Sunday, May 24, 2015

Red Sangria

Memorial Day celebrations are fun since it is a long weekend and many people get together to BBQ and welcome the beginning of Summer into their lives! But, being a former military officer and married to one, we know that remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and honoring the fallen is what this weekend is about. They will never be forgotten.

I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy some Red Sangria! I've been making this for years and my mom has a smaller pitcher, so I only did one bottle of wine and halved the rest of the recipe. We will be having a crab and shrimp boil later that I will post about and I hope to try out a strawberry tart recipe!

Red Sangria

- 2 bottles red wine, prefer Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 cup brandy
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4  cup orange liqueur
- 1 lb. strawberries, hulled and halved
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
- 2 oranges, thinly sliced
- 1 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 can lemon-lime soda

1. Stir wine, brandy, sugar and orange liqueur together until sugar dissolves.
2. Add strawberries, limes, oranges and lemon and lightly mull to release the juices.
3. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
4. Add and stir in lemon-lime soda before serving!

 Wine, brandy, and orange liquor 


Sangria Wine


Friday, May 8, 2015

Homemade Zesty Hummus

I have been dying to make my own hummus, since my family loves it so much! I bought some chickpeas and decided to make it. I placed everything in my food processor and let it do all the work. I slowly added my olive oil to get the hummus to the consistency that I wanted. Dip celery, carrots, pita chips, or crackers in it and enjoy!

Anyone do the new iMac update??? iPhoto no longer exists and I do not like the new "Photo" app for my computer. It is super slow and set up poorly. Bummer.

Zesty Hummus

- 2 x 15 oz. cans of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil + 2 tbsp. to drizzle on top
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1/4 tsp. oregano

1. Blend all ingredients in your food processor.

 Rinsed garbanzo beans

 All ingredients in food processor

Zesty Hummus with EVOO drizzle


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadilla

Whoa is that a mouthful! These quesadillas will change how you eat breakfast, camp, or even how you do dessert. It was so much fun to make this while we were grilling some brats for dinner and I just added this fun quesadilla on there, too. It melted the chocolate and toasted the tortilla nicely. We can't wait to make these again!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadilla

- tortilla
- peanut butter
- handful of chocolate chips (I used mini sized)
- half a banana, sliced

1. Spread peanut butter on your tortilla.
2. Add your sliced banana and chocolate chips on one half of your tortilla.
3. Fold your tortilla in half.
4. Grill on each side for 2-3 minutes.

 Peanut Butter with sliced banana and chocolate chips

 Grilling the quesadilla