Monday, May 25, 2009

Loose ends

*First, as promised, here are some pix of the adorable cousin duo, Addison and Natalie:

(Sorry they're so small--I couldn't get them to upload any bigger. Natalie is on the right in the first pic, and on the left in the bottom one. It will be really neat for these girls to grow up together! I only had three cousins total, and my kids already have seven!)
*I feel like I've been pretty scattered lately with my blog--and with a lot of other things in my life, too. I don't always remember who I've told what, so if you'd like an update about something, feel free to ask.

*If you're interested and haven't read it yet, you can click here for my dramatic re-telling of how I spent Memorial Day 8 years ago.

*A random question for you--in the summer, I prefer to avoid using the oven when possible. I'm hoping to find a few new recipes to add to our warm-weather menu, and wondered if you have any suggestions? We're a bit tricky--I don't eat red meat (no pig or cow!), and my husband is allergic to tomatoes and citrus fruits. Yikes, huh? I'd love to hear any ideas you have . . .

*Finally, thanks to Anne Marie for the Kreativ Blogger award. As she said in her post, it pains me that the spelling is as such, but I'm still grateful for Anne Marie's kind words to me!


Mom said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe how much Natalie has grown! Can't wait to see her (and the rest of you!) in person in a few weeks! :)

As for summer menus, one of our favorites for the grill is chicken kabobs -- do you already make those? My "recipe" couldn't be easier -- marinate chunks of boneless chicken breast in teriyaki sauce (we like the Maui Mountain brand), put on skewers, and grill. In fact, this is what we are grilling tonight! I make potato packets for Dad to put on the grill with them (I think you or Monica have posted the recipe for these before) -- no oven!

I don't need to re-read the account of your Memorial Day eight years ago -- I remember it all too well. :( But I'm thankful again that everyone was OK in the end! :)

Love you, Mom

Mary Ann said...

I'm the same way with spelling. It is definitely painful.:-)

As far as summer foods go, I'm going to try my best to keep the house cool by using the oven less this summer. Hopefully, we'll be able to cut energy costs as well!

We love kabobs with any combination of meat and veggies(as your mom already commented). Main dish salads and wraps(tortillas or flatbread filled with veggies and meat) are good. The crockpot can keep the house cooler, but often crockpot meals are more for winter. I've come up with a few so far that will be fine for summer meals- crockpot rotisserie-style chicken (which can be eaten as is or used for salads, wraps,chicken salad, or any casserole), lasagna, beef stroganoff. We also like stir-frys in the summer since we have so many fresh veggies! Since that is a skillet dish, I don't think it heats up the kitchen too much.:-)

Hope this helps!

Wendi said...

The girls are so cute!

I will be doing lots of grilling this summer. Mainated or bbq chicken is always a hit here. I will sometimes use the chicken tenders and put them on skewers. (anything on a stick is a hit with Megan) Alone and sometimes with veggies. Another thing I like is grilled veggie packets a big salad and grilled peaches.

I am also on the look out for some new crockpot ideas. I will share if I find something good.

Jenny said...

Don't worry about spelling we all make mistakes.

Molly said...

My "go-to" things for summer are the grill and salads! I try to plan ahead for other meals and cook in bulk when I am cooking...such as browning lots of ground beef and boiling lots of noodles. That way I get the kitchen hot only one time instead of several! Then I just freeze it all in the portion sizes that I will need later. The ground beef can be used in tacos, taco salad, spaghetti, etc. A little trick I learned while working in a restaurant is to freeze your cooked pasta and then just run it under hot water when you are ready to use it, heating it to the temp you want with just water...easy as pie! I like to make pasta salads for a little variety from just lettuce salads. One easy one we like is to add tuna, cooked peas and carrots and mayonnaise/salt to your taste. We are heading into winter, so I am looking for some good winter recipes that don't take a lot of time but don't use convenience items, since they are not available here. So, if you have any good ones to share I would love to hear about them! :)

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

So, I guess you won't be wanting my crockpot recipe for Jamaican Jerk Pork with Lime Mayo? ;-)

Do y'all like spicy stuff? I have a super-easy crockpot recipe for red beans and rice. It makes a TON and freezes well. If you're interested, the recipe is on my blog. Just do a search.

Frances said...

I thought you had previously mentioned Eric's allergy to I was surprised that you all had pizza at your picnic (described in a recent post). Do you order sauceless pizza?

debra said...

We live in Arizona so I really try to use my oven very little from May until about October. If I do need to use it I use it very early in the day before it gets too hot.

We use our grill most of the time -lots of chicken & fish here. Corn on the cob is great on the grill - keep it in it's husk, on the top rack, if you have one, if not just put it on after the meat. We did hamburgers a week or so ago and my family loved it since we never have them unless we have company. We did beef but turkey burgers work well, too. Salads are always good - save some chicken or fish from one night and use it in a salad the next. We do veggie packets - sliced peppers (all colors), onions, mushrooms, sprayed w/ olive oil and seasoned w/ salt & pepper - place in a piece of tin foil folded like an envelope and cook next to your meat. We also do pasta - on the stove top - it's not too hot.

angela said...

Using a crock pot is a great way to get a good meal without the work or heat of the oven.