Saturday, February 6, 2016

Snow days and Mochi ice cream recipe.

"Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.” 
― Mary Oliver














Today the sun is finally out. --It's been out the last few days, but it has been staying hidden behind the clouds. Today we are so fortunate to see the sun shining so brightly, and beautifully. We had a few days of snow.--Quite a bit of snow!

During our snowy days we enjoyed warm drinks, snuggle time, books, board games, and Mochi ice cream. It's ice cream wrapped in a sweet flour dough. It's delicious, and so easy to prepare.

 When I was a little girl, my mother would actually purchase Korean rice cakes from the Asian market. I was so thrilled to find a recipe for Mochi ice cream. The dough reminded me of rice cake.- Soft, chewy, and sweet.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of Mochiko sweet rice flour brand. -( You can find this flour in most Asian markets).
3/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of sugar
Corn Starch
Ice cream.- Any ice cream will work. I used a strawberry flavor ice cream.
Optional- Food coloring. This is actually added to the flour mix. It makes it fun! I used a little bit of red food coloring.

Cupcake liners
Cupcake pan
Plastic wrap
Cutting Board
Rolling pin
Scissors
Knife
Large Bowl (Microwave safe bowl)
Ice cream scoop/ measuring spoon (tablespoon)

Preparing your ice cream

Start off with scooping out your ice cream. I actually used a measuring spoon for this. Doing this it actually scoops your ice cream out in small ice cream balls.

Next you will want to scoop each ice cream ball into your cupcake liner. I scooped out about 10 ice cream balls. Once this step is complete, you will want to place your cupcake pan with your ice cream in the freezer. -Leave them in the freezer for an hour.

Preparing your sweet rice flour dough

Mix your sweet rice flour, and water into a bowl. Give it a gentle mix until everything is smooth. Next add in your sugar. Continue mixing.

At this point everything will be completely mixed together.  This next step is completely optional, but if you want you can add in just a little bit of food coloring. I used just a tiny bit of red food coloring. - My oldest daughter wanted it to go with the Valentine theme we have been working on.

Next  take your microwave safe bowl and cover the top with plastic wrap. Place your flour mix into the microwave for 2 minutes.  Remove your bowl from the microwave, and make sure to grab it with a kitchen towel. - Your bowl may be hot, and also be careful when removing the plastic wrap. Remove your plastic wrap and give it another stir. Cover again, and add it back into the microwave for 30 seconds.

Finally, remove your bowl from the microwave. Your dough should be shiny, and ready for the next step. While preparing for the next step I left my plastic wrap off. This will help cool your dough.


Preparing to roll out the flour

Take some plastic wrap and cover the top portion of your cutting board. Take a generous amount of corn starch and apply some on top of the plastic wrap. - This will keep your dough from sticking to the surface.

You'll want to apply some to your rolling pin as well. Next, remove your dough from the bowl. It may still be hot, but hopefully by this point it has cooled down some. Place your dough on the cutting board. Again, taking some corn starch apply some on the dough - This really helps when rolling out the dough.

You're ready to start rolling out your dough. Once your dough is rolled out into a nice thin layer; you'll want to take a knife and make even 3 inch square pieces.

Next, take some scissors, and cut each square piece out through the plastic wrap.

Place your square pieces on a plate, and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 mins.

While you wait, grab a book, and a warm drink!


Preparing to wrap your ice cream

Take both your ice cream, and dough out. Quickly take a layer of your Mochi dough, and ice cream. Wrap the dough over your ice cream- Make sure that the Mochi dough is completely wrapped around the ice cream ball.  If you have extra on top, you can take your scissors, and cut that portion off. Leave the plastic wrap on, and place it back into the cupcake liner. You'll do this for each one.

Once you're done, place in the freezer for about an hour. If you want a softer, chewier dough leave in for 20 mins.

**Note**
If you are enjoying  these right out of the freezer; place them on a plate, and let sit for a minute or two. -This will help  soften it up a bit. :)


Is it snowing over where you live? What are some activities you enjoy doing on snow days? :)

Enjoy.

-Stephanie


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Peaceful moment.


This peaceful moment...
It was art time. -Watercolors, paint brushes, and little hands.
It was a very creative time.


What was your peaceful moment for this week?

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Each Thursday, I'll be posting a photo taken during a peaceful moment.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Warm Citrus tea.








I absolutely love this recipe. It's packed with vitamin C. This drink really comes in handy when you're battling a cold, or just really need that extra boost of vitamin C. 

This recipe brought back so many memories. I found this easy recipe for this hot Citrus tea over at Honeysuckle. -Her recipes are absolutely wonderful. 

 While visiting in Korea, I had a nice cup of Yuja tea. The recipe that I used actually just uses 2 lemons, and 1 orange. 

In Korea, they actually use the Yuja fruit. My mother is Korean, and she really never made this tea. So of course, I was thrilled when I came across this simple recipe, and it actually has the citrus taste like Yuja tea. 

Ingredients:


  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 inches Ginger Root
  • 1 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 cup Raw Honey

Take two lemons, and one orange. I actually washed my fruit using an organic vegetable/fruit spray. --I actually washed them because in this recipe you are asked to leave the rinds on. I just gave them a gentle scrub.

  Slice  lemons, and oranges.-- Make sure you make thin slices.  Next, you'll take your ginger root, and cut about 2 inches off. I then took my mortar and pestel out. You'll want to grind your ginger up. 

Once you've done this, you'll take your ginger, lemon, and oranges slices and place them in a bowl.  Add in 1 Tbsp of Turmeric, and one cup of raw honey. 

Mix all the ingredients. -- It smells absolutely wonderful when all the ingredients are mixed together. 

Pour this mixture into an airtight container. 

I placed my mixture in the refrigerator, and I also put a date on it. It can stay in the refrigerator for one month.

The next morning, I actually placed this citrus mixture into a cup of boiling  water.

Allowing it to sit overnight really brought the flavors together. 

This tea is very enjoyable, and remember it is loaded with vitamin C. --You'll feel great after enjoying a nice hot cup of this citrus tea. -*Store this mixture in the fridge for a week*

Note:  This is also amazing in oatmeal. Just heat this mixture in with milk, and then add oats. :)


Enjoy.

-Stephanie

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Peaceful Moment.


This week has been very busy.-labs, appointments, lessons, and lots of art with the little ones.

This peaceful moment...
came shortly after my doctor visit.
A nice cup of hot green tea with honey.
I sat for a few.
Enjoying this moment.

What was your peaceful moment for this week?

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Each Thursday, I'll be posting a photo taken during a peaceful moment.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Colorful Coffee Filter Heart wreaths.- Simple craft post

Who says Coffee filters are just for packing coffee grinds in...
This simple, colorful, and fun craft is great for all.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”— Albert Einstein







Materials needed:
-Coffee filters
-Round plastic lid (I actually used a plastic lid for the back of our wreath).
You can also use cardboard. 
-Scissors
-Paper (this will be used for creating your hearts).
-Tape
-Paint (we used watercolor paint).

Start off with gathering your coffee filters. 
You'll want to tape off the bottom of each coffee filter. By doing this, it will actually give it some shape. 
Next, apply paint on each coffee filter. I found that using watercolor paint made it easier to apply paint on each filter.

Next, take each filter and tape it to your round plastic/cardboard piece. 
If you are wanting hearts on your wreath, you'll want to take some paper and create hearts.
Paint them, and also you can add some glitter.- This is optional. 
If you're working with little hands, you may want to help them cut each heart out. 

Taking a strip of paper, pull it through the back side of your wreath. Glue off the ends of the strip. (This is how you will hang your wreath).  

Now  it's ready to be displayed.
Enjoy.

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If you like this craft...
be sure to check out this Valentine craft


Monday, January 25, 2016

Sweet little hearts.- A simple craft post.



We absolutely love art in our home.
Creating art, and displaying art.
This simple craft project is fun for all ages.

Materials needed:
-paper
-watercolor paints
-water
-scissors
-tape
-heart shape cut out (I actually used a cookie cutter to trace my hearts).
- sewing needle
-thread (I used two colors).




First, start off with your paper and watercolor. Create your art. I used a variety of colors. 
Have fun with it.- You can make stripes, dots, and much more.
Once you are finished, allow some time for your art to completely dry. 


Next, you'll want to grab your heart shape cut out, or a heart shaped cookie cutter.
Trace a few hearts over your watercolor art. 
Once that is finished, you'll want to cut each heart out. 



 Next step, grab your thread.- I used pink, and purple.
Pull your thread through the needle and tie the end off in a knot. 
Start off with poking the needle through the front of your first heart.
When poking it through the second heart, poke the needle through the back side.
Continue this pattern until you are done. 
Once you make it to your final heart, cut the thread from the needle and tie off that end. 
You want to make sure you have enough thread on both ends when finished.

Final step...
Find a place in your home where you would love to hang and admire your beautiful watercolor hearts. 




Enjoy!

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all come on this blogging journey with me.
Stay tuned for more simple crafts.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Think Positive. -Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts.



Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.


Someone says you can't achieve your dreams.
-Oh yes you can! Let me let you in on a little secret...you can do anything and everything you put your mind to! There's no need to prove anything to anyone. - But always remember you matter, and so do your dreams. Go chase your dreams! 

So you think you don't matter.
-You sure do matter! You are here on this earth for a reason. -Get out there, and shine! 

You want to try something new, but you think it may be too challenging. 
-Give it a try. Honestly you won't know if it's challenging unless you try. Hey, and remember a little challenge is good for us. - Take on that new challenge. 

You're not pretty enough.
-To who? Remember this, you are beautiful. Inside, and out. Try this, take a few sticky notes, write something positive about yourself on each of those notes. - Place them on your mirror. Each day read one of them. Soon, you'll see just how much those things matter. You are absolutely lovely.

People always want to be better than others.
-Yeah, it sure does seem like it. But hey guess what... you only need to worry about YOU. These days social media is a place for people to one up someone. Don't mind all of that. Just live for YOU and those who matter to you. Maybe even take a break from social media, and phone calls for a few days. Or go as far as taking a break from technology. - Grab a book!  Give yourself this time to clear your thoughts.

People seem to take advantage these days.
-Absolutely! It's true. We can either remove ourselves from the situation or simply say NO. We have options. 

Life can be so hard.
-It sure can. We all struggle.- whether it be with, fear, anxiety, pressure, etc. -Life can be hard. I've learned that struggles can actually help define us. - Make us stronger. Help you learn more about yourself. Sometimes we go through life struggles to bring us back to the beginning. - Start over, try it again. There's always that beautiful shining light at the very end of that tunnel. - You'll get there. 

Friends come, and friends go.
-We've all learned this from when we were younger. Friends do come, and go. Some will stay for a  very long time. I like to leave people feeling positive, uplifted, and loved. Whether we stay friends for a very long time, or for a short time. - Honestly, we'll learn something from each other. 

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Here's to today! Today is a new day.- Make this day count. Remember you're here for a reason. Do something that brings joy to your life. Rejoice in happy moments.  -You're doing just fine.
-Stephanie

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