Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Favorites from Smitten Kitchen, Modern Honey, For the Love of Cooking, and more

Good morning! Happy summer and a happy Friday to you. Did you have a good week? My week has been great, I personally am happy to see summer finally arrive. Although I am not a fan of the humidity, it seems like summer has been a long time coming and I am not going to complain I am going to enjoy it for what it is. 

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I don't know about you but I do not like to cook in the summer so I am always looking for easy and delicious meals to make. This Cucumber and Watermelon Salad from Smitten Kitchen is a perfect meal on a hot day. 

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If you requite something a little more hardy than a salad for dinner this Pork Carnitas from Modern Honey is perfect, and the best part, it's made in a crockpot!

For the Love of Cooking

Lemonade is the perfect drink for summer, add some strawberries and you have this thirst quenching Strawberry Lemonade Slush from For the Love of Cooking

Ice cream lovers, try this easy and delicious Andes Mint Candies Ice Cream.


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I love this wall paper from Lulu and Georgia!

Fun things to do in Paris from Classic Casual Home if you have been before and do not want to revisit the major sites. 

For podcast lovers here are a few suggestions that you may or may not have heard about from Joy the Baker

This is a great Program that distributes leftover food to the people that need it instead of throwing it in the trash.

"Your betraying your whole life if you do not say what you are think and you don't say it honestly and bluntly. " Charles Krauthammer

Rest in peace Charles Krauthammer, we have lost a great man. 

Tonight I am going to a dinner party at my Spanish friends, I am a little worried because it starts at 8:00 and could go until 5:00 am! Wish me luck that I can stay up until at least midnight!

What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever you are doing I hope that you have a happy and safe weekend. 

As always, please share your finds form this week, books, recipes, podcasts and more. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Homemade Basil Lemonade

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Good morning! This week has been hot and steamy and by hot I mean 97 F and 108 F with the heat index. It is the kind of weather that you want to take it easy, read a good book and drink copious amounts of refreshing lemonade. After all isn't lemonade the official drink of summer? 

Of course you could make your favorite homemade lemonade, but why not branch out and try something new like basil lemonade, it is a refreshing combination and frankly can even be made into a cocktail with a shot of the vodka of your choice. 

Basil Lemonade


Simple syrup

11/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of water

Place sugar and water into a pan and over medium heat bring to a boil, stirring a bit so that the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside. 

11/2- 13/4  cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
7-9 cups of water
1 handful of fresh basil

Place 1/2 basil in the bottom of a pitcher, muddle with a muddler to break it up a little and to release the flavor, add the water, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Mix well. At this point you can let it sit for a little while to let the flavors meld or you can pour into glasses and garnish with the other half of the basil and enjoy.  You can make this as tart or as sweet as you would like by adjusting the simple syrup and the lemon juice. I personally like mine a little tart. 

That is it, simple, easy and refreshing.  I hope that you have a wonderful day and happy 1st day summer to you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mediterranean Stuffed Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Good morning! How was your weekend and your Monday? I am having a hard time getting my butt in gear this week. Do you ever have weeks that start like that? What do you do to kickstart your energy?

Summer has finally arrived and it is hot and humid. On days like that I do not like to cook so I am trying to find more things to eat that are not really a lot of effort and are not pasta. Don't get me wrong, I love pasta but I should not be eating it everyday. Yesterday I made this Mediterranean stuffed avocado salad with a lemon vinaigrette and it was easy, delicious and refreshing.  

It is not really a recipe but I will share it with you anyway. 

Mediterranean Stuffed Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

1 avocado
2-3 oz. mini mozzarella balls
1/3 cup cherrie tomatoes cut in half
1/4 marinated artichoke hearts
1 teaspoon fresh basil chopped
Lemon Vinaigrette

Cut the avocado in half and scoop out a little to make the well a little bigger. In a bowl mix the mozzarella balls, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and the basil. Add a little of the vinaigrette and toss, them arrange into your avocado and enjoy!

Lemon Vinaigrette

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 clove crushed garlic
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried Basil
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper

Place all of the ingredients into a jar and shake until well blended.

If you do not like vinaigrette you could always just drizzle the avocado with balsamic vinegar or oil and vinegar or just a squeeze of lemon. And if you do like vinaigrette this dressing is delicious on any salad that you like!

There you have it, my easy stuffed avocado salad. I think this would be excellent for lunch or a started at a dinner party. You could also add feta cheese,  olives and cucumber for more of a Greek salad. The possibilities are endless.

If you are making a particularly delicious and easy salad lately please share the recipe with us!

Have a great day!

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