Wonderful, wonderful life..

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sweet Ghost Brownie Bites

An easy and fun Halloween treat! Brownie bites and marsmallows! They both are Aria's favorite and turned into a yummy and very easy Halloween treat.

1 cup butter(melted)
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cacao
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup flour,

Decoration:
Marshmallows, red colored sugar, dark chocolate

Melt the butter, add the ingredients in order and mix them all. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Place marshmallows on the brownie in last 2 minutes. (One marshmallows for each bite)

(I used 9x13' greased pan)

Marshmallows always make delicious Halloween treats, don't they? Yummy ghosts!
Red colored sugar for lips. What can I say? Our ghosts are smiling, They don't really look spooky, also break off small pieces from the chocolate bar and roll them into little balls for eyes. I put the eye balls, right after I took them out of the oven. Actually, using m&m for the eyes is another idea. Let it cool. After I sliced it, my son used the red colored sugar for making them smiling :)

It has been a while since I spent some time in the kitchen with my son.
He enjoyed eating these brownie bites much more than baking :)
Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Broiled Chicken with Peach_Mushroom Sauce

8 chicken breast
3 peaches(one cubed peaches to add to the grated peaches)
1 lemon (grated peel and juice of a lemon)
1/2 cup mushroom (sliced)
1 tsp honey
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp mustard,
3 tbsp olive oil,
salt, pepper,

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Saute mushroom slices in a saucepan and add rest of the ingredients to the pan except chicken.
Bring a boil. Simmer until peaches are soft.

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                      I love the peaches give a wonderful flavor to the chicken.

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                               Turkish rice pilav with chickpeas! My dad's favorite!

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Basicly grill/ or broil chicken breast cuts brushing both sides with the sauce. Cook until no longer pink in the center. Serve with adding more sauce.
After grilled chilcken day, most of the time, our next day lunch is a green salad using leftover chicken on top! Oh, love that!

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Just before serving the dinner..Life is enjoyable!
Wonderful woderful life..

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D & R visit after dinner


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Since I have more peaches before saying good bye to summer, I made also a basic peach sauce for desserts using cinnamon, corn starch and vanilla extract. 

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Next day brunch..French toast with peach sauce, vanilla ice-cream. 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oh, no! Summer, don't go! Recipe/ Cinnamon Lemonade

I've been using skype for years to connect with  people from my family and friends far away. Last year I started to chat with my son during work hours. Sometimes he forgets the time if he is gaming. So, I need to remind him, some stuff.
This morning he accidently wrote to me at his group chat window. He noticed in a moment and opened another chat window.
-Aria, take a shower..(me)
-In a sec
After half hour. I just clicked his name to see the chat window though...and typed again

- Aria...showerrrrrr!
He answered me in caps !
MOM DONT TALK IN THAT CHAT
MOM OMG!
-Sorryyyyyyyyy, my mistake ..soo sorry ..

I didn't notice how it happened but I was in their chat window with his friends..
It must be embarrassing for an 12 years old boy though..I know..still sorry about that..
Anyway, Skype is part of our lives each day.
Do you use Skype often?

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I love lemon!! Lemon scent as a air freshner, love it as a flavor for cooking and baking, especially for fish and chicken. Lemon scent certainly uplifts our mood and stimulates the nervous system. For me lemon is a must! Also I love how they look on the counter. Fresh lemon comes first but also preparing some lemon flavor for later use would be very helpful.

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Whenever I grate lemon peel, use some and freeze rest of it in a ziploc. Freezing lemon slices to add your water also gives a wonderful flavor to your water, tea, soda..

Yes, September is at the corner but I don't feel like summer is over yet...lol!!! I need to smell cinnamon. Maybe the delicious scent and taste of cinnamon helps me welcome autumn this year :)

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Simply put a couple of (or only one) cinnamon sticks in a boiling water. Keep it simmering 20-25 minutes. Smells good It also helps removing cooking odors from your home.

Okeeeyyy..I think I am ready for fall :) Hmmmm... actually,  a glass of low calorie lemonade would be good for now! What about cinnamon lemonade?

Low Calorie Cinnamon Lemonade

    2 cups water 
    Juice of 2 lemons.
    Honey or Splenda to taste
      Mix the ingredients and garnish with lemon slices and cinnamon sticks. Serve with ice cubes. Today no ice cubes for me. I have a bit of sore throat. If you have boiling water with cinnamon sticks, just add some to your lemonade. Heavenly!!!


Yummy homemade lemonade is ready!
Mmm..I am somewhere beetween summer breeze and autmn leaves!
Niiiiice!!!

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                                                                        Welcome Fall!

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