Monday, August 2, 2021

Carrot Flower Garnishment for Deviled Eggs with Herb Leaves

This idea has been on my mind for a while folks. These Carrot Flowers for Deviled Eggs are super simple, but make such a big impression! The key to being able to roll the flowers is having the carrot at room temperature (thanks Ma:@), and cutting ~thin~ slices with your peeler. And my planters of fresh basil and rosemary provided the little leaves (parsley would be great too). Just use your favorite deviled egg recipe and add the little flower embellishment, wa-la, very special indeed.

What occasion would they be good for?
Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation, Baby Showers, Weddings, Birthdays, Tuesday...
You get the idea:@)

What I did:
  1. Let carrot come to room temperature and peel it.
  2. Using a standard peeler, lightly run it the length of the carrot to get long slices.
  3. Gently roll the carrot until desired size of flower.
  4. I added a small slice to the center of each flower, let it stick up a little higher.
  5. Push into filling of egg.
  6. Add small leaf to flower, any edible herb works.
Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Saturday ReView: Zoodle Squash Scampi & Portulaca Tower Update with Barbie

I wanted to mention a very tasty way to enjoy zucchini and summer squash while the gardens are still producing... This Zoodle Scampi is a great side dish that goes well with everything from grilled meat to rotisserie chicken. It cooks up quickly and is bursting with big garlicy flavor:@)

And I had a little Barbie fun...
If you're curious about how my portulaca tower planter did this summer,
I featured it in Barbies's vacation HERE.

🌺Have a great weekend everyone,
I can't believe it's August already:@)

Friday, July 30, 2021

Inspirational Friday

Have a nice weekend:@)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Five Minute Blueberry Pie, No-Bake

No matter how the gardens do each year, my son's blueberries are the one thing we can always count on. I was tickled to find this Five Minute Blueberry Pie recipe, and especially pleased that it is a no-bake recipe. Perfect for summer! Much like the Fresh Strawberry Pie, this will be added to our yearly list of seasonal things to make. I do have a few suggestions though... It's rare that I'd add more sugar to a recipe, but blueberries can be a little tart. Also, I'll be using a shortbread crust next year instead of graham cracker. One last little thing, a tsp of fresh lemon juice would be nice too. But honestly folks, if you've ever had a blueberry pie make a mess of your oven, you'll welcome this easy recipe:@)
Tip: Always place a store bought crust into a pie plate. 
Just set the foil pan right into it for stability.

Five Minute Blueberry Pie-from Taste of Home
1/2 sugar-I'd add 2 Tblsp to 1/4 C more depending on how tart the berries are
2 Tblsp cornstarch
3/4 C water
4 C blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 tsp lemon juice-optional
1 graham cracker crust-I used store bought and would use a shortbread crust next time
whipped topping-optional
  1. Add sugar and cornstarch to large sauce pan. Add water and stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until thickened, approximately 2 minutes.
  2. Add blueberries, cook for about 3 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into pie crust, chill until set, approximately 4-6 hours. (I left mine on the counter for about an hour, then put it in the fridge for a couple hours, then covered the top with plastic wrap.)
Enjoy a slice of pie and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Pineapple Basil Salsa for Grilled Meat & Leftover Salsa Rice

I was grilling a couple ham steaks and wanted to serve something a little summery as a condiment to go with them. This Pineapple Basil Salsa was perfect. Why basil instead of cilantro or parsley? Because it grew very well in the planter with tomatoes this year:@) This was super simple using canned pineapple, I just had to cut up a few vegetables and squeeze a lime. Wa-la, dinner was served. Now, you know your crowd, not jalapeno fans? Use all sweet peppers. Fire lovers? Use all hot peppers. This is a nice fresh tasting side dish, perfect with grilled ham, chicken or pork. It's probably pretty good as a dip with tortilla chips too.

Salsa Rice:
I'd guess one 20 oz can of pineapple made about 3 C of salsa.
I had 1/2 C salsa leftover.
Cooked 1/2 C long grain rice with 3/4 C water in my 3 quart Instant Pot.
Then mixed it with the salsa. 
A very nice way to use up leftover salsa folks, any flavor of salsa (Pico de Gallo Rice here).

Pineapple Basil Salsa
20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice, drained (a mesh strainer is best)
1/2 C peppers, any combination-I used 2 jalapenos and some red bell pepper for color
1/2 C diced sweet onion
juice from one lime
1-2 tsp sugar
2 Tblsp fresh basil, minced ~or~ fresh cilantro ~or~ fresh parsley
pinch salt and some freshly ground black pepper
~Mix everything and serve.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Saturday ReView: Christmas in July- Zucchini Bread Jam & Barbie Stocking Cap DIY

I've always enjoyed Christmas in July. Back when it started, I remember QVC dedicating the weekend to it, but only on the years the 25th happened to fall on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Of course now, the Christmas line-up broadcasts six months a year. When I think of CIJ, two things come to mind (in addition to an extra reason for a summer party:@), canning for holiday gifts while the gardens are productive, and starting handmade items that may take a while to complete. 

May I suggest one of the tastiest ways to preserve the 
summer garden's most notorious overachiever...
This is a nicely spiced jam that's perfectly at home on toast or a bagel.
My only recommendation, if you're making this to tuck away for gifts, 
the golden raisins would be prettier.
For more ideas from the blog click:

As for the long term crafts...
Well, all I can say is, inspiration is everywhere!
Maybe a new Yo-Yo Christmas Table Runner or Tree Skirt? If you're really ambitious:@)

Watermelon Christmas trees using cookie cutters from Southern Living.
🎄No matter what you do this ~holiday~ weekend, 
I hope you make it a fun one:@)

Friday, July 23, 2021

Inspirational Friday -Christmas in July, Seashell Ornaments

Be sure to save some of those cool shells you find on the beach this summer...
They make great keepsake Christmas tree ornaments:@)
Maybe write the year and vacation location on the back.
Gorgeous inspiration from Pinterest:

Happy Christmas in July Weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Creamy Coleslaw with Sour Cream and Mustard

This Creamy Cole Slaw truly did live up to it's name! What made it different was using sour cream for the tang instead of vinegar, and of course sour cream adds some extra body too. It also calls for mustard powder. We have lots of wiggle room with the sugar. I cut the original recipe in half below, and might even try less next time, you know your crowd:@) If' you're like me and are always interested in trying new and different coleslaws, you might want to add this one to your list folks.

Creamy Coleslaw-adapted from Taste of Home
14 oz coleslaw mix ~or~ 8 C shredded cabbage and carrots
3/4 C mayonnaise
1/3 C sour cream
2 Tblsp sugar
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp ground mustard-No ground mustard? Try adding a little squirt of yellow mustard instead
~Mix everything well, cover, refrigerate until serving.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, July 19, 2021

Basil Steak Marinade

My son recently contributed a nice steak for our Sunday dinner and I told him I'd make some shish-ka-bobs with it. So the search for a good marinade began... Now, I try to stay away from big proclamations here on the blog for the simple reason that everyone's tastes are different. Case in point: I landed upon a recipe called The Best Steak Marinade in Existence. Of course we just had to try it:@) Did we agree with the bold title? Ah, no. ~But~ this, I'll call it, Basil Steak Marinade is quite tasty and a nice variation from the usual flavor profiles for beef. We found basil the primary flavor, it was different and good. I do suggest letting the meat marinate for as long as you can, at least overnight.
The recipe didn't say approximately how much meat this was for, I'm guessing 2 lbs? 
I made half for 1 lb of steak, that was fine.
I did cube my meat before adding it to the marinade and left it in the fridge for 7 hours.

He never places meat directly onto a plate or cutting board for the resting period, uses a rack. 
He says the meat steams and the juices run out and puddle onto the plate.
I picked up a vintage Corning Ware Grill Plate at the thrift store for a couple dollars, 
it's hard to see the ridged plate in the pic above, but it works great:@)

Basil Steak Marinade-from All Recipes
1/2 C olive oil
1/3 C soy sauce
1/3 C fresh lemon juice
1/4 C Worcestershire sauce
3 Tblsp dried basil
1 1/2 Tblsp garlic powder
1 1/2 Tblsp dried parsley
1 tsp ground white pepper-I used black pepper, a nice coarse grind would be best
  1. Mix everything, the gentleman put it in a blender, I just used a zip top bag and mixed it with my hands.
  2. Add meat and place in fridge for up to 8 hours, preferably longer, give it a squish and turn every once in a while.
  3. Cook meat as desired.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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