Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Beautiful Mistake

Yesterday was a good friends birthday. I went to Walmart and got a cute plastic pitcher and planned on filling it with some homemade raspberry lemonade since it has been so hot the last few days. I dutifully juiced each lemon and made a simple syrup, chilled each part and then finally when all of the hard work was finished it was time to pour the delicious concoction into the cute container and tie a bow around it. I carefully poured so that I wouldn't get my counters sticky or waste one drop of the labor intensive lemonade... CRAP (in a very lady like tone of course!) it only filled up the container about half way! Plan B... I grabbed a new pitcher, made some crystal light lemonade, threw half a package of frozen raspberries in it and a splash of vanilla extract, poured it in the container and couldn't believe that I was about to give this away as a gift! Until I took a taster... It was pretty darn good, and about as easy as they come! Just thought I'd pass along my beautiful mistake to you ladies. I hope that you get a chance to make it before the weather changes!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ovens and Summer Don't Mix

I try my hardest to not use the oven during the summer. When I use the oven during the summer all it seems to do is make my house hot and my electric bill go up. Here are a few of our most recent non-oven recipes that we've tried.

This first link is a recipe for Honey-Lime Grill Chicken.
It was so light and refreshing. I'm thinking about making it again to go in a salad.

This second link is the dessert we brought to Shirley's yesterday. http://purplechocolathome.blogspot.com/2011/10/peanut-butter-chocolate-eclair-cake.html
It is super easy to make and no oven :)

This last recipe was an experiment for me that actually turned out quite well. Tyler tells me that all my experiments turn out well, but I can tell you stories of brownies in waffle irons that come out as crumbs and others that have gone equally wrong.

We were having sandwich week at our house and I was planning on making meatball sandwiches. I couldn't find meatballs at the store that weren't an arm and a leg. I also couldn't find any recipes that didn't require an oven so I thought I would wing it.

I didn't want to use egg to bind my meatballs together, because I was planning on cooking the meatballs in the crock pot and I didn't want to make anyone sick. I started by tearing a slice of bread into piece. I placed that in a bowl with a clove of garlic, salt, pepper, fresh basil and oregano (thanks to Kristi and Jordon!), and just enough milk to make everything stick together. This is what it looked like.
I then added my hamburger and mixed everything together really well with my hands. I formed the meatballs and placed them in the crock pot. I cooked them on high for 4 hours. I added some homemade spaghetti sauce that I had frozen. I cooked everything for another hour. I served the sauce on buns with a little cheese.

They were a hit at our house. Taylor even had a meatball and she doesn't like to eat meat, unless it comes on pizza or from a fast food place.