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Summer Sunday

Thank goodness this week has passed.  We had some crazy weather in my neighborhood this week. See all that yellow?  It brought 5.5 inches of rain to my house...and my basement... Yes, that is a Shop Vac, sucking up rain water, for the second time in a week.... But finally, the rain passed... And the sky started to clear... And the sound of the surf calmed frazzled nerves... Wishing you friendly skies this Sunday... Enjoy!

Sliders for Dinner

Last night it was just Hubby and me for dinner.  We've had a hectic week. I know, your week has been hectic, too.  That's why this dinner suggestion is perfect for all of us.  Sliders... Sliders for Dinner Sliders, you ask?  That's so last year... OK.  Come on...  Last year... this year... do you really care what year?  I'm just saying that when you need a quick and easy dinner, sliders can be a fun answer.  We all need a little fun in our dinner once in a while, don't we?  And sliders are both kid and adult friendly.  What's better than that? I must admit that sliders were not part of the original dinner plan.  Well, to be perfectly honest there was no plan.  There was a trip to the grocery store looking for inspiration.  Inspiration came in the form of sliders.  Yes, cheddar and bacon sliders to be exact.  Do I have your interest yet? Cheddar Bacon Sliders for Two Making Sliders 6 pre-made cheddar bacon sliders 6 slices chive cheddar c

Labor Day Picnic Favorites

Can you believe Labor Day is just around the corner?  It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that summer will soon draw to a close.  Have you noticed the sun is setting a little earlier these days?  Yes, indeed.  That's one of the first signs for me that summer will soon be over.  Labor Day for many becomes the last hurrah for the summer.  It's a great day to bring family and friends together for good food and laughs.  Are you planning a Labor Day picnic?  Here are some suggestions for your picnic menu. Tequila Lime Shrimp Tequila Lime Shrimp is easy to prepare and quick to cook on the grill.  Skewer the shrimp and keep them chilled until 10 minutes before you are ready to grill.  Pour the marinade over them, cook and enjoy. Tequila Lime Shrimp Teriyaki Beef Tips Make your teriyaki marinade the day before and marinate the teriyaki beef tips over night.  Beef tips also cook quickly on the grill and a forgiving.  They can be enjoyed either hot off the grill

How to Have a Well-Stocked Pantry

A well stocked pantry can be a great time saver as well as the key to making a wide variety of meals with very little planning.  We have all experienced a time when we were in the midst of making a recipe only to find out part way through that we were missing a critical ingredient.  Do you run to your neighbors or stop the preparation and run to your local grocery store?  What if neither is an option?  My well-stocked pantry came to be out of necessity.  As a working mom who traveled a great deal for my work I had precious little time for shopping, or even planning meals.  There was definitely no time for running to the grocery store in the middle of a recipe preparation.  I learned that my life would be much easier if I just made sure I had what I needed on hand. So, how do you get a well-stocked pantry in your home?  Here are five steps to get you started. Five Steps to a Well-Stocked Pantry 1.    Identify a location for your pantry.  I am lucky in that I have a closet in m

Soul Mates

This past weekend hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary.  How many years, you ask?  Lots... Many... Did I say lots?  The date of our anniversary is August 13th.  Yes, we were married on the 13th.  So certain were we of our everlasting love that we flaunted it in the face of superstition and chose to be married on the 13th of August.  So far it has worked out. We usually celebrate our anniversary in a low key way.  This year was no different.  With no real plan in place we decide to go to a movie and then to a favorite restaurant for dinner.  The movie I chose was Crazy, Stupid, Love with Steve Carell and Julianne Moore.  It turned out to be a good movie for a long-time married couple to see on their anniversary. Like Cal and Emily, Hubby and I began dating in high school and have been together ever since, soul mates.   Unlike us, Cal and Emily face divorce in their forties and its associated complications.  Not to worry, romantics who go to see this movie will be rewar

Roasted Tomato, Ricotta and Pesto Bruschetta

The inspiration for this roasted tomato bruschetta came from a bruschetta topping we bought at a specialty store in Meredith, New Hampshire while vacationing at Lake Winnipesaukee this summer.  We bought the most delicious fire roasted tomatoes to serve on top of grilled bread.  It was so delicious I was determined to make some of my own. I waited though.  Yes, I waited for my very own tomatoes to ripen so I could make a bruschetta topping with tomatoes I had grown with my own two hands.  Well, friends, the time has come.  My tomatoes have ripened and it is time to make bruschetta.  I also made some fresh ricotta cheese .  It is really, really easy to do.  Once you've made it you won't want to buy it from the store again. Here's what I did... Roasted Tomato, Ricotta and Pesto Bruschetta 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil  1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 large garlic cloves, minced 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt  1/4 tea

Summer Sunday

Three more Sundays before Labor day, folks... Are you savoring your final summer Sundays? Let's think about summer chillin' for a few minutes shall we? There's chillin' at the beach... There's eating a burger with your toes in the sand... There's looking at boats in the harbor... There's that yummy summer ice cream cone... With the sounds of children reaching for the brass ring in the background... Summer chillin'... By the shore.