Must have Tools for a new kitchen

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Cutting board,peeler,grater,spatula,tongs…

We are helping to organize a new kitchen.

For now we are only investing in kitchen tools for cooking & serving.

Here is the list of what we need:

Cutting board

Colander

Grader

Mandolins

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

Tongs

Paring knife

Wooden spoons

Whisks

Can opener

Blender

Oven mitt

Food storage container

Food processor

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Flatware, we can add ice tea spoons, demitasse spoons, appetizer forks later

Flatware

Plates

Bowls

Glasses

Mugs salad bowls

Serving bowls

Serving platter

Serving spoon

Dutch oven

Bakeware

Roasting pan

Mixing bowls

Sauce pan

Sauté pan

Skillet – cast iron ones go from stove to oven

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Serving spoon, cutting & paring knives, measuring cups & spoons..

This is a good start. You will be amazed how quickly you start adding to your kitchen tools as you start cooking, baking and entertaining.

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Looking up at the sky😎

70608848-0A5A-45EC-93B8-21AA38365078If you’ve ever noticed when you’re stressed you stare up at the ceiling, it’s on purpose. We are subconsciously looking for the blue sky to calm us down.

It is a fact that looking at the color blue can produce chemicals in the body that promote calming. It calms the pulse rate and reduces appetite.

It is a great color to use in a bedroom since it can actually help you sleep. We can still feel the calming effects if we choose warmer gray, blue green or soft purple.

Have a calm and peaceful day.

 

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 🏖