At Simply Tangerine our goal is to bring you inspiration, joy, and creativity. Usually that is in the form of something physical we have done, but today I want to share with you a proverb a childhood friend of mine recently shared on Facebook. The message spoke to me and I had to share.
Have you seen any inspirational quotes recently? If so, please share them in the comments section!
Wishing you a joyful and inspired day!
Today I’m giving you a sneak peek of one project that’s been on my “To Do” list for a while now. Like Dawn’s closet, I’m embarrassed to show you this. But if you have kids, and lead a busy life like I do, then you’ll understand why I haven’t gotten to it yet.
The project is my kitchen table and chair set that I’ve already re-done once before. It was a hand me down from my husband’s grandparents, both are no longer with us, so it’s important to me that we continue to maintain it. My mother in-law and I have already re-done it once, when we initially got it. I can’t recall the color, but I want to say it was something like a green or a blue. And since then, it’s been sprayed chocolate brown and we recovered the seats. But the kids have destroyed it with their many spills and messy meals.
If you look close enough you can see just how yucky the seats are. Ewww!
My intentions are to give it a good wash down, let it dry, and then go to town with spray paint. This shouldn’t take as much time as it did the first time because the base is already brown and it just needs some serious touching up.
This time around I’ve chosen to use outdoor fabric as it can be washed off and hopefully, it will hold up better. The fabric is a little funner than I would havechosen, but it certainly adds a pop of color to my room and to the set.
We’ll see – fingers crossed!
It was my dad’s birthday recently and one of his favorite desserts is peanut butter fudge. Every time we go somewhere that sells fudge we buy some for him. However, it is difficult to find unless you are in a touristy type of area (TIP: Disneyland makes THE BEST peanut butter fudge.) and we live in suburbia. So, this year I decided to overcome my fear of making fudge and try my hand at it. I was under the false impression that making fudge involved double boilers and candy thermometers, which sound intimating and time consuming, but I wanted to do something special for him. To my pleasant surprise I found that peanut butter fudge is very, very, very easy to make. If you can push the buttons on a microwave, you can make this fudge. In fact, my three year old helped with this one!
- 1 cup of candy and/or nuts of your liking (I used M&M's, chocolate chips, and peanuts)
- 1 cup salted or unsalted butter
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- Place candy and nuts in a Ziplock bag and seal. Get creative here - add as much or as little of each as you like. You can't mess this up!
- Place sealed bag on a flat stable surface like your kitchen counter or cutting board and crush the candy and nuts by rolling a rolling pin over it.
- Place butter and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap to keep splatter to a minimum.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
- Stir butter and peanut butter mixture and microwave on high for another 2 minutes.
- ***Be careful - the mixture will be HOT!***
- Add vanilla and powdered sugar to mixture, but add the powdered sugar gradually, stirring to combine. By the time you add all of the powdered sugar the mixture will be very thick and will be difficult to stir. At this point, I just used my hands.
- Spread mixture into a 8 x8 pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure the entire pan is lined.
- Sprinkle candy mixture on top and gently press it into the warm fudge.
- Cool in the refrigerator for approximately two hours.
- Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an air tight container at room temperature. Fudge will keep for up to a week.
Every now and again, we do a girl’s night where we choose one person’s home to gather at and we all bring either a dessert or appetizer and a bottle of wine. It’s the perfect time to catch up and hear about what’s going on in everyone’s life. This time, we had a lot to celebrate: two new babies on the way and a couple of birthdays. I have to admit, these gatherings have become so infrequent these days due to the busy lives we are leading, but one thing that always remains are the good times and good laughs that we always manage to have.
This is also a great time to see who’s going to bring what and to try new things. A couple of new dishes popped up at this summer’s gathering and they deserved a good shout out! Let’s start with Katey’s Lentils!
As a Registered Dietitian, Katey is committed to making healthy meals. Not only overseeing her patient’s dietary needs, but also her growing family’s. Katey brought this flavorful and delicious lentil recipe. The lentils were Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils – you can find these in their refrigerated section of the store. This dish was flavorful and refreshing. And I I think the possibilities are limitless with these lentils, but here’s how Katey made her dish.
- (1) Package Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils
- Diced Tomatoes
- Chopped Basil
- White Onion
- Drizzle olive oil
- Chopped fresh garlic
- Salt - to taste
- This recipe is really simple and it's one that you can add as little or as much of all the ingredients. Therefore, there are no measurements for the ingredients. You decide how much to add!
- Open bag, pour the beans in a bowl, add all of the above ingredients, and mix!
- Serve cold or hot.
- Lentils are super healthy and full of protein. They have no fat and are low in calories. And they can be added to soups and other dishes.
- If you'd prefer to make your own lentils - follow the directions on the package. Any type will do - white, yellow, or red lentils. Or mix all three! I actually made a batch of white ones for myself just to see how easy it was. I also added all of the ingredients to the beans when they were still hot so the beans would soak up the flavor of all the ingredients and then stored in the fridge overnight!
Eat it with a fork or scoop it with a chip! You can’t mess this one up! I’m even thinking I might throw these ingredients in the Vitamix and make a hummus style dip out of it!
Katey, thanks for introducing us to this healthy delicious dish!!!
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