Passion Fruit Mousse Recipe

Passion Fruit Mousse

Someday I’m going to Brazil. It is on my travel bucket list, after all. We used to plan Summer holidays with friends in that beautiful South American country. Sadly, they have yet to come to fruition. However, no matter where I reside, I seem to always have a Brazilian living in close proximity. That’s how I learned that sweetened condensed milk is actually the sixth food group in this land, pretty handy for what I’m about to introduce you to.

When I think of Brazil, I think of beaches, bright colors, and music with a beat. I think of loud conversation and lots of people. I never really associated passion fruit with Brazil, but I now realize that it was because I was so undereducated. This country brims with people full of passion, so it’s no surprise that one of the best desserts that has passed my lips made by Brazilians is passion fruit mousse. I called over one of my very best Brazilian friends for a cooking lesson on how to make it, not realizing it was as easy as 1-2-3, which happens to be the number of ingredients this delicacy contains.

Passion Fruit

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Alright, so maybe you’ve got your costumes all worked out. But what about those pumpkin contests and class parties happening this week? Do not despair. Here are 3 easy last minute solutions for Halloween festivities. Solutions you can probably create with whatever is lying around the house right this minute. For reals. This is called winning at Halloween.

last minute halloween titleLet’s start with throwing together some halloween decorations for those class parties. I vote for anything printable, anything reusable, and anything idiot proof. Go for some large format prints of spooky poems or song lyrics like these here and here. Just download and print in standard sizes at home, or have a print shop print them in large poster sizes. Whip up a quick Halloween bunting with either a download like this or this, or use some colored and printed paper from your personal craft bin and cut, punch holes, and string along a ribbon. Done.

last minute pumpkins

What’s that you say? Your child has to bring a decorated pumpkin to class? Today? You’ve got this, just raid your costume bin. Masks, wigs, noses and mustaches, even hats give that pumpkin an instant character and personality. In a matter of seconds! Stick to … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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How To Make Dried Oven Tomatoes

How To Make Dried Oven Tomatoes

Have you ever made oven dried / roasted tomatoes?  Ohmyheavens, it’s time to talk about how to make your own.   I have a huge bounty of ripe garden tomatoes and not enough time to make my favorite salsa recipe, so I’m doing the next best thing: I’m making oven dried tomatoes with olive oil and sea salt.

It’s the easiest possible way to utilize your fresh garden stock while pimping your pantry for the Winter.  And the dividends are insanely delicious.

 

dried tomatoes

Here’s the recipe for making your very own dried tomatoes!

Oven Dried Tomatoes
 
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Make oven dried tomatoes with your fresh garden tomatoes!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8 ounces
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs fresh tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • non-stick vegetable spray
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash + dry tomatoes.
  3. Slice tomatoes into wedges, approx. 4-6 per tomato.
  4. Spray cookie / baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  5. Arrange tomatoes in several lines across the pan, fitting in as many per sheet as possible.
  6. Bake in oven at 200 degrees for
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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Non-Candy Halloween Treats

Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween time is practically overflowing with fun occasions. Class parties, halloween parades, parties with friends, trunk or treat activities and of course trick-or-treat night on October 31st. All that fun seems also to come with candy. Lots of candy. So much candy. Not to mention popcorn balls and cupcakes and caramel apples. Whoa. That is a lot of sweets. With families  trying to make more health conscious and wholesome choices, it’s nice to have some inexpensive alternatives to candy when it’s time to pass around treats and prizes. Here are some of our favorite kid-approved non-candy Halloween treats, for your next party or for passing out at your home. Yes, we even pass these out at our door on Halloween, and no, we’ve never been egged or toilet papered. In fact, I think most little ghosts and witches are delighted with something out of the ordinary.

Let’s start with stickers. All kids love stickers. Puffy, shiny, or glittery, and in all those fun halloween shapes. A mass of stickers in your treat bowl, or a bundle of foam stickers in a goody bag will impress all your little goblins.  You’ll be impressed that these are totally budget-friendly.

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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Favorite Halloween Books

 

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I’m happy to say that Halloween is in full swing at our house. We’ve placed a few decorations here and there, arranged our pumpkins on the front porch, planned out the costumes, and baked our favorite pumpkin recipes. Come evening, you’ll find us curled up with our favorite scary and not-so-scary Halloween books. It’s the best, really. Picture books, search-and-find books, chapter books and poems all feature in our family story time. Here are a few recommendations to add to your own Halloween library. Many of these have been adapted to great movies, as well.

In a Dark Dark Wood by David Carter

This is short and sweet, and little ones never tire of the surprise ending. If you are helping with any class parties at Halloween time, this makes a great story time read, especially for pre-k and early grades.

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The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi

Based on the cautionary tale by Mary Howitt, with wonderful black and white illustrations. This has good rhythm, and is plenty creepy what with that nasty spider and all. Will that silly little fly ever learn?

The Witches by Roald Dahl

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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This Week Quote Of The Week

It’s time for the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week!  I love this part of the week, don’t you?  I think a good quote, some really brilliant writing, has the ability to turn things around when life is tricky.  So this week I’m sharing some words from the extremely talented contemporary writer, Nick Hornby.

 

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Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Hard is trying to rebuild yourself,

piece by piece,

with no instruction book,

and no clue as to where

all the important bits

are supposed to go.

Nick Hornby

 

 

If you’re new to this series you can catch up on it here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, and Week 8.  If you have a favorite quote you’d like to submit for the series, please drop me a line and let me know and maybe I’ll feature it on Petit Elefant!  allison AT petit elefant DOT com

Hope you all have a fabulous week!  Keep your chin up, it’s pretty lovely out, and I believe in you.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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New Movie To See: He Named Me Malala

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My life has been wall-to-wall Malala Yousafzai over the last few weeks, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  Do you  know about Malala?  Certainly you saw media coverage of her in 2012 when she was shot in the head by the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan on her way to school, for speaking out in favor of girls being educated, in direct defiance to the Taliban.  She was 15 years old.  Malala made a phenomenal recovery and now spends her time campaigning for basic human rights and the educational needs of the underrepresented populations across the world: girls, children and refugees.  Over the weekend a documentary about Malala’s life, He Named Me Malala opened in theaters across the country and I’m telling you to go see it right now.  It’s funny and moving and brilliant and will make you want to get involved with this campaign ASAP. Malala is endearing and funny, smart and sweet, and the movie about her life thus far (including winning the Nobel Peace Prize) will make you feel like anything is possible.  If one teenage girl is getting it done, certainly you can too.

Malala Yousafzai

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Make A Travel Bucket List

Make A Travel Bucket List

I’m not a dreamer. I don’t mean I don’t have dreams while I sleep. I mean I don’t naturally sit and dream up things about my future. However, as a healthy exercise for the mind and soul, every so often, I sit and make myself dream. Recently I did this around travel destinations. I encourage you to do the same. Make a travel bucket list. If anything, your search on the web will be delightful eye candy to all the beautiful places in the world!

My travel bucket list consists of…

1. Bali. My husband and I both have a fascination with Bali. The beauty of it simply takes my breath away. A bungalow right on the beach? Yes, please.

Bali

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2. Brazil. I have LOTS of Brazilian friends and I’ve yet to step foot on the South American continent. I think it’s high time to see what all the fuss is about. A vacation in Rio, perhaps?

Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Napa Girls Weekend and Choice Hotels

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I have never taken the time for a girls’ weekend with friends. I’ve done girls’ night out, lunches, breakfasts, and day outings, but never an extended period of time, with just my girlfriends. I’ve been married for 14 years, come this October. Those of you that have had girls’ weekends, bravo!

The truth is, life is so busy, it’s difficult to find the time. With our family, we treasure travel time, and each weekend together, and work to maximize our moments together. With family as our primary priority, fun extras like a girls’ weekend, tend to get pushed further down our list. I was thrilled to participate when Choice Hotels said they want to get people out there, into one of their 5,000 locations across the US, and connect face-to-face. You can do the same. Remember to sign up for a free membership with Choice Privileges and start earning points, and perks, with your stays. 

Grape Juice

So being forced to get out of our routine, and get together with my friends from middle school days, was invigorating. Most of us hadn’t had a girls weekend, since we’d been married, and the trip to Napa was the first for a couple of my friends … >> find out more...

Stephanie Porter

Aloha! I'm a food lover, joyful mother, travel addict, irreverent friend, hip-shaking dancer, car radio-singer, make-out lover, and writer. Love to travel? Join me. Cheers!

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