Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blueberry Thyme Tequila Smash #BlueberryWeek

This Smash cocktail is a simple concoction of liquor, fruit, sugar and thyme.  It is perfect for enjoying during these dog days of summer.

Welcome to Day 2 of Blueberry Week.........

Monday, July 15, 2019

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette #BlueberryWeek

This delicious main dish salad of mixed greens tossed with fresh blueberries, peaches, cucumbers, cheese, dried cranberries and candied greens is topped with citrus marinated grilled chicken breasts and drizzled with a homemade blueberry vinaigrette.

The Festive Foodies are celebrating Blueberries all week long.......

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Watermelon Ice Cream Slices #OurFamilyTable

Wow your guests with this creamy delicious watermelon ice cream served up in a watermelon shell.

We are celebrating National Ice Cream month with the members of the From Our Dinner Table group......

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Summer Entertaining and the Weekly Menu

Since we got home from vacation on Sunday evening we have had company for dinner 4 times.  This means last weeks menu was rearranged a lot.  We have had lots of good eats, good drinks and good times.  Today, though, we have nothing on the schedule. I think it will be a lie around in the pool and relax day......

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I have no idea who this little cutie is but I LOVE this image I found on google.

Frank and Larry are working on getting the new refrigerator to fit properly. They have been removing cupboards and walls.  Then when that didn't work they had to put everything back.  I don't know how we are going to fix this.  The refrigerator fits in the space perfectly but it abuts up to a wall and you cannot open the freezer.  I have some recommendations but I think I will have to wait a few days for Frank to calm down before I suggest them.

I have leftover steaks from our dinner party on Thursday.  I am going to use them in a beef stroganoff for dinner tonight.

My niece came over for dinner last night so I made up the pulled pork that was planned for last Tuesday. Tuesday I ended up making chicken pitas.  We are going to go out for dinner tomorrow night now since we ate home Friday.

I am celebrating several events on the blog this week so stay tuned for some amazing recipes each day.  My menu is apt to change according to who happens to be around at dinner time. July is always a crazy month but I still make up my Weekly Menu to try to keep some semblance of sanity to my life.

Beef Stroganoff (using leftover steak)
Egg Noodles
Glazed Carrots

Out for Dinner

Meatless Monday
Caesar Salad
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

Pulled Pork Quesadillas (using leftover pulled pork)
Beans and Rice

Chicken Kebabs

Baked Beans
Cole Slaw

Fish Friday
Grilled Shrimp Salad

Friday, July 12, 2019

Our Favorite BBQ Ribs with LAN Rioja #WinePW

When Jeff of FoodWineClick sent the invitation out asking us to join him in a Rioja and BBQ celebration I was very excited.  There is nothing better than relaxing around the pool with a BBQ meal and glass of wine.

This event was made even sweeter by the fact that it was sponsored by Bodegas LAN who sent several of us, including me, some lovely bottles of wine.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are purely my own.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Grilled Asian Mahi Mahi with Kiwi Pineapple Salsa #ImprovCookingChallenge

Meaty, tender Mahi Mahi fillet slathered in Asian Flavors, grilled to perfection and served with a sweet tropical Kiwi Pineapple Salsa.

Welcome to the Improv Cooking Challenge.........

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lihapullat (Finnish Meatballs) #EattheWorld

These delicious Finnish Meatballs reminded me of Norwegian Meatballs with a deeper, darker gravy.  Very delicious and satisfying.  Comfort food at it's finest.

Join us as we visit Finland in our Eat the World challenge........

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad #OurFamilyTable

If you are a deviled egg lover you are going to be crazy over this macaroni salad.  All the wonderful flavors of deviled eggs combined with pasta to make a salad that is perfectly portable and great for all your summer picnics.

The From Our Dinner Table Group is sharing Picnic Party Recipes today........

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Heading Home and the Weekly Menu

This morning we are heading out towards home.  We will be stopping at our friends, the Sawyers, whom we haven't seen in far too long.  Keith Sawyer and Frank served together in Viet Nam.  They were best buds but lost track of each other shortly after the war.  They reconnected about 16 years ago and we try to see him and his darling wife, Kim, as often as we can.

Usually we get together every couple of years when we are driving through Pennsylvania or when they are in Michigan.  It is always a great treat and I'm excited to spend some time with them, even if it is only one night.

This is a photo of one of our previous visits.

We will head out towards home after breakfast.  I soothe myself knowing that I will see my Chuck in less than a year and we will see the Sawyers as time permits.  As much as I complain about social media, I am very grateful that I am able to keep in constant touch with those I love.  

When we get home we will be greeted by my brother, Larry, his wife, Mary and their grandson, Jack.  They arrived from California while we were on vacation.  They will be spending the month of July with us.

When we arrive home we will hit the ground running.  Our refrigerator died while we were out of town.  Luckily our friend, Karen, was there caring for the dogs and moved all of the perishables into the garage fridge and freezers.  God has blessed us with very dear friends. 

Good news this morning is that my brother worked on the refrigerator for us when he got there and it appears to be working again, fingers crossed.

We have a standing appointment with our trainer at the gym on Mondays but I think we will reschedule this week because the Teen has a job interview that morning as well. Frank has an eye doctor appointment in the afternoon.  

Tuesday we will get the Angel Face in the morning and she will stay with us overnight.  Thursday we have an orthodontist appointment and then I need to get over to the food pantry to stock some shelves.  

So here is my Weekly Menu.  We will be feeding, at the minimum, 3 more each day and you never know who else might pop by so I try to make meals that can be stretched and/or are great for leftovers while we have out of town guests.

Dinner with Kim and Keith

Dinner en route home

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Cole Slaw

Grilled Hamburgers
Baked Beans
Potato Chips

Pulled Pork Quesadillas (if there is leftover pork)
Fruit Salad

Out for Dinner

Friday, July 5, 2019

Summertime and the Living is Easy with Prosecco DOCG in my Glass #ItalianFWT

Before I left on vacation I was lucky enough to receive 3 lovely bottles of Prosecco DOCG!!  Tomorrow I, along with the rest of the Italian FWT group, will be sharing our thoughts on these sparkling, crisp wines.

These wines were arranged by Liz of What's in that Bottle and provided by Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Zone.  All opinions are strictly my own and I received no monetary compensation for this post.

This party is being hosted by Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla for our Italian FWT Group.  You will learn more at her Invitation Post.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Gettysburg and Virginia: Our First Four Days

So far this has been a lovely trip.  The weather has been HOT but the sun is shining and we have been doing our best to stay cool.

We arrived in Gettysburg early evening on Sunday.  Checked into our hotel which was lovely and then strolled around town before dinner at the Dobbin House which was a seminary/liberal arts college as well as the family home to the Dobbin family which consisted of 19 children.  This was also part of the underground railroad system and many slaves were hidden in a secret room before being secreted north.  After dinner we did a candlelight walking tour of the town and met some of the area ghosts who are said to haunt the area.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Beef and Watermelon Stir Fry #FoodieExtravaganza

Tender slices of sirloin steak marinaded in Asian flavors, stir fried with onions and sugar snap peas and then tossed with fresh watermelon slices.  This is an excellent summer dinner......

The Foodie Extravaganza team is celebrating Watermelon today........

Monday, July 1, 2019

Homemade Giardiniera

This spicy pickled vegetable mixture has Italian roots but is most popular from being served in restaurants throughout Chicago.  It is easy to put together. lasts for months in the refrigerator and is the perfect addition to sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and even pizza.  It is also a wonderful addition to an appetizer platter or as a side salad for whatever you are serving up.

The Festive Foodies are celebrating all things pickled today................

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sonoran Hot Dogs #OurFamilyTable

The Sonoran Hot Dog originated in Sonora, Mexico.  I first tried one when visiting our friends in Tucson, Arizona where they are very popular.

Hot dogs wrapped in bacon and grilled until crisp then placed onto a sweet that has been slathered with refried beans and topped with tomatoes, salsa verde, shredded cheese and spicy sauce.

The members of the From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing Hot Dog Recipes today.......

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Teen is Fifteen!!

So something amazing happened Thursday.  The Teen turned Fifteen.  It was a quiet day, spent putting together her birthday gift and going out to B Dubs for her Birthday Dinner. 

Then last night, the celebration began........

I think she had a very happy first birthday with us and her new extended family.......

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

This Beautiful Fantastic Meal inspired by the Movie #FoodnFlix

Duck Breasts pan seared to a perfect medium rare, drizzled with an amazing Blueberry Caramel.  This is one Beautiful Fantastic meal.

This wonderful meal was inspired by the movie This Beautiful Fantastic......

Monday, June 24, 2019

Savory Cheese Muffins #MuffinMonday

These garlicky muffins are filled with two different cheeses and sweet onion bits.  They are the perfect side dish for whatever you are cooking up for dinner.

It is time for Muffin Monday........

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Chocolate Dream Pie #OurFamilyTable

Throwback to many of our childhoods here. This Chocolate Dream Pie is just as good as you remember.

I have fond memories of my Mom serving up this easy, no bake, back of the box recipe.  Perfect to share with you today as the members of From our Dinner Table Group celebrate No Bake Dessert Recipes.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Happy Birthday Dear Friend and The Weekly Menu

Today we are celebrating Kirsten's birthday with a casual bbq.  I have invited her Mom and John's folks over to join us.

Happy Birthday Dear Kirsten.....Happy Birthday to you.......

Friday, June 21, 2019

Oysters on the Half Shell #FishFridayFoodies

I love putting out a tray of oysters on the half shell at parties.  They are always a hit and such a treat for seafood lovers who seldom get the opportunity to indulge.

Join me and the rest of the Fish Friday Foodie gang as we share Fish/Seafood Appetizers today.....

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Tiramisu Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers

This delicious dessert is served up in cake form for an elegant and beautiful presentation.

Welcome to the World of the Cake Slice Bakers............

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sourdough Bacon Waffles #FantasticalFoodFight

Tender delicious waffles filled with flavorful bacon bits are a great way to start your family's busy summer days.

The Fantastical Food Fight team are kicking butt with Sourdough Recipes today.......

Coconut Ciroc Martini #NationalMartiniDay

Are you a Martini lover?  I must admit that if you are talking about a traditional Martini, made with Gin, Vermouth and an olive garnish....not so much.  I thought changing the Gin to Vodka might help but I didn't like that any better.

Luckily the term "Martini" has evolved over the years to include just about anything served up in a Martini glass.  This makes it possible for me to join in celebrating National Martini Day with the Festive Foodies group.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Chicken Enchilada Soup and A Book Review #LitHappens

Filled with all the flavors of Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas this soup is ready in less than an hour.  Serve with a side of Corn Bread and a Margarita for a Fiesta in the middle of the week.

I made up this soup for a busy Taco Tuesday dinner after running errands all day.  We got home from the orthodontist, our last stop, and were starving.  This soup, using leftover chicken, was ready in half an hour.  That is a Win/Win in my book.  A quick, delicious meal that uses leftovers......

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Patriotic Fruit and Cheese Skewers and The Weekly Menu #OurFamilyTable

These adorable little Red, White and Blue Skewers are perfect to serve up poolside or at your picnic on Independence Day.

Fruit and Cheese go so well together and are great for appetizers, sides with grilled meat or dessert.  The members of  the From our Dinner Table Group are sharing Patriotic Party Ideas today........

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Life's Simple Pleasures; Caramelized Onion Cheese Soup and a Glass of Rosé #SoupSaturdaySwapper #FrenchWinophiles

Life doesn't get much better than a bowl of creamy, rich, hot soup and a cold glass of clear, crisp Rosé from Languedoc.

This soup starts with Caramelized Onions and finishes with plenty of Gruyere cheese for creamy richness that welcomes the acidity and dryness of  Rosé wine.  Join me today as The French Winophiles collide with Soup Saturday Swappers.......

Friday, June 14, 2019

Hibiscus Iced Tea Margarita #IcedTea

This delicious Margarita is not only gorgeous to look at but it is refreshing and delicious as well.  A perfect summer cocktail to serve up poolside.

It's National Iced Tea Month........

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Avocado Cupcakes with Lime Frosting #ImprovCookingChallenge #NationalCupcakeLoversDay

These amazing cupcakes get their tender crumb from the addition of avocado and their citrusy flavor from lime zest and juice.  Your family is going to love them and won't even realize you have sneaked veggies into their treat.

This amazing creation is what happens when National Cupcake Lover's Day collides with the Improv Cooking Challenge!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer Shandy Beer Bread #BreadBakers

Containing only 4 ingredients and 3 items for clean-up, this delicious homemade bread is ready in less than an hour.  Using Summer Shandy gives this beer bread a bright summery flavor.

Join the Bread Bakers as we bake up Quick Bread today.......

Monday, June 10, 2019

Date Glazed Beef Kebabs #EattheWorld

These amazing Kebabs are loaded with Middle Eastern flavors of dates, pomegranate and pine nuts.  They are quick to make and cook up in just a few minutes on the grill.

We are visiting Israel this month as we Eat the World.......

Strawberry Shortcake Bars #BakingBloggers

All the delicious goodness of strawberry shortcake in cookie bar form topped with glazed strawberries and homemade whipped cream.  YUM!!!

Join the Baking Bloggers today as we share recipes Baked with Summer Berries......

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Blue Lemonade #OurFamilyTable

This refreshing and beautiful cocktail is perfect to serve at your next BBQ or Pool Party.

Join me and the other members of From Our Dinner Table Group as we share Sensational Summer Cocktails.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Grilled Chicken Caesar paired with a South African Chenin Blanc #WinePW

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts marinated in Caesar dressing before being grilled to tender juicy perfection, chopped up and served along with salad greens also tossed in Caesar dressing and topped with crunchy garlic croutons.

This is not only the perfect summer meal, it was also a perfect pairing for a bottle of South African Chenin Blanc provided by sponsor KWV Wines.  All opinions and writings are completely my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Final Week of School and The Weekly Menu

Today was the last full school week for the Teen.  Next week is finals, two full days to prepare and 3 half days to take the exams.  She has been exempted from two of the exams so will only be attending for a quarter of a day on two of those.

The weather around here has still been humid with thunderstorms but the Teen and her friend managed to fit in some pool time in between the storms.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Spiced Beef Kabobs #FoodieExtravaganza

These delicious sirloin kabobs spiced with ground coriander and served with a lemony mint yogurt sauce are the perfect addition to your next appetizer buffet.

Join the gang at Foodie Extravaganza as we celebrate World Tapas Day........

Monday, June 3, 2019

Roasted Rack of Lamb and a Book Review #CooktheBooks

Tender, juicy rack of lamb rubbed with herbs and roasted to your desired temperature before being cut into chops for serving.  I like mine a little more on the rare side as you can see.  When serving guests I make two racks, one more rare and one more medium rare, to please every palate.

This roasted lamb was inspired by our Cook the Books selection this period......

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Cheese and Spinach Ravioli Casserole #OurFamilyTable

This easy peasy casserole goes together quickly and makes a delicious one pot meal.

We are celebrating National Dairy Month with the From Our Dinner Table Group......

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Jumping for Joy! It is June and here is the Weekly Menu

May is normally one of my favorite months.  We were married in May. Frank's birthday is in May.  Mother's Day is in May.  The gardens start blooming. The birds start singing. The weather starts warming. The sun starts shining.  Wait.  What!!!  What sun?  I can count on one hand the number of days we have had sunshine in May.  I have been suffering the Gray Sky Blues....big time.

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But June is here and hopefully blue skies and sunshine are on the way.......

Friday, May 31, 2019

Mama Mia...Here We Go Again (The Roundup) #FoodnFlix

It's time for the FoodnFlix Roundup!!  Each month one of us chooses a film.  The members of the group watch the film at their convenience any time during the month and then make a dish inspired by the film and write a blog post that shares the recipe and tells what you thought about the featured film.

Food 'n Flix

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lambrusco? Really?? #ItalianFWT

This was my first thought when Jennifer of Vino Travels announced that we would be sampling Lambrusco this month.  Lambrusco wasn't even on my radar.  It seemed to me like the same thing as asking us to sample White Zinfandel.

My mother drank Lambrusco and White Zinfandel.  I used to laugh and say why not just have a glass of kool-aid and put a shot in it?

But not being one to turn down a challenge.  Or a glass of wine for that matter.  I jumped onto the bandwagon and ordered up a bottle of Sparkling Wine from Cleto Chiarli.

Step on in and I will tell you what I learned about this wine region, winery and what I thought of the wine........

Monday, May 27, 2019

Morning Glory Muffins #MuffinMonday

These tender, tasty muffins retain their moistness with the addition of carrot, apple, raisins and coconut.  What a great way to start the day.

Welcome to this month's edition of Muffin Monday......

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hawaiian Chicken in Foil #OurFamilyTable

Dinner doesn't get much easier than chicken breast slathered with Hawaiian flavors and grilled up in a packet with pineapple and red peppers.

The From Our Dinner Table group is sharing BBQ Foods today.  Come on in!!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Giving Honor and Thanks and The Weekly Menu

Memorial Day is a weird holiday to me.  Everyone gets excited about having a 3 day weekend and what is considered by many the onset of summer.  Somewhere in there we might go to a parade.  We have BBQ's and if the weather is conducive we open up the pool so the kids can swim.

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But somewhere, in all the festivities, I think we need to take a moment and kneel in prayer.  I think we need to tell the children why they don't have to attend school.  Heck, I think we need to tell the adults why they don't have to go to work.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Tuscan Tuna Steaks #BBQWeek

Enjoy your next Fish Friday on the patio with a cocktail or glass of wine and these delicious herb rubbed tuna steaks grilled to a perfect medium rare in a matter of minutes.

Today is the final day of BBQ Week and we are going out with a bang........

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Grilled Pork Thai Bowl #BBQWeek

A beautifully composed bowl of rice vermicelli, savoy cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and mint topped with perfectly seasoned and grilled pork tenderloin.

It's Day 3 of BBQ Week.................................

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Grilled Loaded Redskin Potatoes #BBQWeek

Tender chunks of redskin potatoes covered with melted cheese, sprinkled with crisp bacon and flavorful chives all topped with a dollop of sour cream.  Who wouldn't love these potatoes at their next meal?

Welcome to Day 2 of BBQ Week.......

Monday, May 20, 2019

Grilled Veggie Pasta #BBQ Week

Pasta tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, grilled vegetables and olive oil makes for a quick, easy and tasty Meatless Monday meal.

Welcome to Day 1 of BBQ Week.......

Kladdkaka #TheCakeSliceBakers

Kladdkaka translates to "Sticky Cake" in Swedish. This dense, fudgy, gooey, delicious cake is quick and easy to make.  Serve it topped with whipped cream and fruit or warm with a scoop of ice cream.

This recipe is the first I am sharing with a new (to me) group that I joined called The Cake Slice Bakers.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Chicken ala King #OurFamilyTable

This fast, easy, creamy and delicious meal is perfect for weeknights.  Serve over rice, noodles, toast  or spoon into puff pastry shells for a complete, nutritious dinner.

The From Our Dinner Table Group are sharing recipes that start with Rotisserie Chicken.....

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Sad Day for Us and the Weekly Menu

As you are reading this today, we are celebrating the life of a dear man.  Rodney was part of our dive family and he will be so terribly missed. Before he left us he gifted us with his wife, Dee, less than a short 3 years ago.  Dee was such a welcome addition to our family and made our friend so very happy.  We are so glad to enfold her in our loving embrace as the Lord enfolds Rodney in His.

Rodney's legacy as a kind, funny, generous and helpful person will live on forever in our hearts and in our continued relationship with Dee.  We will never again be together with our diving family without his presence being right there in the center of the gathering.
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