10 July 2012
15 April 2012
Nor am I talking about THIS banana boat:
Nor am I talking about THIS banana boat
(although I'd LOVE to be on this one right. about. now.)
I'm actually talking about THIS banana boat:
Now, I don't know about YOU...but who even KNEW that such goodness even existed???
Not me. But now, I'm the biggest fan of them.
That's right....a campfire banana boat.
(*Thank you, Margie & Aaron for introducing me to my new. best. friend.*)
Here's the basics for a recipe, if you wanna try it:
1 banana, unpeeled
Miniature marshmallows (or jet puffed, cut in smaller peices)
Milk chocolate chips or broken candy bars
anything else you want: (coconut, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, toffee bits, nuts, pineapple, etc)
Cut a slit lengthwise about two-thirds of the way through the banana from the stem to the base. Fill the slit with as much of the above ingredients as you want! The more, the merrier!!! It all melts together into one luscious dessert!
To heat the banana boat, wrap in foil and cook on hot coals for five minutes, or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted. Serve as a snack, a dessert or a treat around the campfire.
One word of caution: If you leave the boats in the coals too long, the bananas will liquefy.
Now, what are you waiting for....go start a fire!
*Don't forget to invite me!!!*
Shout out by Tamara at 4/15/2012 10:55:00 AM
31 March 2012
**shout for joy**
I can't tell you just how excited I am to go to this country!!!!
We will experience so much OUTDOORS, and I am really excited. Here are some of the things we'll be doing while in Costa Rica this June:
- We'll be on the beach
- horseback riding through the rainforest, participating in a canopy tour (where you walk along bridges at the tippy toppy of the rainforest and see the wildlife that lives up there....monkeys, butterflies, birds, etc)
- Hiking to a hidden waterfall
- Whitewater rafting
- visiting and bathing in natural hot sprints
- seeing the tallest active volcano in the WORLD
...and that is only the beginning.
So...what would one purchase to prepare for such a trip?
Well, I've done some researching, and it seems you need a LOT of things that would be good for rainy weather. Such things as:
- waterproof light jacket & umbrella
- clothes that breath easily (and dry quickly)
- good shoes (that dry quickly, non-slip, and breathable)
Not sure what else...but those are some things I'll definitely be on the prowl for soon. I have covered ONE of those three NEEDS this weekend:
Keen Sandals. You won't find these in the women's section....nope! That's because they are in the girls' section....yep, I can fit into a size 6 in youth!!!!! :) Score!!!! Anyone who has looked at the price tags on shoes by Keen, know that you are looking at a hefty price. But, check out the kids' section (if you can put up with bright colors and a bit of velcro, and the heel is a bit different. On the adult, it is a strap...so it is open-heel. On the youth, it is closed-heel)...they sell for 1/2 price!!! I LURV the color, & I am a size 8 women, and I fit PERFECTLY into a youth size 6.
Anyone that knows Steven, knows that he was not willing to fork over that kind of money....especially when there is not a youth size option for his large feet! So, I was out this weekend and happened upon these "zipline" shoes by G. H. Bass & Company. I rarely ever buy anything in this store, but my mom always like to look around. They are also $100 shoes, but they had a 50% off sale of men's shoes. Plus, they were having 30% off of that the day I went. Plus, I had a coupon for 15% of that. Yep, his shoes were $25. They are a little big (because his feet are so skinny and flat), but he says they are comfy, and he likes them!!!!! SCORE!!!!
(the pair I bought was the other color....grey/navy/with orange accents on the ties).
So...all in all, I was prepared to spend $100 on shoes. :(
What I got for $100 instead was:
- one pair of kids keen sandals
- one pair of aqua shoes for men
- 10 pair of socks for hubby
- date night to see Hunger Games w/ popcorn & soda
...can't beat that
Shout out by Tamara at 3/31/2012 08:33:00 AM
25 March 2012
Shout out by Tamara at 3/25/2012 02:40:00 PM
24 December 2011
Introducing my NEW favorite Christmas item on the menu:
The one above is to take to my mom & dad's tomorrow, on Christmas Day. The one below is to take to the in-law's this afternoon/evening for dinner.
I love trying new recipes, and this one is certainly an eye-catcher! It was a LOT of fun to make, and it is DE-LISH, too! Want the recipe? I guess I can share it:
Pine-cone-shaped Cheese ball
(not creative, I know!!!)
1 pkg Cream Cheese (I used Red. fat Neufschel Cheese--however it's spelled)
1/2 Cup Mayo (NOT Miracle Whip, folks!!)
5 bacon strips, cooked & crumbled
1 Tbsp chopped green onion (i actually doubled it)
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/4 cup almonds (recipe calls for them toasted, but I didn't do it)
Assorted crackers or raw veggies
Fresh Rosemary sprigs for decoration afterwards.
Mix all ingredients (minus almonds) in large bowl. Let chill for 1-2 hours to allow mixture to become firm. Place mixture on platter/decorative plate and shape into a cone/pear shape. Place almonds around it in rows, starting with the bottom and working your way up. Place several short stems of rosemary at the top for decoration.
What would I change, if I had to do it all over again?
1- I think instead of poking the almonds "outward" I'll lay them down a bit more. It shows too much of the filling. It looks like too spiky! But still cute!!!!
2- I almost went w/o the Rosemary addition...so expensive at the store! So, either grow your own for next year (ya right!), go to the farmer's marker (ya right!), or just grin & bear it. It adds a GREAT aroma to the dish!
Shout out by Tamara at 12/24/2011 09:50:00 AM
06 December 2011
Shout out by Tamara at 12/06/2011 02:11:00 PM
04 September 2011
Shout out by Tamara at 9/04/2011 08:00:00 AM