Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lemonade made with Stevia blends

There is something about a pitcher full of lemonade that gets me excited!
Nothing shouts Summer more than  LEMONADE! I can remember hauling the table and chairs down the lawn, with my neighborhood friends and out onto the street to sell our lemonade. I'm pretty sure we charged a nickel a cup, which we would get a few takers, mostly neighbors! Hahaha! But, we were entrepreneurs at 8 years old!

This classic lemonade made with Stevia Blend instead of sugar, has the same great taste, however less calories and low in glysemic index!

Lemonade with Stevia blend

3/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend or Steviacane
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 10 large lemons)
6 cups cold water

Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher, mix well and serve over ice.
Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs!

About Steviacane- A 5 calorie sweetner made of pure stevia and  cane sugar. Steviacane has 2/3 less calories than sugar, no chemicals or fillers, and it tastes and bakes like sugar. Stevia is a plant from the chrysanthemum family and originates from Paraguay, South America. It has been used as a sweetener for centuries and has zero calories and a low glycemic index.

Truvia Baking Blend-more info on this blend

Summer starts today! Yay! 

Our annual family trip to Lake Chelan starts on Friday! This has for 30 plus years, signaled the start of Summer! We bought this condo when our children were very young and they grew up going each Summer, as soon as they got out of school!

Now, my son and family bought the condo next door, so that his children can grow up and continue the tradition. And my oldest son and family stays near by at a newer complex that we can easily bike to. Other family members are not regulars, but, come when schedules and traveling works for them. 

Over the years the area has grown, it is not only a recreational area, but has developed into a fabulous grape growing area, over 200 acres of wine grapes and over 30 wineries. The Lake Chelan Valley’s young and lively wine scene is attracting attention from winemakers, grape growers and wine enthusiasts from through-out the region. Many wineries feature live summer music and lot's of savory dining options. There are annual wine weekends that include Red Wine & Chocolate, Spring Barrel Tasting and Lake Chelan Crush. In the Winter there is skiing and snowmobiling very close by.

Needless to say, I'm so excited for Friday to come, can't wait until we hit the road! Our bikes are off the hooks in the garage, the bike rack is on the back of our SUV and our tires are inflated!

We always stop at the Country Boy's BBQ in Cashmere, Wa. and have lunch, and the Anjou Bakery for the best marionberry pie in the world! While there, we pick up a couple chocolate croissants for later! Family tradition is honking the horn through the tunnel just out of Wenatchee, and the game, who see's the lake first when we come down out of the mountains into the valley of Lake Chelan! Once there, of course the squirt gun/water balloon fight, a few outings to Slide Waters and lot's of BBQ! We all have so many great memories here and are creating new ones with our children and grandchildren!


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pasta, Pea and Bacon Salad

I highly recommend this Pasta Salad for your Fourth of July celebration- and any other time you want a quick to make crowd pleaser!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Teriyaki Mushrooms

 This is the perfect accompaniment for your steak or mushroom burger! Add chicken for a stir fry one pot meal. Very quick to make and flavor packed!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Brussel Sprouts with pancetta

Brussels Sprouts

They are like the proverbial stepchild of the vegetable world.  Some people run  in horror when you speak their name while others hesitate in the realm of distrust when the words “brussels sprouts” are uttered. I don’t know and haven’t quite determined why or why not some adore and others detest this tiny cabbage-like vegetable, but I know one thing – I love them!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Not so SECRET Sauce!

Just in time for memorial day weekend! This is the sauce you love at that "World Famous Burger place"!  This ideal secret sauce for burgers is a carefully balanced, creamy blend with just enough acid, spice, smokiness, and sweetness. This was developed especially for a burger, but it works just as well as for fries, onion rings, sandwiches, deviled eggs (instead of mayo), and more. I think this concoction is just right, but it's easy to adjust the proportions according to personal taste to create your own house secret sauce.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Cilantro Margarita!

Cinco de Mayo-
The commemoration of the Mexican/French battle is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico. However, all public schools are closed nationwide in Mexico on May 5. The day is an official holiday in the State of Puebla, where the Battle took place, and also a full holiday (no work) in the neighboring State of Veracruz.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Crispy Cheddar Smash Potatoes!

These Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish to any meal!  They're cheesy, buttery and so flavorful!