Today I got up, we had our usual oatmeal breakfast (Liam and I are stuck in a rut with breakfasts) and I stared discontentedly at the remaining leftovers from the birthday bash this last weekend. I just couldn’t bring myself to eat or serve another sandwich. So we got creative today at lunch and this is what the result was.
A Lentil and (deli) Turkey sautee
The ingredients are:
1/2 cup of sorted and rinsed lentils
1 1/4 cups of low salt chicken broth
3 slices of deli turkey, shredded or cut up really small
1/2 cup of diced carrots (we use baby carrots leftover from the veggie platter)
1/4 cup of diced tomatoes (we used cherry tomatoes leftover from the veggie platter)
1/4 tsp of black pepper
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
Put all ingredients in a large pan with a lid, bring to a boil, cover and then simmer for 30-40 minutes until all liquid is reduced.
Drizzle a small amount of balsamic based salad dressing on top when done.
The result was delicious. Both Liam and I enjoyed it… Though I was far less messy with my eating 😉
This made approximately two mom sized servings and two toddler sized servings.
This meal received 3 of 4 toddler thumbs up (leftovers did not go over well, but they liked it when it was fresh), 2 of 4 parent thumbs up (the hubs refused to try it), and 12 of 12 puppy paws up.
Thankfully the doggie cleanup crew was on duty.
I am going to have a little bit of a brag here tonight, but first let me start with a slight explanation.
I love Pinterest. I love researching ideas and even occasionally attempting to execute them. I especially love the recipes. That said, I am very very far from the worlds way crafter or baker. I am not a horrific crafter, but would certainly scale myself towards the lower end of mediocre. Crafting just isn’t where my talents lie. Baking and cooking I feel like I am simply average. There are definitely some hits and a lot of misses on our household’s menus. So to say I am proud of how the circus themed cupcakes came out for Liam’s first birthday bash is a bit of an understatement. I am beyond thrilled, though I can’t take all the credit for myself. My handy assistant and BFF Dahlia came over to help (and spend some quality time with Liam who cried when she left).
So the first thing I did was cheat. After searching the local grocery store for an organic all natural cake mix (because I knew I wasn’t going to have time or the inclination to do this from scratch). After not finding one in a reasonable amount of time I gave in and purchased 2 boxes of Betty Crocker super moist French Vanilla cake mix. I also purchased a couple of bags of powdered sugar and a box of salt free butter for homemade frosting. The two boxes of cake mix made us 36 normal size cupcakes and 4 extra large ones which were used in the creation of Liam’s smash cake. After allowing the cake to cool overnight, dahlia came over and we whipped up a couple of bowls of frosting. The frosting recipe we used was:
2 sticks of softened salt free butter
3 cups of lightly packed powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
2 tablespoons of whole milk
Blend all ingredients until well mixed, add food coloring if desired. If you are adding food coloring you may also need to add more sugar to maintain your desired frosting firmness for decorating purposes.
Then the fun part happened, the decorating of 36 cupcakes and a smash cake.
For the cupcakes we spiced up an idea that I had found on Pinterest which was to stick animal cracker in your cupcakes to decorate for a circus theme. We added sprinkles for some pizzazz.
For the smash cake we used three slices from the extra large cupcakes to make the layers. We frosted them and then mirrored the cupcakes on the top. We added a candle (of course)… and then put a parade of animals crackers circling the mini cake.
And now for the pictures 🙂
I can’t wait to get this party started!
Saturday Evening Update…. the cake was a hit (and Liam had his first sugar high)