Friday, August 30, 2013

Lettuce Wraps

The other night I was craving lettuce wraps but didn't have all the ingredients for the Asian lettuce wraps (think PF Chang) I was really craving.  I decided to check out one of my favorite food blogs, Skinnytaste, to see if she had any lettuce wrap recipes and sure enough she did!  She calls them "Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps", I just call them delicious!
I made some minor alterations and also made a chipotle sauce (recipe to follow).

Here's the recipe.
adapted from Skinnytaste

1.3 lbs ground turkey
1 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 tbsp. red bell pepper, chopped
3/4 cup water
4 oz. can tomato sauce
8-12 leaves from butter lettuce
The how to:

In a large skillet, brown the turkey until no longer pink.   Add dry seasonings and mix well then add the onion, pepper, water and tomato sauce.  Mix all together and cover.  On low heat simmer for approximately 20 minutes.  While the mixture simmering, wash and dry the lettuce leaves.  

Once all done you are ready to assemble!  I made a chipotle Greek yogurt & sour cream sauce.  This made enough for 6 lettuce wraps.

2 tbsp. greek yogurt
2 tbsp. sour cream
2 tsp. Chipotle Adobo Sauce 

Mix together and done.  If too spicy add more greek yogurt or sour cream. If not enough spice, well add more chipotle adobo sauce!   

For toppings, I chopped up some tomatoes and shredded some cheese.

To assemble, grab a lettuce leaf and add meat then spoon a bit of chipotle sauce and add tomatoes and a bit of cheese.  Now eat!

As a side note, I made these cute cake pops for my friend's little girl's baptism a couple of weekends ago.  I'm happy to say they were a hit!  The pink ones are strawberry flavor and  the white ones are lemon flavor. 

Until next time! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Masquerade Masks

August has been a busy week so far.  August 2nd I attended my friend's birthday party. You had to wear black (no problem here) and wear a mask.  Well, you know what that meant...DIY time!  I made my guy's mask and volunteered Vivian to make mine.  I wanted a lace looking mask so I googled "black lace mask" and landed on Sprinkles in Springs blog. She's amazing!  I had Vivian follow her tutorial exactly.  Here she is in action...

Click here.  Vivan was so into the process she ended up making all three of Kara's masks.

While Vivian worked on my mask I got busy on my guy's mask.  Here are the supplies.

Blank mask
Paper -- I purchased leather looking paper for the front and a velvet paper for the inside (both from Michael's)
Stick on brads
Super Glue
Black ribbon

Take the paper and glue to the mask.  Cut around it and glue edges down. Now cut the eye holes and glue edges down.  Add super glue and glue one side of ribbon and do the same to the other.  With modge-podge glue the velvet paper to the inside. Cut the eye holes same. To be honest the inside wasn't very nice looking but it was comfortable. :)

I added the stick on brads to the front and here's the finished mask.

Vivian finished my mask and I added some bling to it.

Pretty, right!

Leather & Lace
Until next time!
Luna watching us work!