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Happy Belated Memorial Day!!!


So the week is almost done and for the first time, I feel like this week has gone by as fast as the weekend.  I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t been able to get anything else done, namely prepare for the summer.  I forgot/was too tired/it was too cold to go outside to cover up my grill this past winter, so now its just an ashen, spiderweb filled shell of what it used to be.  I’m going to try to tackle resurrecting summer’s best friend some time this weekend so I can try out all of my favorite staple and new recipes.  Somewhere on our site is a picture of some grilled fruit…it’s probably Lindsey’s but I think there’s a picture of mine too.  Anyway, one of my all time favorite and super quick and easy grill recipes is grilled peaches.  I found the recipe online a few years ago and as with everything, I tweak it to my liking, though I can hardly even write down a recipe…and my liking almost always includes adding alcohol.

  • Get as many peaches as you like (half them and DON’T remove the skin)
  • Enough liquor to cover the bottom of a pan (Bourbon or Whiskey works best, but you can take this out if you have kids…or not)
  • Brown sugar to mix in with the alcohol (You can skip this if you’re not making them for dessert or keep it in if you’re leaving the liquor out)
  • Butter or your choice of non-stick assistance (To prevent sticking)

 

  • Mix the liquor and brown sugar together if you choose to use it and let the peach halves soak for at least 4 hours and no longer than 24hrs.
  • Oil the grill grates well (If you don’t, most of the peach will stay on the grill!)
  • Cook the peaches over a medium-high fire until grill marks show and the peaches are tender but still firm when you press them.

But onto the reason I actually wrote this post…I need to clean my grill!  Outside of buying a new one, I’ve been researching ways to bring mine back to life.  I found a decent article on The Kitchn for a quick grill refresh.  Guess I’ll start with throwing all of my stuff in the dishwasher!  Do you have any tips?

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Where Have You Been…


*insert a scantily clad Rihanna here*

Anyhoo…I was having a conversation with a friend today [who must have been bored] and she mentioned that she hadn’t seen any posts recently.  #fact  Who knew trying to work full-time, go to school full-time, sleep and eat were going to take up so much of my time.  So my apologies for not posting more often.  The other thing is…I’ve initiated Operation Kate Moss in an effort to try to drop some pounds for the summer so I haven’t been cooking that much lately either.

So…no cooking=no blogging…or so I thought.  A couple months ago, I bought this little salad bowl thingie from Whole Foods.  It was only 10 bucks but as long as you keep watering it and place it in sunlight it continues to grow, even after cutting the lettuce for your salads.  The problem was, I was eating salad like twice a day and it took at least a week for the stuff to grow back.  And then enters Pinterest…  I was doing my normal midnight stroll through the land of Pinterest and came across a post on how to build a raised garden.  This damn thing would solve like twelve of my problems: 1. I think food is too damn expensive, so why not grow it myself., 2. My salad bowl wasn’t growing back fast enough., 3. This house I just moved into had a backyard that was in freakin’ shambles, so this would take up a lot of space and make it look somewhat presentable, 4. Maybe it was only 3 really, but that Pinterest post was a godsend.

My ragtag yard before I started the project

I’ll spare you the measuring details and giving the guy at Home Depot the side eye when I asked him to put 8-2×8 pieces of landscaping timber and stacking 400lbs of soil into my 350Z…although it probably would have been a funny picture.  Moving along, it took me the better part of a Saturday afternoon to construct this thing and I was super stoked because I did it all by myself *hikes up big girl panties*.

Workin’ it out!

Yay me!

I wanted to plant some hearty but easy to care for veggies and I even threw some strawberries in there.

Some of the goodies I planted

I chose cabbage, rainbow swiss chard, make a salad bowl of my own (red, bibb and romaine lettuces), some good ol’ collards to go with my fried catfish *judge me*, spinach and cherry tomatoes.  I planted some herbs too, but nothing major.

The babies all snug in the dirt

Things are starting to sprout, bud and grow and I can’t wait to grill some peaches, make more fresh salads and saute some swiss chard.

We’ve got some action!!!

Last year’s peach tree…yummy!

My little tomatoes

Stay tuned…  We may have to create a tab for salad dressings and quick summer dishes.  Feel free to share your ideas too!

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