Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday Snack {corn salsa and a south side}

Last night I went to a Bon Jovi concert with friends.  We had the best time!    It was a little rainy and the concert was outside but we made the most of it.  It was fun night.  We bought tickets way back in January and I honestly kind of forgot about the concert with Brock being home and getting Ava ready to leave.  It was a nice treat to be able to get away and have fun!  Bon Jovi was one of my favorite bands from middle/high school so it was fun to watch them play.

Tonight I am going to another concert!  My friend Shannon and her family have a big concert every year to "celebrate" the annivesary of their property being struck by a tornado.  It happened about 15 years ago and thankfully her home wasn't damaged just some trees on her big property so every year they have a concert called Hoedown in the Blowdown.  I have never been but thought it would be fun to go this year.

I am going to make Corn Salsa to take tonight to the concert.  I love, love, love, the Pioneer Woman's recipe for salsa.   This recipe is a variation of that using fresh corn because it's in season.  This recipe makes one quart and one pint.  I put my salsa in mason jars.  This will stay fresh in your refrigerator about 2 weeks. It never lasts that long in our house though-ha ha!

Fresh Corn Salsa
1 large can diced tomatos
2 cans rotel
1/2 onion chopped
1 bunch fresh parsley chopped
Juice of two limes
2 ears of fresh corn cooked and cut off the cob.
Blend all ingredients (except the fresh corn) in a food processor

After your salsa is blended it will look like this.  You want this salsa to have a very smooth consistency (similar to restaurant salsa)

Add your fresh corn and blend.  Pour your salsa into storage containers and enjoy!  This salsa is best if you let the ingredients blend for a couple of hours before serving.  Store salsa in the refrigerator.  

I have also going to take my famous Southside cocktails to the concert.  I love making mixed drinks for friends and this one is a favorite.  There are lots of variations of a Southside cocktail and it's the quintessential summer drink.  I serve this one anytime we have people over in the summer and it's always a hit.  

Southside Cocktail 
Muddle fresh mint
juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
a squeeze of fresh lime juice
a squeeze of simple syrup
1.5 ounces of vodka
a splash of lime seltzer
Add all ingredient plus ice in a shaker and shake until combined.  Garnish with a lemon wedge.

I hope you enjoy the cocktail and salsa!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!  We have a BUSY weekend planned so I'm ready to get it started.  Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites. 

1-.  We said goodbye to Brock on Saturday and he flew back to Arizona.  We had an awesome visit with him and both G and I love seeing him so happy.  He loves Arizona, he loves his job and he started classes as Arizona State yesterday. We will fly out to see him at Christmas and I am already counting the days until we see him again.

2-Before we took Brock to the airport Rachael and I taught at craft class for our business Branch and Bloom.  It was a small one at a 4-H camp for adults.  We made flavored bath salts.  I hope to post the full recipe and a recap of the class on here soon.

We also scheduled our September craft night which is going to be DIY beer flights.  We are going to have people stain or paint the wooden paddle and then we are going to add their name or initial to the handle. You can also use the glasses as candle holders or for flowers as a centerpiece for you table.  This will be a fun one!  We have already had a lot of people sign up for this one which is great!

3.  Last Sunday my dear friend Stephanie had a birthday.  We celebrated by trying paddleboard yoga.  Because we were in the water we don't have any pictures of us doing the actual yoga but we had a blast!  I always love trying new things and it was fun to celebrate with Stephanie.  

Monday night we took Stephanie out for her birthday.  We went to an Italian restaurant.  It was so fun and we all had a great time.  It was a good night!

4-Ava's going away party is Sunday!  She has invited 100 of her closest friends to help her celebrate.  We are having it at a campground that our friends own.  We are going to have a chicken barbeque, yard games, music, a photo booth, swimming, etc.  The kids should have a great time.  G and I invited a few of our friends too so it will be a fun afternoon!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!  We have a fun weekend planned so I'm ready to get it started.  Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites. 

1-A favorite this week has been having Brock home.  We have had so much fun and I'm going to miss him terribly when he goes back to Arizona tomorrow.

2-We have been busy getting Ava ready for her study abroad year in the Czech Republic and her going away party is next weekend.  We FINALLY got her Visa this week and we talked to her first host family and decided when she will leave. We have a little over two weeks left with her at home.  I am SO thrilled for her and she is so excited to go but I'm going to miss her so much.

3.  I just finished reading  Monsters of Templeton and it was so good!  The story is set in Cooperstown, NY   This book was so great- It was historical fiction so it had lots of references to Cooperstown (called Templeton in the book) which I thought was so interesting since we live so close  The main character is searching for her father and learning secrets about her family along the way.  Her ancestors founded the town of Templeton and we learn all about them and their secrets in the book.  I liked this book so much I want to read the other books she has written.

4. I got these bracelets from the Dixie Delights shop on Etsy and have been wearing them all summer long  I just love the colors!  They can be dressed up or down depending on what I am wearing.  I love them and I want to order a few more colors for fall.

I hope you have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Brock's visit

We have LOVED having Brock home this week.   We've spent lots of time together and have loved just being together.  It's been so great.  He goes back to Arizona on Saturday so we are soaking up every drop of family time.

Monday we went to the race track in Saratoga.

Sadly our horses didn't win but I always love going.  I love being at the track and seeing the horses.  Brock and Ava had a fun time.

Every morning after Graig goes to work Brock and Ava come and lay with me and we all play on our phones and talk about what we are going to do for the day.

We also have spent some time cooking.  Brock has a few dishes he makes in Arizona and he wants to learn a few more so this week I taught him to make homemade macaroni and cheese and barbecue pork. Earlier this summer I got this DIY recipe binder and I've been adding our family favorites this summer.  I'll pass it on to Brock and Ava in a few years.  

Last night we had a photographer come over and she took a few family pictures.  Here is one of the pics from my iPhone.  

I am so proud of Brock and I'm so thankful we have this week with him. We have had a blast!  He goes back to Arizona Saturday and then he  starts classes at ASU on August 17.

I hope you've had a great week!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy birthday Brock!!

Today Brock turns 20!!!   I am so proud of the young man he is.  Last August he moved to Arizona to find his way in this big world.  After a year of college he wasn't sure what he wanted to do so he moved to Arizona to figure it out.  I'm proud that he is figuring things out.  He got a good job at State Farm insurance working in the customer care center and he's going to Arizona State in the fall. He absolutely loves Arizona!  

Right now he's  home for a week and we are enjoying every second with him.  

Today we are headed to the Saratoga race track with him for a day of fun!  We are going to keep the celebration going tonight with a cookout and ice cream cake.

Happy birthday Brock!!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Our Saturday

The most exciting thing that happened today is that Brock came home!   I haven't seen him since we went to Florida in March and it's so great to have him home.  His 20th birthday is Monday and I'm so happy that we will all be together on his birthday.  

Graig went to pick him up at the Syracuse airport this morning and then they stopped for a little bit and played poker at the casino-Graig is thrilled Brock can play! They got home about 7.  He was exhausted because he took a red eye flight so he went  bed early.  I did get one picture of him before he went to sleep. 

Yesterday morning I went to the farmers market and out to lunch with two of my friends.  It was so fun.  I love going to the farmer's market on Saturday.  I went with my friends Stephanie and Vicki.  I love these girls.  We always have so much fun together ❤️

I love that they had all this sign at the entrance to the market.  

We walked around and got some produce and took pictures of all the delicious food. 

I got corn, a peach pie, and peaches.  I loved these flowers.  They were so pretty!

After the farmers market we walked on Main Street and went to the distillery because they have cute gift items and free bottles.  So we each got a few empty bottles for an upcoming craft project. 

We went to lunch at Origins Cafe.  It was so delicious as always.  I got a chicken salad sandwich-it was amazing!

It was a great day!

Ava is at basketball camp this weekend with her team. She sent me this picture of them eating a team dinner at Ruby Tuesday's.  She'll be home tonight.  

Happy weekend!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Snack {bruschetta and watermelon margarita}

Last night Graig and I had a rare  quiet night at home so I whipped up two quick recipes. 

I made bruschetta as an appetizer for our dinner and it was delicious.  I make bruschetta a lot in the summer because of all the fresh tomatoes that are in season.  I have made bruschetta for a few parties this summer and it's always a hit.  I had all the ingredients on hand so I made bruschetta.

There are lots of ways to make bruschetta but I make mine very simple.  It takes about 5 minutes to put together. 

5 Roma tomatoes chopped
1-2 cloves garlic chopped 
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4-6 fresh basil leaves torn
Olive oil

Combine all ingredients and then drizzle olive oil and top and stir to combine.  This will last a few days in the refrigerator but it never lasts that long in our house!

I buy a load of French bread at the store slice it and brush the tops with olive oil and sea salt.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 7 minutes.  

Add your fresh bruschetta on top of the crusty bread and enjoy!

I also made a batch of watermelon margaritas.  They were so refreshing and delicious!  The perfect summery drink 🍉

Watermelon Margarita
Fill your blender 2/3 full with fresh watermelon chunks
The juice from one lime
3 ounces tequila
8 ounces watermelon Margarita seltzer
I buy this seltzer and it's great!  Very bubbly and delicious.  I stopped drinking Diet Coke in May and this is a good substitute 

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Serve over ice in a Margarita glass and enjoy!

Makes 2-3 drinks.

Have a great Saturday!