Balsamic Steak Skewers

Balsamic Steak Skewers

Man food. This is a prime example. Big, juicy, tender pieces of steak marinated in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and grilled to perfection. Life does not get much better. Well, my hubs would give me all the cherry tomatoes and go on with his meal. I don’t mind one bit. Not one.

I’m not reaching to lie. I bribe my hubs with food. If i would like him to try to one thing massive I prepare one in every of his favorite meals so gaze adoringly into his eyes and beg. Beg. Beg. typically it works. This formula is completely a bribe food for all of you ladies out there conjointly use this man over. Don’t suspend your head in shame. We have a tendency to do what we have a tendency to have to be compelled to do….

This past weekend I attended a blogging conference known as Blogger Food that needed American state to go away once work on weekday and not return till late Sunday night. I prepare one meal for the hubs to create and created certain there were clean garments. Then I ran. Ran just like the wind. i would have aforementioned sensible luck as I dotted out the door. You recognize what? Not once did he complain regarding American state deed. I’m seriously blessed once it involves that. He digs in and helps out and lets American state do my factor heaps of the time. In fact American state sure the days he may offer me some crap if I’m gone a touch quite typically however he’s a complete hands on dad.

Miss K was indulged in an exceedingly few a lot of journeys to the nutrition restaurants and that i might have received an image at one purpose of chocolate soiled across her face from male parent humoring her in an exceedingly bag of M&Ms however she certain was smiling!

So thanks hubs for dig in and absorbing after I was gone. I like you dearly. I’m blessed to own you and that I hope you recognize it.

If you are lucky I might just thank you with a plate of these amazing Balsamic Steak Skewers, which I know will put a smile on your face followed up by a big bowl of homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Because I Love You.

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Ingredients

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. barbecue sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 lb sirloin steak cut into 1 in. cubes
2 c. cherry tomatoes

Instructions

1. In a large bowl whisk together the balsamic vinaigrette, barbecue sauce and dijon mustard. Reserve 1/2 c. of the marinade for basting. Marinate steak in marinade, tossing to coat.
2. On four metal or soaked wood skewers thread beef and tomatoes in alternating fashion. Using a long-handled tongs rub a paper towel that’s been moistened with cooking oil over grill grates to lightly coat them.
3. Place skewers on grill over medium heat, cover grill and grill until beef reaches desired doneness. Or broil about 4 inches from heat for 6-9 minutes. Turn occasionally and baste with reserved marinade during last three minutes of cooking.

 

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Cranberry Mint Pup Pops

Cranberry Mint Pup Pops

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

It’s gonna be a hot summer and I’ve been busy making frozen treats to keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool.  I make a variety of frozen treats that I call Pup Pops and Cannoli loves them all.

My newest treat are these Cranberry Mint Pup Pops.  These treats don’t only keep her cool they are also good for her.  Cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, and are filled with minerals and antioxidants; all very good for your pet’s overall health and promotes urinary tract health.  (To read more about the health benefits of cranberries for dogs click here for the article from Raising Healthy Dogs).  Mint such as peppermint, spearmint, and other varieties in the Mentha* family, EXCEPT PENNYROYAL (Mentha Pulegium), can help freshen your pup’s breath and is also good for easing stomach upsets.  (To read more about herbs that are good for dogs click here for the article from Modern Dog Magazine).

This frozen treat is so easy to make, you just need 2 ingredients!  They are perfect for the dog days of summer!

I freeze them in styrofoam coffee cups, when I’m ready to give her a treat I just peel away the foam and throw it away, but you can use ice cube trays or other freezer safe plastic containers.  I fill up the cups and make 6 oz. treats, I find it lasts longer than smaller portions, but really you can make any size portion you want.

You can use any brand of cranberry juice, but you should check the label for the sugar content.  I prefer to use organic juice as it doesn’t have much sugar added.

Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh mint
1 bottle organic cranberry juice

Directions:

1.  Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.

2.  Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers.  About half way full.

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

3.  Pour cranberry juice over mint leave.  The leaves will float.

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

4.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.

5.  Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.

*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them.  It’s poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden.  Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.

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12 Pops 15 Minutes
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Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.
  2. Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers. About half way full.
  3. Pour cranberry juice over mint leave. The leaves will float.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  5. Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.
Recipe Notes

*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them. It's poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden. Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.

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How to Be A Conscious Consumer

How to Be A Conscious Consumer

Do you know how the products you are buying were made? Are they environmentally friendly? Do you budget? If you answer yes to these questions then it means you are a conscious consumer.

Over the past decade consumption levels have increased across the globe. As the income level rises, so is the greater access to a wide variety of consumer products. Presently, unconscious and unethical consumerism has brought about several problems such as pollution and erosion of income savings. It is for this reason that the idea of a conscious consumer is being propagated.

Therefore, how do you become a conscious consumer?

Know the Product Background
Ever wondered how your favorite snack or t-shirt is manufactured? Well, many people are not aware of how many of the products they consume are made.

Over the years, several companies have been accused of unethical and inhumane manufacturing practices regarding their products. So, to be a conscious consumer, it is prudent of you to dig a little and find out the background details. How are they made? Where are they manufactured? Who manufactures them? How are they shipped?

Knowing all this will ensure that you consume products that have been ethically produced. Besides, it will allow you to hold accountable the companies should they contravene the consumer protection laws and regulations.

Avoid Unbudgeted Spending
Currently, consumption rates have increased tremendously as people’s spending powers also increase. However, it is prudent to undertake sound budgeting to ensure conscious consumption every day. It calls for sound financial and budgeting skills.

Start by determining your net monthly income and then use it to budget as per your needs. As a conscious consumer, you should be able to meet most of your monthly needs comfortably without feeling the need to overspend. Moreover, with a budget, you will minimize spending your money on unnecessary purchases.

Aim for Lower Cost Purchases
Well, with lots of money comes the power to spend. Nonetheless, it is imperative to cut on cost where necessary. Shop well, shop less, and shop consciously.

If you can find a way to make purchases at a lower price, then take it. By doing so, you will be able to save extra cash on the side for other essential life investments such as education.

Aim to cultivate a more conscious consumer mindset by distinguishing between wants and needs. For instance, you could make purchases on second hand retail stores, where surprisingly, you will find quality stuff for low prices. But as you do that, also be mindful of the quality of your purchases. You do not want to buy a piece of furniture only for it to break within a few days.

Embrace Environmental Consciousness
Much of the products people consume have their raw materials sourced from the environment. So, it makes sense to take care of Mother Nature in return.

One way would be to ensure that you minimize using plastic products and embracing disposable and biodegradable made products. For instance, instead of buying products from fast food stores that serve using plastic cups and plates, you could opt to visit a store that uses disposable take out boxes.

Proper management of trash is also an excellent way to cultivate ethical consumer consciousness. As a conscious consumer, you should prioritize on recycling and reusing where necessary.

Outdoor Entertaining – Free Corn on the Cob Recipe!

Outdoor Entertaining – Free Corn on the Cob Recipe!

Summer is almost here!  And in our family that means outdoor entertaining!  It’s always a good idea to take advantage of good weather and dine alfresco every chance you get!

I know that outdoor entertaining means backyard barbecues complete with grilled meats, corn on the cob, and other mouth watering goodies we can make outside.  Don’t forget the S’mores!  But really outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to cooking stuff on your grill, there are so many ways you can enjoy dining on your patio or backyard.  It could be an intimate breakfast for two, a rambunctious kids’ birthday party, or a more serene adult dinner party for friends and family.

To get your creative juices flowing I’ve got 7 ideas you can build on to take your summer time entertaining outdoors!  By the way outdoor entertaining doesn’t mean you have to invite the whole neighborhood; you can enjoy a nice quite meal outdoors with just your immediate household!

How about an intimate breakfast for 2?

They’ve always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day; how better to start your day than with breakfast outdoors with your spouse or partner?

You don’t have to go all out.  A nice cup of coffee and a croissant will do; or if you’re feeling inclined a plate of bacon and egg and some warm biscuits will hit the spot.  Whatever the menu all you’ll really need is a simple table and chairs on the patio or in the backyard.  (And maybe keep the kids indoors so you can have some quiet time!)

If you’re not a morning person then make it lunch or dinner for two.  Remember the idea is to relax and enjoy some couples time!

Vintage Garden Tea Party

Tea is my favorite method of entertaining  and a Vintage Garden Party is a great to entertain outdoors.  I love tea parties, they’re simple and easy to prepare, they make you and your guests feel pampered, and they are so pretty!

Have everyone dress up in pretty summer frocks to make it an extra special event.  You don’t have to limit tea parties to adult parties, children, particularly little girls will adore a princess tea party for her birthday!  Our you can have a Teddy Bear Tea Party for boys and girls; each child is invited to bring along their favorite plush animal for the garden party.  Kids love it!

Kids’ Birthday Party

In my opinion kids’ parties should always be held outdoors, weather permitting of course.

There are so many options and themes for outdoor birthday parties.  The kids love it because they have room to run around and parents love it because it keeps the mess out of the house and makes clean up easier.

If your patio or yard isn’t big enough to let the kids run around then take your party to your neighborhood park!  Just be sure to clean up and place your trash in the trash containers.

Boho Adult Dinner Party

Adult Outdoor parties don’t always have to include grilled meats or barbecued anything for that matter!

A Boho themed or any themed outdoor party works for any occasion and it’s great if you don’t have enough outdoor tables and chairs.  Just stock up on large floor pillows or even picnic blankets.  Use low tables or a piece of plywood resting on cement tiles for your “dining table”.  Just be sure you cover it with a pretty tablecloth!

As for food serve anything your heart desires!

Baby or Bridal Showers

Who says indoor sofas and shelves can’t go outside?  Bring the indoors out and host your bridal or baby shower in the backyard.

It’s amazing what a bit of “redecorating” can do!

This works great if you have a small indoor living area and have lots of friends and family to invite!

 

Outdoor Weddings

I just love outdoor weddings!  They can be as low key or as fancy as the bride wants.

Lots of brides have learned to think outside of the box and hired some wonderful wedding venues.  You can check out vineyards, parks, beaches, and even zoos!

Depending on the venue outdoor weddings might take a bit more planning so it’s important to have a great wedding planner on your team!

Outdoor Barbecue

I can’t talk about outdoor entertaining without including the outdoor barbecue.  Take advantage of summer and take dinner (or lunch) outside.

You’ll definitely have lots of opportunities to host an outdoor barbecue between Memorial and Labor Days you’ve got Father’s Day, the Fourth of July, possibly a birthday or two.  Not to mention you don’t need a special occasion to barbecue, you can have one for the family just because!

Now one of my favorite things at an outdoor barbecue is the corn on the cob!  A barbecue isn’t complete without it.  I’m sure you’ve heard of Elotes, Mexican Street Corn, it’s super yummy!  Well it has mayo on it and my son will not touch anything with mayo.  So I had to find a way to make something similar to Elotes without the mayo and I came up with my Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob.  Here’s my recipe!

Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob

Ingredients:

Corn

(For the corn – I used frozen mini cobs or niblets and boiled on the stove – you can use frozen or fresh and boil it, bake it, or grill it.  This recipe is to boil frozen corn.)

16 Niblets – Frozen

1 Pot water

1 Cup Milk

Topping:

1/2 Cup butter softened

1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper Powder

1 Tsp. Cumin

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Honey

Queso Fresco – crumbled

Cilantro – chopped

1 Lime – cut into wedges

Directions:

Make the topping by mixing butter, honey, and powdered seasonings together.  Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

Boil corn in water/milk mixture for about 20 minutes or until done.  Drain corn and transfer to a baking pan.

Place spoonfuls of butter topping on each cob.  Butter topping will melt.  Roll cobs in melted butter until all sides are covered.

Sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro.

Serve with lime wedges for each person to squeeze over cob if they want to.

You can keep this warm in the oven until ready to serve.

You can store any extra butter topping in the fridge and use for other things.  I like to use it to saute chicken or even veggies.  Pretty much anything you want to add a bit of spice to!

 

Keto Friendly Chicken & Asparagus Recipe

Keto Friendly Chicken & Asparagus Recipe

chicken & asparagusMy husband recently embarked on a Keto Diet which means I either have to make him something keto friendly or find keto friendly recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Keto friendly meals aren’t really that hard to come up with, basically you just have to limit or replace the carbs.  So that means pastas are out unless you use edemame spaghetti or other flourless pasta substitutes.  But any way one of our favorites turned out to be this Chicken & Asparagus dish that my husband can eat with a small salad and the rest of the family can eat with pasta or even rice.

My grandkids and even my husband were not big asparagus fans, but after tasting this Chicken & Asparagus dish they decided it was pretty good.  One of the best things about this Chicken & Asparagus dish is that it’s super easy to make, it’s really just a stir fry and can be ready in about a half and hour!

Chicken & Asparagus – A Keto Friendly Dish!

2 Servings

Ingredients

4 Pieces Boneless/Skinless Chicken Thighs cut into chunks

7-8 Stalks Asparagus cut into thirds

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Tsp. Lemon Pepper

1 Tsp. Rosemary

1/2 Tsp. Thyme

1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 Tsp. Parsley

1/2 Cup Chicken Stock

Directions

Combine dry seasonings in a small bowl (not the garlic)

Heat Olive Oil in a wok or deep frying pan

Saute Garlic until it starts to turn brown

Add chicken and seasoning mixture

Cook until chicken is done

Remove chicken from pan and set aside

Add asparagus to pan and cover with chicken stock

Cook until asparagus is tender

Return chicken to pan and toss with asparagus

Turn heat up and cook until liquid is mostly gone – keep stirring so it won’t burn

Serve hot.

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  1. Combine dry seasonings in a small bowl (not the garlic)
  2. Heat Olive Oil in a wok or deep frying pan
  3. Saute Garlic until it starts to turn brown
  4. Add chicken and seasoning mixture
  5. Cook until chicken is done
  6. Remove chicken from pan and set aside
  7. Add asparagus to pan and cover with chicken stock
  8. Cook until asparagus is tender
  9. Return chicken to pan and toss with asparagus
  10. Turn heat up and cook until liquid is mostly gone Serve hot
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Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions are a straightforward Enough Dinner choice For Your Regular dark Rotation that’s spectacular enough to serve at Your Fanciest Party.

Pork medallions are an easy and impressive dinner option that’s also inexpensive! Single pork tenderloin can be cut into 10-12 medallions, which when wrapped in bacon make enough to serve four people.With therefore few ingredients it’s all concerning ingredient quality with this instruction. Use thick cut bacon, kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper for the simplest results. I’ve tested this instruction multiple times with completely different cookery strategies and also the most prosperous methodology includes par-cooking the bacon halfway before wrapping the pork.

The easiest thanks to cook the pork is to cook the bacon halfway then wrap every medallion and secure with a strip. If you’d choose to cook the tenderloin collectively piece you’ll be able to wrap the bacon round the entire roast then slice once totally roast. Most significantly, season the pork before wrapping additionally to seasoning the bacon on the outside. By the time the medallions are done cookery, the bacon can have finished cookery and browning.

This instruction keeps things easy with simply four ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions  (including the salt and pepper!) however you’ll be able to definitely add in some contemporary herbs and spices to combine things up as well:

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INGREDIENTS

1 pork tenderloin cut into 8-10 2″ portions
8-10 slices thick cut bacon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cook the bacon strips until half-cooked.
3. Wrap the medallions with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.
4. Add to a hot cast iron skillet (heated on the stovetop on high heat).
5. Spoon over a bit of bacon fat onto each medallion.
6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
7.Remove toothpicks before serving.

 

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