Thursday, May 31, 2012

Exotic Ingredients~What is lychee?



    Welcome! I am beginning a new weekly blogging topic titled "Exotic Ingredients". Once per week I will review a different ingredient, and ways to use it. Enjoy!

The lychee (Litchi chinensis) is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. It is a tropical and subtropical fruit tree native to southern China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, and now cultivated in many parts of the world. The fresh fruit has a "delicate, whitish pulp" with a fragrant flavor. Since this perfumy flavor is lost in canning, the fruit is usually eaten fresh.[2]
An evergreen tree reaching 10–28 meters tall, the lychee bears fleshy fruits that are up to 5 cm (2.0 in) long and 4 cm (1.6 in) wide. The outside of the fruit is covered by a pink-red, roughly textured rind that is inedible but easily removed to expose a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh. Lychees are eaten in many different dessert dishes, and are especially popular in China, throughout Southeast Asia, along with South Asia and India.
The lychee is cultivated in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Bangladesh and northern India (in particular Muzaffarpur Bihar, which accounts for 75% of total Indian production).[2][4] South Africa and the United States (Hawaii and Florida) also have commercial lychee production.
The lychee has a history of cultivation going back as far as 2000 BC according to records in China. Cultivation began in the area of southern China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Wild trees still grow in parts of southern China and on Hainan Island. There are many stories of the fruit's use as a delicacy in the Chinese Imperial Court. It was first described and introduced to the west in 1782. Lychee fruit is high in the antioxidant Vitamin C and the essential mineral Potassium.



Chocolate Covered Lychees


1 cup fresh or canned lychees
1 box (8 oz) Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
1 bag chopped nuts (optional)

Peel fresh lychee fruit. We recommend keeping the seed in the fresh lychees to retain their shape.

For canned and pitted lychees fill the hole from the seed with chopped nuts.

Melt chocolate in a saucepan on very low heat, stir continuously.

Dip the fruit into the chocolate

Cool or refrigerate on wax paper at least 30 minutes


Sources:
lycheesonline.com
wikipedia.org

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thrifty Threads: Sailing through summer

Lauren is wearing a lovely outfit that she says reminds her of clear blue skies, perfect for those warm summer days!




Skirt: Refashioned hand-me-down from Banana Republic

Shirt: $5 dollar from thrift store

Bucket Hat: $4 from Walmart

Earrings: $3 from Walmart


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Thank you for your contribution Lauren!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Delany's Birthday

Saterday, May 26th Delany turned 13! Our Grandparents came to visit and we had such a fun time.
The game "Bananagrams". If you have never played this game, you should! It is so much  fun
Opening cards
The birthday cake (ice cream)


The cake, with 13 candles! She got them all in one blow.


After we ate Delany played the keyboard.....

andI played the guitar.

Family photo!

Delany with Grandma and Mr. Joe

{Practice photo shoot}
The day after Delany's birthday we went outside while I practiced my photography, so here are a couple :-)





Happy Birthday Delany!






Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thrifty Threads: A day at the beach

This comfortable outfit is perfect for a lovely beach day. The skirt is slightly beachy looking and the shirt is a very breathable material.



Tan shirt: $3.00
Coral Skirt: $3.50

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thrifty Threads: Thoughts of Summer


This is one of my favorite and most comfortable outfits!


Multi colored long shirt: $3.00 at consignment shop
Tan linen tunic: $1.50 at Salvation Army
Brown split skirt: Full price dance wear :-)
Head scarves: Clearance at Walmart


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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thrifty Threads: #1



Gray Aeropostale mini "dress" $5.00 at Goodwill
Gray/orange skirt: $1.00 at Thrift store
Previously owned tank

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Kittens


Our six week old kittens are the most adorable little balls of fur you ever did see, and super energetic! But when the steam runs out they have to find somewhere comfy to sleep like:


 A rug?

 Or maybe a shoe?

How about a radio?

The possibilities are endless....



    Coming Soon!

Thrifty Threads
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Birthday Fun!

Two weeks ago my Best Bud, Olivia, turned 10! We were so excited that she and her family were able to come over, so that we could celebrate with them. Needless to say, we had a blast. And the pictures will prove it!

Atalya, Olivia, Tammy Eliana, and Delany

Eliana, Delany, Atalya, Tammy, and Oliva eating lunch!

Mrs. Ross and Momma

Happy Birthday Olivia! Love you :-)


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