18 June 2012

Back of the Box

Sometimes I actually make the recipe listed on the back of the box.  The other day I made the recipe on the back of a Bush's Black Beans can.  The only reason I eat a typical salad (one with lettuce greens) is to have the Ranch Dressing.  And I never eat macaroni salad of any kind.  So when I happen upon salads that are healthy and tasty (and lack lettuce greens), I want to spread the word.

This is easy (but has at least five ingredients). Don't know that small children will like it, but it's tasty and healthy. So here you go:
1 can (15 oz.) Bush's Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups mango, diced (about 2 mangos)
1 cup sweet red bell pepper, diced (about 1 pepper)
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
hot sauce and salt to taste
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve. (from http://www.bushbeans.com/)
Mute Mind Musing:  A lot of people don't make a recipe if it has any more than three ingredients.  When I look at my recipe book of things I really like, most of the recipes have about five or more ingredients.  I find that the more ingredients, the tastier the finished product.  Yes, I have four children and yes, I don't always have time.  But being in the kitchen and trying new things is something I like to make time for.  I love it when I can add another recipe to my recipe book of favorites (always a bit involved or extravagant) and no-fails (simple things the kids like). 
I haven't had much luck with the recipes on the "back of the box."  My mother-in-law and my sister-in-law each made a "back of the box" recipe that have found their way into my recipe book.  So I thought "back of the box" recipes would be winners no matter what.  I think this is the first of many that I've tried that I actually liked.   The only other one is Triple Cheese Bread from the back of a King Arthur bag of flour. 

15 June 2012

Words and Pictures

If a picture is worth a thousand words,
why is the book always better than the film?

Teach the Young Women to Be Keepers at Home

Baking Bread and Etiquette at the Dinner Table
My two little girls just completed "Little Women Camp."  Two young women, one 18 and the other 20, offered this morning camp to girls ages 8 to 12.  The little girls were taught by the older girls ettiquete, baking, dancing, knitting, boating and even horse-back riding.  The older girls even played little girl games with them. 

Setting the Table

What I really appreciated about the whole concept was that these young women voluntarily put themselves in front of these little girls as role models.  They contributed to the effort that every mother makes to teach their little girls to become little women.

Take-Home Notes

It was a perfectly lovely idea, God-inspired I am sure.  I can't wait to see how the lessons of the past week play out in my daughters' lives this summer.  Thank you for Little Women Camp.

Leave your shoes at the Door