TopicFail Friday: Snow Ice Cream

4 Feb

Living in Dallas, Texas means snow doesn’t come along all that often.  When we do get snow, I can’t help it… Snow = Snow Ice Cream!

Today’s post will be a pictorial “how to” describing the art of how my family makes Snow Ice Cream – in 10 easy steps!


Step 1 – Gather Your Ingredients

  • Giant Bowl of Snow
  • Good Mexican Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Evaporated (or Condensed) Milk

Evaporated Milk

Step 2 – Pour in a can of Evaporated Milk
Spreading out your ingredients as you pour them in will make it easier to stir later.


Step 3 – Pour in the Mexican Vanilla, four or five spalshes

Step 4 – Pour in Sugar, sprinkle liberally across the top of the snow

Heavy Cream

Step 4a – Remember that you have heavy cream in the fridge and add some of that in too for extra goodness (plus, that can of evaporated milk doesn’t look like enough for your giant bowl of snow)


Step 5 – Mix thoroughly (using  chopping and spreading motions)

Having a 2 year old to help stir will add extra flavor!


Step 6 – Taste thoroughly.


Step 7 – Pause for picture


Step 8 – Add magical sprinkles as suggested by 2 year old.  (See, I told you she was a flavor enhancer!)


Step 9 – Enjoy


Step 10 – Share – you know it will taste better if you share!  (that’s a lie… eat it all up!)


Making Gyōza (Dumplings)

26 Jan


I had read a little about making dumplings or gyoza on Lunch in a Box to use for leftovers.  I love, love dumplings, so the next time I was in H-mart, I looked for the wrappers and bought 3 or 4 different brands of frozen wrappers.

I decided to make some for a small party using the recipe on the back of one of the packages, but of course, I didn’t have all the ingredients.  So, I just used as many ingredients as I had and filled in the gaps with what I did have.  They were super easy to make and such a big hit, I decided to write down my faked out recipe.


  • 12oz Can  Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Bagged Cole Slaw (no dressing)
  • 3 Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine
  • Dash of Ginger
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Assembly Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Place 2 tsp of mixture into center of wrapper.
  • Moisten finger in water run your finger one half of the outer edge of the wrapper, be careful as too much water will prevent a good seal.
  • Fold wrapper in half to form a semi-circle.
  • At this point, you can simply crimp the edge with your fingers at this point or pleat to make the traditional dumpling shape… doesn’t matter.
  • (To see the steps for pleating see the fabulous pictures at Lunch in a Box)

Cooking Instructions

  • Place dumplings in a hot, well-oiled nonstick deep skillet
  • Fry until bottoms are just shy of golden brown
  • Pour in about a 1/2 cup of water, cover immediately and allow dumplings to steam 5 minutes and water is evaporated or until soft, adding water as needed
  • Allow the bottoms to reach golden brown and remove from pan

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbps Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Oil
  • Mix well

1.6.2011 Bento – Checkerboard Apple

24 Jan

Checkers Anyone?

Here is a simple bento made mostly with leftovers.  Not really a co-hesive meal, but little O ate it all up!  I cut some leftover pizza into flowers and placed them on top of a bed of sushi rice that I pushed into the bottom of the larger divided container. (Now one thing that would have been really cute would be cutting the pizza into disks instead of flowers, so they looked like mini pizzas or checkers.)

I was interested in decorating the apple somehow, but wanted to do something besides apple bunnies. I found some inspiration and instructions on Just Bento all about cutting apples.   Apple Bunnies and More: Decorative Apple Cutting Techniques (Note that you need a GOOD, SHARP paring knife.  )

Ingredient List: checkerboard apple, blueberries (under the apple), leftover sushi rice (under the pizza flowers), leftover pizza flowers, sugar snap peas, and leftover corn

Tools: divided bento box, small silicone cup dividers, Japanese stainless vegetable cutters, Wüshof paring knife

Zombie, NObento

23 Jan

Zombie Cake

So, it isn’t a bento, but it is “cute” food.

I use cute in quotes because I suppose a zombie cake isn’t exactly cute.  My cousin is a zombie freak.  She loves anything zombie.  So, I decided to make her a zombie cake for her big 3-0 birthday.

I have no real cake decorating expertise other than that my grandmother used to decorate cakes as a business.  I used to watch and help her in the summers when we would visit.  She has directly taught me some things and has answered many questions over the phone… thanks G-ma!

The cake is chocolate (devils food) and the icing is chocolate as well.  A dusting of brown sugar give the “dirt” some color and texture.  The weed/grass tufts are a mixture of chocolate and cream cheese icing with a few drops of green food coloring.  I made the headstones out of card stock and simply used a butter knife to lift the cake and make the broken ground.  I ordered the glow-in-the-dark zombie play set (yes, it was called a play set) from Amazon.

Making a Furoshiki Purse

19 Jan

Furoshiki Purse

My first REAL bento box came with a matching colored napkin that I just tossed in a drawer until I discovered it was a Furoshiki!  A furoshiki is a traditional wrapping cloth and was meant to be folded and tied into a little carrier for the bento that would late become a table cloth or napkin!

A little research online and poof, I can make a cute little “purse” for O to carry her bento.

You, too can learn to wrap all kinds of things at…

He Said it Better than I

17 Jan

There was no TopicFail Friday post, so therefore I will institute a special edition of TopicFail Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.


Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

1.3.2011 – Apple Bunny

13 Jan

Apple Bunny Bento

This was a fun lunch that O and I worked on together.  She cutout the cheese shapes with the Japanese Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutters that I got for a Very Bento Christmas. O loves to help with just about anything we are doing and  I try to let her help as much as possible.  She always seems to eat better when I incorporate her in my Bento.

The apple bunny isn’t difficult to make if you have a good paring knife.  I used another method for this apple bunny where the ears lay down, but it somehow turned out looking like a scarab beetle.  Next time I will use the tutorial I found at Lunch in a Box…

Ingredient List: blueberries (under the apple bunny), apple bunny, star shaped rice cake, small leftover egg roll, leftover teriyaki chicken, corn, sugar snap peas, and co-jack cheese cutouts

Tools: divided Tupperware container, small and large silicone cup dividers, Japanese stainless vegetable cutters, Wüshof paring knife, rice mold