Visiting with My Raleigh Punks

Last week Eric and I went to Raleigh and spent time with our boys and daughter-in-law.  Even though it was 105 degrees during the coolest part of the day, I loved every minute. I love these guys……

Paul’s wife Shannan, Paul and Chase

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Strawberry/Blueberry Pie

Is there anything better than biting into a fresh strawberry?  When our punks were little, every year Eric would take them to pick strawberries.  Our little Paige would eat as many as she picked right from the ground.  She had juice running out of the corners of her little mouth.  One day as they were picking berries, she picked one that was covered in dirt and was so excited when she showed her daddy her berry.  Her words exactly, “Look daddy, it already has sugar on it!”

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Caprese Zucchini Boats

I have been posting a lot of summer veggie recipes.  I just can’t stop myself!  I take advantage of all this summer fresh goodness around me.  I love Caprese Salad and I love roasted veggies.  I combined the two and got a blue ribbon winner.

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Marinated Pork Chops and Roasted Squash

I am sharing with you today Pork Chops that have been marinated and then either put on the grill or on a stove top in a grill pan.  Summertime means summer veggies!  Roasted squash in a cast iron skillet with feta and jalapenos, well, simply put….mind blowing!!!

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Peas and Sausage

Growing up, Sweet Mama always had a “pot of something” simmering on the stove.  I think I got to the point where I didn’t even notice it, it was just always there.  A pot of greens, peas, beans, etc., would be simmering on the stove.  I couldn’t wait for her to put a bowl of whatever had been simmering in front of me with a piece of cornbread.  Now that was good eating!

 

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Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Clearly my family loves food.  Our best times are always centered around food.  I had a craving for a Krispy Kreme Donut.  I told Sir Streusel about this craving and his response was, “Well, let’s go take care of that craving right now.”  My little ballerina baby was over visiting and she said, “I’m in!”

See that yellow one with the sprinkle dots?!  That sucker is filled with CAKE BATTER!!!

Yea, that’s the stuff.

When that red light is flashing “Hot Donuts”, you better treat ‘yo-self!

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Greek Chicken Salad

The sun is shining and the humidity is low, it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!  We had rain for 2 1/2 weeks straight.  Everything was wet, everything was droopy, everything was dirty, everything had mushrooms growing out it….everything.  When Tropical Storm Cindy rolled through, we headed to the beach to walk out on the pier and watch the waves, it’s tradition.  There is just something so majestic watching those waves roll in.  I wish you could actually tell how large these waves were.

  Eric’s favorite side salad is a Greek Salad.  I thought I would take the classic Greek Salad to the next level.

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The Best of Summer Dessert Round-up

I have rounded up my favorite summer desserts using the deliciousness of the summer fruits that are available right now.  It is time to get the cobblers baking and the trifles in the fridge!

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The Bunco Night Without Me

One of the best things I did this year was join a Bunco group.  I had never played Bunco before, didn’t even know what it was.  I thought it was a card game!  There are 12 ladies in the group and we each have a month that we host the night in our home.  My month was May.  No one likes a party better than me.  No one likes to entertain better than me.  No one likes to see people enjoying themselves while eating my food more than me.   Sadly, I missed the entire night.

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Our Favorite Fruit Salad and…….MILKSHAKES!

Is there anything better than a fresh fruit salad on a hot summer day?  No, I don’t think there is.  The cool, crisp sweetness of the fruit will hit the spot everytime.  This salad is our favorite fruit salad.  It has that Pina Colada taste and feel to it.  You can never go wrong with anything flavored Pina Colada.

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