This year we had a family NYE Party. Check it out and get some ideas for next year!
Today we are having a little NYE Party with just our family and I wanted to share this quick and free printable you can do with your kids! In each bag is a fun thing they get to open with the corresponding times on the clocks. So at 5 o’clock they get to open that bag! Inside the 5 bag is noise makers, the 6 bag has glow in the dark lights, the 7 bag has noise makers and in the 8 bag it has sparklers!
We don’t plan to let our young kids stay up til midnight so that’s why our bags end at 8. If you want more printables past 8, shoot me an email and i’ll make some up for you!
5 plaid printable
6 plaid printable
7 plaid printable
8 plaid printable
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Another year and another JSL Foods Fortune Noodle Blogger Recipe Challenge and I am so excited for my recipe this year! I was given Udon noodles and challenged to create a recipe and I came up with Udon Étouffée. Étouffée is traditionally served with rice but the addition of the JSL Foods Fortune Udon Noodles brings a great recipe and turns it into a rock star recipe. For this recipe, I used the Original flavor but I think the mushroom flavor would work well too.
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First you need to make a roux. It’s a simple process but it takes a little patience. You have to options, either cook it on the stove and stir until it’s the right color or cook slowly in the oven if you have other things to do! First 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup oil in a cast iron skillet. I used coconut oil but you can also use peanut oil. Peanut oil is more traditional for an
First you need to make a roux. It’s a simple process but it takes a little patience. You have to options, either cook it on the stove and stir until it’s the right color or cook slowly in the oven if you have other things to do! First 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup oil in a cast iron skillet. I used coconut oil for a healthier option but you can also use peanut oil. Peanut oil is more traditional for an Étouffée.
Put in medium high heat and stir until combined. When it starts to bubble, stir until a dark roux forms. This takes around 30 minutes. If you want you can turn your oven to 350 and put in cast iron skillet. Stir every 20 minutes until it’s the color you want.
Here is a little guide on what color you want your roux. The first picture is when I first put it in the skillet, the second was about halfway through then the last is that nice golden brown color you want. You can it to be brown but not burnt so cooking it slow is the name of the game.
I cooked my Roux in the oven because I wanted to get to the other steps of the Étouffée. Next I cook 1 TBS butter and 1 Tbs minced garlic in a pan and let cook on medium for about 2 minutes. Just enough to get the garlic smelling good. Add peeled shrimp.
Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the shrimp. Cook on medium/high heat, turning oven until the shrimp is pink.
If you cook it to long, the shrimp will be chewy.
Set the shrimp aside when your done cooking it.
Next cut up your “trinity”, a Cajun term for the onions, bell peppers and celery. Once your roux is brown, take it out of the oven, then add your trinity to it and cook until onions are translucent, on medium high heat for a couple of minutes.
Then add your spices, salt, pepper, parsley, red pepper
Add chicken stock, hot water, rotel, and bay leaf and let cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally on medium heat.
While that is cooking, get your JSL Foods Fortune Udon Noodles. I cook them according to the package in the microwave. It only takes 3 minutes. I just added enough water to cover the noodles.
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If you kids got some christmas money, over the next few days I am going to share some awesome products they need to check out! I have a few Knex toys that my little girl has and she LOVES! She has never been into any building toys but these Knex sets were right up her alley! She is 6 and was able to build these sets easily but I did help her because it was something fun we would do together.
I think she really loved these sets because normally building sets or more geared toward boys but these sets were geared towards her and she plays with them all the time! I think her favorite set was the camping set but that might be because we do a lot of camping here in Colorado. But she loved putting together all three sets!