Saturday, February 14, 2015

Alaskan Smoked Salmon Spread

A recipe I learned while living, working & fishing in Alaska for the Summer.


8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill or 1 tab. dried dill
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 ounces smoked salmon, minced
Step 1
Cream the cheese in an electric mixer fit w/ a paddle attachment until just smooth.
Step 2
Put the sour cream, lemon juice, dill, mustard, salt, and mix.
Step 3
Put the smoked salmon and mix well with a bendable spatula
Step 4
Chill & serve w/sliced Baguette or crackers.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A dream...

Hey Family and Friends! 
Check out my friend on Instagram. He needs some help with his Kickstarter adventure! Every little bit helps! Check out his video and photos, they truly are amazing and his adventure is once in a lifetime! I'm a backer for this journey! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sand Cloud Review

Recently I ran across this amazing product called the Sand Cloud towel. I was instantly smitten since I'm such a huge lover of the beach and the ocean and traveling. This simply brilliant product is the invention of three young men in San Diego who also love the beach and ocean and wanted to share a more comfortable experience on the beach.

This light weight turkish cotton "towel" is absorbent and dries quickly and actually repels the sand unlike a terry cloth towel that attracts the sand. There is a ingenious pillow tucked into the top that is removable. 

On doing my review of the Sand Cloud, I found I will be using this product for much more than laying on the beach. 

On a recent flight to Alaska, on impulse, I tucked the lightweight Sand Cloud into my travel bag, hoping to get some photos of it in Alaska. We all know how uncomfortable it is to fly. I ended up pulling the Sand Cloud out of my travel bag and wrapping it around my shoulders and tucking the pillow behind my head and I took the most delightful and comfortable nap I've had on a airplane ever.

Just last week I took my Sand Cloud to Lake Powell with us. On our annual boat trip. We camp on the beach and we have to pack everything we will be needing for the week in the boat. So traveling light is important. The Sand Cloud tucked into my travel backpack easily. I used it on the beach at our campsite and I used it on the boat for napping and drying off. 

Sand Clouds come in four stripped colors, Island Green, lavender, Ocean Blue and Sunset Orange. 

Click here to visit the Sand Cloud website to order your very own Sand Cloud.
Follow them on Instagram and Facebook too!

I want to thank Sand Cloud for the opportunity to review this product! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Caramelized White Peach Cobbler

This is a recipe I've been developing for my cookbook... I've finally figured out the "cobbler" part on top... Finally its now so moist and the crumb sticks together and its not too sweet. Its perfect! 

Here's the recipe:

Caramelized White Peach Cobbler 

Fruit filling:
3 whole ripe white peaches peeled and chopped
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons salted butter
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

Cobbler crust:
2 cups baking Mix (I used Bisquick)
1/2 cup of heavy Cream
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1/4 Cup sugar
1 tea vanilla
+ 1 or 2 tablespoons milk -just to thin crust till its spreadable (depending on where you live you may not need any)

Peel and chop peaches. Melt butter till just slightly brown, add brown sugar & pumpkin pie spice, stir then add peaches, stir and cook till nicely caramelized, the sauce will be thick and bubbly.  (See photo)
Pour into tall casserole dish.

Mix baking mix, cream, melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Stir till well combined, add extra milk only until its spreadable. (See photo)

Bake @ 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Make sure crust is done and not gooey.
Serve with French Vanilla ice cream.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Breakfast Fried Rice Foodie Friday

Breakfast Fried Rice
Bacon and Egg 

2 Cups of cooked and cold Jasmine Rice
1/2 tea garlic powder
4 Tab. Soy sauce
1 tea. Siracha or any hot sauce
1/2 pound of bacon- diced
2 tabs of butter
3 eggs- slightly beaten 
4 tabs parsley -optional
4 green onions sliced~ Add last

Cook bacon till crisp. Move to the side of the skillet and add eggs. Scramble. Then add rice, and the rest of the ingredients. Cook till hot, add green onions last stir in and serve.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Watercolors

I've been having fun with this app on my iphone for a while now and posting to Instagram. This app is called Waterlogue. So I thought I'd share some of my photos and watercolor from my photos here. I used to wish I could paint watercolors... Now I can!

First up: The Roses my Hubby brought home for Valentines Day. 
A beautiful mixture of pink and lavender.

How about some pretty pink peach blossoms?

Or some apple blossoms?

More Apple Blossoms cause I love them

How about a random photo of a flower I took at Home Depot with my iPhone

Or the Prickly Pear cactus in bloom:

Another Cactus bloom:

Or my Ice Plant blooming:

Or the first rose of the year. "Disneyland" 

This app is very addicting!

I've Linked this post to:

Have fun!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Mosaic Monday Cactus blooms in Arizona

The Prickly Pear Cactus are still blooming. Some are orange some yellow, and these are my neighbors show stopping  hot pink. Soon the pretty purple pears will form and develop and will be ready to pick and eat or made into candy or syrup in July-August. 

I'll be posting a recipe for Prickly pear Lemonade soon. 
I'll link it here.

Prickly Pears of Arizona Mosaic

A close-up and personal look at the pretty cactus:
(Click to enlarge)

I'm linking to Mosaic Monday