Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:30

Thursday Night Dinner: Flip-Flops and Blondies

Written by Stephania
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Happy Thursday everyone! As I continue with my little staycation, Ryder and I are headed to Coney Island for a day of rides, treats, and plain ole’ fun! I haven’t been for years and I am determined to give Ry a little taste of amusement parks before we make our big trip to Harry Potter World and Disney World next month.  After months of coaxing, I have finally warmed Ry up to the idea of going on a kid rollercoaster.  With my dad in the lead, my sisters and I have always been rollercoaster fanatics.  We used to go to Kings Island every summer and would wait for hours in line for a ride on the newest and most badass rollercoaster at the park.  I’m not sure that Ry is such a thrill seeker, but I think he’ll enjoy kid-sized hills all the same.

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However, before we take our journey on the Q train, I need to plan out my Thursday Night Dinner.  I made a delicious batch of Blondies yesterday that I think will put a smile on at least one or two faces this evening.  I have wanted to make these guys for ages.  I love Blondies because they only require one mixing bowl and you can really get creative to what you end up adding to them.  I happened to have a bag of unsweetened coconut from a food styling job and have a slight obsession with the lovely texture that coconut adds, so I added about a cup or so to the basic recipe.  Serve them with a healthy dollop of whipped cream and enjoy.

Oh, and dinner of course! I’m thinking that we’ll make our Easy Peasy Fresh Sauce and Angel Hair pasta, but I want to switch it up a bit and add grilled butterfly cut shrimp.  Inspired by our Vacation Week, I will be working on our new and improved flip-flop craft.  I am thrilled to announce that we will be adding this craft kit to our shop in just a few short weeks! I have searched high and low in NYC to find the cutest beads to accessorize this super fun summer craft and I am convinced that they will become my new favorite pair of shoes.

 

 Easy Peasy Fresh Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta
by Stephania Stanley

What You Need:fresh_pasta339B3059

  • 1 16oz box of angel hair pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
Note:This will make about six servings. If you feel the need for a little meat in your life, add chicken sausage (my favorite is the spinach and feta kind).  Slice it and sauté for five minutes. Mix it in when you add the pasta and goat cheese.

What to do:

Cook pasta according to directions on the box.  While your pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add zucchini and garlic and sauté for five minutes.  Add the tomatoes, sauté for two minutes, and then stir in the parsley and crushed red pepper.  Sauté ingredients for an additional four minutes.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, and add it to the sauté pan.  Lower the heat to medium-low so that your pasta does not over cook and add the goat cheese.  Using a wooden spoon, mix ingredients together and sauté for another five minutes.  Remove from heat and serve.

Serves 4-6.

 Blondies for THURSDAYSblondies2-7140
by Stephania Stanley

What You Need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 stick of butter, melted
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup diced walnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ tsp salt
Note:Blondies are a great dessert for experimenting. Try adding and subtracting different elements that you have in your kitchen like marshmallows, almonds, caramel, etc.

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar and butter into a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix until smooth. Next add vanilla and the egg yolks, one at a time. Mix until blended. Add flour at about ½ cup at a time. Add the coconut, walnuts, salt, and chocolate chips. Stir to mix. Pour batter into a 13”x9” baking pan and make for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

 Fun Flip-Flopsflipflops2-7158
by Colleen Reilly and Stephania Stanley

What you need:

  • A pair of plain rubber flip-flops
  • 2 yards seam binding or ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Embellishments (beads, buttons, rhinestones, etc)
  • thread and needle
  • Scissors

What to do:

Cut approximately one yard of seam binding or ribbon. Wrap the ribbon or binding around one side of the flip-flop strap, starting from the back and working your way up to the toe divider. Secure the binding or ribbon at both ends with a dab of fabric glue.  Repeat on the other side of the strap.  You can leave the flip-flop as it is, or glue embellishments onto the top of the newly ribboned strap for a more festive look.  Repeat for the second flip-flop.

Story:
As soon as the weather warms, we are sock-less for the entirety of the summer, but your average flip flops are a bit too boring for us. This is an easy way to turn an ordinary pair of rubber flip-flops into some seriously fun summer foot wear.

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