Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pimiento Cheese Spread

The New Year is fast approaching and one of our family favorites for the yearly celebration is Pimiento Cheese spread. It is fast and easy to make.

Pimiento Cheese Spread

Ingredients
1 lb. grated, mild cheddar cheese 
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 T. chopped pimientos (drained)
2 T. grated/finely chopped white onion
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients listed above together in a bowl and refrigerate for about one (1) hour. 

Our family tends not to like spreads with a lot of mayo, it makes it a little soggy, and causes a texture issue for the girls. So based upon your tastes you might want to add more mayo or even mustard. In addition, we recommend to hand grate the cheddar cheese because pre-grated cheese does not absorb the flavors of the ingredients as well, and the texture is a little different.
There are several different ways that you can serve the cheese spread, below are some of our favorite ways. If you try this recipe, and combine it with something different, we would love to know because we will try it too!
  • Dip the cheese spread with crackers.
  • Place the cheese spread on cucumber slices.
  • Dip carrots and celery into the cheese spread (a veggie plate).
  • Make grilled cheese sandwiches and spread the pimiento cheese on your bread (in place of sliced cheese), along with several slices of tomatoes on top of the cheese spread, then place your bread and griddle on your stove top.
  • Dip pretzels in cheese spread.
  • Dip pretzels with tortilla chips.
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter 2014 issue out now!

We're back!  After an extended break, the MHC Team has regrouped, and we are excited beyond belief to present you with our brand new Winter 2014 issue!  Jam-packed full of ideas for how to make this holiday season meaningful and enjoyable for you and your family, from adorable fashions and inspiring interviews, to fun crafts and delicious recipes, you will find it all right here in the Winter 2014 issue of Modern Handmade Child.  Just click on the cover below to view!

http://issuu.com/modernhandmadechild/docs/winter-2014/1?e=1279759/10118605


* In getting things up and running again, there have inevitably been a few bumps along the way.  Unfortunately, we are still facing a some minor technical glitches with the way a few of the pages are displaying, which we are working on resolving, but we couldn't wait to share our new issue with you!  Enjoy!

Shannon
Editor of MHC

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Join the MHC Art Journaling Project


Do you like to draw? We are starting a yearlong art journaling project at MHC. Each Monday, we will share five ideas/thought starters to do with your children at home. Art journaling is a great way for kids to express themselves, share what is on their mind and learn new art skills and techniques in a collective place.

The MHC art journaling is a time that we hope your family will enjoy drawing, sharing and continuing to make memories together.

Artwork can be collected in various forms, a few ideas include:
  • A bound journal
  • Handmade journals
  • Blank spiral notebook
  • 8 ½ X 11 sheets of paper and placed in a 3 ring binder
  • Large index cards an hole punched and placed on a ring
If you have other collective ideas of how to place your drawing, please comment below so that we can all learn and share.

To kick off our first week…here is our first weeks list.
  • Sunshine
  • Birds
  • Draw something that you are thankful for.
  • Meet the _____  (place you last name)
  • Leaves

Attempt to expand your children’s art mediums from, say, sketching with pencils to water colors, acrylics, or chalk. One idea might be to create an impression of the same idea, say sunshine, and use a different medium for it every day, and then compare it in the journal. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt and Garlic


There is nothing better after carving your fall pumpkin than roasting the seeds for a delicious treat. Below is one of our family favorites. 

Happy Roasting!

Ingredients                           
  • pumpkin seeds from your freshly carved pumpkin
  • grape seed oil (or olive oil, butter, vegetable oil, canola oil etc.)
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Powdered garlic or crushed garlic (optional)
Utensils
  • Baking sheet
  • Spatula
After you have separated the pulp and the seeds from the newly carved pumpkin, place the pumpkin seeds in a colander and rinse under cold running water to remove and separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp. Stir with a spoon the pumpkins seeds so that the water drains off the seeds, as much as possible in the colander.

Drizzle your baking sheet with grape seed oil (or your preferred oil type) and stir the seeds around the oil so that they are all coated. It is recommended to go light on the oil so that it does not make the seeds soggy or take a much longer time to bake. You can always add additional oil if needed.

Spread the pumpkin seed evenly on your baking sheet one layer, sprinkle with sea salt and stir well. If you like garlic, sprinkle garlic powder (or crushed garlic) over the salted pumpkins seeds and then stir around in a single layer, so that the pumpkin seeds are covered.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Take them out, give them a stir, and place them back in for another 10 minutes. Our family tends to like them a little more toasted so your timing may very a bit in terms of your roasting taste.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Finds: Birdhouses – All Shapes and Sizes

Birdhouses play an important role in the conservation of birds and have different physical and behavioral needs thus there is not one type of birdhouse that would be suitable to all. The types of birds that will nest on a yard or property are largely determined by the habitat.  Below are few birdhouses that can be enjoyed by many. 



  1. Birdhouse Trailer - Shasta Bird house - Blue/White birdhouses by Birdhouse 20
  2. Wood Bird House Rustic Birdhouse Recycled Metal Flower Simple and Sweet Lime Green, by BaconSquare Farm
  3. Window mounting wren bird house, Cedar Bird House, Wooden Wren House, Natural Finish, Outdoor Birdhouse by Built at Home by John
  4. Redwood Balloon Birdhouse by aveart
  5. Rustic Birdhouse - License Plate Birdhouse - Spoon Birdhouse - Primitive Birdhouse by Rural Originals
  6. Mosaic Stone Bird house and Feeder by Winestone birdhouses


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Apple, Pear and Almond Pancakes


Many times when my husband works late, my daughters and I love having breakfast for dinner. There is just something so fun when having a family favorite of cheese eggs, pancakes, quiche or even crepes for dinner. 

Apple, Pear and Almond Pancakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 1/2 cups milk
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 pear, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Handful of sliced almonds

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine milk and egg to the flour mixture and stir. Add the apples, pears, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and stir together.

On the stove top melt butter in a skillet, pour the pancake mixture into the skillet to the size of the pancakes that you desire. We have had fun making silver dollar pancakes in the past. It really depends on what you like. Cook until brown on one side, flip and cook on the other side until done. 

* Another good combination that we have enjoyed when just making our apple/cinnamon pancakes is adding 1/4 cup of oatmeal. When you do this, you may need to add a little bit more milk, due to the batter being thicker.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Cake


A few weekends ago we had a dinner party with some friends that we had not seen in a while. We decided it was much too long and we needed to get together more often. It seems when we get together many times we talk about food (they love to cook and try new recipes). My daughters had mentioned that one of their favorite desserts was apple cake. We all chuckled because they had never had an apple cake before, apple pie of course, and have added applesauce to different recipes for moisture. 


The next day,  I thought to myself…ahh….I think we will make an apple cake for dessert (and makes a good breakfast as a coffee cake too)!

Apple Cake
¾ cup chopped walnuts
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 large baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract 

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with oil to help the cake in not sticking to the sides. Sprinkle walnuts at the bottom of the pan evenly. In a large bowl, mix 2 T. of the flour, ¼ cup of the sugar, and the cinnamon together. Add apples to the bowl and toss.

In another bowl, mix the remaining of the flour and the sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, oil, butter, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix together until the batter is well combined.

Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan (roughly 2 cups). Then place the apple mixture on top of the batter and spread evenly. Add the remainder of the batter, on top of the apples.

Bake for 1 ¼ hours. Let the cake cool for 15-20 minutes. Take a knife and run around the sides of the pan, turn over, cool a little more and remove the cake from the pan. 
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