a dash white pepper.  Stir chicken into this mixture, and refrigerate for 20 minutes:

Mix together: 1 c. flour, 1 c. water, ½ c. cornstarch, 2 T. olive oil, and 1 tsp. baking soda.  Add chicken mixture.

Heat oil in skillet to 350.  Fry 15 pieces of chicken at a time, for about 3 minutes.  Drain on paper towels.  Heat oil in skillet to 375.  Fry chicken all together for 1 minute, until golden brown.  Drain.

Heat together 2 ½ c. sugar, 2 c. chicken broth, 1 ½ c. white vinegar, 2 T. olive oil, 4 T. soy sauce, and 2 cloves garlic.  Bring to a boil.

Mix ½ c. cornstarch and ½ c. cold water.  Cook and stir until thick.

Stir in 2 cans pineapple chunks, 2 green peppers, cut into small slices, and 3 tomatoes, cut into small slices.  Heat to a boiling.  Add chicken.  Serve over rice.

 

Enjoy!

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 Have a fabulous weekend my friends!

Best Lasagna Recipe {Family Ever After}

I am SO excited to have Rachel from Family Ever After here today.  Rachel is incredibly sweet, and I have long admired her creative talents!  She is my final guest during my moving break.
She is sharing a yummy recipe for lasagna.  It just so happens that lasagna is one of the only dishes that my husband detests.  So I miss lasagna terribly.  Sometimes when he's out of town, my Mom makes it just for me.  So now lasagna is one of my secret indulgences!  Take it away, Rachel!
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Hi! I'm Rachel from Family Ever After, and so happy to be guest posting on Oopsey Daisy! I think Alison is one of the sweetest bloggers! A quick run-down on me... my husband and I grew up in South Dakota. I majored in Family and Consumer Science Education at BYU. We have 3 kids. I love to sew, craft, cook, run, and clog dance!
Lasagna. C'est la vie. My favorite food in the world.

This could quite possibly be the best tasting recipe I will ever make. Like ever. Like YOU MUST TRY THIS at some point in your life time. Making this lasagna the way I explain will be very much like cooking in an Italian woman's kitchen (I sincerely hope, someone correct me if I'm wrong)! I say that, because the recipe comes from my brother-in-law who lived in Italy for two years. I added a few of my own this's and that's, to suit my preferences. But no matter, if you are a faithful lasagna connoisseur like me, you've gotta try this.

(ps... Its really not too hard, a little more time consuming than your sauce-out-of-a-jar-cottage-cheese-recipe. My pictures don't do it justice, but trust me, its worth it)!!!
Rachel's Favorite Lasagna on the Face of this Planet
Ingredients:
Ragu Sauce-
Olive Oil
Butter
1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 garlic cloves
1 lb. ground sausage
1 14oz can tomato sauce, or a handful of fresh tomatoes
1 can vegetable broth
s&p
Bechamel Sauce-
2 TB butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
salt and pepper
 pinch of nutmeg
Other- 
pasta sheets (I recommend Barilla no boil)
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese
butter
Directions:

 To make the Ragu-

1.Wash and chop onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.
2. Heat butter and oil in pot. Saute vegetables briefly.
3. Add sausage. Saute.
4. Add tomato sauce, stock, salt and pepper.
5. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
Notes:
*For fresh tomatoes, boil, peel, and puree, then add to vegetables and sausage.
*I usually multiply this recipe by 4, and freeze half of the batch.
To make the Bechamel (a white sauce)-
1. Melt butter. Add flour, stirring with a whisk, appx 1 minute.
2. Slowly add milk, then cream, stirring constantly.
3. Simmer on low until thickened, 5-10 minutes.
4. Season with s&p and nutmeg.
Assemble-
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a 9x13 baking dish, spread a teeny tiny layer of the bechamel, preventing the pasta from sticking to the bottom.
3. The layers will be in this order- pasta, ragu, bechamel, mozzarella. Repeat 3 times.
4. Top with parmesan and a few pats of butter. (you don't have to do the butter, but its amazing)!
5. Bake for 40 minutes.

Snow Ice Cream

It's finally here!  Today is birthday party day at our house!  The big Micky Mouse birthday bash is happening today!  Well, at least birthday party #1 (with friends).  Birthday party #2 (with family) will be tomorrow.  Whew!  I have no doubts that I will be taking a nap at some point today.  But I absolutely can't wait to share all of the party details with you!

In the mean time, I thought I would share just one quick moment from our W is for Winter Mommy School unit.  I haven't been the best about taking pictures of our activities and art projects this time around.  Maybe I'm still burnt out from taking a bazillion pictures through the holidays!  But I had to grab the camera when Little Man experienced snow ice cream for the very first time.

I'm sure you've made this before.  I remember enjoying this fun treat growing up, too!

Snow ice cream is so easy and fun to make!

Here is the recipe we use:

8 c. clean snow

1-1.5 c. milk

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Here in Colorado, we have had quite a bit of snow during the last few weeks!  So we just waited for fresh snowfall, and knew we could make our own yummy treat!  Little Man loved helping to measure and mix it up!  And it had a yummy sorbet-like texture.

Do you make snow ice cream?

Stay warm this weekend!

Heart-Shaped Brownies {With Strawberry Marshmallows}

Be sure to link up your projects at my Wednesday's Wowzers linky party here.

There is just something about sharing sweets that makes me very happy.  You can't go wrong with a tasty treat!  Today I am sharing my all-time favorite brownies recipe.  We have been making these marshmallow brownies in our family for years.  The original recipe came from a friend of ours growing up in St. Louis, Anita B.  They're not your average brownie... Yummy marshmallows sandwiched between a layer of brownie and scrumptious frosting!

For a fun Valentine's Day twist, I used pink strawberry marshmallows and cut them into heart shapes!  It's a sweet treat to share with someone you love!

My mouth is watering all ready...

Here is how you can make your own!  (Don't forget that you can print your own recipe at the end of the post.)

First the brownie layer!

Brownies

2 sticks margarine

2 c. sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

4 eggs

1 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)

2 tsp. vanilla

1 pkg. miniature marshmallows (I used 1 pkg. of large strawberry marshmallows)

Mix butter, sugar, and cocoa together.  Add eggs; beat well after each egg.  Add flour, nuts, and vanilla.  Spread mixture in a greased cookie sheet with sides (9 x 13).  Bake 25 minutes at 350.

Take out of oven for 3 minutes.  Cool for 1 hour.  I found that I had to break apart the big marshmallows just a bit in order to spread them across the entire pan.  But aren't they so pretty and pink?

Frosting (my favorite part!)

1/2 c. margarine

1 2/3 c. powdered sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

1/2 c. canned milk

Mix and spread on top of marshmallows.


I left them in the refrigerator overnight to be sure everything set up and they would be completely firm before cutting them into heart shapes.  I used the cookie cutter as a guide, and carefully went around the shape with a knife.

Simple and sweet with just a hint of pink!

You can print the recipe for marshmallow brownies here.

While we're talking sweets, you might also like these:

Heart-shaped cake pops with printable tags.

Do you have a favorite sweet treat for Valentine's Day?

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I hope you enjoyed a fantastic holiday... in fact, just keep right on enjoying the holiday season.  We are!  We woke up first thing this morning to go sledding on the most enormous sledding hill I've ever seen.  I think I may have burned off all my holiday calories simply by walking up that hill at least 7 times.  We've continued the holiday fun with games, parties, and far too much yummy holiday food!

Our Christmas has been truly magical, and I just don't want it to end...

So I'm slowly easing myself back into the blogging world again!

Today I have a truly mouthwatering recipe to share with you!  It might just be perfect for your New Year's or holiday party... it's a yummy appetizer or side dish.

Just a few weeks ago, my sweet friend Sara brought this dip to our dinner party.  It was so delicious that I begged her for the recipe!  My mouth has been watering all day just thinking about this yummyness!

By the way, if you like this recipe, you can download it at the end of the post, so no need to copy this down!

 

Ingredients:

1 10-oz. box frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped

1 c. shredded parmesan-romano cheese mix

1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

10 oz. prepared alfredo sauce

1 tsp. minced garlic

4 oz. softened cream cheese

Pepper (optional)

I love this recipe because it was so easy!

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Manicotti Recipe with Carapelli Olive Oil

This post brought to you by Carapelli. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was thrilled when Carapelli sent me a bottle of olive oil to review!  Besides conducting my very own taste test, I also used the olive oil to mix up a batch of my favorite manicotti!

When I think of olive oil, I think of Italy!  Carapelli has been making olive oil from the finest Mediterranean olives for more than 100 years. In fact, Carapelli was the very first company to promote extra virgin olive oil in Italy.  Their distinctive brand of olive oil includes 3 varieties:  Organic, Premium 100% Italian, and Il Numerato.

I learned a lot about olive oil testing when they sent me a bottle of their Premium 100% Italian olive oil.  For example, I found out that olive oil sampling is very similar to a wine tasting!

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This is how you can conduct an olive oil sampling plus select the variety that you like best:

First, you need a rounded blue glass that fits in the palm of your hand.  The blue color masks the olive oil's color so you can judge it purely by taste.  Your hand warms the glass in your palm, which will enhance flavor and smell.  Who knew, right?!

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Oreo Dessert

This might just be my favorite dessert of all time.

I can't wait to share this recipe with you!  My mouth has been watering all day while I've been gawking at these pictures....

 

The holiday season is just around the corner.  Unfortunately for my waist-line, I have been eating sweets like crazy for a few months now.  Some days my sweet tooth can really get the best of me.  Over the weekend, we hosted a dinner party, and I served this scrumptious Oreo dessert.  I am ashamed (or proud?!) that I single-handedly ate half of the entire dessert in the days to follow.  But it's simply melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

And it includes Oreos.  Need I say more?!

Plus it's simple to whip up!  You only need 4 ingredients.

Are you curious to see if you have all the ingredients on hand?

Well, you just might!

 

Ingredients

(1) One small package of Oreo cookies.  (You will need at least 16 cookies to make a nice crust.)

(2)  1 cup dinner mints cut into small pieces.

(3) 2 c. miniature marshmallows

(4) 1 pint whipping cream

Directions

Smash the Oreo cookies and place on bottom of 9 x 13 pan.

Whip the cream and add the marshmallows and mints.

 

Sprinkle some Oreo crumbs on top and place in the refrigerator.  The flavors all soak in as they chill together, and your mouth will thank you!

 

Enjoy each and every bite!!

 

Little Man is slightly Oreo-obsessed so he loves this dessert, too.

Even after a good cleaning-up, he's still sporting a few Oreo crumbs around his mouth!

Don't write anything down!  If you would like a printable copy of this recipe...

Just click here!

What are you up to this week?

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Gratitude

Oh my friends.  I fell asleep twice writing this post.  Yes I did.  I fell asleep with this laptop in my lap.  With Mr. Oopsey Daisy's travels picking up quite a bit, my Mommy time seems to be dwindling!  It may seem silly, but I need this Mommy Time.  Even if it means staying up till 1:00 AM, I will find some time for me!

And today I desperately needed that.  Today was just one of those days.  The phone didn't stop ringing.   I felt myself pulled in a million different directions.  There were deadlines to meet and appointments to make.  It seemed I was always forgetting to do something or neglecting someone.  I had some Mom moments that I am simply not proud of.

Maybe because our family recently started our gratitude tree, my thoughts have been filled with gratitude.  I really am blessed.  For many reasons.  I am blessed to be the Mom of the sweetest Little Man ever.  He has a natural instinct to take care of his Mom, and I love that about him!  And I am blessed to have a sweet, hardworking, determined husband.  And yes, today I am even grateful that, when I discovered in the middle of a project that I hadn't purchased the appropriate paper ahead of time... somehow just the right amount of paper showed up in my paper stash.  Hey, sometimes it's the little things! :)

 

It must be that time of year because I seem to be loving projects with neutral colors!  Here are a few projects that caught my eye this week:

I am loving everything about this clay flower.   Craftberry Bush used this as a napkin holder.  Gorgeous!

This Thanksgiving chevron frame is perfect.  I can't think of another word to describe it.  Choose to Thrive used gleaned wheat to create this frame.  I adore it!

Bev from Flamingo Toes has done it again!  These Anthro penmanship gift tags would be a lovely addition to any Christmas gift.

I have been in a serious recipe rut lately.  This cheesy pesto pasta salad has definitely peaked my curiosity!  I will definitely be making this in the very near future.  YUM!  Thanks, Smashed Peas and Carrots!

When I saw Michele's eclectic braided bracelet, I gasped outloud.  It's stunning, and I think I need one!  You can find the tutorial at The Scrap Shoppe.

Pitter & Glink made the most adorable pillows!  I love the ruffled pillows just as much as I love the Love {You} More pillow!  These were all created using dropcloth!

I hope you are following along Positively Splendid's "A Swell Noel" series.  I am finding all sorts of fun holiday inspiration!  I love this book page ornament that Creations by Kara shared.  I would love to have this hanging on our Christmas tree!

Be sure to stop by Lolly Jane to see these talented gals and their contribution to the Creative Carousel!

This post is brought to you by My Grafico.  I love their affordable, adorable graphics!

Enemy Pie {I Heart Naptime}

Are you ready??

Woot!  Woot!

Today my friend Jamielyn is here sharing an ADORABLE (and yummy!) idea.  She will have your mouth watering for sure.  Besides being an incredibly talented blogger, Jamielyn is also an amazing person in real life! I'm telling you--this girl is a gem!  Go check out I {heart} Naptime for more inspirational ideas!

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Hi Oopsey Daisy Fans, I’m Jamielyn from I {heart} Nap Time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Alison in real life and let me tell you she is just as sweet and beautiful as she appears to be! So I am so excited and honored she invited me to guest post today. Over on my blog I share DIY Projects, Crafts, Recipes and lots more!

When Alison asked me to post for her Summer Cam,p I browsed through my son's library and knew this book would be perfect! Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)

This post is for those of you (or your kids) who want to become friends with your enemies. And for those of you who have no enemies and want to keep it that way! 😉

“It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!”

“In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.”

“Enemy Pie is the fastest known way to get rid of enemies”

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Watermelon Lemonade

I hope you enjoyed a fun-filled Father's Day with your families yesterday!

We spent our Father's Day on a road trip, making the long trek from Utah to Colorado.  Mr. Oopsey Daisy  has 2 brothers getting married this summer, so this weekend we attended wedding #1.  We have lots of stories and pictures to share later on.

I finally feel like summer is here.  Bring on the season of barbecues!!
Any good summer barbecue includes a yummy punch! 
One of the things I love most about summer is watermelon!  The only problem is that in our house, our small family simply can't eat an entire watermelon before its delicious fruit become damp and slimy.
I do try to avoid wasting even a morsel of watermelon.  So last summer, I started experimenting with recipes for watermelon drinks.
This recipe is fresh and tasty--plus it helps solve the problem of what to do with excessive amounts of watermelon!  After our family has munched on watermelon all week long, we finish off our leftovers by making this watermelon lemonade.
Come along and see how to make this yummy punch... It's simple!
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