Sunday, August 19, 2018

Still Enjoying Summertime and the Weekly Menu

For just having arrived a mere 19 days ago, our Marissa is certainly the social butterfly.   We have had at least one extra kid here, and often a whole household of them, each and every day.  It makes my heart sing.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Spanish Almond Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This pureed soup is smooth, creamy, satisfying and filled with flavors of the Mediterranean.

Join the members of Soup Saturday Swappers as we share soup and stew recipes featuring Almonds...

Friday, August 17, 2018

Seafood Mini Quiches ala Sid #FishFridayFoodies

These delectable little quiches are the perfect bite to take on your next picnic.  Chock full of crab and shrimp in a cheesy custard  and baked to a golden brown, they are sure to impress.

Join us today as the Fish Friday Foodies share Picnic Fare........

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Apple Bundt with Caramel Glaze #BundtBakers

This moist, flavorful cake with a wonderful caramel glaze is the perfect seasonal dessert for this time of year.

Please join me as I host this month's version of Bundt Bakers.......

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pipérade a'la Julia Child #FantasticalFoodFight #BacktoSchool

This open faced omelette garnished with Onion, Tomatoes, Peppers and Ham was taken from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, whose birthday we are celebrating today during our Fantastical Food Fight.

This is also perfect as we get ready for Back to School, since the pipérade can be made in advance meaning a quick, delicious, healthy breakfast on those busy mornings.....

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Garden Ripe Tomatoes tossed with Crunchy Romaine Lettuce and laced with Smoky Bacon Bits, this salad is like a BLT minus the bread.

Is there anything better in the world than freshly picked Tomatoes?   Not in my world........

Spice Island Breakfast Muffins #BreadBakers

These tender, muffins are made using a "spice tea" created with fresh spices from the Island of Grenada where I recently visited.

These lovely spiced puffs are the perfect offering as we celebrate Breakfast Breads with the Bread Bakers group today......

Monday, August 13, 2018

Cream Cheese Brownies starting with a Box Mix #BakingBloggers

Moist and Chocolatey with a swirl of cream cheese, nobody will ever guess that you started with a boxed mix.

Join the Baking Bloggers today as we share recipes for Brownies and Bars......

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Busy Weekend and The Weekly Menu

All of our out of town guests left on Friday morning.  This doesn't mean that life has slowed down at all though...we are busy as ever.

I think these cousins are going to miss each other now that they are on opposite sides of the Country.  Thank goodness for internet and social media.  But, life goes on so here is our upcoming week and what we will be eating and sharing with you.....

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Albarino and Seafood Stew: the Perfect Pairing #WinePW

A delicious and beautiful seafood stew that tastes and looks like you spent hours is on the table and ready to eat in half an hour.

Paired with a wonderful Alabarino Wine from Spain this is a wonderful meal to share with those you love......

Friday, August 10, 2018

Charlotte de Chou et de Pommes de Terre #EattheWorld #FarmMarketWeek

Creamy, delicious, potatoes and cabbage mashed together and then enfolded in tender, bright savoy cabbage makes for a stunning presentation.

This is what happens when you decide to Eat the World during Farmer's Market Week.......

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sweet Corn Ice Cream #FarmMarketWeek

This unusual ice cream, made with sweet corn, is amazingly delicious.  If you are a sweet corn lover this is the dessert for you.

Welcome to Day 4 of Farmer's Market Week........

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Green Bean Salad #FarmersMarket

Crisp-tender Green Beans blanched to a beautiful bright green and tossed with a Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette makes the perfect summer side dish.

Welcome to Day 3 of Farmer's Market Week......

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Zucchini Dip #FarmersMarketWeek #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Reminiscent of hummus, this wonderful dip made of zucchini is a great change of pace.  It is light, bright and delicious.

Join me as I celebrate Day 2 of Farmer's Market Week with a recipe from our Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project......

Monday, August 6, 2018

Potato and Pea Salad #FarmersMarketWeek

Made with a tangy buttermilk dressing, flecked with fresh herbs and wrapped around tender baby redskin potatoes this salad is sure to become a new family favorite......

Welcome to Farmer's Market Week with the Gang from Festive Foodies.......

Saturday, August 4, 2018

A New Family Member, A New Tradition and The Weekly Menu

Those of you who follow my blog, know that my husband and I are in the process of adopting a couple of young ladies.  M, the eldest, moved in permanently this past Wednesday.  Her sister, M, the youngest, will begin the transition from her current residence to ours, this coming week.  We hope to have the transition complete before the coming school year.

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We became licensed in foster care so that they can live with us while the adoption process is in the works....

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Greek Inspired Breakfast Casserole #FoodieExtravaganza

This easy, make ahead breakfast casserole is chock full of delicious Greek flavors and fresh Farm Market veggies.  

Join us as Foodie Extravaganza explores Zucchini.......

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Backyard Barbecue #RecipeRoundup and a #Giveaway


Welcome to the August Recipe Round-Up! This months round-up brings you Summer-time recipes for a backyard barbecue perfect for those hot August days! Our bloggers are sharing their favorite recipes with you, including breakfast, side dishes and snacks, main dishes and ((of course)) dessert. Come check out what we are bringing you this month! Plus we have another amazing GIVEAWAY that you don't want to miss!!

Vodka Collins #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

This cocktail is perfect for hot summer weather.  It is cold, bright, sparkling and refreshing.

This is the final July recipe of the Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project.....Cheers!!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Fresh Peach Streusel Muffins #MuffinMonday

Tender delicious cake studded with fresh peaches and topped with a savory streusel, these muffins are perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert.  Try them warmed and topped with ice cream....YUM.

Welcome to Muffin Monday.........

Friday, July 27, 2018

Instant Pot Baked Beans and the Weekly Menu

Dried beans from cupboard to dinner table in an instant.  The classic dish that used to take hours to prepare is now ready in the time it take you to prepare the rest of your meal.

Isn't it hard to believe it's the end of July already?  Where does the time go?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Watermelon Salad #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Juicy chunks of watermelon tossed with feta, cucumbers and tomatoes and seasoned with mint makes the perfect summer side for your next get together.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Soupe au Pistou paired with Rosé #SoupSaturdaySwappers #Winophiles

Who says soup is only for the wintertime?  It would be a shame to miss out on all of the wonderful summer veggies available at Farmer's Markets across the Country right now.

This wonderful soup inspired by the Provence area of France is the perfect summer dinner choice. Especially when paired with a Rosé wine from the same region.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Salmon Burgers to say Farewell to #CrazyIngredientChallenge #FishFridayFoodies

Tender flakes of salmon mixed with panko and egg, shaped into patties and cooked to perfection on a grill.  Served up with lettuce, tomato and a dollop of Lime/Caper Mayo, these make for the perfect Fish Friday barbecue.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pineapple Coconut Cake #BundtBakers

All the Tropical Flavors of a Pina Colada in a Bundt Pan.  This moist, delicious cake with just a hint of rum is sure to be a success at your next Luau or Island Party.

The Bundt Bakers are headed to the Tropics today.  Come see what we are sharing...…

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Filet Mignon on a Stick #FantasticalFoodFight

Tender, juicy beef tenderloin skewered with parboiled potatoes, onions and mushrooms makes for a complete meal on a stick.

Welcome to Fantastical Food Fight...…

Beer Braised Hot Dogs and Sauerkraut #HotDogDay

Hot Dogs braised in Dark Beer until they are nice and plump, then cooked on the grill until browned and caramelized topped with Sauerkraut that has been lightly sweetened with brown sugar and braised in a fruity beer.....

Join us as we celebrate National #HotDogDay!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Beet Pickled Eggs #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

These pickled eggs are not only delicious but are also very pretty having been pickled along with the beets.

They are perfect as a snack, as part of a meal or as an appetizer....

Monday, July 16, 2018

Murietta's Well Virtual Wine Tasting and the Pairings We Have Enjoyed

I was very excited to receive these wonderful samples of Murietta's Well wines from Snooth with a request to join in a Virtual Wine Tasting.

They requested no other action from me other than participation in the Wine Tasting.  I have chosen to write about the experience today.  All opinions, thoughts and content are completely my own.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Chilling out with Green Barn Winery #WinePW

My husband and I were driving through Smith's Creek, a tiny little town about an hour north of our tiny little town, when we saw this sign.

We have a winery near us??  You don't say...….

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lemon Custard Ice Cream featuring Nielsen-Massey Organic Lemon Extract #Sponsored

I received a lovely bottle of Organic Pure Lemon Extract from Neilsen-Massey for the creation of this recipe.  All opinions, thoughts, photos and ideas are mine alone.

Enjoy this delightful, bright, creamy, frozen custard during these Dog Days of summer.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Roasted Red Peppers with Olives and Cheese #ImprovCookingChallenge

This wonderful salad is the perfect addition to your next Charcuterie Board or Appetizer Tray.  It is so simple to throw together that I'm almost embarrassed to share it with you...….

Almost, but not quite because it is so delicious and perfect for those impromptu summer get togethers. 

Welcome to this month's edition of the Improv Cooking Challenge.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wine from Where? #WinePW Invitation Post

Where do you think of when you think of wine country?  France? California? 

Wherever comes to mind chances are that it is not Michigan.  For those who live here, we might think of the wineries located on the west side of our State.  The climate and terroir surrounding Lake Michigan make perfect conditions for growing grapes.

But what about Michigan's Thumb?  That flat area that is filled with cornfields, soybean fields and dairy farms?  Can fruit for wine be grown successfully in this area? 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pavlova with Kiwi and a Book Review #EattheWorld

Crispy on the outside these meringues melt in your mouth when you bite into them.  Topped with whipped cream and sliced kiwis, it makes a wonderful pavlova.  Much like you would find when visiting New Zealand.

Come join in the fun as we "Eat the World"...…

Coconut Flour Pancakes #BreadBakers

These tender and delicious pancakes are made with coconut flour offering a gluten free option for breakfast.

Join us as we explore Gluten Free recipes with our Bread Bakers group today...…

Peach Gazpacho Shooters #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

These fun summer Gazpacho Shooters are filled with fresh peaches and vegetables.  You can add some vodka for a festive, adult version.

They are the perfect start to your next al fresco dinner party.....

Monday, July 9, 2018

Instant Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake #BakingBloggers

This delicious cheesecake is creamy, rich and delicious.  It is flavored with a Lemon Blueberry Jam and cooked using an Instant Pot.

Purple Haze Jam Ice Cream #IceCreamSocial

This super simple, three ingredient homemade ice cream is fun and easy to make.  Grab your favorite toddler and make some summertime memories...…

July is National Ice Cream Month and we are having an Ice Cream Social...…

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A Rosé By Any Other Name #ItalianFWT

Being from the USA, I never thought that I liked Rosé wine.  I thought all Rosé wine was cloyingly sweet like a White Zinfandel.  Then I was introduced to some Rosé wines from France and discovered that not only did I like them....I loved them.

So when I was given the opportunity to receive some samples from Chiaretto Pink along with my fellow bloggersin the ItalianFWT group.  I leapt at the opportunity and was I ever glad that I did.

I received two bottles of Chiaretto Rosé for sampling purposes.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions and thoughts are my own and here they are...….

Friday, July 6, 2018

Easy Cherry Turnovers and the Weekly Menu

These flaky, little tarts filled with sour cherry pie filling and drizzled with glaze are quick to bake up and fancy enough to serve to guests.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Strips #FoodieExtravaganza

Tender strips of chicken breasts dredged in sourdough pretzel crumbs and fried to a crispy golden brown.  These amazing chicken strips are perfect for dinner served with traditional sides or as appetizers with honey mustard for dipping.

It's time for a Holiday Edition of Foodie Extravaganza.  Happy Birthday America!!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Korean Wings #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

These wings are sure to be a hit at your next backyard get together.  Slow grilled and then tossed in Asian flavors and seared golden brown they are the epitome of what wings should be.

Monday, July 2, 2018

My Leap of Faith and The Weekly Menu

So each year I try to learn or try something new. I have learned to quilt and paint. I have ran in a 5k. I have kickboxed, taken tae kwon do, practiced yoga, and shook my booty in Zumba classes. I have gone up in a hot air balloon, gone ziplining, parasailing, and scuba diving.   I have started a blog, planted some trees, raised chickens and turkeys and pigs. I learned to can, traveled to a lot of new places, tried a lot of new foods and recipes and  explored new wines and new wine regions.  I have hiked woods, and trails and mountains.  I have gone rock climbing, rappelling and white water rafting.  I have gone sport fishing, hunting and tubing.  I have taken in exchange students and gotten licensed for foster care.  I have started and ran a food pantry.  I have scrapbooked and made my own greeting cards.  I have taken guitar lessons, roller skating lessons and dance lessons.  The guitar and roller skating lessons were a fail but I can still say I did it.

And this year to celebrate turning the big 60.....I did this...…

Sky diving was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I did it.  It is not something I would want to do constantly, like scuba diving, but I am definitely glad that I got to experience it and wouldn't hesitate to do it again should the opportunity arrive but first I need to continue on this journey I call life with some of the other things I haven't yet been able to do.

I still have tons of places to go, things to learn and sights to see before my bucket list is empty.  What's next on your bucket list?

I was giddy all weekend long but now I have calmed down and am ready to share our Weekly Menu.

Saturday night we went to 4 pm Mass and then John and Kirsten brought steaks over to put on the grill and we hung out in the pool.  Kirsten's mom joined us and then invited us to her house on the river to watch the fireworks.

Sunday we drove out to the residential home in which the eldest of the girls we are hoping to adopt is living.  We spent the day with her and had a session with her therapist.  Hopefully she will be moving in with us very soon now.

Monday, I am going over to my friend, Kim's, house.  She is home for all the Mondays of July and will be giving yoga lessons.

We are back to having the Angel Face on Tuesdays now which means we will be doing our weekly visit with Aunt Irene on Wednesdays when we take her home. But since this week Wednesday is 4th of July we will be going on Thursday.

We also get to have our Little Miss on Friday this week because Mama has a wedding to attend. I'm hoping we can take her to see Incredibles 2 in the afternoon.  Kim and Kurt are joining us for dinner Friday night.

So, that's our week in a nutshell.  I am sharing a recipe for Baked Beans that I made using the Instant Pot Saturday night.  This recipe was inspired by this one over at Little House Big Alaska. You will find it following the Weekly Menu.

Saturday-John, Kirsten and Caroline
Grilled Steaks
Garlic Potato Package
Instant Pot Baked Beans
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Kiwi Pavlova

Out for dinner with M the eldest

Meatless Monday
Marinated Peppers with Olives and Cheese
Grilled Cheesy Garlic Bread
Farm Market Vegetable Soup in a Crockpot

Toddler Tuesday
Hot Dogs
Fresh Veggies and Dip

Wednesday-4th of July
Peach Gazpacho Shooters
Grilled Salmon Burgers
Grilled Hamburgers
Pickled Eggs
Watermelon Salad
Jam Ice Cream
Instant Pot Cheesecake

Carry out at Aunt Irene's

Friday-Kim and Kurt for dinner
Pesto Bruschetta with Grape Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Chicken and Vegetable Packets
Pina Colada Bundt Cake

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Firecracker Roll #July4th

Tender almond flavored sponge cake wrapped around whipped cream studded with Strawberries and Blueberries.  Let's get ready to celebrate our Country's Birthday.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Grilled Fruit Salad #CookoutWeek

Nutritionists say you should "Eat a Rainbow" and I can't think of a better or more delicious way to do that than with this gorgeous Grilled Fruit Salad.

Welcome to the Final Day of Cookout Week...…..

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hawaiian Cole Slaw #CookoutWeek

Coleslaw chock full of pineapple, mandarins and macadamia nuts dressed with tangy, citrusy, creamy goodness.

I made this coleslaw last September for my granddaughter's Moana themed 3rd birthday party but have never shared it with you.  When I started choosing the recipes I wanted to make for Cookout Week this year, I came across this in my archives.Welcome to Day 5 of Cookout Week...…….

Getting Ready for Independence Day #RecipeRoundup and #Giveaway

Welcome to the July Recipe Round-Up! This months round-up brings you recipes for a backyard barbecue, with a sprinkling of patriotic inspired recipes perfect for celebrating the 4th of July! Our bloggers are sharing their favorite recipes with you, including breakfast, side dishes and snacks, main dishes and ((of course)) dessert. Come check out what we are bringing you this month! Plus we have another amazing GIVEAWAY that you don't want to miss!!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grilled French Onion Butter Burgers #CookoutWeek

I am bringing all the great flavors that you love in French Onion Soup and putting them onto a plate.  These French Onion Burgers are the best burgers I have ever made...…

It is Day 4 of Cookout Week and I am so very proud to bring you this recipe...…..

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Spaghetti Salad #CookoutWeek

This is a quick easy side dish for whatever you are grilling.  I love it because it is so easily adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand.

Welcome to Day 3 of Cookout Week...…..

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Nectarine and Pork Kebabs #KitchenMatrixCookingProject #CookoutWeek

It doesn't get much easier or more delicious than nestling tender, juicy pork between nectarine and onion slices on a skewer and putting them on the grill for 15 minutes.

Join me, won't you, for Day 2 of Cookout Week...…..

Monday, June 25, 2018

Cheesey Corn Muffins #CookoutWeek #MuffinMonday

Delicious tender corn muffins with a surprise filling inside.  This muffin makes a great accompaniment to whatever you are serving up.  As a bonus, any that are leftover are great for breakfast in the morning.

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