My Sweet Marie

Archive for April 2013

This dressing is so tasty, I could drink it! It’s easy and yummy, who can beat that?

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (2-3 small ones)
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp herbes de provence or cilantro chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in your dressing bottle and shake!
  2. Serve with yummy salads topped with avocado, sunflower seeds, carrots,mango and cucumber!

**This recipe from taken from Lyn-Genet Recitas book, the Plan

Here’s a delicious recipe from the book “The Plan”. I haven’t experimented much with lamb but plan to add it in my diet more! This recipe is so delicious and so very easy! Give them a go, I’ll bet your family loves them! This recipe makes four good-sized burgers. I ate mine just on a bed of spinach but I bet it would be delicious on just about any type of bun!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground lamb
  • 1 zucchini grated
  • 4-5 shiitake mushrooms chopped
  • herbs and spices to your liking  (I used basil,tumeric and sriricha)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Form  into patties.
  3. Pan sear or BBQ to desired done-ness!
  4. Enjoy with a side of salad and veggies!

Soon my God-daughter Jodie will marry and you know what that means? Yep, you got it, diets and shopping for the whole family! My sister Marg, sent an e-mail to my sisters asking if we’d like to join her in helping Mom find an outfit for her daughter’s wedding. Being that I have time on my hands right now, I replied with a “You betcha”. The time and date were set.

Since my mother lives almost two hours away I decided to go up the night before and spend some time with Mom and try to get a sense of what she would really like to wear to the wedding. She’s not a big fan of high heels or dresses so she was thinking a suit of some kind. We had a great evening and we got up early enough to have a good breakfast and be ready for Marg’s pick-up time.

Marg picked us up first, then we picked up Monique. Unfortunately Colette was working and not able to join us, too bad as we had some good laughs! Colette would have loved that and likely caused more laughter! The first laugh came when Monique was telling us the story of her lost pedometer. It turns out that like me, Monique has work-out underwear and everyday underwear. Where did we get this crazy idea?

 Well, one day she was out for a walk and lost her pedometer. She retraced her steps a couple of times but alas her new pedometer was gone for good, she thought. Little did she know that later when she went to the washroom and pulled down those famous exercise undies, did she find her pedometer! Her daughter came to the bathroom door thinking all that noise in there meant she was in distress only to find out that Monique was rolling on the floor with laughter as there sitting in her undies was the pedometer! I had to ask, just how big were these panties? Did you not sit down all afternoon or do you not have feeling in your rear end? Seriously you had a pedometer in your panties and couldn’t feel it?

By this point, we are at customs, about to cross the border and we are crying tears of laughter! It’s no wonder the customs guy let us through, he likely thought we needed a day of shopping! More laughs would soon follow when we finally got to the mall. First we had to find the mall and get Marg to slow down enough to take the right exit!

So, we decided on Macey’s to start out. We let Mom loose and she gave us a good idea of what she wanted to try on. We set her up in a fitting room and brought her all kinds of dresses,suits and skirts to try on. She tried on this one pink dress with coat to match which looked lovely but perhaps a bit snug in the mid-section. We all thought perhaps a spanx was all she needed. I went off in search of a pair and Marg and I decided to help her try them on as she was having trouble balancing it all. I have to tell you that I have not laughed like this in a long time. Picture this, Mom in the middle pulling up on the spanx, Marg in behind and me in front trying to pull these things up. Monique was standing outside the room laughing at us all! It was so funny as she said, has it occurred to any of you that perhaps they’re too small? If it takes three people to pull up a pair of spanx then they’re too small?

Finally we gave up on the spanx and Mom went with the pantsuit. It looks beautiful on her and the colors are great, it’s stylish and it just screams MOM! She will be comfortable and look great, I’d say we were a success! The best part is it didn’t break the bank and she was so happy to get that job done!

Now I have to find me a dress! That’ll be whole other story I am sure!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie

 

This is a soup that I threw together and it was delicious, I hope it works out for you! Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground turkey (or beef,chicken etc)
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 cans of kidney beans or chick peas or black beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup green chiles or small can
  • 2 cans tomatoes
  • 1 ltr chicken broth
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup pasta dry -optional
  • shredded cheddar
  • sour cream
  • nacho chips

Directions

  1. Brown your meat in a large stock pot, drain fat if any. Add the onions,celery,carrots and peppers. Sautee till translucent or soft.
  2. Add in the water, broth, tomatoes. bring to a boil. simmer for 20 minutes or so.
  3. add in the beans, corn. Let simmer again for 20-30 minutes.
  4. when it’s all cooked, if you want, add the pasta, put a lid on it, and turn off the heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. You can serve this soup with a sprinkling of shredded cheddar on top and a dollop of sour cream and a couple of crushed tortilla chips if that suits you.

On Friday I woke up feeling lonely! Denis was away and not expected back till Sunday so I called up the Melanie and said “come on over for lunch”, it didn’t take long for her to agree! I’m pretty sure a free lunch that she didn’t have to make could be about anything at all and she’d come! Who can blame her?  So they came over and we nibbled on salad, soup and I made the girls grilled sandwiches! Evelyn got a grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich which was getting rave reviews. Evelyn is 14 months old and I asked her if the sammich was good and she answers with a whole-hearted “Yesh”, I guess that’s good! Holly got a grilled PBJ and that got me mediocre reviews, I didn’t know Holly had never had jam before! What? What 4-year-old hasn’t had jam? who knew? Jim was loving the ‘chili soup’, I made a pot of soup with chili in mind but didn’t want chili, I wanted soup and it turned out real good! I’ll blog the recipe soon.

After lunch, I told Mel and Jim to go to their errands an I’d play with the girls. I love having the grand-kids to myself! We laughed and giggled and danced,what more can a woman ask for in life? Well, if you’re asking…no I won’t draw up a list!

Evy had a nap while Holly and I painted, then we played play-doh, made a puzzle,  then we watched the Care Bear movie, oh my, we had some fun! The paintings were extra fun as Holly ‘finger’ painted which means she covered her hands in paint then smeared it! Oh my! Thank you God for soap!

Not long after Mel and Jim left, I got a call from Melissa, she was asking what I was doing Saturday for lunch? Gotta love it, I said come on over thinking I’d be home alone again, I was thrilled to have company! Turns out Denis was home early but he was just as happy to see the kids and Melissa as I was! The kids were happy that Pepe was home too as he makes the best KD apparently, I’m ok with that! Blake had to check out Pepe’s new red truck, the sierra! It passed inspection, phew!

Of course when the kids come over they expect craft time, that would be my doing! So we got the markers, the bingo dabber and paper and they went to town! Give a kid a dabber and you’ll be surprised what you end up with! Blake made a pic that looks like a butterfly, very cool! Heidi got out the beads, I need to hide these, what a mess, beads all over! But she made a bracelet and it is lovely!

Well now that they’ve all gone home, I’ve cleaned the mess up and I need a nap! Here’s to those kiddies! I love them with all my heart!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie

I served this sauce up along a coconut crusted chicken and it was delicious! Give it a go with fish or chicken, even turkey!

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango diced
  • 1 cup mango nectar or juice
  • 1 lime-juiced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1-2 tbsp corn starch/water paste to thicken **

Directions:

  1. I pureed the mango but it could stay chunky, your call. I used the immersion blender to puree it with the juice.
  2. Combine the juice,mango, lime,honey and curry paste in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Once boiling, thicken with the cornstarch paste. I also have done this recipe with coconut flour and water as the thickener and had wonderful results, it all depends on what you have in the home!

** To make the cornstarch paste, mix the corn starch and water and stir. It should create a thick paste which is hard to stir. Once your liquid is boiling, stir in this paste and your sauce will thicken up! If it gets too thick, add a bit more liquid or juice.

Today I need a springy,summery salad to make up for the rainy yucky weather! This recipe has fresh basil, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes with a hint of lemon – simply delicious. A must try for your next picnic.

Ingredients:

  •  4 English cucumbers, cut into 1/2″ slices
  •  1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, whole
  •  1/4 cup olive oil
  •  2 tsp lemon zest
  •  1/4 cup lemon juice
  •  1/2 cup fresh basil, torn
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1.  Prepare cucumbers and tomatoes (seeding the cucumbers and keeping the tomatoes whole prevents their juices from diluting the dressing). Chiffonade basil, then cut again to make smaller pieces.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients (and basil), then pour over veggies. Refrigerate for at least 30 mintues, to allow the cucumbers to get flavored with the dressing.

**Note: To chiffonade basil: stack leaves together, roll tightly (lenthwise for long strips, or widthwise for shorter strips), then thinly slice with a sharp knife.