Happy Labor Day

Most of us believe the Labor Day is just a celebration for all of us that work every day. However, it started out in a violent manner involving a  labor union. Check out the history of Labor Day. Today also signifies the end of summer and for many the beginning of the school year. Does anyone remember when you weren’t supposed to wear white (especially white shoes) after Labor Day? I don’t believe that is true anymore.

How do you celebrate Labor Day? We will be having Jalapeno & Cheddar Dogs, Smoked Sausage and Lit’l Smokies with bbq sauce. For sides we will have homemade french fries or chips and a cucumber & tomato salad from the garden. If I get real ambitious, maybe I’ll make some homemade ice cream.  Yummy!! Mouth is watering – can’t wait!

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Birthday

After working this weekend, I definitely feel like kicking back today, especially since it is my birthday. I see a bath with scented salts today. Mac got me some red nail polish which means I will have red toe nails & finger nails.

 

Maybe I’ll even dye my hair blond for the rest of the summer. What do you do on your birthday?

Peach Ice Cream Day

 

With summer here, it is a perfect time for ice cream. I made some homemade vanilla ice cream last week. My ice cream maker takes no more than 4 cups of liquid.  I used some half ‘n half, almond milk, a can of goat milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. This ice cream turned out well with a little tang from the goat milk.

 

 

To add a little more flavor and texture, I found a package of frozen organic peaches in the freezer.  I took them out and cut about half the package into bite size pieces. I than mixed the peaches with the ice cream and placed in the freezer to firm up again.

 

I would suggest getting an electric ice cream maker and getting creative this summer.

Lime Matcha Mousse

Today being the first day of summer I thought this refreshing dessert would be great to share.  It is from Rebecca Miller French who is a contributor for epicurious.com.  It is a lot of work to hollow out the limes just so you can use them to serve the mousse in.  Next time I will probably just serve is small dessert bowls with a lime peel for garnish.

 

8 large limes
2 tsp. Matcha powder, + more for dusting
6 eggs at room temperature, separated
2/3 c. sugar (Stuvia)
1 c. whipping cream

 

Cut stems off limes so they can stand upright being careful not to cut through the flesh. Then cut the tops off the limes a quarter of the way down from the top. With a sharp knife, hollow out limes, scooping the flesh and juice into a bowl. Set the hollowed-out limes aside and press flesh and juice through a fine-mesh strainer, set juice aside.

 

In a small saucepan, whisk together matcha and egg yolks until smooth. Add sugar and whisk until combined. Place pan over medium heat, add ½ cup of the strained lime juice and whisk occasionally until just simmering. Lower heat and stir with a wood spoon until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of the spoon. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl, and let cool completely, stirring mixture occasionally.

 

In another large bowl, beat egg whites until they hold stiff glossy peaks; set aside. In a separate bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into cooled matcha mixture, then fold in the whipped cream. Chill the mousse for 2 hours, then pipe or spoon it into hollowed-out limes; dust with additional matcha. You’ll use about half the matcha mousse, store the rest in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Beverage Day

Over the summer we like refreshing and tasty beverages. Today try this great tea drink with a little kick of bourbon for Beverage Day.

 

Peach Tea with Bourbon

10 bags peach flavored tea
20 thin slices ginger
2/3 c. sugar
1 c. bourbon
¼ c. lemon juice
Mint for garnish

 

In medium saucepan, heat 4 cups water to simmering on high. Remove from heat. Add tea; steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Transfer tea to large pitcher. Add 3 cups cold water; refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours.

Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine ginger, sugar and 2/3 cups water; heat to simmering on medium. Reduce heat to maintain simmer 15 minutes. Strain out and discard ginger. Refrigerate syrup until cold.

Stir cold ginger syrup into tea along with bourbon and lemon juice. Makes about 10 cups. Serve over ice, garnish with mint.

Purple Haze

Bet you weren’t expecting a beverage recipe by the title of this blog.  Surprise!   A very refreshing and colorful drink for the summer.

6 c. Pomegranate juice
2 c. vodka
2 c. water
4 green tea bags

Boil water then add tea bags and let sit until room temperature. Remove tea bags.

In a pitcher, mix Pomegranate juice, vodka, and cooled tea. Fill glasses ¾ full with ice then pour in tea mixture to serve.

Veggie & Pork Kabobs

Today is officially the first day of summer.  It has been smoking hot here in southern California.  But we must acclimate to the hot temperatures as there will be at least 2 or 3 more hot months.  I think of grilling when I think of summer cooking.  Here is a kabob recipe using pork as the protein and uses radishes (which I really liked).  This is also the perfect Ketogenic recipe. Enjoy!

 

4 tsp. Vegetable oil, plus more for pan
2 boneless pork chops (about 1 lb. 1 1/2” thick)
Pork & Veggie Kabobs (3)8 small radishes, trimmed
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 1/2” pieces
4 scallions, cut into 2” long pieces
1 ½ tsp. Fresh lime zest
1 ½ tsp. Ground cumin
1 tsp. Chili powder
Kosher Salt
¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper
Lime wedges for serving

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly brush with the oil.

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Trim and cut pork into 2” pieces. In a large bowl, combine oil, pork, radishes, zucchini, scallions, 1 tsp. Salt and cayenne. Toss well to combine. Thread the pork and vegetables onto four 12” skewers. Place the skewers on the grill and cook, turning, until the pork is cooked and the vegetables are slightly browned, 8 to 10 min. Serve with the lime wedges.

Outdoor Furniture Revamped

I have had a set of 4 metal chairs which I repaint every five years or so. Since spring is here and summer is on the way, I thought I would share my most recent outdoor furniture revamp. Instead of painting the chairs and small table the same color, I decided to use five different colors of spray paint.

Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (2)What do you think of the colors? I wasn’t sure about the white chair but it definitely adds a brightness to the set.Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (5)

Especially since one chair is a dark hunter green and the table is black.Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (7)

These five colors also go with some fabric I had. That means I could make pillows for the chairs and end up with a very colorful outdoor sitting area.Outdoor Furnisher (4)

 

Umbrella Day

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I did not know that there is a day set aside each year to celebrate the umbrella.  But that is today.  Living in Southern California we don’t see much rain so wouldn’t think that umbrellas would be very useful here.  However, many people use them for shade when walking down the street on our hot summer days.  Not only will an umbrella keep you dry but they can also keep you in the shade.  Have a great day whether you are using an umbrella or not.  🙂

 

 

* How to Celebrate National Umbrella Day

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It’s great to show a little appreciation towards a nifty invention like the umbrella, a functional object keeps you safe from the sun and dry from the rain. It’s also a decorative object for many, serving as an accessory that can even be color coordinated with your outfit. Enjoy this unique national holiday, celebrated in the United States every February 10th.

 

 

 
* http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-National-Umbrella-Day

“Life’s A Beach” Cross Stitch Shirt

This is a * Golden Bee Stitchery pattern that I purchased on sale at WalMart. I decided to use this pattern on a child’s tank top for the summer. Just seemed like the best choice. When you purchase this type of pattern it comes with the waste canvas, embroidery thread, a needle, and instructions with the design.

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This was a pretty simple pattern and took about a week to complete while I was watching television at night. You could probably complete it in less than 4 hours if you wanted.

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* Golden Bee Stitchery is located in LaHabra CA. When I searched on line, I found quite a few cross stitch patterns on Amazon and at Etsy. I only found a Yellow Page entry for Golden Bee themselves so I don’t know if you can purchase these kits directly.