Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pan Fried Tilapia Over Couscous with Dates

Weeknight dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. Excellent. 

No measurements, just add what you have on hand and use as much as you're in the mood for! I had whole wheat couscous, dates, red and orange bell peppers, green onions, and tilapia. Dinner for two coming right up!

  1. In small pot, boil 1 1/4 cup water with 1 tablespoon butter and sprinkling of sea salt. 
  2. While water is working on boiling, chop up desired veggies, dried fruit, whatever suits your taste buds, to go with couscous. Set aside (just leave it on your cutting board for now, you don't need the cutting board again). 
  3. For your fish, heat up a pot or pan (I used a smaller cast iron pot so I wouldn't have to clean up any potential splattering) on medium heat with a tablespoon of butter. In a shallow bowl, pour in approximately 1/4 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour, sprinkle in some sea salt, and lightly coat tilapia fillets. If pot is hot enough, gently lay in coated tilapia, should sizzle. Cook for a few minutes on each side, should have a golden brown crust and fish should flake if done. Don't cook covered or crust will be soggy. 
  4. By now your initial pot of water should be boiling, pour in 1 cup of uncooked couscous, stir thoroughly, cover, remove from heat and let sit for at least five minutes without looking in the pot. 
  5. If you have a few minutes before you can move on, clean up the kitchen a bit so you don't have to do it later! Once tilapia is done, remove gently on a plate, set aside. With the yummy brown bits of butter, pour in your cutting board full of chopped veggies and such. Stir for a few minutes to meld all the flavors. Couscous should be ready to be poured in to the colorful mix now. Stir until combined. 
  6. Plate and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dumpling Soup

Sure, it may be >100F degrees outside but little tastes better than dumpling soup when a cold is weighing me down. Hot fluid to soothe the irritated throat. Protein to keep the body going. Sesame oil to help awaken the senses through a super stuffy nose. These dumplings were frozen from two months ago and it was really easy to boil them and enjoy as a soup (used some of the water from boiling the dumplings, added a little soba soup base, fresh green onions, and sesame oil). It's like chicken noodle soup but all the goodies are wrapped in flavorful parcels!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Buttons & Etsy Shop Mini Cards

My Edible Thoughts Etsy shop mini cards have arrived and they are PERFECT! I ordered the cards through Moo and highly recommend them. Simple to upload graphics online, easy to order, efficient delivery, high quality product. The cards are made from paper that is sourced from sustainable forests. The card holder is made from recycled pulp and is recyclable. The cards were printed in the USA and hand-packed in Rhode Island. I'm a fan. I also purchased a paper button maker today. To be honest, I thought it was going to give me punch outs of buttons in paper when I bought it. Instead I punch and get the most adorable embossed button! If you're thinking what I'm thinking ... this can lead to some very fun packaging for Etsy creations!

What's making you smile today?

Split Pea Newborn Beanie

This two-toned beanie has a shell pattern that's sure to aid flair to any new baby girl or boy! Maybe even use it for an October baby's Halloween costume as a turtle??

Hat Circumference: 15 inches
Hat Depth: 6 inches
Material: Worsted weight acrylic yarn

Machine wash cold, tumble dry low or lay flat to dry.

Available on Etsy!

Watermelon Beanie

Available on Etsy!

Jessie's Pink & Orange Butterfly Beanie

This two-toned beanie has an interesting feature resembling a cut-out butterfly on the side. This beanie was inspired by my husband's cousin's daughter Jessie. She has a bright sense of style and always has something to smile about!

Side note, I usually end up making beanies too small or too big. This one ended up the latter and would probably size as an extra-large or regular adult size per chart below.

Courtesy of Cuddly Crochet: Adorable Toys, Hats, and More by Stacey Trock, 2010.

Pattern inspired by

Chamomile Blue Sweater & Beanie (0-3 months)

Last year, I stepped foot into a yarn store that made my eyes grow as big as saucers. Every wall was filled from floor to ceiling with the most brilliantly colored yarns of all hues. There were skeins and skeins of varying thickness, softness, material. I was like a little kid in a candy store. I limited myself to not buying out the whole store and still went home happy. Now I thought, "I need something really special to use this yarn." Months went by and I couldn't bring myself to use this special yarn. The yarn I used for this special project is "Nuna-Turquoise," 40% Merino Wool, 40% Silk, and 20% Bamboo sourced Viscose. It's incredibly soft, fine, and a rich calming blue. It's from Peru and supports the children of Peruvian Highland shepherds by directly funding a school in the remote area of Muñani in the region of Puno. For more information, check out This project is special to me because I'm keeping it. I'm keeping it for my future baby girl or boy (the flower can be replaced if needed)!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Robin's Egg Daisy Sweater (6-12 Month)

Available on Etsy!

Etsy Shop Mini Cards

Just created these mini business cards to go out with Etsy shop orders! Excited for them to arrive!

(Looks smaller because there's a white border)

(Back of Card)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Silver Tutu

Babysat this cutie patootie today (you may have seen her in previous photo shoots!). 
At 11 months old, she gets cuter everyday!

Friday, August 17, 2012

London Broil Ciabatta Sandwich

London Broil 1. A flank steak that has been cut into large pieces, tenderized by marinating, broiled or grilled, then thinly sliced across the grain. 2. A term also used for various cute of meat including sirloin tip and top round. (Food Lover's Companion 4th Ed)

The steak marinated for an hour (if you have time, marinade for a few hours) in a gallon storage Ziploc bag with a marinade of (whisked together in a Pyrex):
  • 1/4 cup espresso balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, smooshed and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
My husband, aka Grill Master, made an excellent sear and grilled the steak for about 10 minutes. After letting the meat rest for approximately 5 minutes, he sliced it thinly on a bias. We toasted locally baked ciabatta, smeared it with a mixture of mayonnaise + dried dill + garlic powder, and topped that with the delicious London broil. Yum. Served with a side salad of corn+black bean+garbanzo bean+tomato+lime+red wine vinegar, it was the perfect Friday night dinner!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Matthew & Sarah's Wedding - August 11, 2012

This weekend we celebrated the love between my brother-in-law and his wife Sarah. Congratulations to a beautiful couple! Perfect weather in the high-70's in Red Wing, Minnesota and miraculously not a mosquito in sight. Enjoy these highlights from a joyous weekend!

The Wedding Party

First Dance

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Big Brother Sweater (3-4yo)

When it comes to gift giving and new babies, the new babies receive an abundance of cute items that often seem to be really more for the parents than the babies. The babies can hardly see much less tell the difference between a designer onesie and that oh-so-cute baby blue elephant hand-me-down. What about the older siblings? Sure, they receive the gift of a new brother or sister to hug and cuddle (... to sit on and pull their hair and share their toys) but what about a little something for them to feel special too? Here's the perfect accompaniment to a baby shower gift!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Before the blog was born, my recipes were scribbled in a little notebook with grocery lists, things to do, and crochet instructions. Then my husband said to me one day, you should really put these recipes together as a keepsake for a future cookbook so that you can refer back to them later! Well, I only got to one page (the below) and then this blog was born as an "online cookbook and journal." 

If you're looking for a chocolate peanut butter cup recipe that's super easy (and looks impressive) check these out! Perfect for a party favor or luncheon dessert!