Food & Drink

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Hummus is such a delicious snack! It goes well with crackers, vegetables, or tortilla chips. It is also pretty simple to make and there are so many varieties of flavors you can add when making your hummus. One of my favorite varieties of hummus is roasted red pepper! Here is a recipe that I have used.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) Can of Chickpeas

  • ½ cup Diced Roasted Red Peppers

  • 1 Clove of Garlic

  • 1 TBSP of Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil

  • ½ Tsp of Salt

  • ½ Tsp of Cumin

  • (Optional) Tahini

Directions

  1. First, drain and rinse the chickpeas.

  2. Next, add the chickpeas and all of the other ingredients except the olive oil into the food processor.

  3. Blend all of the ingredients in the food processor. As it is pulsing and blending, drizzle the olive oil slowly into the top of the food processor.

  4. Pulse and blend until the ingredients have turned into a smooth mixture.

  5. Place in the refrigerator to keep cool.

  6. Bring out your crackers or veggies and enjoy snacking away!

A Sweet Treat-5 Ingredient Fudge

I made this quick and easy fudge for Christmas. I changed a few things this year, but previously have made this fudge the basic way. It hardly takes any time and I did receive a few compliments on it! This would be a great addition to your New Year’s Eve Party if you are looking for a sweet, fast, and easy recipe!

Peanut Butter Fudge

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp vanilla

  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

(The recipe that I made was Maple Peanut Butter Fudge)

I used homemade Madagascar Vanilla in place of vanilla and used ½ cup creamy peanut butter with ½ cup of Paul Family Farm’s Maple Peanut Butter. I also lined an 8×8 baking dish in foil before pouring in the mixture.

Instructions

  1. Combine the sugar and the milk in a large saucepan over medium high heat.

  2. Stir it just until the sugar is incorporated into the milk, then leave it alone.

  3. When the mixture comes to a boil (as soon as you start seeing consistent bubbles), start a timer for about 2 and a half minutes. Don’t stir! You don’t want to disrupt the sugar crystals.

  4. Remove the pot from the heat, add the salt, vanilla and peanut butter.

  5. Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon just until the peanut butter is melted and mixed throughout. (About a minute or two.)

  6. Pour the fudge mixture into the pan and smooth the top. Put the pan on a cooling rack to set and cool completely. It usually takes a couple of hours.

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Tea Challenge

(For All Tea Lovers)-Sicilian Tea Company-21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge

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Hello Tea Lovers! Although my daily morning routine starts out with a cup of joe, I do enjoy a cup of tea throughout the day!  I came across the 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge from Sicilian Tea Company and I love the concept!  It is supposed to begin in October.  I’m going to try really hard to complete the daily challenge.  If you want to learn more about it, here is the link: http://www.sicilianteacompany.com/challenge.

I love how the challenge wants to give an opportunity to make space in your life for you!  I know over the years, I feel as if I get so caught up in the world around me, that I have been losing pieces of myself.  The continuous battle to please everyone else and be who everyone else expects you to be can be exhausting and can take a toll on your life.

This challenge will provide you a with a daily workbook to track and journal your progress throughout the challenge.  It also is going to offer recipes and brewing tips. (Make sure you sign up for the email to receive everything for the challenge.)  The one major goal in this challenge that I want to accomplish is that for 21 days, I want to be able to unplug from life for 10-15 minutes. (No computer; emails; cell phone, TV, or multitasking-just sit and drink a cup of tea.)  This is more difficult for me than it sounds. At the end of the day is when I’m going to aim to give up the 10-15 minutes.  I’m hoping it will lead into a more peaceful, good night’s rest.

Let me know how you feel about the 21 Day Tea Challenge and if you are interested in joining as well! Everyone needs to take a little time for themselves and relax. We all deserve 10-15 minutes a day to enjoy a little bit of peace!

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Here are a few of my favorite tea products from MacKenzie-Childs.

http://www.mackenzie-childs.com/home

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Courtly Check Enamel Tea Kettle-2 Quart-$105.00

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              Courtly Check Enamel Mug-$40.00

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              Courtly Check Travel Mug-$25.00

 

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In honor of “National Coffee Day,”  I wanted to share this little story.  I was blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity for many years to be a part of my Grandpap’s daily morning routine.  These were some of the best mornings of my life!  My Grandpap worked up until the age of 92.  He was passionate and loved the family business that he continued to grow from his father.  I would go to his house to pick him up and he always offered me a piece of chocolate of my choice from his assortment of hershey miniatures.  Once he was ready to start his day, we would have daily conversations while at his house and continue talking as I would drive him to his destinations for the day.  No matter whether the topics were good or bad, I always felt that life was going to be ok.  I would drive him to World Importing (Our deli), and he would walk around the store and check on everything to make sure it was in order.  While he gathered paperwork and completed his daily checklist routine, I would check his lottery tickets to see if he had won, and before we left, I poured us both a cup of coffee, and he made sure to give me a cookie every morning before we left to proceed to Romeo & Sons.  Those mornings have given me the best memories.  Words can’t describe how much I miss and cherish that morning routine!  What I would give to have another day to see his smile, embrace him in that hug, and have just one more cup of coffee with him… 

 

So Long Summer…End of Summer Tea

Coffee is a must to start my day, but I love a nice glass of iced tea throughout the day!  Today, I decided to make Hibiscus Watermelon Tea with Mint, Lavender, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Balm, and Honey.  I used some of my favorite herbs that I grew this summer to add to the flavor of this delicious summertime tea.  Here is my recipe…

Hibiscus Watermelon Tea with Herbs

  • 12-14 cups of water (depending on how strong you want your tea)
  • 10 Republic of Tea Hibiscus Watermelon tea bags
  • Handful of seasonal herbs:  (1 tsp) Lavender, Mint, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Balm
  • 3 tbsp of honey (I used Wildflower Honey)
  1. Pour your cups of water into a pot.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Add your 10 tea bags.
  4. Steep for 7 minutes.
  5. Remove your tea bags.
  6. Add your herbs and honey.  Stir.
  7. Ready to drink!

*I let my tea cool for a few minutes before adding ice and pouring it into my container.

Enjoy!

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