Monday, August 30, 2010

Pistachio Crusted Tilapia

  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
In a food processor, combine pistachios, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder. Process until finely chopped and transfer to a shallow dish. Season both sides of tilapia fillets with salt and pepper. Brush honey mustard over both sides of tilapia and then transfer to pistachio mixture. Press mixture into both sides of fish.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tilapia and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, until fork-tender.

Recipe by Robin Miller on

    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    Coffee Cup

    While in La Jolla with Casey for our anniversary we went to the wonderful Coffee Cup Cafe located in downtown La Jolla. La Jolla has a lot of great places to eat, but this quickly became one of our favorites. We ate brunch there and loved the atmosphere and the food was amazing! We often find ourselves craving another breakfast from Coffee Cup, we might need to take another trip to La Jolla soon! If you're ever in the area you have to check it out.

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Tilapia with Purple Potato Crust and Chive Rosemary Oil

    I've been looking for some new recipes lately and can't believe I haven't come across this one yet. I am a big fan of Giada de Laurentiis and also a big fan of tilapia. I made this tonight for dinner and it is soo good. I halved the recipe and also didn't have any fresh rosemary, so I used dried thyme. After baking it in the oven, the potatoes still were not crispy on the edges, so I placed the skillet back on the stove top on a high heat for a few minutes to brown the potatoes. The chive oil that you drizzle on top is really good!

    • 4 (4- to 6-ounce) tilapia fillets
    • 8 to 12 ounces purple potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary leaves, plus 1 tablespoon
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup minced fresh chives
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

    Place the fish fillets on a work surface and season with salt and pepper. Top each of the fillets with enough slices of potato to completely cover the surface of the fish, overlaying the potatoes like shingles. Sprinkle the potatoes with a bit more salt and pepper, and the 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves.

    Heat a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and the butter. When the butter is melted and the oil is hot add the fish, potato side down. Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the fish is cooked through, about 15 to 17 minutes.

    Meanwhile, combine the extra-virgin olive oil, chives, the remaining 1 tablespoon rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

    To serve, place the fish on serving plates, potato side up. Drizzle the fish and the plate with the chive oil. Serve immediately.

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Color Game

    I've been trying to teach Hudson his colors and my friend Crystal told me about a color game you can play at home with your kids with M&M's. Today we used these colored goldfish that he picked out at the store. To play the game you show the child one of the colored M&M's or goldfish and tell them to go find something in the room that is the same color. When they find a match and tell you the correct color they get to eat the snack. After we were done playing Hudson had fun sorting the remaining goldfish by color on his table.

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Strawberry Banana Ice Pops

    My mom found this recipe by Paula Dean and made these popsicles for Hudson. He loves sitting on the front porch eating a popsicle and watching the cars drive by. These are easy to make and Hudson loves them! Here's the recipe:

    • 1 (3 1/4-ounce) package instant banana cream pudding mix (regular, not sugar-free)
    • 1 3/4 cups milk
    • 2 cups sliced strawberries
    • 1 tablespoon sugar

    Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.
    Cook’s Note: If you don’t have molds, divide the mixture among 8 (5-ounce) small plastic or paper cups. Cover each with plastic wrap and insert a wooden pop stick through the wrap.

    Servings: 8
    Prep Time: 10 min
    Difficulty: Easy

    Noodle Craft

    I've been trying to find new things to keep Hudson entertained during these hot summer months, when we seem to be inside most days. Today I filled up a large plastic bowl with some uncooked noodles for him to play with. We got out all different sizes of cups, bowls, pots, and spoons. He had so much fun just pouring the noodles into all the different containers. After about an hour of playing, he began to lose interest so I folded a paper plate in half and had him pour some noodles into the middle. I stapled up the sides and then we colored the plate together. Now he has his own little instrument to shake while he dances.

    Felt Food

    Hudson has loved playing with toy kitchens and pretend food for a while now. We still haven't gotten him a play kitchen, but he has some pots and pans and some pretend food. I would love to make him some of these adorable felt food kits. These pictures are from American Felt and Craft. You can purchase their patterns along with all of the supplies to make each item on their website. There are lots of great ideas online for felt food. I will hopefully find some time to make some soon for Hudson.

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Window Box

    I love this idea of having fresh flowers outside your window. In Arizona this could be a bit of a challenge, especially in the summer heat. You could always plant succulents instead of flowers. Find out how to make this window box by Martha Stewart here.

    Invisible Trellis

    We have had some of our vines recently take off and have been trying to keep them up on our walls and pillars out back. So when I read this article by Martha Stewart I thought I would have to give it a try. 

    Vines appear to defy gravity and let your wall show through when they climb without supportive woodwork. Eyehooks screwed into siding or walls and networks of medium-gauge wire hold delicate vines. (Heavier climbers, such as roses, will need heavy-gauge wire.) Design a grid by placing eyehooks 12 to 16 inches apart and running wire through them. Or you can follow one of our designs, placing eyehooks at intersections. Support wires across a large expanse with hooks every 2 feet. To install eyehooks in a brick or another masonry surface, use a masonry drill.
     From Martha Stewart Living, March 2002

    Cupcake Gifts

    I think all of these little cupcake gifts are really cute. They can all be found on The cupcake kit is $19.95 and includes a book and decorating tips. The Tea cupcakes come with 4 silicone teacup liners and saucers for $19.95. The cupcake oven mitt is $11.95, and the wrapping paper $3.50.