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Quick and Easy Meal Trader Joes Style

The other day I went to make dinner and realized I only had like half of one meal and half of another. Trader Joes turkey burgers and stuff for Korean sticky rice and kimchi. All I wanted to go with my rice was trader joes Gyoza chicken pot stickers and all I had was dipping sauce.

So then it clicked, take the dipping sauce and brush it over the turkey burgers! Perfect!!!! Quick Easy and delicious !

Ingredients:
Turkey Burgers from Trader Joes
Trader Joes Gyoza dipping sauce
Asian Sticky Rice
Your favorite kimchi ( I get it at the farmers market)

1) Grill burgers when you do the first flip brush the burgers with the dipping sauce

2) Serve with rice and Kimchi . Enjoy

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Sock Lollipop- Fun Valentine Day gift and craft!

In a search for something new and different to make for Valentine’s day, I thought of what food item could be mimicked in a crafty way. My thoughts were drawn to lollipops and cupcakes. Do you remember those huge lollipops on the wooden sticks that you used to get as a kid if you were lucky? I sure do. They were “old fashioned” lollipops and on Long Island you could find them on many of your field trips to the local historical places. Two distinct times I remember them was at Old Bethpage Village Restoration at Long Island Fair time. Everything was dressed for the period and when you went to the candy maker there were the very colorful lollipops just asking to be purchased. Also at Teddy Roosevelt’s house on Sagamore Hill, they sold them at the gift shop but those looked more like unicorn horns.
When I stopped at my local Joann’s craft store with my daughter I saw an awesome stock of fun Valentine’s day socks. What fun I thought to myself my sister in laws would love these socks !!!! I bought them and went to work creating. I made the socks into lollipops and packaged them just right for a perfect Valentine’s day gift and you too can make them!

How to make sock pops!
Materials:
• Pair of really cool socks
• Clear pony tail holders
• Ribbon for a bow
• Clear cellophane for packaging
• Very sturdy lollipop stick or cookie pop stick
• Pin or two to secure the swirl
1) Find a really colorful and comfortable pair of socks
2) Get the invisible pony tail holders ( the really small ones)
3) Fold the heel of the sock so that it is flush to the body of the sock. Roll them length wise so that you are left with a long tube
4) Place 4 ponytail rubberbands at approximately 2 in intervals on the sock to secure the roll
5) Take the tube and roll into a swirl pattern.
6) You may need to secure the swirl with a quilting pin to hold the shape of the pop.
7) Take a sturdy lollipop stick and insert it through from bottom to top through the rolls
8) Place a valentines day candy of choice in the center to hide the pop
9) Wrap in clear cellophane and secure with a pony tail holder
10) Tie a bow at the bottom of the cellophane
11) Give to your favorite valentine !

Valentines Day Sock Cupcake

In a search for something new and different to make for Valentine’s day, I thought of what food item could be mimicked in a crafty way. My thoughts were drawn to lollipops and cupcakes. Everyone loves a good cupcake. The newest craze is red velvet but my favorite is a good old chocolate cupcake filled with marshmallow cream and topped with chocolate gnache. Inspired by the cute look of all the cupcakes and the awesome packaging, I decided to make a Valentine’s day treat look like the decadent yumminess that is cupcakes.
When I stopped at my local Joann’s craft store with my daughter I saw an awesome stock of fun Valentine’s day socks. What fun I thought to myself my sister in laws would love these socks !!!! I bought them and went to work creating. I made the socks into lollipops and packaged them just right for a perfect Valentine’s day gift and you too can make them!

How to make sock cupcakes
Materials:
• Pair of really cool socks
• Clear pony tail holders
• Ribbon for a bow
• Clear cellophane for packaging
• Cupcake liner
1) Find a really colorful and comfortable pair of socks
2) Get the invisible pony tail holders ( the really small ones)
3) Fold the heel of the sock so that it is flush to the body of the sock. Fold the sock in half and roll to make a bulky cake like structure.
4) Place 1 ponytail rubberbands at approximately ½ way down the sock to secure the roll
5) Take the cake and place in a cup cake liner
6) Place a valentines day candy of choice in the center to be the frosting.
7) Wrap in clear cellophane and secure with a pony tail holder
8) Tie a bow at the bottom of the cellophane
9) Give to your favorite valentine !

Souper Bowl Week! Yummy Chicken Soup

Countdown to Super Bowl Sunday is 6 days and counting! To many it’s about the Giants and the Patriots to me it means good food and spending time with my fave football fans. There is nothing better then a good bowl of soup on Super Bowl Sunday.

Last week my hubby and daughter were sick so I made chicken soup with what I had and it was awesome so here is the recipe:
– 1 fully cooked large chicken breast ( I used part of a rotisserie chicken)
– 2 quarts of organic chicken broth
– 2 stalks of celery chopped finely
– 2 carrots diced
– 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil
-1 and 1/2 cups of broken thin spaghetti
1) Saute the vegetables in oil on medium heat for approximately 5-7 minutes till the celery is translucent
2) Add chicken broth, bring to a boil the n, turn the heat to low and let simmer for approximately a half hour or until veggies are tender
3) Add pasta and continue cooking for approximately 7-9 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
Enjoy !

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Valentines Day Sock Cupcake

In a search for something new and different to make for Valentine’s day, I thought of what food item could be mimicked in a crafty way. My thoughts were drawn to lollipops and cupcakes. Everyone loves a good cupcake. The newest craze is red velvet but my favorite is a good old chocolate cupcake filled with marshmallow cream and topped with chocolate gnache. Inspired by the cute look of all the cupcakes and the awesome packaging, I decided to make a Valentine’s day treat look like the decadent yumminess that is cupcakes.
When I stopped at my local Joann’s craft store with my daughter I saw an awesome stock of fun Valentine’s day socks. What fun I thought to myself my sister in laws would love these socks !!!! I bought them and went to work creating. I made the socks into lollipops and packaged them just right for a perfect Valentine’s day gift and you too can make them!

How to make sock cupcakes
Materials:
• Pair of really cool socks
• Clear pony tail holders
• Ribbon for a bow
• Clear cellophane for packaging
• Cupcake liner
1) Find a really colorful and comfortable pair of socks
2) Get the invisible pony tail holders ( the really small ones)
3) Fold the heel of the sock so that it is flush to the body of the sock. Fold the sock in half and roll to make a bulky cake like structure.
4) Place 1 ponytail rubberbands at approximately ½ way down the sock to secure the roll
5) Take the cake and place in a cup cake liner
6) Place a valentines day candy of choice in the center to be the frosting.
7) Wrap in clear cellophane and secure with a pony tail holder
8) Tie a bow at the bottom of the cellophane
9) Give to your favorite valentine !

Sock Lollipop- Fun Valentine Day gift and craft!

In a search for something new and different to make for Valentine’s day, I thought of what food item could be mimicked in a crafty way. My thoughts were drawn to lollipops and cupcakes. Do you remember those huge lollipops on the wooden sticks that you used to get as a kid if you were lucky? I sure do. They were “old fashioned” lollipops and on Long Island you could find them on many of your field trips to the local historical places. Two distinct times I remember them was at Old Bethpage Village Restoration at Long Island Fair time. Everything was dressed for the period and when you went to the candy maker there were the very colorful lollipops just asking to be purchased. Also at Teddy Roosevelt’s house on Sagamore Hill, they sold them at the gift shop but those looked more like unicorn horns.
When I stopped at my local Joann’s craft store with my daughter I saw an awesome stock of fun Valentine’s day socks. What fun I thought to myself my sister in laws would love these socks !!!! I bought them and went to work creating. I made the socks into lollipops and packaged them just right for a perfect Valentine’s day gift and you too can make them!

How to make sock pops!
Materials:
• Pair of really cool socks
• Clear pony tail holders
• Ribbon for a bow
• Clear cellophane for packaging
• Very sturdy lollipop stick or cookie pop stick
• Pin or two to secure the swirl
1) Find a really colorful and comfortable pair of socks
2) Get the invisible pony tail holders ( the really small ones)
3) Fold the heel of the sock so that it is flush to the body of the sock. Roll them length wise so that you are left with a long tube
4) Place 4 ponytail rubberbands at approximately 2 in intervals on the sock to secure the roll
5) Take the tube and roll into a swirl pattern.
6) You may need to secure the swirl with a quilting pin to hold the shape of the pop.
7) Take a sturdy lollipop stick and insert it through from bottom to top through the rolls
8) Place a valentines day candy of choice in the center to hide the pop
9) Wrap in clear cellophane and secure with a pony tail holder
10) Tie a bow at the bottom of the cellophane
11) Give to your favorite valentine !

Yucky Meatballs

In college my roommate and friend Dawn made amazing cocktail meatballs but she called them yucky meatballs because her brother and sister thought the ingredients were gross but these meatballs are so delicious you cant stop eating them.
Here is the recipe….
1 1/2 cups chili sauce
1 1/2 cups grape Jelly
1 pkg frozen meatballs (cocktail size) I used the ones from Trader Joes
Mix ingredients together and heat through according to directions on the meatball package.
Serve with toothpicks and enjoy.
(sorry no pics forgot to take one!)

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