Posted in Recipes

Brazilian Fish Stew?

I am all about celebrating my successes as well as my failures, and I believe today I am celebrating a half-failure, if that’s possible?

In my house, I like to spruce up the menu once in a while. When my children see me looking through my Pinterest recipes and searching the recipe sites; I can sense their mixed feelings. I hear them whisper, ‘mom’s looking for new recipes.’ We’ve had our wow food moments, and not so good moments. When I feel the need to change it up a bit. It’s about 60/40 that the whole family is going to enjoy the chosen dish.

Well, this recipe was a wonderful tasteful delight for my husband and me; but not so much for the children. I recall the hesitantly asked question from my teenager, ‘Brazilian fish stew, mom?’ I just smiled, nodded and said ‘yes’ with a smile.

My finished take on it.

Onto the recipe, Brazilian Fish Stew!

Recipe Posted by: BellevueMama from


3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets, cut into chunks

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 onions, chopped

4 large bell peppers, sliced

1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

1 (16 ounce) can coconut milk

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Stir together the lime juice, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the cut up tilapia and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes, up to 24 hours. I let it sit for about 1 hour.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions in the oil for about 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the bell peppers, tilapia, and diced tomatoes to the pot. Pour the coconut milk over the mixture. Cover the pot and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cilantro and continue cooking until the tilapia is completely cooked through, another 5 to 10 minutes.

If you enjoy a refreshing meal, this is the one for you. Enjoy!

Posted in Craft Ideas

Birthday Party Ideas and a Free Printable

This year, my youngest daughter wanted a sleepover party instead of going some place to celebrate. That was music to my husband’s ears, and meant saving some dollars in the pocket book. To me, all I was thinking about was entertaining about 10 9-10 year old little girls, oh mamma!

Anyway, we survived except for the fact three of the girls (including my daughter) ended up with a sore throat and the sneezes. Share the germs, I guess.

There were a few things that I want to share with you that might help you plan your next party. A money saver for me was that I created and printed our own invitations as well as our thank you cards. 

Another fun idea that kept the girls busy for a bit, was decorating your own cupcake! It was fun, and a sort of crafty thing to do.

Here is what ours looked like:

Chocolate cupcake in the middle, and all the sprinkles, frosting and colored sugars the kiddos would need. The trays were $1.00 each from the dollar store, each girl got their own. It was a blast for them, and most of the girls hadn’t done it before. Unfortunately, I don’t have an after picture. The girls ate the cupcakes as soon as they finished decorating them.

Here is a link to the invitations we printed for her party. Just write your information, and fold. Homemade cards! Blank-Invitation

As for the thank you notes, I just took a picture of the girls and pasted it into a Word document with a note of thanks typed along side of it. Pretty easy, and another money saver idea.

Hope these ideas work for your next party, and stay tuned for some more creative ideas! Please comment if you have any to share.