Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lake Geneva Shore Path

If you live or are visiting the Midwest the next few weeks, please take advantage of visiting the LakeGenevaWi area to explore nature at it's finest.  Not to mention great restaurants, hotels and shops.

One of the best attractions in the LakeGenevaWi area is the historic shore walk path that allows you to walk around Geneva Lake in it's entirety via lakeside.  The entire path is approximately 21 miles.  Bear in mind this is a foot path and there are some spots the path may have steep climbs or narrow crossing.  Native Americans used it as a rough trail more than a century ago. The paths face has become worn and a bit rugged, but it still shows beautifully after the years of walkers on this fine and precious gem.  If your mobility is limited, walk just a small distance and return.  You will still be able to share the true beauty the path has to offer. You have opportunity to walk in front of the oldest and most beautiful estates on Geneva Lake. Estate owners for the most part embrace walkers enjoying the trail. Some provide a comfortable bench, seat, or swing for the weary walker to seek a few moments of rest before moving on. You can actually feel their hospitality and love for the area with their act of kindness.  Such a true portrayal of the people of LakeGenevaWi.  

Our husbands enjoying sports talk along the way.  

Kaitlyn of sistersmarie loves the path. So does Lisa!

I made a friend along the way:)

We've almost made it to our destination! The view is majestic. Fitz loved the walk.  

Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the moments! Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Encouraging Thoughts during Hard Times

My blog posts are usually upbeat. Now and then I am write one from my heart and this is one of those this morning. This is my sister -in- law Patti. We may not be sisters from birth, but we are true sisters at heart.  I love her dearly.  She has a sense of humor that is unique and she can make anyone laugh. Last year when a dear friend of mine was undergoing a very serious cancer surgery that lasted several hours, I sent Patti a text from the hospital waiting area that I had never felt so overwhelmed. That evening she arrived at our home with a basket she had filled with wine, chocolates, magazines and bath products.  It was one of the sweetest acts of love that gave me such a smile when I needed it the most. 

 Patti is having delicate brain surgery this morning to remove the first of 2 tumors which fortunately are benign.  I admire her for so many reasons I don't where to begin.  Her strength and courage moving forward with everything she's gone through in her 59 years of life.  She became a widow in her 40's, left to raise a young daughter on her own.  Patti is a nurse and worked shifts that would allow her to be with her daughter during non school hours.  She lost her Dad, my father in law a couple of weeks before her wedding.  We lost her Mom a couple of weeks before her daughter's wedding.  Now as she has found new happiness with a man who loves both her and our family, she is facing heath issues.  We are confident she will recover beautifully and hope to get back soon to enjoying her newfound happiness.  

Patti's is the 5th of our family surgeries in the past 8 weeks and it is with the love and support of our family that gives strength for recovery.  When you are faced with difficult times, embrace those around you and accept their offers to help, even if it is just a hug when you need it.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you're familiar with my love of cooking.  Over years past of countless hours of waiting at hospitals for news of loved ones, I have begun packing homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for family waiting with me.  There's something about it that lifts our spirits.  When my mother in law was hospitalized and we were all quite upset, I packed my sandwiches and fed everyone with a smile and suddenly the mood lifted.  When our neighbor had begun Hospice, I baked scones and took them to his family, later finding out it was the one food he was requesting that week before he passed.  It brought him a little bit of happiness and I will always feel good about that.  The smallest gestures can make the biggest difference during troubled times.  Reach out.  It makes a difference.  

~Thanks for reading~

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

What Are You Grilling for Dad on Father's Day?

Flank Steak with a Guinness Marinade  (see below)

In honor of all the special Dads this weekend, here is one of my favorite poems I'd like to share with you.

What Makes A Dad
God took the strength of a mountain
The majesty of a tree
The warmth of a summer sun
The calm of a quiet sea
The generous soul of nature
The comforting arms of night
The wisdom of the ages
The power of the eagles flight
The joy of a morning in spring
The faith of a mustard seed
The patience of eternity
The depth of a family need
Then God combined these qualities
When there was nothing more to add
He knew His masterpiece was complete
And so. He called it....DAD
~Author Unknown~
Now fire up the grill this Father's Day and prepare this simple steak recipe I found on rachaelray that the man in your life is sure to love. The secret is a marinade using Guinness that adds a little zip to the flavor.  

Flank steak is a great choice for flavor and provides your dish with a tender texture.  To Serve 4, purchase 1 1/2 lbs. flank steak.  Preheat the grill to medium high .  
You will be using 1 can Guinness, 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil,   (you will need a bit more for brushing), 1 red onion, sliced into rounds, 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, 1 1/2 lbs. flank steak at room temperature.
In a bowl, combine Guinness, 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, onion and parsley.  Add the steak and marinate in fridge for 30 minutes.  Pat dry and brush with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper before grilling.  Grill the onion with the steak for extra flavor. 
Grill approximately 8 minutes on each side until your desired doneness.  
I love corn on the cob and baked potatoes with this dish...Don't forget plenty of  butter and sour cream!

Happy Father's Day to my Husband, Dad, Son and Son In Law and all of the special men dear to our hearts each and every day! 

Happy Birthday Wishes today to the love of my life, Michael and may we share many more birthdays and milestones together for years to come. I love you!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fish Tacos on the Grill

 This recipe for Mango-Barbecue Fish Tacos is a great summer recipe which offers sweetness and vitamin enriched nutrients.

This recipe makes 4 servings and takes about 45 minutes to make:

1 mango, seeded, peeled and diced
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lime zest
3 cups packaged coleslaw mix
12 ounces skinless cod, thawed if frozen and patted dry
8 6-inch corn tortillas, wrapped in foil
1/2-1 cup purchased or homemade guacamole
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Lime wedges

1. Place half the diced mango in a blender and add barbecue sauce, puree until smooth.

2. In a large bowl, combine 2/3 cup of the barbecue sauce mixture, mayonnaise and lime zest. Reserve the remaining barbecue sauce mixture. Add remaining mango and coleslaw mix.  Toss to coat, cover and chill.

3. For a charcoal grill, grill fish on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 4-6 minutes per 1/2 inch thickness or until fish flakes when tested with a fork.  Brush generously with the reserved barbecue sauce mixture during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

4. Place wrapped tortillas on grill rack over heat while fish is grilling to warm, turning once.

5. For a gas grill, preheat the grill.  Reduce heat to medium.  Cover and grill fish and tortillas as directed above.

To serve, fill warm tortillas with coarsely flaked fish, coleslaw, guacamole and cilantro.  Squeeze with lime juice and serve with lime slices.  Tortilla chips and salsa always a great side!

*Keep fish from sticking by cleaning the hot grill brush with a brush or crumpled foil.  Then, using tongs, grease it with a folded, oiled paper towel. (MidwestLiving).

*Healthy tip: Corn tortillas lower in fat, calories and sodium.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Easiest Entertaining and No Recipes Required

Pin It "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients "    - Julia Child

If you are hosting family or friends, here are some simple ideas you can easily throw together when entertaining. Print and keep it on hand when you need to be creative with little time needed.

Sour Cream Dips -
French Onion Dip: Mix sour cream with dried Lipton onion soup mix
Blue Cheese Dip: Mix sour cream with crumbled blue cheese
Horseradish - Bacon Dip: Mix sour cream with a little horseradish and crumbled bacon
Ranch Dip (and it's Gluten Free): tsp. dried basil, 2 tsp. dried dill, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. dried parsley, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 8 oz. sour cream.  Mix, chill and serve.
(refrigerate all after preparing until ready to serve). Serve with assorted crackers, pita chips, or cut up carrots, celery, radishes, tomatoes or your favorite chips. Give a try when you are looking for baked pita chips.  Pita chip flavors include Simply Naked (nothing but sea salt), Cinnamon Sugar, Parmesan Garlic and Herb, Multigrain, Italian Harvest, Garden Veggie Medley and Simply Bruschetta.  I always keep a variety of Stacy's snacks on hand.  They are enjoyed alone or with dips, cheese and a glass of wine.

Pita Pockets and Hummus
Cut up your favorite pita bread into small wedges, arrange on a pretty platter alongside a bowl or two of your favorite hummus.

Fruit Platter
Grapes, pineapple chunks, sliced kiwis, sliced oranges, berries and melon cubes.

Cheese Platter
Select 3 or 4 favorite cheeses with different flavors and texture.  Serve with baskets of assorted crackers and sliced crusty bread.
Soft Cheese - Brie, Camembert and Goat Cheese
Semi Soft Cheese - Havarti, Fontina and Talleggio
Hard Cheeses - Cheddar, Swiss and Gruye're
Blue Cheeses - Roquefort and Maytag Blue

Tortilla chips and store bought or home made salsa.

                                                   Happy Weekend

Monday, June 5, 2017

THE BEST Grilled Pork Tacos!

I'm sharing my new favorite grill recipe. The secret easy ingredient is Fronterafiesta al pastor Marinade with chipotle and pineapple seasoning for pork created by the well known Chef RickBayless.  This recipe blows me away with it's flavor!
Here's all you do. Marinate 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin in 1/2 pouch of marinade for 30 minutes or longer in a ziplock bag and place in the refrigerator. Save the other half of marinade for grilling. Prepare the grill to medium hot. Remove the pork from the bag and grill the pork brushing on the reserve marinade while its on the grill.  Place sliced pineapple brushed with the marinade on the grill with the pork for the last 2 minutes of grilling.  Remove when all is finished cooking, and place on a platter to slice.  Serve with warm tortillas, lime wedges, guacamole, grilled pineapple, a bit of chopped onion and cilantro for maximum flavor and enjoy!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Celebrate Summer with a "Summer Mary" or "Beer Mary"

I love a great make your own Bloody Mary bar when we are out, or when hosting friends on the weekends.  Some like a lot of spice while others prefer their Bloody Mary on the milder side.  Some like theirs topped with meats, cheeses and relishes while others go traditional with lime, celery and stuffed olives of choice. Other great garnishes include cucumber slices, pickle spears, spears of chilled cocktail shrimp, cubed cheddar, pepperocinis, Worcestershire sauce, small dollop of horseradish, shake of celery salt, and of course, vodka. 
 Betterhomesandgardens has a recipe for making a pitcher of 8 servings of Spice Beer Mary I've listed below. This recipe is a "Mary" with beer as the main vodka.  
Interesting twist......have you tried it before?

~Spicy Beer Mary~

Kosher salt, 1 lime cut into wedges, 3 cups hot vegetable juice, chilled, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce, 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds, 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper, 2 (12 oz.) cans or bottle lager or pilsner chilled beer, ice cubes, celery sticks and lime wedges.  Old Bay seasoning is optional too.
In a shallow dish, combine Old Bay seasoning and salt.
Rub rims of 8 (12 oz.) pilsner glasses with lime wedges from 1 lime, and dip rims in salt mixture. 
In a large pitcher combine vegetable juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, celery seeds, and white pepper. Pour in the beer and stir gently to combine.
Serve in glasses over ice and garnish with celery sticks and or additional lie wedges.