Jul 15, 2014

Summer Vacation Time

Can you believe summer is actually here? The weather is absolutely gorgeous and we've officially moved out to the park for six weeks, no I haven't fallen and hit my head, SIX WEEKS of camping! Lord help us, our set up day was definitely a marriage make or break day and we survived. I now believe our marriage can make it through anything!

See look how happy everyone is! Well actually, let's just assume everyone is smiling and laughing int his picture since you can't see face, mmkay?

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We are now two nights in, and though the first night was rough, and we couldn't figure out why we kept losing power we now have everything setup and have purchased a few missing items we didn't think we needed. *Note* when your husband says, "I ain't buying no plastic steaks to tie down the mesh tent!", buy them anyway.. or he will blame you for not having them! Lesson learned!
 
Even though we are camping, we are only really a small ten minutes from town and I have been driving into work and M still goes to daycare and our awesomesauce dog has been going home for the day.. another *Note* having a dog while camping is very stressful.. you don't want to be "that" dog owner with the yippy barking dog that is never on a leash
 
All in all, we are (and by we I mean I) are super stoked to be out camping. Last night Dan and friend when golfing while M and I went swimming, somethign that my 29 week pregnant body needed! When finished we came back to the camper, changed and cuddled up to watch some tv shows on the ipad and snuggle. Then off to bed and I went to shower quick and then hit the hay as well. We all had amazing sleeps last night and it's truely amazing how relaxed and refreshing camping can make you feel. The smell of camp fire and coffee in the morning is truely the best smell in the world. Someone needs to bottle that stuff, seriously!

Jul 4, 2014

Quick and Simple Fresh Bruschetta

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Now that it's summer and we will be moving out to our camping spot in just over a week, I've been looking for some quick and easy recipes that may be doable in the camper or on the bbq. There is no reason you couldn't toast the bread for a quick and simple bruschetta on the bbq or even on an open flame. And all the ingredients are fresh and simple and the taste is just so pure. There is nothing I love more than using local ingredients as well, so we are lucky there is a few local greenhouses that sell produce to our grocery store. 

I should mention, there really isn't much of a recipe for this bruschetta, and the ingredients I use change from time to time. I've also added things like shrimp, or a poached egg on top to make it a meal for myself.


Quick and Simple Bruschetta
by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 mins
Keywords: appetizer sandwich snack tomatoes

Ingredients (1-2 servings)
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomoatoes
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil (a good quality extra virgin olive oil works best)
  • a small bit of parsley, or basil, or oregano
  • balsamic vinegar
  • crusty bread or baguette
Instructions
Place the tomatoes, oil, parsley and garlic in a bowl. Lightly toss to coat.
Slice bread and lightly toast in oven under broiler until good and crusty.
Spoon mixture over bread, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.
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And there you have it, doesn't it look delicious?

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Jun 24, 2014

Glow Bars

Summer is here, and quick healthy snacks are a must as I approach the final stages of my second pregnancy. I've been looking for things high in protein and energy. These granola bars are taken from the Oh She Glows Cookbook and have had a couple changes to them. Living in a small town, I've had trouble finding things like Chia seeds, brown rice syrup and hemp seeds. When we go on city trips (which happen about once every 3-6 months) I tend to stock up on some of these thing I know I will use. Both hemp seeds and chia seeds have not dissapointed me.

Anyway, now that I'm rambling.. These granola bars are best left in the fridge or freezer as they do tend to get kinda messy left out on the counter. Dan has actually eaten probably half of them already and I just made them two days ago. He has declared them "actually really good" and "are these really health?". So that has to say something right?
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Sorry for the crappy phone photo, I haven't been taking my camera out nearly as much as I should these days... I know.. I'm a horrible person!

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows.

Glow Bars
by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: breakfast snack

Ingredients (10-12 servings)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup rice krispies
  • 1/4 cups pumpkin seeds (pepita seeds)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (I used 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Preheat oven to 300F. Line a 9 inch square cake pan with parchment paper.
Spread the pecans in an even layer on a cookie sheet and toast in oven for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl (I found a plastic bowl works best), mix the oats, rice krispies, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt and cooled pecans.
In a small saucepan over medium high heat, mix the brown rice syrup and almond butter. Continue to cook until the mixture starts to bubble and add in the vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until everything is wet and coated. Pour into the parchment lined pan and press down with a spatula or wet hands, the more compressed you can make it the better.
Chill for 10 minutes or so in the freezer then cut into bars, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 2 weeks, or freezer for a month.
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