Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tomato Basil Pretzel Roll Bruschetta Recipe

Sorry it's been awhile since I've shared a new recipe with you! We had our housewarming BBQ last weekend, and I also did some volunteering for a Habitat anniversary celebration, along with family staying with us for the weekend! It was crazy busy, but we made so many new memories! I love times like those!

Since we just ate our first garden tomatoes today, I had to share this amazing tomato recipe with you!

Have you all tried pretzel rolls yet? They are my latest obsession since I'm such a huge pretzel lover! I had some leftover rolls, along with some tomatoes from my trip to Trader Joes, so I decided to whip up some of this fantastic bruschetta! I have to say, it's up there in my favorites. What's not to love with tomatoes, garlic and basil?? Enjoy!


Tomato Basil Pretzel Roll Bruschetta (click here to print recipe)
2 servings

What you need:
1- 4.5 ounce soft pretzel roll stick or french bread, sliced
olive oil

1 cup mini heirloom tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the sliced bread with olive oil and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and balsamic. Add salt and pepper as needed.

Top the toasts with the tomato mixture and serve immediately. 

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This recipe is shared at these blogs: Love Bakes Good Cakes, The Best Blog Recipes

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Perfect Summertime Treat: STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars and Giveaway!

I'm a huge fan of cold treats on a hot summer day. Popsicles are my absolute favorite. My daughter and I always sit in the shade on the porch, eat our cool snacks and enjoy each others company. When I learned that STARBURST™ Brand came out with their new Strawberry Sorbet Bars, I was super excited to try them! Strawberry is one of the best flavors and to see one of my favorite childhood candies in a bar, that's happiness!

These bars are creamy and smooth! The strawberry flavor is incredible and I love that they are square shaped, just like the candy! This is definitely one of my new favorites since I prefer fruity flavors over anything chocolaty. Even better, they are only 70 calories! That's a great snack for everyone! So whether you're enjoying a weekend at the beach or just need a little time to yourself to recharge, STARBURST™ Sorbet Bars provide you with a cool, refreshing and enjoyable treat.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dark Sweet Cherry Almond Ice Cream Recipe

Another ice cream recipe, you say? Yes!! I couldn't resist posting this one right away since it's peak cherry season right now! Cherry season is my favorite time of the year!! Ice cream tastes wonderful when it's hot outside and the cherry and almond flavor combo is to die for! This is one recipe I will be making every year at this time.

I'm also in love with the awesome dish the ice cream is pictured with. A couple weekends ago we visited my sister in Mankato, and ventured to Blue Sky Antiques in St James, MN! I picked up this neon colored beauty for a couple bucks! If you're ever in the area, make sure you stop by! They have some wonderful antiques at fantastic prices! I picked up a few pieces of vintage Pyrex, which I will be posting a recipe with soon!


Dark Sweet Cherry Almond Ice Cream (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
pinch of salt
2 cups bing cherries, pitted and quartered

Whisk together the heavy cream, half and half, sugar, almond extract and salt until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into the bowl of an ice cream maker and start churning. Add bing cherries and churn until ice cream thickens, about 20 minutes. Store in a sealed container.

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This recipe is shared at these blogs: The Best Blog RecipesLove Bakes Good CakesThe Chef Next Door, The Better Baker

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tuna Burger with Cilantro Garlic Aioli Recipe and Summer Grilling Party with Red Gold Tomatoes

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! We were busy cleaning house, planning menus and getting the yard together for our housewarming BBQ this coming weekend! It's been almost 7 months since we purchased our Habitat for Humanity home, it's about time we celebrate! We've been so incredibly blessed with our home, and we love having our own space and yard! It will be great showing it off to friends and family!

Speaking of BBQ's, Red Gold Tomatoes is having a Summer Grillin' Party over on Facebook! Through July 23rd, you can head over there and register to win some great prizes! They are also sharing some great recipes, grilling tips and videos! Click here to check out all the fun!!

Today's recipe is inspired by Red Gold Tomatoes. Have you ever made tuna burgers? I haven't until now, and oh boy, have I been missing out! These burgers pack tons of flavor, and are SO cheap to make!! I have been sleeping on them for sure! I can't wait to try some different flavors! As you can see, my burger patties got a little large, you can always make six burgers instead of four if you prefer them smaller. The Cilantro Garlic Aioli is to die for and it's the perfect topping for this burger! Enjoy!


Tuna Burger with Cilantro Garlic Aioli (click here to print recipe)
4-6 burgers

What you need:
2- 5 ounce cans tuna, drained
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1- 14.5 ounce can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice and Cilantro
2 eggs, beaten
a pinch of each salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns, toasted under the broiler
1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 cup mayo
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
a pinch of each salt and pepper

Drain the canned tomatoes through a strainer and squeeze the juice from the tomatoes until most liquid is removed.

Combine tuna, bread crumbs, onion, tomatoes, beaten eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Shape into 4 patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile in a small food processor, add mayo, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper and process until combined. Refrigerate until serving.

Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the tuna patties, and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned. Spread the Cilantro Garlic Aioli on a toasted bun, add tuna patty and serve!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Book Review: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Book Summary:

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

My thoughts:
I LOVED Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I read it in 8 hours on our way back from Michigan a few years ago.

I've been waiting for this sequel since then, and I was so excited to read it. This book is just as wonderful as the first, visually. The photos are fun and of course, very peculiar. These details make the book and the series what they are. Fun and interesting. It picks up right where the first book left off, so a refresher is definitely needed if it's been awhile since you've read it.

Overall, this book was almost as good as the first for me. I fell in love with the characters even more and this adventure was exciting. There are some parts that have you at the edge of your seat, wondering if the children and Miss Peregrine will make it through. It's great for young adults as well as adults and it's so worth the read.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars

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