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Our Newest Additon

We have a new addition to our garden. Finally broke down and bought some grape vines.  My dad has had such good luck with his, we thought we should finally give it a try…

Here is ours:

Here are a few of his… This is our goal :0)

     


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Dinner from the sea

I can not seem to get enough marinara sauce or spinach these days…here is a dinner variation of my eggs over spinach with marinara…Swapped the eggs with cod. Oh yea, and added some capers. It was delicious!

  

And look, one left over for lunch tomorrow.


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Jars

Our new kick is jars…everything is in a jar around here!  We keep our yummy chocolate in them, we drink out of them, we bake in them and we put our stuff in them.  Eventually we will be making jelly in them :0)  My friend has a delicious jalapeno jelly recipe that we will try first.

Here are our chocolate jars…

(dark chocolate espresso beans, chocolate covered peanuts and plain ole yummy dark chocolate)

Our Nutella and Coconut butter jars (both AMAZING and from www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com whom we absolutely adore by the way)…

Our baked jars (yummy cheesecake from www.naturalnoshing.wordpress.com with an added vanilla wafer on the bottom)…

 

The finished product with delicious berries…

And our “stuff” jars…

  

We currently have the pint and half pint jars. However, our next shopping trip will surely include another size.  They are just so much fun!!!


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Another warm one..

Too hot to cook anything so we made individual grilled pizza in the backyard. What a beautiful evening.  It was one of those nights where everything was perfect. The weather, the light in the sky, the flavors and the company. Again, did I mention how blessed I am?!

To start, a blueberry apple smoothy.  My Sweetpeas came up with this one and I have to admit…it was the best smoothy we have made so far.

  

And the pizzas…

One was standard cheese and pepperoni.

One was chicken, garlic, onions, feta and evoo.

   

And the last was spinach, feta, garlic and onion.

All were delicious.

And we finished it off with the cheesecakes in a jar we made earlier.

What a great day!


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Our garden

Ok, so it isn’t enough for a salad. However, we do have a pretty good start on our squash and basil. I can think of plenty of yummy things to make with those two ingredients.  The lettuce and rosemary are a little slower, but I am sure they will be tasty.  Don’t think our fig or avocado tree will produce any decent fruit this season. The avocado has no fruit and the fig tree has so many beautiful figs but they are all dropping before maturing.  I will keep trying!  I love figs!


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Breakfast

One of my favorite breakfast!!  It is so simple, yet so delicious!  A little wilted spinach, 1 poached egg and 1/4 cup poached egg whites and some homemade marinara sauce. If I am really hungry, I will add a little polenta.  It has your carbs, your protein, your veggies and satisfies that appetite.  Try it and let us know what you think.

 

  


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Grandma’s Canollis

While going through some old things, my Dad found an article from many, many years ago where they published my grandmother’s canolli recipe…so we spent the day trying to recreate it. I have to say, we did a pretty darn good job!  Got the shells down, but still working on the cream.  We also made some crespelle…my all time favorite italian dessert. So light and airy with a touch of honey and powdered sugar. These are so light they can’t possibly have any calories can they?!

My dad made some canolli sticks for us and voila!

This was only a fraction of the shells we made. They were everywhere, but they didn’t last long!

Canolli…

Crespelle…

Hawaii FIVE – 0

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Hard to believe my hubby is 5-0!!!  We decided to celebrate in Hawaiian style, except the food was our favorite street taco guy :0)  I think it was a good time had by all. Any reason to try out some new cocktails and some comfort food.

What is a Luau without a mai tai?  Here are the items we used to create our version.  We actually ran out 3 times…thats a good mai tai!

We have this joke bottle of Hypnotique that we (ok Matt) were finally able to finish off with this very lovely cocktail. Almost too pretty to drink…almost!

A few appetizers to start off the evening..

Tiki?! Tacos?!  Same thing, right?!

Meats, Rice and Beans…

All the fixin’s…

Look at this yummy plate…

And what is a party without cupcakes?!

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A Beautiful Salad

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We were hungry and it was hot, so we decided on a wonderful cool fruit salad with a little protein from some left over chicken.  It tasted as good as it looks.

Look at those colorful blueberries!

And a little Tzatziki and Pita from the Local Farmer’s market.

Monday 7/9/12

Yet another slight variation on the beautiful salad, enjoyed on the patio.  No cranberries or strawberries this time, but still just as pretty and delicious.  Doesn’t even need dressing!

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The Fair and Sushi?!

We love sushi so why not make it at home?! Especially when your friend gets sold on a sushi maker at the fair..Then her and her husband were kind enough to invite us over to try out this new gadget. Not only did we have a blast, it was really yummy. We all had a turn and came up with some fun recipes…PB&J roll, cookie dough and nutella roll, yum!  Not so bad for our first time.

All the fixin’s…

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The finished product….

 

One of the best rolls that night…PB&J roll.

Doesn’t look so appetizing, but was really good…Cookie Dough and Nutella Roll.