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Memorial Day

27 May

God Bless America!!

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone!!  While we are spending time with our families at picnics and barbeques, let’s not forget the real reason why we celebrate:  to remember and show gratitude to all of the amazing members of Armed Forces.

How does your family celebrate Memorial Day?

Mine is pretty typical: FOOD!  Lots of yummy food!

Because I had to work today, we traveled north to my parent’s house on Sunday and had a cook-out.

My mom made broccoli salad:


lamb kebobs (my favorite thing in the world!) & hot dogs for Miss. Picky Pants:


you can’t eat lamb at my house with hot pepper sauce, garlic aioli, & Syrian bread:



and corn on the cob:


I made Christina’s grandma’s macaroni salad, which was a big hit:


and her step-mom’s strawberry salsa with cinnamon sugar chips (recipe below):



Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon-Sugar Chips:

Strawberry Salsa:


  • 1 lb. strawberries, diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled & diced
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 2 T. white sugar, 1 T. brown sugar, 3 T. strawberry preserves

Mix everything together in a container with lid and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Cinnamon-Sugar Chips:


  • Flour tortillas (at least 8)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 stick butter, depending on how many tortillas you use
  • Cinnamon & Sugar to taste

Pile the tortillas on top of each other and cut into wedges.  Dissolve 4 T.sugar into melted butter, then baste onto chips.  Sprinkle more sugar on top and then dust with cinnamon.  The sugary butter makes them brown and crisp up perfectly!  We put the oven on broil and watched them until they turned golden brown and crispy.  I walked away from the first batch and they ended up burned to a crisp, so be careful!  Everyone’s oven heats differently, so I recommend doing a  small batch first and use that to determine how long yours need to stay in.

BPA-Free + Balanced Bites

9 Apr

This week, I knew I had to get serious about eating better.  I feel like I’ve been making healthier choices, but I don’t think I’m eating enough.

For example, on Monday I ate a banana after my run along with 2 whole wheat Wasa crackers with almond butter.  I was feeling pretty good and I felt confident about the lunch I packed.


How cute are these little containers that MiraBrands sent me to test out?  Keep an eye because next week I’ll be doing a giveaway and one lucky reader will get a set of their own!  The containers are food-grade  stainless steel and the lids are LDPE #4 (non-toxic) plastic.  Both are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, and lead.  You can read more about why I chose BPA-free containers here.

Lunch was perhaps too simple:


1 cup of strawberries….and 2 cans of drained tuna with just a small dab of light mayo and black pepper


Believe it, the larger container held 2 cans of tuna with room to spare.  Not only was I impressed by the capacity, but also the fact that at no point during the morning did I SMELL tuna.  Those lids locked pretty darn tight and passed my tuna test.  🙂

I had packed 3 hard-boiled eggs for added protein, but then I realized that they were getting to be around 2 weeks old.  While I scoff in the face of expiration dates on uncooked eggs, cooked eggs are a little bit more susceptible to salmonella.  I didn’t want to risk it, so no eggs for me.  I believe this oversight was where my self-sabotage began.

When I got home from work, I immediately popped 3 porkchops into a balsamic, agave-maple, and olive oil marinate for an hour.  Then, I roasted some brussells sprouts in garlic and broiled the pork chops.  Everything was just eh.  The porkchops didn’t have enough time to really get much flavor and I just didn’t feel full.

By 8 pm I had a pounding headache and checked my calorie counting app only to discover that I had consumer less than 700 calories for the day.  So, I drank a few beers and fell into a deep sleep.

I think that today went a tad bit better, and I’m hoping that by Saturday I can find some kind of non-coffee-induced energy balance.  I know that clean eating falls in the middle of the spectrum, somewhere between starvation and over-indulgence.  I just have to find a way to avoid the extremes.  AKA the story of my life.

In Memory on Memorial Day

29 May

I don’t have anything fantastical to report from Memorial Day.

To be honest, I was completely exhausted from our trip and then we had to drive an additional hour to visit my parents on Monday.

Because it was Memorial Day, I decided to make one of my grandmother (Bubba)’s pies.

Strawberry Pie.

I don’t have any specific memory of this pie, like I do many of her other desserts, but it felt appropriate for Memorial Day.  Both in significance, season and stars & stripes.

I’ve spoken about my grandmother before here, and it is so special to me that I am able to share her love of cooking on a day created to remember loved ones who have moved on. ♥

This pie is so simple and I know I didn’t do it justice.  I know what I did wrong, easily fixable for my next attempt.

First, combine in a saucepan:

Keep stirring it until it gets thick and syrupy:

While the filling is becoming delicious, put 4 cups of sliced strawberries into a pie crust.

I used a shortbread pre-made crust because I had absolutely no desire to make a crust Monday morning.

After my filling was done, I poured it over the pie crust and popped it in the fridge to set.

In my rush, I forgot to grab a pack of 2 pie crusts and with an impatient brother lurking around I knew we needed to make this pie happen.  Use your discretion on picking the right size receptacle for your ooey goodness – and don’t let children peer pressure you into “just dumping it all” in.

The pie didn’t have time to set (which would’ve taken a week or so based on the size), unfortunately.  We wanted to scarf it down long before it was ready.


No complaints here!  Next time, my pie will stay together – just you wait.  🙂  The fact that it didn’t turn out kind of makes me smile, because if you knew Bubba – she wasn’t the type of woman to let one failure stop her from success.

I hope that you all got to spend Memorial Day with the ones you love, remembering all the ones who’ve come before.

And enjoy some Strawberry Pie Soup

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