Summer Veggies—Eat Them All Up!

What is the most wonderful thing about summer? All of the vegetable options that taste a 1000% better because they were grown in the warmth of the summer sun in your own backyard.

Here are 5 recipes to try utilizing the 5 common vegetables grown in home gardens.

  1. Zucchini (Chocolate Zucchini Brownies by The Dinner Mom) 
  2. Bell Peppers (Salami & Bell Pepper Sandwiches by Someday I’ll Learn) 
  3. Corn (Cheese Corn Fritters from Taste & Tell Blog)  
  4. Tomatoes (Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette by Laughing Spatula)
  5. Eggplant (Crispy Eggplant “Bacon” by Minimalist Baker) 
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Vegan Dinner Party

Most of you know that I cook every Sunday for someone. In some cases it is just for family and others it is the weekly party. I really love to cook but what I love is spending time with those that I love. This past Sunday the group of us that got together consisted of carnivores, pesco pollo vegetarians, and vegans. Naturally, we needed a meal that everyone would be happy with. The meal was mostly vegan but we did cook chicken as a side for those that wanted it.

Can I just say . . . best home cooked Indian meal ever!! Below you will find all the recipes we used that night in case you want to recreate it on your own. The only variation was that I used coconut oil in place of butter for the Strawberry Crumble. Enjoy!!

  1. Turmeric Coconut Basmati Rice from My Sequined Life 
  2. Onion & Spinach Pakoras by Scrumpdillyicious 
  3. Tandoori Chicken Tikka from Glebe Kitchen 
  4. Vegan Southern Strawberry Cobbler from Two City Vegans 
  5. Easy Vegan Naan by Minimalist Baker 
  6. Spicy Red Lentil Curry by Minimalist Baker 

Summer Fare

Don’t you just love summertime food? It seems like everything you eat just has sunshine radiating through it. We had our annual Memorial Day get together and everything tasted better because it came off of a grill or was eaten out in the sun.  Here are 5 recipes that I will be trying while summer is in full bloom. What are some of your favorite summertime foods?

  1. The Best BBQ Chicken Kabobs by Fabulessly Frugal 
  2. Raspberry Sorbet by Creme De La Crumb
  3. Raspberry & Chia Seed Superfood Parfait by Camille Styles 
  4. Spicy Shrimp Taco with Mango Salsa from Pure Wow 
  5. S’Mores Stay At Home Dip by Penny Pinchin’ Mom 

Boston One of These Days

I have had numerous flights in and out of Boston over the years. In fact I will be in Boston again on Sunday as I fly back to Portland but one thing I have yet to do is leave the airport. I really need to make the effort to fly in and stay a couple of days. I have always wanted to visit Boston but my travels take me to other places first. I guess I just need a really good reason to pick Boston as the destination and not a lay-over.

In the meantime, here are 5 places that I want to visit when I actually make it to the city.

  1. Fenway Park. I am trying to visit all the iconic baseball stadiums (not to mention but this one is 100 years old).  
  2. The Mapparium. Just cool.
  3. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
  4. Old State House 
  5. I also know that I am supposed to eat a Cannoli