Summer

**FATHER’S DAY ALERT!!!** Summer’s HEEEEERE

 

Summer’s coming and this would be a great utensil to have. I found this and thought it was so inventive and useful.

Grill Wrangler – Three-in-one BBQ tool.

Grill Wrangler - Three-in-one BBQ tool

With a simple slide-n-lock mechanism, Grill Wrangler transforms to tongs to spatula to grilling fork.

Features:
– Tongs – wide mouth with smooth spring action for grabbing and gripping
– Spatula – large stainless steel face with steam vents
– Fork – easy-release button for sticking, turning and serving

Materials:
– Stainless steel
– Plastic handle

 
 
 
 

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March 28 – 15% off All Graduation Announcements and Invitations – Limited Time Only

 

Save 15% off all graduation announcement and graduation invitation orders of $75 or more using the code MAR15GRAD at checkout.


 
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March 24 – Homemade Banana Ice Cream

 

I was asked to re-post this by a family member. They love Banana Ice Cream and these are healthy and easy ways to make it. Adding walnuts and chocolate would be a great addition.


 

Not all of us have ice cream makers. However, you can make Banana Ice Cream at home without an ice cream maker. Follow the video below. We’ve tried it and it’s delicious.


 
 

For all you vegans out there I haven’t forgotten about you, this one is our favorite. Check out this video.


 

 
 
 
 
 

Photo property of Amazon.com


 
 
 

Deni 5540 Automatic Soft-Serve Ice-Cream Maker

by: Deni


 
 

Amazon Price: $50.97 (price subject to change)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
Legends and Myths of Ices & Ice Cream (www.whatscookingamerica.net)
 
 
 
 

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February 27 – Happy Birthday Tiny Prints

 

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Tiny Prints is having a 25% OFF SITEWIDE sale this week to celebrate their birthday.

tiny prints 25 percent off sitewide thru 3

Save 25% off all orders using the code BDAY13 at checkout.

There is no minimum purchase required.

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When: Now through 03/05/2013 at 11:59pm PT

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September 28 – National Strawberry Cream Pie day

 

Today is Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Photo by Chef #1418921
Strawberry Cream Pie With Sugar Cookie Crust

Did you know that 70% of a strawberry cream pie’s weight comes from the strawberries themselves? That’s a lot considering that the fruit isn’t even in season in September!

When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings.

Find your favorite kind of strawberry cream pie or sample a selection to celebrate Strawberry Cream Pie Day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
Strawberry Cream Pie Day (punchbowl.com)
 
 

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Goodbye summer……BIG hello to Fall

 

Hello Fall, welcome!

I have never been more happy to say the word “Goodbye” in my life.

California doesn’t usually get, what I call East Coast Summers. It’s been overwhelmingly hot,
humid and just down right sticky. Very uncommon for the West Coast.

This summer was the worst I can remember. It was the kind of heat that drained you of all your energy.

Well, no more FALL has arrived and I say WELCOME come on in and stay a while, a looooong while.

This is my favorite time of year. I love the “Hoilday Season,” the air is cool, crisp, clean and the leaves are changing (just beautiful).

I love thinking about sitting in the high school bleachers watching a Friday night football game drinking coffee or hot chocolate.

I’m in heaven right now.
 
 
 

 
Weight Watcher Guru Inspiring Fall Season Recipes Points Plus Cookbook (Weight Watcher Guru Series)
by: Candice J. Lewis

Amazon Price: $4.97


 
 
 
 
 

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September 22 – National Ice Cream Cone Day

 

Today Is “Ice Cream Cone Day” Gotta do another Happy Dance

It’s odd National Ice Cream Cone Day is celebrated on the very last weekend of the summer, but it was invented on this day so celebrate the day the ice cream cone was invented, September 22nd, 1903.

I eat all ice cream flavors all year long, but it’s usually ice cream I buy at the supermarket and put in a bowl not a cone.

An ice cream cone is a dry, cone-shaped shell, usually made of a wafer similar in texture to a waffle, which enables ice cream to be held in the hand and eaten without a bowl or spoon. Various types of ice cream cones include waffle cones, cake cones (or wafer cones), sugar cones and chocolate-coated cones.

A variety of double cone exists that allows two scoops of ice cream to be served side by side. Ice cream cones may also be made with a flat bottom instead of the pointed lower bottom, enabling the ice cream and “cone” to stand upright on a surface without support. These types of wafer cups are called kiddie cups, cake cones or cool cups.

It’s funny there is no mention of ice cream on this day just the cone. Maybe we are all suppose to buy a box of cones and just eat them 🙂 I prefer waffle cones myself.

Today’s Assignment: Eat ice cream from only a cone. Whether you get it at an ice cream shop or buy the ice cream and the cones at the supermarket, you must put the ice cream in a cone. The assignment is unlimited and can be done as many times as needed. 😉
 
 
 
 

 
Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery
by: Dabney Gough

Amazon Price: $14.98


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
Ice Cream Cone (en.wikipedia.org)
 
 

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September 16 – National Guacamole Day

 

National Guacamole Day


 
Today is National Guacamole Day, not to be confused with the November 14th holiday National Spicy Guacamole Day. Here, in California the grocery stores sell Haas avocados so I prefer Haas over other avocados for Guacamole.

I have to admit I always have a problem picking a ripe avocado. You can usually tell when it’s ripe when the skin is dark, but also keep in mind an avocado should yield to gentle pressure when you squeeze it in your palm. I typically will buy avocados that are firm and let them ripen naturally.

I love fresh guacamole. I prefer my guacamole very plain I love to taste the avocado and not all the added ingredients.

The Hass website has a few guacamole recipes that I think you all will enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Guac Off!
by: Nathan Myers

Amazon Price: $9.96


 
 
 
 

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National Breakfast Month – Recipe #3 – Melon, Berry, and Pear Salad with Cayenne-Lemon-Mint Syrup

 
 

Recipe #3 – Melon, Berry, and Pear Salad with Cayenne-Lemon-Mint Syrup

 
 

Photo Property of Oxmoor House


 
Please enjoy the third recipe of the month for “National Breakfast Month”: Melon, Berry, and Pear Salad with Cayenne-Lemon-Mint Syrup. The great thing about this site is it will show put a $ next to the ingredients on sale in your area. You must log in to see item(s) on sale.

This couldn’t get any easier. Cut everything up, mix it together, through it in the refrigerator and you have a nice light and refreshing breakfast, or a snack, for a few days.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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September 7 – National Acorn Squash Day

 

Today is National Acorn Squash Day!


 
Acorn squash also called pepper squash or Des Moines squash is a winter squash with distinctive longitudinal ridges and sweet, yellow-orange flesh. Although considered a winter squash, acorn squash belongs to the same species as all summer squashes (including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash).

The most common variety is dark green in color, often with a single splotch of orange on the side or top. However, newer varieties have arisen, including Golden Acorn, so named for its glowing yellow color, as well as varieties that are white. Acorn squashes can also be variegated (multi-colored). As the name suggests, its shape resembles that of an acorn. Acorn squashes typically weigh one to two pounds and are between four and seven inches long. Acorn squash is good and hardy to save throughout the winter in storage, keeping several months in a cool dry location such as a cold cellar.

Acorn squash is very easily grown. Seeds are started after all danger of frost is past and the soil is warm or within 3–4 weeks before the predicted last frost date in the area. Seeds directly sown are placed one inch deep, 5-6 to a hill; hills are 6 feet in all direction from other hills. As with other squash varieties, the acorn squash produces yellow trumpet flowers which are also edible. Tops (about three inches) from the end are also edible. They are one of the common vegetable (as greens) in the Philippines. The stem has a prickly feel, so be careful when handling the plant. Roughly 85 days after germinating, acorn squash are ready to be harvested. Curing takes a week to ten days in a sheltered area outside, or a warm dry place like a dry storage space, protected from frost.

Acorn squash is commonly baked, but can also be microwaved, sauteed or steamed. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Fill the halves with whatever stuffing you desire, rice, meat or vegetable. Place the stuffed shells in a baking dish, add about a cup of water or broth, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350° until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork. The seeds of the squash are also eaten, usually after being toasted. This squash is not as rich in beta-carotene as other winter squashes, but is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.

With winter around the corner it doesn’t get much better than Acorn Squash Soup. Steam the squash until tender. When cool enough to handle, remove the skin and mash the squash. Add the squash to a stock, broth or bouillon of choice and blend with an immersion blender. Add milk, half and half or cream and season with nutmeg, dill weed and salt and pepper to taste. Heat and serve. Delectable! And for a special occasion, serve in a squash shell. Be sure to heat the shells by holding them under hot water first or they will suck all the heat out of the soup.

And for dessert there’s Acorn Squash Pie. Just follow your favorite recipe for pumpkin pie only use mashed acorn squash instead of pumpkin.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sources:
Acorn Squash (en.wikipedia.org)

National Acorn Squash Day (examiner.com)
 
 
 
 
 

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