Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Go Go Gadget Tuesday

It has been a while since Gadget Tuesday.  I wanted to bring it back because there are so many fun kitchen/cooking gadgets out there (good and not so great).  This day, this gadget is one of the best.

I have made the most wonderful gadget discovery.  I was at my favorite stores, Bread Beckers. (The Becker family has a wonderful store of whole grains, natural foods, cookbooks, classes, on-line videos, and more.  Check out their web site - www.breadbeckers.com.)  As I was checking down each isle to see if there could possibly be something that I needed (ha, ha, there is always something I find that I need), this little number jumped out at me. 
 It is a 'Chef' Salad Dressing Emulsifier.  
Why is this gadget so special?  Well, the first reason is, I am a salad lover.  I could eat some type of salad for lunch and dinner.  The second reason is, I love to make fresh dressings and vinaigrette.  This little gadget makes it fun and easy (oh, and in my opinion you need more than one).

All that is needed to create your own dressing is: 
1. Pour your ingredients into the bottle
2. Squeeze the trigger                           
The stir stick blends the ingredients automatically.

There are recipes on the side of the bottle. Score!

Other features are:
   *easy to use
   *It has a leak proof lid for storage
   *Dishwasher safe (easily to disassemble for cleaning and easily reassembled)
   
Lastly, I will leave you with my favorite dressing recipe (and of course happens to be on the side of the bottle).

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Ingredients:
1/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a dressing bottle or small mason jar or if you have my favorite dressing emulsifier - shake, stir, or pull the bottle trigger.  You now have a great dressing and a happy salad.

Have a Wonderful Tuesday!
Blessings,

















Sunday, August 6, 2017

5 Months of Happenings or My How Time Flies

There is an old saying that is, oh, so true for me right now; “My, how time flies when you’re having fun.”  And boy have we been having fun.  This post is going to quickly recap the craziness that has been my life for the last 5 months.

Let’s get this calendar of events started with the month of February. February was the month that we moved from the home we have had for 14 years (Do you know how much stuff you accumulate in 14 years?) to our new home we had built in the North Georgia Mountains.  We broke ground in June of 2016 and the house was completed on February of 2017.


Moving on to the month of March.  This month did not slow down.  It was moving at warp speed.  There were boxes to unpack, getting settled, and making our new place look like home.  And the fun did not end there. 

March 25th I was on the road to a very special baby shower in Tennessee. Then leaving Tennessee for a Food Photography Workshop in Charleston with 2 of my favorite people in the world - Helene Dujardin and Tami Hardeman-Boutté.  I believe (and Helene can correct me if I am wrong) I have worked 12 workshops and there has never been a dull moment and always a good time.  The added benefit is the attendees.
(*side note: Helene and Tami are doing a Food Styling and Photo Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, September 27th to October 1st. What a wonderful workshop that will be.  To find out more and how to sign-up click on this link: Tuscany, Italy Workshop )


March Workshop:
Helene doing her magic

Tami creating the most beautiful sandwich ever
attendee practicing technique

and let's not forget the beach


March is out and April is in:
April was the month for birthdays – my middle son is at the beginning of the month. My birthday comes in the middle (was not ready to turn 59).
Matthew with his son Julian
The day after my birthday a new member of the family arrived:  Lillian Grace Stephens 7 lbs. 2 oz.
Lillian Grace
Trip to West Palm to meet Lillian
Proud Papa

May was a Mother's Day Lunch and a visit from family.  


We start off June with a visit to the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville, GA. for an extended exhibit of work by Ansel Adams.  If you ever have a chance to visit this museum you will not be disappointed.  It is kind of a hidden treasure.


Next came a week with our oldest grandson.  I loved this week and wish it had lasted longer.  It was like Summer Camp – hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, paddle boating, games, art, late night movies.  It was quite a week.  I am already planning next year. 

        




As a family, we sent the end of June out with a bang.  We celebrated a long overdue Family Reunion to break in our new home.  There was food, fun, and just spending time together. The rest of the week was spent at the lake, pool, and a trip to Blue Ridge for a train ride.






Well, this ends my story of the 5 months of adventure.  Stay tuned for more happenings, more fun, and more recipes.
Ya'll Come Back Now, Ya Hear

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Charleston Workshop Continued

Here are more shots from the January workshop.  The weather was perfect. The meals, as always, were great.  Each day was packed with instruction and fun. Helene, John, and Gina did a great job.  I believe it just deserved a second post: from food styling, going to meet the fishing boats, making gnocchi, and the beach.  It was quite a week.
                              
                                    
                                   
                                
                                

Thanks so Much,

**A side note:  
    There is another work shop coming up in March.  If you 
    are interested go to workshop link for all the information.