Weekend Adventures

Greetings Friends!

I’ve had a fun, adventure filled weekend thus far. One which involved no picture-taking on my part (oops). Actually, I took a few today with a water proof disposable camera, but that does you no good.

Yesterday afternoon involved a beautiful hike. I forgot my camera at our hotel, fortunately my brother took some pictures with his phone…..

 

pretty beautiful huh?

I wish I could say I was just making this face to be goofy....I wasn't. I was really making that face. I call it my "Oh my gosh this water is cold, my feet are freezing, take the picture so I can thaw" face.

Today we went white water rafting…….so much fun!

This is just to give you an idea. This picture is not of our group. But, it is from another group from the same company. It was a ton of fun and surprisingly never scary, just fun and exciting. Of course, not all of it was like the above picture. Some was calmer. I loved it though, definitely something I would do again!

We got back home this afternoon and currently the family is downstairs watching a movie in the basement. I opted not to watch the movie as I’m just not much of a movie person. They’ve mentioned a couple times lately  that they want lemon bars and after dinner my dad said, “A lemon bar would be good about now.” So, I decided to surprise them and make lemon bars while they are watching the movie!

I’m off to clean the kitchen so it’s a, “Wow, you’re awesome. I love lemon bars,” kind of surprise. Not an, “Oh my goodness, this kitchen is such a mess,” kind of surprise.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispies with Chocolate Topping

This is a family favorite that I’ve been making and enjoy for many years.

Many, many years.

But, a month ago I probably wouldn’t have posted them, because they aren’t exactly “healthy,” whatever that means. But, as you know, I’m so over that. Don’t get me wrong, I have not thrown nutritious eating out the window. In fact, yesterday, I had a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, a lovely salad with lots of spinach for lunch, and whole wheat pasta with avocado cream sauce with lots of zucchini and yellow squash on the side for dinner. And then, I had one of these for dessert. Balance is a beautiful thing.

And, it took me forever to find the corn syrup in the grocery store. It’s something I almost never use, so I had no idea where it would be located. But, fortunately, I found it. Just so you know, it’s by the pancake syrup.

Peanut Butter Rice with Chocolate Topping

These delicious treats are very quick to make and can be kept in the fridge for several days.

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 cups rice crispies

12 oz chocolate chips

6 oz butterscotch chips

1/2 cup butter.

Please rice crispies in a large bowl. Heat sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until they come to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring regularly. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour sugar/pb mixture over rice crispies. Press mixture into a 9×13 pan (a larger jelly roll pan may also be used, the result will just be slightly thinner). Melt chocolate, butterscotch, and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. When everything it melted, pour the mixture over the rice crispies. Spread evenly. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens. Serve and enjoy! 

 

No shame in using the same saucepan to melt the chocolate as you did to heat the sugar/corn syrup. No shame at all.

 

 

Chocolate + peanut butter + sweetness + chewiness + crunchiness + sweetness =perfection

Patriotic Salsa (in less than 5 minutes!)

 

Guacamole gets a lot of praise.

All of it completely deserved though, the stuff is delicious.

But, there’s a cousin of guacamole that doesn’t receive the credit it deserves.

And this cousin is red.

Serve in a white bowl with blue corn chips and you’re totally patriotic

More importantly, this cousin is delicious.

And takes, literally 3 minutes to make.

Fire Roasted Salsa

This super easy recipe can be made in a matter of minutes. It taste great on chips, tacos, burritos, salads, eggs, potatoes, just about anything really. Make lots, can easily be frozen.

1 (28oz) can Fire Roasted Tomatoes

2 Jalapenos, seeded

1 medium-sized bunch of cilantro with stems removed

3 gloves garlic, peeled.

1/2 a medium onion (optional)

kosher salt

A few drops of Chipotle Tabasco (regulur Tabasco or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper work well too).

Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender or food processor (no need to pre-chop any ingredients, the machine will do it for you). Blend until desired consistency is reached. Taste the salsa for flavor. At this point more salt, jalapeno, or tabasco made need to be added.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

I guess in a perfect world you would really have guacamole and salsa.

Think I could convince the government to change our colors to red white and green?

Did you eat anything Red, White and Blue in honor of the holiday?

What is your favorite thing to eat salsa on? Anything strange/unusual?

Whenever we have baked potatoes, my family always puts salsa on them. I always thought that everyone did that. Only in recent months have I realized that hardly anyone else puts salsa on their baked potatoes (you peeps are missing out!). I also can’t eat scrambled eggs without salsa.

Dinner Tonight

 

The above was tonight’s dinner.

Marinated pork chops grilled on a soaked plank (seriously the most tender, flavorful, juicy pork chops I’ve ever had)

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus filled with farm fresh cheese (also plank grilled)

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Sooo delicious

And you know what?

I took no part in the planning or preparation of the meal.

I have awesome parents.

For realz.

Best thing you have eaten this weekend?

Blog Updates

Happy Monday!

I just wanted to stop in and let you know that I added a Blog Roll. I also updated my About Me tab and added an Important Posts tab. Be sure to check it all out!!

Also, I have a question for y’all. I’m thinking about going vegan for a week sometime this summer and I was just wondering, What is your favorite vegan dinner? (feel free to leave breakfast, lunch, and dessert suggestions too, but I am specifically looking for dinner ideas).

Overflowing Portabellos, either made with Daiya or no cheese is one of mine!

 

Thanks!!

~Ann Claire