Celebrating the 4th of July

By: | 1 Comment | On: July 22, 2014 | Category : Beef, Family, friends & fun!

Celebrating the 4th of July

Celebrating the 4th of July family style! I am really proud to introduce a guest author today, my cousin Wayne.  Each year our family gets together to celebrate the 4th of July and the guys are in charge of the BBQ.  I twisted his arm….and perhaps after a beverage or... more

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Over the River and Through the Woods

By: | 6 Comments | On: July 15, 2014 | Category : Dessert, Family, friends & fun!

Grandma, Mom & I

Over the River and Through the Woods…..to Grandmother’s house we go! We all remember that song, though it isn’t normally sung during summer time, however in our family it is!  Summertime for us means a trip to see Grandma in South Dakota.  My Grandma is 97 years young and we’ve been... more

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Poor Red’s

By: | 0 Comments | On: July 9, 2014 | Category : Dessert, Drinks, friends & fun!

Poor Red's

A few weeks ago my hubby and I decided we’d take a trip to Amador County, CA.  We wanted to visit his sister and just get away for a little R&R.  Since we were early, we decided to do a little wine tasting and see the best that Amador County... more

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The perfect summer salad for your 4th of July barbecue!

By: | 0 Comments | On: June 29, 2014 | Category : Salads, Uncategorized

Summer Pasta Salad

Artichoke and Avocado salad is the perfect summer salad for your 4th of July barbecue! This is the perfect summer salad.  Great for a barbecue as there is no mayonnaise and it’s so flavorful!   Artichokes, avocados, tomatoes and pasta – it’s really simple to put together and can be... more

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The last of the apricots…

By: | 4 Comments | On: June 24, 2014 | Category : Jam

Ruby Red Apricot Jam

It was time to use up the last of the apricots.  There weren’t many left, so I decided it was time to make another batch of jam.  Here’s a simple recipe – from start to finish it takes just under an hour (and that’s including kitchen clean-up!). Ruby Red Apricot... more

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Life is what happens when you’re busy planning….

By: | 12 Comments | On: June 23, 2014 | Category : Family

Dr. McIntyre and Stella

Life is what happens when you’re busy planning….We’ve all heard that before. Well I’d like to tell you about my weekend.  But first I’m going to back up a bit.  My hubby and I met on a dating site.  I’m pretty sure the reason we were matched up by EHarmony... more

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By: | 0 Comments | On: June 18, 2014 | Category : Chicken, Jam, Soups & Stews

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Overabundance – o·ver·a·bun·dance: a supply or amount that is greater  than required: an overabundance of milk:  surpluss, excessive, excessively. For me it means I have a big pile of something that I need to use!  Like lemons, apricots, corn or plums… It’s always a struggle to know what to do with an overabundance of a specific fruit or vegetable.  This last year,... more

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The Elephant Truck

By: | 2 Comments | On: June 12, 2014 | Category : Chicken, friends & fun!, Uncategorized

The Elephant Truck

The Elephant Truck I wanted to share another story about our trip to Hawaii.  One of the days we were there, the kids took us out to the North Shore to enjoy the drive, do some snorkeling and just relax and enjoy the view. Speaking of the view, it was... more

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Apricots, apricots and more apricots!

By: | 2 Comments | On: June 8, 2014 | Category : Dessert, friends & fun!

Getting distracted...

Last weekend we were trying to figure out what to do.  There was a shout out on our local TV channel Friday morning talking about an apricot orchard.  Well, I love apricots – so does my hubby, so that seemed like a really good thing on Sunday morning.  We headed... more

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Who grills sweet corn….well I do!

By: | 0 Comments | On: June 6, 2014 | Category : Salads, Vegtables

Grilled Corn Salad

Have you ever grilled sweet corn?  I think it’s so much easier than boiling it.  Grilling sweet corn intensifies the flavor and really brings out the sweetness in the corn.  It’s really easy to do, just shuck the corn, remove the silk, add a little olive oil, salt & pepper... more

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