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Watermelon Feta And Mint Salad!

IMG_0412OK I actually thought…..Uh Weird! cheese and watermelon but when you think of Apples and cheese or pears and cheese you’re like “move aside I need that cheesy fruit combo”, am I Right??
Well this is the now “go to bring along to anything dish ” for me, My husband is kind of over it. It couldn’t be easier to make and I’ll prove it!

WHAT YOU NEED :
1 small Watermelon, of course…. (try to make sure it is not over ripe, if it is really soft and really dark pink it may be a little on the old side so stick to bright pink and firm. If you buy it cut in half  you can see it.
8 Oz’s Feta Cheese – go crazy, buy a good one. A Greek one in water would be nice- just make sure to drain and rinse in gently.
1 fresh lime – not the ones with brown spots on them, bright green with a fresh bright scent, I actually like extra lime so you can add another if you want.
2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint chopped – sweet mint is the best there is a difference with spearmint, peppermint etc. You can tear a few extra for garnish too.
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WHAT YOU DO:
Cut the watermelon into 1 inch cubes -approximately or bite size – no need for a ruler.
Place it gently in a larg serving bowl – you know me, I like white.
Squeeze Lime over the watermelon and very gently fold them
Sprinkle over mint and crumble feta cheese but do not toss until you are serving on the plate.

This a light refreshing salad with a bite of salt and hint of mint, Your guests will love it and your husband will get sick of it!
Enjoy -T

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Party Pleasing

A friend of ours graduated from College and to help out I offered to put out food & do a little sprucing so when they all came back from a long afternoon of handing out Degrees they would have something to eat. The famous Cheese Ball that has made an appearance at many parties was front and center.
The recipe was adapted from a Martha Stewart Holiday recipe that really has no better name. Cheese Ball…..the recipe she had made a mountain of cheese and you split it into 3 different recipes. I just wanted to do the one.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 1/2 Pkgs Cream Cheese about 12 ozs
1/4 stick of butter
5 dashes hot sauce (like Franks Red Hot)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 oz sharp cheddar finely shredded
2 Tablespoons store bought chutney
3/4 Cup dried cranberries chopped very finely
water crackers and cucumbers sliced for serving

WHAT YOU DO:
In a Kitchen Aid or blender with paddle attachment cream everything but the cheddar and the cranberries and of course the crackers and cukes for serving. Once and a while stop and scrape down the clumped up parts on the paddle.
once it is smooth and trust me if you do not use the Kitchen Aid for this your arm will be sore of a week and you’ll get a weird clump when you least expect it.
Fold in cheddar until well incorporated and then chill for an hour.

Once it is a little hard you can form into a ball. The heat of your hands will start melting it so once you have made it nice and smooth gently put it down and wash your hands so you don’t get the cheese all over the dark cranberries. Gently lift and place into a bowl of the cranberries rolling and pressing until totally covered. I even went back to make sure I filled it all in and it was perfect.
Enjoy -T

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20130620-185212.jpgCheck out this great grab and go: slice of baguette, piece of spinach or arugula, slice of cheese, carefully place lunch meat, top with an olive and hold together with a toothpick!! These were a HUGE hit.

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So Here We Sit, My little Lemon Tree & Me

So we were out shopping and that is the first problem  with my husband… My husband and I saw a little Meyer Lemon tree and I told my husband I had to have it!…. He of course told me I don’t need one and it is not on the list. SO I spent the remainder of the trip around the garden center complaining that “they never have these, they are rare, I looked them up last summer and I was going to order one on line but I just didn’t”…. “look that lady already is getting one of them and there are only 6 there!!!!” He said “they will have them when we come back next time”. I quickly followed with “but they won’t, they didn’t last year and I really want to get one!, I will go ask” so I ran over to the sales person, “uh excuse me….there are a few Meyer Lemon Trees over there and there are only 6…well now only 5, Are you going to get more of them” and they said “No we don’t ever have those, I think it is a 1 time thing”. Ah ha! “See! They will never have them again, ever!! I will never get the lemon tree I have always wanted, I read about how to bring them in for the winter too”
Herb….”FINE, (sowered face and stern no longer happy voice) put it in the cart- then that is it, no vegetables or anything else you wanted” -Me… “Ok all I want is a lemon tree and I want to write a blog about it”

So here we sit my little Meyer Lemon Tree and me. It is late afternoon and the sun is going down over the willow but not below the hedges. The sun is finally warm……

It was an awful winter. I really cannot remember why I stay here in the cold until the Spring pops up and days like this make me feel like Ahhh the is what Newport is. The smell of the salt in the air from the Ocean breeze, the birds chirping the water fall in the koi pond splashing into the bottom, Ive got the Bridge to the left of me and the lemon tree to the right, Here I am stuck in the middle.

The flowers are now starting to bloom and I am so excited, they are pink when they are buds and then yellow when they open.

3 week old and here is what we have: I will make recipes with my Myer Lemons so do not worry I have not branched out in to just writing!

T

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Beautiful Blogger Award

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So I have to tell you this is the first time I am blogging from my iPad so this might be a little crazy. I hope this works!

Now to the important stuff….. A beautiful blogger bestowed upon me the Beautiful Blogger Award! Illostrophy has the most unique blog I’ve seen. She blogs beautiful art, illustrations and every thing creative from Tokyo. If you haven’t seen it, please go check it out.
So this is a big Thank you to illostrophy for seeing the love in my blog!
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The rules of the Beautiful Blogger is to give 7 facts about myself as well as choose 7 other bloggers to accept the award. Illostrophy did 7 new year resolutions but I’m not that motivated so let’s stick with the facts for me:

1- I’m obsessed with my sink faucet! Yep, I know it’s weird but I have the Delta touch faucet and it is a must have for any cook. It will be the best thing you ever bought. You just touch it anywhere and it turns on or off. I love it.
( It’s called Touch 2O Technology & they have it for the bathroom according to Dave a Delta http://dlta.co/VPTpGD!)

2- Talking about obsessed….. I like to clean & love cleaning products. I can not live without Tide Pods for the washing machine and the Downy Unstoppables. Thye are sent beads that you add in to the machine and it smells so amazing. I really am not advertising I just love this stuff. Oh yea and Scrubbing bubbles for the bathroom. My husband thinks its a disorder…..maybe

3- I discovered I lack motivation when it comes studying, I am very impatient and like things to happen fast and I am taking a course to get my real estate license and it is very hard and I have to study all the time. The practice tests are crazy I do great on one and terrible on another but I will pass it….. I have to 🙂

4- I love to cook, obviously…. Cooking calms me & de-stresses me. I would come home from school and cook when I was in High School, I would make elaborate meals for my mom. Then when I was working I would come home after a long day and cook. It is my passion in life I enjoy watching people eat & bringing people together.

5- my favorite trick/tip in the kitchen is when you use olive oil while cooking and have in on your hands, rub it in to your cuticles and just lightly rinse your hands. It makes your hands soft and your cuticles.

6- I have said this in the past but I love my dogs! They are all rescues and I can not imagine my life without them. They are the best thing in my life. They grace the cover of the Williams annual Christmas card every year. It takes about 300 photos to get one that works but we love to do it.

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7- there are a few people in my life that mean so much to me and they are ( in no particular order):
Mom, Herb, Tanya, Rosette, Danielle and of course my niece and nephew. They make my life a better place.

Now for the 7 bloggers I believe are Beautiful are:
Please post the beautiful blogger award, thank the giver, post 7 things about yourself & give it to 7 bloggers you believe deserve a little extra beauty in their lives.

1 http://paintboxkitchen.com/
A real beauty with great ideas and a very nice person.

2 www.hikingphoto.wordpress.com
Incredible images & what a life!

3 www.afternoonpopcornsnack.com
Beautiful photos & recipes.

4 http://frugalfeeding.com/
Yum!

5- www.thelittledesignstall.wordpress.com
I love this blog! Inspiring ideas.

6- www.lostintown.wordpress.com
ahhh to get lost in these towns 🙂

7- www.rumpydog.wordpress.com
an animal lover to the core…gotta love it

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog and thanks for sticking with me as I study for my exam and put off blogging. I promise there is more to come

Tasha

YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY LIKE ME!

Considering my 40th birthday is Saturday I guess referring to the 1985 Oscar win of Sally Fields is acceptable. Although this is not an Oscar, it may as well be!
 I feel honored that Assia’s Kaleidoscope gave me this award. Assia has some of the most incredible photographs I have ever seen and the food! The food is really unbelievable and she is awarding ME!?? Having only done my blog now for a few months I feel very special indeed. This is something that I will treasure and makes me feel like I am able to make food and Blog it too…..
Along with the award there are a few rules I am more then happy to follow:

  • Thank the blogger who has nominated you and link back to their blog in your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass the award onto 7 other bloggers whose blogs you enjoy reading.
  • Write to the bloggers you have nominated to let them know about the award.

Thank you Assia’s Kaleidoscope for even reading my blog!!! I really, really thank you!!
7 things about myself:
1- We have a Koi pond and we named them, Koi Orbison, Koi Clark, Koi George, King Koi  & El Koi-Bate (he has a mask like El Combate a mexican wrestler)
2- I love gum & chew it all the time (sugarless & with my mouth closed)
3- I love food shopping (and pretty much any other shopping)
4- My smallest dog wears sweaters all the time even most of the summer (he is 3 1/2 pounds)
5- I cook 2 dinners almost every night because I don’t eat what my husband eats
6- I live less then a mile from the ocean and can smell it from my deck (I’m technically on an island)
7- My house was build in the 1897 which is both a blessing and a curse.

I now place the KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD in the hands of 7 more deserving bloggers that I love (in no particular order):
and now you have to do the same (if you want)
First – The Harvest Gypsies for Ryan & his passion of sustainable foods and showing a beautifully different side of Hawaii
Second –Paintbox Kitchen for just being you & putting that insanely beautiful Eastern Redbud salad on someone’s plate
Third –Life Through a Lens for doing exactly what your name promises
Forth – glutenvygirl because there is life beyond gluten all you need is “kreativity”
Fifth – Kolpona Cuisine because she’s right “life’s too short to eat food without imagination”
Sixth – La Tête de Légumes because it’s about sharing the love & I love this blog
Seventh – 1001 Scribbles because I want to go there

with a nod to Dachau Cabana because other then his DAILY THONG he has a really great blog & his art work is really great (parental discretion is advised)
So Now I need to get back to the food….Thanks for all the BLOG LOVE!

Like a kid in a candy store……..

I have never been a huge candy person but if you say to me “like a kid in a candy store” I think of the first time they swung open the door at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  That’s how I felt today walking into Newport Spice Company. Someone told me about it and I had no idea it was there so I had to go check it out. When I opened the door at Franklin Street just off Thames Street in Newport, I was greeted by the smell of a million spices YUM!! I didn’t know where to start. There were huge jars of spices on top of the white cupboards with rows and rows of silver containers filled with every spice you can imagine along with preserved lemons, bamboo bowls, tiny wooden spoons, honey & more!  The owner is there to help you through the maze if need be and to explain what each spice is for. There were spice grinders in beautiful colors and shapes and choosing one is almost impossible (don’t I need one grinder for every spice now?) He showed me books about spices and the new refills that you can get once you use up what’s in your tin. Environmentally friendly too?!, is there no greater pleasure then a spice store for a self proclaimed foodie?? I think not……
So trying to keep my self control and the fact there is not a square inch of space in my spice cabinet  I was able to get out with 1 grinder, 2 vanilla beans from Indonesia and 3 beautifully full tins (the tins are only $4.50 each & the refills are like $3.50) One of them I had never heard of before Aleppo Pepper and I will be trying it as he suggested on sauteed string beans instead of red pepper flakes!
They have a web site and sell online. Check them out if you have a chance it is a rarity to find a friendly person behind the counter and here you will. http://www.newportspice.com

Enjoy,

-T