Friday, April 4, 2014

Glorious Greens Pasta

I don't know about you, but pasta gets boring after a while.  Pasta with sauce, baked ziti, spaghetti and meatballs. I thought I was over pasta, until I tried something new with it.
Skip all that red sauce, and just sauté some greens in olive oil and add some bread crumbs.  This way is much healthier and you don't feel guilty about eating those pasta carbs!
Glorious Greens Pasta~ The Dreams Weaver

What you will need:
Box of pasta
1 bunch of kale, washed and stems trimmed
A few stalks swiss chard
Handful of spinach
Salt
Pepper
1/2 cup Seasoned bread crumbs
Handful of parsley
Olive oil

Boil the pasta according to it's directions.
In a large skillet, heat the olive on medium heat.  Add your greens and lower the heat to low.
Allow the greens to slightly wilt.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Once the pasta is ready, drain and add to the skillet.
Mix the pasta into the greens and add the bread crumbs and a little more olive oil if it seems too dry.  
Top it all off with some fresh parsley.
Plate it up and devour!
Glorious Greens Pasta~ The Dreams Weaver
Enjoy!


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I would like to share what I had worn yesterday to work.  I recently started my new job as the assistant buyer for ThinkGeek, if you missed my announcement check it out HERE.  
As you can tell from my pictures, the dress code in the office is basically to look and feel good in what you wear and try not to offend anyone.  Yesterday was the first day since I had started that I took advantage of wearing a T shirt and leggings to work. Let me tell you, it's WAY more comfortable than business clothing {sorry for y'all out there that still have to wear suits to work!} 
We are also allowed to bring out dogs to the office {and my office already has the baby gate ready} But if you have met my dog, or seen videos of him before, I'm not sure my dog is office ready no matter how laid back the vibe is there.
Anyway, back to yesterday's outfit. Jet would not sit still or get out of the way long enough to take a picture, he wanted to be the center of attention as soon as I got home.
What I Wore Wednesday~ The Dreams Weaver
Jet finally sat still long enough to give me his paw for a picture.
What I Wore Wednesday~ The Dreams Weaver

Where to get my look:


ThinkGeek Classic Star Wars X-Wing
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e6a2/?srp=30

Uniqlo Easy Knit Legging Pants
http://www.uniqlo.com/us/women/featured/sale/bottoms/women-easy-knit-leggings-pants-073545001.html#13

Toms Classic Canvas Slip Ons
http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/TOMS-Classic-Canvas-Slip-On-White/prod76110066/p.prod?ecid=BGCIGoogleProductAds&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=prod76110066skuWHITE

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Post Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins

As part of my New Year's Resolution I promised myself that I would exercise more and eat healthier this year.  Normally, my motivation for my resolution gets thrown out the window a few weeks after January 1st rolls around.  But, this year it's almost Summer and I'm still sticking to my plan!
I started my resolution by doing a 3 day juice fast from Healthy Blender Girl {the winter juice} and plan to do it every season {every 3 months.}  I know what you're thinking…that's impossible or that the results don't last. But let me tell you, it was definitely hard the first day.  I was starving and wanted to quit only a few hours in! But, by day 2 I was feeling better and actually felt satisfied with my juices and midday herbal teas.  
Post Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins~ The Dreams Weaver
After successfully completing all 3 days of juicing, I weighed in.  I had lost 4 pounds!  While this may not seem a lot for some people, that was really all I wanted to lose.  
The next 3 days I needed to restrict my intake to raw veggies and fruits.  This part was easy because I had a ton of my juicing veggies and fruits left over.  The next 3 days I was able to introduce other meat/dairy items back into my diet.  
That is where this recipe comes in.  The muffin base is an adaptation to my Pumpkin Bread recipe.  Swap out the pumpkin puree with your leftover day 2 midday carrot/butternut squash pulp that you saved after straining it from your juice.  This pulp still has a lot of the vitamins left in it, and great flavor!
Post Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins~ The Dreams Weaver

*PS notice my new carrot logo on my photos? From now on I am going to add this to my healthy posts!

What you will need:

1 cup flour
1 ¼ tsps. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
2 slightly beaten egg whites

½ cup leftover juice cleanse pulp½ cup sugar
¼ cup canola oil
Nonstick spray
2 muffin pans


In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together egg whites, juice pulp, sugar, and oil.

Post Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins~ The Dreams Weaver
Stir flour mixture into juice pulp mixture until well incorporated.

Post Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins~ The Dreams WeaverPost Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins~ The Dreams Weaver
Liberally spray your muffin pans with nonstick spray.
Spread batter into pans and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Post Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins~ The Dreams Weaver
Another variation I tried for these muffins was my day 2 evening juice of broccoli/romaine/cilantro pulp.
Post Juice Cleanse Healthy Muffins~ The Dreams Weaver
 Enjoy!

Any questions or comments about juicing just ask away!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Champagne Cork Picture Holder

The idea for a Champagne cork picture holder came about when I made my Monogram Jute Initial, it just took me this long to get around to posting about it!
I like the look of the jute letter with the cork holder, it gives it a country-ish feel.
Champagne Cork Picture Holder~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
Champagne cork (or any cork really)
Nail with a flat head
Hot glue gun
Champagne Cork Picture Holder~ The Dreams Weaver
The first thing you want to do is to start making the hole into the cork {remember to make a hole in the side that will NOT be facing outward.}  Make the hole by simply pushing the nail {pointy side} into the cork.  You may need a little help from mr. hammer for this part. 
Champagne Cork Picture Holder~ The Dreams Weaver
Next, take the nail out of the cork.  Then, push the nail back into the cork flat side first.  Once the nail is 2/3 into the cork hot glue around the base of the cork to ensure that the nail won't come out.
Champagne Cork Picture Holder~ The Dreams Weaver
Now just stick that baby into the wall and hang away!
Champagne Cork Picture Holder~ The Dreams Weaver

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rumskey Custard Filled Pineapple Cupcakes

I have been experimenting with new ways to build upon recipes that I already have in order to have more variety and versatility in our meals/snacks.
I wanted to create a custard filled cupcake with an unexpected twist, rumskey!
The recipe is based off the ingredients used in my Pumpkin Bread recipe.
Rumskey Custard Filled Pineapple Cupcakes~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
Cupcake:
1 ½ cups flour
1 ¼ tsps. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
2 slightly beaten eggs

1 cup finely cut pineapple
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup canola oil
Nonstick spray

2 cupcake pans
cupcake liners
Custard:
1 cup Rumskey
1 cup milk
½ cup confectioner's sugar
2 TBSP flour

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together egg whites, pineapple, sugar, and oil. 

Stir flour mixture into pineapple mixture until well incorporated.
Line your pans with the cupcake liners and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Spread batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes to set up.
Use a knife to cut out a cylinder from the middle of each cupcake, making sure you don't cut all the way to the bottom, otherwise as you unwrap it to eat it will all leak.

Rumskey Custard Filled Pineapple Cupcakes~ The Dreams Weaver
 While the cupcakes are baking, start the custard reduction.
In a medium pot, add the rumskey and turn the heat on high until it starts to bubble.  Lower to medium heat and let that start to reduce. 
Add the milk and confectioner's sugar and whisk until completely combined.  Allow this to reduce another 10-15 minutes, whisking occasionally.
When the sauce looks like it is thickening up, remove 1/4 cup of it into a small bowl in order to incorporate the flour evenly.  Add the flour mixture back to the pot.
Let the custard reduce for another 5-7 minutes, or until really thick.
Once done, remove from heat and transfer to a container.
I refrigerated my custard for an hour before piping it into the cupcakes as it was easier to handle.
Once the custard and cupcakes are ready to be filled, just fill a clear plastic bag with the custard and cut off the tip of the bag.
Pipe the custard into the center of each cupcake.

Rumskey Custard Filled Pineapple Cupcakes~ The Dreams Weaver
 Enjoy!


Rumskey Custard Filled Pineapple Cupcakes~ The Dreams Weaver
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hamantaschen Cookies

Today I have a delicious recipe for Hamantaschen that can be filled with whatever filling you desire! {Just think a cookie version of a burrito or taco}
Hamantaschen are a pocket filled cookie and are recognizable for their 3 cornered triangular shape. They are the traditional food eating during the Jewish holiday of Purim. They are usually filled with poppy seeds, prunes, apricot, apple, or any variety of fruit preserved.  I have even filled them with chocolate or marshmallows.
Why are they called Hamantaschen? The word itself is Yiddish for "Hamans pockets." Haman is the villain in the Purim story. We eat Hamantashen till today on Purim as part of the celebration of the holiday, which commemorates how the Jews escaped Haman's plans to massacre the entire Jewish population.
Why are the cookies triangularly shaped? Haman wore a 3 cornered hat.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver

What you will need:
4 eggs
½ cup oil (or 1 cup margarine)
2 tsps. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. orange juice
¾ cup sugar
4 cups flour
2 tsps. baking powder
Filling:
Strawberry preserves
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Lay parchment paper down on cookie sheets.
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat together. You may need to add a drop more juice or flour, depending on the consistency of the dough.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Roll dough into a ball and then divide into 4 equal parts. Each ball will make 1 dozen Hamantaschen.
Divide the large ball into 12 equally sized small balls.
On a floured surface, flatten one of the balls into a flat 3” diameter circle.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Place ½ to 2/3 teaspoon of your desired filling in the middle of each circle.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
To shape into a triangle, lift up right and left sides, leaving the bottom down, and bring both sides to meet at the center above the filling.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Bring the top flap down to the center to meet the 2 sides. Pinch edges together.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Place each Hamantaschen on the cookie sheets 1 inch apart and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver

Enjoy!
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Friday, February 28, 2014

{No Bake} Cookie Dough Balls

I know I have been lacking on my posts for the past two weeks, but I am back!
I feel like a lot has happened since my last post...let me tell you in short:
- I took a trip up to New York for my mom's birthday 2 days before Valentine's Day {1 day before that super blizzard} and ended up staying an entire week! Why did I have all this time off? I decided to change jobs and had 2 weeks off in between...
- I got a new job! You're looking at the new {and only} Assistant Buyer for ThinkGeek!! I am back in the fashion industry, sort of.  So far I am loving it there, and the lack of suits required to wear to work.
- I found this new recipe that allows you to eat all the raw cookie dough you want, with no risk of salmonella! It uses applesauce instead of eggs, who knew? You can also bake them if you want a delicious cookie without the eggs. 
{No Bake} Cookie Dough Balls~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
2/3 cup (1 1/3 sticks) butter, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
6 blocks chocolate-almond bark
{No Bake} Cookie Dough Balls~ The Dreams Weaver
In an electric mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, applesauce and vanilla together until smooth.
{No Bake} Cookie Dough Balls~ The Dreams Weaver
Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together, and with the mixer running, slowly add to the butter mixture.
{No Bake} Cookie Dough Balls~ The Dreams Weaver
Scoop out the batter using a mini ice cream scoop and roll it into balls. Place the dough balls about an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and transfer them to the freezer for 30 minutes to let the dough set up.
{No Bake} Cookie Dough Balls~ The Dreams Weaver
While the dough is chilling, melt the chocolate-almond bark in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.

Remove the chilled dough balls from the freezer. Using two spoons, dip the balls one at a time in the melted chocolate, rolling them to coat fully.
{No Bake} Cookie Dough Balls~ The Dreams Weaver
Returned the dough balls to the wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

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