Monday, June 5, 2017

Cucumber Feta Roll-Up's



Summa Summa Time.......
I tend to want to eat lighter in the summer, veggies are at their best, gotta shed some of the winter weight, and most of the time it's just too hot out, don't you agree?!
I will have an abundance of cucumbers this summer as always, and I like to be clever in how to eat them so we don't get tired of them.
Pickling, in a salad, in sandwich or why not try out these fun little roll-ups!
It works best if you have a vegetable peeler or a mandolin.  Be careful those mandolins are sharp!
These are really great for those hot summer days, you know you don't want to be heating up your house by turning on the oven!
So simple to make, get the kids involved, they like playing with food right?!

Here is what you're going to need:
Cucumbers
Greek yogurt, 5 oz
Feta cheese, 1/4 cup
Dill, 2 sprigs
Kalamata olives, 4- 5 chopped up
Sun dried tomatoes, 1 Tablespoon
The juice from 1/2 lemon

How to make them:
Start by mixing all ingredients in a bowl together, pop into fridge to keep cool
Peel the skin off your cucumber
Using the vegetable peeler or mandoline, carefully peel long thin strips of cucumber
Place approximately a tablespoon of ingredients on the end of the cucumber, roll them up and secure with a toothpick.
Ready to serve!


Enjoy & have a wonderful summer!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mango Goat Cheese Crostini


This little hors d'oeuvre screams summer to me!
It is a great fresh combination of flavors.  Umm and easy peasy!
You have better things to do beside sweating over a hot stove in the summer, get out there and live!
Can you tell I'm excited that spring/summer is here!?
Getting fresh air, gardening, eating outdoors, grilling, summer vacations, YES!

OK let's get to it, this is insanely easy!

What you need:
Baguette
Honey
Goat Cheese
Mango Salsa - if you don't want to use salsa, cut up a mango use that!
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

How to make it:
Set oven to broil
Slice up your baguette into person sized pieces
Brush with olive oil
Sprinkle with a bit of salt & pepper
Pop onto a baking sheet & place in oven cook until toasty brown/tan.
Keep an eye on them, you don't want them to burn!
Let them cool a bit, because you do not want to put the goat cheese on immediately it will be to runny.
Whip together honey and goat cheese
1 Tablespoon of honey per 6 oz goat cheese, depending on how much you're going to make
Spread on goat cheese and top with mango salsa.  I found mine at Sam's club.  Took the easy way out & didn't make it from scratch.



You better make a bunch because they go fast!


Enjoy!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Southern Minnesota Trippin'

Well hello there!
Come along with me as I show you around some parts of southern Minnesota.
I'll give you the lowdown on some good spots to hit up.

Spam Museum Austin, MN : Recently remodeled.  And wait for it.......... FREE!
Lots of great photo ops here.
Fun for all ages.
Interactive.
Food samples.
A shop, with fun souvenirs @ great prices.



Maya Taqueria: Austin, MN autistic Mexican food.  Great prices, food is delish!
We ordered the lunch special 2 tacos, beef with sour cream, 2 sides beans and rice.
Also the Beef nachos, off the appetizer menu - HUGE!



Kinney Creek Brewery: From the outside, it looks like a dive, but on the inside a kick butt brewery!
Plenty of seating, really cool steel sculptures, a humongous wooden connect 4 game in the center of the brewery!
We shared a flight, that includes 5 samples of your choice, not a bad beer in the bunch.  And I even liked the IPA, I am not a fan usually.
Nice employees, tvs, free popcorn & games.



Hormels Historic Home: Austin MN, we did not plan or know about this museum, but I'm glad we came across it. It's a $5 self guided tour, you enter the beautiful home, get a bit of info from the hosts & a pamphlet with info on each room.



Signature Bar & Grill: This bar is hoppin'!!!  It's a little sketchy on the outside, but nicer on the inside.  There is a bar area, and then a more "dining" area in the back, with live music.
We split a reuben and tater tots, OMG that reuben is amazing!!!  Located in Faribault.



The Cheese Cave: I freaking love this cheese shop!  We came here twice in a weekend, I felt like we knew these employees forever!  So kind.  The cheese was amazing!  They serve beer & wine.
Pizzas, grilled cheese, homemade soups, and more!
In the center of downtown Faribault.



F-Town Brewery: Right on the outskirts of Faribault, MN.
Nice little brewery.  The Moon Boot beer, was fantastic!
They were holding an event at the time we were there, The Flannel Formal.
Fun event, free beer and glass with entrance into the event for $20.  I believe the beers are $5 each after that.

Faribault Woolen Mill: I'm sure you all have hear of Faribault Woolen Mill's?!  They supply 80 % of all wool blankets to the US!  Wonderful quality and you do need to pay for that quality.
I bought some remnants, at a steal!  Not sure what I'm doing with them yet.
The storefront is stunning, unfortunately we did not get to tour the mill that day.  But I do think you can schedule a tour from time to time.



Historic Hutchinson House: This is the B & B that we stayed at.  A very beautiful home.  It is very warm and inviting, with so many pieces of vintage furniture.  Your eyes will wander with delight!
Our room was so classy, the bed was super cozy!
Breakfast was scrumptious!





Now these are just a handful of places we stopped at, there is much more to do!