Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rice WRAP's Wednesday

almost missed wednesday but i figure i still have a few hours left ; )

Shrimp & Avocado Rice Wraps

1 pkg rice paper wrappers
1 pkg rice noodles
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1-2 carrots, thinly sliced or shredded
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 cup thinly shredded lettuce
12-15 pre-cooked shrimp sliced width wise in half
mint leaves or cilantro if desired

sauce: peanut satay sauce (this was chucks favourite)
and or
tangy thai sauce (this was my favourite, the one i used was made by Renee's)

cook rice noodles as directed, set aside. in a warm bowl of water add 1 rice paper, let soak until softened. remove and place on a clean dish towel. place shrimp, avocado, cucumber, carrots, lettuce, and then noodles in the rice paper. wrap up starting at one end, fold in both sides and then finish wrapping. repeat steps until all ingredients are used. serve with sauce



Thursday, November 19, 2009

final QUILT Class

the final quilt class was last night. i'm going to miss it. i'm so proud of all of the woman for what they have accomplished. they came a long way from the beginning. from trying to figure out their feet and bobbin to quilting their quilts. everyone came away from the class knowing there machine's a little better, they were able to sew a little better, and i feel confident that they have the skills to be able to quilt on their own. which is exactly what i was hoping to accomplish with this class.

it was really GREAT to get to know these ladies a little better. every wednesday felt like a girls night out which i will miss. Each quilt was unique and beautiful... it was a GREAT experience.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This recipe was inspired in Kauai. The restaurant was made up of 3 tables a tent topper and a mesh surround. My mother-in-law assured us they were good so we tried them out.
My sister-in-law enjoying her's with the restaurant (tent) behind.

Isn't that the way it goes, the little whole in the wall usually always has the BEST food. Here's my recipe so you can try them for yourself!


8-10 tortilla shells
2 cups red cabbage sliced thin
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

Make all toppings. Cook chicken in a hot skillet with 1 tsp of oil for 5-7 minutes or until done. Set aside. Rub tortilla shells with a light coating of butter and then place on a hot pan for 30-50 seconds per side or until golden brown. Place chicken and cabbage in the warmed shell and add your toppings. Wrap and serve with black beans, tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

Chicken Marinade

juice from 2 limes with zest
3 TBsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBsp Rice Vinegar
salt and pepper

Combined ingredients. Set 1 TBsp of marinade aside for the Lime sour cream mixture. Add chicken and marinate for 10 minutes.


Fresh Tomato Salsa

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno seeded
2 TBsp chopped red onion
2 TBsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
1-2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp salt

Put everything but the diced tomatoes in a food processor. Combined ingredients and enjoy!

Lime SourCream

1 TBsp pre-made marinade
1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup sour cream
3 TBsp finely chopped cucumber
salt and pepper


2 avocados, mashed
juice from 1 lime
2 TBsp fresh salsa
salt and pepper to taste

Combined ingredients.




Monday, November 16, 2009

RED it is...

i chose RED... i fell in love with the look of the peppermint stripe binding, so it had to be the red ric rac. thanks for all your help! now it's off to the quilter's : ) i wouldn't dare quilt this one myself. it's to big and the bigger reason is that there is going to be red with white minky on the back, which is so hard to work with in large pieces. i'll leave that one up to the professional's : )

has anyone tried the Chinatown Lettuce Wraps yet? just asking because i have plans for a wrap wednesday #2 and i really think your going to LOVE it!



Friday, November 13, 2009

time to choose

i have had this baby in a bag since last thanksgiving when my sister-in-law and i worked on it. it was all cut out, and ready to go i just needed to order a little more fabric. well, the fabric came and i decided it was time to get it finished. i haven't put the ric rac and borders on yet because i was trying to decide which combo i wanted to go with. i think i have decided... but thought it would be fun to see which one you liked best.

the PINK ric rac with the polka dot binding OR

the RED ric rac with the peppermint stripe binding

which ONE would YOU choose???

xo sandra

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

wrap wednesday

here's the recipe i was talking about in the last post. it's a combination of two recipe's, one that i have eaten at Joey's Tomatoe's (a tasty restourant) and a recipe that i found on Martha's Stewart's site. in any case they are very tasty and easy to make!


3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion halved and thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
6-8 mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup sprouts
3 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbsp water
chopped peanuts
chopped fresh cilantro
12-16 Boston lettuce leaves (Iceburg lettuce works if you can't find Boston lettuce)

1. In a large skillet heat 1 Tbsp of oil, over high heat. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. When the chicken is finished transfer to a plate and set aside.

2. Add remaining oil to the pan along with onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes, add red pepper and mushrooms. Cook until red peppers are still slightly crispy. About 4 minutes.

3. Reduce heat, add garlic, ginger, sprouts and red pepper flakes. Cook stirring for 30 to 60 seconds.

4. Stir in soya sauce vinegar and cornstarch mixture; remove from heat. Add chicken, toss and coat. Garnish with peanuts and cilantro. Serve in lettuce cups.



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

missing in action

i know... it's been a while. my sister is a regular to my blog, she asked me if i was going to update it anytime soon because she wanted to stop looking at it if i wasn't... i guess that means everyone is probably getting a little bored at looking at the same old post as well. SORRY ABOUT THAT...

when i was in kauai i realized that i spend WAY to much time on the computer. checking for comments, looking for new ideas, surfing blogs, twittering... this list goes on. i needed some perspective and i feel like i got a little when i was there. i LOVE my computer but my house "duties" and motherly "duties" usually end up doubling by the time i get off. and then i feel overwhelmed and don't want to do anything but sit at the computer again... it's a vicious cycle. i'm just trying to brake myself from that habit.

i think being 2 and 1/2 months pregnant could have something to do with my energy levels lately : ) we are excited to have a little one around again! it just means that i need to slow down a little...

my quilt classes have been going so well. it's been fun to teach ladies how to quilt. i had to cancel the class tonight though, we have the flu around here. the last two classes should be in the next couple of weeks. i'll take pic's so you can check out the FUN!

i have a recipe i NEED to share... chuck and i LOVED it, the kids even thought they were fun to eat. i'll post it soon.

thanks for listening,