Monday, August 22, 2016

Mesquite Bean Coffee

While visiting Bestie MHDRL in Big Bend, Texas we embraced the notion of "while in Texas" wholeheartedly and whipped up some mesquite bean coffee.  She had already harvested the mesquite beans before I arrived, so all we had to do was roast and brew.  It was quite yummy and such a unique treat -- definitely not something we find in Hoosierland! 

Mesquite Bean Coffee
Ingredients and Supplies:
  • mesquite bean pods
  • baking sheet
  • coffee grinder
  • percolator or coffee maker 
  •  Break bean pods into smaller pieces - approximately a couple inches long.
  • Spread into even layer on baking sheet and roast in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.  Just a little warning - they can get a little smokey.
  • Grind roasted pods in a grinder, just as you would coffee beans.  However, don't expect the consistency to be as fine.  It will still be a bit chunky.
  • Use just as you would use coffee grounds to make your mesquite bean coffee
  • The longer you roast the pods, the darker roast your coffee will be.  (Makes sense, right??)
  • There are natural sugars in the beans which sweeten your coffee.  I typically take my coffee pretty sweet and no added sweetener was needed!
  • While it was quite yummy hot, Bestie MHDRL and I really enjoyed it iced! 
  • Total side note - look at those sweet little hands in the corner of the picture.  We had the greatest little helper break up the beans.  He's the sweetest!!
Happy Sipping!

Monday, August 15, 2016

DIY Greek Yogurt

Growing up my dad and grandmother made yogurt all the time.  I was completely intrigued that we went to bed with a pot of milk and woke to a pot of yogurt.  This morning I was pretty tickled to find my own pot of milk had turned to yogurt was Hubby.  If I'm being honest, he was pretty doubtful about the whole thing.

When a friend from school mentioned that he uses a starter that is over 1,000 years old and does it in the crock pot I knew I'd have to try it for myself.  Usually I use a thermometer, but this time I just went with the timing he suggested instead.  This will definitely become part of the Sunday routine at our happy little hive. 

Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 gallon of milk (NOT ultra-pasteurized)
  • 1 individual Fage (or 1/2 cup any natural yogurt - or your own homemade yogurt after you make it the first time!)
  •  crock pot
  • bath towel (Weird, but works!!)
  • Heat the 1/2 gallon of milk in the crock pot on low for 2 1/2 hours.  
  • Turn crock pot off, keep covered, and do not disturb for 3 hours.
  • In a separate bowl, mix starter yogurt and 1-2 cups milk from the crock pot.  Mix well.
  • Add yogurt and milk mixture to crock pot, cover with lid, and wrap with bath towel.  (Think dark and insulated.)  Put towel wrapped crock pot in cold oven with light on.  Note: oven is off entire time, just the light is on.  Leave undisturbed overnight.
  • Giggle in the morning when you wake up to yogurt!! 
  • For a thicker yogurt (Greek style) position a cheesecloth lined strainer over a bowl and let sit until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Here I've served with Costco cherries and a drizzle of our bee's honey.  My very favorite way to serve, however, is with chopped walnuts and honey.  So delish!
Happy Cooking!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Five on Friday [7.22.16]

It's Friday!!!  Woohoo!!!  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!  Tomorrow I'm taking off for Texas to visit Bestie MHDRL, meet her newest little one, and snuggle her little man (who's also my best little buddy).  I. just. can't. wait.  So, without further ado, here's this week's five:

Earlier this week I shared my wish list for Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale.  Then, after reading others' wish lists, I couldn't resist making a second.  It's terrible, I know.....

Sweet C's Whimsea Fizz is like summer in a cup.  So. very. yummy.

I don't know how we've gone all summer without making these Nutella popsicles.   Finally whipped some up last night.


 Bestie KB and I had a wonderful evening at Mama Carolla's, a local Italian restaurant.  If you live in Indy you need to check out the Chow Down Midtown menus.  It's going on through the 24th.  Most importantly, my evening with her was so very good for the soul!

School starts the first week of August, and I'm trying to decide how to ditch the lanyard.  I have to wear one with my ID and electronic key card, but would rather figure something else out. I've found some darling badge reels on Etsy (think pink and monogrammed) but don't know how that would work with outfits that don't have a waistband (or leggings with long tunics).  Any suggestions??

Retractable ID Badge Reel - Personalized Gray and Coral Chevron Monogram Reel Badge ID - Nurse Badge Reel - 0197
Wishing y'all terrific weekends!! Today I'm linking up with:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Confessional Thursday #3

Happy Thursday! Let's just get right to it.  Here are this week's confessions....

I confess....

....I know I kind of slid back into blogging without a word on where I've been....I don't really have an explanation, other than life.  I initially took a break this spring when we lost my grandmother and I simply just never got back into the groove.  After the year we've had I vowed to take time this summer to simply enjoy it.  Although I am working full time at tennis, Hubby and I have spent quality time together, I've been working out, and enjoying some quiet time at the pool.  The upcoming trip to visit my Bestie (literally days before the start of school) will be the final healing aspect of summer.  We've not only needed it, we've loved it.
...I got sucked into picking up a bottle of sinfulshine gel nail polish - don't do it.  The price was too good to be true and the colors enticing.  But, you get what you pay for.

....although I've tried a few different high end mascaras this summer, I'm going back to the old tried and true one.  The others just aren't worth the price.

....our sweet, generous neighbor offered have his company mow our yard this summer.  (I think the direct quote was, "I just can't watch you struggle again this year." Before last year I had never before mowed.  As in ever.  It pays to be the only daughter.)  I confess, it's the best part of my week.  We're so incredibly grateful!  

....Bestie KP and I thought we were so clever at the Luke Bryan concert calling him the Country Magic Mike only to discover it's already a thing.  We were kind of disappointed, but gotta tell ya....I'll watch him swing those hips anytime.

....I'm slightly obsessed with water exercise classes.  Aqua boxing is my favorite, but I'm thoroughly enjoying aqua jog (with a belt in the deep end) and river walk (walking against the current of the lazy river), too.  I know most people think "old ladies" but it's genuinely fun.

What are your confessions this week?  So excited to get back into the swing of things and catch up on my favorite blogs!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Happy Hour: [Sweet C's Whimsea Fizz]

Last summer we had a little girls' day on the boat with the most delicious "summer in a cup" cocktail from darling friend Sweet C.  It's quite yummy and the perfect little addition to a day spent floating and's dangerously good!

Sweet C's Whimsea Fizz
  • Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka
  • Club Soda
  • Lime wedges
  • Simply mix to your own taste -- we go heavy on the lime (and heavy on the Ruby Red, if I'm being honest....).
Happy Happy Hour! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Round 2!

Y'all....I have a I've scrolled through my blog feed this week I found many so more wish lists for Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale.  Let me tell you, y'all have great taste!  As I read each list my own wish list just kept growing.  So, here we are with wish list #2.  I just can't help myself....too many good items at such great prices.  So, here we go.....

Quilted Vest with Faux Suede Trim
This quilted vest is just too darling.  It really is the perfect Fall staple and is so versatile.  Normally I would be drawn to the blue, but the olive green is calling my name.


 While we're at it, could this quilted jacket be any cuter??  I really love the big collar and curved hem. ....not to mention that it's $70 off!!!

This cardigan screams cuddle up in me.  You need to check out the "rust abode heather" color.  Just trust me on this one -  so very pretty!

Another perfect staple that comes in a wide variety of colors (seven to be exact), and the price is hard to beat.  So many ways to dress these up or down, they're the perfect addition to your wardrobe. The hooded version is pretty cute, too!


While this dress might not look like much (or maybe it's just this particular color??)  I can see it transitioning from season to season paired with sandals, ballet flats, leggings, a blanket scarf...the sky's the limit.

About the only thing that keeps popping up time and time again that I just can't seem to get into is the booties.  I can't even put my finger on why, but they just don't make me swoon.  (Especially the peep toe ones -- if it's cold enough to wear boots, shouldn't your toes be covered?)  What am I missing?  Enlighten me, please!!  I want to love them, maybe I'm just being dense :)??

Can't wait to hear more about what's on your wish list (although I'm thinking Hubby would rather I not, haha!)

Happy Shopping!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

What's for Dinner [Chicken Pot Pie]

Did you do any shopping at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale over the weekend?  I'd love to hear what you picked up and maybe add a few items to my wish list!  We had a quiet weekend and it was absolutely perfect! 

One of my favorite Sunday dinners is a simple roasted chicken.  Whether it's Sticky Chicken, Creole Butter Injected Chicken, or even a Costco rotisserie chicken, it truly is one of my very favorite meals.  As an added bonus, the leftovers make week night dinners so simple.  This chicken pot pie fits that bill perfectly.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie
  •  2-2 1/2 c. chicken, shredded or cubed
  • 1 package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (Certainly you can use a white sauce mix, but tonight this is what we went with ;).)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • dash milk
  • 1 t parsley
  • 1 t thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ready or home made pie crust (one for top only, two for top and bottom)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a saucepan saute onion (and garlic, if desired) in a bit of olive oil. 
  • Add mushrooms and cook until soft.
  • Add vegetables and seasonings. Cook 1-2 min.
  • Add soup and chicken.  Heat through.  Thin with milk, as needed.
  • If using two pie crusts line bottom of pie pan with one crust.  Add heated filling and top with second pie crust.  Cut the top to vent and cook for 25-30 minutes, until the crust has browned and the filling is bubbly. 
  • Freezer Option: Lots of leftover chicken?  Double the filling, make one pie, and pop the remaining filling into the freezer.  When you're ready to use it, thaw and you're ready to fill a second pie.  Or, for a different twist, thaw and top with biscuits.  
Happy Cooking!

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