If you can make a mess, you can decorate these with perfection.
As for the meatballs? Can you unwrap a chocolate? You’re good. Continue reading
Kabobs are the ultimate in traveling meals. You have your veggies and protein all in one convenient skewer, and you can eat it with one hand. I guess the only danger involved is that stick. Kabobs should have a warning label: Not intended for children under the age of 5.
Because those sticks can quickly become swords when you’re a little kid.
Note: This is a sponsored post for RIOJA wine, however opinions expressed are my own.
The steamy days of summer are just beginning to ease their way into our memory, and the lure off Fall is beginning to beckon me with its rich flavors again, spiced coffees and latte’s , buttery squash and crisp apples, warm apple cider and crisp leaves underfoot….the sun seeming to shine just a little more amber, and the evenings appearance an hour earlier.
I live in Florida.
We don’t have Fall.
But, I am able to grasp the small little compounds in my life that equate to fall. And, all of the above noted happen to me in the fall. Even the crisp leaves … of course they aren’t everywhere, and there is no showcase of colors before the drop- there is, however, a gum maple tree next door, and, every year mid September it will shed it’s leaves in small painted patches of orange, yellow and green.. that is my tiny Florida fall.
Right now, it’s still slightly summer and with the kids back in school I am keenly aware of what’s next. Until the temperatures tell me it’s time to warm things up I will still be making cool, refreshing tidbits to nibble. Like these:
The juicy tomatoes nestled with fresh mozzarella cheese and rich pungent basil, glazed with a savory wine reduction-it’s the perfect appetizer between summer and fall…
Rioja wine is a classic choice for the ensemble, it’s rich flavor permeates the sauce and complements the sweet tomatoes, peppery basil and creamy cheese beautifully.
Here we are full force into summer… in all it’s sweaty glory. This summer has been a lot different than previous summers in the fact that despite the heat and humidity, my daughter wants to go outside (YAY!)
Yep, we have had bike rides to water parks…which meant sunblock and sweat: This is the before pic:
Yep… and it was only 10:30am.
We were supposed to go out to lunch to a small sandwich shop, but they were closed for vacation- so we ended up going to a Thai/Sushi restaurant.
Remember: sunblock & sweaty and no time to spare… Like this: (you can almost smell us, huh?)
I did, however… happen to have these:
Normally, I wouldn’t have bought these. (To be totally honest) You see, they weren’t appealing to me, especially since I live in an old house with very temperamental plumbing- as in, the toilet gets backed up whenever it wants, and- we have to have it snaked every four months, so I am extremely cautious about what goes down it. I’m total potty police with my girls…
These just got me worried about clogs.
So… with no baby wipes on hand these worked perfect to get the sweaty sunblock off me and my daughter, and the best part: they smell. so.good. Fresh, and clean… and I didn’t get all sentimental like I do when I smell certain baby wipes. Yay for these not setting off my biological clock.
So, I didn’t really use them as they are marketed. I probably won’t because of plumbing issues…. but, with such a cute (refillable) container that just needs a little washi tape decoration (craft project!!!)… I’ll keep these nearby. Especially this summer.http://ooh.li/70ce260
Sometimes, you feel like you just “need” to get your green on.
No, I’m not talking about your trusty green T shirt that you pull out of the drawer every St Patrick’s Day, I’m talking about getting your “eating green” on.
You know those days, the ones that hit you generally after a wild feast, be it the local fair, a holiday or birthday or the chocolate fountain at your cousins wedding. Those days when even your sweat pants are tight, and you swear that your dryer must have gone through a hot flash during it’s last cycle… Those are the days when you feel like you have consumed a vast amount of unnatural foods, and you feel like you need greens like a deer stuck in the Sahara.
But… maybe you’re like me, too… and salads just don’t “do it” for you.
I mean, I LOVE a good salad with dinner. FOR dinner is another story…
(unless it’s bacon ranch buffalo chicken)
But, let’s face it: the bacon-ranch-buffalo-chicken with a side of chocolate fondue is what got us into this mess anyway.
So, let’s get our “greens on”- the tastiest way possible.
Years ago, when I launched this blog, I shared a spinach burger recipe. And, to date it has been shared, stolen and pinned close to a ga-zillion times. (Yes, I said ga-zillion.)
Today, (actually a few weeks ago) it has been revisited, and matured a bit with the addition of caramelized onions, baby portabello mushrooms and feta cheese. (Not too much, though… remember we are trying to get out green on, not our cheese on)
I promise you, … we will be getting our cheese on- that’s an entirely different post, though.
There you have it. You can get your green on in a hearty, manly way.
Because I still haven’t been able to create a manly salad that doesn’t involve bacon.
And, I’m a girl who likes her greens manly.
For the origianl Spinach Burger recipe click here: SPINACH BURGERS