Monday, August 26, 2013

Mandarin Mondays: UnS Army (The chinglish Files)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mandarin Mondays: Please Don't travel Over the Railing (The Chinglish Files)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

DIY Chocolate Covered Bananas

So this isn't so much of a recipe, as an nudge to go make this quintessential summer treat. My kids loved the experience of making and eating these creamy chocolatey wonders.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas Recipe

  • 5-7 Bananas
  • 1 (12 oz) package chocolate chips
  • sprinkles or nuts (optional)
  1. Cut bananas in half and place on popsicle sticks (or in my case chopsticks). Place in freezer at least 30 minutes or until frozen. (At this point you have all natural, 100% fruit banana popsicles, perfect for an everyday treat. Also great for the teething baby in the house. But if you want to make something really special carry on.)
  2. Melt chocolate chips carefully in a double boiler or microwave.
  3. Dip frozen bananas in chocolate. I spread the chocolate around some of them with a spatula too.
  4. Dip in sprinkles or nuts if desired. (This was my boys favorite part!) 
  5. You can eat them immediately, but they hold together a little better if you return them to the freezer for at least a few minutes. Once frozen you can also wrap them up and save for later.

It's funny, I didn't realize there was a goat in the kitchen until now.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mandarin Mondays: For Your Text (The Chinglish Files)

Forget something?

Somebody else did too.

Alexander at 10 Months

At 10 months Alexander:

  • Is 22.75 pounds and 30.75 inches
  • Wears 12-24 month clothes
  • Loves to be a part of everything, even trying to "help" with chores
  • Is a chatterbox who loves to babble constantly
  • Says mama, dada, nigh-nigh (night-night)
  • Waves hi and bye, signs milk, more, and occasionally diaper
  • Gets himself into and out of sitting position easily, so it is more fun for him to play sitting for a couple of minutes
  • Loves to eat pretty much everything. In one meal he can eat a whole egg or banana or piece of pizza.
  • Is doing a little better about not constantly getting into everything 
  • is getting better at entertaining himself/playing by himself for a little bit
  • Loves to learn
  • Loves attention and affection, will come up to us just to give a hug and kiss

Friday, August 9, 2013

DIY Key Lime Pudding

We are loving all things Key lime here and this pudding is amazing. This pudding is very thick and rich, almost like pie filling. I think that sometime I am going to try making a Key lime pudding pie out of this recipe.

I made this to include in a Key Lime Trifle back in June for Father's day, but this pudding would make a great dessert all by itself warm, cold, or even frozen as frozen custard or pudding pops.

I made it the night before and it kept well in the fridge. I wouldn't making it much farther ahead of time though, mainly because I kept wanting to eat it all right away.

Homemade Key Lime Pudding Recipe

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (divided
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup Key lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  1. In a small mixing bowl, begin by stirring together ½ cup milk, egg yolks, and cornstarch until well combined.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups milk and sugar.
  3. Stir over medium heat to warm the milk.
  4. Take a couple of big spoonfuls (¼ to ½ cup) of the warm milk mixture, and add it into the cornstarch and egg mixture. Don't skip this step. This tempers the egg and prevents it from becoming a scrambled egg when adding it into the hot milk.
  5. Pour the cornstarch and egg mixture into the warm milk, and stir quickly to combine well.
  6. Continue to stir over medium heat until the pudding thickens and begins to bubble.
  7. Turn off heat. Add Key Lime juice and butter. Stir until well combined.
  8. Strain if necessary/desired to remove any lumps.
  9. You can serve this pudding warm (sounds good in the winter) or chill for at least 2 hours and serve it cold. I would imagine it would make lovely frozen custard as well.


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