Friday Favorites No. 1

Hey there, long time no talk. I know, I have been totally MIA lately, and you were concerned that maybe I had given up blogging or some other terrible thing. But I am back! I am not giving up. Life just has a way of getting in the way. Things like vacation, moving, new jobs, and wedding related activities are just too exciting to give full attention to and unfortunately blogging has not been on my priorities list. That is going to change, I promise. I have so many good things stored up just waiting to be shared so I decided I am going to share regularly even if it isn’t a recipe. Here’s the first of my Friday Favorites- enjoy!

  1. Lavender Honey from Newkirk– OMG it’s amazing. I got some in my August Hatchery box and it took me less than 6 hours to figure out to use it up in a cocktail of whiskey, lemon juice, and lavender honey and chamomile lavender honey scones (recipe coming soon). You can get a 14 oz bottle of it at Newark Honey website for $15.00. They also sell Honeycomb, 12 oz for $18.00. A bit pricey but oh so worth every sticky drop. Add it to chamomile tea for an extra soothing evening drink, drizzle it on oatmeal with nuts, seeds and berries, add to cocktails, drizzle over yogurt with granola…..or just eat it with a spoon. YUM!
  2. Baby Shower games- If you have spent any significant amount of time with me lately, or follow me on Pinterest, then you know I have major baby fever. I am pinning parenting articles, baby shower ideas, maternity clothing sites, ALL the baby things. It’ nuts I know because we have already discussed this and we have decided that we are at LEAST 1 year away from even trying to get pregnant. But, one can never be too prepared and this Buzzfeed article is on point. So many creative and fun games that you probably haven’t played. If you put me in charge of your baby shower we will definitely be playing sperm corn home and pin the sperm on the egg.
  3. Corn- I was distraught to discover this week, after days of discomfort and a lot of thought and research into what could be causing it, I have discovered that corn, that sweet, crunchy, delectable vegetable I love so much, is the culprit of my discomfort. Unfortunately for me this means cutting back (not giving it up completely I hope) until I discover the quantity/preparation that my body can handle, along with digestive enzymes, without the pain. I am going to share with you my absolute, without a doubt favorite way to eat corn to make me feel a little bit better. You HAVE to try this (and the spring onion omelette she mentions at the end of the post too), and you should probably follow Kellie’s blog too, she is quite amazing. The recipe and link to her blog is here- Food to Glow. I don’t bother steaming them they just get slathered in the good sauce and slapped straight on the grill over medium with the lid closed turning every 5 minutes until done. Sad day…
  4. Pasta Chips– has anyone else tried these? I think they are amazing! They are crackers that taste like pasta. They reminded me a bit of crispy fried raviolis, minus the stuffing. So far I have dunked them in cream cheese with sweet red pepper relish, vodka sauce, and topped them with mozzarella, basil and sun dried tomato. All were delicious.
  5. Gigi New York- I have been obsessed with these purses for well over a year now. I am in the market for a new purse and spent the whole week stalking the website putting a purse in my cart, leaving it, returning to the cart to stare longingly at the beauty within, just to leave it again. Today I put my foot down, told myself that I would not regret it, and hit “proceed to checkout.” Excuse me while I wait anxiously at the front door waiting for the delivery man…. Gigi purses are elegant, high quality and classy and you can personalize any item with up to three initials. I seriously can’t wait- here is what I got. Gigi Crossbody BagAnd this too, I had to. Gigi phone caseHappy belated birthday to me?

There you have it. Have a very happy weekend friends!

xoxo,

Amanda

Rosemary “Shrub” Cocktail

Two months ago I got this thing in my Hatchery Box called drinking vinegar. Uh, huh? It says to mix with alcohol of my choice and top with soda water. The flavor is supposed to be Michigan Apple Pie. Since when does vinegar taste like pie or belong in my cocktails? Well, you learn something new every day and I am truly grateful to Hatchery box to practically forcing me to learn this new cocktail. I took a little swig and let the flavor sink in while I went for a run. On my way back home I saw the rosemary bush outside the apartment and the lightbulb went on.Rosemary "Shrub" Cocktail- Glitter It GoldThe label on this “drinking vinegar” says that it is also called a “shrub.” So….why not “shrub” it up a little more by adding some rosemary simple syrup. Wow, it’s good. Eric said it tastes like something really high- end that you would drink in a fancy cocktail bar, which reminded him that we have none in our area and that he bought me a (text)book on mixology which I have been neglecting and we could have a successful bar by now….Rosemary "Shrub" Cocktail- Glitter It Gold

But seriously, this cocktail couldn’t be easier to make. The simple syrup is super simple, as the name implies: 1/4 c water, 1/4 c sugar, 1 6″ sprig of rosemary. Bring to a boil, simmer a few minutes then let cool. Viola. Then simply put the whiskey, rosemary simple syrup, and drinking vinegar in a lowball glass and top with soda water and garnish a little rosemary. Rosemary "Shrub" Cocktail- Glitter It GoldUltra shrubby, kinda hipster, but super delicous. You can order the brand I used here or on the McClary Bros website where they have a bunch of flavors and I just went a little too crazy after getting the green light from Eric (Pineapple and Fennel Seed and Lemon and Ginger!!). I would suggest another place to get it or another brand, but this whole drinking vinegar thing is new to me so I am still investigating that…..

Ingredients (for 1 cocktail)

  • 2 oz of whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 oz of drinking vinegar
  • 1 oz of rosemary simple syrup
  • 2 oz of soda water

for the Rosemary Simple Syrup

Place 1/4 c of water and 1/4 c sugar in a pot and dissolve sugar. Add 1 6″ sprig of rosemary and simmer for 2 minutes. let cool before using.

Quick Bites: Not Just Peachy

By now I’m sure you’ve noticed a theme in my posts. If you haven’t I’ll give you a hint- CHEESE. I love it. I can’t get enough. And there are SO MANY kinds! Most of my snacks involve some type of it. One of favorite combos right now is sweet and spicy jam with a creamy cheese. I just got this new jam from Hatchery by The Jam Stand called Not Just Peachy Sriracha Jam.

Glitter It Gold- The Jam Stand's Not Just Peachy Sriracha Jam

HOLY COW! It taste like you bit into the sweetest juiciest peach and then you feel a nice warm spicy hug in your mouth at the end. This is like grandma- special-made-this-for-your-birthday-good. Like put it in my cocktails, on my salmon, in my salad dressing and on a spoon straight from the jar good. For right this minute I’m pretty satisfied having it with whipped cream cheese, my favorite cracker and some green onion. Quick Bites: The Jam Stand- Not Just Peachy Sriracha Jam- Glitter It Gold

Green onion makes everything look and taste so fresh. Even things that came from a can or the freezer can be freshened up with some green onion on top. So go do two things- stock up on green onion, and order yourself a jar of this most delicious peach jam you’ve ever tasted.