Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Is it Mojito time yet?

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

What We Ate with links and recipes…

So I posted a teaser the other day of all f the food that we ate over the Memorial Day weekend but right after that my computer developed a virus and it took me until Friday of last week to get everything figured back out.  I was so lucky and ended up not losing anything but some of the files are different and I had to reinstall some things.  Anyway as promised…

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Starting from the upper right hand corner and going clock wise and finishing up in the middle:

 DSC_0182 Tzatziki sauce – this is typically used with souvlaki and gyros but we used the leftovers all weekend sometimes even as a salad dressing!!!

DSC_0185 Greek Salad – Really simple dressing that is fresh and quick to make.

DSC_0264 Marinated Shrimp Salad – So simple and the best thing is you make it the night before and allow it to marinate all night.  Then just take it with you the day of the party.


Watermelon infused with watermelon Vodka:  Simply take a whole water melon and cut a hole in the skin just large enough for a funnel to fit in.  Do this about 12 hrs before serving.  Fill the funnel with watermelon vodka and allow the watermelon to absorb it.  Keep doing this until the desired amount is in the watermelon.  Chill and slice immediately before serving.  Place a cork in the whole for transporting to the party!

DSC_0189 Pork Souvlaki:  This is the souvlaki recipe that I got from my friend Peter over at Kalofagas.  It is the best I have ever tasted and made by me at home!

DSC_0188 Bread – We bought it from our favorite German bakery and brushed it with garlic infused olive oil and grilled it…

Michelob Ultra – Yummmmmm!

DSC_0194Summer Berries with berry reduction and whipped cream (recipe to follow in a day or so)

Happy Summer!!!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Finally my computer is back to normal and “healthy” banana bread!

I have had some major issues going on with my computer and the bank for the past week.  My computer was attacked by a virus and then my bank account was compromised so they cancelled my access…been a fun week trying to get everything back to normal but at least my computer is up and working!!! 

Most of you know that I have been trying to eat healthier and lose some pounds that have been steadily creeping up. Well, I am proud to say that I am now down almost 20 lbs from what I was at the beginning of the year!!!  Feeling much better and liking the way that my body feels and looks!  One of the things I have been doing is not baking so much but when I do to substitute some of the fat for apple sauce, bananas or pumpkin puree.  So the other day when I had some oldish bananas I set to work…


Banana, Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Quick Bread


1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup banana, mashed (about 2 medium sized bananas)
1/4 cup milk
2 cups all purpose flour (next time I will try 1/2 of it whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks (I used semi-sweet but you can use what you like)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F

  • In a mixing bowl mix the apple sauce and sugar.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each one.
  • Add the banana and the milk.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and salt and add to the wet mixture until just blended.
  • Using a spoon mix in the strawberries and chocolate chips
  • Pour into a greased 9X5X3 inch loaf pan and bake in your preheated 350 degree over for about 1 hr and 10 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  • cool for 10 minutes in pan then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.

***Based on 16 slices from the loaf of quick bread this is 3 WW Points

Sunday, June 6, 2010

What we ate...

Hopefully I will be able to get a full post up soon...wish me luck!

Oh, and that watermelon? Filled with watermelon Vodka!!!