Just the Beginning of Summer!
The best thing about any time of the year that isn't Winter is all of the outdoor activities and cookouts and parties with friends! Here's a little of what I've been up to the last few weeks! Hover over the pictures for captions, and click for recipes!
This was my sister Janise's and my trip to a friend's at Lake Weiss. It was a beautiful day! We had bbq ribs by Karen, our hostess, and they were delicious! Our contribution besides the vegetable tray was a smoke pork butt we bought at a fundraiser by Rome Middle School Football on Memorial Day Weekend. Folks, those are the best you can buy, unless you know how to smoke them yourself, and they're for a good cause!
Karen and her husband Ronnie took us for a ride on the pontoon boat and we sat around and visited and enjoyed the water and the great weather!
JJ and I bought bananas to make healthy milk shakes I found a recipe for. We are already using almond milk in our cereal, and if you buy the right almond milk it's good for drinking straight. Silk no, Laura Lynn, yes. So the shakes were horrible and I made banana bread for the first time. It is soooooooo good. I forgot the walnuts, but it was still so good and moist. I will definitely make it again. The simple recipe is linked to the picture!
The first time I ever went to Copeland's of New Orleans on Barrett Parkway was for a surprise dinner for my friend Lindsay that her husband Ghee planned. Lindsay and Ghee both recommended the blackened chicken alfredo and special ordered bowtie pasta instead of fettucini (that may have been at another visit, I've been several times since). Their food is so good! So when The Pioneer Woman fixed the bowtie chicken alfredo, I said I can do that for Lindsay and Ghee and blacken it! I like doing special things for them and especially now because now they are Sawyer's parents! This was an easy and delicious dish, I did smoke up the house a little bit, but it was worth it!
This is the crack dip Karen made at Lake Weiss. It was a hit at Carlton's birthday party, too. I made a picture of the strawberry pie because it's beautiful, but this day it was competing with a beautiful, delicious birthday cake from Publix. The baked beans are another Pioneer Woman recipe. We had a fun day celebrating with Carlton's family and friends, and the day included time in the pool after the party, and that's always good!
Here's a dish the family likes (my sister, Janise, and my friend, Ghee, who is the same as family). It's good and healthy and low carb and tastes delicious. It does not have rice in it. I used ground turkey instead of beef, and I've fixed it both ways, with cinnamon or dill. I usually use green peppers because of the cost but these were on sale and right in the front door of Sam's! Beautiful and delicious dinner, and another visit with Sawyer!
This recipe, Quick Cheese Chile Verde Appetizer, is from one of my favorite Facebook pages, Mexico in my Kitchen! I used red onions because that's what I had (besides the always present Vidalia onions in the Summer) and they really added flavor and color and made a beautiful dish! Janise and I enjoyed this dish with tortilla chips. It is fresh and delicious with queso fresco, tomatillas, onions, cilantro and jalapenos. You can use a spicier serrano pepper, depending on who you're fixing for. I can't wait to make it for friends!
Well, that's the latest in my family, friends, food and fun adventures over the last few weeks. It's already the end of June, sadly, but there is a lot of good Summer and Fall weather to come! I'm looking forward to more outdoor activities and cooking lots of new dishes for friends and family to enjoy!
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