Sunday, December 13, 2009

Money Saver: Knock-Off Baby Legs

A few years ago when Monkey was born, I saw a pair of Baby Legs on a friend's baby and thought they were so cute! It was even better when I discovered they had Baby Legs for boys. But at $15 a pair back then, it was more of an item for a wish list than a shopping list. The one pair I did get Monkey, we wore out! They were great on his little legs when he crawled on our hardwoods. They make diaper changing a breeze and they are also a must for "shot days" at their well-check visits. You don't have to worry about pulling pants back on over their sore little legs.

Because I'm always looking for a bargain I found Baby Legs on sale BOGO on their website for a limited time.

But when a friend reminded me that I could make my own, I got even more excited! Women's knee high socks, with a little "tweaking" can make perfect faux Baby Legs. (Pack of three women's knee highs for $6 this weekend at Target.)

You can hem the bottoms or leave them to curl naturally like I do. Does anybody else just want to nibble on baby toes like me? Yum!

What an adorable model! :-) This boy so has me wrapped around that chubby baby toe.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Recipe: Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of those quiet little vegetables that folks either love or hate. I'm not a fan personally, as the texture of it raw reminds me of eating rubber fish gravel with Ranch dressing. Cooked, it's always mushy. Not a fan of mushy veggies. But I've always wanted to like cauliflower. It's inexpensive, it's pretty, it's PACKED with nutrients!

While surfing the net a few weeks ago, I saw a picture of roasted cauliflower with garlic. It looked beautiful and since I love roasted garlic, it sounded yummy to boot! I decided to tweak it a bit and make it mine, cooked according to my tastes.

Took it to a Thanksgiving dinner last week and again last night to a Christmas party. Both times it was a huge hit with friends and family. It's easy. And better yet, you can prepare it in advance and then just pop it in the oven 45 minutes before you leave. If you got a chance to try this dish, let me know what you thought...

Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower

2 heads of cauliflower, dice into 1" chunks
1/3 c. olive oil
1/3 c. canola oil
1 1/2 T. diced garlic
1 T. Herbs de Provence (The original recipe called for chopped rosemary, but I wanted a little more flavor. It does make a difference!)
1 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400.
Put diced cauliflower into a large plastic Ziploc.
Mix oils, spices, garlic and herbs together.
Pour oil mixture into Ziploc bag, closing tightly.
Toss cauliflower in oil mixture until well coated.
Place into large baking dish and bake uncovered at 400 for 20 minutes.
Toss again.
Continue baking for another 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender to personal liking.