Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mini Pavlova with Macerated Berries and Whipping Cream and a Progressive Blogger Dinner

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Good morning friends. I am so excited to be invited to part of a progressive blogger dinner organized by Cindy of Rough Luxe Lifestyle, if you love good food, and who doesn't, come along and explore some delicious recipes from my friends. 


It is summer and although entertaining is a little different than we are used to, it is still nice to enjoy dinner and dessert. Mini Pavlova's are an easy and impressive dessert to whip up for friends or just a family celebration. Unlike meringue, they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the perfect texture and sweetness to accompany summer berries and copious amounts of whipped cream. 

Mini Pavlova

Recipe from Natasha's Kitchen

6 egg whites at room temperature
pinch of salt
11/2 cup of granulated sugar
2 tsp. corn starch
1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 225. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment beat the egg whites and salt on high until soft peaks form. With the mixer running slowly add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks for, about 10 minutes. Fold in the lemon juice and vanilla extract in with a spatula, then add the sifted corn starch and fold it in as well.

At this point you can either spoon mounds of the mixture onto the parchment paper or you can pipe little nests on the the parchment. Make an indent in the center so that you have room for the cream and berries. Bake at 225 for 1 hr 30 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave pavlova in the oven to cool for another 30 minutes. 

Macerated Berries

4 cups of mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and blueberries)

3/4 cup of sugar

juice of 1/2 lemon

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently, let sit for 45 minutes. 

Whipping Cream

11/2 cups heavy cream
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat the heavy cream and sugar in an electric mixer until soft peaks form, then add the vanilla extract and mix again. 

Do you make pavlova or do you prefer meringues? What is your favorite topping for either dessert, berries, chocolate, caramel? I hope that you try a pavlova this summer if you have never made them before, you will enjoy them so much they will become your "go to recipe."

 Please visit all of my friends and enjoy the progressive "dinner." Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Finding Joy in the Ordinary

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Good morning friends! How was your holiday weekend? Did you enjoy time at the beach, have a burger at a bbq, or maybe spend time enjoying the ocean? Holidays and frankly daily life is just different now days, even though states are opening back up. 

Recently, a friend asked on her Facebook page, what in your ordinary life brings you joy? I've always found great joy in "the little things" but this question made me wonder now that we are sheltering at home do you find more or less joy in the ordinary?

I think I appreciate the ordinary so much more, especially since so many things are now off limits because of covid. 

Here are a few things ordinary things that bring me joy.

Early morning walks. 

Sitting on my front porch with my two pups, my husband and a cup of hot chocolate. 

The smell of cinnamon rolls takes me right back to the side of my grandmother. 

The first peonies of the season. Their bright pink petals, soft like silk, are the harbinger of summer here. 

When I go home to visit, my mom and I take a drive every night, we talk and laugh, listen to music or we just look at our favorite houses. In the winter we love to look at the holiday lights. 

I LOVE snow, it makes me so happy to see a vast expanse with no footprints. My favorite winter activity, besides snowshoeing, is shoveling the snow at night. The winter quiet is so peaceful. 

Dinner parties with good friends. 

Watching the birds out my window eating at the feeder. Or the bunnies frolicking in the morning

Getting a card or a letter in the mail.  

A good book, you know that rare one that is so good you stay up all night reading it and find yourself still reading with the sun coming up? 

A zoom call with family every Friday where we share stories, pets and have a cocktail together. 

Do you find joy in the ordinary Would you share some of the ordinary things you do that bring you joy?

Have a happy and safe day. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Silent Sunday 7-5-2020

Have a safe and happy day!