Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tropical Lemonade

Wow did we ever get a storm here last night. It was totally expected though because the heat and humidity we have been getting this week has been insane! We all know that when Winnipeg gets up to feeling in the mid 40's with the humidity that we can expect a huge storm...and storm we did get!

Since it's been so hot out there keeping yourself hydrated is very important and beside water which is the best, nothing beats a nice cold glass of homemade lemonade! I made some last weekend however, I added a bit of a twist and made Tropical Lemonade and it was delicious!



I would definitely recommend this to anyone having a BBQ or get together it's great for kids and can be adult too with a little splash of vodka!

I got my recipe idea from http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/tropical-lemonade

Ingredient

1 1/2cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)
1/2 cup sugar            
6 cups water  
2 6-ounce cans pineapple juice  
1 12-ounce can apricot nectar   
2 12-ounce cans ginger ale   
lemon slices (to garnish)       
Ice 
 
 

Directions

  1. Place the lemon juice, the sugar, and 1 cup water in a large pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add 5 more cups water, the pineapple juice, the apricot nectar, the ginger ale, a few slices of lemon to garnish, and plenty of ice.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Strawberry Salsa

Man oh man does time fly! I have been so busy this last month and summer does not feel like it's slowing down...I mean we are in the middle of July already, it's crazy! I have been really neglecting this blog and I'm sorry about that! I di find I go through phases where I am posting stuff three times a week and then I go for almost a month without posting...I honestly haven't been making a lot of food sweets or otherwise.



However, that all changed this weekend as my husband and I hosted my parents and long time family friends for a BBQ dinner. I made a slew of food and by the end of the night there was nothing left over, so I'm guessing it was good! LOL

I made about 5-6 different items that I will post here and share with you guys as I think a lot of it was the perfect summer BBQ menu!



I am starting today with the appetizer I served which was strawberry salsa! I made this a couple of hours before everyone was coming over and served it with tortilla chips. It was an absolute hit and the bowl was literally licked clean! LOL I could have made more but I didn't want too many soggy leftovers. Anyways it's safe to say I will be making this again!

I got my recipe idea from http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/strawberry-salsa-recipe/

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed, finely diced (I could not find in the store and therefore omitted)
  • half of a small red onion, peeled and finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2/3 cup finely-chopped fresh cilantro, loosely-packed
  • juice of 1 lime, about 2 tablespoons
  • zest of one lime
  • (pinch of salt and black pepper)

Directions:

Toss all ingredients together until combined.  Let sit for about 10 minutes to let the flavours infuse. Then serve with tortilla chips.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Sugar Cookies with Pink Icing

Does anyone else watch The Bachelorette? I know, I know, I'm almost ashamed to say it but it's a total guilty pleasure of mine! LOL It was on last night and I just sit there and be entertained about people pretending they are trying to find love but are really just trying to gain more social media followers to help promote their careers!

 



Anyway moving on, I mentioned that a couple of weeks ago a baby shower was held for my sweet little niece! My last post of pretzel flower bites were one thing I made for the baby shower and the other thing I made were these sugar cookies with pink icing! I was really happy with how these cookies turned out and wanted to share the blog that I got this recipe from.



Now if you follow this recipe to a tee it makes a huge batch, so keep that in mind. I probably had about 75 cookies with this dough recipe and then with the icing recipe I iced all the cookies and still had at least two cups of icing left over. I have tried freezing the icing to see if I can keep it for a cake or cupcakes.



I also am lucky enough to have access to a kitchen aid mixer which made making these that much easier, if you are mixing by hand or with a hand mixer it will definitely be more of as challenge.

Here is the link to find the wonderful recipe to these cookies!

http://www.vintagerevivals.com/2013/03/swig-sugar-cookie-recipe-literally-best.html



Thursday, 23 June 2016

Pretzel Flower Bites

It's summertime!! Woo hoo! The weather has been pretty nice here this last week and everything is blooming and growing and looking fantastic! My husband and I have our pool open and will be having our first friend BBQ parties this weekend and next!

My sweet little niece Hailee had her baby shower last weekend and I offered to bring some food. I wanted to make some cute little girl things and I saw these adorable pretzel flower bites on Pinterest and added them to my list! These are pretty easy to make, getting the smarties on just right can be a bit tough but if you are patient it works out nicely!



I knew they would look cute but I wasn't sure if they would taste good or if people would want to eat them but they were actually a really nice bite. The pretzel is crunchy and salty and the smarties are sweet so it was a surprising tasty treat!

I got my idea from http://www.twosisterscrafting.com/flower-pretzel-bites/

Ingredients:
  • Pretzel Snaps
  • White Candy Melts or wafers
  • Smarties
Directions

Take a paper plate and place 5-10 pretzel squares on the place. Place one white chocolate wafer on each square and melt for about 30-45 seconds. You don't want it to melted and runny but you need it soft.

Then take one colour smarties and place it right in the middle and then choose your flower colour smarties and using five place them around the middle smartie until it looks like a flower.



The chocolate starts to harden quickly so you can melt too many at one time. Also place the plate in the fridge to set once you have completed your 5-10 and rotate plates.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Happy Monday! Today is officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year! I love summer and the full long days of sunlight, it's just so nice! I think I was heading to bed about 10:15 last night and it was still a bit light outside!



In the wonderful feel of summer I wanted to share this recipe with you about a very tasty blueberry lemon loaf! These wonderful summery flavours go together nicely to make a light and delicious tasting snack. The original recipe called for some icing to go atop the bread but I decided not to do that as I wanted to keep it form being too sweet.

I definitely recommend this loaf as an addition to any breakfast brunch. IT's very easy to make and taste super good!

I got my recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/15896/blueberry-lemon-bread/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20results

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Ham and Egg Bake

Father's Day is right around the corner and I wanted to share this recipe I made this past weekend that would be great if you were doing a Father's Day brunch. It has ham chunks, veggies and of course egg and cheese so you can't really go wrong!



I had my parents over this past weekend for brunch and wanted to make something easy and delicious and with eggs so this was perfect! It was really easy to put together and came together nicely! I started by sautéing some veggies in butter or you could use oil, then I added them to the casserole dish, topped with ham and then cheese, then I mixed up the eggs, milk and spices and poured that over everything and baked. It was really good and made for great leftover breakfasts this week!

You could always change up the ham to be bacon or sausages. You can definitely change up the veggies and the spices if you want. This is just a template for what to do.

I got my recipe idea from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222627/brunch-egg-bake/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20results

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Peanut Butter Cookies

This past weekend was a bit rainy and dreary in Winnipeg, but the good news is the rain has made everything grow and turned it super green. Now the sunshine will add to that rain water and gardens will be out of control soon! LOL



Two weekends ago I made a big batch of peanut butter cookies and they turned out really good so I thought I would share. It's a simple recipe to make but it's amazing how little things can change the cookies consistency from soft and chewy to crunchy and hard!

These turned a little more soft and chewy which is the way I like my peanut butter cookies!

I got my recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10275/classic-peanut-butter-cookies/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringId=852&referringContentType=recipe%20hub

Ingredients