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.

Welcome to the 2018 Edition of #CookoutWeek

#CookoutWeek 2018 is here! During the next week, I am joining over 50 of my blogger friends to celebrate summer by posting delicious cookout-themed recipes. If you love grilling, frozen treats, picnics, berries, s'mores, campfire meals, and other summer goodies... you are in the right place!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ruth Riechl's Roasted Rhubarb #CooktheBooks

Let me start off by saying that I LOVED the selection for this round of Cook the Books.  Our host this month, Claudia of Honey From Rock, chose Ruth Reichl's, Garlic and Sapphires.

This is a fun and entertaining story that I think you will love whether or not you are a foodie.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Remodel is Complete and the Weekly Menu

Wooohooooo Guys.  It is done!  And it is gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

I need to stop right here and give a big shout out of gratitude to my husband who worked non stop for weeks to make this room everything I had hoped for and more.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grilled Burgers with Radish Cream

Kita of Girl Carnivore and queen of  Burger Month has invited those of us that want to join her in a burger challenge each month.  She provides a list of ingredients and, if we choose to join in the fun, we create a burger using said ingredients.

This months ingredients were Radishes, Spinach, Lemon and Cream...…..

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Turneric Shrimp with Mango Salsa #CrazyIngredientChallenge #FantasticalFoodFight

Succulent, tender shrimp lightly spiced with turmeric and cumin are quickly stir fried and served with a flavorful, bright mango salsa in a Crazy Ingredient Challenge collision with a Fantastical Food Fight...…..

Join me as we see what happens when two exciting cooking  challenges meet up on the same day.....

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Corn and Avocado Salad #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Tender fresh corn kernels tossed with avocado and fresh herbs in a light lime vinaigrette makes a perfect side dish for whatever is on the grill.

Bring this salad on your next picnic or get together with family and friends.  It is sure to be a big hit!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day and The Weekly Menu

Happy Father's Day to all of you out there that take on the important role of "Dad" each and every day.  You are the unsung heroes.  You are the men that embrace your role and take serious your responsibility of supporting, directing and forming these precious lives for whom you are responsible.  Many of you are not even the "biological" father but take pride in being "Daddy". Some of you are uncles and grandpas who step in to fill the void of a father who cannot or will not be in their child's life.  Some of you are women, trying to "do it all" because you have no other choice.

My Pops with Me and my sister, Dawn.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Alsace Rocks the Summer Grilling Scene #Winophiles

Welcome to the June 2018 Edition of the French Winophiles.  This month we are visiting (virtually) the Alsace region and the wines that it has to offer.  Our tour guide for this trip is Jeff of Food Wine Click.  You will learn so much about this area if you take a look at his information post.

I am sharing four different food and wine pairings with you today.  I am excited to tell you what I learned about these wines through the pairings.  Plus, I am sharing a great recipe for Mussels that you can prepare right on your outdoor grill.

Smoked Salmon Chowder #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Tender, flaky, smoked salmon in a lightly creamed broth flavored with onions, garlic and celery with just enough potato to make it the first course or light lunch.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tropical Mahi-Mahi Salad #FishFridayFoodies

This gorgeous salad full of the flavors of the Tropics and topped with perfectly grilled Mahi-Mahi is the perfect summertime meal enjoyed al fresco poolside.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Red White and Blue Tart #ImprovCookingChallenge

This quick, simple and delicious tart is perfect for your Independence Day celebration.

Welcome to Improv Cooking Challenge where our host Nichole of Cookaholic Wife, invites us to create a dish based on the theme or ingredient she chooses.  This month she asked us to create a Red White and Blue dish in honor of our Nation's birthday.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Leftover Steak and Pasta #FoodnFlix

Our FoodnFlix film this month was the original "The Incredibles", a fun animated Disney film about a "different" family that is doing their best to conform to societies norms.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Taco Pockets #BakingBloggers

Traditional taco seasoned ground beef, mixed with salsa and topped with cheese is wrapped in a puff pastry pocket and baked to a golden, crispy brown.  This is the perfect Mexican Monday or Taco Tuesday treat...…

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Rabarberpaj (Rhubarb Crumble) #EattheWorld

Tender, tart morsels of rhubarb, sweetened with sugar and seasoned with ginger is topped with a hazelnut crumble for a taste of Sweden as we #EattheWorld.

Rubarberpaj technically translates to rhubarb pie but is actually more of a crumble baked in a pie plate.

Grenadian Chocolate Iced Tea #NationalIcedTeaDay

Last month we went to Grenada for a Scuba Diving trip.  One of the activities offered at our resort was a chocolate and rum tasting.

We started out with the chocolate tasting.  One of the items they showed us piqued my interest right away.  As soon as the representative told us what this item was used for, I immediately remembered that I had signed up to celebrate National Iced Tea Day.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Taking a Second Voyage with Burgers on the Barbie

We eat a lot of burgers in the summer.  There is nothing that I love throwing on the grill, or Barbie, as it is called Down Under, more than a hamburger. It is the first thing we grill when the weather warms up, having waited all year long for the opportunity.  We probably enjoy burgers, of some sort, at least once a week during the grilling season.

Why am I talking about what a grill is called Down Under?  Well, you see, this month our Wine Pairing Weekend Group is heading to Australia, thanks to our host Gwendolyn of Wine Predator.  Gwendolyn chose OZ because they are hosting the National Wine Bloggers Conference this year.  She tells more about it in her Preview Post.

Since we are not all lucky enough to hop on a plane and head to the other side of the world, Gwendolyn thought we should at least get together, virtually, to visit and share some food and wine pairings.  She asked us to throw something on the Barbie to pair with one of the many Australian Wines that are exploding here on top of the world.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Progress Happening here on the Farm and the Weekly Menu

The Remodel:  The room is coming along nicely.  The floor is down and should be grouted today.  The tile should also be installed on the fireplace today.  Frank has started working on the wood for the trim around the windows, ceiling and floors.  It will be ready to install as soon as the grout is dry.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Grilled Ratatouille #FoodieExtravaganza

This month our Foodie Extravaganza group is celebrating National Fruits and Veggies month.  This party is being hosted by Ellen of Family Around the Table.

I decided to make one of my favorite vegetable dishes, Ratatouille. Ratatouille is normally stewed but for today's event I decided to grill it.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Shrimp Spring Rolls #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Our friend, Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories, is picking the themes for this month's Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project.

This week she chose the Spring Rolls recipe generator from the Cookbook written by Mark Bittman.

I normally am enamored with the fact that Bittmann shares ideas more than he shares recipes.  I always just use recipes as a guideline, so Bittman's cookbook is right up my alley.  

However, this week, I could have used some more help...…

Monday, June 4, 2018

Blessed are the Cheesemakers; A Book Review and Philly Cheese Steak Burgers

My friend Cam, of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, sent me two boxes filled with books.  I took one of them, Blessed are the Cheesemakers, on vacation with me last month.

I read this novel on the flight home, people were looking at me as if I were a weirdo.  I laughed out loud numerous times during this touching story about family (the good and the bad), love and learning to trust again.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Lost Family; A Book Review and the Recipe it Inspired

I was provided an advanced release copy of The Lost Family by Jenna Blum.  This book will be available to the public on June 5th of this year.  This book was sent to me by my friends at the Book Club Cookbook free of charge in return for my honest review on this blog and a recipe created that was inspired while reading this book.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Here I am Lord......

Sometimes, even when you are trying to ignore Him, the Lord keeps knocking.

Sometimes that knocking becomes more of a pounding on your door.

Such is the case with us that lead us to a life changing decision this past February when we applied to adopt 2 young ladies, ages 13 and 11, from the foster care system in our state.

I guess I really should start at the beginning...…..

Friday, June 1, 2018

The First Week of June and the Weekly Menu

I can't believe that it is already June.  The year is half over.  People say that the years fly by and the days crawl.  I don't know....all of my time seems to fly by in the blink of an eye.

The rebuilding of the back room is complete.  The outside is short a few strips of siding as they had to be special ordered and will be in next week.  Yesterday we primed the walls and ceiling and Frank got the ceiling painted while I was at a meeting.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grenada~~Island Tour

It ended all too soon.  It seems like I have been home much longer than a couple of days.  We have gotten a lot accomplished since we got home.

The pool is opened and should be ready for us by the end of the week.  The laundry is done, the lawn is mowed.  We've spent each day with our Little Miss and we went out and got all the supplies to start painting the renovated back room.

I found a few minutes to go through the photos from our Island Tour on the last day of our vacation.  I will share those with you now.  We loved our time in Grenada.  Most of our time was spent at True Blue Bay Resort.  They say their mission is to keep their guests happy and they certainly do.  Very friendly and accommodating staff.

Our mornings were spent diving with Aquanuts.  This is, without a doubt, one of the best dive teams we have had the pleasure of spending a week with.  They pampered us completely.  We didn't even have to take care of our own wetsuits.  They did it all.  Each morning we would get to the boat and our gear would be all set up, ready and waiting to go.  Bugsy, Bruce, Crispin and Dennis couldn't have done anything that would have made this dive experience any better.

Friday morning, our last full day, there was no diving.  We slept in, had a leisurely breakfast and then met in the lobby at 9 am to tour the Island.  Grenada is 12 miles wide by 21 miles long but you would think it was much larger.  It is very mountainous so there is a lot of land above sea level in that short distance.

There are 6 Parishes on the Island.  We visited 5 of them.  Each little town we drove through has their Farmer's Market going on Fridays and Saturdays.  St. George is the largest city on the Island. Their Farmer's Market rivaled our Eastern Market here in Detroit.

Much of the roadside is decorated with the Grenadian colors of red/green/yellow.  There are handwritten signs of goodwill and charity everywhere you look.  The USA is well loved by Grenadians and they made it very clear that our tourism is appreciated and needed.

Our first stop was a beautiful waterfall where we cooled off a bit and stretched our legs after the trek out of St. Georges which was very heavily congested with traffic.

Our next stop was the Spice House.  This plantation used to employ over 300 people.  In a four year period, the owner, worried that he was going to lose the business due to political uprisings, let the plantation go and it now only has 20 employees.

Grenada is known as the Spice Island.  It used to be the 2nd largest exporter of nutmeg in the world but a hurricane took out many of it trees, knocking it down to #8.  They also export cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon, turmeric, and allspice.

This was followed by a stop at the Chocolate Factory. Cocoa is also a huge crop for Grenada and is imported to other countries.  The picture on the bottom left shows a cocoa fruit from which the beans are taken.  They are then placed in drawers and covered with banana leaves being turned and stirred each day until they turn a golden brown.  Then they are machine sorted for size before being hand sorted for any imperfections before being roasted and becoming the products that we know and love.

Lunch was enjoyed at a mountain top restaurant at this rum distillery.  After lunch we enjoyed a tour of the distillery, which is the only distillery on the Island that still presses and makes rum in the same manner as when it first opened in the 1800's.  This was followed up by a rum tasting.

The ride back took us past this fort where the USA battled with Grenada.  We called this an invasion.  93% of the Grenadians called this a rescue mission for which they are very grateful, celebrating it each year with a day they call Thanksgiving.

It was a very long, full day.  Dinner was ready upon our return to the resort and then we headed to the room to pack up and get ready for our return home the following day.