Terri’s Stuffed Strawberries

4th-strawberries

Deliciousness for your 4th!

8 oz. softened cream cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

20 medium size strawberries

Pkg. of fresh blueberries

Mix together the cheese, sugar and vanilla and put into a pastry bag. If you don’t have a pastry bag just cut off the tip of a large zip lock bag.

Clean strawberries. Slice off the top to remove leaves and leave a flat surface. Turn the berry upside down then from the tip make two crisscross slices.

Open the strawberry and insert a blueberry. That helps prop it open so you can fill it with the cream cheese mixture.

Top with a blueberry and enjoy!

 

 

Colorful Gluten-Free Birthday Tray with Wheat Grass

Super Simple with Terri OOur Sonoran Living producer Margo is a gluten & sugar free vegan. So when her birthday rolled around we did not know what we could do to celebrate it with the staff and honor her wishes at the same time. I came up with this idea and just loved it so much I wanted to share it with you.

First purchase a tray of wheat grass from the store. I found mine at Whole Foods for about $10. I kept it cool and fresh by placing it on top of a wet towel that I laid on cookie sheet. I spritzed the grass often with a water bottle to keep it fresh. Make sure you ask them for the newest tray. You want the grass to be short as possible. Most people want the grass to be longer so they can cut it and juice it so be sure to specify.

wheat grass veggie tray Terri ONext pick fruits and vegetables you like as well as based on color. I used things like purple kale and radicchio for the outside of the flowers and yellow and red bell peppers for the inside. I also used carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, grapefruit and oranges. You can use anything you like.

You want to make your tray as close to the event as possible because it’s important to keep it cool. I made mine the day before, covered it with wet paper towels and kept it outside where the temperature was cool, around 50 degrees. You will have to be creative if it’s hot outside and it won’t fit into your refrigerator.

Wrap the outside with saran wrap. It keeps everything in place while transporting.

Enjoy!

Tips for Sexy Drinks to Share with the One You Love

Oh la la! It is Valentine’s Day! Are you making a special meal for your sweetheart this evening?  Here is a ménage à trois of drink ideas to enhance the party!

sexy valentine's drinksWine and Chocolate

Box of chocolates

Decorative icing in variety of colors

Skewers

Something to decorate the skewer with

1.       It’s best to put the box of candy in the refrigerator before piercing with the skewer.

2.       2. Decorate the candy after you skewered it.

3.       Lay across your wine glass and give it to your sweetheart.

Champagne and Strawberries

Cut out heart shapes from your strawberries and freeze them. Add them to your sparkling cider or champagne before serving.

Strawberry Roses

Candy Melts in pink: follow directions for melting

Sparkle gel in red

Skewers

Strawberries

Something to hold them so they can set, I used a Styrofoam block

1.       Clean and dry strawberries. It is important to make sure they are not wet otherwise the candy will not stick or it will look clumpy.

2.       Insert a skewer into the strawberry so the leaves are at the bottom and dip the berry into the melted candy.

3.       Let set then decorate with red sparkle gel.

I am making these drinks to impress a sweetheart on Sonoran Living.

3 DIY gifts, all under $20 bucks!

Here are three projects for DIY gift giving that are really super simple and fun to make.

All under 20 bucks!

Make ‘em, wrap ‘em and put them under the tree or bring a smile to the face of your favorite holiday party thrower.

BEADED COASTERS

DIY Coasters Terri O
I used a kids craft product to make coasters. They are called Pearler Beads and you can find them at the craft store.
Here is a link to other bead projects on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jro6n8Cc7eI

MARBLE SERVING TRAY

DIY Gifts Terri O

DIY Gifts Terri O

I made a cheese tray out of a leftover piece of marble tile.

This DIY project is so super simple yet very elegant. In no time at all you can have a handy serving tray to use or give as a gift. The best part is that you can make it as a holiday gift for less than $10.00!

Watch me and my husband make this awesome tray.

Supplies and Instructions:

  • Drill
  • Glass & tile drill bit
  • Marble 12×12
  • Measuring tape
  • Water
  • Drawer handles
  • Shorter screws for handle
  • Bumpers
  1. Place some painters tape on the tile where you want your handles to go, approximately one inch from the edge. Find the center of the tile and mark it with a pencil on the tape.
  2. Measure the distance of the holes in your drawer handle, divide that by two. Measure that distance from the center on each side and mark it. (In other words the distance to the holes in your handle should be equal on both sides from the center).
  3. Place your tile on a surface that has some give. We set ours on a pizza box.
  4. Drill your hole on a lower speed. Add water to keep your drill bit cool. Keep adding water as the dust from the drill turns to paste.
  5. You may need shorter screws to attach the handles. We replaced the screws in the package with 5/8” long screws.
  6. Attach handles to the tile and add a bumper to each corner.

Here is the video How To!

STUDDED CANDLES

DIY Gifts Terri O
I embellished store bought candles using upholstery studs.
Supplies:
· Candles
· Upholstery nails in various sizes
· Pattern
Instructions:
1. Make your own pattern using a ruler for spacing. Be sure to space the holes far enough apart so that the nails will fit.
2. Lay your pattern over the candle and poke holes in the candle for your pattern. I unfolded a large paper clip as a tool.
3. Push the nails into the candle.
4. Be sure to never leave your candles unattended.

Keeping Life Simple – tips from me and Susan Casper

I just adore working with my witty and smart Sonoran Living Co-Host Susan Casper!

As two very busy working moms, we are always looking for ways to save a little time and make life just a bit easier.

Here are a few tips that we found you might find useful in your everyday busy life:

Terri_and_Susan_simplify_your_life_with__885420000_20130903092610_320_240Water bottle time stamp:
Mark your daily water intake by time on your water jug.

Soda can hanger:
Detach the tab from a soda can and put in on a hanger. Use the other hole to hang another hanger. It saves you space in your closet.

Soda straw holder:
After pulling up the tap on your soda can, rotate the tab around and use the hole to hold your straw. That way it won’t keep floating to the top.

Wrapping paper holder:
Use empty toilet rolls or paper towel rolls to secure wrapping paper. Simply cut from one end to the other length wise. Separate slightly and place your paper inside. It keeps it from unrolling.

Hulling strawberries:
To remove the stem from strawberries, simply insert a straw from the bottom up. The straw will push out the stem.

Keep keys in order:
Color code your keys with fingernail polish. Now no more fussing at the door.

Spaghetti noodle lighter:
Don’t burn yourself lighting those hard to reach candles. Light a spaghetti noodle stick to use as a match.

Cassette cell stand:
Flip an old cassette tape case open and use as a cell phone stand.

Sponge ice pack:
Put a frozen saturated sponge in a plastic sandwich bag to make an ice pack that won’t drip all over when it melts.

Borrow buddy photo:
Take a photo of friends holding items you’ve lent them with your cell phone so you will remember down the road.

 

Monkey Cookies

monkey-cookiesHere’s a healthy treat you can feed your little monkeys after school.

Quick and simple to make and your little ones can help, mix and drop the dough onto a cookie sheet.

Recipe:

3 ripe bananas (I’d previously frozen my ripe bananas so they were super sweet.)

2 cups oats (I used quick)

¼ cup peanut butter

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla

pinch salt

Cinnamon and nutmeg (for sprinkling on top)

Mix together and bake in preheated 350F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Tip:  I like to bake cookies on parchment paper—simple clean-up!

Tip: If these cookies are too healthy and chewy for your taste, try adding equal part chocolate chip cookie dough.

Grill it!

I live in Arizona where hot pads can be required in the heat of summer for the steering wheel.

One of the benefits of grilling outside is it does not heat up the kitchen.

As, I have said before, cooking is not my specialty. Fortunately there are great chefs in the world who share their knowledge.

I do know that before your BBQ you should first prep you grill.

Crank it to high

Use a wire brush to clean

In this Serious Eats article Chef Emeril Legasse shared how he rotates the meat like a clock.

Do you love boneless skinless chicken breasts but have had trouble with the chicken coming out too dry on the grill? Try this! It pairs wonderfully with fresh sliced pineapple grilled. Amazingly yummy! Peaches are great too!

Taste of Home does a fabulous job of sharing the recipes of real cooks around the county. When the fisherman in your family brings home tilapia, salmon, mahi mahi, halibut, catfish, snapper or tuna, these recipes will surely get your moth watering!

Don’t forget to leave room on your grill for veggies. Marinade first is the rule of thumb. You can even grill lettuce. Caesar Salad anyone? 

BBQ with charcoal or an electric grill?

Electric is easier but nothing beats the taste of charcoal. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it!

And, for the serious BBQ geek, check out this oh so serious apron (the picture belongs to Think Geek):

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I can so picture some of the firemen I know who are part of a craft brew club equipped with this hold-everything, “tactical bbq” apron at their annual beer and rib contest.

What are your favorite BBQ recipes?

Breakfast Burritos for your Busy Week

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t miss out because you don’t have the time to make it.

I usually put these together quickly on Sunday evening. Viola! The next few mornings are just a little bit simpler.

You can make these yummy burritos using leftovers and fresh ingredients.

Makes: approximately six burritos.

6 flour tortillas

1 dozen eggs

6 oz shredded cheese

1 cup cooked chopped bacon

2 cups shredded potatoes

Salsa

Terri Ouellette

I figure per burrito you will include 2 eggs, 1 ounce of cheese, a sprinkle of chopped bacon, and a ¼ cup or so of potatoes. Spoon on salsa.

Set up a work station and roll your burritos and wrap in wax paper. Store in refrigerator for up to five days. Make sure you eat the ones with leftovers first. Mark each burrito so you know which is which.

Microwave for 40 seconds and enjoy!

 Click here to see how!

Tasty Tailgate Treats and Football Fashions

I admitted on the air that I don’t know much about football, except to cheer at the exciting parts and I am an Arizona gal so:

Go Red!

Go Sun Devils!

Go Wildcats!

Go  Lumberjacks!

and, although their season is over, I hear that Arena Football Quarterback Nick Davila had an awesome season with the Arizona Rattlers, throwing 100 TD for the third consecutive year!

Way to go Rattlers!

“Those aren’t my teams,” you say.

Well now is your chance to let loose and cheer loudly for YOUR team!

Go!

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C’mon, you can cheer louder than that!

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Awesome!

Now it is time to party with Michael Reimann, president of AZ Barbeque –he shared easy recipes for

Atomic Buffalos

Shrimp Bacon Chili = Simply yummy!

Remember: the heat is not only in the chili seeds it is mostly in the membrane!

and Tailgate Cobbler on Sonoran Living: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/lifestyle/sonoran_living/3-football-food-recipes-from-bbq-king.

Need more football party food?

The Arena Sports Grill shares recipes sliders and skewers:

 

 

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/lifestyle/sonoran_living/recipes-finger-foods-made-simple-by-arena-sports-grill

Look fab for Friday Night Lights: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/lifestyle/sonoran_living/football-fashion-tips-from-outlet-shopping-gal-allison-treadwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watermelon Baby Buggy – Baby Shower Centerpiece

I just love browsing farmer’s markets. There are always tasty samples of homemade preserves (plum or raspberry chipotle is my current fave), smiling people and super fresh vegetables and fruits.

Now is definitely the time to buy those succulent melons – water, cantaloupe, honey dew, Crenshaw…

Super Simple with Terri OThis baby shower centerpiece can be created a day ahead of time. However, put the fruit in just before serving. The buggy may leak, so put something beneath. Note: When I made the fruit salad buggy, I knew the gender to be a girl, but for a boy a watermelon race car flames painted on the sides instead of the ruffle would be fun. The whole project takes about an hour.

Have a simply marvelous day!

 

Materials Needed:

Watermelon
4 Granny Smith apples (or 2 grapefruit, halved)
4 10-inch wooden skewers
Cut fruit — watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, etc.
Masking tape
Lace
Ribbon
Thumbtacks
Glue gun

Step 1:

Using masking tape, tape off part of watermelon to be cut to form the shape of a buggy. Using tape as a guide, cut off that section and save to be diced for salad contents.

Step 2:

Scoop out rest of melon with a melon baller or cut out and dice for salad.

Step 3:

Shape excess rind into handle. Cut lace to fit across hood and thumbtack to sides.

Step 4:

Put skewers through watermelon shell to form axles of wheels. Stick apples onto ends of skewers.

Step 5:

Place handle at one end of buggy and return cut watermelon and other fruit to the cavity of the melon.