August 23, 2016

Mint Lemonade

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Looking for a refreshing summer drink? Here is a great spin off of a classic that is simple with a sophisticated taste.

Lemonade was the summer beverage at my home growing up. Crystal Light was my grandma’s drink of choice and you could always find a pitcher of it at her house.

Lemonade is always sold in stands on the street- I mean who didn’t have at least one lemonade stand growing up? I remember one time someone stopped and didn’t want a drink but gave me $10! Since then I have tried to buy lemonade from anyone selling it.

I love finding fun new recipes but this one was a flavor changer. We couldn’t get enough of it!

Mint Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan and cook for 5 minutes, cool.
  2. Stir in orange and lemon juice and pour over mint leaves.
  3. Let stand for 1 hour, then strain into jar and refrigerate.
  4. Use 1/2 cup syrup for each glass.
  5. Fill with ice and water.
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Try it today- your taste buds will thank you!

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August 22, 2016

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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Who doesn’t love a good party? Looking for something simple to make for a 4th of July party or for a bridal or baby shower? This chicken Caesar pasta salad is just the meal for you. Use it for a side or a meal and it will make your party a breeze.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches Romain lettuce, chopped
  • 1 bag garlic croutons
  • 1 c almond slices
  • 2 Chicken Breasts, boiled with an onion and salt and pepper
  • 2 cups bowtie pasta, cooked
  • 4 - 6 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
  • Caesar Dressing

Instructions

  1. Toss all the above ingredients with Caesar dressing right before serving.
  2. Serves 20-25.
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Recipe tips:

  • I love buying a roasted chicken from Costco. It’s only $5 and will save you time. Just make sure you shred or cut it while it’s still warm. I only use half of it for one recipe and save the other half for another meal.
  • You can use any type of pasta. My son loves bowtie, so that is what I usually use.
  • This is a simple recipe to double or triple.  You can always add more pasta or lettuce to make it grow.

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For a simple dinner or a party side that multiples just as easy as a single recipe, this pasta salad will be the top of your list.

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August 21, 2016

Party Time Memories

1928938_8524490642_9813_nI LOVE the 4th of July! It is my absolute favorite holiday but never has there been a year that tops the 4th spent in Seattle with my college friends.IMG_6147

We went to a little neighborhood called Three Tree Point in Seattle where the streets were lined with holiday decor, making me feel like I had stepped onto the set of a fun family film. We had a pancake breakfast, watched a family size parade and sat with the townspeople and recited the pledge of allegiance at a little neighborhood flag ceremony.

Then we spent the afternoon playing lawn games and watched fireworks over the bay as they were launched from barges on the lake. Definitely a weekend to remember.

Well. I’m always good for a party and finding easy party favorite recipes are always on my radar. I was never a big fan of cupcakes because they always seem sloppy and a big waste of time.  I guess I was jaded from a childhood of frosting cupcakes with a knife.

On this holiday extravaganza I was taught to frost them with a piping bag, making them a fancy crowd favorite. This has become one of my favorite party go-to treats because they are simple but stunning. Plus they are always one of the first treats to disappear.

It always seems like summer is party time! I love a good party but I especially love throwing an effortless course that appears like you spent hours prepping. Showers, holiday parties or even just family dinner- this is the meal for you!DSC_0021

Menu:

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Mint Lemonade

Summer Berry Salad

Crescent Rolls

Party-size Cupcakes

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If you don’t need an ingredient simply cross it off your list. I’ve learned to review my cupboards before I go to the grocery store so that I don’t get halfway through the recipe and find out I don’t have an important ingredient and have to pile the kids into the car and go back to the store.

 

July 22, 2016

At the Dinner Table

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Ronald Reagan once said “all great change in America begins at the dinner table.” I honestly believe that to be true. Dinner time has always been sacred family time in my home. We discuss the events of our day, share funny stories, talk about dreams and realities and rally around family members in times of need. All great things in my life began around the kitchen table.

As I have begun my own family, sitting around the dinner table has been a priority. I want to create a sacred place where my children and spouse can feel safe to share the highs and lows of each day, where we can celebrate success together and rally around one another.

Looking back on my life I realize that most of my memories are centered around food and family.  So to keep a record of those sweet memories and also to create a resource for myself and anyone else hosting a dinner party or a simple family meal, I have created A Teaspoon of Home.

This blog will mainly be a resource for you. You can use as much or as little as you’d like. Here’s how it will work: Sunday I will post a picture of the entire meal (entrée, sides, and dessert) along with the memory associated with that food. I will also include a shopping list so you can pick up everything for the meal in one stop- if you don’t need something, simply cross it off the list. Then each day of the week a recipe will be posted to create the entire meal. As time goes on you can look through my meals or browse for individual recipes.

My experience has been that I am constantly looking through cookbooks, blogs and Pinterest for meals that go well together, but there is never a one stop shop for meal planning.

I hope that I can encourage others to try to change the world by sharing meals at the dinner table. Whether you are hosting a dinner party or upgrading your meal planning A Teaspoon of Home will jumpstart your tabletop memories.

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