summer stuff

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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:

IMG_1590You know that sunblock/sweaty feeling?

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?)

IMG_1614Normally… I have baby wipes around, especially in the summer. But, since my kid has been off diapers for years, they really aren’t a staple anymore, so I forget to buy them.

I did, however… happen to have these:

_DSC1339Normally, 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.

But, I was selected to review them for a sponsored campaign (I even got $1.50 off coupon at CVS) ~ you can get yours here:
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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

 

spinach burgers with feta and mushrooms

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.

spinach burgers II

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. :)

IMG_0668These can’t be any easier, either- especially with summer coming!  It’s not heavy, but still feels hearty… and I promise you… those sweat pants will be comfy once more.

spinach burgers II

For the origianl Spinach Burger recipe click here: SPINACH BURGERS

spinach burgers with feta and mushrooms
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag (16ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 egg
  • 4 TBS crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 ounces chopped baby bella mushrooms
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • crushed red pepper (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash salt
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the mushrooms and onions until tender and golden
  2. Place the drained spinach in a bowl and add the mushrooms, onions and remaining ingredients.
  3. Shape into patties
  4. Cook on a non stick skillet (over med/high heat) that has been coated with cooking spray,
  5. Cook 4-5 minutes per side.
  6. Serve on pita bread, with lettuce and tomato, or eat plain.

 

creamy garlic, spinach and chicken flatbread

creamy garlic, spinach and chicken flatbreadI was recently selected to take part in creating a recipe for a new line of sauces that Progresso recently launched. My assignment? Something quick to prepare.. as in 20 minutes or less.

They must have known that I would have some busy afternoons and evenings ahead of me…because there were quite a few 20 minute meals birthed from this sauce. My favorite, however were these flat breads I whipped up.

The time investment? 10 minutes. MAX. :)

As most of y’all know… I am a homemade sauce kind of girl, and I seldom go for the convenience foods.. but, I do keep several convenience soups and snacks on hand for occasions like hurricanes and late nights at work.

This sauce however… will probable be making a few more appearances aside from late nights and hurricanes.

Mainly, it tastes homemade, has rich flavor and none of the canned taste that sometimes comes with convenience foods.Maybe because it’s in a pouch? Hmmmm….

_DSC1139I started with the creamy roasted garlic sauce, and added 1 cup of chopped (previously frozen/thawed/drained) spinach..

creamy garlic spinach, chicken flatbreadI topped it with cooked diced chicken, a few cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. I had mushrooms to add… but realized I forgot them afterward.. but that may have pushed the time to 12 minutes… :)

5.0 from 1 reviews

creamy garlic, spinach and chicken flatbread
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pouch creamy roasted garlic sauce
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (previously frozen/thawed and drained)
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese shreds
  • ½ cup cooked diced chicken breast
  • 4 ready made flat breads
  • cherry tomatoes, mushrooms (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sauce and spinach
  3. heat though over medium heat
  4. Spread on flat bread and sprinkle chicken, cheese and tomatoes
  5. Place 3″ below broiler and broil for 30seconds to 1 minute to melt the cheese
  6. Serve with side salad or pasta

 

A little food, a little fun, and a little laugh in between, enjoy!