I have always been a lover of lunch fare. I suppose you could call me the lunch lady, but I don't wear a hair net. Lunch is my favorite meal of the day, hands down. Salads and sandwiches lend for so much creativity! Fruits, vegetables, meat and sauces of many kinds.Read More
There are soooooo many days when I feel like ALL I do is answer questions. At the end of the day I wish I would have tallied the number of questions that were catapulted in my direction. I'd need to hire someone to keep track for me because I am too busy with the ANSWERING OF QUESTIONS.Read More
My boys are funny. They make me laugh out loud at least a dozen times every day. I write every bit of their funnies down so that I never forget a single word of it. My three-year-old Sammy said something yesterday that will likely be in the top 3 of funniest things my boys ever said. If you follow me on Facebook, you know what's coming.Read More
For the martini AND the chocolate lover!
Why do I always feel like I am behind? Whether I am working full-time or not, life is always busy. Although, I do much prefer the not-working-full-time brand of busy. I'll take cleaning up spilled milk and changing dirty diapers any day over that corporate, um, stuff, from a few months ago.
For the past few days, between milk spills and time-outs, I have been pondering (and eating) fudge! The kind folks at Swiss Maid Fudge contacted me and asked me if I would like to receive FREE samples of fudge. Yes, please! I created (with the help of my kind husband) five unique recipes involving fudge and I will be sharing those with you over the next five days.
The first recipe I am going to share is a Strawberry Fudge-tini. If you like martinis, I promise you will enjoy this one!
This recipe is for a single serving, so adjust measurements as needed.
If you want to add a fun flare to your final product, drizzle Hershey's syrup over a martini glass. Place the glass in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Mash 1 large strawberry and place it into a cocktail shaker.
Add 2 1/2 ounces of chilled vodka to the shaker and shake vigorously.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Place two 1/2-inch cubes of milk chocolate-flavored fudge into the bottom of the glass.
Garnish with a strawberry slice. Serve!
By the way, here is a photo of a small portion of the fudge I received in the mail. YUM!
Well well well. I am weeks behind in this challenge. The one that was supposed to end back in 2011. Please forgive me. I have been a bit preoccupied with sweets! But I'm back on track. In fact, I hope to post the last of the recipes for this challenge this week!Read More
I was on strict bed rest for the last four months of my pregnancy with Sammy, which ended just over a year ago. Here are some things that remind me of that particular period of time: lots of staring at the walls, watching Mystic Pizza or Can't Buy Me Love on tv when my contractions..Read More
This is Week #23 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.
I'm a day late with this post again this week. I'm not sure how much time I will have in the coming days to post, so please forgive me for that. (If you are interested in following the progress of our son's surgery, you can follow us here.)
So, drinks! Summer drinks! I love them. For me, lovely Minnesota weather = fun drinks, bbq-ing and family/friend outside time. When you endure an insanely cold and treacherous winter, these things all become really exciting. I was excited to mix up a fun new cocktail for my husband and me to enjoy in the 95-degree weather this week. It's the kind of cocktail you can't drink more than one of, or at least I can't. Its sweetness satisfied me after just one, and we are saving the rest for another day. I have placed the remainder in the freezer for a post-surgery indulgence.
In a medium bowl, toss together:
3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
2/3 cup sugar
Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.
In a blender, combine half each of:
The strawberries and their juices
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup of ice
Puree and pour into a pitcher.
Repeat with the remaining strawberries, juices, vodka and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice.
Fill 10 glasses (or just 2, and chill/freeze the rest) halfway with ice. Pour into the glasses and top each with:
1/2 tablespoon chilled Riesling
I hope you are all enjoying this hot summer weather as much as I am.
By the way, the pile of snow is gone. :)