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cherry bruschetta plated

We’ve been blessed with an abundance of big, sweet, delicious cherries in our area recently.

I came home with another bag of them yesterday and then found myself wondering if I could come up with an off-the-beaten path recipe to use a few.

I freely admit this is stretching the definition of bruschetta but if you really wanted, you could serve it on bread.

Regardless, the mixture of the sweet cherries, fresh mint and tangy cheese were a perfect combination! It’s like having a little summer party exploding in your mouth.

And the best part… it took just minutes to make!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Start by pitting your cherries.

Start by pitting your cherries.

Then chop them into small pieces. I halved them and cut each half into about 12 pieces.

Then chop them into small pieces. I halved them and cut each half into about 12 pieces.

Scoop the cherries into a bowl then go to work on the mint. Chiffonade (cut) a few pieces.

Scoop the cherries into a bowl then go to work on the mint. Chiffonade (cut) a few pieces.

Mix the cherries and mint together. (Aren't the colors fabulous?)

Mix the cherries and mint together. (Aren’t the colors fabulous?)

Pour grenadine syrup over the mint - cherry mixture and blend.

Pour grenadine syrup over the mint – cherry mixture and blend.

 

Toast a frozen waffle until it is crunchy.

Toast a frozen waffle until it is crunchy.

Quarter the waffle.

Quarter the waffle.

Top with goat cheese then add the cherry mixture. Serve and enjoy!

Top with goat cheese then add the cherry mixture. Serve and enjoy!

Cherry Mint Bruschetta

1 frozen waffle

2 tbsp. goat cheese

6 large cherries

1 tsp. grenadine syrup

1 tsp. chopped mint

Cherries and mint for garnish, if desired

Pit and chop cherries, scoop into a bowl and mix with mint. If you are using fresh mint, right off the plant, it is strong, so you can cut back the amount to 1/2 tsp. Stir in grenadine syrup and set aside.

Toast the frozen waffle until it is crunchy on the outside. Cut into quarters. Top with a sprinkling of goat cheese then spoon on cherry-mint mix.

Serves two.

Note: You can definitely use a rustic country bread instead of the waffle for a true bruschetta, if you so desire.

She Who Loved the Mix of Flavors and Textures

 

You are cordially invited to a bridal shower

Tea Party

Please wear a Victorian Hat

That’s what the delightful invitation I received a few weeks ago read.

The first thing I did was an excited little dance at the prospect of going to a bridal shower for my friend’s daughter and attending a tea party. One that required a Victorian hat.

tea party hatI set about fashioning a hat using a bridal hat for a base. I couldn’t find any colored feathers, so I used a mixture of food coloring and vinegar to die a few white ones. They turned out perfect!

tea party polka dot bow 1

I think my favorite thing on the hat is the polka dot bow. I used a length of organza to sew a long strip then crimped it into a bow and sewed the middle together to hold it in place.

With my hat done, I was ready to party.

And, oh, what a beautiful party it was.

tea party table 2Guests walked in the door to find this absolutely amazing table.

tea party silverComplete with silver service, lovely tea cups and decadent treats.

tea party snacksI did mention the treats, didn’t I? There were scones with  lemon curd, strawberry jam and cream. We also enjoyed finger sandwiches, sweet strawberries, lemon tarts, and, of course, tea!

tea party cupI was in love with this tea cup. Just so pretty!

tea party table 1It was a blissfully wonderful way to celebrate a bridal shower. In addition to the delicious food, we enjoyed a few games, laughing at each others’  hats, and watching the bride-to-be open her gifts.

tea party hostsA huge thank you to our beautiful hosts for creating such a fun afternoon! You two outdid yourselves!

And congrats to L – may you have a long, happy life with your sweetheart!

She Who Loves Tea Parties and Bridal Showers

my-salad

The temps at our house this week have been over the 100 degree mark.

In light of that misery, nothing sounds good to eat except salads and ice cream. (Talk about  balanced diet!).

Here’s one of our favorite salad recipes. It just takes a few minutes to grill the meat so you aren’t left outside melting into a puddle for long.

Flank Steak – can get tough if you don’t cook it quickly.

Ingredients

Season the meat.

Grill over indirect heat.

It takes about two minutes for each side to be done.

Captain Cavedweller’s version of the salad removes any attempt at healthy eating. It isn’t for the faint of heart.

Flank Steak Salad

1-2 flank steaks per person

lettuce (whatever kind you like best is fine – yes I was lazy and used bagged lettuce)

tomatoes (sliced)

cucumber (sliced)

sliced black olives (again, lazy and used pre-sliced)

shredded colby-jack cheese (pre-shredded – lazy and yes, there is a trend developing here)

salt

pepper

Mrs. Dash (or whatever meat seasoning you like)

Flank steaks are thin cuts of meat that cook really fast. Season them with salt, pepper and whatever seasoning you like best. Get creative – CC usually does which is why I ask for half-seasoning on my meat!

Grill the flank steak for just a few minutes. CC put these on a hot grill with indirect heat. It took just shy of two minutes per side for them to be done to perfection.

Once the meat is done, let it rest a few minutes before slicing. I made long, thin strips of meat and CC whacked his into bite-sized submission.

Layer lettuce, tomato slices, olives and cucumbers in a dish or bowl. If you want the cucumbers to look fancy, peel and then run a fork’s tines down the outside of it all around. It creates a nice pattern when they are sliced.

Place the meat on top and then finish with a sprinkle of cheese. I added Feta cheese crumbles to my salad and it was tasty. CC added croutons, sunflower seeds and almost everything except the kitchen sink to his salad. My point would be, add whatever tastes good to you.

Stay Cool!

She Who Loves A Good Salad for Dinner

Dutch Babies

A Dutch Baby

The other morning I made Dutch Babies for breakfast and realized I forgot to take the step-by-step photos since we were both starving and wanted to dive into these as quickly as possible.

The directions are super easy so I trust you to wing it with just a yummy photo of the finished product!

Dutch Babies

3 tbsp. butter

3 large eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, melt the butter. While the butter is melting, beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until they are light and pale. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into the skillet and bake 15 minutes or until brown and puffed.

Remove and serve immediately with berries and whipped cream.

Coming Up Roses

Between a wet spring and cooler temps (although it’s been hovering right around 100 this week), my roses have bloomed profusely and beautifully.

I snapped a few photos of them the other day and thought I’d share.

Mini roses in vaseSome minis I brought in the house. Love their delicate little blooms!

 

Rose Double Delight bud

Rose Double DelightThis rose is Double Delight. Not only is it a vibrant color, it has the best scent. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

 

Roses Hot pink Bud

 

Roses Pale Pink Bud 2

 

Roses Yellow bloom

Roses Yellow BudFor whatever reason, yellow roses always remind me of my grandpa.  That’s probably why I’m particularly fond of this rose.

She Who Needs to Take More Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

Since the Fourth of July is tomorrow, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes…

Devour in bliss.

Fruit Salsa

Top with paprika and parsley then dig in!

Chunky Potato Salad

finished-saladFried Mozarella Salad

pink lemonade barsPink Lemonade Bars

Enjoy the finished crisp warm with a scoop of melting ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Berry Crisp

trifle-finishedPatriotic Trifle

banana ice cream bowl 1Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Bundt Cake

Strawberry Bundt Cake

 

TFM Removals created a fun and humorous list of 25 signs that you’re a new homeowner.

They shared some of that humor with us today in a little excerpt from their list.

If you’re a new homeowner or thinking about moving, check this out for a laugh or two:

 

 

  • You are permanently wearing “eau de emulsion”

    You are permanently wearing eau de emulsion

    Image source

    You can’t seem to shake the smell of paint, your whole new pad smells of it and now you do too. Forget about Chanel No. 5, for the next 2 weeks you’ll be rocking Dulux Sunset Apricot.

 

Pop on over to their website for the entire list!

 

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