Ahh, my favorite day!! A perfect day for Sangria and seasonal yummies! Enjoy your Sunday Funday everyone!
These just grabbed me! Delicious all in their own ways.
For a complete list of the fabulous wines from the tasting, please visit the Pa. Wine Society’s website.
It’s here! THE summer holiday of holidays! They’ll be lots of grilling going on today I’m sure. I’m taking a different approach. I’m thinking salads, fruits at their finest and some sort of yummy mango inspired cocktail! Ooh, also one with sour cherries (one of my FAVORITE THINGS EVER!)
The weather is downright glorious out there and I hope you all get to enjoy it! It’s a great grill day, it’s just a bit breezy so grills may get tricky but don’t be discouraged. Grill on! Try and get the freshest stuff for right now and you won’t go wrong!
I have some superb tomatoes on hand and my herbs are out if sight! Lunch was simple, a celery leaf and tomato salad topped with a tasty salmon cake I got from Crab Crazy Seafood at the Farmstead Farmers Market. I whipped up a simple lemon vinaigrette with fresh garlic, candy onions, lemon, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. The tartar sauce I made for on top of the salmon was from chopped homemade dill pickles (thanks mom) ,mayo, cider vinegar and fresh minced dill.
So simple but so delicious!!!
I’m grateful for opportunity to have so many great ingredients on hand!
It’s sure to be a really tasty 4th!!!
Yay! It’s Fourth of July weekend!!! Woohoo! A long weekend with great weather ahead. It’s going to be spent mostly at home catching up on some house/outside work but in the most leisurely way. And of course I’ll have to whip up something tasty for us to enjoy in between it all.
A cookout is the plan for the 5th at friends house so I’m thinking Sangria and a couple of refreshing sides will be a good idea!
Refreshing and flavorful are what I’m going for.
Yesterday was my birthday! Happy birthday to me!
It was a great day. VERY relaxing! Spent it at home with some delicious mussels I did with some garlic, onion, olive oil, fresh parsley, thyme and lemon thyme and of course, white wine!
Next were little necks I just tossed on the grill and let steam in their own juices.
Yes, I cooked my own birthday food but it’s what I wanted to do!
I also, along with my honey consumed some very refreshing Prosecco!! Yum all around!!!!!
So today, I have been doing a lot of chillin’. Yes, a LAZY Sunday is under way!
I did however take a few pretty pictures of some of my dill. SOOO lovely!
I’m letting a little of it flower and seed so I can get the seeds sooner than later. Plus, it looks like lime green lace!
Yes, it’s the most dreaded day of the week for most out there and probably extra dreaded this week since is still absolutely beautiful outside.
Now that summer has officially started, I feel that way about ANY day that’s sunny, breezy and warm ( low humidity is also a plus ).
Yesterday, Sunday, which is always the greatest day of the week in my opinion was incredible! I walked, transplanted tomatoes, had a delicious Hard Cider(or two) and grilled up some really tasty shrimp.
The best part about the grilling is, I thought since my honey and I are in a house now we would need to go out and buy a grill and this time of year we’d be paying top dollar on even the simplest of grills but, fortunately for us we discovered something in our kitchen that made me LITERALLY jump for joy. I mean, we knew our island range worked, we just never tried the center part. The GRILL!! We were always apprehensive because it’s an old home with older ( vintage ) things. We were also cautious because we couldn’t figure out where it would vent to when we used the grill.
Well, it just couldn’t be any cooler than what we FINALLY figured out!
Here it is The Thermador Ventilator!!!! Vintage 1953 or pretty close to it! How awesome is this!!!!!
Everything works great and now, I’m grilling just about everything! Today was super simple, shrimp grilled in their shells. Easy, fast and super flavorful. All the tastiness from the shells goes right to the shrimp. Its the best way to do simple shrimp cocktail, less mess, less work, more flavor!
I am definetly looking forward to a summer of grilling!!
Wow is it gorgeous outside today!!! Happy Sunday everyone!
Also, happy Father’s Day to all you deserving dads ! Enjoy!!
Hopefully you all have a beautiful and delicious day!!
Even though it’s about time for light summer-like foods, last night I prepped some really tasty tuna sauce. Yes, it’s going to be a fantastic macaroni day!!!
Ok, so I’ve had Operation Grapevine running for a while now and I’ve come to a reality about it. It hasn’t gone anywhere.
I post at random with not much of a plan or schedule.
Sometimes it’s a recipe, sometimes just some words and now and then some pictures. It needs to be more. What I need to do is figure out how I can get it to the next level. I need to become better organized!
Organization is NOT my strength. I do a decent job organizing thing at home but that could be done better too.
Focus! I lack focus! I have to work on that to be able to get this to be what I want it to be.
I want Operation Grapevine to be more than pictures and random recipes. I want it to be helpful and informative. I want it bring us together with all the goodness there is out there.
So here is a little list of what I’m hoping we could all get together on…
1. FOOD!!! Organic local beautiful FRESHER THAN FRESH FOOD!!
2. Drink… After all, what’s life without a little something “special ”
3. Local, Local, Local! Let’s help make all these wonderful small businesses out there a slamming success! Enough with Walmart and fast ” food”!
4. Community. Let’s all take pride in our surroundings and make our homes and neighborhoods ” THE ” place to be!
There are a lot of things that go through my mind when I think of what this site can be. These are just a few that are important to me and I’m sure all of you as well. Together we can be something great so let’s go! GET ON THE VINE!
It’s such a dreary morning. It’s VERY hard to get motivated. I would love nothing more than to lounge in my my robe for hours but unfortunately I can’t.
I need to get myself together and get moving.
The one good thing about this soggy morning is I won’t have to water my plants. Mother Nature has taken care of that for me and I do appreciate it.
This should definitely bring on some new blooms!!!