Lace doily Santa claus craft


lace doily santa |marmite et ponpon

8 days until Santa departs. Yeyyyyy!!!

Dear Santa, our lists are ready and sent. Don’t have high expectations on being good all year long (get real!) but we are counting on your generosity.

Like every year we craft our decoration, after the handprint and footprint keepsake we prepared first, here is our lace doily Santa garland. Very easy craft for tiny hands, and the outcome is so beautiful! Garlands are our favorite item in crafts, they add a festive mood to the house.

lace doily Santa Claus |marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • white lace doily paper medium size
  • white/beige cardboard
  • red cardboard
  • wiggling eyes
  • red pompoms (small) or simply cut small circles out of the red cardboards
  • cotton balls
  • and a black marker to draw moustache and mouth

 

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Handprints and footprints for Christmas keepsakes


handprint and footprint for christmas keepsakes |marmite et ponpon

Before having kids, Christmas was that glamorous night full of festivities and gifts, delicious food and lots of booze, and back home for the family gathering.

Now, with my boys (nady 5 and joud 2) are here, Christmas is not just that night, it is 24 days and 24 nights to it. Beautiful decorations can’t be those expensive intact objects, they are keepsakes done with tiny hands and big love. Red or green are not just ordinary colors. Santa becomes mom’s best friend and chocolate can replace a meal . . . Yes i turn into an elf to be able to communicate with santa and change the letters (toys) many times!

Christmas is more than just this night or day, it’s the anticipation to it that makes you live the season beaming with excitement and joy.  Against all odds, my Christmas is not a classic one, the star is not anymore on top of the tree, it fell from the summit to spark in their eyes and Jesus left his crib to be born in their heart. My Christmas is THEM!

Christmas Keepsakes, kids will love doing their footprint and handprint as christmas tree, snowman, santa and rudolph.

Very easy and fun project to keep for the life. We spent a joyful time together doing them. Wish you lots of laughters as much and more than we had. And let the magic of the season start!

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Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls


Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

These colorful rolls bring sweet memories for me, they remind me of my favorite asian restaurant when i used to live in Bahrain, These rolls were on my to cook list for so long. Usually they are called Vietnamese fresh rolls, but since it’s not the classic recipe, i didn’t dare call them so! This is my own version of fresh rolls using a symphony of ingredients that i found going heavenly together.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

These effortless rolls are the freshest, nutrient packed, crunchy and sweet while looking fabulously colorful! Finally, having them ready on my plate, these happy rolls added some brightness to my day!

Usually they are served with a Vietnamese peanut sauce made of peanut butter and hoisin sauce which is thinned out with either milk or water, vinegar for a bit of tang, garlic and a touch of chilli. Personally, i prefer the Thai sweet sauce! It’s all up to your taste at the end.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

To prepare 15 rolls (one pack) you will need:

  • 1 pack of rice paper (about 15 papers)
  • 500g shrimps cooked and deveined (you can also broil in the oven)
  • 1 medium mango cut a la julienne
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 4-5 iceberg leaves
  • a bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • a bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium carrots finely julienned

Take 1 rice paper and place in a shallow plate filled with warm water. Allow rice paper to soften for about 10 seconds. Remove and lay flat on working table – be gentle so you don’t rip the delicate paper. If this is your first time to use this type of paper, you will rip some in the beginning until u get used to 🙂

Start layering all veggies and fruits in the center of rice paper, Start with the lettuce so it holds the other ingredients. On the top part of the rice paper, place 3 shrimps with a mint leaf in between, or avocado to have the final look as per the photo below. Your rice paper rolls should look pretty with the shrimps and mint leaves or avocado on the smooth side of the roll and the seam on the underside of the roll.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

 

 

 

Fold the left and right edges of the rice paper in, then starting from the bottom, roll up to cover the lettuce bundle, keep rolling firmly to reach the shrimps.  The rice paper is sticky, it will seal itself.

Serve immediately with the dipping sauce. These rolls are to be eaten fresh and on the spot, with time the rice paper gets dry and chewy.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

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Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Fatteh batenjen – chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita


Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

In a previous post i mentioned that Fatteh, that levantine dish, varies from one country to other; could be vegetarian or featuring meat, could also have potato or eggplant, but the main ingredients are chickpeas, yogurt and crushed toasted pita.

The arabic word “Fatteh”means “crushed”, so fatteh or fattet hummos has its name after the crushed toasted pita and so other middle eastern dishes with crushed toasted pita like “Fattoush”.

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

For this version of fatteh with aubergine you will need: (yield two portions)

  • 2 medium aubergine cut in big cubes
  • 3 pitas toasted and crushed in medium pieces
  • 500g yogurt (or two cups)
  • 2 tbsp tahina
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 cups chickpeas boiled (could be canned)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves crushed

to top with:

  • 50g butter
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • chopped parsley or mint for garnish

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

For a healthy option of this dish we will grill the aubergine in the oven after drizzling on top 2 tbsp of olive oil. and set aside

Same goes for the pitas, instead of frying them i will toast in the oven. When ready, put one layer of the toasted bread in a deep dish.

After boiling the chickpeas, or if you are using canned ones, add the garlic (cloves or powder) while it’s still hot, of course after removing its water, put on top of the pitas layer. Now distribute the aubergine evenly on the chickpeas.

To prepare the yogurt sauce, mix it with tahina and salt then pour it on the chickpeas and aubergine.

Fry the pine nuts with butter and drizzle over the yogurt and garnish with finely chopped parsley or mint.

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

It’s one of my favorite dishes, and as mentioned before, it is a versatile one. You can enjoy it vegetarian or you can add ground beef or chicken. Very easy and quick, using simple available ingredients and hold so much flavors!

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Spinach lasagna roll ups


spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

If you never tried these delicious lasagna roll ups, put this meal on top of your must make list! You will fall in love with it, as much as i did. The combination of flavors are soooo good you will be tempted to eat right out of the baking dish.

This irresistible meatless dish is worth a try. You will need to make it:

8 lasagna noodles, cooked as per box instructions

for the tomato sauce:

  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500 ml crushed tomato
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • salt to taste

Heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the onions and saute until translucent. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, garlic salt, dried basil and salt. Cover and allow the sauce to simmer for at least 20 minutes over low heat.

tomato sauce |marmite et ponpon

For the filling:

  • 2 cups spinach, i used fresh but you can use thawed frozen too
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded and 3/4 cup slices for garnish
  • 1/2 cup emmental cheese shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • salt to taste

to be all mixed in a bowl.

how to do lasagna roll up |marmite et ponpon

Once the noodles have cooled to touch, lay them down on a working surface, spread ¼ cup of the cheese filling evenly along length of the noodles. Roll the noodles to the opposite end. Pour 1 cup of tomato sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Place the lasagna roll ups into the baking dish, seam side down. Add remaining tomato sauce on and place the mozzarella slices on top.

Loose cover with foil, make sure it doesn’t touch the cheese or it will stick. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven to 200ºC.

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

One great thing about making these roll up style instead of layered lasagna is that they don’t seem like too much of a splurge because they can help with portion control.

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

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spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon