31 May 2015

5 Ingredient Sangria #SundaySupper

This week #SundaySupper is featuring food with five or less ingredients. A big THANK YOU to our host, Gluten Free Crumbley!  I always love it when I can carry all the ingredients at once to the island!  With summer just around the corner, I love having a quick and easy go-to drink available for friends or family who stop by.  This sangria fits all the criteria, plus is delicious!

Steffes Sangria

I am not a huge citrus fan in my sangria, so feel free to adjust the flavors to suit your flavor profile.  What makes this sangria so good is starting with a fruity wine.  The strawberry wine I chose is a Missouri favorite: St. James Strawberry Moscato.  I love this wine as there are no additional coloring or flavors added, so the added fruit really shines here!

Sweet, refreshing and fruity.  A perfect summer drink.  Enjoy!
5 Ingredient Sangria

by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 bottle of strawberry wine
  • 1 c apple juice
  • 1 c peach nectar
  • 1 lemon or orange, sliced
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
Combine wine, juice and nectar.
Taste for sweetness, add sugar if desired.
Add strawberries and citrus.
Let sit for four hours for flavors to marry.
Serve with a citrus garnish.
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29 May 2015

#WeekdaySupper Chicken and Veggies Packets

For summer weekday meals, I love to use the grill.  It is so easy to turn on the gas, let it heat up and prepping the ingredients indoors.  The heat stays outside instead of inside my kitchen, which is an added bonus!

These foil packets first became popular with my family when we were camping.  We always looked for easy to make, delicious meals with fast clean up.  It occurred to me that I might like those same qualities at home and so we started making these foil packets, especially during the summer.

There are endless possibilities for these packet dinners.  Experiment with your family to find their favorites.  We love BBQ and using our favorite sauce makes this a treat for all of us!

BBQ Chicken Packets

by Terri Steffes

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 2 c of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 T honey
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, about 2" long
  • 1 onion chopped into large pieces
  • 1 red, yellow or orange pepper chopped into large pieces
  • 4 small potatoes sliced about 1/4 inch
  • 8 baby carrots sliced in half length wise
  • 4 large pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil
Heat grill to medium high.
Chop potatoes and carrots, place into a microwave safe dish and microwave 2 minutes.
Chop the rest of the veggies and prepare the chicken.
Lay the four pieces of foil on the countertop. Work in an assembly line fashion.
Place 2 T of BBQ sauce in the center the foil and lay slices of chicken breast on top of the sauce.
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Add another 2 T of BBQ on top of chicken.
Drizzle with honey.
Arrange vegetables on top of each chicken breast.
Season veggies.
Spoon BBQ sauce over chicken and veggies.
Place rosemary stem on top of veggies and chicken.
Bring the short ends of the foil together and fold twice. Fold in sides to seal, leaving room for steam.
Cook for 10 minutes on one side, gently turn packets over and cook for 10 more minutes.

For more #WeekdaySuppers for this week, visit these sites for wonderful meals!

Monday - Grilled Chicken with Brie and Bacon by Recipes Food and Cooking
Tuesday - Cuban Quinoa Bowl with Grilled Sweet Potato and Plantain and Avocado-Mango Salsa by Caroline's Cooking
Wednesday - Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas by The Dinner-Mom
Thursday - Taco Burgers by Cookin' Mimi
Friday - BBQ Chicken and Veggies Packets by Our Good
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27 May 2015

Bongiovi Pasta Sauce

We were given free merchandise in return for our honest feedback about this product.
I had an opportunity review this pasta sauce by the Bongiovi family.  We love pasta at our house and have it regularly.  We enjoy a variety of sauces and sometimes even eat it with just a splash of olive oil or grapeseed oil.  Yum.
For those who know us, we also love music in this house.  Bob has been in a band since he was 13 of some form or another and is to this day (check out his band's website at boulevardbluesband.com).  So when I saw the name Bongiovi, I was curious to see if there was a connection.  There was.
Baked penne pasta with roasted vegetables

The Bongiovi sauce is made by Jon Bon Jovi's dad.  Not his mom, but his dad, from a recipe that has been in the family for ages.  I love good sauces, and an Italian family has to make a good sauce, right?  It seems that Jon isn't the only one with talent in this family! This sauce is all natural, and I knew each ingredient on the list.  This sauce was simply delicious. 
The company provided us with three different sauces and for this meal we chose to use the Bongiovi Brand Garden Style Sauce.  The sauce is aromatic, seasoned well, and freshness leaps from the jar.  I tasted my first taste with a spoon, and thank goodness the pasta was for a family meal, because I tried it again and again.  Oh yum.  This sauce would be perfect for soft garlic bread sticks or dipping "pizza bones" into.  It's that good.
The sauce does lean toward the watery side, but for my application, a baked penne dish, it was perfect, as it helped cook the pasta while it baked and left the remaining sauce as a soft sauce, not sticky as some pasta sauces do in a baked pasta dish.  An added bonus is that there is no added sugar to the ingredients list.

The recipe I used features roasted veggies, which will become a go to dish this summer when the veggies start to roll in.  I used veggies easily found in the summer: red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, onions and broccoli.  You will have to give it a try.
Bongiovi sauces are available at Super Targets and Kroger stores, but if your store doesn't carry it, ask for it.  This is the single best pasta sauce I have put on my family's table, and I buy ours mostly from The Hill (if you are from the St. Louis area, you understand the significance of this).  In the worst case scenario, you can order it online.

I also learned that some of the proceeds go to support the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.  This foundation was created to help families when economic issues occur, such has hunger and homelessness.  Check out the website for more information.
In closing, we will be looking for this sauce at our local Kroger store or ordering if we need to.  Delicious sauce is a must for a family who loves our pasta. This one fits the bill.

Baked Pasta with Roasted Veggies featuring Bongiovi Pasta Sauce

by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 2 red peppers, cored and rough chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped into medium sized flowerettes
  • 1 zucchini, sliced in half, cored, and chopped into chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped into chunks
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced into fourths
  • 1/4 c grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 t pepper, divided
  • 3T Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 c Bongiovi pasta sauce
Preheat oven to 450.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl toss veggies with grapeseed oil, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 t pepper and Italian seasonings. Pour onto baking sheet and roast until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside.
Reduce oven temperature to 350. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with spray shortening.
Once veggies go in, cook pasta in salted water for 6 minutes. Pasta will be a little hard, which is perfect, as it will cook the rest of the way in the oven. Drain well.
In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the roasted veggies, the rest of the salt and pepper, and the mozzarella cheese and the sauce. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Top with the grated parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes.
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26 May 2015

Baby Ruth Martini inspired by The Goonies #FoodnFlix

Pam at Sidewalk Shoes participated in this great event called Food 'n' Flix where you watch a movie then use it to inspire you to create a food.  Those who know me well know that two of my passions are movies and food, so what a wonderful group to join!

This month the movie was The Goonies.  I have a confession to make: I never saw the movie.  In 1985 I was busy having a baby and my mind was occupied elsewhere.  I know it is a cult fan movie and I always meant to watch it... so this was a good opportunity to get 'er done.

So I sat down in front of my computer and rented the movie from Amazon.  I can see why it was a huge hit in 1985.  Christopher Columbus and Steven Spielberg combination??  Instant winner!  Then add in cute kids, villians, parents in absentia...all the great ideas in one movie!  The Goonies was one of the top ten movies for 1985, grossing over $61 million.

The scene that inspired me was this one:

[Chunk and Sloth are chained up together]
Chunk: Hey, mister? Are you hungry? I got a Baby Ruth.
Sloth: Ruth! Ruth! Baby! Ruth!
Chunk: Here you go.
[Chunk tosses the candy bar to Sloth and it hits him in the head. Both scream]
Chunk: I'm sorry, mister! I'm sorry!
[Sloth rips his chains out of the wall and goes to pick up the candy bar. Then, he realizes he's free]
Chunk: Gee, mister. You're even hungrier than I am.

Loved the scene where the big bad monster only wants a candy bar and a friend!  My inspiration comes in the form of a cocktail, a Baby Ruth martini!


Baby Ruth Martini
by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (1 martini)

  • 2 oz Godiva Chocolate Martini mi
  • 2 oz whipped vodka
  • 2 oz French vanilla coffee creamer
  • 1 T PB2
  • 1 T caramel ice cream syrup
  • 1 mini Baby Ruth candy bar, for garnish
Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
In a separate bowl, mix together cream, syrup, vodka, caramel and PB 2. Blend well.
Pour mixture over ice and shake well.
Warm candy bar slightly in the palm of your hand.
Pour in cocktail.
Cut a slit on the bottom of the candy bar, mold onto the rim of the glass.
Serve and enjoy!
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Hanging out with Pam at Tipsy Tuesday and Kristin at Thursty Thursday!

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24 May 2015

Tomato, Shrimp and Bleu Cheese Pizza #SundaySupper

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  It is tradition in the US that this weekend marks the beginning of summer.  While there is a lot of BBQing and merry making going on, we all remember and celebrate the lives of all those who died in or served in any armed conflict.  God Bless America!

23 May 2015

Weekend Happenings

New Town is hosting the Ribfest this weekend and since the main festivities are only about three or four blocks away, we will be spending a lot of time there.  Our daughter and her husband, and my husband's brother and his wife, are all coming down to attend Ribfest with us!

Ribfest is sponsored, in part, by Budweiser.  Beer is important to Ribfest.  As is ribs.  Lots of ribs.  A play area for kids is being set up by the fountains and lots of vendors are setting up in the amphitheater.  I am excited for those kids!  Cabela's is also doing a catch and release fishing tournament in the big lake.  I know the kids will love that!  I will love seeing them fish!

There is a lot of music during Ribfest and Mariah Broeker and the Boulevard Blues Band is performing Saturday at 12:45.  It is going to be an awesome thing!  I am so glad that Ashley and Eric will be able to see Bob perform!  They also play from 7-midnight on Sunday at the Wine Bar. 

So that's all we are doing.  Eating ribs, people watching, listening to fabulous music, hanging out.

Oh, and on Monday will be the Sixth Annual Steffes/Hasty Memorial Day Cook Off.  I cannot wait to show you my burger and the winner of the cook off!  Stay tuned for great burger recipes coming your way for summer barbeques!

Happy Memorial Day!

22 May 2015

Homemade Goo Gone

I absolutely despise it when stores use labels that do not come off cleanly.

It makes me crazy mad.  What is the purpose of having a sticker that is so tightly attached?

When I run into this problem I typically use a product made to dissolve the stubborn glue that adheres to the product.  In this case, it was two plastic placemats.  Cute as a button, I couldn't resist them at the store, so I grabbed them on my way out.  When I got home, I realized that the label was not going to peel off.  I got the paper off and what was left was the glue.  I looked for my product, just to find that I was out.

What do you do when that happens?

I go to Pinterest!  Sure enough, there was a recipe for getting stubborn glue off products.  So I made it!

Take one part coconut oil and two parts baking soda and mix together well.  Smooth the product over the glue and let sit two minutes.  Test the glue to see if it is dissolving.  If it is, scrap the glue off carefully.  Rinse.

It worked!  Two minutes was enough time for my placemats.  They cleaned off easily and look awesome on my island!

21 May 2015

Cheery Cherry Rocky Road Bundt Cake

Our challenge this time for #BundtBakers was to create a rocky road cake.  Thinking about the flavors of my favorite rocky road ice cream, a chocolate ice cream sundae with marshmallow topping and walnuts and cherries on top, I knew I wanted to recreate that flavor profile in a cake.

cheery cherry Rocky Road Bundt Cake

The cake is loaded with goodness, from the salty walnuts, sweet cherries and chocolate chips.  The marshmallows melt and combine to make a sauce that sticks to the cake.  I added the marshmallows to the top and gave it a quick broil to brown them.  The result was this delicious cake, easy to make but looks like you spent hours in the kitchen. 

Cheery Cherry Rocky Road Bundt Cake

by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients (serves 12)
  • 1 vanilla cake mix
  • 1/4 c cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c water
  • 1/3 c oil
  • 1/4 c maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 c chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 c chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 c maraschino cherries, divided
  • 1 c marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350
Grease bundt pan carefully. Place 10 cherries in the bottom of the bundt pan, covered by all the marshmallows, 1/3 c. chocolate chips and 1/3 c walnuts.
Mix together cake mix, cocoa, eggs, water, juice and oil. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir, beat one more minute. Add in the rest of the cherries, chocolate chips and walnuts.
Pour into prepared bundt pan, covering cherries, marshmallows, chocolate chips and walnuts.
Bake for 33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes, invert onto parchment paper and let cool.
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20 May 2015

Fab Furniture Flipping Contest: Vintage TV Stand Inspired by Mom

I have wanted to try my hand at the latest craze of redoing furniture.  We have a lot of wood furniture in our home, various old pieces that I believe would be enhanced with some painting.  Then I met a group of ladies who do Furniture Flipping a lot, enough to do a contest each month and compete for prizes donated by various sponsors.  This month is the first month of contests, inspired by Mother's Day with the theme: Inspired by Mom.  This month's sponsor is CeCe Caldwell Paints.

Two hosts completed a project earlier this month and you should really go see them!  Check them out at Evey's Creations and Anatasia Vintage.

When the contest and theme was announced, I knew the perfect piece to use.  My mother recently moved from her home of 50 years to an apartment.  This meant she purged over 50 years of stuff, mostly by herself as my sister and I live on opposite sides of the state.  We got a lot of phone calls about various things and so in that way we were able to help some.  We hosted a big retirement reception in March, as she also retired from being a daycare provider after 50 years, too.  During that time my sister and I went over and looked at the stuff mom was moving to her new apartment.

In the stack was this cute little mid-century cabinet.  I love the legs and the louvered doors. The cabinet itself was a charming green color that mom had painted it during the 70s but she was ready for a change. The paint is faded and scratched.  She also told me that this little cabinet was the first piece of furniture that she and dad purchased.  They used it for a TV stand and she wanted to start using it again as a TV stand in her new apartment.  I asked her if I could do the update and she agreed.  The cabinet had been stored on her back porch for many years, holding scrap paper for her daycare kids to color on.

Mom and Baby Me
This piece is so representative of my mom.  She holds on to things she loves with such passion.  She's sentimental (one of her favorite songs is Sentimental Journey) and most of her things have memories attached.  I heard the story of how she and dad purchased the cabinet from the Sears store and how they had a sleek white couch to go with it.  Even though it was on the back porch and delegated to storage, the little piece still had a lot of memories and love attached to it.

So I brought this cute little cabinet home with me.  It sat in my garage.  It sat some more.  I went to a couple of different stores and bought paint and supplies.  It sat some more.  I watched videos.  Yep, there it sat. 

I just didn't know how to get started!  Did you ever feel like that?

So, I brought it outside to get a good look at it.  I realized that even though it was a simple piece, it was going to take some work to get it the way I envisioned it.  Mom wanted a neutral color to go with a red sofa she purchased for the apartment. I chose a linen color that would work well with her existing furniture and the red sofa. I got out a gentle cleaner and good soft rags and cleaned it up and let it dry outside and put it back in the garage. 

It sat.

I knew the deadline of the contest was approaching and yes, I am one that procrastination lights a fire and helps me get motivated and that happened last week.  Since this was my first piece, I stuck to a basic plan of using milk paint and a wax. I started painting with milk paint, which is a completely different experience.  The paint was thick and doesn't really glide on, it's more of a dab with a glide over the wet paint to create neat brush strokes.  On the first day I painted the top and three sides and one door.  The next day I painted the bottom, the legs, the top and two sides.  The third day I painted the bottom again and the second door.  The fourth day I painted the first door and the side with only one coat and the fifth day I painted both doors.  The weekend came, with busy plans, so I didn't get to it again until the following week.  I waxed the piece and let it dry.  In keeping with the style of the piece, I didn't add any hardware.

Here is the result:

The first time my mom is seeing her newly done cabinet is on this post!  I'll be delivering it this summer to her new apartment and I am sure it is going to be so cute there!  In the meantime, it has been moved from its location in the garage to this spot in our home.  I hope that I won't become too attached to this piece, because after all, like mother, like daughter.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Stacy at info@anastasiavintage.com or Evey at info@eveyscreations.com.  Future contests are in the making!

19 May 2015

Caramel Cashew Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

It is time for the #CreativeCookieExchange and this month our theme is caramel.  I knew exactly what I wanted to make, but the owner of the recipe keeps it a secret and so I searched the internet for something close.  I found these caramel cookies but I tweaked it and boiled the icing and topped it with a cashew.  I hope you like these as much as my family and my DAR daughters did!

Caramel Cashew Cookies
by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes

Ingredients (3.5 dozen)
For the cookies
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/3 c sour cream
  • 2 c flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 3/4 t baking soda
For the icing
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c French vanilla coffee creamer
  • 2 c powdered sugar
For the garnish
  • 42 cashews
Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg, vanilla and sour cream, beat well.  Mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Add slowly to the butter mixture and beat until well incorporated.  Place parchment on cookie sheet and spoon dough (1 teaspoonful) onto it.  Bake for 12 minutes until cookie is golden brown.  Remove from oven, cool.
For frosting:  Melt butter in saucepan.  Add sugar and stir continually until boiling.  Slowly add in milk, stirring constantly.  Heat until boiling, remove from heat, cool to lukewarm and add powdered sugar.  Stir until all lumps are gone.
Spread frosting on each cookie.  Press a cashew on top of each cookie.

The theme this month is Caramel–any kind of caramel in any kind of cookie! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. This month Laura is off to Italy and will not be checking email quite as often, so please be patient!
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month!
If you are a die hard caramel fan, check out all these caramel cookies:
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18 May 2015

Two Gals Giveaway!

One of the most fun things to do as a blogger is to sponsor a giveaway and I have been very fortunate to find two of the most amazing bloggers to sponsor a giveaway with!  Starting today, right now, you can enter to win $450! 

All this week you can go to the Two Gals Giveaway link and enter for the chance to win.  What would you do with an extra $450 this summer?  I can think of a thing or two! 

15 May 2015

Weekend Happenings

The weekend is almost here!  In my world, the weekend starts at 5 pm on Friday!  We are fortunate to have some wonderful things going on this weekend.

Ashley and Eric are visiting.  They will be with friends tonight at the Cardinal's game and then on to Jefferson City to visit Eric's family, but any glimpse of them is a bonus for me!  We will have Huxley to spoil this weekend while they are gallavanting around.

I have DAR this Saturday and I am one of the hostesses.  I have already made Caramel Cashew Cookies and tomorrow I am making Mini Egg Scrambles.  We are expecting a large crowd as we will have the CAR and the SAR there as well.

Recipe posted May 19!
Bob and I are attending a Cardinals game ourselves this weekend.  We have fun seats this year, under an overhang which protects me from the sun.  This is the first afternoon game we will have been to this year.

On Saturday Bob will be getting his birthday gift, even though his birthday isn't until May 26.  Bob, his brother Gary, Ashley and Eric and Bob's friend, Steve are all getting to fly in a WWII Army B-25J Mitchell bomber.  They will also get to tour a Army Aeronca L-3 Defender and a Navy TMB-3 Avenger Torpedo Bomber.  Ashley is getting her hair done in a 1940s chignon and found a dress for the occasion.  I cannot wait to see the pictures!

Bob's band plays at The Moonshine on Saturday night.  It is their first major gig outside of New Town and I know they are excited, nervous, scared, but thrilled at the opportunity.  I will go and listen to their mix of blues, rock, and jazz.

What does your weekend have in store?  This one happens to be a busy one for us, but it is also nice to be able to have coffee on our front porch and a cocktail on the patio.  Maybe we'll be lucky and that will still happen! Have a good weekend everyone!

14 May 2015

Too Cute Thursday

We received free treats from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest feedback about their products.

Truman and Wilson love their treats.  They are picky about them, though, and like a certain texture and flavor profile, mostly fruity with a biscuit type of appearance.  I have given them treats made from a local pet store which they really seemed to love, but the treats contained a lot of moisture and would go bad after a few days.  That meant that I was out from time to time and that means unhappy dogs.

I was eager to give the Nature's Variety Prairie Treats a try, because they are a natural product made here in the United States, actually here in St. Louis, with manufacturing in Lincoln, Nebraska. These bite sized biscuits seemed to be a good start, and when I read the flavor profile was pumpkin and cranberry, I knew I had a winner.

I opened the package when they arrive and I was pleasantly surprised to smell a fresh pumpkin scent.  I often get a "dog food" smell that makes me wrinkle my nose.  Not this time.  I took a couple of them out and held them in my hand.  As usual, Wilson, my never fully-full Westie, came over and sniffed my hand.  He pawed at it and when I opened my hand he sniffed at it and looked at it.  I placed it on the outdoor table and he took it off the table and ate it.  He looked to see if there was another one, and there was, and he took it again. He ate it much slower than usual and when this one was gone, he walked away.

Truman tried his next and as he is much pickier, he picked it up and moved it to another area.  Wilson followed but he got a growl from Truman, which is actually a good sign that Truman wants to eat it.  After several minutes, Truman's was gone, too.

The next day I asked the dogs if they wanted a treat and as usual, Wilson was there jumping excitedly waiting for the treat but the surprise was, there was Truman, waiting, too.  I gave them both one and both went to their separate areas to enjoy their treats.  Truman ate his quickly, which was a good sign that he was enjoying the treat.

In the several days that have passed, the two dogs have been very eager to have their daily biscuit.  Truman comes running and I have been noticing that he is eating more at his regular meal. 

I would give this treat a 5 out of 5 stars for the packaging, smell, and obvious pleasure that my dogs have eating this treat.  I did notice that the treats have rosemary extract, which I have heard could be bad for dogs with epilepsy. 

Seeing how excited Tru and Wilson were for the treats, I am eager to try these other flavors: Chicken & Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & Apples,and Peanut Butter & Bananas. I think they would love the peanut butter and banana ones.
Thank you Chewy.com for the bag of delicious treats.

13 May 2015

Grocery Shrink Guest Post

Today you can find me at Grocery Shrink with a tasty recipe for a One Pot Meal.  Here's a sneak peak!

12 May 2015

Tenacious Eats

For Mother's Day my husband took me to the latest Tenacious Eats production.  Tenacious Eats is a combination of two art forms: movies and food.  Chef Liz Schuster is the creator of this fun dining experience and we just keep going back for more.  It's movies for foodies!

The menus are creative, clever and spectacularly executed.  Food comes out fresh, hot, and served with its own cocktail pairing. 

Each course is created to emphasize a particular scene in the movie.  The first course mimics the bridge day with cucumber toasts, deviled eggs and ambrosia fruit salad.

The cocktail served with this first group was made with orange juice, lemonade triple sec and prosecco. It was delicious with the fruit, egg and toast.   The second course was based from the Uncomfortable Feeling scene, and we were served ham with a four bean salad.


The cocktail was a gin drink made with lemon juice, bitters and basil.  Refreshing and delicious.  The third course was based on Miss Hilly is a Christian woman, ahem scene... and was a shired egg wrapped with bacon served with brioche toast and apple butter.  The shired egg was a treat by itself and the bacon was smoky and salty.  The sweet apple butter was a nice touch with the bacon and egg.  The fourth course was Mini don't burn Chicken... buttermilk fried chicken with a potato cake and a collard green rosette.  This was delicious and served with a coca cola sauce. 
The fifth and final course was two desserts, a special for Mother's Day.  The first was for Two Slice Hilly, the famous pie, and second, a key lime pie topped with browned meringue and a lavender sugar cookie.  Both were divine, creamy bases, tart but not too tart on the key lime.  The cocktail was a classic chocolate martini, made with vanilla vodka, dark chocolate cream de cacao and Godiva chocolate liqueur.
As usual, we had a wonderful time and felt that this was one of the best interpretations of a movie that we had seen.  We are definitely looking forward to our next event.
Hanging out with Pam at Tipsy Tuesday and Kristin at Thursty Thursday!

Hopelessly Ever After

11 May 2015

Around the Garden Monday

Here in mid Missouri we have had some lovely rain and not-so-lovely storms but all that water has meant we have had green plants and grass.  We are mowing twice weekly and weeding like crazy.

Our herbs and lettuces have really taken off.  I am eating greens in my smoothies and salads for lunch and I am not keeping up.  I planted a lot of greens this year since I can process several ounces of greens for the two breakfast smoothies I make each day.  Between the smoothies and the salads, I thought I had planted enough.  I had, but I also planted more than enough.

The knock-out roses have bloomed.  I love my knock-out roses as they will bloom all summer long.  I dead head them although you don't have to do so.  I think they look better and I think that the plant seems to bloom more often without the dead flowers on them.  Our catmint is huge and going strong.

What's blooming in your neck of the woods?  Check out more gardens on What's Blooming This Week at New House New Home, on Pam's Garden Party at Sidewalk Shoes, and at Shelly's at Frugal Family Home.