Weekly Rays of Sunshine #25

My love for my blog has increased my blog reading addiction. Not only that, but now I have fully committed to the Pinterest bug. Pin! Pin! Pin! There is so much to see, I am afraid I might miss the very best thing ever. Maybe you have the same concerns? Just in case, every Saturday, I will put up my weekly favorites so that you don’t miss something very important. I try to limit myself to 10 but sometimes there are just too many. Enjoy! Tell them I sent you.

3 Peppers Recipes  Old T-Shirt Flowers

Art Projects for Kids  Crazy Watercolor Art

Chase the Star  Terra Cotta Pot Tower

Tipnut  Nifty Food Plants – Never Pay For Onions Again

Your Cup of Cake  Coming Up Carrots Cupcakes

Niki’s Sweet Side  Rose Cake

Hot Eats and Cool Reads  Cabbage Roll Casserole

Hoosier Homemade  Pink Lemonade Pound Cake

The Tasty Fork  Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles

Silver Boxes  Strawberries and Cream Trifle

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger-Where’s the Beef?

Where’s the beef?  Remember that line from the old Wendy’s commercials on tv?  Everybody was saying it.  I’m not really sure what that was referring to.  But I think it was the little lady who said it that caught our attention.  Anyway – I liked beef then and I like it now.  I just don’t eat it very often.  Not nearly as often as chicken and certainly more than fish.

Savannah picked beef as our topic for Saturday Dishes this week, so I dutifully followed her suggestion and made a Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger on Grilled Toast.  If I’m gonna make it beef it might as well have every other flavor I enjoy too.  Now this can be made with ground turkey or chicken and still have all the flavors.  Not me, oh no!  Beef it will be and it was good!  Not the most original beef dish, but my favorite!  What’s yours?

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

I got a new Le Creuset Red Skinny Grill for my birthday.  I love this.  It is just the right size for a small serving.  The wind was blowing at 50+mph when I made these, so no way would I do them on the outside grill.  It worked great.

Grilled Burger

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

Then add the toppings and you’re ready to eat.  Steak fries would be good too.(In my dreams!)  Ok, so you can’t see the beef too well because I like all the toppings just as well as the beef.  Green chiles and avocado especially.   I don’t care for too much lettuce on my burgers unless it is finely shredded and on top of a Whataburger.

Come on over to Saturday dishes and share your favorite beef dish.

Saturday Dishes

New Friend Friday #16

“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

That is what I taught my Girl Scouts. Some things don’t change. I was privileged enough to be caught up in the fantastic world of Online Blogcon. I met around 200 new friends just like that! In a space where folks could be reallycompetitive, they were anything but that. I discovered a group that is supportive, sharing and hysterically funny. They are great and wonderfully talented individuals that have already taught me so much. I wanted to introduce them to you. Read a little bit about them and then take a ramble over to their site and check them out.  Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Julie from the Naptime Review.  Julie is a very smart lady who inspires and motivates with her blog.

Julie Naptime Review

I created my blog because I love shopping and am passionate when I find a product that I love. I want to share it with everyone! I took my love for shopping and turned it into a way to help others. I have always had the need to help, influence, and support people. I am creative, and love to design things. Motherhood is my life and I am always looking for products that make my life easier or will enrich my children’s. I truly enjoy blogging and meeting new friends and am fascinated with the blogging world and all the people it reaches. I am so thankful God has led me down this path!

I have a Masters in teaching and B.S. in Marketing and Sales. I love educational products and I am always looking for ways to entertain my girls while teaching them. My time is limited with two small children but when the children nap in sync which is a rare occasion, that’s when I search the internet for new products or deals. Naptime Review will give moms the latest information on products that I LOVE and want to share.

The Naptime Review

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Banana Muffins with a Coconut Vanilla Caramel Crumble Topping

I adapted these from the Barefoot Contessa’s Banana Crunch Muffins.  She is my idol if I were to have one.  I love the way her recipes are easy to follow and how effortlessly she appears to prepare even the most difficult recipes on her television shows.  They are the most relaxing shows I watch.

I totally adapted this recipe because I didn’t have most of the ingredients except some very black bananas.  Once the temperature warms up here bananas ripen very quickly – like overnight.  I could have made banana bread, but something different sounded more interesting.

I have taken to using the coffee creamers which are sugar-free.  The Vanilla-Caramel adds a delicious flavor with the coconut and bananas.  I used it in the crumble topping as if it was flour.  Since the original recipe called for ½ pound of butter and I used coconut oil I added a teaspoon of butter flavoring.  I prefer Wilton’s butter flavoring.

Anyway, I hope you try these and enjoy them.  I took them to work and they disappeared in about 30 minutes.  I didn’t get but a crumb from the topping.

Banana Caramel Muffins

What’d You Do This Weekend? #11

Welcome to the new week. If you are a regular here thanks for coming back and if this is your first time, welcome! I hope you enjoy the party.

I was a little late with the mid-week feature do to a crazy week at work but I just adore this one from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner:  Fat Free Banana Gingerbread Muffins.  Mmm.mmm…good and no fat (til you add that hunk of butter).

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Last week, I was garden inspired again with this simple and cute Strawberry Planter from We Made That.

I also thought this rainy day cake with a bit of sunshine mixed in from Just Dip It In Chocolate was precious!  Berry Blue Poke Cake

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There was a lot of destruction in this west Texas town this weekend.  I stayed home and steered clear of the chaos.  On Saturday they brought down this old and unused tower.  It was a landmark even though it was kind of an eyesore.  I think things will look very different.  They also destroyed the old city hall.  I guess El Paso is into spring cleaning this year.

Old Copper Smelting plant tumbling down!

Old Copper Smelting plant tumbling down!

This weekend, while hiding out, I hosted a Lemon party with Hammock Tracks and Call Me PMC.  There was some great stuff and I remembered a few of my favorite lemon posts.  Of course, I threw a new one in for good measure.  Lemon Basil Sandwich Cookies, Meyer Lemons and Lemon Poppy Seed Bread.

Lemon Roundup

Don’t forget to come back on Saturday for Saturday Dishes. This week’s theme is Beef.

Saturday Dishes

Lemons-Saturday Dishes

I am happy to be co-hosting this blog hop with Savannah from Hammock Tracks and Paula from Call Me PMC.  Each week we have a theme. This week we are sharing our favorite tart, sweet and tangy lemon dishes.  My favorite thing on a hot summer’s day is a nice cold glass of lemonade!

This week I made Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with Blueberries

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with Blueberries

I have blogged about lemon stuff a lot in the past.  I love my little Meyer Lemon Tree and these Lemon Basil Cookies were a hit at Christmas.

Meyer Lemon

Lemon Basil Sandwich Cookies






If you are a foodie blogger share your lemon recipes with us this week.  If you are looking for something tangy and sweet, find your favorite recipes, and create your own masterpiece. To view all of the upcoming “Saturday Dishes” themes, click here.  Be sure to visit Hammock Tracks and Call Me PMC as we will each feature different posts from the previous week party.

Saturday Dishes

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My favorites from last week’s party were:

Strawberry Chicken Salad  The Kitchen is My Playground

Lazy Day Tortilla Cups with Strawberries  Just Dip It In Chocolate

Strawberry Crostini

Strawberry Crostini  From Calculus to Cupcakes

Be sure to stop by and see all my favorite things at Weekly Rays of Sunshine and come share more stuff at my Monday party-What’d You Do This Weekend.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with Blueberries

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with Blueberries

If life gives you lemons, make lemon bread. Or something like that. In this case lemons were presented as the feature for Saturday Dishes so I made Lemon Bread with Blueberries. It needed some color and a twist. Get it? (A twist of lemon.) I must be tired. This has been a stressful week at work and it was cold again so I couldn’t even go out in the garden after work to get some relief. But baking is second best to gardening for me. So there stressful day! I made Lemon Poppy Seed Bread With Blueberries.

I’ve always been able to make-do. That was my momma’s favorite line. That and “when I get around to it.” Which meant to us kids – NEVER. It bought her some time and we usually forgot about whatever it was because we knew it wasn’t gonna happen anyway.

We weren’t exactly rich when I was a kid, but we never felt poor. My momma could turn a meal into a feast. She could make a simple family birthday into a very special day. She made Christmas happen even in the leanest of times and we didn’t know the difference. She knew what to prioritize to always make the best of things. That’s what I’m working on today. The bread was just a way to think things over. Baking and writing it down for you is a good stress reliever for me.

Hope you enjoy the bread. I’ll be in the garden tomorrow.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with Blueberries

I hope you will bring your best lemon dish over to Saturday dishes.  Or if you are looking for some lemon inspiration, I can’t think of a better place to start!

Saturday Dishes

Weekly Rays of Sunshine #24

My love for my blog has increased my blog reading addiction. Not only that, but now I have fully committed to the Pinterest bug. Pin! Pin! Pin! There is so much to see, I am afraid I might miss the very best thing ever. Maybe you have the same concerns? Just in case, every Saturday, I will put up my weekly favorites so that you don’t miss something very important. I try to limit myself to 10 but sometimes there are just too many. Enjoy! Tell them I sent you.

Croque Senor

From BigSister:

It’s grilled cheese month.  Two of my favorite things together:  Bread and Cheese!  I have seen some fabulous ideas from my foodie friends.  Accordingly, I had to stretch my imagination.  One of my favorite memories is eating Croque Monsieurs in Paris.  Sometimes food is better because of the location.  I haven’t had one as good as the ones in Paris before or since.  So, I thought I would try a version that capitalized on the good food in my area and here is where I landed.  (A little of the southwest makes everything better :))

Croque Senor


Plank Grilled Zucchini Boats with Cous Cous

From MiddleSister:

My husband actually picked this recipe to support my healthy eating.  Poor thing, the next morning, I found an empty leftover take out pizza box.  But, I loved it.  The original recipe came from Cooking Light’s Way to Cook Grilling cookbook.  I changed it up quite a bit.  I grilled and then stuffed the zucchini.  It suggested stuffing and then grilling.  I added bacon and flavored olive oil.  Personally, I think you would get much better flavor out of the shallots and spinach if they were sauteed and then you added the broth.

While it really was quite filling and satisfying as a main dish, I think next time, I would serve one as a side dish to a chicken breast with Chimichurri or a lemon-basil chicken breast.  You could also chop up the zucchini and mix it in with the cous cous, but then use a larger skillet. I would still salt and grill it because the flavor of the zucchini alone was amazing.

Zucchini Boats

I just can’t decide what to take to Yahoo Shine Supper club this month.  So, I’ll take this one over with my beets.

Kitchen Ramblings

Crafty Ramblings