Sunday, January 26, 2014

Healthy Extra Crabby, Crispy Crab Cakes - No mayo, no frying.

Healthy Crab Cakes! No Mayo! No Frying! Crispy!
This was so super delicious and easy!

For the crab cakes (makes about 4):
  • 1 lb real crab meat. We used claw.
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 finely minced shallot
  • 2 tbsp old bay
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs or crushed up Ritz Crackers
  • Salt and Pepper, about 1 tbsp for the pepper and salt to taste.
  • Olive Oil, for the pan
  • Butter, thinly sliced
First, combine all of the ingredients except for the crab and the bread crumbs. 

Then, dump in the crab meat and using a spatula, mix it gently so that it is coated with the liquid mixture, but not completely torn apart into shreds. Afterwards, add in the breadcrumbs and gently fold in.

Drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom of a glass casserole dish. Using your hands, fold the mixture gently into patties, about 2oz in size, or the size of a puck that will comfortably fit into your palm. 

Thinly slice butter and lay on the top of each patty to help get the crispy outside.

Place in the broiler on Hi for 10 minutes. Inside of cake should read 160 when fully heated through. If more time is needed, bake at 400 for a couple more minutes. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Easy Homemade Chili in 30 minutes

This is an easy homemade Chili recipe to make in 30 minutes or less.

1 lb meat - Hamburger, Turkey, Chicken
1 15.5 oz can of Pinto Beans (drained)
1 15.5 oz can Kidney Beans (drained)
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
1/4 onion diced
3 cloves Garlic minced
1 tbsp Season All
1 tsp Cajon Seasoning (or more for spicy)
1 tsp Paprika (or more for spicy)

Brown meat, onions, garlic and seasoning in a pot on medium high.

Do not drain meat. Add drained beams and tomatoes (not drained). Stir. (By the way I LOVE my Rachael Ray spoon that hangs on the pot!)

Cover and stir occasionally. Break down tomatoes with spoon. 

Cook covered for 20 minutes on Medium High.

yum yum! 

DIY: Pallet Wine Rack and Beer Bottle Rack

DIY: Pallet Wine Rack and Beer Bottle Rack

I wanted to share with you a quick DIY that I just finished. I was so excited about sharing this, I couldn't even wait to hang it! This project is great for your own home OR they would make great gifts (Christmas, Wedding, New home etc.). Here is what you'll need.

A pallet like this: (I found this great picture for some guidance)

And here is what you'll need to do:
1. Using a circular saw or a hand saw, cut along the line of the second board.
2. Pick a fairly straight and in good condition board from the remaining pallet and remove it.
3. Using nails attach it do the bottom of your cut off rack to make the bottom.
Now you could stop here. The end result would look like this:

But I decided to make one with wine glass holders.

So I measured an average height of a wine bottle and then the height of the glass and cut the pallet at that height.
Then I removed another board and nailed it to the top.
I found that for an average size wine glass the slots needed to be 4 inches apart.
I used a dremel to cut the slots for the glasses.

That's it. It is that simple to make your rack.

Next what I did was applied a stain/sealer in one to the entire rack. I used a dark walnut color for the stain.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Save those Christmas Cards! DIY

So Christmas is over but you don't want to throw away those cards? (Especially the picture ones). Well write the year on the back of each one, punch a hole in a corner and attach them all together with a hinged loop clasp (that's the scientific name) I found them in the sewing section of AC Moore. Now just keep adding to it every year and see how the kids have grown! I also did this with the husbands cards and love notes to each other.