Thursday, June 26, 2014
Today, my mom suggested that we should also make the cakes. My answer was, "No. Just no." It's not because I don't think our cake would taste better, I just think we need to draw the line somewhere. I'm pretty confident we'll have enough stress come October.
If I were to make my own wedding cake though, I'd probably make it with this fresh strawberry frosting. But no, I'm not going to. You can't convince me to.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
So, I either throw something together really quickly or order takeout. It's really a shame because then I'll spend all winter wishing I had the fresh, brightly colored veggies of the summer.
So basically, this orzo salad is the answer to all your barbecue woes, whether hosting or attending. As a side dish, this recipe could easily serve 12 and while it's best kept cool, no one is going to die from warm tomatoes and pasta.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
When we moved there, we didn't have any friends or really know anyone at all. I told my mom that our neighbors had invited us to a barbecue or something and she told me, 'be careful making friends with your neighbors, they might end up being around all the time.'
I think this drink would be right up their alley. Fruity and naturally sweetened but definitely still has the kick from the tequila.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Because I know really nothing about the state, I just have to go off of stereotypes. I thought that everyone in California was perfectly tanned and drank fresh juices filled with wheat grass. Turns out, that's not really the case. I'm quickly discovering that not everyone's the beacon of health I had in my head.
I guess my point is that I drink more juice and smoothies than the Californians I've come across so far. You can pretty much throw any fresh fruits and vegetables into a blender and it'll taste good, but some combinations are better than others. The combination of blackberries and coconut milk in this smoothie make it sweet and tropical tasting. I added the banana to give it a little creaminess to the texture and enough ice to make it thick.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Tomorrow morning Austin comes home!...for only one day :( For this summer, that's all I get to see of him. He got an opportunity to be a visiting scientist at NASA for a few months. And obviously, you can't turn down NASA. You just can't.
But for me that means solo drinking. Not in an alcoholic way (I hope), just in a beverage appreciation way. And since tequila is the base of all my favorite drinks, I was pretty sure I'd appreciate this one quite a lot.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I usually get more done before 10am than I do the rest of the day. Every once in a while, I'll get a late-night surge in activity, but for the most part, I'll be sleeping.
So for me, crockpots and casseroles really save me so I don't just eat nachos every night. They're also the key to hosting lots of people. No one likes to be in the kitchen the whole time friends are over and also no one likes it when your guests wander into the kitchen to see a huge pile of dishes and messes all over the counter.
These lasagna rollups are loaded with fresh zucchini and cheese and totally vegetarian-friendly. Plus, since they're packaged in pretty little spirals, it's really a step up in the lasagna game that will impress your friends and family.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Technically, it's not summer yet, but it feels like it, and it looks like it, and it even smells like summer so I think we'll just call it.
Maybe it's just me, but I think shortcake can serve a bigger purpose. It could actually taste good too! It could be moist even! And this recipe is just that: delicious and moist. Fluffy and just a little bit vanilla-y. It'll make you crave warm summer nights even more than you already do.
Friday, June 6, 2014
At the time, we thought, "this will be nice, we'll be able to look out over the sea and enjoy some time on the deck reading and playing cards - we'll make it into a real cruise experience." Yeah, no. It was so cold! We were bundled up in coats, scarves and hats and still could only stand out there for about 5 minutes without freezing.
I'd pick poundcake over pancakes or crepes every day, but I guess I shouldn't complain - his English was far better than my Croatian!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Maybe I should start bribing people with my baked goods to be friends. Still doesn't solve the patio problem - but that will come in time, I'm sure.
Scones are about the easiest thing you could bake. They have so few ingredients, you only use one bowl and there is no waiting for the dough to rise. That's why it always baffles me that coffee shops all over the place serve dry scones every morning. I don't get it. Those won't win you any friends. These lemon scones will.
Monday, June 2, 2014
When we were little, we used to make these campfire potatoes when we'd have fires at my Aunt Linda and Uncle Don's house. They are so simple (just 4 ingredients, 5 if you count smoke), but taste so amazing!
They take a while to make (about an hour), so make sure you put them in right when you're starting your fire, but it's really more about the experience anyway. Enjoy the time sitting and staring.