Monday, June 25, 2012

-Fourth of July Berry Shortcakes-

 Wow..I can't  believe it is  almost the fourth of July...are you going to a party? Well I know I am and cant wait! Celebrating fourth of  July has to be a favorite with the little ones..they LOVE  the fireworks cookouts and getting together with the family....of course so do I ..

This recipe to me is all about the fourth red, white, blue & adorable stars out of puff pastry & real whip cream this is so yummy & also pretty if your the one bringing a dessert this year this is the perfect one!!!!

-Fourth of July Berry Short Cakes-

1- pkg puff pasty
1- pint fresh raspberries
1-pint fresh blueberries
1-container 6- oz frozen strawberries
1-pint whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar and more for dusting counter
                                                                Preheat oven to 400

 Thaw puff pastry & Strawberries over night in the refrigerator, the next morning dust with powdered sugar  a cool hard surface and unfold  dough...  ,using a star cookie cutter ..cut out shapes until no dough remains. Place  stars on a cookie sheet and back until golden brown. Set strawberries aside until your stars are baked.

Pour your whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl then add a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and whip for two minutes or until firm peeks form.

Place a spoon full of strawberries & juice on a plate, next 2-3  puff pastry stars then whipped cream and blueberries..continuing layering another 2-3 puff pasty stars top with raspberries, and more whipped cream then another star....HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

-Summer Salmon-

Sometimes life gets crazy..& now that school is over.. swim meets are done, the last baseball game is behind us, and gymnastic is on hold till the summer session... here I am.... its..time for me , and what I love..  blogging ,creating recipes..and taking pictures of food!!

  This is a super yummy, extra healthy, fast dinner for nights just like
I've had lately..hope you enjoy this recipe... its all the best of this time of year... & today was a day for strawberry picking ,this recipe was created from the beautiful strawberries we  picked !! Make this tonight you will love it!
Gorgeous Fresh strawberries

 -Summer Salmon-

1-1/2 pounds of fresh salmon
1/2 cup of orange juice
1- orange sliced
1 -tbs  of butter
1/2- cup chopped Almonds

( preheat oven to 375)

In a saute pan melt the butter & add the 1/2 cup of orange juice
Reduce on simmer till hardly any liquid remains.
turn the heat to med/high add the  salmon searing on one side
Flip salmon  so the seared  side is facing up
Place orange slices over salmon,  add chopped nuts
 & place in oven  bake for 25 minutes

"Summer Salsa"
1 Green Pepper
4 Pieces of sliced Mango from a 12 oz Jar
1/2 English Cucumber chopped
1 Cup Strawberries chopped
 1 lime (for juice)

Chop all fruit and vegetables to uniform  size
Place in a pretty bowl and squeeze lime juice over summer salsa  and toss.
                                    Plate Salmon adding Summer Salsa over top..and enjoy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Day away....Burlington Vermont....

Saturday Morning was beautiful here in NE... I woke up and before I could even get down the stairs to get that first cup of coffee...  I heard three little voices all at the same time ...say ...what are we doing today? Well I didn't really know , I had no big plans..there was lots of talk lately of Vermont (my daughter had a big project on the state that she was working on) So, I said lets go to Vermont of course they were up for this last minute adventure..I don't think they knew really how long the ride would be....but even after four hours in the car they were so excited to get there and explore the city of Burlington Vermont... so here is our trip...hope you enjoy the city of Burlington as much as we did !

-Shore of Lake Champlain-

  -I can just Imagine packing a picnic and spending the day on one of these lovely boats-
-The Echo Aquarium & Science Center-

What a fabulous place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine , And watch all of the visitors go by!

-Gorgeous old building, Now Irish Pub-

-A unique creperie, coffee shop and fondue restaurant on Burlington's waterfront-
(this was a recommendation of a gentleman that happen to be walking by...&.wow was it good!)
 Ben & Jerry's we are in Vermont after all!

look at these beauties.... I had to take a picture

There are all sorts of interesting things including street performers in Burlington...

Yes, we even went to the mall..who could pass up this mall ? was beautiful..lots of great stores!

Toscano Cafe..last stop....of the day!

And that's that!!!!! Look At this happy guy....what a way to end the day, Mussels at Toscano Cafe...
hope you get to experience Burlington Vermont its truly is an interesting city..lots to do and see...