Cool, light, easy to prepare meal for everyone

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Orzo with red bell pepper, side of cauliflower with eggs & caprese

Our family loves pasta. But to keep in mind a balance healthy diet once or twice a week we combine it with other meat or fish dishes.

Orzo with red bell pepper & cauliflower with eggs. Serve it warm or cold. We made a simple balsamic olive oil and black olive dressing to go with our orzo, and Parmesan cheese. You can use mozzarella or other favorite cheeses.

 

It is simple and delicious, and it really is a great meal that tastes better as leftovers. We served it with chicken, but you can have it as is as a vegetarian meal.

Ingredients:

orzo, diced red pepper, diced onions, diced black olives.

cauliflower with eggs sautéed.

 

 

 

How to Create an Itinerary

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Georgia O’Keeffe, yellow hickory leaves with daisy 

For us the most important aspect of traveling is having fun, creating memories & learning.

Let’s be honest, visiting the American girl store or a baseball game is not fun for everyone.

So we create a list based on everyone’s interests.

1- First the categories:

Food

Sites

Museums

Entertainment

Shopping

2- If we have to create certain groups, we start with a common interest list & break up & meet later for meals & snacks.

Important to note:

Before you plan on which restaurants to eat at, ask around or do some research. For example, most museums in Washington DC have the best restaurants & most diverse menu we have ever seen.

Be safe, be patient & have fun

Crumpets are yummy

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Happened to watch Bobby Flay making crumpets for brunch & we had to try it.

Hoping to have them ready for breakfast had to rush through the mixing but needed to let the dough sit for an hour. Before that added more flour to the mix since ours looked too watery & didn’t quite look like a smooth dough.

We let them cool before hvg them with butter & honey & served a couple after dinner toasted with cherry jam, butter & peanut butter. 

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Warm crumpets are delicious. We cut them in triangles & had them with salad & soup for lunch.

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Crumpet with scrambled eggs, turkey bacon side of cherry jam & fruits

 

Cooking for our family while on vacation

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Cream filled doughnut

We are vacationing in a beach house and are planning on eating in at least a few breakfasts & a few dinners.

Sometimes getting everyone ready after a day on the beach is exhausting.

Staying in means eating with swim suits on and wet hair; everyone lounging around the porch.

Since we drove we brought a few things from home:

Organic olive oil

White rice

Organic pasta

Italian tuna

Frozen butter

Our favorite spices

Shopping list when we get there:

Eggs

Bagels

Slice bread

Tortilla bread

Ingredients for salad

Avocados

Mortadella

Ground beef

Cream cheese

Slice cheese

Mozzarella ball

So what is on the menu?

Breakfast:

Bagels & eggs

French toast

Scrambled eggs

Toast & butter

Dinner

Spaghetti

Caprese salad

Tuna salad

Burritos

Guacamole salad

Sandwiches

And for dessert, we vote on the local coffee shop, doughnut shop and the ice cream kiosk since there is no calorie- counting on our vacation.

Have a relaxing and delicious summer 🏖

Easy delicious peach cobbler

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We love peaches, and baking a peach cobbler is one of the delicious ways to eat them. Peaches are high in fiber, and antioxidants. Peaches might help fight diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

We used this easy recipe with the help of our young chef who loves to cook when it is too hot to play outside.

4 cups of sliced peaches
1 c sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
place all in a bowl
On top of the crust:
1  pkg refrigerated organic Pie crust
1/4 c sugar
2 tsp cinnamon 
1/8 tsp nutmeg
3/4 stick butter sliced 
bake at 400°
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Yummy & so easy to make ready in about 30 minutes or top is golden.
enjoy.

 

 

 

We got Creative with our house plants

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Hand made lantern from New Mexico

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Outdoor lantern

To show off  our indoor plants at their best we are getting creative with how we place them around the house or in the office.

We used crystal bowls, baskets, buckets in metal, ceramic, plastic, and even clay lanterns. For times we have company and forgotten to buy cut flowers we bring in our flowering pots, even the herbs indoors & give our rustic pots a make over. It is fun you should try it.🌿

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Handmade  pottery

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The Sun, the moon & the stars Jewelry

One of the most long lasting designs in jewelry that keeps making a come back is the many clusters of the stars, the sun & the moon.

As Native Americans considered the sun to be the guardian of the day with the power to heal, this everlasting celestial  theme is a great look to investing in.

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Marco Lauren, starburst necklace
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Pandora, star charms
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Banana Republic, moon & star ring

 

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Sundance, moon & sun necklace
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Swarovski, moon necklace
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Saks Fifth AVE, EF collection, star ring
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Madewell, moon & Star earrings
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Madewell, Sunbeam bracelet