ALS/MND Ice Bucket Challenge

You’ve no doubt been watching the ALS/MND Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s great fun for a very good cause.
Many actors and performers have delighted us with fun and creative antics. May I submit this as the best one yet!

The best!
I love the internet.
Go to http://www.alsa.org/
and https://www.justgiving.com/mndassoc/ to see how you can help.

Homemade Crème Fraîche

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Wanna know what I learned to do? I made my own crème fraîche!

I’ve been getting my supply at the specialty market, sometimes they have it at the grocery, but not often. Sour creme is a good substitute, but, I’ve always found it has just too much tang for my taste. Crème fraîche has a… creamier, sweeter, flavor along with just a bit of tang. This discovery has made me so happy! Not only is it going to save me loads of time and money, I always have half a carton of heavy creme sitting around.

Homemade Crème Fraîche
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons Buttermilk

Pour the cream and buttermilk into a clean bowl or jar.
Cover with a paper towel and secure with a rubber band.
Set it undisturbed in a warm place for 12-16 hours. (Don’t worry the acids in the buttermilk with keep any bad bacteria at bay during the curing process)
At the end of it’s time on the counter it should be thick but still pourable.
Cover and refrigerate. Good for up to 1 week.

Kitchen Towel Apron

Super easy project for you or the kids!

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1. Choose your kitchen towel (one towel per apron). I purchased an extra-large brand.
2. Choose your ribbon (about 2 yards). Cut in half to form two ties.

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3. Pin each ribbon at the top of the towel to form the apron strings (ties)
4. With matching thread, hand sew the ribbon to the towel. Repeat several times for strength.
5. Remove the pins and tie on your new apron!

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Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

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I can’t get over what a hit this recipe was! My meat loving family really enjoyed this. Well, I did serve it as a side to grilled chicken. But they confessed that they would have eaten the dish as an entree!

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

1 medium Zucchini
1 medium Summer Squash
2 tablespoons Garlic Olive Oil
3 tablespoons prepared Pesto
3 tablespoons Crème fraîche
2 medium size Tomatoes

Using a mandoline or one of these julienne your squash into long thin strands and set aside.
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De-seed the tomatoes by cutting them in half around the “waist” and scooping out the seeds with a teaspoon or, your finger.
Chop into a large dice.
Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add the tomatoes and cook briefly.
Add the zucchini and toss with the olive oil and tomato.
Mix the pesto and crème fraîche add it into the pan with the zucchini and toss around until everything is well coated and just warmed through.
Top with parmesan cheese.
Makes two dinner size portions or 4 side servings.

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Honeymoon

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Celebrating? Need an elegant and refreshing cocktail?

The Honeymoon

2 oz. Honey Simple Syrup (1/2 c. Honey + 1/2 c. Water: Bring to a boil. Whisk. Chill before use.)
2 oz. Lemon Vodka
Juice of half a lemon
Champagne or Prosecco

To a shaker full of ice add, the honey simple syrup, vodka and lemon juice. Shake until very cold.
Pour into two Champagne flutes. Top with Champagne.

Dinner Tonight for iPad

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Remember when I said Dinner Tonight by Yours Truly would be out Sept. 6th?
I was terribly mistaken, and I do apologize most humbly. Will you forgive me?
It’s not available September 6th for iPad/iBooks, it’s available TODAY!
*Releases party balloons and glitter*
And just $1.99!

Check out a preview:

Meet A Beautiful Mess

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Meet, A Beautiful Mess! Sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman are the owners of the company who, along with their fantastic creative team, focus on bringing happiness through a handmade life style. Their tutorials, recipes, decorating ideas, and photography are a source of constant inspiration!
They have apps too! I’m addicted to their Party! Party! app and the A Beautiful Mess photo app. I’ve used it here on the blog and IRL while on vacation! What can I say other than go by the site and prepare to be amazed!

Party!Party! app in action!