Well look at that… when did July happen?? Summers usually go quicker than cheesecake at a wedding, but this year has flown especially fast! Despite my best attempts to plan for family dinners, something always comes up that requires a hurried meal or no meal at all! With everyone running out the door at various times, the phrase “fending for yourselves” has become a family mantra. Hopefully life will slow down during the next 3 weeks before the wildness of school starts again. In the mean time, here’s a fun recipe I whipped up for a recent picnic. Enjoy and stay cool!
Creamy Cold Coleslaw
(sorry, my pictures got lost in cyberspace!)
3 cups grated cabbage
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine cabbage and carrot in large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, mixing well (yes, it’s really that simple). Pour over cabbage and carrot mixture and stir to mix. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Unbelievably easy, and a great side dish for any summer gathering. I usually serve this with grilled chicken and zucchini spears (hubby takes care of that), deviled eggs, and fresh-cut tomatoes for a healthy, filling meal. Absolutely no complaints from the picky eaters!
In case we didn’t mention this earlier, we live in South Carolina. Hot, muggy, humidified, sticky South Carolina. The temp will not fall below 85 until sometime in September, so we have a lot of hotness to look forward to! Living here requires a bit of creativity regarding cold meals and desserts. Any oven-baked dish is just not as appealing when you are already drenched in sweat, but avoiding the oven entirely is pretty much impossible.
“Ice cream” were the first two words off the tip of my tongue when Mom asked if I had thought about this week’s dessert. It’s cold, it’s sweet, and it’s simple. Unfortunately, throwing ice cream in bowls does not make for an interesting recipe. So I dug around a little and found this fantastic idea.
Rolling the cake with the ice cream inside was a fun challenge and the whole thing looked so artistic that I waited a full three seconds before digging in! The guys, of course, had no such inhibitions…
We’ve got a sweet Ice Cream Cake Roll in the oven right now! Also hunting for a good appetizer/snack idea for an event tomorrow, browsing paint colors for the kitchen remodeling project, and checking out lastest music on Pandora. Multitaskers extrordinaire! Full posts coming soon…
Mon·day: the first day of the working week, hated by mankind in general and tolerated only during football season.
Maybe that is not the exact definition, but it’s pretty close! Despite our dislike of Mondays, they do have one redeeming quality in our house: all the men have regularly scheduled obligations on Monday night, leaving us women to our blissful selves. Since the guys are not home to eat, this is the night we pull out the good stuff make “chick food”. French toast, omelets, light salads, and yogurt are a few of our favorites, but to stick to our goal of spicing up the routine we tried an awesome new smoothie recipe last night. Keeping this one from becoming a habit is going to be difficult! Maybe we can compromise a little….
Minted Peach Smoothies
2 cups milk
2 cups frozen sliced peaches
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
2 tbsp. sugar
5 ice cubes
In a blender, combine all ingredients;
cover and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Add mint sprigs for garnish. Yields 4 servings.
Done in 10 minutes or less, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the boy-free evening!