Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sea Breeze

After having a rough day (yes I realize it is only 11:15am) I am thinking about what I would be doing if I could do anything in the world. My answer? I would be sitting on the beach with a good book and a Sea Breeze in hand. Now lucky me, I got to do this very thing last week, but I am already wishing I was back! What am I reading? Cutting For Stone is our bookclub book so it is at the top of my list.

Now let's get to the good stuff...the drink!

Everyone has their own little version of a Sea Breeze I am sure, but mine comes from the good ole Country Club of Little Rock, doctored up but none other than my dad! Even though the man doesn't drink, he makes a damn good Sea Breeze...how does he do that??

Ingredients
Gin-and I mean the good stuff Bombay Saphire--we don't do the vodka kind!
Grapefruit Juice-the fresher the better
A SPLASH of cranberry :)
Lime- freshly squeezed

In a tall glass :) put ice and as much Gin as you want. Really about 1 shot but after a day like today? Maybe 2.
Pour in grapefruit juice and add a splash of cranberry and a squeeze of lime.
Mix it up (I like to pour it back and forth between two cups)

Now obviously you can play around with the flavors you like! I have a friend who made a vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice one! Yummo!

Foodnetwork makes one too...HERE is their recipe.



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Turkey Meatloaf

The fun thing about having a blog is you can see which of your posts gets more "views". I cannot see individual people, but it pops up a little number showing how many people looked at each post, etc. What I have found is the my food posts get the most attention! With that I thought I would share the recipe for turkey meatloaf that I borrowed (and fudged with) from Barefoot Contessa. Click HERE for her original recipe!

Turkey Meatloaf

*This is a photo of Barefoot Contessa's meatloaf! Her recipe makes a ton!!!

This makes one average sized loaf...feeds 4-6.

Ingredients
1 lb of ground turkey (just one average package)
1/2 white onion diced
1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock
2 tbls of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 tbls Wolchesteshire sauce
2 tbls tomato paste (i get the tube kind)
1 egg
1/2 cup to 2/3 a cup of old fashioned oats (You can use breadcrumbs instead)
Salt and pepper to taste
Ketchup
Balsamic Vinegar

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium saute pan (using olive oil), saute the onions until they are transparent. **you can cut them to any size and really add any veggies-I cut mine pretty small and will add green bell peppers if I have some on hand.

Once they are translucent pour in the Worchestishire sauce, chicken stock (or water) and tomato paste. You can omit the tomato paste if you don't have any. The original recipe calls for fresh thyme but I always for get that so normally I just put salt and pepper or cavenders (or both) all over it!

Take it off the heat and let it cool to room temperature--again I am not patient so sometimes I put this in a bowl and pop it in the fridge.

In a separate bowl add the turkey meat, egg and oats/breadcrumbs. I usually add more salt and pepper here. Mix it all up-yes I use my hands. When the onion mixture has cooled, combine it all together with your hands again :)

(Silicone loaf pan from Amazon. Mine is purple-duh. Click HERE

If you are using a glass loaf pan just plop it right on in-I use a silicone one and spray it with Pam just to be safe. As for the topping I like to use a fancy mixture that I borrowed from Bobby Flay. In a bowl to a couple of squeezes of ketchup (maybe 1/4 a cup) and then add in 2 tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar and mix. Spread this on top of your meatloaf and into the oven it goes. I say usually around 30 minutes it should be checked. Since it is just one meat it does not take long to cook.

You can also do this in the crock-pot. Setter the timer on low and form the meat into a brick and place it in the pan. Cook all day! (maybe 8 hours?).

I serve mine with a side of more ketchup and balsamic and roasted asparagus! yum!!

**You can add any meat you want! I have down turkey with chicken before and it was lovely. Just add it more onions and liquids and you will be good to go!

Did I mention this is crazy low cal? Want it to be healthier? Use low carb ketchup!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Beach Goodies

Ok so I fell off the blogging bandwagon for a bit! But I HAVE been working on my thesis which sadly trumps the blog right now :(

As far as the Ideal Protein diet is going I have lost 13 lbs in three weeks! Woo hoo! So I lost 10 the first week and a measly three the last two weeks but hey it is a work in progress. And I have NOT been 100 percent faithful to the diet--sorry Lent, but I tried very hard. This weekend I am heading to the beach so we will see how the diet continues!

In dedication to my beach vacation I decided to talk about a few of the beach essentials!

1. Beach Bag- duh this is an obvious one right? Well the one I carry is not a typical beach bag! I like the big re-useable bags from the container store! They cost $1.99 and they fold up right into your suitcase. They are also heavy duty plastic so they can rinse off with the hose when they get filled with sand!

You can find it by clicking HERE!

2. Sun Screen! You cannot go to the beach without some protection, but sunscreen is pricy! Well have no fear! Target is here! Have you heard of their brand Up and Up?? Ridiculously inexpensive things!!! This sunscreen is only $4.54 and it just as good as the name brand ones! I will for sure be buying sunscreen here for FOREVER!

Click HERE to buy it or find it in stores :)







3. Driving to the beach? Listen to a book on CD!
I have been a big promoter of Audible.com lately and here I am again. For a small monthly membership of $14.99 or $7.99 for you first timers, you get 1 credit that can be used towards an book they have! It downloads straight to iTunes and then you can burn them to CDs. So instead of paying $30.00 for 1 book you get 2 for the price of one! Click HERE to start your own account (that you can cancel at any time!)

I will be listening to the third book in the Maze Runner series! Look into them! soooo good!

4. Cooler! Everyone knows you need to take a cooler down to the beach. Whether filled with soft drinks or ice cold beer it is a necessity to add to your laziness (no walking back up to the house for this girl). As you know my favorite is from Scout! IT has a big thick bottom so it won't leak everywhere and it holds a great deal!

Click HERE for this bad a** cooler!






The rest is up to you!! Everyone have a WONDERFUL spring break!!!