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Super Heroes Birthday Cake stationI am delighted to share with you a bunch of pictures from another Birthday Party I recently attended.

This one was very creatively designed and planned for a 4 year old boy, with Super Heroes theme in mind.

Super Heroes might be more popular among boys, but all the little girls who attended this party did not seem to feel left out….they also had lots of fun with all the activities, and proudly wore their capes.

Statue of the Birthdy Boy

I was admiring the above Super Hero statue, made specifically for the Birthday Boy, based on a picture of him provided by his parents.  Quite interesting, don’t you agree?

News Release  3 - Super Heroes

News Release  1 - Super Heroes

 

 

 

News Release 2 - Super Heroes

These  ”news articles” were created by the Mom of the Birthday Boy, to add some super feel to his party.

He still is enjoying hearing them over and over again, making him feel like a real hero.

Super Heroes Capes for boys

Super Heroes Capes for girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each Super Hero attending the party, received a personalized cape, customized according to gender.  These were creatively constructed by Mom again, keeping a tight budget in mind.  Nice job!

Super Heroes Obstacle Course 1

Super Heroes love being very active and helpful…so an outdoor activity was just the right thing for them.

An obstacle course was prepared for fun and challenge, for these Super Heroes.

Super Heroes Obstacle Course

Super Heroes Obstacle Course - part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Heroes Obstacle Course - part 3

Super Heroes Obstacle Course - part 3 B

Here is the obstacle course in sections, for a closer view.

Party Pooper Poster

 

Party Pooper is getting a makeover with a silly string spray

Party Pooper after the party

The Godfather of the Birthday Boy contributed to the party, by drawing a poster of The Party Pooper.  The Super Heroes did not waste any time to give the Party Pooper a make over, as you can see in the picture above.

No Party Pooper was present at this Birthday Party, that’s a sure thing.

Super Heroe in action- start of obstacle course

Female Super Heroe in action- start of obstacle course

Super Heroe in action- half-way through..

 

And the race is on……watch them go…..

One year-old Super Heroe likes his cape this way

One year-old Super Heroe graduated to the traditional cape look

Even the youngest Super Hero (1-year old), was eager to join in the fun, however he was not sure which way to wear his cape, for movement ease and comfort ……:-)

He sure used all of his super powers to guard his snack cup…..notice the super grip on the handle??….LOL

Goodies Bags

After lots of fun activities, food, cake and cupcakes, all the Super Heroes were getting tired, still decked out in their capes, they headed home for a nap.

As a token of appreciation, they received a personalized Super Bag, filled with lots of goodies, and craft projects to enjoy later.

Nuwave oven - Banana Bread 2You  heard about the Nuwave oven I recently purchased, so now I am testing different recipes to decide if this purchase is a keeper.

I already made a vegetable dish, a meat dish, and this time a traditional dessert.

I followed the ingredients in the recipe, as printed in the Nuwave cookbook, with an exception of decreasing the salt, and adding vanilla extract.

The Banana Bread turned out very moist and tasty, however it took a little bit longer to bake, than originally stated in the recipe.

After the original 45 minutes, it was still quite soft in the middle, so I baked it another 15 minutes on High power, and let it cool off under the dome, before taking it out.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening ( I used butter)
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: 

  1. In a medium bowl, place the measured and sifted flour.
  2. Mix in the baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add one egg yolk at a time, mixing well after each (keep the whites in the fridge for now)
  5. Mix in mashed bananas, and vanilla extract.
  6. Add dry ingredients all at once.
  7. Stir enough to moisten the flour.
  8. Beat the egg whites, until stiff peaks form.
  9. Gently fold into the batter.
  10. Grease a loaf pan with Crisco shortening, and flour lightly bottom and sides of the pan.
  11. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  12. Bake on a 1″ rack for 45 minutes on HI power level.
  13. Top will be browning a bit, so you may cover it loosely with foil paper.
  14. Pause and test with a toothpick.
  15. If necessary, bake another 15 minutes.
  16. Once done, let the bread rest under the dome for few minutes.
  17. Remove.  Cool completely before slicing into serving pieces.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Potatoes  Au-GratinI have been testing several different recipes in my Nuwave oven, and will be sharing some of them with you.

Today I will post a recipe for a vegetable dish, Potatoes Au-Gratin, which was very simple to prepare, and it turned out to be a delicious side dish.

This recipe was posted in the cook book enclosed with the Nuwave oven shipment, so I will post it for your convenience, in case you have not decided yet to add this kitchen gadget to your collection.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups small red potatoes, washed, and sliced very thinly
  • 1/2 cup red or white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream (whipping cream)
  • 3 Tbs. Parsley, chopped (0r 1 Tbs. dried parsley flakes)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash and slice the potatoes, and place them in the bowl.
  2. Add chopped onion, butter, cheese, cream and spices.
  3. Mix to coat the potatoes evenly.
  4. Scoop into a 10 inch baking dish, gently pressing them down into the pan.
  5. Place on 1 inch rack, and cook on HI power level, for 20 minutes.
  6. Let it rest for 2 minutes with dome lid on.
  7. Serve hot, as a side dish with your favorite meat.

Enjoy!

Sweet Italian Sausage - Nuwave oven recipeFreshly made Italian Sausage is the second best sausage choice next to Ukrainian Pork sausage (Kovbasa), at least on my list of favorite sausages.

I love shopping at the Dutch Country Farmers Market, in Middletown Delaware, for fresh  meat products made daily by local farmers, as well as locally grown fruits, vegetables, freshly baked goods and homemade Amish foods.

This week I purchased fresh Sweet Italian Sausage, Sage Sausage, and Fresh Polish Kielbasa (Sausage).

The Nuwave oven came in handy for preparing the Sweet Italian Sausage for a quick dinner tonight.

Yields 3-4 servings.

Ingredients:

  •  2 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage (2 long links)

Directions:

  1. Cut each sausage link into 3 equal section.
  2. Flatten slightly, or easier handling and cooking.
  3. Place the Nuwave oven rack on the 4 inch height.
  4. Place the sausages on the rack (as close to the middle as possible).
  5. Place the side cylinder over the base, fasten the lid in place, per manufacturer directions.
  6. Press the Power button once (this sets it on High).
  7. Set cooking time to 12 minutes and start cooking.
  8. After 12 minutes, carefully remove the dome of the Nuwave oven, and set aside.
  9. Using kitchen tongs, turn over each sausage.
  10. I also moved the sausages from the middle toward the side, and the side ones to the middle, for even cooking.
  11. Place the oven dome over the food.
  12. Press the Power button once again, and set cooking time for another 12 minutes.
  13. Once done, let sausage rest for 2 minutes, before removing oven dome.
  14. Serve as links, or slices, as I did in the above picture.

I served my sausage with steamed green beans, and summer yellow squash sautéed with Italian spices, olive oil, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, previously prepared in my Nuwave oven.

All vegetables were freshly picked from my garden.  How convenient and rewarding, for having my own veggie garden.

Nuwave ovenThe time has come to add a new kitchen gadget to my collection.

Currently I am testing a very interesting kitchen gadget, a Nuwave Pro Infrared Oven.

I was slightly skeptical at first site of this item, since it is made mostly of heavy duty plastic, and the heating element is located under its lid.

This means that all its heat and cooking power comes only from the top.

Once I have checked out the recipe booklet included with the oven, I decided to give it a try, and test some of these recipes to share my opinion with you.

So far, I am quite impressed by this oven, so in the next few posts I will share pictures and recipes of the dishes I prepared.

As you can see from the picture above, this gadget is portable, convenient to pack, since all pieces disassemble easily, and a great gadget to take along on a family vacation (if you plan to do some cooking and baking….:-) there)

Since my kitchen has only one oven, it find it very convenient to use this Newave oven to prepare side dishes, or quick desserts.  It is also very useful for cooking for TWO, or even four, with less heat in the kitchen, and less energy.

It is also easy to clean, since all the parts are removable and dishwasher safe, with the exception of the lid which houses the heating element.

I would like to hear from those of you who have tried this cooking gadget, and would like to share their opinion.

 

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